Thursday 12 September 2019

Mayhem Film Festival 2019 - Short Film Line Up

11 September 2019

Mayhem Film Festival reveals Short Film Showcase line-up for 2019

With just under a month to go until its 15th edition, Mayhem Film Festival have just revealed the line-up for their Short Film Showcase, which will screen on the Saturday of the festival.

This year’s line-up include the following films (in alphabetical order):

A LITTLE TASTE (UK PREMIERE) // Dir. Victor Català, Spain, 5m12
BILL // Dirs. Dan Gitsham & Sophie Mair, UK, 3m14
CREAKER // Dir. Vidar Aune, Norway, 4m
DEAD QUIET (WORLD PREMIERE) // Dir. Alex Withers, UK, 8m50
EL CUENTO // Dirs. Lucas Paulino & Ángel Torres, Spain, 9m40
FROST BITE (UK PREMIERE) // Dir. Andrew Hunt, US, 10m2
IT’S NOT CUSTARD // Dir. Kate McCoid, UK, 6m24
LIMBUS (INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE) // Dir. Sekander Sharifi, Germany, 3m
NOM // Dir. Angel Hernandez Suarez, Spain, 10m25
ONE LAST MEAL // Dir. Jill Gevargizian, US, 11m
SOUVENIR (UK PREMIERE) // Dir. Luis Orti, Spain, 12m
THE DISTURBERS (EUROPEAN PREMIERE) // Dir. Michael Vermaercke, Belgium, 1m35
THE PROCEDURE 2 (UK PREMIERE) // Dir. Calvin Lee Reeder, Canada, 3m
TOE // Dirs. Charles Thurman & Neal O'Bryan, US, 7m
UNMADE (WORLD PREMIERE) // Dir. Steven Sheil, UK, 10m
WILD LOVE // Dirs. Paul Autric, Quentin Camus, Maryka Laudet, Léa Georges, Zoé Sottiaux & Corentin Yvergniaux, France, 6m59

This year’s Short Film Showcase is made possible with the support of MIYU Distribution.

Mayhem Film Festival originally started as a single collection of short films before growing into the four-day weekend it is now, and so its Short Film Showcase remains at the heart of the festival with its traditional Saturday slot, and one of the most popular and beloved events of the programme each year.

Mayhem’s full line-up was revealed last week and individual tickets, Frankenstein Ticket Packages and full festival passes are now on sale. For more information, please visit
Mayhem Film Festival takes place on 10-13 October 2019 at Broadway, Nottingham.

Wednesday 4 September 2019

Mayhem Film Festival 2019 Full Line Up


3 September 2019

Mayhem Film Festival reveals full line-up for 2019 edition

Mayhem Film Festival is proud to announce the full line-up for its 2019 edition, which will take place at Broadway Cinema, Nottingham on 10-13 October. The festival showcases the best features and short films in horror, sci-fi and cult cinema, through premieres, previews, and special events each year.

Mayhem is delighted to open this year’s festival with hilarious horror comedy Extra Ordinary on Thursday 10 October. A small-town driving instructor with supernatural abilities tries to get through life without communicating with the dead - but the spirits have other ideas. Also screening on Thursday is the brain-twisting Daniel Isn’t Real, in which a deeply troubled student summons his childhood “imaginary” friend but his grip on reality slips as the malignant alter ego unleashes a vicious, evil side.

From the producers of hallucinatory fever dream Mandy (a sell-out at Mayhem 2018) comes the most sought-after – and similarly psychedelic - genre film of the year, Richard Stanley’s Color Out of Space, screening at this year’s festival on Friday 11 October. This eerie H.P. Lovecraft adaptation sees a meteor fall to earth and onto the property of a New England family — its increasingly unhinged patriarch played by the one-and-only Nicolas Cage — with insidious and delirious results. It’s a double-helping of Cage this year as his 1989 cult black comedy Vampire’s Kiss takes the coveted Saturday late-night slot - it’s Nic Cage at his full-powered, cockroach-eating, and utterly insane best.

The 15th edition of Mayhem will play host to three UK Premieres, with exclusive first screenings of high-octane serial killer thriller The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil, Polish historical drama Sword of God (The Mute), and outrageous survival horror The Pool – all previously announced.

Taking a look back into the archives, Mayhem is pleased to present a rare screening of 1967 Russian folk horror Viy, and 1987’s cult sci-fi favourite The Hidden, featuring a standout performance from Twin Peaks’ Kyle MacLachlan as an alien-hunting FBI agent.

Mayhem 2019’s final day will begin with the unclassifiable Bullets of Justice. Having created human-pig hybrid super soldiers, mankind now finds itself dominated by these “Muzzles” who farm and eat human beings – a truly “what did I just watch?” experience to start off your Sunday morning.

Mayhem’s 15th edition also includes screenings of female-led horror She Never Died and genre-bending monster movie, Something Else – both previously announced – alongside preview screenings of the gleefully explosive revenge rampage Why Don’t You Just Die!, high-suspense thriller Door Lock, and sci-fi nightmare Vivarium, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots. Vengeful spirits are stirred into gory action in haunted house horror Girl on the Third Floor, and twisted thrill-ride Come to Daddy, starring Elijah Wood, will close the festival on Sunday.

Mayhem’s ever-popular Short Film Showcase and the fiendish film quiz, The Flinterrogation - hosted by author David Flint - both return to round off this year’s line-up.

Early Bird passes will remain on sale at the discounted price of £70 until Sunday 8 September 2019. Individual tickets and full festival passes – at the standard price of £80 – will go on sale at 10AM on Monday 9 September. We will also be introducing a new ‘Frankenstein Ticket Package’ for this year’s festival – piece together your choice of five films over the weekend for just £30. For more information, please visit

Mayhem Film Festival takes place on 10-13 October 2019 at Broadway, Nottingham.

The full line-up and schedule for Mayhem 2019 is available below:



Dirs. Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman, 2019 (Ire)


Dir. Adam Egypt Mortimer, 2018 (US) with Miles Robbins, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sasha Lane


1.45PM VIY

Dirs. Konstantin Yershov, Georgi Kropachyov, 1967 (Russia)


Dir. Bartosz Konopka, 2019 (Pol)


Dir. Travis Stevens, 2019 (US) with CM Punk, Trieste Kelly Dunn


Dir. Richard Stanley, 2019 (US) with Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson


Dir. Jack Sholder, 1987 (US) with Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Nouri



Dir. Ping Lumpraploeng, 2019 (Thai) with Theeradej Wongpuapen, Ratnam Ratchiratham


Dir. Audrey Cummings, 2019 (Can) with Olunike Adeliyi, Peter MacNeil


Dirs. Jeremy Gardner, Christian Stella, 2019 (US) with Jeremy Gardner, Brea Grant


Dirs. Various, 2019 (International)


Dir. Lee Won-tae, 2019 (Kor) with Kim Mu-yeol, Ma Dong-seok


Dir. Robert Bierman, 1989 (Italy) with Nicolas Cage, Jennifer Beals



Dir. Valeri Milev, 2019 (Kazakhstan/Rus/Arg) with Timur Turisbekov, Danny Trejo


Dir. Kwon Lee, 2018 (Kor) with Hyo-jin Kong, Seong-oh Kim


Dir. Kirill Sokolov, 2019 (Rus) with Aleksandr Kuznetsov, Vitaliy Khaev

5.20PM The Flinterrogation Hosted by author David Flint


Dir. Lorcan Finnegan, 2019 (US) with Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg


Dir. Ant Timpson, 2019 (NZ) with Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie

Mayhem Film Festival will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 10 – 13 October 2019. For more information, please visit

Thursday 6 June 2019

Leicester Horror Con 2019

Hello one and all! It's been a while since my last post, I know I know. Me and the Mrs haven't even done a YouTube video this year! Life seems to get in the way of our hobbies. But this post is somewhat personal to me as Leicester Horror Con is a local event and we always try to support them. Our tickets are bought. We're taking our boys. We're looking forward to it!

With just over two weeks to go to the convention, I got the change to ask organiser Nathan Leverton a few questions...

What's your background with the horror genre? 

As a kid who grew up in the 80s I'd love to say I was a fan then, but to be honest I was deathly afraid of horror films when I was young. It wasn't until I was approaching my teens that I got in to horror and cult cinema. A friend and I used to hit up all the local corner shops that rented videos trying to find "Video Nasties," mondo films or anything weird and wonderful as we were at that stage where you're trying to push boundaries and be shocked. The biggest influences on my tastes however were seeing The Curse of Frankenstein (1958) on TV and Dario Argento's Profondo Rosso (1957), which I borrowed on VHS from my brother. To this day gothic horror and Giallo are two of my favourite sub-genres. 

What made you decide to put the event on? 

I've always been a pop culture fan and as such been going to comic book and movie conventions for over 10 years. Wanting to do something along those lines myself I ran Leicester's first comic con in 2014 but didn't continue it as I was focused on my businesses and other projects. On a trip to LA I attended Son of Monsterpalooza convention and had a great time, seeing that event that made me want to do something in the horror genre and get back in to these types of shows, so I walked in to The Guildhall and booked it then started organising this show! 

With the choice of Horror Cons we have here now, what separates Leicester Horror Con from the others? 

The pop culture convention scene as a whole has changed dramatically. Many smaller shows with a lot of character have been squeezed out by the huge brands. And the arms race of trying to out do each other with bigger guests has led to cons becoming a numbers game funnelling in as many people as possible. What I always liked about the best events was the atmosphere, character of a con, meeting people into the same things, talking to traders and buying directly from the people who made the products. Some events have kept true to that even as they grew, like the comic con Thought Bubble, which is a brilliant event respected by creators and fans alike. I hope a smaller fan event like Leicester Horror Con can to some degree give that to people, a unique event with a friendly atmosphere. I've said I want this to be "a chance to meet people and celebrate the genre we love," which kinda sums it up.

Hopefully the con will be successful, I'm personally looking forward to it, being a "local." Will you make it an annual event? 

I think it'll be a fun event, with mostly local people there, so I think you'll know a lot! Excited to bring something different to the city. If it's well supported there's a good chance I'll bring it back next year. There's been a huge amount of interest asking for stalls so I know the traders want it and we've been talking about the event with the assumption it'll return.

The price of the con is excellent. Especially considering there isn't a great deal to do at the other horror cons other than spend more money once you've paid for entry. The fans seem to enjoy meeting up with friends etc. Is this something you've taken into consideration when organising the event, maybe concentrating on something more for the fans than expensive guest? 

There are a lot of reasons for the low price. Primarily we want the traders and guests to do well, so leaving money in the attendees pockets makes sense. But we also understand as a debut event people may take some convincing to try it out. Tickets are selling well and we aren't far off selling out so it must be working.

I would like to say thank you to Nathan for answering my questions and I look forward to meeting him, if he's not too busy! 

Leicester Horror Con takes place Saturday June 22nd at Leicester's Guildhall, so not long now to get your tickets booked! For more info about the Con, guest line up, stalls and what's happening throughout the day, hit up Facebook or CLICK HERE. You can also order your tickets by CLICKING HERE.

So who's going? I already know a few friends that are. This is perfect event for my fellow horror fans to show there support by attending. I look forward to seeing you all there!