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The 16th South African Horrorfest goes Virtual and Global today

16th SOUTH AFRICAN HORRORFEST & GLOBAL HORRORFEST

GHOST IN THE MACHINE

VIRTUAL+

FILM FESTIVAL

 

28 OCTOBER - 13 NOVEMBER 2020

 

www.HORRORFEST.info

https://Frightfan.TV

 

 

THE 2020 HORRORFEST

Access all relevant Horrorfest links at https://linktr.ee/SAhorrorfest from the official website, new YouTube channel and virtual event streaming platform, to various social media spots.
(Full details to follow - to see the movie line-up, it is listed further down)

The SA Horrorfest has been listed as one of the 50 best genre film festivals of 2021 by renowned international industry magazine Movie Maker! – moviemaker.com

 

 

THE CULTURE OF CINEMA

“ Virtual+ “  I hear you ask?

For fifteen years the South African HorrorFest film festival and Halloween event have graced the screen with every kind of thrill and chill at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town.  

The Covid pandemic has forced the 16th edition on-line, but we want to keep the cinema spirit alive and host at least around half a dozen movies at our favourite cinema venue and give cineastes and horror fans the chance to still experience a segment of the festival as it was intended (albeit socially distanced)

The cinema line-up includes local trip FRIED BARRY, the unbridled SKY SHARKS, pre-release screening of ANTEBELLUM, a special free sneak preview competition (for FREAKY) and two documentaries, including ROCKY HORROR 45, looking at this legendary movie musical's legacy, and a look at the late Wes Craven's notorious, but undeniable early movie in THE LAST WORD ON THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (the latter of which is a world premiere and will only get one cinema screening, no on-line access).

Hence, Virtual+ ...

(Book at Quicket)

 

 

THE VIRTUAL HORRORFEST EDITION

...Which brings us to the mammoth on-line edition of our spooky, creepy, freaky, scary and exhilarating film festival, for which we teamed up with local horror streaming service Frightfan.TV (full list further down). 

Over forty titles take you through the gamut of sub-genres, with vampires, killer dolls, mutants, zombies, possession, gore, very bad men and evil minds, supernatural forces, Troma and Full Moon madness, alien possessed psychos, a different take on the Japanese kaiju (giant monster) movie, horror filmmaking documentaries, more subtle-, artistic- and exploratory thrillers, fantasy-, sci-fi- and comedy elements, and even flying sharks controlled by zombie nazis!  And of course a coffin load of short films.

[New ventures are not without their hitches, and while the tech team is doing their best to make everything run smoothly on the backend, hick-ups and gremlins cannot be discounted.  If in the unlikely event that any issues do arise with the streaming platform, they will be addressed promptly]

 

THE GLOBAL HORRORFEST

The upside of this virtual edition means people who had a geographic disadvantage in attending the Cape Town location across more than a decade and a half, can now access it online! And not just in other parts of South Africa, but Africa as a whole.

And that's not where it ends - this year The Global Horrorfest refers to around half of the SA Horrorfest line-up accessible by the rest of the world!

 

 

 

FEATURE FILMS

With such a huge and cool line-up, the festival period will stretch across Halloween season and beyond, from Wednesday 28 October to Friday 13 November, giving you enough time to catch all of the movies if you're so inclined (full movie list further down this message).

Many on-line festivals limit screenings to a very specific access window of a few hours, but for the SA Horrorfest and Global Horrorfest, the bulk of the more than 3 dozen movies (most having their African premieres) will be accessible across the full duration of the festival, with some only open within a 48-hour window, others 3 to 5 days, and one for 6 hours.  Only two movies will also have ticket limits.

(See full list below) 

  

 

SHORT FILMS

The 5 exciting feature-length SHADOW REALM short film collections come from all around the world,

including the USA, Australia, Belgium, Spain, France, UK, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Italy, Germany, Israel, the Russian Federation, Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands, and some countries we rarely get submissions, like Tunisia, Kuwait, Myanmar, Iran, Turkey, Republic Of Korea and Malaysia.  

See the full short line-up at www.horrorfest.info

4 of these anthologies will be accessible globally, with only 1 geo-locked for Africa territories.

(And if you jump quickly, you can access the two FREE EDITIONS open for a limited time (including some favourites from across the festival history with plus 2 previously unscreened shorts)


 

 

CLASSIC SILENT FILM SOUNDTRACK PERFORMANCE

One of the cinema highlights each year at the Horrorfest is The Makabra Ensemble's new original live soundtrack performance to a classic silent film. With the cinema audience restrictions, it is not conducive to do so in 2020 - Instead, with it being the centenary of legendary German Expressionist film THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI, for the virtual edition, the film will be streamed with the live soundtrack performance shot beneath the big screen at the 2007 SA Horrorfest (at the Labia Theatre), the live musician footage added in an extra on-screen window.
The movie will go live on Frightfan.tv on Halloween night,

 

 

DOCUMENTARIES

The territory for Horror and filmmaking documentaries remains a rich for exploration, and this year we have 5 titles, all featuring an exciting range of bigger and up & coming filmmakers.  These include: 

HAIL TO THE DEADITES - a look at fans of the Sam Raimi EVIL DEAD franchise

CLAPBOARD JUNGLE - a filmmaker's personal documentation of the struggles indie filmmakers face realizing their cinematic dreams

THE HORROR CROWD - digs into the Hollywood Horror filmmaking community

TALES OF THE UNCANNY: The Ultimate Survey of Anthology Film - explores this well-established format

THE LAST WORD ON THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT - World Premiere - looks at the controversial Wes Craven film and its impact on cinema (this will only have one exclusive cinema screening, no on-line access)

 

 

TROMA

Lloyd Kaufmann and his legendary Troma team had been making wild and crazy indie movies for around 45 years! We're excited to include several of their productions this year, including brand new offering #SHAKESPEARESSHITSTORM (based on Shakespeare's The Tempest!), MUTANT BLAST, THE SLASHENING and Troma flagship character, the immortal evergreen TOXIC AVENGER parts 1 and 2 (watch them as a hilarious double feature!)

 

 

FULL MOON

Another indie studio producing great entertainment for decades is Charles Band's Full Moon, spawning such long-running franchises like the Puppet Master, Subspecies and Killjoy movies.  This year the Horrorfest will feature Puppet Master-linked BLADE: THE IRON CROSS and NECROPOLIS: LEGION.

 

 

TICKETS

Single on-line tickets are R50 ($3) each with a full festival pass only setting you back R600 (resulting in around R12 a ticket! (under $1) 

Both booking and viewing can be accessed at https://frightfan.tv/horrorfest

An added bonus on buying a ticket will have you earn a free viewing code to catch a movie on the regular Frightfan platform line-up after the festival!

Cinema ticket booking at Quicket.co.za

On top of this, there will be free content to access 25 - 28 October, a few days leading up to the official event starting date to get you geared up for the festivities ahead. (may be extended)

It will include two free anthologies of short films picked from across the Horrorfest history with a cool blend of various Horror moods from calm to the extreme, even music and humour. These free titles will have limited access, so move quick!

Amid the feature film countries ranging from countries like Canada, the UK, Germany, Italy, Japan, the USA, Taiwan, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, we have two movies with South African directors, FRIED BARRY (made in Cape Town) and THE UNFAMILIAR (made in the UK).

 

 

THE HORRORFEST CHANNEL

We recently created our new YouTube channel THE HORRORFEST - currently loads of trailers for movies screening at the 16th Horrorfest are uploaded there, plus filmmaker interviews.  Longterm the channel will feature all things Horror, from movie and book reviews to features, interviews and more.

 

 

BLOODY PARCHMENT

The live Bloody Parchment literature event (with authors reading from their work) is normally hosted in one of the Labia Theatre cinemas, and will this year (surprise-surprise) also be virtual (via Facebook and YouTube). And again, it means this time the entire world can check it out.

 

 

HALLOWEEN DRESS-UP

With public Halloween dress-up more difficult at this year's event, we will host pictures and video posts showing off outfits and make-up on the Horrorfest Facebook group.  Prizes for best looks (for South Africa only, but great international efforts will not go un-lauded)

 



AND HERE'S THE LINE-UP!

Naturally, the movies in the Horrorfest line-up is for mature audiences only - so if you're under 18, you'll have to sit this one out.

Get full movie info at the website: www.horrorfest.info

Virtual event booking and viewing at Frightfan.tv

Limited cinema screenings at the Labia Theatre - book at Quicket.co.za

 

SUN 25 OCT - WED 28 OCT

Free Pre-Fest Content - limited to 1000 tickets each

ROCKY HORROR 45 (documentary) - Global Access

SHADOW REALM SHORT FILM COLLECTION Free Edition 1 - Global Access

SHADOW REALM SHORT FILM COLLECTION Free Edition 2 - Global Access

 

WED 28 OCT

SHAKESPEARE'S SHITSTORM - Global Access / 2 days only, 28-29 Oct

 

WED 28 OCT - 13 NOV   

All of these titles will be accessible from the very start of the festival

HAIL TO THE DEADITES - Africa Only / Full Fest Duration

DEATHCEMBER - Africa Only / Full Fest

BLADE: The Iron Cross - Global Access / Full Fest

DREAMLAND - Africa Only / Full Fest

THE DAWN - Africa Only / Full Fest

NECROPOLIS: LEGION - Global Access / Full Fest

THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL - Global Access / Full Fest

PARALLEL MINDS - Africa Only / Full Fest

WOMAN OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS - Africa Only / Full Fest

No. 76, HORROR BOOKSTORE: Tin of Fear - Africa Only / Full Fest

FORNACIS - Africa Only / Full Fest

SLASHENING: THE FINAL BEGINNING - Global Access / Full Fest

SPACE VAMPIRE - Global Access / Full Fest

SHADOW REALM SHORT FILM COLLECTION Vol. 1 - Global Access / Full Fest

 

THUR 29 OCT

BAD CANDY - Global Access / Full Fest

SNAILS CLUB - Africa Only / Full Fest from 29 Oct

SKULL Africa Only / 2 Day Access  29 - 30 Oct

SHADOW REALM SHORT FILM COLLECTION Vol. 2 - Global Access / Full Fest

 

THUR 29 OCT (cinema)

> ANTEBELLUM - pre-release cinema screening, 8:30pm, Labia Theatre

  

FRI 30 OCT

MUTANT BLAST - Global Access / 2 Days Only, 30 - 31 Oct

SHADOW REALM SHORT FILM COLLECTION Vol. 3 - Global Access / Full Fest

 

FRI 30 OCT (cinema)

> FRIED BARRY - cinema screening at The Labia Theatre, 8:30pm

(sold out, extra show added SAT 7 NOV)

 

SAT 31 OCT

THE CABINET OF DOCTOR CALIGARI (+ live soundtrack) - Global Access / Full Fest

THE HORROR CROWD - Africa Only / Halloween Night, 6pm to Midnight only

YUMMY - Africa Only / 2 Day Access, 31 Oct - 1 Nov

SHADOW REALM SHORT FILM COLLECTION Vol. 4 - Global Access / Full Fest

 

SUN 1 NOV

SACREN - Africa Only / 5 Day Access, 1 - 5 November

CLAPBOARD JUNGLE Africa Only / 3 Day Access 1 - 3 Nov / Limited Tickets

SHADOW REALM SHORT FILM COLLECTION Vol. 5 - Africa Only / Full Fest

TALES OF THE UNCANNY: The Ultimate Survey of Anthology Film - Africa Only / Full Fest

 

SUN 1 NOV (cinema)

> ROCKY HORROR 45 - cinema screening at The Labia Theatre, 8:30pm

 

MON 2 NOV

THE TRUTH WILL OUT - Global Access / Full Fest

TOXICO - Africa Only / 2 Day Access, 2 - 3 Nov

 

TUE 3 NOV

ORIGIN UNKNOWN - Africa Only / 2 Day Access, 3 - 4 Nov

 

WED 4 NOV

THE UNFAMILIAR - Africa Only / 2 Day Access, 4 - 5 Nov

 

THUR 5 NOV

BENNY LOVES YOU - Africa Only / 2 Day Access, 5 - 6 Nov

  

FRI 6 NOV

THE TOXIC AVENGER - Global Access / 2 Days only, 6 - 7 Nov

THE TOXIC AVENGER Part II  Global Access / 2 Days only, 6 - 7 Nov

(watch these as a double feature!)

 

FRI 6 NOV (cinema)

> SKY SHARKS cinema screening at The Labia Theatre, 8:30pm

 

SAT 7 NOV

SKY SHARKS - Africa Only / 2 Day Access, 7 - 8 Nov


 

SAT 7 NOV (cinema)

> FRIED BARRY - cinema screening at The Labia Theatre, 8:30pm (additional show)

 

SUN 8 NOV

THE OAK ROOM - Africa Only / 3 Day Access, 8 - 10 Nov

 

SUN 8 NOV (cinema)

> THE LAST WORD ON THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT - WORLD PREMIERE - exclusive cinema screening only at The Labia Theatre, 8:30pm (no on-line access)

 

MON 9 NOV

STAY OUT OF THE ATTIC - Africa Only / 2 Day Access, 9 - 10 Nov

 

TUE 10 NOV

TO KILL A DRAGON - Africa Only / 2 Day Access, 10 - 11 Nov

 

WED 11 NOV

FOR THE SAKE OF VICIOUS - Africa Only / 2 Day Access, 11 - 12 Nov

 

THUR 12 NOV

FRIED BARRY Africa Only / 2 Day Access, 12 - 13 Nov / Limited Tickets

SPARE PARTS Africa Only / 2 Day Access, 12 - 13 Nov

 

THUR 12 NOV (cinema)

> FREAKY - Special sneak preview competition cinema screening at The Labia Theatre (see Horrorfest Facebook page for details)

 

FRI 13 NOV 

The final festival day will have all the full festival movies accessible, as well as FRIED BARRY and SPARE PARTS 

 

All Horrorfest and social media links at https://linktr.ee/SAhorrorfest

 

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