Ah, Halloween season. Here we are again!
As with all of its previous instalments, the 14th annual South African HorrorFest will again deliver the Cape's most all-encompassing Halloween event.
Cinematically there are over a dozen new, indie and classic movies, many South African premieres, local productions (with filmmaker guests), free pre-release screenings of brand new releases and around 60 fantastic short films from around the world.
Then there is the Bloody Parchment night of dark literature (with local authors), and the Halloween dress-up competition.
The feature films cover a wide range of chilling prospects, from ghosts, slashers, shape-shifters, and the supernatural, to possession, science-gone-wrong, evil legends, and of course the Frankenstein flavour of the ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW's audience participation screening, and Dante's Inferno in the unique live soundtrack performance of classic 1925 silent film MACISTE IN HELL by The Makabra Ensemble (with live sound supplied by Point Blanc).
(Full schedule listed below)
The genre variants span even wider in the close on 60 short films across the 3 feature length Shadow Realm volumes.
(Most feature films and shorts will make their Africa / South Africa / Cape Town premiere at the SA HorrorFest)
Viewers can get the chance to see three chillers before the rest of the country (and the world), with free pre-release screenings of HALLOWEEN and OVERLORD (from UIP), and SLENDER MAN (from FilmFinity) - ticket details at horrorfest.info
Join the fun with a likeminded audience appreciating cinema communal culture diving into serious, creepy, scary and comedic subjects, or just sheer entertainment, thrills and spills.
But as always, the HorrorFest also delivers unique documentaries (this year including a look at the Hong Kong exploitation movies of the '90s, and a doc digging into the huge Halloween haunted attraction industry in the USA).
On-line booking at Quicket.co.za Audience prizes and giveaways across the festival courtesy of Mr Lucky's Cape Town Tattoo, Penguin/Random House Books, Sad Shirts, Next Entertainment, UIP, Dark Waters.
All festival details at horrorfest.info or the various social media links below.
Gratitude goes to our long-standing tech support: Visual Impact & Paul Bothner Music; plus Tyron Munnik & Point Blanc for the live soundtrack event's audio set-up.
And thanks to our venue since the festival's genesis, the Labia Theatre, plus assisting with the free pre-release screenings, UIP and FilmFinity.
2018 South African HorrorFest Schedule
Full movie details, trailers and booking at quicket.co.za
TUESDAY 16 OCTOBER
5:15 pm - HALLOWEEN 2018 (free private pre-release festival warm-up screening)
THURSDAY 25 OCTOBER (official festival kick-off)
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm - BLOODY PARCHMENT (literature event with local authors)
FRIDAY 26 OCTOBER
6:15 pm - SHADOW REALM SHORT FILMS Vol. I (exciting short films from around the world)
8:30 pm - ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (classic musical audience participation screening)
SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER
4:00 pm - THEY REMAIN (isolated researchers unravel in the vicinity of a cult's former compound)
6:15 pm - NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (groundbreaking zombie classic's 50th anniversary)
8:45 pm - MACISTE IN HELL (live Makabra Ensemble soundtrack show & Halloween dress-up)
SUNDAY 28 OCTOBER
4:00 pm - POLTERHEIST (gangsters kidnap a psychic medium to reach their dead boss)
6:15 pm - CATEGORY III: Hong Kong Exploitation Cinema (documentary)
8:30 pm - HELL TRIP (local slasher with filmmakers attending for intro and Q&A)
MONDAY 29 OCTOBER
6:15 pm - SHADOW REALM SHORT FILMS Vol. II (more amazing short films)
8:30 pm - THE TOKOLOSHE (Cape premiere of local chiller)
TUESDAY 30 OCTOBER
6:15 pm - I'LL TAKE YOUR DEAD (supernatural crime thriller)
8:30 pm - HAUNTERS: The Art Of The Scare (haunt industry documentary)
WEDNESDAY 31 OCTOBER
6:15 pm - THE LAPLACE'S DEMON - Il Demone di Laplace (Noir-Math-Horror)
8:30 pm - SLENDER MAN (free Halloween night pre-release treat)
THURSDAY 1 NOVEMBER
6:15 pm - SHADOW REALM SHORT FILMS Part III (another 2 hours of stellar short films)
8:30 pm - LIFECHANGER (shape-shifting body horror)
WED 7 NOV HorrorFest official trailer: https://youtu.be/xFh62j-3IpI
OVERLORD (JJ Abrams produced WWII Horror)
This is the HorrorFest wrap party - a free private pre-release screening a week after the event at Ster Kinekor theatres in Cape Town,
Johannesburg and Durban (+ popcorn, drinks & photo booth attractions).
For the Cape, add your details to the back of your HorrorFest tickets and place it in the box in the Labia Theatre foyer to be in line for double tickets.
For Joburg and Durban, see online submissions at horrorfest.info