Sheffield’s first-rate horror festival returns for an eleventh fright.
UK horror fans rejoice, as Sheffield is offering up cinematic guts on a silver screen platter once more. From October 24th to October 27th, the Arrow Video sponsored festival will be debuting a delightfully dark selection of shorts and feature films. Housed by our neighbours The Showroom cinema, Celluloid Screams is set again to be a wonderful event that fosters inclusivity and community amongst filmmakers and film fans alike, be that inside the screen or with an after screening coffee in The Showroom’s excellent facilities.
In anticipation for next week’s antics, I’ll be offering five picks to look out for in the months to come.
The Nightingale (Feature)
Set against Van Dieman’s Land (later renamed to Tasmania), Aisling Franciosi plays a troubled convict who bears witness to an unspeakable act of terror against her family. After delivering a fresh flavor of psychological tension in 2014’s The Babadook, Jennifer Kent’s next project The Nightingale has already made its way around the festival circuit, with a stream of controversy left in its wake. Kent was sent a stream of scripts to choose from after the sleeper success of The Babadook, but instead chose to focus her efforts on The Nightingale.
The Babadook knocked me for ten back in 2014, with Kent offering a unique voice on mental health and paternal instinct, so I’m exceptionally thrilled to catch Kent’s sophomore feature.
With reportedly thirty audience members leaving its screening at the Sydney Film Festival in relation to its brutalistic direction, The Nightingale is undoubtedly an event not to miss.
The Golden Glove (Feature)
Depicting the chilling murders committed by Fritz Honka in Hamburg during the 70s, The Golden Glove is Faith Akin’s next bold filmmaking forey. Turning heads with the Josh Homme scored In The Fade, Akin’s look at Honka’s gruesome acts has led to it receiving Akin’s first 18 rated feature in Germany. Described as “one of the most vile serial killer movies ever made,” time will tell whether audiences will devour this adaptation of Heinz Strunk’s eponymous novel.
Having already caught Coyote earlier this year via London Short Film Festival, I can wholeheartedly endorse this short as one to catch wherever you possibly can.
Coming from Switzerland based director Lorenz Wunderle, Coyote is descent into a vibrantly painted tale of dread. In its swift 9 minute runtime, Wunderle and co not only show their fantastic animation talent off but blow the lid off your sense of direction. Playing as a revenge story that wouldn’t feel out of place in Mad Max or last year’s Mandy, Coyote is more than just bloodshed and tears.
You can read our full review here.
Antrum: The Deadliest Film Ever Made (Feature)
Else Films are supplying what is supposedly the only existing copy left of this intriguing “lost film”. Kidding but the mythology that filmmakers David Amito and Michael Laicini are creating for this mockumentary is nothing short of brilliant. With legal disclaimers and purported “deaths” reported as a result of the film, this harrowing observations of occult rituals should prove to be an unpredictable watch.
Five Course Meal (Short Film)
Giving off similar vibes to that of the 90s cult classic Cube but supplemented with a dash of Super Size Me, Five Course Meal follows a couple involved in a questionable experiment, in hopes of receiving a cash reward. The only catch: chemically modified food is leading to them a doomed fate of insanity and hunger. James Cadden has been making his way up through the ranks since over the last decade, with an impressive catalog of shorts that further prove Cadden is a filmmaker to keep your eyes (and stomach) ready for.
Are you planning on attending Celluloid Screams? What are your anticipated picks?
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