Mayhem Film Festival announces EXTRA ORDINARY, SWORD OF GOD (THE MUTE), SOMETHING ELSE and first guests
Posted: Wed, 24 Jul 2019 10:44
Following its biggest ever edition last year, Mayhem Film Festival is back for 2019 and proud to announce the first three titles for this year's festival.
Opening Mayhem's 15th edition is Irish supernatural comedy Extra Ordinary. In rural Ireland, reluctant medium Rose is called upon to save a local teen from the town's resident one-hit wonder rock star, who has somewhat satanic plans to bring his career back from the dead. Expect exorcisms, and plenty of ectoplasm. Mayhem is delighted to welcome special guests from the film for a Q&A after the screening.
Next in this year's line-up is the UK Premiere of immersive Polish historical drama Sword of God (The Mute). In the early Middle Ages, two Christian knights arrive at a pagan village hidden deep in the mountains. Soon, their faith and the bond between them are brutally tested as events spiral out of control, and many will die in the name of God.
Rounding off the first wave of announcements is the genre-bending Something Else. From directors Jeremy Gardner (cult buddy-movie-zombie-outbreak film The Battery) and Christian Stella comes a completely unique take on the monster movie – a love story. When Hank's girlfriend vanishes, leaving only a note behind, his sanity begins to slip and something mysterious stirs in the woods that surround his home.
More events, films and guests for Mayhem 2019 will be announced later in the summer.
Early Bird passes are on sale now at £70, allowing access to the full festival including previews, premieres, and special events.
Mayhem Film Festival will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 10 – 13 October 2019, and more news will be revealed over the summer about this year's edition.
Posted: Thu, 04 Oct 2018 13:54
We are delighted to announce that Richard Ramchurn's brain-controlled film, The Moment, will be screening at Mayhem throughout the festival, and you may be able to change its narrative.
The Moment is a story set on the cusp of the Singularity. The story explores three narratives in a dystopian future where brain-computer interfaces are both a source of social threat and potential revelation. The film speaks about our present relationships with each other via social media and its facilitation of rise of far-right ideologies.
The Moment is an interactive film which uses a Brain Computer Interface to collect attention data from the viewer and recombine into a real-time narrative. Each time the film is watched, the rhythms of the viewer's brain data creates a new narrative combination – in total, there are 18 billion combinations. The Moment is the second brain-controlled film from writer/director Richard Ramchurn.
The Moment will screen as part of Mayhem Film Festival, at Broadway, Nottingham in Room 2, at the following times:
THURSDAY 11 OCTOBER
FRIDAY 12 OCTOBER
SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER
SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER
One viewer will be able to control the film whilst others can watch the experience unfold.
The Moment is a reaction to the post truth world. It holds up a mirror and reminds people of their own agency, and responsibility. Technology is being positioned to merge with us: Google's director of engineering Ray Kurzweil and Elon Musk have both independently stated that for biological intelligence to stay relevant it must merge with machines. This is the subject of great debate in the media, this experience uses the technology to raise awareness of brain computer interfaces and acts as a provocation to their future uses.
See the trailer at http://braincontrolledmovie.co.uk
Posted: Mon, 10 Sep 2018 10:19
With just one month to go until its 14th 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):
AND THE BABY SCREAMED // Dir.Dan Gitsham, UK, 3m29
CATCALLS // Dir. Kate Dolan, Ireland, 8m39
COYOTE // Dir. Lorenz Wunderle, Switzerland, 9m55
DICK AND STEWART: I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE // Dir. Richard Littler, UK, 12m49
HEARTLESS (UK PREMIERE) // Dir. Kevin Sluder, US, 12m24
HUNTED (WORLD PREMIERE) // Dir. Owen Tooth, UK, 5m41
MILK // Dir. Santiago Menghini, Canada, 9m48
SALT // Dir. Rob Savage, UK, 2m
THE BLUE DOOR // Dir. Paul Taylor, UK, 9m14
TiCK //Dir. Ashlea Wessel, Canada, 13m5
ULISES (UK PREMIERE) // Dir. Jorge Malpica, Mexico, 8m
WE SUMMONED A DEMON // Dir. Chris McInroy, US, 5m52
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, day passes and full festival passes are now on sale.
Mayhem Film Festival takes place on 11-14 October 2018 at Broadway, Nottingham.
Posted: Wed, 05 Sep 2018 14:06
Mayhem Film Festival is proud to announce the full line-up for its 2018 edition, which will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 11-14 October. The festival showcases the best features and short films in horror, sci-fi and cult cinema, through premieres, previews, and guested screenings each year.
Mayhem 2018 starts as it means to go on with Scottish zombie musical Anna and the Apocalypse, which opens the festival on Thursday 11 October, and will be followed by a Q&A with director John McPhail. Aislinn Clarke will present a screening of her found-footage chiller The Devil's Doorway, set in one of Ireland's notorious Magdalene asylums. Writer-director Marc Price (smash-hit zombie flick Colin) will also attend the festival to present his action-packed crime-thriller Nightshooters, where things get messy when a hapless film crew on a late-night shoot accidentally record a gangland execution.
Mayhem's 14th edition will play host to no fewer than three UK Premieres, with exclusive first screenings of Nosipho Dumisa's Cape Town-set Hitchcock homage Number 37, slow-burning science-fiction indie Prospect, and – as previously announced – Shinsuke Sato's live-action manga adaptation Inuyashiki.
Already proving popular following last month's announcement and certain to be festival highlights are Panos Cosmatos' cosmic fever dream Mandy, starring a truly top-form Nicolas Cage, and Japanese box-office sensation One Cut of the Dead.
Delving into the archives, Mayhem is pleased to present a rare screening of Erik Blomberg's strange and supernatural 1952 Finnish folktale, The White Reindeer, and the Dario Argento-produced 1985 cult classic Demons.
This year's edition also includes screenings of horror anthologies Nightmare Cinema and The Field Guide to Evil – both previously announced – as well as preview screenings of Brazilian director Dennison Romalho's macabre mortuary horror The Nightshifter, Nicolas Pesce's darkly comic Piercing, starring Mia Wasikowska,the hilariouslybad-taste splatterfest Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, and haunted-house horror The Witch in the Window. Colin Minihan's grueling survival thriller What Keeps You Alive will close the festival.
The ever-popular short film programme and Mayhem's 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 £65 until 10AM on Monday 10 September, at which time individual tickets, day passes and full festival passes – at the standard price of £75 – will be made available.
Mayhem Film Festival takes place on 11-14 October 2018 at Broadway, Nottingham.
You can see our full line-up and schedule HERE.
Mayhem Film Festival announces THE DEVIL’S DOORWAY, MANDY, WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE, ONE CUT OF THE DEAD and NIGHTMARE CINEMA
Posted: Thu, 23 Aug 2018 14:17
As its 14th edition creeps ever closer, Mayhem Film Festival is proud to announce the next set of titles from this year's programme.
Mayhem is to present a screening of Aislinn Clarke's found-footage chiller The Devil's Doorway. In rural Ireland in 1960, two Catholic priests are sent from the Vatican to investigate reports of miraculous activity in a remote home for 'fallen women', only to discover that altogether darker forces may be at work. Mayhem is pleased to welcome director Aislinn Clarke to take part in a post-screening Q&A.
Showing in the festival's coveted Friday late-night slot, Nicolas Cage goes full... well, Nicolas Cage with a fantastically high-octane performance in Panos Cosmatos' cosmic revenge thriller Mandy. Pacific Northwest, 1983 AD. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire.
Next up in this year's programme is Colin Minihan's grueling survival thriller What Keeps You Alive. On the eve of their first wedding anniversary, Jules and Jackie become embroiled in a merciless fight for their lives against the most unexpected of adversaries - each other. As violence rains down upon their idyllic forest getaway, the women engage in a frenzied physical - and psychological - battle that tests the very limits of their instinct to survive.
Also screening at this year's festival is Shin'inchiro Ueda's unmissable micro-budget zombie movie, and Japanese box-office sensation, One Cut of The Dead. Playing to sell-out audiences since its release, the film has made more than 250 times its budget, and counting. During the making of a small-scale zombie flick, all hell breaks loose when a real zombie outbreak erupts on set - a gleeful horror-comedy packed with seriously entertaining monster mayhem and an epic 37-minute single-take opening.
Wrapping up this second wave of announcements, Mayhem presents Nightmare Cinema, a new horror anthology uniting masters of genre cinema - including Mick Garris (Sleepwalkers, Masters of Horror) and Joe Dante (Gremlins) - for five gruesome tales of terror featuring sinister surgeons, brain-spiders and killer nuns.
Mayhem's full line-up will be announced early September. Discounted Early Bird Passes are still available to purchase.
Mayhem Film Festival will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 11 – 14 October 2018.
Posted: Tue, 12 Jun 2018 10:29
Early Bird passes are now on sale for Mayhem Film Festival 2018, which will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 11-14 October.
Early Bird passes allow access to the full festival, including all films and special events. The passes are available for a limited period of time for just £65 for four days of exciting previews, premieres, special guests and events, showcasing the best horror, sci-fi and cult features and shorts from around the world. To buy an Early Bird pass, please click HERE or contact the Broadway box office on 0115 952 6611.
Mayhem is also on the lookout for short films for its ever-popular Short Film Showcase. Ahead of its 14th edition, Mayhem will be accepting local, national and international entries, hoping to compile another selection of outstanding short films for what remains a much-loved part of the festival's programme, and still one of its most popular screenings each year.
Now a four-day event, Mayhem originally started as a single compilation of short films, and the short film selection still holds an important place in the festival's schedule. Mayhem Film Festival continues to expand, welcoming more special guests, celebrating new and emerging talent, and highlighting bold and exciting new feature and short films from the dark edges of genre and beyond.
The call for short films is now open and filmmakers can submit their entry, for free, until midday on Friday 17 August. To submit your scary short, please email Melissa Gueneau at email@example.com
Mayhem Film Festival will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 11-14 October 2018.
Posted: Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:04
Mayhem Film Festival is proud to announce the full line-up of its 2017 edition, which will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 12-15 October. The festival showcases the best features and short films in horror, sci-fi and cult cinema, through premieres, previews, guested screenings and special events each year.
As previously announced, Benjamin Barfoot's Double Date will open the festival on Thursday 12 October and will be followed by a Q&A with guests yet to be revealed. Director Simeon Halligan will present his film Habit and will be joined on stage by producer Rachel Richardson-Jones and lead actor Elliot Langridge. Dick Maas (Amsterdamned, Saint) will also attend the festival to present the UK Premiere of Prey, the ferociously funny tale of a man-eating lion terrorising Amsterdam. The cast for the live stage reading of unmade Hammer script, Zeppelin v Pterodactyls, the centrepiece of the festival's last day, will be announced at a later stage.
Mayhem's 13th edition also includes screenings of Top Knot Detective and Mayhem – both previously announced – as well as the UK Premiere of tragic Groundhog Day-like South Korean sci-fi thriller, A Day, and preview screenings of Natalia Leite's revenge thriller M.F.A. starring Francesca Eastwood, riotous comedy-thriller 68 Killwhich plays like a gender-reversed True Romance, Ana Asensio's spellbinding and award-winning debut Most Beautiful Island, and the darkly comic zombie flick Dead Shack which will close the festival.
With a total of 17 screenings and events, the 2017 edition will also see a screening of Dario Argento's Suspiria, in a glorious restoration on its 40th anniversary, as part of The CultFilms Tour of SUSPIRIA-4k. The short film programme and the fiendish Mayhem quiz, The Flinterrogation, hosted by author David Flint, will return to round up the festival's line-up.
Early Bird passes will remain on sale at the discounted price of £65 until 10AM on Tuesday 12 September at which time individual tickets, day passes and full festival passes at the regular price of £75 will be made available.
The live stage reading of Hammer Films Zeppelin v Pterodactyls is made possible with thanks to Hammer Films and CATH (Cinema and Television History) Research Centre at DeMontfort University.
Mayhem Film Festival takes place on 12-15 October 2017 at Broadway, Nottingham.
The full line-up and schedule for Mayhem 2017 is available to download here.
Posted: Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:41
With less than two months to go before the festival's 13th edition, we are proud to announce two new titles and a special event as part of their programme.
Building on the success of The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula from the 2015 edition, Mayhem Film Festival will present a new live stage reading of an unmade Hammer production – the legendary Zeppelin vs Pterodactyls. Based on a thought-lost outline from the Hammer Scripts Archive, now faithfully expanded into a full-length script by Mayhem Co-Director, Steven Sheil (Mum & Dad, Dead Mine), Zeppelin vs Pterodactyls will take you on an epic sci-fi adventure to a lost world beyond the arctic snows where prehistoric creatures may still roam. If you couldn't attend the 2015 production, expect an immersive 'screenless cinema' experience with actors bringing the screenplay vividly to life. This one of a kind event is made possible with thanks to Hammer Films and CATH (Cinema and Television History) Research Centre at DeMontfort University.
In addition to this special live event, Mayhem is proud to announce two more films from their 2017 line-up, including Simeon Halligan's Habit. In this subversive film from the director of White Settlers, a young man working in a massage parlour discovers something dangerous and sinister lurking in the mysterious room no.9. Director Simeon Halligan will present the film and take part in a post-screening Q&A.
Wrapping up this second wave of announcements is Shudder's fittingly titled Mayhem, from American director Joe Lynch. Beyond the endless amusement of Mayhem screening at Mayhem, the film is a relentlessly fun corporate horror in which Derek Cho (Steven Yeun) finds himself trapped within the law firm he has just been fired from, as a super virus making people lose all of their inhibitions condemns the building to quarantine.
Mayhem Film Festival will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 12-15 October 2017. Early Bird passes are still available for a limited time only at the discounted rate of £65.