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: Mon, 23 Jul 2018 15:55
With its 14th edition now just a few of months away, Mayhem Film Festival is proud to announce the first three titles from its 2018 programme.
Mayhem will host the UK Premiere of Shinsuke Sato's Inuyashiki. A turbo-charged live action adaptation of the best-selling sci-fi manga series, Inuyashiki follows a downtrodden middle-aged man and an isolated teenager reborn as indestructible cyborgs after an apparent alien encounter. But whilst one uses his powers for good, the other seeks to wreak murderous havoc on humanity.
Also in this year's line-up is the British zombie musical taking international horror film festivals by storm, Anna and the Apocalypse. When the zombie apocalypse hits the sleepy town of Little Haven, Anna and her friends must brutally battle - as well as sing and dance - their way to safety with an ever-growing horde of the undead in relentless pursuit. It's a 'High School Musical Of The Living Dead' - yes really.
Concluding Mayhem's first round of announcements, the festival will screen the folklore-inspired horror anthology The Field Guide to Evil. From the creators of the cult classic The ABCs of Death, the film sees eight of the finest international directors – including Agnieszka Smoczyńska (The Lure) and Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio) – explore the universal nature of human fear with stories inspired by myths, legends, and strange tales from around the world.
More events, films and guests for Mayhem 2018 will be announced later in the summer. Mayhem Film Festival will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 11–14 October 2018. Early Bird Passes are still available for just £65. For more information, please visitwww.mayhemfilmfestival.com
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, 10 Oct 2017 12:00
The early 1920s. The passenger zeppelin Helios heads across the arctic wastes, searching for any sign of a lost expedition from ten years earlier. When storm clouds hit and the zeppelin is forced off-course it finds itself forced to confront a lost world that holds secrets from beyond time - including a flock of deadly flying predators…
Zeppelin V Pterodactyls is a live stage reading of a script developed by Mayhem Film Festival from a scenario written for Hammer Films by David Allen in 1970. The original scenario forms part of the Hammer Films collection at De Montfort University's Cinema and Television History (CATH) archive.
JONNY PHILLIPS as THE NARRATOR
THOMAS FARTHING as GORDON EASTON
Thomas is a film and stage actor from Derby. For more information on Thomas's work see: https://www.spotlight.com/interactive/cv/8216-0169-4090
MELVYN RAWLINSON as DR. EDMUND FULMER
Melvyn has been an actor for over 30 years specialising in Mask and Physical Theatre and toured across Britain and Europe with his solo show The Pied Piper of Hamelin. More recently, Melvyn has been seen in commercials, short films and local theatre, where he has played a range of diverse characters including a time travelling Gnome, a malevolent paranormal investigator, and Nottingham's very own philanthropist and abolitionist, Samuel Morley. He is just about to record the next thrilling instalments with the Black Library for the War Hammer series of audio Dramas. Having grown up during Hammer's heyday he is delighted to be involved with bringing to life one of the studio's lost treasures.
OLIVIA NEWTON as DELANDRIA
Olivia is an actor from Nottingham who trained at the Television Workshop under Ian Smith.
ROB GOLL as CAPTAIN RAMSEY
Rob trained at Bretton Hall. His theatre credits include: NEAT 16 Studio Ensemble; The Second Minute; The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui; The League of Youth (Nottingham Playhouse); King Lear; Much Ado About Nothing; Henry V; The Tempest; Macbeth; Romeo and Juliet; Twelfth Night; Richard II; Richard III (Cambridge Shakespeare Festival); Sleuth (Quirksome Theatre); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Garden Theatre). Television credits include: Panto! Mayhem, Make Up and Magic (BBC Storyville/Met Film/Glimmer Films).Other credits include: Narrator of 20 Audiobook titles, mainly Sci-Fi and Fantasy, with some Horror, Historical Fiction and a spot of Poetry.
SYLVIA ROBSON as RUTH IMRIE
In 2014 Sylvia was named Female Actor to Watch by Sarah Bodinar (Nottingham Evening Post) for her role in A Dozen Summers (film). Recently she has been touring with Shakespeare theatre productions and just completed a run in Middlesbrough with a thriller The Nightmare Room. For more information on Sylvia's work see here:
Zeppelin V Pterodactyls features an original score by Gavin Morrow and Gerallt Ruggiero.
Script by Steven Sheil from an original outline by David Allen.
Posted: Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:43
Hammer Films is a mainstay in British popular culture. The revival of the British gothic horror in the late 1950s, coupled with the iconic, indelible pairing of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, cemented the company's status as one of Britain's most renowned film studios. Yet for every classic Hammer Film like The Quatermass Xperiment, The Curse of Frankenstein or Dracula, film historians and fans of the studio find themselves equally intrigued by the Hammer Films that never made it to the screen. These unmade films not only provide a number of intriguing 'what-if' scenarios for the history of the studio, but by providing new production and development contexts, can also offer us new insights into how Hammer operated at the height of its powers.
One of the earliest and most infamous unmade Hammer Films was Night Creatures,an adaptation of Richard Matheson's seminal novel I Am Legend, adapted into a screenplay for Hammer by Matheson himself in 1957. Hammer's regular clashes with the British censor are legendary, with films such as The Curse of Frankenstein and Dracula all keenly contested, and Hammer's The Curse of the Werewolf irrevocably altered by the censor's interference. However, Night Creatures was one of the few projects where Hammer failed to placate the censor, with the script by Matheson being dismissed outright. The rejection of Matheson's screenplay left Hammer with no choice but to cancel the film, but remnants of The Night Creatures still exist. Hammer sold the script to Robert Lippert, who produced the I Am Legend adaptation The Last Man on Earth in 1964. Hammer even made sure the title didn't go to waste, with The Night Creatures being used as the American title of Captain Clegg in 1962.
However, despite the censor scuppering Night Creatures, Hammer had a remarkably successful produced to unproduced ratio throughout the late 1950s and 1960s. It was not until the 1970s, with the American and British Film industry on the verge of collapse, that Hammer began to see some of it's more ambitious projects fall by the wayside.
In the early 1970s, Hammer began to realise that their gothic horror formula was no longer securing finance and distribution from increasingly risk-adverse American studios. As a result, Hammer's owner Michael Carreras embarked on a new, ambitious strategy, putting a number of large-scale multi-million dollar pictures into production, with the hope that their cross-market appeal and potential for international box office would make them more appealing to financiers. This strategy ultimately proved unsuccessful, but it led to a number of intriguing unmade prospects at Hammer.
Perhaps the apex of this strategy was Hammer's unmade Nessie, a proposed $7million monster movie which would have seen an irradiated Loch Ness Monster emerge from the Loch and terrorise international waters. The project was developed as a co-production between Hammer, Columbia and Toho Studios, who were to provide distribution in Japan as well as providing the special effects to bring Nessie to life. The project proved too ambitious for Hammer, with a big budget production proving unworkable for the company against the back-drop of a failing film industry.
The decline of the industry also put paid to Hammer's planned adaptation of the science fiction comic-book Vampirella. Another attempt at a big-budget production, the film got remarkably close to making it to the screen. Michael Carreras promoted the project in New York, taking stars Peter Cushing and Barbra Leigh to the Famous Monster Convention in November 1975 to promote the film. The Hammer Script Archive at De Montfort University even holds an expenses document that budgets the potential hotel expenses of the stars during production. Ultimately however the state of the film industry, as well as complex rights issues surrounding the character of Vampirella, meant the project never made it in front of the cameras.
These projects were all developed extensively at Hammer, with Night Creatures, Nessie and Vampirella all having screenplays, directors and stars attached. However, a project such as the intriguingly titled Zeppelins V Pterodactyls, where only a storyline and poster were produced, offers a number of other intriguing questions. Who would have starred? Who would have directed? How would the brief outline's plot be developed into a full screenplay? Although these questions will sadly remain hypothetical, the screenplay developed by Steven Sheil based on the outline, to be performed in a one-off script reading at Mayhem Festival, can at least offer us a tantalising glimpse behind the curtain of one of the greatest what-ifs in Hammer's history.
Kieran Foster is based at De Montfort University as a Midlands3Cities/AHRC funded PhD student, currently undertaking his 3rd year of study. His thesis uses the archival materials available at De Montfort University's Hammer Script Archive in order to examine the unmade projects of Hammer Films.
Jonny Phillips leads cast for Mayhem Film Festival’s live stage reading of Hammer Films’ ZEPPELIN V PTERODACTYLS
Posted: Thu, 28 Sep 2017 10:45
Mayhem Film Festival is proud to reveal the full cast of its exclusive live stage reading of unmade Hammer Films script, Zeppelin V Pterodactyls.
Jonny Phillips (Titanic, Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime), who previously played Dracula in Mayhem's live stage reading of The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula back in 2015, will return to the festival as the narrator in this year's production of Zeppelin V Pterodactyls. Derby actor, Thomas Farthing, and Nottingham-based actors, Melvyn Rawlinson, Olivia Newton, Rob Goll and Sylvia Robson, will join Jonny Phillips on stage and complete the cast.
The one-of-a-kind event will take place at Broadway, Nottingham as part of Mayhem's 13th edition on Sunday 15 October at 5PM, with the group of actors bringing to life a never-seen-before Hammer story, accompanied by original music from Gavin Morrow and Gerallt Ruggiero.
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 V Pterodactylswill take audience members on an epic sci-fi adventure to a lost world beyond the arctic snows where prehistoric creatures may still roam. The event is made possible with thanks to Hammer Films and CATH (Cinema and Television History) Research Centre at DeMontfort University.
Earlier this month, Mayhem announced its full line-up of events and guests, including guested screenings of Double Date, which will be followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Barfoot, writer/actor Danny Morgan, actress Georgia Groome and producer Matt Wilkinson; Habit with special guests director Simeon Halligan, producer Rachel Richardson-Jones and actor Elliot Langridge, and the UK Premiere of Preywith special guest director Dick Maas. The festival will also host screenings of Friday the 13th Part III – 3D on Friday 13th October, a new restoration of Dario Argento's Suspiria as part of The CultFilms Tour of SUSPIRIA-4k, the UK Premiere of Korean film A Day, and previews of festival favourites Most Beautiful Island, 68 Kill, Mayhem, M.F.A., Top Knot Detective and many more.
The full line-up and schedule is available at http://www.mayhemfilmfestival.com/tickets
The live stage reading of Zeppelin V Pterodactyls will take place on Sunday 15 October at Broadway, Nottingham at 5PM. Mayhem Film Festival takes place on 12-15 October 2017.
Individual tickets, day passes and full festival passes are now on sale. For more information, please visitwww.mayhemfilmfestival.com
Posted: Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:06
With just one month to go until the start of its 13th 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):
AFTER PARTY (WORLD PREMIERE)// Dir.Liam Banks, UK, 8m27
AMY // Dir. L. Gustavo Cooper, US, 6m46
BLOOD SHED // Dir. James Moran, UK, 13m18
CRESWICK // Dir. Natalie Erika James, Australia, 9m31
DON'T EVER CHANGE (UK PREMIERE) // Dir. Don Swaynos, US, 9m48
FEEDING TIME // Dir. Matt Mercer, US, 12m54
IN THE DARK, DARK WOODS (UK PREMIERE) // Dir. Jason Bognacki, US, 4m3
LIZ DRIVES // Dir. Mia'kate Russell, Australia, 8m
REAL ARTISTS // Dir. Cameo Wood, US, 12m
TEDDY BEARS PICNIC //Dir. Thomas Hodge, UK, 5m27
UNDRESS ME // Dir. Amelia Moses, Canada, 13m27
WHAT METAL GIRLS ARE INTO (UK PREMIERE) // Dir. Laurel Vail, US, 15m
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.
"This year we have something for everybody: from scary short shockers, to thought provoking science fiction, from the genuinely creepy, to the full-on gory, all from some of the most promising new directors out there around the world... and closer to home." - Chris Cooke, Mayhem Film Festival Co-Director.
Mayhem's full line-up was revealed last week and individual tickets, day passes and full festival passes will go on sale at 10AM on Tuesday 12 September.
Mayhem Film Festival takes place on 12-15 October 2017 at Broadway, Nottingham.
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.