Dir. John McPhail, UK, 2017, 107m

Starring: Ella Hunt, Paul Kaye

The film that has taken international horror film festivals by storm is a High School Musical Of The Living Dead! Yes really. A zombie musical. In Scotland. At Christmas. Anna and her friends must brutally battle - as well as sing and dance - their way to the supposed safety of their school, fighting off both a ravenous zombie horde and a power-crazed headmaster in the process. [Advised certificate: 18]

"Pure joy." - Film School Rejects

"Charming and warm and violent and gross and catchy and sweet." - Slash Film


Dirs. Joe Dante, Mick Garris, Ryûhei Kitamua, David Slade, Alejandro Brugués, US, 2018, 119m

Starring: Mickey Rourke, Richard Chamberlain

You are beckoned to the Nightmare Cinema for a screening of an old school anthology (think Creepshow, Body Bags) courtesy of the combined talents of the directors of Gremlins, Sleepwalkers, Hard Candy, Versus and Juan of the Dead. A roller coaster ride of insane horror, featuring killer nuns, brain-spiders, mad surgery and exhilaratingly over the top mayhem! [Advised certificate: 18]

"Freakish, it all up like the sugar-coated horror treat each segment is meant to be" - Slash Film

"Gruesome fun." - The Hollywood Reporter


Dir. Erik Blomberg, Finland, 1952, 68m, with English Subtitles

Starring: Mirjami Kuosmanen, Kalervo Nissila

Mayhem are proud to present this incredibly rare, unique film – a strange supernatural folk tale based on Lapland mythology, shot on location in stunning snow-covered landscapes, with themes straight out of Cat People and The Wolf Man. Keen to fill her marriage with passion, Pirita visits a shaman, but her wish turns her into a vampire were-reindeer with a lust for the blood of men! The weird and wonderfully haunting film went on to win a major prize at the Cannes Film Festival. [Advised certificate: 18]

"Haunting." - Trailers From Hell

"Eerie and spectacularly filmed." - Mondo Digital


Dir. Nicolas Pesce, US, 2018, 81m

Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Christopher Abbott

From the cult director of Eyes Of My Mother and based on a novel by Ryu Murakami, author of the unforgettably chilling Audition, comes this blackly comic portrait of a would-be serial killer, his first kill and the perverse violence which binds them. Super stylish, a great soundtrack and a twisted soul mark Piercing as completely fresh. [Advised certificate: 18]

"A sadistically seductive experience." - Screen Daily

"Stunning...expertly crafted with jewel-toned cinematography...terrifically sleazy." - Variety


Dir. Marc Price, UK, 2018, 101m

Starring: John-Paul Ly, Rosanna Hoult

A hapless film crew, shooting a martial-arts-zombie film, stumble across a brutal gangland killing and must use their skills to survive the the night. Action packed and inventive comic chaos from the director of the cult classic Colin, the zombie smash hit made for just £45! We're delighted to welcome director Marc Price for a post-screening Q&A. [Advised certificate: 18]

"Looks set to be a cult classic." - Starburst


Dirs. Sonny Laguna & Tommy Wiklund, UK/US, 2018, 90m

Starring: Udo Kier, Barbara Crampton

This gory, over the top and hilariously bad-taste splatterfest from the creator of Bone Tomahawk effectively reboots the popular 80s franchise. All hell breaks loose at a hotel convention when evil puppets come to life at the psychic command of their nazi leader. [Advised certificate: 18]

"Meant to be experienced with the rowdiest crowd imaginable." - Birth.Movies.Death

"Will have you gasping, squirming, laughing." - Bloody Disgusting

"Abso-f*cking-lutely f*cking awesome." - Nerdly


Dir. Panos Cosmatos, US, 2018, 121m

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough

A colour-drenched, acid-tinged, delirious and dread-filled story of a man on a quest for bloody, brutal revenge against the mad cult that destroyed his idyllic life, Mandy is a unique cinematic vision, designed to be seen BIG and LOUD. Cosmic, psychedelic, otherworldly filmmaking from the director of Beyond The Black Rainbow, featuring star turns by Andrea Riseborough and an unforgettably creepy Linus Roche, and a truly intense and mesmerising performance from Cage alongside synapse-burning visuals that will summon nightmares and stay with you for days. [Certificate: 18]

"(A) stunning dose of psychedelia and derangement...which veers from astonishing, expressionistic exchanges to gory mayhem without an iota of compromise…Nicholas Cage is batshit insane." - Indiewire

"A mesmerising visual and sonic experience" - SciFi Now


Dir. Shin'inchiro Ueda, Japan, 2017, 96m, with English Subtitles

Starring: Takayuki Hamatsu, Harumi Syuhama.

A real zombie apocalypse horror film made in one continuous take and…well, something completely unexpected as well. A hymn to the joys of low-budget filmmaking and a self-reflexive, infectious delight that will leave a smile on your face and a desire to watch the whole thing all over again. [Certificate: 15]

"Exceptionally enjoyable." - Asian Movie Pulse

"Perfect fun." - Eastern Kicks


Dirs. Chris Caldwell & Zeke Earl, US, 2018, 98m

Starring: Sophie Thatcher, Jay Duplass

A teenager and her father search a poisonous moon for a rare substance, but more dangerous prospectors are there and the pair find themselves battling to survive and escape. A grittily authentic sci-fi tale, with a cameo from A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night star, Sheila Vand. [Advised certificate: 18]

"Impressive." - Film Inquiry

"The best indie science-fiction movie since Moon." - Slashfilm


Dir. Nosipho Dumisa, South Africa, 2018, 110m, with English Subtitles

Starring: Irshaad Ally, Monique Rockman

An intensely suspenseful debut from Dumisa, Number 37 is a twisted, ferociously original take on Hitchcock's Rear Window. Trapped in his apartment, incapacitated in a wheelchair and unable to leave, Randall is a petty criminal who witnesses a murder across from his building, but his subsequent plan to use his knowledge of the crime to dig himself out the hole he's in only plunges himself and his long-suffering partner deeper into deadly danger. [Advised certificate: 18]

"Strikingly well-crafted thriller." - Variety

"One of the most exciting genre debuts in recent years." - ScreenAnarchy


Dir. Various, International, 2018, 120m

The critically acclaimed short film section of the festival, featuring international, national and local genre cinema at its finest. Horror, sci-fi and much more, exploring the cutting edge and the outer limits of original talent. [Advised certificate: 18]



Dir Aislinn Clarke, UK, 2018, 76m

Starring: Lalor Roddy, Helena Bereen

In the fall of 1960, Father Thomas Riley and Father John Thornton were sent by the Vatican to investigate a miraculous event in an Irish home for 'fallen women', only to uncover something much more terrifying… Digging deep into the untold stories of Ireland's dark recent past and mixing the sacred with the profane, Aislinn Clarke's unsettling, disturbing found-footage horror is a fresh breath of unholy air. We're delighted to welcome director Aislinn Clarke for a post-screening Q&A. [Advised certificate: 18]

"Stylish, shuddering horror… Unearths scary surprises." - Screen International

"A disquieting gem of a horror movie." - Entertainment Weekly


Dir. Lamberto Bava, Italy, 1985, 88m, partly subtitled

Starring: Michele Soavi, Nicoletta Elmi, Fiore Argento

A group of cinema-goers find themselves trapped in the building and easy prey for marauding demons. Up on the big screen at Broadway where it belongs, this is pure 80s, from soundtrack to screen, gory, over-the-top entertainment. Inspired by Dawn of the Dead, produced by the legendary Dario Argento and directed by Mario Bava's son. [Certificate: 18]

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Dir. Astron-6, Canada, 2018, 8'33

The true story of Saint Nicholas.

[Certificate 18]

"Outrageous." - Medium


Dir. Shinsuke Sato, Japan, 2018, 127m, with English subtitles

Starring: Noritake Kinashi, Takeru Satoh

Manga-anime live action adaptation. This fast-paced alternative superhero origin tale blends Parasyte with Death Note, with shades of They Call Me Jeeg. Inuyashiki follows two entirely different people given incredible cyborg powers by a mysterious entity from space. One - a put-upon middle-aged salaryman - uses them for good, while the other seeks only murderous revenge against society. [Advised certificate: 18]

"Unexpectedly heart-warming…thrilling." - Variety

"Body horror mixed with energetic action." - The Reel Bits


Dirs: Ashim Ahluwalia, Can Evrenol, Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz, Katrin Gebbe, Calvin Reeder, Agnieszka Smoczynska, Peter Strickland & Yannis Veslemes, New Zealand, 2018, 117m, partly subtitled

From the creators of ABCs of Death comes an anthology like no other. Eight of the finest international directors explore the universal nature of fear with stories inspired by myth, folklore and legend. From the acclaimed directors of Goodnight Mommy, The Lure, The Duke Of Burgundy, Baskin and more. [Advised certificate: 18]

This is 'folk horror' par excellence...a trans-national, multi-generic, ambisexual compendium of psychological flotsam and jetsam." - SciFi Now

"A must-see for true horror fans." - Medium


Dir. Andy Mitton, Canada, 2018, 77m

Starring: Alex Draper, Charlie Tacker

Having to look after his estranged son while he renovates an old house, Simon slowly becomes aware that they are not alone and that someone sits in the window-seat upstairs, waiting...Mitton's film is a chilling and ultimately nightmarish haunted house tale, a truly skin-crawling piece, crafted from pure dread. [Advised certificate: 18]

"The brooding lovechild of Edgar Allen Poe and Peter Straub." - Dread Central

"Creepy as hell… utterly impressive. Not to be missed." - Bloody Disgusting


Dir. Dennison Ramalho, Brazil, 2018, 104m, with English subtitles

Starring: Daniel De Oliveira, Fabiula Nascimento

Stênio works the lonely night shift at a morgue, where he is witness to the violence of the city – but also where he talks to the dead… and the dead tell him things. However, acting on information only the dead could know, his life soon spirals out of control. A nightmarishly original vision from a remarkable new talent, this is an exclusive screening of the award winning film, not to be missed. [Advised certificate: 18]

"Impressive." - ScreenAnarchy

"Eerie and accomplished." - Rue Morgue


Dir. Colin Minihan, Canada, 2018, 98m

Starring: Hannah Emily Anderson, Brittany Allen

On the eve of their first wedding anniversary Jules and Jackie head to an idyllic cabin in the forest to celebrate. But what starts as a quiet weekend retreat soon turns into a violent nightmare as shocking revelations pit two women against each other in a terrifying fight to survive. A brutal, blood-soaked fear trip, delivering twist after twist after twist. [Advised certificate: 18]

"Tense and darkly humorous." - Bloody Disgusting

"Truly clever." -

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