Posted: Fri, 14 May 2021 18:43
Mayhem Film Festival will return this autumn to showcase the best in international horror, sci-fi and cult cinema, with the festival's 17th edition planned to run for four days from 14-17 October.
After last year hosting a slimmed-down 'Skeleton Edition' of the festival due to restrictions caused by the pandemic, organisers are hoping to move back towards the full flesh of the festival's traditional form for this year's edition, though the precise structure of the festival will remain responsive to events and any restrictions which may be in place in the autumn.
"We are very much hoping to return to a full festival at our home venue of Broadway in Nottingham, because nothing beats the full experience, but we are aware things are still evolving. Our main priority is for everyone, audiences and staff, to enjoy films in a safe environment so we're encouraging you to save the dates, but don't make plans to travel just yet. We'll continue to work with our friends at Broadway and follow government guidance in the next few months and hope to announce our exact plans in the early summer", says the team.
On the festival's return, Broadway's Marketing Director Stewart Terry says: "We're so excited to host Mayhem once again and we hope to do so in all its gory glory. The festival always brings people together at Broadway and we can't wait for them to not only enjoy some of the most exciting films from across the world, but also experience our refurbed venue."
In addition to announcing their 2021 dates, Mayhem Film Festival is also excited to open their call for short films for this year's edition. Over the years, Mayhem grew from a single short film programme to a four-day event, but its shorts programme remains at the heart of every edition. Mayhem Film Festival are looking for horror, sci-fi and cult short films, produced after 1 January 2020 and that are under 22-minute long. More information on how to submit films is available at https://filmfreeway.com/MayhemFilmFestival
In previous years, Mayhem has welcomed many filmmakers from around the world such as Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Rogue One: A Star WarsStory) for Monsters,Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen, Sherlock) for a special masterclass, Ben Wheatley for a preview screening of Sightseers, Nicolas Roeg for a special screening of Don't Look Now at St Mary's Church in Nottingham, and cult Canadian collective, Astron-6 for The Editor and The Void. Mayhem Film Festival has also hosted special events such as screenings with specially-commissioned live scores from 8MM Orchestra, two exclusive live stage reading of unmade Hammer Films screenplays, The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula in 2015 and Zeppelin V. Pterodactyls in 2017, and a live performance of Tales of HP Lovecraft by The Duke St Workshop featuring British actor Laurence R. Harvey.
Planning is currently underway for Mayhem Film Festival's 17th edition with more information and announcements coming soon.
Mayhem Film Festival will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 14 – 17 October 2021. For more information, please visit https://www.mayhemfilmfestival.com/
Mayhem Film Festival announces BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL, PSYCHO GOREMAN, THE OAK ROOM and the ever popular SHORT FILM SHOWCASE
Posted: Fri, 11 Sep 2020 15:21
Following on from July's launch of Mayhem Film Festival: Skeleton Edition, we're proud to announce the titles screening physically for this year's 16th edition of Broadway's festival of horror.
First up is our opening film, Irish horror-comedy Boys from County Hell, which sees the residents of a sleepy Irish village (whose claim to fame is the dubious legend that Bram Stoker once spent a night in the local pub where he was inspired to write 'Dracula') in a fight for survival as they discover there may be more to the myth of a local bloodsucking creature than they thought. From the producers of last
year's Mayhem Film Festival favourite Extra Ordinary, Boys from County Hell promises to be another raucous Mayhem crowd-pleaser.
We also can't wait to bring you Psycho Goreman, from the director of Mayhem favourites Manborg, Bio-Cop and The Void, Steve Kostanski (formerly of Astron-6). When siblings Mimi and Luke unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord using a magical amulet, they force the monster to obey their childish whims, and accidentally attract a rogues' gallery of intergalactic assassins to small-town suburbia. Called "the craziest, bloodiest horror-movie of 2020" by Bloody Disgusting, we can't wait to screen this journey into madness.
Rounding off this year's programme is the return of our ever-popular Short Film Showcase (titles to be announced soon) and our closing film, The Oak Room, a violent Canadian story of mistaken identity and double crosses starring Breaking Bad's RJ Mitte. During a raging snowstorm, a drifter returns home to the blue-collar bar located in the remote Canadian town where he was born. When he offers to settle an old debt with a grizzled bartender (Peter Outerbridge - Nikita, Orphan Black) by telling him a story, the night's events quickly spins out of control.
Tickets for our Skeleton Edition are on sale from Friday 18 September.
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE.
Posted: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 14:13
Over the past few months, we've taken the time to evaluate our options with regards to running the festival this October. Having spoken to our colleagues at Broadway Cinema, we are delighted to announce that Mayhem Film Festival will return with a physical edition this autumn, on our original dates of 15-18 October 2020. However, this year's Mayhem will not look like previous editions.
As the situation continues to evolve rapidly, and as restrictions are still in place across the board, we have decided to host a scaled-down edition of the festival. Skeleton Mayhem will take place over four days but will be a much smaller edition than what we would normally present. However, it will keep the essence of what Mayhem is about.
We are currently working with Broadway to present this year's edition to you in a way that will still allow you to enjoy the festival experience, that will allow filmmakers to have their films screened in the best environment possible and, more importantly, in the safest way possible for our audience and our staff. Broadway itself will reopen in September, and you can find out more about their current plans HERE.
Our team recently attended Cannes' Virtual Market to start programming this year's festival and we hope to be able to announce our first titles soon. Additionally, we have extended our deadline to 31 July for our short film submissions so, if you or someone you know would like to submit a film, please visit https://filmfreeway.com/MayhemFilmFestival
We will keep you updated on our progress in the next few weeks as the situation continues to evolve and as we continue to consult with our friends at Broadway Cinema. Those of you who are Mayhem regulars will know our Early Bird passes are usually available around this time of year however, as Skeleton Mayhem will be a condensed edition, and as screen capacity may still be limited, there will be no passes available for this year's festival and each screening will require an individual cinema ticket.
We thank you for your patience and support over the past few months and we look forward to seeing you again this autumn. In the meantime, please be safe and feel free to reach out to us through our social media channels.
Posted: Wed, 18 Sep 2019 14:49
With just over three weeks to go until its 15th edition, Mayhem Film Festival is proud to announce its special guests for this year's festival.
Mayhem is pleased to welcome Extra Ordinary co-director Mike Ahern for a Q&A following a screening of the Irish paranormal comedy, which opens Mayhem 2019 on Thursday 10 October at 7.30pm.
Also attending this year's festival is Vivarium co-writer Garret Shanley. Garret will be speaking about the eerie science-fiction film, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots, which screens on the final day of Mayhem 2019 on Sunday 13 October.
Mayhem Film Festival takes place on 10-13 October 2019 at Broadway, Nottingham.
Posted: Tue, 03 Sep 2019 15:15
Mayhem Film Festival is proud to announce the full line-up for its 2019 edition, which will take place at Broadway Cinema, Nottingham on 10-13 October. The festival showcases the best features and short films in horror, sci-fi and cult cinema, through premieres, previews, and special events each year.
Mayhem is delighted to open this year's festival with hilarious horror comedy Extra Ordinary on Thursday 10 October. A small-town driving instructor with supernatural abilities tries to get through life without communicating with the dead - but the spirits have other ideas. Also screening on Thursday is the brain-twisting Daniel Isn't Real, in which a deeply troubled student summons his childhood "imaginary" friend but his grip on reality slips as the malignant alter ego unleashes a vicious, evil side.
From the producers of hallucinatory fever dream Mandy (a sell-out at Mayhem 2018) comes the most sought-after – and similarly psychedelic - genre film of the year, Richard Stanley's Color Out of Space, screening at this year's festival on Friday 11 October. This eerie H.P. Lovecraft adaptation sees a meteor fall to earth and onto the property of a New England family — its increasingly unhinged patriarch played by the one-and-only Nicolas Cage — with insidious and delirious results. It's a double-helping of Cage this year as his 1989 cult black comedy Vampire's Kiss takes the coveted Saturday late-night slot - it's Nic Cage at his full-powered, cockroach-eating, and utterly insane best.
The 15th edition of Mayhem will play host to three UK Premieres, with exclusive first screenings of high-octane serial killer thriller The Gangster, The Cop, The DevilPolish historical drama Sword of God (The Mute), and outrageous survival horror The Pool – all previously announced.
Taking a look back into the archives, Mayhem is pleased to present a rare screening of 1967 Russian folk horror Viy, and 1987's cult sci-fi favourite The Hidden, featuring a standout performance from Twin Peaks' Kyle MacLachlan as an alien-hunting FBI agent.
Mayhem 2019's final day will begin with the unclassifiable Bullets of Justice. Having created human-pig hybrid super soldiers, mankind now finds itself dominated by these "Muzzles" who farm and eat human beings – a truly "what did I just watch?" experience to start off your Sunday morning.
Mayhem's 15th edition also includes screenings of female-led horror She Never Died and genre-bending monster movie, Something Else – both previously announced – alongside preview screenings of the gleefully explosive revenge rampage Why Don't You Just Die!, high-suspense thriller Door Lock, and sci-fi nightmare Vivarium, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots. Vengeful spirits are stirred into gory action in haunted house horror Girl on the Third Floor, and twisted thrill-ride Come to Daddy, starring Elijah Wood, will close the festival on Sunday.
Mayhem's ever-popular Short Film Showcase and the 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 £70 until Sunday 8 September 2019. Individual tickets and full festival passes – at the standard price of £80 – will go on sale at 10AM on Monday 9 September. We will also be introducing a new 'Frankenstein Ticket Package' for this year's festival – piece together your choice of five films over the weekend for just £30.
Mayhem Film Festival takes place on 10-13 October 2019 at Broadway, Nottingham.
Posted: Thu, 22 Aug 2019 14:00
With its 15th edition now less than two months away, Mayhem Film Festival is proud to announce the next three titles from its 2019 programme.
Mayhem will host the UK Premiere of all-action, South Korean serial killer thriller The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil. A sardonic cop reluctantly teams up with a wounded crime boss (the remarkable Ma Dong-seok of Train to Busan) to track and stop a serial killer, but their criminal rivals stand – violently - in their way. See it way ahead of the upcoming Stallone-produced US remake.
Also in this year's line-up is She Never Died, a female-fronted companion piece to 2015 cult film He Never Died. Olunike Adeliyi stars as an immortal cannibal who seeks out the darkest souls humanity has to offer in the hunt for her next meal, when she saves a woman from dying a grisly death on a snuff web channel and proceeds to hunt down the culprits.
Rounding off this second wave of announcements is another UK Premiere, Thai action-horror The Pool, where a couple is trapped in an empty swimming pool with only a hungry crocodile for company. Packed with over-the-top twists and some genuinely shocking surprises, survival horror has never been so much ludicrous, logic-testing fun.
Mayhem's full 2019 line-up will be announced in early September. Discounted Early Bird Passes are still available to purchase at £70 each.
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: Fri, 07 Jun 2019 10:58
Early Bird passes are now on sale for Mayhem Film Festival 2019, which will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 10-13 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 £70 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 visit https://www.mayhemfilmfestival.com/tickets 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 15th 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 2018 was the biggest edition yet and the 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 midnight on Friday 16 August. Submissions must be less than 18 months old and under 22-minute long. To submit your short, complete the submission form at http://bit.ly/MayhemShorts2019
Posted: Thu, 21 Feb 2019 16:34
We're excited to announce our 2019 dates! We'll be back at Broadway Cinema, Nottingham on 10-13 October 2019!
In the meantime, we have a number of recommendations for you for the next few weeks.
Our co-directors, Chris Cooke and Steven Sheil, will introduce a screening of Lars Von Trier's The House That Jack Built on Sunday 10 March.
In a mesmerising career best, Matt Dillon plays failed architect turned serial killer Jack who leads us through the thought process behind his increasingly more depraved acts of murder which he names "incidents". As he retells his crimes to Verge, as if they were all individual works of art in themselves, the audience is invited to question the nature of artistry, where its limits lie and when is far too far? And with pitch black humour and undeniable cinematic vision, von Trier delights in taking us there.
There's no redemptive narrative arc to The House That Jack Built; it's murder as farce, and if you can stomach it, you're in for one hell of a trip." – Sci-Fi Now
Feminist horror film collective The Final Girls present a selection of short films from some of the most exciting new female voices in international genre cinema. Films that delve deep into the darkest corners of the human existence, bringing an unforgettable array of monsters and horrors to the screen. The Final Girls bring the second edition of their sold-out tour We Are The Weirdos to Broadway, Nottingham on Thursday 28 February, shining a spotlight on some of the up-and-coming filmmakers and their fresh (and perverse) takes on the horror genre.
The programme is touring the country. Click here to check your nearest screening.
In space no one can hear you scream… By transplanting the classic haunted house scenario into space, Ridley Scott produced a work of genuinely original cinematic sci-fi that remains shockingly fresh even after repeated viewings. Alien is back on the big screen nationwide for its 40th anniversary and in glorious 4K on Friday 1 March.
Broadway, Nottingham are bringing back Shin'ichiro Ueda's fantastically inventive One Cut of the Dead by popular demand from Monday 4 March. The film is still being shown around the country so check your local listings if you're not in the Nottingham area.
It starts as a zombie apocalypse film shot in one take until… well, until it isn't anymore. We can't tell you much about this one, you're just going to have to trust us when we tell you this is one of the most joyous, inventive and laugh-out-loud funny films of the year. Made on a tiny budget, the film became an instant box office hit in Japan despite its complete lack of marketing campaign. It's just *that* brilliant!
"The only thing more fun than the 37-minute single-take opening is what comes next." - Film School Rejects
Opening around the country on Friday 8 March is Ali Abbasi's astonishing new film Border.
Tina is not like everyone else. She looks different and she can sense or smell how people feel – a skill that makes her an invaluable border control agent. When she meets Vore, who shares her physical traits and seems to know things she doesn't, her life is disrupted completely. Equal parts folktale, harrowing crime drama, love story and pitch-dark fantasy, Border is a remarkable film challenging the borders of morality, beauty, gender and sexuality in the most unexpected manner.
"An exciting, intelligent mix of romance, Nordic noir, social realism, and supernatural horror that defies and subverts genre conventions." - VarietyFinally, Jordan Peele's highly-anticipated follow-up to Get Out, Us, hits British screens from Friday 22 March.
After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers, Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.
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