One of my favourite UK film events, Mayhem Film Festival in Nottingham, returns this October with a feast of horror, sci-fi, and cult titles from around the world. After a quick sell-out of weekend passes in August, a limited number of additional passes for the weekend are now on sale. Here’s what they’ll be screening.
Thursday 14 October
- Alien on Stage (Lucy Harvey and Danielle Kummer, UK) is about just that: a production of Alien put on stage…by a group of bus drivers.
- The Deep House (Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, France) is an underwater haunted house story.
Friday 15 October
- The Queen of Spades (Thorold Dickinson, UK) is an atmospheric Alexander Puschkin adaptation from 1949.
- The Show (Mitch Jenkins, UK) is from the mind of the Northampton comics legend Alan Moore.
- Night Drive (Brad Baruh and Meghan Leon, USA) is an out-of-this-world thriller.
- Midnight (Kwon Oh-seung, South Korea ) is a dazzling serial killer film.
Saturday 16 October
- The Spine of Night (Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King, USA) is an all-animated dark fantasy horror.
- Knocking (Frida Kempff, Sweden) is a perfect demonstration of determination in the face of gaslighting.
- Mayhem Short Film Showcase is presenting a selection of scary, weird, and wonderful shorts from around the world and closer to home.
- Yu-che-i-tal-ja AKA Spiritwalker (Jae-Keun Yoon, South Korea) is a genre-bending, high-octane sci-fi thriller.
- Phantom of the Paradise (Brian De Palma, USA) mixes the plots of The Phantom of the Opera and Faust and adds a great score and cool songs.
Sunday 17 October
- Tao chu li fa yuan AKA Get the Hell Out (I.-Fan Wang, Taiwan), in which a virus transforms politicians into bloodthirsty mutant zombies.
- Hellbender (John Adams, Zelda Adams, and Toby Poser, USA), one of my favourite films from Fantasia, is about a teenager discovering her witchy heritage.
- Ghost Mansion AKA The Night Shift (Ba-Reun Jo, South Korea) is a fun, old-school anthology horror set in an apartment complex.
- Lamb (Valdimar Jóhannsson, Iceland/Sweden/Poland), in which a childless couple discovers a mysterious newborn on their remote farm.
- Droste no hate de bokura AKA Beyond The Infinite Two Minutes (Junat Yamaguchi, Japan), in which Kato returns home from work to find a message from his future self on his computer screen…
Mayhem Film Festival is a cutting-edge event bringing you the very best in genre cinema and television from premieres, new releases, and previews to cult classics, breakthrough shorts, midnight movies, masterclasses, live experiments, and more.