When: 21st – 23rd October 2016
Where: Showroom Cinema, Sheffield
£: Festival passes from £70. Tickets for individual events are also available
What is it?
Celluloid Screams, Sheffield’s horror film festival, takes place from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October, with a weekend packed full of new and classic horror.
This is the 8th festival, which kicks off on the Friday with an opening gala. The highlight of this year’s festival will be the Vampires Vs Werewolves Allnighter on the Saturday, featuring some classic films including An American Werewolf in London.
The Celluloid Screams 2016 programme:
Opening Gala: The Void
Friday 21st October at 7pm
Director: Steven Kostanski & Jeremy Gillespie | Canada | 2016 | 1hr 30 mins
The festival kicks off in style with Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie’s eagerly anticipated creature feature, The Void. When small town police officer Daniel Carter (Aaron Poole) encounters a bloodied man on the road in the middle of nowhere, he takes him to the nearest hospital for treatment. When they arrive, however, the hospital is strangely quiet and soon surrounded by a group of mysterious cloaked figures, trapping the patients and staff inside as they begin to undergo a monstrous transformation…
Screening with Imitations and Overtime
Friday 21st October at 9.30pm
Director: Danny Perez | USA | 2016 | 94 mins
Trailer dweller Lou, and her best friend Sadie, spend most of their nights steeped in a murky haze of pot smoke and booze-filled TV-watching sessions; venturing out on occasion to party in a desolate community full of drug-addled ex-Marines and other miscreants of society. After an otherwise normal night of self-destructive behaviour, Lou awakens with symptoms of a bizarre illness and psychosomatic visions that she can’t seem to shake. Unfazed, she continues with her hard-living ways, but it becomes clear that something otherworldly has infected her body, and try as she might, it refuses to be ignored.
Screening with Madre De Dios and Mindless
Cat Sick Blues (UK Premiere)
Friday 21st October at Midnight
Director: David Jackson | Australia | 2015 | 101 mins
After the death of his cat, introverted loner Ted suffers a breakdown and convinces himself that in order to bring his beloved kitty back from the dead, he needs nine human lives to sacrifice. Equipped with a cat costume complete with a mask and razor-sharp claws, Ted embarks on a savage rampage across the city, whilst developing a doomed romance with Claire, a young woman he meets at a group for recently bereaved pet owners.
Screening with Gwilliam and Do You See What I See?
What We Become (Sorgenfri)
Saturday 22nd October at 10am
Director: Bo Mikkelsen | Denmark | 2015 | 85 mins
A viral outbreak hits the Danish suburbs in Bo Mikkelsen’s compelling slow-burner. The Johannson family’s idyllic summer is brought to a sudden halt when a particularly aggressive and virulent strain of flu takes hold. As the death toll rises, the authorities begin sealing off the neighborhood and the residents are soon forcibly sealed into their houses to contain the infection. Faced with an uncertain fate and convinced that they’re being lied to, teenager Gustav breaks out of their quarantine to discover the terrifying truth about the situation…
Screening with Dawn of the Deaf and Kaddish
The Devil’s Candy
Saturday 22nd October at 12.10pm
Director: Sean Byrne | USA | 2015 | 90 mins
When they snap up a spacious mansion in rural Texas at a bargain price, struggling artist Jesse (Ethan Embry) his wife Astrid (Shiri Appleby), and their daughter Zooey (Kiara Glasco), believe their domestic dreams have come true. Soon, however, the peace is shattered when evil forces begin to emerge from within the house influencing Jesse’s mental state as well as his artistic expression. As family relationships become strained, a mentally disturbed former resident returns to ‘reclaim’ his home and will stop at nothing to do it.
Screening with Arcana and Death Metal
Saturday 22nd October at 2.20pm
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Japan | 2016 | 130 mins
After sustaining a serious injury at the hands of a deranged killer, police detective Takakura quits the force, moves to a quiet country village and takes a job teaching criminal psychology in the altogether safer confines of the local university. The idyllic lifestyle that he craves is thrown into chaos, however, when Takakura begins to suspect that his new neighbour is a psychopath, responsible for a series of unsolved murders, and he is soon drawn into a paranoid nightmare that threatens to destroy his entire life.
Screening with Stitched Up
Saturday 22nd October at 4.50pm
Director: Kevin Smith | USA | 2016 | 88 mins
15-year-old store clerks Colleen and Colleen (Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp) spend their time dealing with difficult customers at the Eh-2-Zed convenience store and jamming with their band in the back room, but everything changes when they’re invited to a senior high school party. The excitement is short-lived, however, when an ancient evil emerges from deep within the earth, unleashing an army of little monsters in the form of nazi bratwurst…
Screening with The Babysitter Murders and Munchies
I Am Not A Serial Killer
Saturday 22nd October at 7.40pm
Director: Billy O’Brien | Ireland/USA | 2016 | 105 minutes
A Midwestern town is plagued by a series of murders and a young amateur sleuth is determined to unmask the killer, in this adaptation of the cult novel by Dan Wells.
Celluloid Screams Secret Film
Saturday 22nd October at 10pm
Once again, the annual mystery film takes its place, waiting to reveal itself to you, the unsuspecting audience. You’ll only find out what it is as it’s about to begin.
Screening with When Susurrus Stirs
Celluloid Screams ‘Vampires vs Werewolves’ Allnighter
Saturday 22nd October at Midnight
Watch An American Werewolf in London (John Landis, 1981), The Lost Boys (Joel Schumacher, 1987), Teen Wolf (Rod Daniel, 1985), and From Dusk Till Dawn (Robert Rodriguez, 1996) at this special event.
We Go On
Sunday 23rd October at 11am
Director: Jesse Holland, Andy Mitton | USA | 2016 | 90 mins
Miles Grissom is plagued with a crippling fear of death, so much so that he is willing to pay $30,000 to anyone who can categorically prove the existence of the afterlife. Whether it’s a ghost, a near death experience or a proven past-life memory, Miles simply wants proof. His classified ad elicits thousands of responses, most of which are fakes, but Miles receives three replies that might just be the genuine article. The answer to his question, however, may be more than he bargained for.
Screening with King Ripple and Kookie
Sunday 23rd October at 1.30pm
Director: Richard Bates Jr. | USA | 2016 | 93 mins
Owen (Adrian Grenier) and Isabel (Angela Trimbur) are a couple in turmoil. Their relationship is characterised by barbed sarcasm and barely contained contempt, mainly on the part of Owen, who suffers from severe intimacy and trust issues relating to a horrific family tragedy from his childhood. Their situation reaches breaking point when Isabel becomes pregnant and in a last-ditch attempt to encourage Owen to step up and become a family man, she suggests that they should visit his surviving relatives to bury the hatchet once and for all. However, this impromptu family reunion unearths dark family secrets that could destroy them all.
Screening with The Disappearance of Willie Bingham and The Sunken Convent
Sunday 23rd October at 4.00pm
Director: Mattie Do | Laos/Estonia/France | 2016 | 101 mins
A young village girl travels to the Laos capital, Vientiane, to care for her rich cousin who has lost her sight. Upon arrival, she is treated with hostility by the house’s servants and is entranced by the material wealth that is all around her. Most disturbing of all, her cousin’s blindness has given her an ability to commune with the dead, resulting in a series of mysterious and terrifying encounters that also pose a moral conundrum for those involved.
Screening with The Other Side of the Witching Hour
Sunday 23rd October at 7.10pm
Director: Carles Torrens | USA/Spain | 2016 | 90 mins
Security guard Seth (Dominic Monaghan) lives an isolated existence working in an animal shelter, and after a chance meeting with old flame Holly (Ksenia Solo) he thinks he’s found his ideal woman. As Seth becomes more obsessed with Holly and his attempts to woo her fail, he takes the extreme step to imprison her in a cage in the basement of the shelter in order to give their new relationship a chance.
Screening with Ink, Cocks & Rock ‘n’ Roll
Closing Gala: Raw
Sunday 23rd October at 9.30pm
Director: Julia Ducournau | France/Belgium | 2016 | 98 mins
Everyone in Justine’s family is a vet, not to mention a staunch vegetarian. At 16, she’s a brilliant and promising student, but when she enrols at veterinary school, she enters a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world. During the first week of hazing rituals, desperate to fit in whatever the cost, she strays from her family principles when she eats raw meat for the first time. Justine will soon face the terrible and unexpected consequences of her actions when her true self begins to emerge…
Screening with Meridians
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