Mayhem Film Festival 2019 will take place at the Broadway Cinema in Nottingham this week. The annual festival showcases some of the best features and short films in horror, sci-fi and cult cinema, through premieres, previews, and special events.
Mayhem will open this year’s festival with horror comedy Extra Ordinary on Thursday 10th 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.
The 15th edition of Mayhem will also play host to three UK Premieres, with exclusive first screenings of high-octane serial killer thriller The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil; Polish historical drama Sword of God (The Mute); and outrageous survival horror The Pool.
But it’s not just new films being showcased at this year’s Mayhem. The festival will also be taking a look back into the archives, 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.
The festival will also include screenings of female-led horror She Never Died and genre-bending monster movie, Something Else; 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 fiendish film quiz The Flinterrogation (hosted by author David Flint), both return to round off this year’s events.
When: 10th – 13th October 2019
Where: Broadway, 14-18 Broad Street, Nottingham NG1 3AL
£: Frankenstein ticket package costs £30 for 5 films, individual tickets are also available
More info: www.mayhemfilmfestival.com