Press Release: 2012 South African HORRORFEST Halloween Events

2012 South African HORRORFEST

Labia Theatre, 24 October – 2 November (Cape Town)

The Bioscope, 26 – 31 October (Johannesburg)

MOVIES / SHORT FILMS / LITERATURE / HALLOWEEN DRESS-UP / LIVE SOUNDTRACK PERFORMANCE / ROCKY HORROR / MARKET
Creeping its way towards lighting up Halloween season, the ever expanding South African HORRORFEST celebrates its 8th anniversary (across 24 Oct – 2 Nov) in Cape Town.  But, this expansion has reached Gauteng, with the HorrorFest hitting Johannesburg for the first time (26 – 31 Oct) at The Bioscope (286 Fox Street) with a selection of killer flicks that featured across the HorrorFest history (from vampires and zombies, to monsters and madmen, a documentary and short films).
This all-encompassing event embraces all aspects of Horror / Chiller entertainment, its serious and lighter sides.  This year the theme is Frankenstein! Another stunner of an event poster was produced in conjunction with Dr-Benway.
All info and updates at www.HORRORFEST.info
M O V I E S
A great range of movies from around the world are lined up. 27 slots include brand new studio releases & sneak previews (incl. 3D), fan favourites and classics, all the way through the spectrum to very low budget indies and rarities, as well as a legendary musical, documentaries, a live soundtrack performance to a landmark silent film, and 4 chapters of short films. 
The festival will open on Wednesday 24 October with a special FREE sneak preview of TIM BURTON’s new stop-animated movie FRANKENWEENIE in 3D!  Unlike the rest of the screenings happening at The Labia Theatre, this show will be at Ster Kinekor’s commercial cinema in Cavendish Square mall, Cape Town.  Seats are limited and in order to secure a set of double tickets, send the title of your favourite Tim Burton movie, and why you love the HorrorFest to: SAhorrorfest@gmail.com    
This will be followed by another pre-release screening the night thereafter (Thur 25 Oct, at the Labia Theatre) – a paid sneak preview of THE POSSESSION, produced by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, Evil Dead series).     
With the event’s FRANKENSTEIN theme, naturally you can expect movies along that vein (incl. two Boris Karloff classics and a licensed screening of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, with full audience participation), but there will also be vampire themes, zombies, serial killers and some cool genre documentaries. Two locally produced feature films (Lyfstraf, Scaredy Kat, One Last Look) are included (with a 3rd late entry , possibly being incorporated).
Besides these invigorating, scary, creepy and wild movies from around the globe, don’t forget the amazingly original, innovative and diverse short films from 13 countries (with prizes from Visual Impact, Cosmesis & Masque, and Sound & Motion Studios).  
 
Most of these motion pictures and shorts make their South African (and African) theatrical premiere. 
Full line-up below & more details on the event’s various activities.
M O V I E   L I N E – U P  &  S C H E D U L E
(Get all movie details at www.HORRORFEST.info)
CAPE TOWN Chapter (at The Labia Theatre, 68 Orange Street)
All movies & events at The Labia Theatre (except Frankenweenie and Bloody Parchment)
Tickets: R35, except live soundtrack performance: R50
Booking from 14 October on Tel: 021 424 5927
(On-line ticketing will be available at www.quicket.co.za/horrorfest)
WEDNESDAY 24 OCTOBER
8:00pm – Frankenweenie 3D (free sneak preview at Ster Kinekor Commercial, Cavendish Square)
THURSDAY 25 OCTOBER
6:15pm – One Last Look (local production, kicking off screenings at The Labia – Cape Town premiere)
8:30pm – The Possession (paid sneak preview)
FRIDAY 26 OCTOBER
5:30pm – Bloody Parchment Literature Event (at The Book Lounge, cnr. Roeland- & Buitenkant Str.)
6:15pm – Warhouse
8:30pm – Shadow Realm Short Films Part 1 (titles listed further down)
SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER
Noon – Late: The Alternative Market
1:45pm – Bled White
4:00pm – Shiver
6:15pm – Last Will And Testament of Rosalind Leigh
8:30pm – Frankenstein (1931)
SUNDAY 28 OCTOBER
1:45pm – Masks 
4:00pm – The Blood 
6:15pm – Shadow Realm Short Films Part 2 (titles listed further down)
8:30pm – The Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)
MONDAY 29 OCTOBER
4:00pm – Dracula 0.9
6:15pm – Zero Killed
8:30pm – Lyfstraf (World Premiere of this South African production)
TUESDAY 30 OCTOBER
4:00pm – Scary Or Die 
6:15pm – Slice And Dice: The Slasher Film Forever
8:30pm – Shadow Realm Short Films Part 3 (titles listed further down)
WEDNESDAY 31 OCTOBER – Halloween Night
4:00pm – The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry 
6:15pm – Frankenstein – Day Of The Beast 
8:30pm – Nosferatu (live Makabra Ensemble soundtrack performance + audience dress-up) 
THURSDAY 1 NOVEMBER
4:00pm – The Infliction
6:15pm – Screaming In High Heels
8:30pm – Shadow Realm Short Films Part 4 (titles listed further down)
FRIDAY 2 NOVEMBER
4:00pm – Splintered
6:15pm – Scaredy Kat (World Premiere of this South African production)
8:30pm – The Rocky Horror Picture Show (audience participation closing party)
JOHANNESBURG Chapter (at The Bioscope, 286 Fox Street)
This will only include the movies below, none of the other Cape Town-based activity or live soundtrack
FRIDAY 26 OCTOBER
7pm – S.A. HorrorFest Shadow Realm Short Film Collection 
9pm – Frankenstein
FRIDAY 27 OCTOBER
4pm – The House By The Cemetery 
6pm – True Nature 
8pm – Strigoi
10pm – Malditos Sean! (Cursed Bastards!)
FRIDAY 28 OCTOBER
3pm – Night Of The Living Dead Re-Animated 
5pm – Bad Taste 
7pm – Slice And Dice: The Slasher Film Forever 
FRIDAY 29 OCTOBER
7:30pm – Kaalo
FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER
7:30pm – Colin
FRIDAY 31 OCTOBER – Halloween Night
7:30pm – Lyfstraf (Gauteng Premiere of this South African production)
S H A D O W   R E A L M   S H O R T   F I L M S,   P A R T  1 – 4
A fantastic array of short films from 13 countries are compiled into 4 feature length chapters (around 8hrs!), and include: 
THE FRIGHT, PROF. BROFMAN, BETWEEN ME YOU AND GOD, AMOR SACRO, ETHEREAL CHRYSALIS, FOTO, BABY MONITOR, REFUGGIO 115, BRUTAL RELAX, CONTO DO VENTO, CTIN!, EXTRACORPUS, LOLA, TILL DEATH DO US PART, DREAM CATCHER, VADIM, WHITE LADY, LEYENDA, HISTORIA MUERTA, SON DOS DIAS, THE STOLEN, LE BLANC C’EST LE MEILLEUR, THE HALLOWEEN KID, PANDORA’S SHADOW, LA ULTIMA VICTIMA, RETURN TO THE DREAM, MUERTOS Y VIVIENTES, ALONE, METAL CREEPERS, BRUTAL, THE ESCORT, BARIKO LIGHT, JOE, JAQUE, GAME, BLOODRUSH, OJOS QUE NO DUERMEN, NATURAL BORN STORY KILLER, TRASH, LOVE BUG
(Johannesburg will have a single chapter).
M U S I C
As one of the many event highlights, theThe Makabra Ensemble performs new original soundtracks live to the screening classic silent films.  They’ve done 7 of these over the years, incl. Metropolis, The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, The Phantom Of The Opera, Haxan, Maciste In Hell and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.  The group consists of members from Terminatryx, Lark, Mr. Sakitumi, as well as Matthjs Van Dijk, and utilize a wide range of electronic and acoustic instruments to breathe new life into the timeless films.    
This year is the 90th anniversary of F.W. Murnau’s legendary vampire film, Nosferatu.  To celebrate this on Halloween night (Wed 31 Oct), The Makabra Ensemble will perform their live soundtrack to this groundbreaking classic (and may be opening with the Frankenstein short, made in 1910).  This is also the Halloween dress-up night (with prizes).
DVDs of the new Nosferatu version will also be on sale.
R O C K Y   H O R R O R   P I C T U R E   S H O W
With the FRANKENSTEIN theme of the 2012 South African HORRORFEST (24 Oct – 2 Nov, Labia Theatre, Cape Town), the event will close off with a bang to the sights and sounds of Dr Frank-N-Furter and the Rocky Horror Picture Show!  (Licensed screening)
As a full audience participation screening, we demand that everyone arrives in (im)proper attire for this wild B-movie / Horror / Musical event of an innocent couple who falls prey to a sweet transvestite from Transsexual Transylvania, and his plans to build himself a man.  RSVP at the event page, and post your own auditions clips if you want to be one of the shadow cast members in front of the screen)
L I T E R A T U R E
The Bloody Parchment literary chapter has grown into a force of its own (overseen by Nerine Dorman).  The Lounge Of Horror (with the promise of horrifically brilliant cupcakes and wine) will happen from 5:30pm on Friday 26 Oct at The Book Lounge (Roeland Street, Cape Town) with a live fiction reading evening by local Horror / Fantasy / Thriller writers.  
The short story competition is open for just about another month.  Click Here for more info
Random House / Struik imprint eKhaya has picked up the next chapter in the Bloody Parchment collection, “Hidden Things, Lost Things And Other Stories”.  
This exciting e-book is available at various retailers, and can be purchased from Amazon at this link. (Also available at Exclus1ves.co.za and Kalahari.com).

A print version of volume two will be available at the HorrorFest, at selected book stores, and via mail-order.
The first Bloody Parchment Anthology was released last year – Download Here for FREE.
H O R R O R F E S T   E X P A N S I O N
With plans to extend the HorrorFest beyond Cape Town always on the agenda, this year it came to fruition with the event’s tentacles spreading to Johannesburg with an introductory Best Of HorrorFest screening at THE BIOSCOPE (286 Fox Street), from 26 – 31 Oct!  
Line-up announced next week.
A L T E R N A T I V E   M A R K E T
2011 saw the kick-start of the Alternative Market, featuring a range of exciting stalls (incl. Halloween supplies, clothing, accessories, jewelry, books, DVDs, HorrorFest merchandise and more).
This year it’s back!  From noon ’til after sunset on Saturday 27 October.
Anyone with interesting, rare, strange, Halloween-related or simply super-cool merchandise or products, contact us.
M A R K E D
The HorrorFest creators and their their Flamedrop Productions made their werewolf short film available on-line for the first time.
Check it out at: http://youtu.be/1mN1523vhlo
H A L L O W E E N   D R E S S – U P
What is Halloween without a dress-up get-together?
Each year the Halloween dress-up competition happens at the Makabra Ensemble live soundtrack performance (this year on Halloween night, Wed 31 Oct).  Cool prizes to be won.
S P O N S O R S  /  A F F I L I A T E S
Interested parties can contact us for info on how to get involved via sponsorship, advertising (print & on-line), trade deals etc.
Current partners include: Visual Impact, Altstadt Printing, Cosmesis Advanced Prosthetic Studio, Masque Make-Up FX Warehouse, Sound & Motion Studios, Point Blanc Event Tech Solutions, The Labia Theatre, Paul Bothner Music, Nerine Dorman, Dr-Benway, Wolf Clothing, WildFire Tattoos & Piercing, Global Discs, Something Wicked Magazine, Velocity Graphic, Penguin Books SA, Black Ink Screen Printing, The LoveCraft Experiment, Phoenix Fear Con.
S H A D O W   R E A L M   S H O R T   F I L M  DVD  C O L L E C T I O N
Another plan many years in the works is the DVD series featuring the best and most memorable short films screened at the Shadow Realm short film chapters across the festival history (since 2005).
The mammoth task of selecting from the vast library of great short films is currently underway, and ENT Entertainment is set to release it in conjunction with Flamedrop Productions and ShadowRealm, inc.
While it may not be ready for the HorrorFest a DVD launch event will be arranged.
E X T R A S
Drink specials at the licensed Labia Theatre bar (drinks can be taken into the cinema).
The HorrorFest is linked up with the peripheral Halloween party happening at Mercury Live (De Villiers Rd, Zonnebloem, Cape Town) – check out the event page: www.facebook.com/events/253526641420701
P R I Z E S  &  G I V E – A W A Y S
Penguin Books, DVDs from Global Discs and Ster Kinekor, Paranormal Activity prizes from UIP, Velocity Graphic Novels & more
H O R R O R F E S T   T R A I L E R
Watch the S.A. HorrorFest trailer at www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFh62j-3IpI
Feel free to post and share.
P A R A N O R M A L   A C T I V I T Y   4
While not part of the official HorrorFest line-up, remember that the 4th part of the highly popular (and scary) Paranormal Activity hits cinemas in October.
Z O M B I E   W A L K
The HorrorFest will link up with the Cape Town Zombie Walk again.  This year it is being planned for Saturday 27 October on the Sea Point promenade.
D A R K   A R T   &   P H O T O G R A P H Y   E X H I B I T I O N
Due to the exhibition location becoming unavailable, plans for a full-scale dark art & photography exhibition is underway for 2013.
L I N K S
HorrorFest:
Rocky Horror event page: www.facebook.com/events/313717135402917
Shadow Realm & Makabra Ensemble:
Bloody Parchment:
Partners / Affiliates / Sponsors:
More Flamedrop Film Festivals:

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