CELLULOID SCREAMS FESTIVAL PASS 2018
Celluloid Screams: Sheffield Horror Film Festival,
Thursday 18– Sunday 21 October 2018, returns to Showroom Cinema for its ninth
edition, with a weekend packed full of the best new and classic horror.
Book from at the Showroom Box Office – 0114 275 7727, or
online by clicking the link on the right.
Celluloid Screams Standard Pass
£90/ £80 Concessions
£70 CINE 26
FULL festival programme
Panos Cosmatos | USA/Belgium | 2018 | 121 mins
Chainsaws at the ready, it’s payback
Red (Nicolas Cage) and Mandy (Andrea
Risborough) are deeply in love. They live in a dreamlike state of seclusion, a
secret world where their bond transcends their earthly existence. But their
world is violently shattered when a local cult leader sets his sights on Mandy
as his newest recruit, and orders that she be kidnapped from her home by his
gang of Cenobite-esque bikers (Cenobikers, if you will), leaving a heartbroken
Red to face the devastating consequences that follow.
Nicolas Cage’s infamous performance
style reaches new, cocaine-crazed heights in this blood-soaked, psychedelic
revenge thriller. Hypnotic and dizzyingly stylised with a thundering score,
MANDY is a deeply surreal, visual experience which will leave you breathless.
Screening with CHOWBOYS + RIGHT PLACE WRONG TIM
David Gordon Green | USA | 2018 | 1hr 49 mins
THURSDAY - Midnight
On the eve of its nationwide release,
we’re thrilled to present your first chance to witness the return of Michael
Myers as he terrorises the town of Haddonfield once again.
Filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny
McBride have carved out a new narrative path leading on from the events that
took place in John Carpenter’s seminal 1978 original, giving us a rare
opportunity to experience the final showdown between one of the genre’s most
enduring villains and his nemesis. And what a nemesis she is!
One of the most exciting elements of
this new entry in the Halloween saga is the return of Jamie Lee Curtis as
survivor Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with the masked
maniac who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on
Halloween night four decades ago. With master of horror John Carpenter on board
as creative consultant and executive producer, joining forces with contemporary
cinema’s leading producer of horror Jason Blum (GET OUT, THE PURGE, PARANORMAL
ACTIVITY), this big screen return arguably couldn’t be in safer hands.
Screening with MANNEQUINS + 3:36
KEEPS YOU ALIVE
Colin Minihan | Canada | 2018 | 98 mins
FRIDAY – 6.30pm
Jackie (Hannah Emily Anderson) and
Jules (Brittany Allen) travel to a remote woodland cabin to celebrate their
anniversary. But for Jules, their romantic plans of long evenings and log fires
are marred by a flash of suspicion when they’re visited by Sarah, Jackie's
childhood friend, who addresses Jackie as ‘Megan’. Lead by her curiosity, Jules
pays Sarah a visit, and learns of a significant death in Jackie’s life which
she had no knowledge of. Jules decides to confront Jackie over these
discoveries; a decision which will change their relationship forever.
The dynamics of Jackie & Jules’
relationship are brought to life with two superb central performances;
meanwhile this film surreptitiously paves the way for some jaw-dropping
revelations. A tense thriller which keeps you guessing until the final moments.
Screening with SYBIL
Yann Gonzalez | France / Mexico / Switzerland | 2018 | 100 mins
FRIDAY – 9.00pm
Paris, Summer 1979. Anne (Vanessa Paradis) is a
ruthless producer working in the gay porn industry. When her relationship with
her film editor girlfriend Lois breaks down, Anne tries to win back the
affections of her former lover by embarking upon her most ambitious film yet.
As soon as shooting commences, however, one of her actors is brutally murdered
and it soon becomes clear that a homicidal maniac is intent on bumping off her
cast one by one. Anne is soon drawn into a dangerous game to track down and
unmask the killer before he can strike again.
With extreme imagery throughout and a pulsating score
courtesy of French synth wizards M83, Knife + Heart is a lurid love letter to
the Italian giallo and 70s exploitation cinema that wears its genre influences
proudly on its sleeve. Gonzalez skilfully blends these stylistic and narrative
elements with a genuine heart and affection for his characters, which gives the
film a potency beyond mere homage.
Screening with MAW
Dante, Mick Garris, Ryûhei Kitamura, David Slade | USA | 2018 | 119 mins
Five strangers converge at a deserted
movie theatre operated by a mysterious projectionist (Mickey Rourke). Once
inside, the audience members witness a series of screenings that shows them
their deepest fears and darkest secrets across five tales.
Bringing together five of the horror
genre’s most distinctive directorial voices, Nightmare Cinema continues the
grand tradition of the horror anthology with five tales that promise to thrill
and terrify in equal measure. Comprising a refreshingly original take on the
final reel of a slasher film, a shocking tale of plastic surgery gone very,
very wrong, an outrageously gory demonic possession, a monochromatic nightmare
and a gruesome ghost story, this portmanteau shocker has something for
Screening with NECKFACE + GWILLIAM’S TIPS FOR TURNING TRICKS INTO TREATS
CRESCENT (UK PREMIERE)
Seth Smith | Canada | 2017 | 99 mins
SATURDAY – 10.00am
Still grieving from the death of her
husband, artist Beth moves to a remote beach house with her young son Lowen.
Her new role as a single parent brings hardship, made all the more draining by
the interference of Joseph, her strange new neighbour. As Beth channels her
devastation into her art, she detaches from reality. Meanwhile, young Lowen is
developing a strange fixation with the ocean, and the terrifying truth about the
beach gradually becomes apparent: mysterious and dark forces are watching them
from the sea and are drawing ever closer.
The Crescent evokes a quiet intensity
in its chilling portrait of death, grief, loneliness and isolation; a haunting
dimension where the line between life and death ebbs and flows with the tide on
Screening with MYSTERY BOX + HANA
ARE NOT AFRAID
Issa Lopez | Mexico | 2017 | 83 mins
SATURDAY – 12:30pm
Young Estrella has been orphaned by the
horrific violence of the Mexican cartels. Lost and alone, she finds
companionship in a gang of fellow drug war orphans, and together they fight for
survival on the streets. Life is brutal, especially when the kids find
themselves remorselessly stalked by a local cartel. Shadowed by her mother’s
ghost and charged with a mysterious supernatural energy, Estrella sets off a
chain reaction which has deadly consequences for the group.
Director Issa López cleverly juxtaposes
innocence and violence in the most devastating way; through whimsical fantasy
and gorgeous visual realisations, we as adults witness and comprehend these
atrocities through the eyes of a child. TIGERS is a hauntingly beautiful
contemporary fairy-tale, with astonishing performances from the film's child actors.
Screening with THE DAY MY MOTHER BECAME A MONSTER
Andre Gower | USA | 2018 | 91 mins
SATURDAY – 3.00pm
While some 80s kids dreamed of joining
The Goonies on adventures seeking pirate treasure, others aspired to belong to
an altogether scarier club. The Monster
Squad came along in 1987 to expose a young generation of movie fans to
what, for many, was their first taste of the dark side of cinema. A ragtag
bunch of horror-obsessed kids who have to use their geek smarts to survive when
five of classic horror villains descend upon their small town? WHAT’S NOT TO
LOVE?!? This film had everything a fledgeling horror fan could ask for… even a
lesson in werewolf anatomy.
Directed by Andre Gower (who played
squad leader Sean in the film), WOLFMAN’S GOT NARDS is an affectionate and
heartfelt tribute to this 80s classic. Featuring interviews and appearances
from key creatives, members of the cast and its army of fans, the film delves
deep into the history and legacy of The
Monster Squad, from its concept, production and critical reception through
to its ever-growing popularity and reappraisal as a bona fide horror
are delighted to welcome director Andre Gower and Producer Henry McComas to
Celluloid Screams to discuss the legacy of The Monster Squad in a Q&A after
Screening with SOCKMONSTER + TICK
PARANORMAL (SPECIAL SCREENING)
Various | New Zealand | 2018 | 134 mins approx
SATURDAY – 6.10pm
Ever since their scene-stealing
performances in our 2014 audience award winner What We Do In The Shadows, we’ve had a soft spot for officers
Minogue and O’Leary of the Wellington Police Department, so we’re thrilled to
present a special screening of their very own series Wellington Paranormal.
From a mysterious cornfield in the
country to the hellmouth bucket fountain of Cuba Mall, New Zealand’s capital is
a hotbed of supernatural activity.
Aliens, demons, zombies, werewolves and
vampires, they’re all out in force in Wellington. To fight these paranormal
threats, Sergeant Ruawai Maaka has set up the first, classified Paranormal Unit
of Wellington Police. Now Officers Minogue and O’Leary have been reassigned to
the new unit, bringing a wealth of experience and a dedication to keeping Kiwis
Get ready to follow these two normal
cops into extraordinary situations and unearth a side of Wellington you might
have only heard about in stories.
are delighted to welcome the stars of Wellington
Paranormal – Karen O’ Leary and Mike Minogue – and show writer/producer
Paul Yates to Celluloid Screams to introduce this special screening and to take
part in a Q&A.
Sam Levinson | USA | 2018 | 108 mins
SATURDAY – 9.30pm
Any film that begins with an exhaustive barrage of
trigger warnings for viewers on how their viewing sensibilities are about to be
challenged is sure to be a intense and unforgettable experience and
ASSASSINATION NATION is certainly that.
Four instagram-obsessed teenage girls are flung into
the middle of a modern-day witch hunt when the town of Salem’s residents are
victim to a widespread data hack, revealing a plethora of sensitive information
to their friends and neighbours. As the townsfolk’s anger intensifies,
self-righteous public shaming gives way to a violent mob mentality and as
history dictates, Salem’s residents are quick to find a scapegoat. As the
situation escalates the girls are blamed for the hacks and face the
uncontrollable fury of the local population who are out for bloody vengeance.
Screening with THE
SCREAMS SECRET FILM
Director: ? | ? | ? | 90 minutes
SATURDAY - MIDNIGHT
From our first edition where we brought
you the UK Premiere of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY up to last year’s UK Premiere of
Ryuhei Kitamura’s delightfully bonkers DOWNRANGE, our secret film screening is
always something special. For our tenth anniversary edition, we’ve selected
another top secret film that we think you’ll really enjoy. As always, the film
will be revealed mere moments before it begins, so settle in and prepare for a
Screening with ACID
Justin McConnell | Canada | 2018 | 85 mins
SUNDAY – 10.00am
Blood soaked body horror meets existential
angst in Justin McConnell’s fascinating debut feature.
Drew has an identity problem. Every few
days, he has to shape-shift, or face a painful death. He has to find someone
and make a copy. He takes everything: their looks, memories, hopes and dreams.Their
entire life. He becomes them, and they die horribly. Enter Julia, the object of
Drew's affection. After a recent injury, Drew's condition becomes
unpredictable, and he sets out to make things right with Julia before it's too
late. How do you gain back trust when who you are keeps changing? And what
horrible fate will befall anyone unlucky enough to get in Drew's way?
LIFECHANGER follows one shapeshifter's
twisted quest to repair the damage he's caused, while leaving a trail of bodies
in his wake.
Screening with HAIR WOLF
Matthew Holness | United Kingdom | 2018 | 85 mins
Can you spy him deep within? Little
Possum, black as sin…
Philip is a children's entertainer with
a troubled past. Together with Possum, the hideous hand puppet he keeps
concealed inside a black leather case, he returns to his childhood home
compelled to confront his demons. Staying with his cruel stepfather, Maurice,
Philip soon discovers that ridding himself of Possum is no easy task. When his
attempts to destroy the demonic puppet fail, Philip suspects Maurice of
manipulating Possum to cause him further fear and distress. As their
relationship deteriorates, repressed memories of a traumatic childhood start to
resurface. When a local child goes missing and the police suspect him of the
crimes, Philip is forced to confront the nightmares of his past and discovers
that the real demon lurks much closer to home.
With an intense central performance
from Sean Harris (Prometheus),
Matthew Holness’ feature debut is the stuff of nightmares.
Screening with HANG UP!
RKSS - François Simard , Anouk
Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell | Canada/USA | 2018 | 105 minutes
SUNDAY – 2.30pm
It’s the summer of 1984, the perfect
time to be 14 years old and free. But when neighborhood conspiracy theorist
Davey Armstrong begins to suspect his police officer neighbor might be the
serial killer all over the local news, he and his three best friends begin an
investigation that soon turns dangerous.
After the post-apocalyptic mayhem of
their debut feature Turbo Kid,
Canadian filmmaking collective RKSS return with a sophomore film that is more
grounded in reality but no less effective when it comes to its execution. While
it’s steeped in the kind of 80s nostalgia that is ubiquitous right now (thanks
in no small part to the breakout success of Stranger
Things), Summer of ’84 has a mean
streak lurking just beneath the surface that enables it to transcend the retro
ephemera to create a deeper, more sinister and unforgettable cinematic
Screening with DEEP CLEAN
MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH
Sonny Laguna & Tommy Wiklund | United Kingdom/USA | 2018 | 90 mins
SUNDAY – 5.30pm
Recently divorced and reeling, Edgar
(Thomas Lennon) returns to his childhood home to regroup his life. When he
discovers a nefarious-looking puppet in his deceased brother's room, he decides
to sell the doll for some quick cash. Girl-next-door Ashley and comic book pal
Markowitz join Edgar for a doomed road trip to an auction at a convention
celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. All hell
breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets at the convention,
setting them on a bloody killing spree that's motivated by an evil as old as
Fans of Charles Band’s Full Moon Features
and the Puppet Master franchise will
undoubtedly already be on board with this contemporary reboot. Even if you’re
not familiar with the saga’s previous films, there’s enough outrageous gore and
bad taste gags here to satisfy fans looking for a new slice of horror comedy.
are delighted to welcome directors Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund to Celluloid
Screams for a Q&A after the screening.
Screening with RILEY WAS HERE
Daniel Goldhaber | USA | 2018 | 94 mins
SUNDAY – 8.00pm
Webcam performer Lola is rising through
the ranks of the Freelivegirls website, much to the delight of her fanbase, who
spur on her performances via the live chat. However, she suddenly finds herself
locked out of her own channel, which is somehow continuing to broadcast a
mysterious doppelganger version of her. What’s worse, the new Lola is breaking
all her rules around what she’ll do on screen. Confused and distraught, Lola
investigates this inexplicable identity theft, which turns out to be far darker
than she could ever have imagined.
There’s plenty to unpack in this candy-coloured
cyber-thriller; it’s a frank depiction of digital sex work with an intertwined
dialogue about the perils of internet privacy and competitive social media
culture, with a good dose of intrigue and synth pop.
Screening with MILK
+ SPECIAL DAY
GALA: 7 STAGES TO ACHIEVE ETERNAL BLISS BY PASSING THROUGH THE GATEWAY CHOSEN
BY THE HOLY STORSH (UK PREMIERE)
SUNDAY – 10.30pm
Paul and Claire, a sweet, small-town
couple with big dreams, think they’ve hit the jackpot with their new Los
Angeles apartment - cheap rent in a perfect location. As they giddily emark on
building their new life, they soon learn of the real price for their abode: a
cult leader (Taika Waititi) committed suicide in their bathtub, and his
devotees routinely break in to carry out the same ritualistic act. As finances
prevent the couple from moving, they must face the Cult of Storsh head on, and
in doing so will learn more about themselves and their relationship than their
years together have taught.
A bizarre black comedy which treads a
line between dark surrealism and playful absurdity, 7 Stages is a wildly funny
ride. But we must ask: do you yield?
Followed by CELLULOID SCREAMS CLOSING NIGHT KARAOKE PARTY