The 14th annual South African HorrorFest 2018 will again deliver the Cape’s most all-encompassing Halloween event at the Labia Cinema.
Cinematically there are over a dozen new, indie and classic movies, many South African premieres, local productions (with filmmaker guests), free pre-release screenings of brand new releases and around 60 fantastic short films from around the world.
Then there is the Bloody Parchment night of dark literature (with local authors), and the Halloween dress-up competition. Not to mention giveaways and prizes.
The feature films cover a wide range of chilling prospects, from ghosts, slashers, shape-shifters, and the supernatural, to possession, science-gone-wrong, evil legends, and of course the Frankenstein flavour of the Rocky Horror Picture Show’s audience participation screening, and a unique live soundtrack performance of classic 1925 silent film Maciste in Hell by The Makabra Ensemble (with live sound supplied by Point Blanc).
The South African HorrorFest 2018 also delivers unique documentaries (this year including a look at the Hong Kong exploitation movies of the ’90s, and a doc digging into the huge Halloween haunted attraction industry in the USA).
There will also be audience prizes and give-aways across the festival, including tickets, T-shirts, tattoos and more.
2018 South African HorrorFest Schedule
THURSDAY 25 OCTOBER (official festival kick-off)
6:30pm – 8:00pm – BLOODY PARCHMENT (literature event with local authors)
FRIDAY 26 OCTOBER
6:15pm – SHADOW REALM SHORT FILMS Vol. I (exciting short films from around the world)
8:30pm – ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (classic musical audience participation screening)
SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER
4:00pm – THEY REMAIN (isolated researchers unravel in the vicinity of a cult’s former compound)
6:15pm – NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (groundbreaking zombie classic’s 50th anniversary)
8:45pm – MACISTE IN HELL (live Makabra Ensemble soundtrack show and Halloween dress-up)
SUNDAY 28 OCTOBER
4:00pm – POLTERHEIST (gangsters kidnap a psychic medium to reach their dead boss)
6:15pm – CATEGORY III: Hong Kong Exploitation Cinema (documentary)
8:30pm – HELL TRIP (local slasher with filmmakers attending for intro and Q&A)
MONDAY 29 OCTOBER
6:15pm – SHADOW REALM SHORT FILMS Vol. II (more amazing short films)
8:30pm – THE TOKOLOSHE (Cape premiere of local chiller)
TUESDAY 30 OCTOBER
6:15pm – I’LL TAKE YOUR DEAD (supernatural crime thriller)
8:30pm – HAUNTERS: The Art Of The Scare (haunt industry documentary)
WEDNESDAY 31 OCTOBER
6:15pm – THE LAPLACE’S DEMON – Il Demone di Laplace (Noir-Math-Horror)
8:30pm – SLENDER MAN (free Halloween night pre-release treat)
THURSDAY 1 NOVEMBER
6:15pm – SHADOW REALM SHORT FILMS Part III (another 2 hours of stellar short films)
8:30pm – LIFECHANGER (shape-shifting body horror)
WED 7 NOV
OVERLORD (JJ Abrams produced WWII Horror)
This is the South African HorrorFest 2018 wrap party – a free private pre-release screening a week after the event at Ster Kinekor theatres in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban (plus popcorn, drinks and photo booth attractions). For the Cape, add your details to the back of your HorrorFest tickets and place it in the box in the Labia Theatre foyer to be in line for double tickets. For Joburg and Durban, see on-line submissions at www.horrorfest.info
What: South African HorrorFest 2018
Where and when: Labia Cinema from 25 October to 1 November 2018
Tickets and schedule: Quicket