SA’s Ultimate Halloween Event – HorrorFest 2019
The 15th edition of the annual South African HorrorFest has arrived and we are thrilled.
Launched in 2005 due to the absence of a dedicated Horror event, this festival has grown over the years and we can’t be wait to be scared. The HorrorFest will be hosting an entertaining Halloween season between 29 October – 7 November at the labia theatre, with a visual and audio feast for everyone’s chilling taste.
This year’s theme, picking from the poster seems to be celebrating The Shinning and Stephen King’s flavour. Not only will viewers get to experience this cinematic masterpiece on the big screen again after 40 years (on Halloween night), but they will also revive their anticipation The Shining’s sequel Doctor Sleep on 3 November, five days before its official global release! (if you miss this, it releases on circuit by Empire Entertainment on 8 November, the day after the HorrorFest ends)
Here’s what to expect from the festival
-Great new movies and short films from around the world. It will bring films that have not been seen in South Africa yet, The films will range from serious to humorous, including legendary classics.
-A pre-release of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep (sequel of The Shinning) will be screened on 3 November.
-Halloween night will frighten us with The Shinning screening on 31 October.
-Out of this world music in the shape of an amazing live soundtrack score performance to a classic silent film by The Makabra Ensemble (with special guests)
-The festival will see both local and international filmmakers, cast and crew attend.
-Four amazing genre-film-linked Documentaries.
-A grindhouse double feature for a single ticket price (in association with the X fest)
-Live commentary by comedian Rob van Vurren accompanied by satirist Karin Jeynes for chessy B-movies.
-Rocky horror picture show audience participation show.
-Authors will be reading from their work to pay homage to the terrifying side of literature during the Bloody Parchment event.
-There will be a Halloween dress-up competition, so attendees should not be afraid to go all out!
-Lucky attendees will leave with audience and dress up prizes and giveaways courtesy of Penguin Random House books, Mr lucky’s Cape Town Tatoos, Bathory Cosmetic Co, autographed posters and v=blu-ray copies of I spit on your grave Déjà Vu, Love in Vein blood vial kits, Doctor Sleep merchandise hampers from Empire Ent. and filmmaker prizes from the Copyright Slap service.
– This year’s Jury panel includes Joe Vaz, Sonja Ruppersberg, Ryan Kruger, Marnus Tredoux, and Paul Blom.
-Drinks from the labia theatre bar can be taken into the cinema.