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17 preview screenings planned at Mayhem 9 ; The Mayhem Film Festival returns to Broadway this autumn with four days of horror, cult and sci-fi film...

August 6, 2013


17 preview screenings planned at Mayhem 9 ; The Mayhem Film Festival returns to Broadway this autumn with four days of horror, cult and sci-fi film screenings, special guests and events. Simon Wilson reportsMAYHEM FILM FESTIVAL

NOW in its ninth year, the Mayhem Film Festival is promising everything from gut-wrenching horror to creepy ghost stories when it runs at Broadway later this year.

The programme is still being finalised for the four-day event, which runs from October 31 to November 3 but Steven Sheil, who runs the festival with fellow Nottingham filmmaker Chris Cooke, reckons on there being around 17 films in all.

They'll all be preview screenings; they won't have been released in the UK yet, he says.

And some of them won't be released until next year.

And it's not just horror at Mayhem. We make it quite broad, says Steven. It's not just ultra-gory stuff; it's ghosts to splatter films and everything in between, plus sci-fi and cult. And these are films from around the world. We try to give a snapshot of what's happening in the world of horror and cult cinema at Mayhem every year. Steven wrote and directed the 2008 British horror film Mum And Dad. He adds: We do TV as well. A few years ago we had the cast and crew of Being Human here to talk about the series and introduce the new one. That was quite a big hit.

Early Bird tickets, which went on sale today, are available for the first time for those who want to attend every event.

We have a regular crowd who come and see everything.

Quite a few book their holidays around Mayhem and treat it as a getaway.

They are the ones who ask us when the festival will be because they want to plan time off from work.

The event will attract around 2,000 people and along with the screenings there will be special guests. In the past they have included Get Carter director Mike Hodges, The Wicker Man director Robin Hardy and Mark Gatiss from Sherlock, The League of Gentlemen and Doctor Who.

We like to bring them here to let our audience hear them speak, meet them and hang out with them.

The feedback from guests we've had before has always been good which helps encourage others to come here.

I think the festival has quite a good reputation in the industry.

A couple of special guests are still to be announced for this year's event but Brian Netto will be flying in from the US to present his found-footage debut, Delivery, described as a cross between Rosemary's Baby and Paranormal Activity.

The Blair Witch Project was the first big 'found footage' horror and Paranormal Activity gave the genre a boost but this one does something a bit different, says Steven. It's really smart, well acted, well put together and is incredibly creepy.

It's not just teenagers running around the woods, which you do get a lot of.

Another premiere is Haunter from Vincenzo Natali, the director of Cube and Splice, described as a reverse ghost story.

Explains Steven: It's from the point of view of the ghost. She's living a kind of Groundhog Day life, living the same day over and over. Eventually she comes to realise she's dead.

He is happy how the festival is coming together and believes fans of Mayhem will enjoy this year's event. Everyone at Broadway really gets involved. It's a really busy four days and they get to see films they wouldn't normally get to see.

Early Bird tickets are Pounds 50 and on sale from the box office or go to

Quite a few people book their holidays around Mayhem and treat it as a getaway Steven Sheil

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