Horror on Sea film festival returns to Southend after two-year hiatus in covid

OVER 100 horror films will come together in one blood-curdling weekend when the much-loved annual Horror-on-Sea Festival returns to Southend in the New Year.

Yes, the UK’s largest independent horror film festival will take place over two weekends and follow a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Open on Friday January 14, the festival will run until Saturday 15 and Sunday 16, then again from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 January 2022.

It promises more than 36 feature films, 70 short films and offers the showcase of 10 world premieres.

Festival director and creator Paul Cotgrove of The White Bus Cinema has once again selected a program of the best – and even the worst – new films spanning the horror genre – from zombies, vampires and monsters, to the cursed. demonic clowns, serial killers and a very, very bad Santa Claus.

Paul said: “Since we launched Horror-on-Sea ten years ago, the festival has grown to be a major event in this area of ​​the film industry. So much so that I now get submissions from filmmakers and producers all over the world which means we can easily show up to 17 movies a day which equates to over 12 hours of slicing, dicing, drilling. , murder and murderous chaos general from ten in the morning to ten in the evening!

As befits its reputation as an international showcase for young screenwriters, directors and producers, this year’s program will bring audiences to films from the UK, Canada, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, from Italy, Germany, Russia, Finland, Ukraine, India, Ireland and of course the United States.

There are also a number of movies being shot right here in Essex – All Dressed in White, The Allotment, Black Death, Don’t Open the Box, Off the Hook, See What She Did, Helium Mary, Sausages, All Consumed and Locked.

As always, up-and-coming filmmakers have the opportunity to learn from one of the masters of horror and local legend, Pat Higgins.

Higgins will recount how a Twitter chat about a ridiculous headline got out of hand when a tongue-in-cheek tweet went to project “go” in the span of an afternoon. You can join Pat as he remembers directing his gore-drenched new project and once again demonstrates why he’s recognized as one of the craziest independent horror directors in the country.

Once again, the festival will be hosted by the Southend’s Park Inn by Radisson Palace hotel and is supported by viewsouthend.co.uk.

Tickets are on sale now from £ 7 per film, from £ 32 for a day pass and, for serious fans, a Mega Festival Pass – which gets you access to everything – for £ 130 all together of the festival.

For a full list of all films, the festival schedule, and pre-orders of tickets and passes, go to www.horror-on-sea.com or call the festival hotline on 07754 391 163. Please note that all films are strictly Certificate 18.

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