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NIGHTTIDE GETS A SNEAK PEEK AT THE FEATURES ON DECK FOR THE 2023 SOHO HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

The UK’s newest genre festival is back in full force this month with a killer lineup with more discomfort, more disturbance and more gore than ever before!

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The UK’s newest genre festival is back in full force this month with a killer lineup with more discomfort, more disturbance and more gore than ever before!

With a mission after our own heart, Soho Horror Fest prides itself on creating a safe space for all where accessibility is key. Not only does the fest present an in-person experience, but it also takes it one step further by hosting the SOHOME HORROR FEST from 30th of November to 3rd of December with 15 features and over 40 short films streaming exclusively for you! Check their website for further details.

The festival prides itself on the three I’s:

Independent: Striving to provide films a chance at playing the big screen, that may not otherwise get to.

Intimate: Presenting films in an environment that is welcoming to all, always maintaining our horror-family community.

Inclusive: Always being both a platform for minority or marginalized filmmakers and voices - be it from race, gender, or sexuality; and also being a festival that is a safe space for everyone.

So what’s on the docket this year? Take a look!

*All descriptions provided by the Soho Horror Fest Website*

Friday, 24 November

 

The Hyperborean - Dir: Jesse Thomas Cook. Starring: Liv Collins, Ry Barrett, Jess Vano. Canada (2023) 93mins

 

Nothing screams PR nightmare more than a moonshine mummy triple homicide! But when a brink-of-bankruptcy whiskey magnate summons his dysfunctional family to sample his legacy product - casks of Scotch aged 170 years, recovered from a ghost ship in the Canadian Arctic - he faces just that. Luckily, they have a whip-smart crisis manager to pick apart what's neat and what's on the rocks in the remaining family members' spiraling recounting of the events that led up to disaster.

 

Halfway Home - Dir: Isti Madarász. Starring: Péter Bárnai, Vivien Rujder, Erzsébet Kútvölgyi. Hungary (2023) 103mins

 

It's Christian's first day on his new job as a security guard at the local morgue; but to his surprise, the job advert isn't all what it seemed when he inadvertently signs up to be a Necro Nurse. He finds out that every night the dead are walking the corridors of the building - trapped souls weighted down by problems left unsolved in their lives. It’s Christian's job to take care of their personal matters in the daytime, saving these poor souls from destruction. Trouble arises when he falls in love with a girl who is already dead.

Onyx the Fortuitous and The Talisman Of Truth - Dir: Andrew Bowser. Starring: Andrew Bowser, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton. USA (2023) 105mins

 

Fledgling occultist Marcus J. Trillbury thinks he has won the lottery when he is invited to attend a once-in-a-lifetime ritual at his idol Bartok the Great's dark mansion. Once there though, Marcus meets a group of other occultists and they are led in a series of rituals meant to "better them.” But as terrible things begin to happen, it soon becomes clear that Bartok’s intentions are more nefarious. As Onyx and his new friends battle to keep their souls, a question of great destiny looms over Onyx's head: is he doomed to be a nobody or will he rise to defeat Bartok and save his friends from damnation?

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The Hyperborean

Saturday, 25 November

 

Booger - Dir: Mary Dauterman. Starring: Grace Glowicki, Garrick Bernard, Heather Matarazzo. USA (2023) 75mins

 

Anna is having a tough time. Her best friend, Izzy, just passed away, her landlord won’t stop calling about the rent, and she’s on the brink of losing her job. Home alone, Anna gets bit by Izzy’s grumpy cat, Booger, who jumps out of a window. As everyone around Anna tries to help her work through her grief, Anna’s singular focus is on finding her dead best friend’s cat, and every day, she feels stranger and stranger. She’s hungry for canned fish, she keeps swallowing her hair, and her predatory instincts are out of control.

Hippo - Dir: Mark H Rapaport. Starring: Kimball Farley, Lilla Kizlinger, Eliza Roberts. USA (2023) 99mins

 

A young man on the verge of adulthood, Hippo is an odd duck. He spends his days playing video games, bossing around his mother, and searching for automatic weapons on the internet. Hippo, his Hungarian adopted sister Buttercup, and their mother don’t interact with the outside world. Their father passed away five years prior to the action of the film, and their co-dependent relationships have grown so bizarre in the intervening years that it is difficult to imagine this trio of maladjusted weirdos passing for humans in the real world. Hippo fancies himself a literal god in human form, Buttercup worships the ground he walks on while attempting in vain to forge some sense of normalcy, and Mother simply acquiesces to Hippo’s every whim, no matter how bizarre, and boy, do they get bizarre.

Saint Drogo - Dir: Michael J Ahern, Ryan Miller, Brandon Perras. Starring: Michael J Ahern, Brandon Perras, Wayne Gonsalves. USA (2023) 78mins

A disconnected couple take an impromptu trek to the gay mecca of Provincetown, Massachusetts during the offseason to rekindle their relationship. Caleb, one half of the couple, becomes worried about an ex who had been working in the town for the summer but seems to have gone missing. As nightmares plague Caleb, he becomes more steadfast in his search, but the more he persists, the closer he nears an unspeakable horror lurking in the town.

Fixation - Dir: Mercedes Bryce Morgan. Starring: Maddie Hassen, Genesis Rodriguez, Stephen McHattie. USA (2022)

 

A young woman undergoes a psychiatric evaluation before her sentencing in an unusual murder trial. But as the tests become more personal and frightening, she begins to question the true motives of her doctors.

Cannibal Mukbang - Dir: Aimee Kuge. Starring: April Consalo, Nate Wise, Clay Von Carlowitz. USA (2023) 100mins

 

Shy and looking for love, Mark quickly becomes smitten with the outgoing and mysterious Ash, who somehow, much to his surprise, reciprocates the attraction. But as his feelings for her intensify, so does his unexpected submersion into Ash’s biggest love: the wild world of mukbanging. And with it, lots of bloodshed.

Baby Blue - Dir: Adam Mason. Starring: Anthony Turpel, Dylan Sprayberry, Lia McHugh. USA (2022) 89mins

 

A group of teens stumble across the story of now-dead serial killer Baby Blue and decide he’d be the perfect subject of a true crime vodcast. But when they start digging, they quickly discover that his murder spree never stopped. Now they are being targeted from beyond the grave.

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Booger

Sunday, 26 November

 

Satan Wants You - Dir: Sean Horlor & Steve J Adams. Featuring: Sarah Marshall, Charyl Proby-Austman, Charles Ennis. USA (2023) 89mins

Opening Soho Horror Fest's Satanic Panic gala thread.

Satan Wants You tells the untold story of how the Satanic Panic of the 1980s was ignited by Michelle Remembers, a lurid memoir by psychiatrist Larry Pazder and his patient Michelle Smith. Supported by the Catholic Church, the bestselling book relied on recovered-memory therapy to uncover Michelle’s childhood abduction by baby-stealing Satanists.

The Coffee Table - Dir: Caye Casas. Starring: David Pareja, Estefanía de los Santos. Spain (2023) 90mins

 

Jesus and Maria are a couple going through a difficult time in their relationship. Nevertheless, they have just become parents. To shape their new life, they decide to buy a new coffee table. A decision that will change their existence.

Godless: The Eastfield Exorcism - Dir: Nick Kozakis. Starring: Georgia Eyers, Dan Ewing, Tim Pocock. Australia (2023) 95mins

Lara is having horrific visions .... and they're getting worse. Her psychiatrist believes that the key to her treatment is to find the source of her trauma, hidden somewhere in Lara's past. Ron, Lara's husband and a devout Christian man, has other plans. He believes that the problem is a spiritual one and an exorcism is the only way to save her soul. Spurred on by a ruthless exorcist and a congregation of zealots, they'll put an innocent woman through hell while trying to send her to heaven.

Frogman - Dir: Anthony Cousins. Starring: Chelsea Grant, Justen Jones, Arden Michalec. USA (2023) 77mins

 

During a family trip many years ago a young Dallas historically catches footage of a local legend: the Frogman. Now, 32, Dallas is a listless wannabe filmmaker who has been crashing at a friend’s house for far too long. After receiving endless ridicule online and claims that the footage is a hoax, Dallas convinces his best friend Scotty and his former best friend Amy to join him in going back to this town to get irrefutable proof of the Frogman.

Only the Good Survive - Dir: Dutch Southern. Starring: Jon Gries, Lachlan Watson, Frederick Weller, D'Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai. USA (2023) 92mins

After a heist gone wrong, Brea Dunlee is found alone in rural Texas where the local sheriff, Cole Mack, interrogates her. He discovers Brea and three of her friends tried to steal rare coins from a farmer and his wife, but they uncovered something far more valuable in the process. As a result, the four friends became targets of a powerful cult. The story becomes more convoluted and bizarre as Brea recounts her night of terror. Cole has to find out if Brea is telling the truth. Brea has to find out if Cole is who he says he is. The only thing for certain is, only one of them will survive.

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Godless: The Eastfield Exorcism

Grab your full festival passes OR individual film tickets here!

The SOHO HORROR FEST Team includes Founder Barrington De La Roche, Programmer/Director Mitch Harrod and Director Charlie Steeds.

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