FES­TI­VAL OF FEAR

Love hor­ror movies? Ed­in­burgh’s Dead By Dawn fes­ti­val is back for its 23rd year of scar­ing us silly

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Over more than two decades, Dead By Dawn has pre­sented a huge range of hor­ror movies on the big screen of Ed­in­burgh’s Film­house cinema, win­ning This Is Hor­ror’s UK Event Of The Year award in the process. We spoke to founder Adele Hart­ley to find out what’s in store for 2016…

How has Dead By Dawn changed over the years?

Our fo­cus has shifted more on to new voices – we’re al­ways look­ing for film­mak­ers who bring fresh ideas to hor­ror, whether in short or long form, live ac­tion or an­i­ma­tion.

What in­spires you to keep the fes­ti­val go­ing year af­ter year?

See­ing a great movie and know­ing you’re the per­son who can put it in front of an au­di­ence on the big screen where it be­longs.

What are some of the high­lights this year?

A cou­ple of in­ter­est­ing themes have emerged and that means we’re look­ing at dif­fer­ent but equally ter­ri­fy­ing vi­sions of the near- fu­ture, as well as spend­ing time with some of the most dys­func­tional fam­i­lies ever to grace a screen!

Can you tell us some of the films that will be pre­mier­ing?

Larry Kent’s She Who Must Burn feels both per­sonal and global, a livid re­sponse to re­stricted rights. Pa­trick Ste­wart is men­ace per­son­i­fied in Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room. The haunt­ingly beau­ti­ful post- apoc­a­lyp­tic land­scape looks al­most tempt­ing in As­traea… We’ll be an­nounc­ing the rest of our line- up over the next few weeks.

What is the Shit Film Amnesty men­tioned on your web­site? We cre­ated this as a way of al­low­ing peo­ple to off­load the dreck from their DVD shelves! Just tell us why it’s the worst film ever made or how you came to own it. We throw it open to au­di­ence vote and the lucky “win­ner” gets to take home all the en­tries. We do rec­om­mend that win­ners walk home past a skip!

Dead By Dawn runs from 21- 24 April at the Film­house Cinema, Ed­in­burgh. www.dead­by­dawn.co.uk; www.face­book.com/Dead­By­Dawn Hor­rorFes­ti­val; @ dead­by­dawn­fest

She Who Must Burn tack­les religious ex­trem­ism and anti- abor­tion vi­o­lence.

Wrap up well for As­traea.

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