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