Living in South Africa comes with its many perks, but there are a few things that we lack when it comes to cultural matters. We don’t have a lot of big-name festivals, and musicians are only just beginning to find us on the map. For horror fans, unfortunately, Halloween isn’t a really big deal here like it is in the States, so there hasn’t really been many organised things that we can do around what should be the most deliciously gory time of year.
Thankfully the fine people from the SA Horrorfest are doing a damn fine job to sort that out. This year marks the 8th Annual Horrorfest and the first time it’s making a trek across the country. I’ve attended three Horrorfests so far and I’ve had a blast at all of them, and there’s a little something for everyone. My personal taste for the cheesy and ridiculous is well catered to, and the audience is always more than happy to join in on heckling a movie. It’s like MST3K but with a full theatre. They have some awesome preview screenings of movies that haven’t hit the screens here yet. One of the highlights of Horrorfest, however, is the silent movie night. The Makabra Ensemble performs a live soundtrack to the movie, and the awesomeness of the experience is beyond description. This year’s film is Nosferatu, which is going to be mind-blowing.
And that’s just the movie side of things. The Bloody Parchment is an evening spent with local horror / thriller authors doing readings of their works, along with a tie-in short story competition. The Alternative Market features a variety of entrepreneurs selling a range of rare, strange and super cool Halloween-themed goodies. There will also be a Halloween dress up competition and the ever-undead Cape Town Zombie Walk. This year will also feature the first DVD release of the best short films submitted and screened at Horrorfest since the event’s inception in 2005.
Horrorfest runs in Cape Town from the 24th of October to the 2nd of November at the Labia Theatre in Orange Street. The guys in Joburg gets to enjoy the new arrival from the 26th to the 31st of October at The Bioscope in Fox Street.
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Hope to see you all there!
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