Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Horror Films at the Edinburgh Film Festival

The 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) will be taking place at cinemas across the city of Edinburgh, from the 17th to 28th of June.
The festival boasts something for everyone and should be of particular interest to horror fans. Highlights of which include...
Cop Car (International Premiere / screens in the 'American Dreams' strand)
A dark and brilliant B-movie starring Kevin Bacon as a small town sheriff, who sets out to find the two kids who have taken his car on a joy ride.

Directed by Jon Watts and starring Kevin Bacon, Shea Whigham, Camryn Manheim, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford
Dead Rising: Watchtower (UK Premiere / screens in the 'Night Moves' strand)
A slick and bloodily amusing zombie film spin-off from the Dead Rising video game.
Directed by Zach Lipovsky and starring Jessie Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Virginia Madsen, Keegan Connor Tracy, Dennis Haysbert, Rob Riggle 
The Hallow (UK Premiere / screens in the 'Night Moves' strand)
Renowned music video director Corin Hardy’s fantastic debut feature is a terrifying excursion into a dark world of unforgettably imaginative, brilliantly realised horrors.
Directed by Corin Hardy and starring Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton, Michael Smiley
Hellion (UK Premiere / screens in the 'Night Moves' strand)
Multi-award winning director Bruce McDonald returns to EIFF with this horrifying tale of mayhem, madness, murderous evil munchkins and a young girl home alone at night. A Halloween horror at its best.
Directed by Bruce McDonald and starring Chloe Rose, Rossif Sutherland, Rachel Wilson, Peter DaCunha, Luke Bilyk, Robert Patrick
The Houses October Built (UK Premiere / screens in the 'Night Moves' strand)
Part mockumentary and part horror fiction, this clever mix of found footage and old fashioned scare tactics is a truly terrifying thrill for lovers of late night horror.
Directed by Bobby Roe and starring Brandy Schaefer, Zach Andrews, Bobby Roe, Mikey Roe, Jeff Larson
Maggie (International Premiere / screens in the 'American Dreams' strand)
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in a zombie drama with an art-film sensibility.
Directed by Henry Hobson and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson 
The Night Stalker (screens in the 'Little Big Screen' retrospective)
The highest-rated American TV movie of its time in 1972, this stylish atmospheric horror is now rightfully regarded as a cult classic.
Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey, starring Darren McGavin, Carol Lynley, Simon Oakland
Parasyte: Part 1 (European Premiere / screens in the 'Night Moves' strand)
Spectacular adaptation of Japanese body-snatcher manga. Part horror and part superhero buddy story, it is a wild movie ride.
Directed by Takashi Yamazaki and starring Shota Sometani, Eri Fukatsu, Sadao Abe, Ai Hashimoto, Masahiro Higashide, Nao Omori, Kazuki Kitamura, Tadanobu Asano
Salem’s Lot (screens in the 'Little Big Screen' retrospective)
Tobe Hooper’s atmospheric 1979 adaptation of Stephen King’s chilling vampire novel, starring 70’s icon David Soul  - now an influential genre classic.
Directed by Tobe Hooper, starring David Soul, James Mason and Lance Kerwin
Turbo-Kid (UK Premiere / screens in the 'Night Moves' strand)
A post-apocalypse action-horror romp viewed as if made in the 1980s, Turbo Kid is a gleefully bloody fantasy film and a brilliant retro homage to sci-fi / horror films.
Directed by Anouk Whissell, Francois Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissell and starring Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside

For more information on these and other films in the festival, visit

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