Romford Horror Film Fest to run from 25 to 27 Feb
by Ellis Reed
If you’re looking for an affordable film festival, mark your calendars for the end of Feb: the Romford Horror International Film Festival is back, and they’re selling weekend passes for a very reasonable £32.
The programme looks like a great selection of indie horror from around the world, including lots of shorts, a ‘Cheap Thrills’ showcase for microbudget cinema, and a good number of feature films. Since we take a special interest in British productions, we’ll highlight the following from the full schedule:
Tales of the Creeping Death (UK, John Williams, 2022): ‘Five tales full of horror, comedy and most importantly, Creeping Death. You better pray for your soul.’ Has some familiar faces including Ricky Tomlinson (Brookside) and Michael Socha (Being Human).
Ruthless (UK, Owen Franklin, 2020): ‘When a students’ getaway holiday descends into a bloodbath, a literally fearless young woman races to uncover the sinister truth behind the killings.’ Digging into the detail, that’s not a misuse of the word ‘literally’; the protagonist is medically incapable of feeling fear. Should make for a very novel slasher!
Manfish (UK, Marc Coleman, 2022): ‘When a humanoid sea creature washes up in Terry’s bleak life they quickly develop feelings for each other – but can Man love Fish, and will Terry’s older criminal brother get his hands on the creature before Terry can decide how he feels?’
Wyvern Hill (UK, Jonathan Zaurin, 2021): ‘A confused widow faces a coordinated home invasion from both early-onset dementia and a crazed killer.’ David Dent, aka Dark Eyes of London, praised this one for ‘overall boldness of vision and a stunning central performance’, and you get a couple of shorts as part of the screening.
Exit (UK, Michael Fausti, 2020): ‘Events take a sinister turn one night in London, when two very different couples arrive at a double-booked apartment. Actions have consequences and not all debts are paid for with money. Leaving, it’s harder than you think.’
2.0 Lucy (UK, Fenella Greenfield, 2022): ‘When a disgraced palaeoanthropologist travels to a rural outback, to obsessively pursue his unorthodox research, his discovery will challenge the delusional idea that we humans are the master species.’
Superterranean (UK, Ian Gordon, 2020): ‘An injured and disorientated climber regains consciousness in a mountain Bothy. With no memory of how he got there, first he must deal with his life-threatening injuries. Only then can he deal with who or what caused them.’
You can find all the details here.