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Mayhem Film Festival 2023

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Thursday 12 October - Sunday 15 October 2023 | Various times
Broadway Cinema

Tickets: Find tickets through the Book Now buton above

Mayhem returns in October for its 19th edition, taking place at Broadway, Nottingham (12-15 October). The team is excited to reveal this year's full festival line-up. With a mix of premieres, previews, classics and Q&As, there is something for every fan of horror, sci-fi and cult cinema in this year's programme.

Mayhem Film Festival will open on Thursday 12 October with a preview of Paris Zarcilla's Raging Grace. Following an undocumented Filipina immigrant who takes on a job caring for an ailing man to try and provide for her young daughter, Raging Grace is a chilling thriller with hints of gothic horror. Rounding off the first night will be Richard V. Somes' violent action-packed martial-arts thriller, Topakk (Triggered) in which a former special forces operative attempts to save a woman from a corrupt police death squad.

Friday 13 October sees Day 2 of the festival, and superstitions are at the heart of our opening film. Set in 17th-century England, Sean Hogan's To Fire You Come at Last follows a group of men struggling to ignore ancient folk tales as they set off to carry a coffin on a long walk to the local graveyard. Director Sean Hogan, previously at Mayhem in 2011 for The Devil's Business and in 2015 for Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD, will return for a post-screening Q&A.

We'll then delve into the archives for giallo-inspired Door from Japanese director Banmei Takahashi, in which a woman becomes increasingly paranoid after being threatened on the phone by a local salesman.

We'll move into the evening with the previously announced UK Premiere of Bertrand Mandico's mind-bending epic Conann, before ending the day with Joe Lynch's gory horror Suitable Flesh.

We'll open Saturday 14 October with Mike Cheslik's Hundreds of Beavers - a no-dialogue live-action cartoon epic in which a drunken applejack salesman must defeat hundreds of beavers to have a chance at being with the woman of his dreams.

We'll then head into Matt Vesely's sci-fi thriller, Monolith, in which a podcaster tries to get to the bottom of an alien conspiracy after discovering the existence of a mysterious artefact, before delving into this year's beloved Short Film Showcase, featuring 15 films from around the world.

The evening will start with the previously announced Where The Devil Roams from the Adams family who we are absolutely delighted to welcome to this year's festival. John Adams, Lulu Adams and Toby Poser will join us for a post-screening Q&A, before we wrap up the evening with Robert Rodriguez' cult sci-fi horror, The Faculty.

Our last day will open with River, another time-loop fantasy from Junta Yamaguchi (Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes, Mayhem 2021), before stepping into the UK Premiere of Franck Khalfoun's (Maniac, Mayhem 2012) Night of the Hunted - a bloody thriller in which a woman is tormented by a lone sniper after stopping at a gas station in the middle of the night.

The previously announced bloody folk horror from Ariel Vida, Trim Season, will round-up the afternoon.

As we move into our final evening, we'll present the remarkable The Animal Kingdom from French director Thomas Caillet - a body horror sci-fi set in a not-so-distant future in which some humans begin to mutate into other animal species.

We'll then close the festival with the previously announced UK Premiere of Thomas Sainsbury's surprising debut feature, Loop Track.

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