It's that time of the year again, as the evenings close in and the nights grow longer, the Horrorthon looms into view.
Held every year at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin, Horrorthon is the ultimate ghoulish gathering, a full five days of terrifying treats where you can spend the whole day in the cinema ravid horror fans. Each year, they present special guests and rare screenings in an atmosphere that's passionate and sometimes a little outspoken.
Horrorthon runs from the 23rd to the 27th of October and festival foreman Edward King had just released the first batch of info on the 2014 fest which includes a look at the guests as well as the opening and closing films. Here's his full release from Facebook:
"Hi all ! Well, it's that time again, so here is a little taste of what is in store for next month's festival.
As the Horrorthon team finalises this year's programme we are delighted to announce that our guests include cult horror Writer / Director Frank Henenlotter, as well as Scream Queen Actress / Writer / Director Jessica Cameron. We will be screening three of Frank Henenlotter's classics "Basket Case, Brain Damage& Frankenhooker" along with his new documentary "That's Sexploitation". Jessica Cameron's Directorial debut is the multi award winning controversial festival hit "Truth or Dare". This one is not for the faint of heart. Ms. Cameron has even promised to bring along some "Sick Bags" to hand out to audience members.
Also, this year the team felt that the festival needed some exciting new additions to the event, so we've introduced a new category where we will honour a horror icon each year, and we kick off by honouring the late great Vincent Price. We will be showing three of his classic movies, "The Abominable Dr. Phibes, The Fall of the House of Usher, as well as a glorious 35mm print of Theatre of Blood". Another new addition will be horror story readings from the work of Ireland's greatest horror writers which is in association with The Bram Stoker Festival. Plus a screening of the silent movie "Hexen : Witchcraft Through the Ages" with a live music accompaniment.
We are also delighted to announce our fantastic opening and closing films. Opening night October 23rd we start with this year's most anticipated critically acclaimed horror hit "The Babadook", and we close this year with the brilliant crowd pleaser "What We Do in the Shadows".
We will be bringing you the full programme next week once everything is all finalised. We hope this wets your blood thirsty appetite for now !!!"
Cameron's movie has been earning rave reviews and we've been keeping an eye on The Babadook for months now. It looks like a packed schedule, can't wait!
Horrorthon will run from the 23rd to the 27th of October 2014 at the IFI.
Stay tuned to the official IFI page for more info and if you want to keep on top of up to the minute announcements, you really should sign up to the Horrorthon Facebook page. They're good folk.