Dead by Dawn, Edinburgh, 5-8 May 2011

Posted by Glennis Byron on April 18, 2011 in News tagged with , , , , , ,

Scotland’s International Horror Film Festival, Dead by Dawn, returns to Filmhouse 5-8 May, 2011.

The full programme will be announced closer to the time, but here are some of the films that will be on offer with clips from youtube. Looks promising and a great opportunity to see some horror films not widely available. The entire festival takes place in Cinema One and all-inclusive Passes priced £65 are currently on sale from Filmhouse box office

Tickets priced £25 are also available for the second event, Spawn of Dawn (a movie marathon from midnight on Saturday 7th in Cinema Two showing five features and up to ten shorts selected from the main festival programme).

Filmhouse box office is open each day from 12 noon on 0131 228 2688 or you can book for either event at

In addition to the main features, there will be a short film programme, a 2D and Deranged programme showcasing the finest and most twisted animation, a classics programme, and much more.

Harold’s Going Stiff, dir. Keith Wright. (UK, 2010).

Comedy-horror that looks like a quite promising take on zombies.  Summary from website: Lonely pensioner, Harold Gimble, has become the first man to suffer from a new neurological disease that is slowly turning him into a zombie-like state. Harold’s hermit-like existence is shaken up when a vivacious nurse, Penny Rudge, is sent along to alleviate his stiffness. Her ‘special’ massage techniques work a treat on Harold and they become close friends. Harold agrees to trial a possible cure for the disease at a private institute, and the initial results are excellent. But the following day he’s in an even worse state than before, and after Penny accidentally overhears the doctor’s dire prognosis for Harold she decides to sneak him away the next morning. Word soon gets out, and before long a small group of bloodthirsty thugs are pursuing Harold and Penny across dramatic moorlands in the hope of a kill.

Cold Fish, dir. Sion Sono. (Japan, 2010)

Inspired by true events, Cold Fish transforms a goredrenched serial killer saga into an unflinching exploration of morality and masculinity in modern Japan. Summary: a blackly-comic thriller inspired by the real case of a serial killer who dispatched more than fifty people. Mild-mannered father Shamoto, whose rebellious daughter is making life with his new wife a misery, finds himself taken under the wing of hugely confident and successful tropical-fish salesman Murata. However, Murata is far from who he at first appears to be, as Shamato learns firsthand when he witnesses the charismatic and remorseless killer in cold-blooded action. From there, Sono spins out an unpredictable and unsettling story that never lets the viewer relax, creating a movie with moodswings that match those of its terrifying lead character. Todd Brown at Twitch has described Cold Fish as ‘one of the most powerful and punishing movies to come out of Japan this year’.

The Afflicted. dir. Jason Stoddard (USA, 2010)

Summary from website: an intense film based on a truly disturbing story of mental and physical abuse delivered by an explosively violent mother of four. Grace, the youngest of three sisters is the witness to the exhausting abuse, continuing rape and murder of her sisters … by Maggie, a mentally unstable mother who defends her actions by her twisted religious beliefs. Kane Hodder, (Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th) plays the role of Hank, a husband that is desperate to leave his failed marriage and distant wife but finds leaving more difficult than he originally planned.  With a hopeless future, Grace is forced to take matters into her own hands.

I watched the surgery scene clip and wasn’t sure I wanted to see much more, but couldn’t stop watching (if you want to see it, it is the second clip on the film website.)

Otherwise, here is the trailer:

Yellowbrickroad dirs. Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton. (USA, 2011).

In the Fall of 1940, the entire population of Friar, New Hampshire walked together up a winding mountain trail and into the wilderness. Without warning, they left behind everything: their homes, their clothes, and their money. The only clue where they went was a single word etched into stone near the forest’s edge: YELLOWBRICKROAD. In 2009, the coordinates for the ‘YELLOWBRICKROAD’ trail head are declassified. An expedition begins in hope of answers to what happened to the A few among them believe they will find something terrible in the forest. But it is the forest that will find something terrible in them.

Looks a bit too Blair Witch like for my taste, but with, if you persist with the trailer, a bit more gore.

The Last Employee (Der letzte Angestellte) dir. Alexander Adolph. (Germany, 2010).

I can’t find a youtube clip for this one, but wanted to end with it anyway, as the word is that this is one seriously creepy film.

Summary: After a sacked employee hangs herself, David is ravaged by guilt as his life becomes plagued by terrifying visions of the dead woman. As the encounters become increasingly real, David must convince his family and employer that they are in danger, but no-one wants to listen to a guilt-ridden madman until it’s too late. An atmospheric and terrifying tale of vengeance in the vein of Japanese horror films Dark Water and The Grudge.

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