With the continuing emphasis on genre films, after the success of Australian productions Wolf Creek and Daybreakers, horror films are emerging as a great opportunity for young filmmakers to learn the craft and strut their stuff.
From Thursday 15 April to Friday 23 April, the best in horror film will screen at Dendy Newtown for the 2010 A Night of Horror Film Festival. Sixteen features will screen this year and the highlights include the opening night film, by Australian writer/director Brett Anstey, Damned by Dawn where, during a violent thunderstorm, a family is awoken by piercing shrieks which summon the dead to rise again. Their lives explode in a blood soaked fury as they battle malevolent spirits, whilst fighting to save their souls from eternal torment with… the Banshee (IMDB)
Melissa George proved she was an exceptional actress in the TV series In Treatment with Gabriel Byrne and also dabbled in horror with 30 Days of Night. Here she features in the Australian premiere of Triangle, by writer/director Christopher Smith, where the story revolves around the passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas (IMDB).
Other films screening include the Melbourne Underground Film Festival winner The Horseman (Best Australian Film, Best Australian Director) and the festival double feature of Descent 1 and Descent II.
Along with the feature films, 50 shorts and music videos will screen, and theres special international guests, parties, a filmmaking forum and a screenplay competition.
Festival directors Dean Bertram and Lisa Mitchell commented: We are delighted with the quality and range of films in this years program: supernatural chillers, monster movies, revenge flicks, zombie/vampire comedies, and even a documentary about horror fan culture! While there will always be some self-appointed guardians of public taste who seem to take a perverse glee in denigrating the genre (one suspects that this originates from their own psychological maladjustments), horror cinema continues to thrive. This years program demonstrates the diversity, shocking originality and complex themes that it has to offer. But the genre also appeals at a deeper level: People will always want to sit in the dark and be scared, and sometimes enlightened, by films that explore the shadowy depths of the psyche.