04th Jun2021

Romford’s first Horror Film Festival to take place this weekend!

by Phil Wheat

Premiere Cinemas Romford, creators of the annual Romford Film Festival take on a scarier feat this weekend (5th – 6th June) as they bring together over 60 scary independent movies to the heart of Romford from across the globe – to ensure cinema goers are buried by a cacophony of shocking thrillers and spine- chilling horror in the first Romford Horror Film Festival… Horrhiffic!

Films over the weekend include the recently released Guns Akimbo, starring Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe in a way you would never expect, as he plays a video game developer who inadvertently becomes the next participant in a real-life death match that streams online; The Whooper Returns, in which an estranged family must defend their infamous “haunted” childhood home from a band of malevolent cos-players; VHS Forever: Once Upon a Time in Camden, a feature length documentary about the infamous Psychotronic Video shop in Camden Town and its customers and loyal followers; and Bad Candy, which follows local Halloween stories of both myth and lessons learned in the community of New Salem.

The festival will also introduce us to horror in all of its forms with documentaries, such as ‘Witches of King’s Cross’ – a genre-bending biopic of a fearless rebel outlaw in 1950’s Sydney; short films, such as locally made ‘The House At The End’ – a black and white silent horror about a demonic residence, and a special ‘Pandemic – made’ category of films called “Cheap Thrills” which will show two hours of films made during lockdown! says Festival Director Spencer Hawken:

One of the darkest films we have this year is actually a seemingly cute animation called ‘A Piglet’s Tale’ which will be shown at 4pm on Sunday – this is not for the faint hearted and even left some of our festival judges speechless!

In traditional festival style – there will be special happenings throughout the weekend – including a special guest video introduction to The Exorcist: Directors Cut by Pazuzu actress Eileen Dietz and an awards event on Sunday evening to celebrate the best in show. Tickets to the weekend are available from www.romfordfilmfestival.com with a full weekend pass costing just £30.00 – including a special weekend goodie bag of merch – but be quick – tickets are limited and selling out fast!

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