British hard core gamer and horror film enthusiast Jonathan Hughes has dedicated the past six months of his time and personal finances to create “United in Blood”, a special night presentation of scary movies made by women from various parts of the world. This event is organized in celebration of the international Women In Horror Recognition Month, and Hughes plans to make it an annual rendezvous of female horror in the UK.
“It has always been an ambition of mine to promote independent films. I have also wanted to make ‘Women in Horror Month’ truly relevant here in the UK, so what better way to do so than to host a night in honour of the ‘Femmes Fatales’ of the independent horror scene,” says Jonathan Hughes.
The highly anticipated event showcases the works of the most innovative women working in horror today, both in front of and behind the camera.
The first block presents a series of short films directed by nine female directors and one male director, including two UK Premieres (Serpent’s Lullaby by Patricia Chica and Kitty Kitty by Blair Bathory).
The shorts are followed by a panel discussion about the place of women in horror. The Q & A will be moderated by director and actress Emma Dark (Seize The Night, Island of the Blind Dead) and includes five special guest speakers from the horror world: Barbie Wilde – actress and writer (Hellraiser 1&2, Death Wish 3), Jessica Messenger – actress (Dead Bitch, Wasteland, Six Hot Chicks in a Warehouse), Abigail Blackmore – director and actress (Vintage Blood, Blind Date, Nice Guy), Katie Bonham – writer and director (The Paper Round, Mindless, Rats), as well as Nicholas Vince – actor and writer (Hellraiser 1&2, Nightbreed, What Monsters Do-book).
The second block will open with a presentation of the Soska Sisters’ Annual Massive Blood Drive PSA, an anthology of bloody shorts directed by the same nine award-winning independent female directors, and male director from the previous screening. It will be followed by Dys, the first feature film by Canadian director Maude Michaud.
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LINEUP OF FILMS:
•Serpent’s Lullaby by Patricia Chica. (UK PREMIERE) – A reclusive woman holds the secret to a series of mysterious child disappearances in a small northern community.
•Kitty Kitty by Blair Bathory. (UK PREMIERE) – An Independent Short Horror film that utilises all practical effects and a creature suit to share the horrific fate of a girl who lies to get what and who she wants.
•Vintage Blood by Abigail Blackmore. At a quirky vintage shop, owner Izzy must cope with a curse that threatens her boyfriend’s life.
•The Paper Round by Katie Bonham. A psychological short horror that uncovers the gruesome reality behind a continuous cycle of events.
•She by Chelsey Burdon. SHE follows a young couple who share a loveless and dispassionate relationship; no communication, affection or indication of attachment.
•Seize The Night by Emma Dark. Renegade vampire assassin Eva has escaped from a secret bio-research compound. Hell bent on revenge she learns a terrible secret that may force her to unite with the devil she knows in order to defeat the greatest of all evils.
•INK by Andy Stewart. A man takes the path of least resistance (and cost) in an attempt to turn his body into a work of art.
•El Gigante by Gigi Saul Guerrero. A sadistic family captures a Mexican man who was crossing the Mexico/US border illegally.
•Gimp by Kate Shenton. Black comedy about a gimp, a dominatrix and an alarm clock.
•Call Girl by Jill Sixx Gevargizian. In one man’s attempt to exploit his date night via video-chat, he ends up sharing something far more disturbing. Some people like to watch. Do you?
•Dys by Maude Michaud (CLOSING FEATURE PRESENTATION)
A strange disease is plaguing the city. Hoping to escape contamination, Eva and Sam, an estranged married couple, are forced to barricade themselves in their apartment despite the palpable tension between them. Now forced into isolation in their small living space, they struggle with their own frailty in a world that can only offer the worst horrors imaginable.
United Blood will take place on Tuesday, February 23rd, at The Whirled Cinema [259-260 Hardess St, Loughborough Junction, London, SE24 0HN].Doors open at 7pm, screening and panel discussion kicks off at 7:30pm till Midnight. Tickets are £7 and are available at www.whirledcinema.com