The South African HORRORFEST is the only event of its kind in the country (if not the continent)
featuring new, classic and rare movies, literature, live soundtrack performance, Halloween dress-up, give-aways and more.
The 13th Annual SOUTH AFRICAN HORRORFEST
25 October - 3 November
Labia Theatre (68 Orange Str, Gardens, Cape Town)
MOVIES / LITERATURE / LIVE SOUNDTRACK PERFORMANCE /
SHORT FILMS / HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES / GIVE-AWAYS
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The 2017 S.A. HORRORFEST line-up will endeavour to bring you as many genre variants
as possible, from vampire, ghosts and the undead, to possession, and the psychologically unhinged,
as well as documentaries, classics,
dozens of short films & more. Most movies will make their African & South African premiere.
Confirmed feature- and short films will be listed here.
WED 25 OCT, 8:45pm
FRI 27 OCT, 8:30pm
SAT 28 OCT, 9:00pm
3 Short Film Chapters
The opening screening of the 13th South African HorrorFest will be the new local chiller SIEMBAMBA, academy award nominated director Darrell James Roodt in attendance for a Q&A. 1 show only! Book Here
Audience participation screening of this cult classic musical. Dress up & bring your accessories, or buy a pack containing everything you need from the LoveCraft Experiment stall in the foyer. Book Here
To celebrate the 90th anniversary of Fritz Lang's landmark silent sci-fi movie METROPOLIS, The Makabra Ensemble will perform their original soundtrack live to the screen for this timeless classic. Book Here
For over 12 HorrorFest events we've screened hundreds of some of the most amazing short films you're unlikely to see on any cinema (or home) screen in South Africa. Expect another 3 volumes! Book Here
In this incredible futuristic vision (of 1927), the vast city of Metropolis has the suffering working class live, work and struggle
underground, while the privileged bask high up in their towers. But the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a
working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences (but it won't come without chaos and destruction!)
With fantastic sets and amazing cinematography, this film was decades ahead of its time, still resonating today - here on
28 October enhanced with a live original soundtrack at the South African HorrorFest.
Prolific director Darrell James Roodt will attend the Cape Town premiere of his new chiller
SIEMBAMBA as the opening screening of the
13th S.A. HORRORFEST (Wed 25 Oct, 8:4pm) Book Here
His work has crossed genres from political (Winnie) & musical (Sarafina), to military (The Stick), social (Academy Award nominated Yesterday), horror (Dracula 3000), Afrikaans movies (Seun) and more.
He will introduce SIEMBAMBA and have an
Fancy being part of the 2017 HorrorFest's BLOODY PARCHMENT literary event?
This year's theme is "Dreadful Drabbles" (a short story of exactly 100 words) that is either dark SF, fantasy or horror.
If you think you've got what it takes to share your story before an audience, submit your piece to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
by October 16 *.
Please clearly mark your submission with "Submission: Dreadful Drabbles" in the subject line.
The annual Bloody Parchment event will be taking place at the Labia Theatre on October 26th, 6pm, as part of the South African Horrorfest.
* Limited slots available, so submission is not a guarantee of entry.
Participants will be notified upon acceptance and this is conditional on their being able to attend the event on the night.
There may be another exciting audience participation screening of the legendary
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
We're working on sneak previews of new releases
We always try our best to get interesting local and international filmmakers, authors or anyone who can enhance
the festival experience to attend as guests and interact with the audience via Q&As, signings and more.
(Past guests have included Resident Evil franchise producer-director team Paul W.S. Anderson and Jeremy Bolt (UK / USA),
documentarian & lecturer Calum Waddell (UK), Cosmesis special make-up FX master Clinton Smith (ZA),
actress Fiona Horrigan (USA), producer Yash Patniak (India) and more.
2017 our special guest is director Darrell
The Bloody Parchment live literary event is now at the hub of the HorrorFest activity,
inside the Labia Theatre cinema 2, with local author readings, special guests, snacks / drinks /
mingling / networking, give-aways and more.
Author Nerine Dorman will oversee the live literature night!
classic Nosferatu with
by Terminatryx and
from K.O.B.U.S. & Voice
contains Terminatryx music
galleries, HorrorFest extras,
film imPERFECTION. ORDER
HorrorFest Sticker packs include:
SkullMoon Logo / Crest Design / HorrorFest Text
Get in the mood for Halloween and watch the short film "Marked", made by the HorrorFest organizers.
(all festival info further down)
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smith / dop:
> this clip is beeen expanded into the short film "Marked", and the Terminatryx "Virus" music video <
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ABOUT THE SOUTH AFRICAN HORRORFEST
In 2004 Paul Blom and Sonja Ruppersberg decided to rectify the issue of the absence of a dedicated Horror event in South Africa.
The first S.A. HorrorFest (then also known as the Horror Festacular) launched in 2005.
Besides being a Horror / Chiller / Thriller film festival (screening feature films and short films from around the world),
from the start it made a point of expanding into a broad Halloween event by incorporating
new live soundtrack performances to classic silent films by The Makabra Ensemble,
the Bloody Parchment literary chapter, Halloween dress-up competition, a night market and more.
HorrorFest organizers Sonja & Paul at the Zombie Walk, with their boy Zoltan