Mayhem 2022: Festival Lineup Will Include Rarely Seen Japanese Horror NIGHT OF THE CAT
Attention is turning towards the autumn months and the haunting season. We appreciate those film festivals that have events that run during this time as they help bring up that festive mood.
Our friends at Mayhem Film Festival in Nottingham, England, are gearing up for their next edition and they have a special announcement regarding their inclusion in the British Film Institute's program, In Dreams Are Monsters.
Our season of films will focus on the creatures that linger long after the closing credits, which have haunted our screens and dreams for over a century. Exploring five iconic mythical figures: the vampire, the ghost, the zombie, the witch and the beast; we will chart how the monsters of horror have made physical the anxieties of their times, and how we react when faced with the monster within. BFI In Dreams Are Monsters
Mayhem has drawn the ghost card and will include in their festival lineup this year a special screening of Kaneto Shindo's 1968 film Night of the Cat (Kuroneko).
Two women are raped and killed by samurai soldiers. Soon they reappear as vengeful ghosts who seduce and brutally murder the passing samurai.
This screening of Night of the Cat will be accompanied by a live original score from Nottingham-based artist Yumah (aka Lucy Morrow). The cat theme will continue that night with a screening of Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers (1992) from director Mick Garris.
Mayhem have also announced that Argento's Dark Glasses and Jethica, from director Peter Ohs, will be playing at the festival. This is just the tip of the iceberg. We will have more news about this year's Mayhem Film Festival as it happens.
Mayhem Film Festival’s BFI FAN-supported new commission Night of the Cat screenings confirmedWeekend will also feature a screening of Dario Argento’s Dark Glasses and the UK premiere of supernatural stalker-thriller Jethica from director Peter Ohs. This is just the tip of the iceberg. We will have more news as it comes from the folks at Mayhem.Mayhem Film Festival returns to Broadway Cinema, Nottingham on 13-16 October for its 18th edition and this year sees the weekend take a feline turn with the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) supported commission, “Night of the Cat” planned for the Saturday night (15 October). Screening as part of IN DREAMS ARE MONSTERS (https://www.bfi.org.uk/in-dreams-are-monsters), a UK-wide film season from the BFI, supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network, “Night of the Cat” - one of four special commissions by leading horror film festivals around the UK - will take over Broadway’s purr-fect Screen 1 with two rare film screenings: Kaneto Shindo’s 1968 Japanese horror film Kuroneko (translated as The Black Cat) will open the night and will be accompanied by a kaleidoscopic live original score from Nottingham-based artist Yumah (aka Lucy Morrow). Then in Mayhem’s late-night cult slot, a 30th anniversary screening of Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers from 1992 will continue the cat theme into the night.Mayhem Film Festival co-director Steven Sheil cannot wait for the Night of the Cat to begin: “We’re so grateful for the support from the BFI Film Audience Network as part of BFI’s IN DREAMS ARE MONSTERS season that have made Night of the Cat possible. It’s given us the opportunity to not only show two films that are rarely seen on the big screen, but also commission Yumah to produce an original and evocative score that will mesmerise the audience.”Those attending the weekend will also have the opportunity to see horror maestro Dario Argento’s latest giallo Dark Glasses, as well as the UK premiere of genre-bending ghost story Jethica.Caroline Hennigan, Broadway’s Director of Programme, is looking forward to welcoming Mayhem fans from across the UK back to Broadway Cinema: “Mayhem is one of our biggest weekends of the year, with an amazing atmosphere that always brings in new film fans to Broadway. The Mayhem team - Steven, Chris and Meli - always programme an eclectic and unique festival that gets people talking and we’re sure this year’s line-up with be no exception.”Early bird festival passes have been flying out of the door and film fans wanting to experience the weekend have until Friday 19 August to purchase at the reduced rate of £75, before the price is increased to £85.Mayhem Film Festival co-director, Chris Cooke added: “We’re currently putting together the full line-up for the weekend and will be announcing more titles over the coming weeks. All we can say is that it’s looking like it’ll be another vintage year!”Further line-up announcements are expected soon, and passes can be purchased from broadway.org.uk/mayhem2022