Nottingham’s Mayhem Film Festival looks like a scarily good time

Mandy, Anna And The Apocalypse, One Cut Of The Dead and Nightmare Cinema head up Nottingham’s Mayhem Film Festival

The Mayhem Film Festival is returning to Nottingham’s Broadway Cinema on 11 October and genre fans will not want to miss the fantastic selection in store this year.

It all kicks off with John McPhail’s superb [deep breath] Scottish zombie horror high school musical comedy drama Anna And The Apocalypse (the songs will be stuck in your head for weeks, in a good way), followed by Mick Garris’ latest anthology Nightmare Cinema, which features shorts from the likes of Joe Dante, David Slade and Ryuhei Kitamura.

Nicolas Cage ventures into the darkness in Panos Cosmatos’ dazzling festival favourite Mandy, Mia Wasikowska and Christopher Abbott engage in some dangerous games in Nicolas Pesce’s deliciously twisted Piercing (from the writer of Audition!), a morgue attendant talks to the dead in Dennison Ramalho’s Nightshifter, and folk horror fans cannot afford to miss the brilliant anthology The Field Guide To Evil (seriously, Peter Strickland’s short is unmissable).

If you’re looking for genuine chills, Andy Mitton’s The Witch In The Window is sure to send a shiver down your spine, and if you’re on the hunt for some outrageous gore, we have absolutely no doubt that you’ll get what you need from the madness of Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich. Japanese zombie horror One Cut Of The Dead has emerged as a favourite wherever it’s played, festival closer What Keeps You Alive is sure to leave you heading home feeling deeply unsure about the people around you, and there are a host of UK premieres including Chris Caldwell & Zeek Earl’s much-buzzed sci-fi Prospect, Nosipho Dumisa’s South African thriller Number 37, Shinsuke Sato’s spin on the superhero movie Inuyashiki, and Astron-6 return with Chowboys.

Aislinn Clarke will be on hand to talk about her 60s set religious horror The Devil’s Doorway, Marc Price will give a Q&A following his action movie Nightshooters, there’s a screening of Lamberto Bava’s classic Demons and we are very, very excited about the screening of 1952 Finnish were-reindeer movie The White Reindeer. There’s also another instalment of the festival’s excellent shorts programme which is always a highlight.

Tickets are available now on the festival website.

Mayhem Film Festival runs from 11 to 14 October. Visit to find out more.