• Mayhem Film Festival
  • Mayhem Film Festival
  • Mayhem Film Festival
  • Mayhem Film Festival
  • Mayhem Film Festival
  • Mayhem Film Festival


Mayhem Film Festival 2014 is now over. Thank you so much for celebrating our 10th anniversary with us and for giving us our biggest edition to date! We had wonderful guests, chanted "Editor! Editor! Editor!", were haunted by Marilyn Burns's screams, ate cake, introduced StageFright in way of interpretive dance, studied somebody's brain and basked into the musical glory of 8MM Orchestra. As Viago would say, we had "a nice time" and we hope you did too. We have put together a five-minute long online survey so you can tell us about your experience and help us make the next decade of Mayhem as memorable as the past one. And you could even win a full festival pass for next year too!

We're going to have a little rest now but in the meantime, you can remind yourself of all the fun we had this year with some pictures here.

Thank you so much again and see you next year.

The team at Mayhem.


Mayhem Film Festival is a cutting-edge event bringing you the very best in genre cinema and television. We screen the best in horror, sci-fi and cult features and shorts from around the world, often with guest filmmakers in attendance. From premieres, new releases and previews to cult classics, breakthrough shorts, midnight movies, masterclasses, live experiments and more - Mayhem offers a unique and exciting viewing experience for audiences across four days.

Past guests and events have included a screening of Don’t Look Now in the Gothic surroundings of St. Mary’s Church, Nottingham, with director Nicolas Roeg in attendance, a masterclass with director Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla), special interviews with directors Mike Hodges (Get Carter, Black Rainbow) and Robin Hardy (The Wicker Man), and a special archive presentation and interview with Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentleman, Sherlock, Doctor Who). Other unique events include a screening of Tod Browning’s silent classicThe Unknown with a specially-composed original live score by 8mm Orchestra, and a panel from the cast and creators of hit BBC TV series Being Human. Supported by BAFTA, Mayhem has also presented special preview screenings of Sightseers with special guest Ben Wheatley and The Awakening with writer and director Nick Murphy.

In addition, Mayhem works to curate cult cinema across the year as part of Cinema Diabolique bringing special advance previews, archive screenings, triple bills and free screenings with partners Kino Klubb and Kneel Before Zod, and with Watergate Cinematek - including the best bad movie ever made, Birdemic, and its inspired sequel, with its cast and director James Nguyen who flew in from L.A. especially for the occasion, as well as a sing-along screening of The Wicker Man, and an exclusive preview of cult documentary Video Nasties: Draconian Days with director Jake West.

Mayhem is curated and directed by filmmakers Steven Sheil, director of Mum & Dad, described by Total Film as ‘one of the defining horrors of its generation’ and Chris Cooke, director of the Michael Powell Award nominated One for the Road. It is supported by Broadway Cinema, and frequently works with partners local, national and international to put together its line-up, including the BFI, BAFTA, Last Exit To Nowhere and the excellent Fab Press.

"Mayhem is marked by its bold and transgressive programming... and that makes it one of the best horror festivals around." Starburst Magazine

"Once again the most enjoyable horror fest of the year... perfect venue, friendly atmosphere and of course great programming." FAB Press.


Chris Cooke - Co-Director/Programmer chris@mayhemhorrorfest.co.uk

Steven Sheil - Co-Director/Programmer steve@mayhemhorrorfest.co.uk

Annie Parry - Associate Short Film Programmer info@mayhemhorrorfest.co.uk

Melissa Gueneau - Press & Marketing m.gueneau@broadway.org.uk