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


Mayhem Film Festival




Returning to Broadway, Nottingham on 15-18 October, Mayhem Film Festival reveals its full line-up with preview screenings, exclusive events and very special guests.

Joining Steve Oram and his film Aaaaaaaah!, Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation, and the exclusive live stage reading of unmade Hammer script The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula with Jonathan Rigby, Mayhem will welcome director Paul Goodwin, producer Sean Hogan and artists and writers D’Israeli and Ian Culbard for a screening of documentary Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD about the origins and history of the radical British comic that gave us Judge Dredd, and launched the careers of a host of British comic superstars.

Mayhem will also welcome director Paul Hyett who will present his new film Howl and a post-screening masterclass in making monsters; producer Cassandra Sigsgaard and directors Chris and Ben Blaine with the haunting Nina Forever; and producer and director Michal Kosakowski with provocative and fascinating feature German Angst.

With a total of 17 screenings and events, the programme also includes the Spanish-Ethiopian post-apocalyptic science-fiction film, Crumbs, a 35mm screening of cult classic Society, Robert Eggers terrifying debut The Witch, punk singer Henry Rollins as an immortal cannibal in He Never Died, the return of the Scary Shorts and the fiendish Mayhem quiz, The Flinterrogation hosted by author David Flint.

Early Bird Passes for the full festival are still on sale for £55 until Sunday 13 September. Individual tickets, day passes and full festival passes at the regular price of £70 will go on sale on Monday 14 September at 10am. To book your Passes now please visit here

The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula is made possible thanks to Hammer Films, CATH (Cinema and Television Research Centre) and the De Montfort University.

Mayhem Film Festival takes place on 15-18 October at Broadway, Nottingham with the support of the BFI Film Festival Fund, awarding funds from The National Lottery.

Download the full line and schedule here ​​​ Mayhem Line Up (PDF Document, 0.9 Mb)


Mayhem Film Festival are to present a live stage reading of an un-filmed Hammer script as part of their 11thedition this October. The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula was written by legendary Hammer writer/producer Anthony Hinds in the late 1960s but never adapted for the screen.

Actor and film historian, Jonathan Rigby, author of the indispensable guide to British horror English Gothic: Classic Horror Cinema 1897-2015 and Christopher Lee: The Authorised Screen History, will act as the narrator and be accompanied by a group of actors to bring to life this never-seen-before Hammer Dracula story, in a unique immersive ‘screenless cinema’ experience.

Lying firmly in the tradition of the classic Hammer Dracula films, The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula, sees Count Dracula escape to India where his evil influence is just as insidious and powerful. Anthony Hinds who wrote the script was the son of Hammer Films co-founder, Will Hammer, and was famous for his work on The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), The Phantom of the Opera (1962) and The Evil of Frankenstein (1964). The script would have been written for Christopher Lee at the time.

“This is a completely unique event for Mayhem, explains festival Co-Director Chris Cooke, and a great pleasure to work with horror expert and film historian Jonathan Rigby. He’s also a talented actor and will be perfect as our narrator, taking a live audience by the hand and leading them into Gothic darkness. Hammer Films have never felt more important to the history of British cinema, so this is a great opportunity for an audience to imagine a piece of classic cinema that sees Count Dracula resurrected before their eyes.”

The one-of-a-kind event is made possible thanks to Hammer Films, CATH (Cinema and Television Research Centre) and the De Montfort University.

Mayhem Film Festival takes place on 15-18 October at Broadway, Nottingham with the support of the BFI Film Festival Fund, awarding funds from The National Lottery.

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Mayhem Film Festival are thrilled to announce Steve Oram’s Aaaaaaaah! and Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation as the first two films from this year’s line-up.

Taking place on 15-18 October, Mayhem Film Festival will close its 11th edition with Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation. Hailed as Kusama’s strongest work by Variety, The Invitation is a deeply disturbing, slow burn horror thriller from the director of Jennifer’s Body.

This year, the festival will also welcome back Steve Oram (Sightseers) with his directorial debut Aaaaaaaah! produced by Andrew Starke and executive produced by Ben Wheatley (Rook Films). The film, which contains no traditional dialogue, is an insane and hilarious collision of Romeo and Juliet and The Planet of the Apes in suburbia. Steve Oram will make the trip to present the film and take part in a post-screening Q&A.


Save the date!

Mayhem Film Festival returns to Broadway for all things eerie this autumn.

This year’s festival will take place on 15 – 18 October with previews, special guests and midnight screenings.

Planning is currently underway for Mayhem’s 11th edition with more information and announcements coming soon


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.


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