Horror-on-Sea’s returning to Southend for the seventh time in the new year.
The film festival has grown each year since 2012 – and will now be spread across the middle two weekends of the month.
Horror-on-Sea has now become an internationally recognised showcase for young writers, directors and producers, which sees many travel to Southend to join the fans, discuss their own work and learn from other movie makers, such as local legend, Pat Higgins.
Higgins will be presenting a masterclass at the festival’s base at the Park inn by Radisson Palace hotel on Saturday 12 January from 3pm. A prolific filmmaker, Pat has been described by Scream magazine as “One of the key names in the British horror revival” and will be presenting a fully-interactive show about horror, screenwriting and filmmaking.
Tickets are on sale now for the 2019 festival, which will again be held at the Park Inn by Radisson Palace Hotel on Southend’s iconic seafront, with the venue hosting many world premieres including; Sniper Corpse (UK) on Sunday 13th January and Bannister Dollhouse (UK) on Sunday 20th January.
Other highlights of Horror-on-Sea 2019 include Stewart Sparke’s Book of Monsters (pictured top) – ‘Sophie’s 18th birthday party becomes a bloodbath when six terrifying monsters descend upon her house, intent on devouring the party guests and killing anyone who tries to leave. To survive the night, Sophie will face her destiny; monsters are real – and she’s the only one who can stop’ – 6 Headed Shark Attack (USA) – ‘What is supposed to be a marriage boot camp on a remote island turns into a test for survival when a 6-headed shark starts attacking the beach. Trapped with minimal weapons they try to fight off the shark, but quickly discover that no one is safe in the water, or on land’ – and Polterheist (UK – pictured above, left)) – ‘Two hapless small-time criminals kidnap a psychic medium, forcing her to contact the gangster they murdered to find his buried cash. Racing against the clock with fear of reprisal from a psychotic gang boss, they accidentally unleash a demon hell-bent on revenge’.
Unlike the fate of many characters in the films, tickets won’t cost moviegoers an arm and a leg. Prices start at just £6 per film, from £25 for a Day Pass and, for serious fans, a Mega Festival Pass – that gets you into everything – offers unbeatable value deal at £100 for the entire festival.