Halloween Fright Nights at The Pavilion: Come if You Dare

Tue Oct 09,2012

Dubai, October 09, 2012 – The third edition of the popular DIFF screening series, aptly entitled Halloween Fright Nights at The Pavilion, is back with a twist offering chills and thrills in three consecutive nights of horror, starting Monday, October 29th with a Q and A session with Bahraini filmmaker Isa Swain.

This is no ordinary screening series—there will be prizes for best costumes and trick or treat bags for horror-lovers who embrace the spirit of Halloween!

DIFF’s Artistic Director, Masoud Amralla al Ali, said: “We invite our Film Buzz audience to join us on the darker side of cinema this month. Horror is an often overlooked genre, with a myriad of sub-genres, each with its own rules and fan followings. Dealing with the shadow side of the human experience, horror films use all of the cinematic tools to provide a very specific viewing experience that, when done properly, can never be forgotten. Any programme of cinema appreciation cannot exclude this vast body of work.”

The programme kicks off with a double-header on Monday, October 29th at 7:30pm when Bahraini director Isa Swain will be in attendance to introduce his dystopic zombie short Envy the Dead, a popular choice at the Gulf Film Festival earlier this year. Audiences will then continue on in the post-apocalypse vein with a Middle East premiere of Stake Land, a horrific romp through vampire-infested territory with a rag-tag band of survivors. October 30th brings The Changeling, a classic haunted-house film from the 1980’s, and on October 31st, rom-zom-com Shaun of the Dead will have audiences rolling in the aisles and shivering in their seats as a lone slacker takes on the undead to save his English country town.

Film Buzz takes place on the last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of each month, with the exception of December when the film screenings will take place on December 17-19. Entry is free and operates on a first come, first served basis. The Pavilion can accommodate 60 people per screening, so punctuality is essential.

September’s programme was entitled ‘Focus on Iran,’ and presented three feature films from that country, with directors Homayoun Assadian and Morteza Farshbaf in attendance for a Q & A session.

Film Buzz screenings take place at 7:30pm on the last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of each month. Entrance to the screenings is free of charge and operates on a first-come, first-served basis. The Pavilion can accommodate up to 60 people per screening.

October Programme:

October 29: 

Director: Isa Swain
United Arab Emirates, Bahrain/2011/No Dialogue/Colour/Digital/10 mins

Presenting a third act that stands alone, “Envy The Dead” drops us straight into the dizzying heights of a zombie epidemic, in a modern, Arab City. Without an introduction or exposition, we follow a lone survivor struggling to navigate the wreckage.

Director: Jim Mickle
Starring Kelly McGillis (Top Gun, The Accused), Connor Paolo (Gossip Girl), and ‘scream queen’ Danielle Harris (Halloween 4 and 5), Stake Land follows a rag-tag group of survivors of a pandemic that has transformed most of the world’s population into ravenous vampires. Led by legendary vampire killer ‘Mister’ (played by co-writer and actor Nick Damici (World Trade Center, In the Cut)), they attempt to fight and kill their way through a flesh-eating vampire-infested wasteland to safety, over the Canadian border.

Director: Peter Medak
A modern classic, The Changeling relies on chilling sound design and subtle mind games to send shivers up even the most jaded horror fan’s back. George C. Scott (Dr. Strangelove) plays Dr. John Russel, a composer who moves to a secluded mansion to grieve his wife and daughter in solitude. Only he is not alone—there is Something else living in the house, and it will stop at nothing to get his attention.

Director: Edgar Wright
The first and only ‘romzomcom’ (zombie romantic comedy) follows the eponymous character—co-writer Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz, Mission: Impossible III)—as he is thrust into heroism during a sudden zombie outbreak. Already dealing with a breakup, a dead-end job and a couch-surfing best friend, Shaun is stretched to the limit. Does an unfit slacker whose only major physical activity is warming up a bar stool have what it takes to save his loved ones from the undead?


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