Spine-tingling horror, thrillers added to DIFF 2010 with new ‘Midnight Mayhem’ segment

Wed Dec 01,2010

The seventh edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) 2010 is introducing a brand new genre to its programming with a ‘Midnight Mayhem’ segment that will thrill lovers of horror and spine-tingling films.

From twisted tales of the mind, ghosts of unforgivable pasts, and stories about the effect of fear on the state of one’s mind, the ‘Midnight Mayhem’ movies will be screened every day from Dec. 16 to 18 at Mall of the Emirates Cinema 2. The screenings, including an international and Middle East premiere, start at 11.59 PM, with additional screening on separate days.

Sheila Whitaker, Director of DIFF’s International Programming, said: “For the first time, DIFF is introducing a new genre to its programming. The selection of horror films and the special timings in Midnight Mayhem is sure to appeal to UAE lovers of suspense, mystery and thrillers. The films, drawn from across the world, also offer the opportunity to see how filmmakers from different parts of the world approach this hugely popular genre.”

Marking its international premiere on Dec. 17 is Nick Simon’s Removal, narrates the story of Cole Hindin, who is plagued by horrific hallucinations having witnessed a murder-suicide. An overworked and over-medicated floor cleaning service employee faced with the daunting task of single-handedly servicing a sprawling mansion, Cole loses the last string of reality he could hang on to. The film stars Kelly Brook and Emma Caulfield - both of whom will be attending DIFF – as well as Billy Burke, Mark Kelly and Oz Perkins.

Guy Moshe’s Bunraku¸ starring Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, and Demi Moore, makes its Middle East premiere at DIFF on Dec. 16. The martial arts-live action/animation hybrid is a wild, futuristic tale of obsessive revenge, set in a dazzlingly-rendered future world ruled by the sword and combines Western and samurai, Japanese puppet theatre and killer clowns.

Scandinavian twisted tale Isolerad (Corridor) by Johan Storm and Johan Lundborg, also premieres in the Middle East at DIFF on Dec. 18. The dark, psycho-horror begins with a geeky student moving into a new apartment to prep himself for exams at medical college. Little does Frank know that this would be followed by a chain of disturbing, unsettling events, involving Lotte, the strange girl living upstairs.

DIFF 2010 box office locations are: CineStar Mall of the Emirates, Madinat Souk and the CNN Building in Dubai Media City. Tickets can also be purchased through DIFF’s Dial-a-Ticket service at (04) 391 3378 and from the website

The seventh edition of Dubai International Film Festival 2010 will be held from December 12 to 19. DIFF 2010 is held in association with Dubai Studio City. Dubai Duty Free, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai Pearl, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah, the home of the Dubai International Film Festival, are the principal sponsors of DIFF. The event is supported by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority.

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