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Shock & Gore celebrates it's 9th year.

8th Jul 2019

 Now in its 9th edition, Birmingham’s Shock & Gore film festival is sure to be heavy on the guts and viscera. Break out your anoraks and go get bloody in the front row.

Taking place at that veritable institution of offbeat film fandom, The Electric, 2019’s Shock & Gore festival will be running between July 12th-18th. Like all good decapitations, it’s sure to be to the point, occasionally mindless and heavy on arterial splatter.

Emphasis on occasionally mindless though, because there’s plenty of highbrow horror in this year’s slate. Straight off the auteur bat on the Friday there’s In Fabric, Peter Strickland’s latest sideways trip into the world of giallo horror and high fashion, as well as Jim Jarmusch’s wryly titled The Dead Don’t Die, fresh from opening this year’s Cannes film festival.

The rest of the programme flickers delightfully between cerebral dark comedy and cerebrum-slicing bedwetters with all the consistency of the lighting in a seedy motel. There’s a 40th anniversary screening of Alien, the UK premiere of Mary Harron’s (American Psycho) latest Manson family riff Charlie Says and the fantastically named mockumentary South African Spook Hunter, complete with a Q&A.

For fans of folk horror and fans of outright thrillers you’ve both got not one but two options over the five days. For the former there’s the dank oppressive tones of The Golem and Ari Aster’s latest freakout Midsommar, whilst for the latter you’ve got the European premiere of the Henry Cavill-starring Night Hunter and the UK premiere of taut survivalist thriller Hold Your Breath. Words courtesy of counteract.

Shock & Gore festival runs between July 12th-18th. 
Click HERE for times and tickets. 

Shock & Gore celebrates it's 9th year.
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