Starburst International Film Festival

Starburst International Film Festival

Starburst International Film Festival

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Howard the Duck (1986)

Director: Willard Huyck / Screenplay: Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz / Starring: Lea Thompson, Tim Robbins.

The Marvel comic adaptation and flop-cum-cult-classic, Howard the Duck will be screening at this year’s SIFF.

A sarcastic humanoid duck is pulled from his home world to Earth where he must stop a hellish alien invasion with the help of a nerdy scientist and a cute struggling female rock singer who fancies him.

 

Lifeforce (1985)

Director: Tobe Hooper / Screenplay: Dan O’Bannon, Don Jakoby / Starring: Steve Railsback, Mathilda May, Peter Firth.

A race of space vampires arrives in London and infects the populace, beginning an apocalyptic descent into chaos.

The late Tobe Hooper’s Lifeforce has increased in popularity since its release and rightfully so – it’s a great sci-fi horror treat.

Mandy (2018)

Director: Panos Cosmatos / Screenplay: Panos Cosmatos, Aaron Stewart-Ahn / Starring: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache

We are delighted to be screening psychedelic action horror film Mandy at this year’s fest. The already cult classic got a limited cinema release last year, so be sure to catch it here!

The enchanted lives of a couple in a secluded forest are brutally shattered by a nightmarish hippie cult and their demon-biker henchmen, propelling a man into a spiralling, surreal rampage of vengeance.

The Muppet Movie (1977)

Director: James Frawley / Screenplay: Jack Burns, Jerry Juhl / Starring: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson.

The first, and some would argue the best of the Muppet films sees Kermit and his newfound friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog legs merchant has his eyes on our green-skinned hero.

 

Prophecy (1979)

Director: John Frankenheimer / Screenplay: David Seltzer / Starring: Talia Shire, Robert Foxworth.

Good old fashioned monster movie scares abound in this forgotten seventies ‘classic’.

A log company’s waste mutates the environment, creating a giant killer bear-monster. You’ve probably seen the poster – but have you seen the film? Now’s your chance.

 

Baskin (2015)

Director: Can Evrenol / Screenplay: Ogulcan Eren Akay, Can Evrenol, Ercin Sadikoglu, Cem Özüduru / Starring: Mehmet Cerrahoglu, Görkem Kasal, Ergun Kuyucu.

What should be a routine night on patrol becomes a trip into the darkness of the mind and soul for a squad of unsuspecting cops in this tour-de-force feature debut from the ferociously talented director Can Evrenol. Catch the Turkish horror film as part of this year’s SIFF.

Scopophilia

Directors: Natalia Lampropoulou, Ilektra Aggeletopoulou / Screenplay: Sotiris Petridis / Starring: Konstantinos Liaros, Ilectra Kartanou, Nikias Fontaras.

An ill man, unable to leave the house, uses hacking software to watch people through their webcams, until he witnesses something he shouldn’t. A stunningly claustrophobic reworking of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window utilising modern technology and told mostly through computer screens. Greek language.

 

X

Director: Scott J. Ramsey / Screenplay: Scott J. Ramsey, Hannah Katherine Jost / Starring: Hope Raymond, Eliza Boivin, Brian Smick, Zach Cowan.

A different kind of fantasy plays out in this dark look at the owner of ‘The Foundation’, which hosts monthly masked balls that end in debauchery. Christian King, known as X to her guests has a sinister secret that she keeps from everyone though. Warning: sexually explicit. UK Premiere.

SuperGrid

Director: Lowell Dean / Screenplay: T.R. McCauley, Justin Ludwig / Starring: Leo Fafard, Marshall Williams, Natalie Krill, Jay Reso.

From the director of WolfCop comes this post-apocalyptic road movie in which a plague has ravished the world and two brothers are tasked with getting a mysterious package from Canada. UK Premiere.

 

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