Starburst International Film Festival

Starburst International Film Festival

Starburst International Film Festival

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NEWS

THE BLACK GLOVES

Finn Galloway is a psychologist that has become obsessed with one of his patients, a young woman who had been terrified of a sinister owl-headed entity called the Owlman. His investigations bear little fruit until he learns of a former ballerina named Elisa Grey, who has sequestered herself at the Baldurrock Estate with only her guardian Lorena Velasco for company. Finn discovers that Elisa suffers from identical fears, which prompts him to begin treating her in hopes of uncovering the truth – only to find that this will likely bring him face to face with the terrifying Owlman.

Directed by Lawrie Brewster (Automata), this follow-up to his hit debut Lord of Tears will be screened in colour for the first time. Lawrie and writer Sarah Daly will be attending.

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Poster art by Graham Humphreys

Graham Humphreys

Graham Humphreys is a London-based (West Country born) illustrator and designer specialising in the horror genre. Since leaving college in 1980, Graham has been freelance. His career found its footing with the UK poster for The Evil Dead, followed a couple of years later with the UK poster for A Nightmare on Elm Street. During the 1980s, he worked on many video covers (including The Return of the Living Dead, Creepers, and The Kindred) for companies such as Palace Pictures. In the 1990s, as illustration fell out of favour, Graham’s work with Tartan Films and Tartan Video bridged the gap until Arrow Video and Death Waltz records pioneered a new era of illustrated covers, bringing wider exposure and a renewed interest in original art. Current commissions include LP box sets, Blu-ray covers, private commissions, and special event posters. In November 2019, a book of artwork Hung, Drawn, Executed was published by Korero Press (koreropress.com). Graham has always regarded his work as a marriage of Punk Rock and Hammer Horror, no greater demonstration of this than his poster for The Damned’s 2019, London Palladium event A Night of a Thousand Vampires.

We're delighted that Graham will be joining us for the festival and will be taking part in a Q&A about his work and process.

For more information, head to Graham's website: https://grahamhumphreys.com/

A LITTLE MORE FLESH (World Premiere)

Stanley Durall, the notorious director of a series of intense erotic dramas, is returning to his debut movie, God’s Lonely Woman, to provide an audio commentary for the film’s first Blu-ray release since it was banned in the 1970s. It’s clear from his commentary that Stanley committed a series of transgressions against his lead actresses during production, transgressions which had serious consequences for everyone involved – everyone except him. But will he finally be punished for his past behaviour?

The second film by Sam Ashurst (Frankenstein’s Creature), A Little More Flesh is a bold and incendiary exploration of misogyny and the male gaze.

Starring: Elf Lyons (Edinburgh Comedy Award finalist), Hazel Townsend (Philippe Gaulier graduate), Dane Baptiste (Sunny D, Live At The Apollo), Gabriel Thomson (My Family), Rob Kemp (The Elvis Dead), and James Swanton (Frankenstein’s Creature).

We’re delighted to host the World Premiere of Sam Ashurst’s sophomore film. Both Sam and co-writer/star Elf Lyons will be in attendance.

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.

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