Well, Horror-on-Sea 2014 is now just around the corner! Thanks for all the good wishes you’re still sending in, and thanks also to all of you who have submitted films for consideration. The overall standard continues to amaze me, and it’s been a pleasurable, though very difficult, job sorting out the final line up. However, that has been done, and the final line up is under the “Festival 2014” tab. Most of the features are supported by a short, and I hope you’ll like what you see. And, as you’ll also see, I’ve added two extra ‘Fright Nights’ in our own Cinema. I’ve dubbed these ‘Salty Shorts’: there are three full, feature length programmes of the best new shorts from the world of the insane and the macabre, together with the latest feature from prolific director Jason Wilcox.
If you’ll be with us over the whole weekend (and why wouldn’t you be?!) don’t delay in taking advantage of the special Festival rates being offered by our venue, the sumptuous Park Inn Palace Hotel (see sidebar).
We launched Horror-on-Sea 2014 on 2nd November during our annual Zombie Walk along Southend’s iconic pier. What a day that was, with over two hundred assorted zombies and other creatures of the night braving the daylight to stagger down the world’s longest pleasure pier, and what a wonderful way to look forward to next year’s ‘festival of fright’.
So enjoy the long, dark, spooky nights of the festive season, and I’ll see you all in January at Horror-on-Sea 2014!
ZOMBIES INVADE SOUTHEND...AGAIN!!
Following the incredible success of last year’s inaugural Walk, even more zombies and assorted ghoulies and ghosties joined us on Saturday 2nd November 2013 for another very successful Zombie Walk down the length of the World’s Longest Pleasure Pier. The weather certainly played its part, with dark storm clouds welcoming these ‘creatures of the night’ before departing to allow the Walk to go ahead in fine, if rather blustery, conditions. The Park Inn Palace Hotel, overlooking the Pier, had never looked more welcoming as the zombies staggered towards it and up into its sumptuous ballroom for a rare, big screen showing of Munster Go Home!
This wonderful event was enhanced by our friends at Silent Studios who hosted a competition for zombies in a variety of best dressed (or should that be ‘best distressed’?) categories. As with the film line up, the standard of entries was exceptionally high, with the winners fully deserving their accolades. But well done to all entrants, and many thanks to Jason, David and the team from Silent Studios.
Thanks also go the the make-up team from South Essex College, who successfully took on the tough job of turning the very attractive(!) White Bus team into hideous zombies, and to Jane Brown and her colleagues on Southend Pier.
photograph by Niki Cornish
Tickets for individual films £5.00 Day Passes £20 You save £10 Weekend Passes (limited to 100) £50 You save £40
Pat Higgins’ Masterclass, Friday Fright Night double bill and Saturday’s ‘Salty Shorts’ programmes (not included in Day or Weekend Passes) £5.00 each