Dead by Dawn is back at Edinburgh's Filmhouse this April
- Murray Robertson
- 16 April 2019
UK's longest-running horror fest returns with premieres, classics, shorts and guests
Lurching back to life in Edinburgh's Filmhouse, Dead by Dawn is the UK's longest-running horror film festival. It launched in 1993 and regularly attracts the work of brand new directors who will go onto greater things, as well as highly revered veterans looking back on their esteemed careers. This year's guest of honour is American cult director Jeff Lieberman who's hosting a retrospective of his films Blue Sunshine, Remote Control, Just Before Dawn, Squirm and Satan's Little Helper.
As well as showcasing 64 films from 14 countries, there are no less than three UK premieres lined up, including Cutterhead, Heavy Trip and the intriguingly-titled Incredible Violence. 'In 26 years we've introduced so many amazing directors to Scottish audiences,' says festival director Adele Hartley. 'There have been the likes of Peter Jackson, Neil Marshall, Jim Mickle, Jaume Balagueró, Mike Flanagan, The Spierig Brothers, and The Meza-Valdes Brothers. This year's selection showcases yet more exceptional talent from all over the world.'
Horror is a largely misunderstood film genre, and Dead by Dawn relishes the chance to champion it in all its varied forms. Their mantra is that story is paramount, along with humour, suspense and atmosphere. New converts and the curious are always welcome to join the fold.
Filmhouse, Edinburgh Thu 18–Sun 21 Apr.