Full Program Released for 2017 Sydney Horror & Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film Festivals

‘Bloodlands’ | Directed by Steven Kastrissios | Image Provided

The full program has been released for the 2017 A Night of Horror International Film Festival and Fantastic Planet, Sydney Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festival.

Set to run concurrently at Dendy Cinemas Newtown, from November 29 to December 3, the festivals will give attendees the chance to watch unique films from around the world. From horror, sci-fi, thriller, to fantasy and cult cinema, genre lovers need look no further.

Set to open the even is the Sydney premiere of Bloodlands, the next film from Aussie writer-director Steven Kastrissios, know for the cult revenge thriller The Horseman.

“A Night of Horror hosted the Sydney premiere of Steven’s directorial debut The Horseman at the festival in 2010″, says programming director Dean Bertram. “The film won four of the festival’s major awards that year, and its sold out screening was a favourite of the jury and audience alike. Needless to say we are delighted to have his highly anticipated sophomore film Bloodlands open the festival in 2017. Shot and set in Albania, the film tells the tale of a traditional family’s blood feud with a witch and her violent clan. And it just oozes atmosphere, mythology and palpable dread.”

Among the films in the full program, adding to the first wave of programming announced in October, are:

  • AYLA (Dir: Elias, USA):
‘Ayla’ | Directed by Elias | Image Provided

Haunted by the mysterious death of his four-year old sister, Elton (Nicholas Wilder) brings her back to life thirty years later as an adult woman. Starring genre royalty Dee Wallace (E.T., CUJO, THE HOWLING), and Tristan Risk (AMERICAN MARY, FATHER’S DAY, MANIA), this movie mixes eroticism with repulsion and familial love with terrifying obsession. Director Elias (GUT, THE HORROR OF H. P. LOVECRAFT) has crafted a haunting chiller which is both genuinely moving and deeply disturbing.

  • BORLEY RECTORY (Dir: Ashley Thorpe, UK):
‘Borley Rectory’ | Directed by Ashley Thorpe | Image Provided

This spine-tingling film chronicles the real life story of “The most haunted house in England”. Narrated by Julian Sands (WARLOCK, GOTHIC, LEAVING LAS VEGAS), and starring Reece Shearsmith (THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN, SHAUN OF THE DEAD), BORLEY RECTORY features a mesmerising combination of live action and hauntingly animated photographs from the period. It is unlike any movie you have seen before.

  • SIXTY MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT (Dir: Neil Mackay, Canada):
‘Sixty Seconds to Midnight’ | Directed by Neil Mackay | Image Provided

On New Year’s Eve 1999, a construction worker come doomsday prepper (Robert Nolan), finds himself starring on a bizarre game show that kills it’s contestants. He has just sixty minutes to survive, or die trying. With a group of heavily armed men descending on his farmhouse, every second counts. Fresh from its raved about world premiere at Toronto After Dark Film Festival, SIXTY MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT is loaded with the type of action that harkens back to the high octane, high body count classics of the 80s and 90s. Prepare to be blown away!

For full program details and to book tickets visit the festivals’ official website: http://www.anightofhorror.com

Or Dendy Cinemas Newtown: https://www.dendy.com.au/events/a-night-of-horror