Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Horror-on-Sea Wants Endings that Make Sense

Debuting in January 2013, Britain's Horror-on-Sea Film Festival most recently screened on January 29, 2017.

Festival director Paul Cotgrove considers his event to be a big supporter of indie horror films, adding, "We are always on the lookout for new grindhouse and cult titles, such as Zombie Women of Satan 2 and Night of Something Strange."

His advice to horror filmmakers:

1. Try and keep the film's running time down to 80 minutes.

2. Finish with a good ending. A good ending to a feature or a short, that ideally makes sense, is crucial, especially with low budget films. Many films that we view have such disappointing endings, or just leave us wondering what the film was all about."

3. The only subgenre that we are getting a bit tired of is found footage films. We are really getting fed up with films that contain shaky camerawork.

Like some other horror film festivals, Horror-on-Sea offers year-round screenings in addition to their annual festival. "We run a monthly cult/horror double bill in our small 40-seat cinema. The last double bill that we screened at our Cult Film Night was Texas Chainsaw and The Town That Dreaded Sundown."


For a behind-the-scenes look at horror film festivals and the festival directors who manage them, see Horror Film Festivals and Awards. This book also includes a directory of over 200 horror film festivals, and a list of festival award winners from dozens of festivals over several decades.

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