NEWS: Liverpool’s first Horror Festival launches this Halloween

Liverpool’s first ever horror festival launches this Halloween and promises to bring all things horror to the city; from a Victorian Séance, film, talks, live theatre and music, costumes, psychics, vaudeville, DJs and everything in between. The main events will run from 31st October to 2nd November at various venues, along with planned fringe events.

The festival has been put together by music publicist Lisa Southern from Little Sutton and Liverpool based illustrator Ilan Sheady from Horror Talk TV. Here’s our interview with him:


Lisa Southern said: “I’d been introduced to Ilan over a year ago and we soon got on to subject of horror, his passion and knowledge really was something else. I couldn’t believe there wasn’t anything out there bringing all the different aspects of the horror genre together. By the end of his first coffee I planted the seed about starting Liverpool’s own horror festival.”

Film will play a big part of the festival with Grimmfest and the British Film Institute announcing a programme of horror classics over the festival. There are horror readings planned at Waterstones in Liverpool ONE, Zombie Paintball at 1 Mount Pleasant, a Halloween Goes Wrong Party with Dead Wrong at club Aura and Haunted Liverpool events across the city.

Other highlights include the Horror Talk horror quiz, to crown the first Master or Mistress of the Macabre 2013, Neal Atkinson’s Psychic night and an alternative 80s and industrial DJ set with Ben Christo from Sisters of Mercy at Eric’s.

Shaune Harrison, one of the most highly respected and sought after make-up effects artists in the film industry, currently working on Game of Thrones, will be coming up to Liverpool and hosting a workshop at Eric’s on Saturday 1 November at 1pm -3pm. Shaune began his career on Clive Barker’s Nightbreed in 1988 which laid the foundation for a body of work spanning over two decades on some of the world’s highest grossing blockbusters.

Lisa Southern said: “We’ll also be the screening the new British horror comedy Stalled, which has been hailed as the new Shaun of the Dead, about a janitor gets trapped in a women’s toilet and encounters an all-out attack by a hoard of zombies. Some of the cast and crew will be joining us for the screening and we’ll be encouraging everyone to dress up as zombies, we’ll have horror themed cocktails and refreshments and a few surprises that I can’t talk about.”

The Evil Dead Live multimedia event at Eric’s is the creation of Ivan Hell, from new Liverpool act Songs About Death, with the help of cult artist Esa Shields. The duo will play their keyboard and synth-based music to a simultaneous screening of the original Evil Dead film and the 2013 remake.

Psychic investigator Roy Basnett, will be hosting a Victorian style séance. Check out our video here:



Liverpool Horror Festival Highlights:

Thursday 31st October £5 7pm till midnight – Rubber Soul, Mathew Street
Film: Hell Raiser I and Hell Raiser II (Rubber Soul)
Film: Stalled – with cast and crew – zombie outfit optional (Rubber Soul)
Victorian Séance with paranormal investigator Roy Basnett (Rubber Soul II)
Halloween cocktails and refreshments available

Friday 1st November £10 7pm till midnight – Rubber Soul/Eric’s, Mathew Street
Horror Talk Horror Quiz (Rubber Soul II)
Neal Atkinson Psychic night (Rubber Soul II)
Evil Dead Live feat. Ivan Hell & Esa Shields (Eric’s)
Hell’s Belles (Eric’s)
Ben Christo from Sisters of Mercy DJ set – (Eric’s)

Saturday 2nd November £10 including food – free horror shots and prizes for fancy dress – Eric’s, Mathew Street
El Diablo show live – The Undead Bublé, the Insane Iglesias is the bastard child of Elvis Presley, Rocky Horror and Hammer Horror and his poison cocktail of dreadful entertainment is a heady brew indeed. (Eric’s)
Fancy dress comp (optional) and photo ops
Hell’s Belles (Eric’s)
Mad butchers feast – veggie option available (Eric’s)
Monster Mash – horror house live covers band (Eric’s)
DJ set with Danny Lastat – 50s, 60s rocking horror to the dark side of the 80s (Eric’s)

Day tickets available, Thurs 31Oct £5, Friday 1 Nov & Sat 2 Nov £10 and and on the door. 3 day festival pass £20. Tickets available from the Ticket Quarter, Queens Square, Liverpool. Tickets bought in advance get 10% off Smiffy’s fancy dress shop of ticket.

Fringe events with Liverpool Haunted, Grimmfest, Waterstones Liverpool ONE, Zombie paintball, Merseyside Paranormal, FACT and club Aura.


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