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, horror burlesque, live music, costumes, psychics, vaudeville, DJs and everything in between. With events running from Thursday October 31 to Saturday November 2 at Eric's and Rubber Soul on Mathew Street.
Hellraiser, Candyman and Nightbreed author Clive Barker has shown his support for the festival after making contact with the organisers this week after spotting one of posters on-line. Barker has been the inspiration behind the festival and for the artwork. The festival artwork and festival mascot designed by Liverpool based illustrator and Horrortalk's, Ilan Sheady, is a Pinhead Liver bird modelled on Barker's famous Pinhead character from Hellraiser.
Liverpool born writer Clive Barker, who lives in Beverly Hills, California said: "I have seen thousands of graphic representations of the Hellraiser demons over the years. This is one of the very best. What a witty, elegant stylisation of Pinhead and the gang. My heart-felt thanks."
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 hosting a workshop at Eric's, Mathew Street on Saturday 1 November at 1pm -3pm. A Q&A with Shaune Harrison will be hosted by Jonathan Glendening, director of Strippers vs Werewolves
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.
The former South Wirral High pupil is a key contributor to some of movie history’s most memorable characters, he has worked on Harry Potter’s Lord Voldemort and Mad Eye Moody Hugo Weaving’s Red Skull from Captain America: The First Avenger as well as numerous characters for Star Wars. More recently Shaune supervised the practical creature effects on comedy horror Grabbers and worked on the Brad Pitt blockbuster World War Z and the upcoming new Dracula.
On Thursday 31 October at Rubber Soul on Mathew Street, British zom-com Stalled, hailed as the new Shaun of the Dead, is being screened with cast and crew, with a flash zombie make over booth with Liverpool artist Chris Zombieking, exploding cocktails and severed hands. Film DVD extra's will be filmed on the night. Q&A hosted by Jonathan Glendening, director of Strippers vs Werewolves.
Other highlights include the Horror Talk horror quiz, to crown the first Master or Mistress of the Macabre 2013, Neal Atkinson’s psychic night, an alternative 80s and industrial DJ set with Ben Christo from Sisters of Mercy, paranormal investigator Roy Basnett's Victorian Séance, Countess Of Horror burlesque Daria D’Beauvoix, El Diablo live, Songs About Death's Evil Dead live multi-media show, a special effects workshop with Shaune Harrison and zom-com screening of new British film Stalled.
Liverpool Horror Festival Events (18+)
Thursday 31st October
£10 - doors 6pm till midnight
Rubber Soul, Mathew Street
Food included witches brew included (scouse & veggie option)
6.30pm Film: Hellraiser I and Hellraiser II (Rubber Soul)
9.30pm Film: Stalled – with cast and crew – zombie outfit optional and filming of dvd extras - Q&A hosted by Jonathan Glendening -Director of Strippers vs Werewolves. (Rubber Soul) Chris Zombieking flash zombie makeover booth
8pm - late 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
8pm Horror Talk Horror Quiz (Rubber Soul II)
9pm Neal Atkinson Psychic night (Rubber Soul II)
9pm Songs About Death performing multi media ear-shattering Evil Dead live (Eric's)
10pm - 12pm Ben Christo from Sisters of Mercy DJ set - (Eric’s)
Saturday 2nd November
£10 – 1pm till 1am
Eric’s, Mathew Street
Including food - free horror shots and prizes for fancy dress
1pm – 3pm Shaune Harrison – Special effects workshop & Q&A (one of the most highly respected & sought after make-up effects artists in the film industry - Hosted by Jonathan Glendening, director of Strippers vs Werewolves (Eric’s)
7pm DJ set with Danny Lastat – 50s, 60s rocking horror to the dark side of the 80s (Eric’s)
8.30pm Countess Of Horror Burlesque Daria D’Beauvoix (Eric's)
9.15pm 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) – Monstershots photoshoot prize
Mad butchers feast - veggie option available (Eric’s)
10.15pm Monster Mash – horror house live covers band (Eric’s)
12 - 1am DJ set with Danny Lastat – 50s, 60s rocking horror to the dark side of the 80s (Eric’s)
Day tickets available, Thurs 31 Oct, Friday 1 Nov & Sat 2 Nov £10 or on the door. 3 day festival pass £20. Tickets available from the Ticket Quarter, Queens Square. Tickets bought in advance get 10% off Smiffy’s fancy dress shop of ticket.http://www.ticketquarter.co.uk.