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Booth's Blog: Horror Up North!
By Emily Booth, Wednesday 5th November 2014
For my friends north of London, or anyone who can get their fangs up there I highly recommend the 28th Leeds International Film Festival running from 5th to the 20th November. The festival has its own “Horror” strand; Fanomenon for which I was a guest some years back and had a real scream!

From old school graphic novelist Alan Moore live on stage to a more 21st century approach to interviews via Skype you can expect Indie poster boy Kevin Smith to be on live link up discussing his quirky body horror Tusk. This is about a writer who calls upon an old man for some interesting stories unaware said old man plans to turn him into a walrus! Bizarre? You bet and I cannot wait for that one – seems the Horns theme is really in the air at the moment but this Kevin Smith approach may be more palatable to none Radcliffe fans! Not that I’m knocking the boy wizard, at least he’s consciously choosing leftfield roles.

Tusk is part of Day Of The Dead 8 a hugely exciting and international flavoured day which also features my other massive festival highlight What We Do In The Shadows from New Zealand. When I saw who directs and stars in the pic, Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement I did salivate a little as this is one of my favourite comedies. Described as Spinal Tap meets The Only Way is Transylvania the movie is a mockumentary following a group of vampire flatmates struggling with the everyday concerns of being a vampire in the real modern world. Definitely one to watch.

Recognising established as well as new talent the festival also features several retrospectives, one of which includes Spain’s naughty provocateur Alex De La Iglesia. For some reason his films are not all that recognised here in the UK but I for one think he is 50 shades of genius after interviewing him for Shock Movie Massacre many moons back. Imagine a darker sicker Pedro Almodovar and you’re getting close. Iglesia’s films all have his own trademark black humour and social commentary and you can discover some of the most overlooked independent horror comedies of the last two decades with four of his greatest films including Witching And Bitching I mean can you get a better title than that?!

All of the above are just some of my personal highlights in this superb horror festival but you can find out more by clicking here!


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