Southend’s hugely successful Horror-on-Sea Film Festival returns this January (21st Jan-1st Feb) for a third-successive year. And in a festival first, this year the audience themselves will be part of a film – as a new movie is shot during the festival is screened on the final night!

With demand for this year’s scarefest running so high, the 2015 festival is split across two weekends; giving fans of the genre more chances to enjoy a gore-packed programme of feature and short films, plus meet actors and directors.

The fun starts on Friday 23rd January at the event’s regular haunt, the Park Inn by Radisson Palace hotel located at the top of Pier Hill, with the second part – the Rest of the Fest – running from Friday 30 January at the White Bus Cinema in Southend.  

The 2015 edition of Horror-on-Sea will feature nearly sixty brand new, independent horror films from thirteen countries around the world; including the USA, Belgium, Finland, Serbia, Portugal and Australia.

Highlights will include a screening of Spencer Estabrooks’ monsterific Sharkasaurus (from 3pm, Sunday 25 January) followed by a discussion with the cast and crew, a Grime House Premiere (from 8pm, Sunday 25 January) – in which a short made during the Festival will be screened for the very first time and the return of the ever-popular writer and director, Pat Higgins (KillerKiller, Hellbride, Trash House, Bordello Death Tales). Pat will be delivering a masterclass, in his own inimitable style, about How Not To Make A Horror Movie (Saturday 24 January, at 3pm). 

The bill promises an absolutely monster smorgasbord of spine-chilling terror, with zombies, serial killers, call girls, vampires, werewolves and conjoined twins running amok. As ever, the movie’s titles are equally bizarre and, in some cases, bafflingly prosaic; such as Potty Mouth, Kill, Granny Kill! and Bernard.

For a full list of all the films and booking details, check out www.horror-on-sea.com