Dundead 2019 on sale


10 April 2019

We've got some spine-tingling good news for horror fans: it's time to announce the line-up for DUNDEAD 2019! That's right, Dundee's favourite horror film festival is back for its ninth year from Thu 2 - Sun 5 May. Prepare yourself for a terrifying mix of brand new previews, creepy vintage scares and a special selection of cult classics from 1999 to tie in with DCA’s 20th birthday celebrations, plus there’s a thrilling world premiere to close the festival with a bang. 

Take a look at the full list of films here.

As is tradition, the festival opens on Thu 2 May with a special Dundead edition of our regular film quiz. Teams will be able to put their horror knowledge to the test for a chance to win some horrifically good prizes and, more importantly, eternal Dundead glory!

After the victors have been crowned, the cinema scares will begin with the opening film: a special preview of Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, starring Zac Efron as notorious serial killer Ted Bundy.

This criminally good biopic will be followed by the first of three throwbacks to 1999, the year DCA opened, with J-horror classic Ring, a film that spawned numerous sequels and, inevitably, an American remake. The 1999 cult hits continue across the weekend with David Cronenberg’s body horror sci-fi eXistenz and a very special 35mm screening of found footage favourite The Blair Witch Project.

Festival-goers will also be able to enjoy five terrifying new titles ahead of everyone else with preview screenings of The Dead Center, a suspenseful tale of evil brought back from the dead; Werewolf, the story of eight orphans terrorised by wolves after surviving the Second World War; Far From the Apple Tree, a creepy psychological thriller about a budding young artist; Knife + Heart, a deliriously crazy and ultra-stylish queer riff on the Italian Giallo genre; and Level 16, a dystopian prison drama with a feminist slant, plus there’s a chance to see Irish folk horror The Hole In The Ground, which The Guardian called “a film operating at a suspenseful, spider-like creep that allows it to skirt your defences and get some distance under the skin.”.

We're also bringing you a double bill of vintage classics with Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, a film from 1971 that still has the power to shock today, and the spine-tingling and endlessly entertaining Phantasm from 1979, which has been beautifully remastered to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Finally, after hosting the British premiere of Bret Wood’s The Unwanted back in 2014, Dundead will be closing its 2019 festival with the world premiere of the director’s latest feature, Those Who Deserve To Die. This is an unhinged and unconventional tale of revenge that’s not for the faint hearted.

Festival programmer Christopher O’Neill, said:

“2019 sees the ninth edition of the Dundead Film Festival at DCA and, as ever, we present a mixture of previews of exceptional new movies and fondly remembered classics.

We open with the true crime tale Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, the zombie origin story The Dead Center, the dark sci-fi drama Level 16, the Scottish psychological thriller Far From The Apple Tree, the critically acclaimed French arthouse slasher movie Knife + Heart, the rural supernatural terror tale The Hole In The Ground, and our closing night picture is the disturbing revenge story Those Who Deserve To Die, which receives its world premiere at the festival.

Since this year marks the 20th anniversary of DCA cinema, we are hosting a special late night season of classics from 1999: the seminal Japanese horror movie Ring, David Cronenberg’s surreal virtual reality horror eXistenZ, and one of the biggest indie films of all time, The Blair Witch Project. There are also screenings of Stanley Kubrick’s dystopian nightmare A Clockwork Orange and the wonderfully bizarre Phantasm.”

Horror fans can buy a Dundead Festival Pass for £80, which includes a ticket to all 13 films, the Dundead Quiz, Cine Sunday breakfast, plus a t-shirt and special limited edition print. A six film pass is also available for £42 and includes a t-shirt. Festival passes are available from DCA Box Office, pop in or give us a call on 01382 432 444. Individual tickets can be booked online. T-shirts and prints will be available to collect from DCA Box Office at the start of the festival. 

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