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SUDBURY'S HORROR FESTIVAL GOES VIRTUAL

In the face of a seemingly never-ending pandemic, which could easily be the backdrop for a contagion horror movie, yet another horror movie festival has been forced to operate virtually in 2020. It's not the first time this has happened this year and I'll be damned if this isn't the last time there will be an announcement like this. On the plus side, the multitude of online festivals this year do give you the chance to catch films you may never have otherwise travelled to see. Dead And Sudburied has packaged together a feature and four shorts for most of its slots, giving you five movies to check out for just a fiver. Alternatively you can buy a weekend pass for the staggeringly low price of just £29, so if you can support the festival in any way, get yourself over to their website and check out what's on offer. Read on for the official statement from the organisers.

Sudbury, Suffolk’s very own all-day Horrorthon at The Quay Theatre has had to postpone big plans to re-imagine this year’s event in October due to the Corona virus and is moving online for a virtual horror film festival this November.

The Dead And SudBuried Horrorthon launched at Easter in 2016 at The Quay Theatre, Sudbury, Suffolk with seven classic movies screened non-stop over one day, including The Exorcist and The Shining. The event was a huge success leading to blood drenched sequels in 2017, 2018 and 2019. After 4 years of Horrorthon, this year's Dead And SudBuried would have made the big jump to a fully-fledged horror film festival combining classics with brand new features and shorts spread over a whole weekend. Sadly after much consideration of Government guidelines, The Quay Theatre will be remaining closed for the remainder of the year leaving Dead And SudBuried Reborn: Horrorthon V reluctantly postponed until 2021.

To build a virtual bridge to next year’s event, $10 Chimp, the team behind the event have organised Virtually Dead And SudBuried: Horrorthon At Home to curb the disappointment! Whilst the online event will not be the same as the planned festival which celebrates movies on a big screen with big sound and an audience, organisers hope to keep regular attendees entertained through these strange times with 14 brand new unreleased in the UK features and over 40 horror shorts from Friday 13th November through to 15th November.

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The festival includes British movies featuring cannibal Ku Klux Klan in DEATH RANCH, gory black comedy in a land where murder is legal CHESTERSBERG, The Wicker Man meets Blair Witch in the THEY’RE OUTSIDE plus Canada's backwoods horror BUTCHERS and the Evil Dead fan base documentary HAIL TO THE DEADITES, a brutal Australian take on serial killers in the shape of THE SLAUGHERHOUSE KILLER, obnoxious teens play Jumanji with exploding heads in the French GAME OF DEATH, low budget alien invaders in Italian gorefest WITCHSTARS and Total Film’s Best Movie of FrightFest 2020 award winner the brilliant supernatural romance A GHOST WAITS.

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In addition, there’s a special package of the best of UK indie horror that can be viewed at any time from midnight on Friday 13th and throughout the weekend. This virtual second screen will fill in any spare space throughout the three days or maybe replace something that doesn’t take your fancy. The ‘Support UK Indie horror’ pack is made up of low budget festival favourites NEFARIOUS, EXIT, THE MILLENNIAL KILLER and I SCREAM ON THE BEACH.

And if that’s not enough horror, there’s another 43 horror shorts of varying length screening throughout the weekend from all around the world and pretty much covering every horror sub-genre imaginable from zombies to vampires to witchcraft and beyond.

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Andy Piper, organiser says “This year would have been amazing, building on our current event driving classic horror with the addition of some great new horror movies. Building the Horrorthon to a 2-day horror film festival in our small market town would have been amazing with the goal of becoming a key event on the horror film festival circuit and eventually attracting filmmakers from all over the world to exhibit their movies plus expanding our audience from all over East Anglia.”

Andy continues, “Whilst it’s been hard work, we’ve had a lot of fun spending the last 10 months watching nearly 500 brand new horror movies that have been submitted to the festival. The response was huge and the quality was fantastic so when it came to making the decision to postpone the event it was really disappointing, not just watching our plans unravel but also knowing a lot of amazing movies submitted would miss their opportunity to screen on the festival circuit.”

“The obvious solution was following a number of high profile film festivals by moving online with an all singing, all dancing platform that works brilliantly for the viewer whilst protecting content and geoblocking location. Hence Virtually Dead And SudBuried was born and will see us through to hopefully, a real event next year.”

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Virtually Dead And SudBuried: Horrorthon At Home takes place online from Friday 13th November to Sunday 15th November. Tickets are £29 for a weekend pass which covers full access to all movies throughout the weekend or tickets can be purchased for individual movies for £5. Tickets are available now at www.deadandsudburied.co.uk

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