A horror film festival in the middle of a forest in Arnold is set to return in September. Visitors to the Huldra Film Festival – which takes place on Saturday September 3 – will have to walk through a ‘haunted forest’ to get to the screening with the option of walking through the venue’s corn maze.
The outdoor festival showcases a collection of carefully curated short horror films from international and local filmmakers. In addition to the films on offer, the festival will feature a selection of hot food, a full bar as well as merchandise for sale from local independent businesses.
The forest recedes on George’s Hill: an area which, according to folklore, was the subject of mysterious reports of a figure dressed in black. According to historical reports, the figure was seen wearing a hat, covering all features except for a large hooked nose and a silver chain.
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The festival was started by founders Dan and Kim Lord, who live locally in Corn Maze, Lime Lane, Arnold. As devoted horror film fans, they began plans for the festival after being stuck indoors while Covid watched horror films.
“We started because we were literally watching a lot of horrors every night and we started tagging them, which was something to help us through the lockdown. We started to get a real feel for it. Everyone s “got on board so quickly and the Notts Maize Maze team were so brilliant in their involvement. It all fell into place,” Dan said.
“It’s a maze-themed horror film festival, but there’s a hell of a festival feel to it. We have a really good pizza trailer that does some horror-themed pizzas and the place him -even has a full bar in the forest which is cool.We have a massive screen with surround sound.
“We’re hoping to have live music when people come in because we have to wait for the sun to go down before it starts. We’ll also have spooky actors at night,” he said.
The forest serves as the backdrop for the evening of spooky events including Nottingham Horror Collective which is back for a second year, and Hellbent City Clothing which will bring a collection of clothing and merchandise. Sneinton’s market favourite, Bone Arrow, will also provide a booth to display its collection of bespoke and fine jewelry.
The festival’s first year proved a bit tricky as an unexpected thunderstorm forced the event to be postponed until July – the same day England entered the Euro 2020 final and lost to Italy . Although the new date had an effect on ticket sales, Dan estimated that the event had around 150 people in attendance.
“We had to move it because of the weather but then we found out we were going to be in the final. Within minutes people were emailing me saying they had Covid so they can’t do it”, Dan mentioned.
He added: “We were so surprised by the number of people who came. We thought it would be around 30 of our friends, but we had a lot of people who came from all over the country to attend. We don’t We’re not doing this for the masses. As we’ve always said, it’s for fun.
“The films come from all over the world and some of them are so popular. They are really thought provoking and we try to cover all types of horror to make them really interesting for everyone.”