Bradford hosts horror film festival celebrating ‘terror and blood’

A HORROR film festival which aims to celebrate ‘Cracking Bones and Spilling Blood’ is coming to Bradford next week.

Haunted House FearFest, the brainchild of Bradford man Anthony Kelly, filmmaker and lover of the horror genre, will be held at The Idle Draper pub on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th March.

Anthony explains: “Haunted House FearFest is about popular independent cinema.

“We celebrate the cracking of bones and the spilling of blood. Our aim is to bring independent cinema to the city of Bradford and scare people away.

“For this, we are looking for promising independent filmmakers who have a passion and a love for this genre.

“We want to share our love of horror and all of its subgenres, including: Giallo, Über violence, monsters, psychos and the supernatural, from nerve-wrenching drama to blunt trauma.

“All types of films, from shorts to feature films, including music videos, experimental and documentaries, as long as they contain terror and blood – we want to show it!”

The Haunted House FearFest was launched in 2019 at the Park Hotel, Morecambe, one of the most haunted places in the UK.

Anthony, who is originally from Bradford but has lived in Germany for 18 years, said after venues were closed by Covid in 2020 the event went live with a 2021 edition taking place on the XERB streaming platform .TV.

With a view to hosting a live event in 2022, Anthony explained why The Idle Draper was chosen for this year’s festival.

“I returned from Germany in March 2020 due to Covid. I’m a beer lover so I tried beers from owner Jim Emmett’s micro-brewery at The Idle Draper.

“We started talking about FearFest and he said ‘why don’t you do something like this here?’ The micro-brewery is called Bone Idle, so it’s perfect because beer and fear go hand in hand.

“There’s a movie theater upstairs and two big-screen TVs downstairs, so it will be ideal for showing films from our independent filmmakers.”

The Grim Reaper Awards will be given out as part of the festival, with the six main categories being Best Films under 5, 10, 15, 20 and 60 minutes and Best Feature.

Additional awards include Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Music, Best Screenplay, SFX Makeup, Best Actor and Best Actress as well as Best Murder, Most Gore, Best Villain and greatest fear.

The free event, which runs from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday and 4 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, will feature short film screenings throughout the evening with a feature film at 10 p.m.

Gerald R. Schneider