This year’s SA HorrorFest has a jam-packed lineup of movies, short films, music and literature. There will be a Halloween dress-up, night markets and a free movie making masterclass with the School of Audio Engineering (SAE) Institute, with an international filmmaker as the guest speaker.

You’re unlikely to see the spine-chilling lineup of films on any other big screen on the continent. Expect to see zombies, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, ghouls, paranormal, possession, slashers, classics, documentary, short film collections and more. There are also three local films, including an Afrikaans feature. See the full lineup here.

Live soundtrack performance
Friday 30 October brings you a live performance by the Makabra Ensemble, who have been creating new soundtracks to classic silent films for 10 years. This year, they present a new take on the classic vampire film, Nosferatu.

Saturday 31 October allows you to join in with an audience participation screening for The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s 40th anniversary on Halloween night. Individual participation packs that will make you feel like you’re in the film will be on sale.

Friday 6 November sees the close of the festival with a free after party at Mercury Live, with a host of local alternative bands and DJs.

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Literary night
Thursday 29 October is for the bookworms; local authors and special guests will read from their chilling tales during the Bloody Parchment literary night. It’s free to attend this event, but RSVP on the Facebook event page. Expect book giveaways and wine sponsored by Zonnebloem.

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Tuesday 27 October is the night of the much anticipated free Horror Masterclass, co-hosted by SAE Institute Cape Town. Scottish-born filmmaker, author and genre expert, Calum Waddel is flying in as guest speaker. Calum will also attend his documentary screening on Wednesday 28 October as well as the literary night.

Other special guests
Fiona Horrigan from the USA will attend the screening of her movie, In the Dark. The cast and crew from the three local films will all make appearances. Some high profile international filmmakers’ attendance is still pending, and may be added before the event ends – news will be revealed online.

Halloween dress up
Friday 30 October is the official dress up contest, which will take place alongside the Faust live soundtrack night. If you miss out, never fear, attendees are encouraged to dress up at any time during the HorrorFest.

Night market
Friday 30 October is market night. From 5 pm, expect a hive of activity outside the Labia Theatre; there will be stalls selling custom clothing, food, books, HorrorFest merchandise, jewellery and more. There are some cool prizes for the best dressed.

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Giveaways and prizes
The freebies will include novels, Halloween bags and baseball caps from Penguin and Random House, thrilling DVDs and box sets from Raru and Times Media, Ster Kinekor movie tickets and Wildfire body piercing vouchers.

Where Labia Theatre, 68 Orange Street, CBD
When Monday 26 October – 6 November 2015 8:30 pm (See the full lineup here)
Cost R45 (R60 for the live soundtrack screening) Tickets from Quicket
Contact Facebook event page

Photography courtesy SA HorrorFest

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