It has been a good year for women in horror.
This Halloween, The Finals Girls present a selection of shorts from some of the most exciting new female voices in genre cinema. Films that delve deep into the darkest human desires, bringing an unforgettable array of monsters to the screen. These slick and scary films explore themes of body anxiety, repressed desires, social pressures and unspoken fears. Embrace your nightmares because the future of horror is female.
Full list of dates and venues:
27th October - Queen's Film Theatre, Belfast
28th October - HOME, Manchester (Part of Film4 Film Fear)
29th October - Filmhouse, Edinburgh
29th October - Watershed, Bristol
The Puppet Man (Dir. Jacqueline Castel)
A supernatural killer stalks a young woman and her friends in this reference-laden homage to 80s horror films, featuring an original score and cameo appearance by the master himself: John Carpenter.
Undress Me (Dir. Amelia Moses)
A socially awkward college freshman begins to experience a mysterious and gruesome physical deterioration after a chance encounter at a frat party.
Pulse (Dir. Becki Pantling)
A married man looking for an online tryst finds that someone is always watching, in this supernatural morality tale.
I Should Have Run (Dir. Gabriela Staniszewska)
Made in Bristol, on a budget of just £200, I Should Have Run tells the story of a lone woman walking home on a cold and dark night. She encounters something strange and terrifying, and when she is asked a question, her sheer terror causes her to lie... with disastrous consequences.
Sorry, We're Closed (Dir. Alexis Makepeace)
Sociopathic Charlotte is struggling to keep her late night diner in business. After years of serving the same sleazy men, she comes up with an unconventional solution, that benefits her restaurant.
A Mother of Monsters (Dir. Julia Zanin de Paula)
A horror short film and a brazilian production. A story based on a Guy de Maupassant tale, “La Mère aux Monstres”. It`s a movie that aims to reference and homenageate horror classics.
Dead. Tissue. Love (Dir. Natasha Austin-Green)
Dead. Tissue. Love. is an intimate experimental documentary exploring the individual character of a female necrophile, as she recounts her life experiences, sexual awakening and how she express her sexuality, all whilst hiding it from a society that demonises her.
Don't Think of A Pink Elephant (Dir. Suraya Raja)
Layla fights daily against urges and compulsions, until challenged to face her darkest fears
Shortcut (Dir. Prano Bailey-Bond)
Bad boyfriend. Sleeping girlfriend. Fast car. Full moon. When Kurt takes a shortcut he enters a supernatural realm and is forced to sacrifice a little part of himself.
I Want You Inside Me (Dir. Alice Shindelar)
An introverted teenager loses her virginity and her boyfriend in one fell orgasm.