Foreign Fests Offer Fans Free Frights: SOHOME Pride Edition & Fantaspoa
If you’re looking for a post-Chattanooga and pre-Fantasia horror festival pick-me-up, there are two more digital fests on their way. And best of all, they’re 100% FREE! First up is SOHOME Horror Film Fest 2: Pride Edition, taking place this coming weekend, June 26-28. SOHOME offers four features, 12 shorts, exclusive performances, director Q&As and more! Next month, beginning July 24th, South America’s biggest genre festival, Fantaspoa, goes all digital and free to the public in its 16th year.
SOHOME: Pride Edition
SOHOME Pride Edition kicks off this Friday evening with a screening of the classic gay slasher Hellbent with live director commentary! Saturday will be action packed, with the world premiere of After Dark, a vampire flick from the prolific monster movie maker Charlie Steeds (Winterskin, The Barge People) and UK premieres of The Fear of Looking Up and David’s Secret. The night caps off with the UK premiere of the bare-chested, bedazzled hot pants-wearing rainbow slasher, Killer Unicorn. With shorts to accompany each, it’s a can’t miss event!
Sunday will feature a day of live watch-alongs with titles widely available on Netflix and Shudder, including fan favorites like Knife + Heart and The Perfection. The full schedule is available via SOHOME’s Facebook page (times in GMT), along with instructions for how to access the festival goodies. They’ve also slapped together a choice trailer, below, to get your blood pumping.
Fantaspoa Fantastic Film Festival 2020
Meanwhile, below the equator, Fantaspoa partnered with Brazilian video streaming service Darkflix to take its 16th edition all digital. A slate of 110 films (including features and shorts) from more than 35 countries will be geographically restricted and limited to just 5000 views. Opening the festival is one of ModernHorrors’ favorites, Porno (Review). Meanwhile, closing it are films you heard about from our Chattanooga coverage: Skull: The Mask (Review) and The Pandemic Anthology (Review). Other first wave titles include Diablo Rojo Pty (Panama’s first horror film), Fried Barry (a drug addict alien invasion movie), and Rock, Paper, Scissors (sure to be a podcast favorite).
If you’re in Brazil, definitely make plans to check out some rad films. But the rest of us are not left out completely. While the films will be geo-restricted, the lectures and masterclasses will be available for free to genre fans around the world! Stay tuned as we get more information.