The fest

Dead by Dawn is the UK's longest running genre film festival, established in 1993. It is a unique festival, celebrating the finest independent film-making with a focus on emerging talent. Our approach to horror is broad; story is paramount, as are humour, suspense and atmosphere. We welcome lifelong fans and the genre-curious to discover the breadth of unusual stories lurking under the 'horror' banner! Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin...we have such sights to show you!

Guest of Honour

Dead by Dawn celebrates its 25th Anniversary in style with our Guest of Honour, John Landis! John will be with us for the whole festival, screening some of his own films and some of his favourite classics.

So beware the moon, keep clear of the moors and get your paws on a Pass to join us for this extra special festival!

This year

From April 19 -22, 2018, Dead by Dawn returns to Filmhouse with an amazing celebration for our 25th Anniversary! We have some exceptional treats and surprises in store for you so watch this space and our social for updates and news.

All-inclusive Passes priced just £90 are now on sale, just click our BUY PASSES link on the left for all the info you need.

Individual tickets for all screenings will go on sale in March as usual, once the full line-up is announced.

Meantime if you have any questions about the festival, please just get in touch.

Dead by Dawn

At Dead by Dawn, it’s all about the story.

We thrive on films that unsettle us and which address our anxieties and our mortality in vibrant, curious, wry or startling ways.

We're devoted to films that allow us to scare ourselves, to see our own fears materialise in the long shadows and that dark space under the bed.

To me, when the lights go down, the cinema is a sacred place and whether we laugh or squeal, jump or hunker down in our seats, we give ourselves to the terrors unfolding on screen, seen or unseen, known and dreaded or wholly unexpected.

Dead by Dawn is a unique discovery festival, and proud to be the UK’s longest running genre film festival. We’d love you to join us...we have such sights to show you!

Adèle Hartley, Festival Director