Full 2016 lineup


Hey So, all-fest Passes are on sale now priced just £75, but individual tickets for all screenings will go on sale in early April. Our late night double bills on Friday and Saturday will each be sold as a single ticket for both films.  All that means is that you can’t buy a ticket to […]

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Dead by Dawn returns to its Filmhouse home for our 23rd edition. Some films to make you laugh, some to scar and scare in equal measure, so join us...we have such sights to show you!

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Full festival lineup

Here at Dead by Dawn we're thrilled to announce our full-line-up, with ten Premieres, a fine selection of rare classics and a plethora of delicious and disturbing short films!

We've only linked to a few trailers here because so many of them give away just so much of the film. We'd rather the film let its story unfold before you properly on the big screen where it belongs!

All-fest Passes are on sale now priced just £75, but individual tickets for all screenings will go on sale in early April. We'll give you plenty of notice when they're due to go on sale.

Our late night double bills on Friday and Saturday will each be sold as a single ticket for both films.  All that means is that you can’t buy a ticket to see just film of the double bill – it’s all or nothing, baby!

To help you plan your festival, here’s our line-up with all the timings.

Please remember that every screening is 18+

The bar’s open till 3am to Pass and Ticket holders each night of the festival

All screenings are in Cinema One at Filmhouse, Edinburgh…

…and of course if you have any questions at all, please just get in touch: info@deadbydawn.co.uk


Green Room poster

2030 - Jeremy Saulnier’s GREEN ROOM

K-Shop poster

2245 - UK Premiere of K-SHOP + Q&A with Dan Pringle and Adam Merrifield



Jacobs Ladder

1145 - Adrian Lyne’s JACOB’S LADDER


1415 - 2D & DERANGED + WHAT YOU MAKE IT short film programmes

2D & DERANGED is SO not suitable for children!  A wild mix of styles awaits you – there’s a lesson in the perils of night-time adventuring in Richard Hickey’s FRANCIS; a baby-sitting gig goes awry on a dark and stormy night in David Romero’s OTHER LILY; you’ll never look at a humble hand-drier the same way after Dave Carter’s ALT-TAB; an accident leads to a wave of deranged self-expression in Joris, Job and Marieke’s MUTE and a beloved Disney classic gets a mind-blowing – and gruesome – make-over thanks to Lee Hardcastle’s FROZEN BLOOD TEST.


And then we segue seamlessly in WHAT YOU MAKE IT which is always for films that couldn’t traditionally be defined as horror but will delight those with an abundance of morbid curiosity or a very twisted sense of humour.  A Victorian photographer has a short time to capture a unique moment in Edouard de La Poëze’s LA SEANCE; a salesman has a difficult time closing the deal with a very demanding client in Dael Oates’ DEATH IN BLOOM; Hairy Soul Man wants to know the human capacity for love in Kai Smythe’s HOW DEEP CAN I GO?; the sweetest retired couple explain why they thought it was cute to move into a murder site in Nick Coles’ THE HOUSE IS INNOCENT and we close with THE NEST, a deeply disturbing and upsetting new short from the masterly David Cronenberg.

Now, here’s a fun thing.  In order to keep the Filmhouse booking system happy – which I’m sure will count in my favour when our robot overlords rise up against the puny humans – 2 consecutive shorts programmes had to have just one title. So the joining together in unholy screen matrimony of 2D & Deranged and What You Make It is now called “Ignorance Is Bliss” as far as buying an individual ticket is concerned.  Confused?  I should hope so.   There’s nothing simple in life that can’t be complicated with a little time, effort and talent.  I assume this brief, clear, concise explanation will have helped.  Fainting couches and smelling salts available to the weak of heart and knees.  It’s always 1885 somewhere, I reckon.  If you have a Pass, these retitling shenanigans don’t affect you at all!

The Passing

1615 - Scottish Premiere of YR YMADAWIAD aka THE PASSING + Q&A with Gareth Bryn and Ed Talfan

The Hills Have Eyes

1945 - UK Premiere of Joseph Wartnerchaney’s DECAY

The Hills Have Eyes New Nightmare

2215 - WES CRAVEN Tribute Double Bill (Both 35mm)



The Hills Have Eyes

1200 - Scottish Premiere of Kristjan Thor’s ASTRAEA


1415 - WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE short film programme

Whether in the great outdoors or the urban sprawl, feral creatures prey on the unsuspecting!   A young girl is lured into the woods beyond her garden in Brian Deane’s FOXGLOVE; festival fave’s The Meza Brothers return with the story of a migrant worker who crosses the wrong border in BONIATO; a social occasion becomes gloriously, aggressively territorial in Gabriel Olson’s THE BRIDGE PARTNER; some happy hikers don’t pay enough attention to survival tips in Méryl Fortunat-Rossi and Xavier Seron’s L’OURS NOIR and a man takes steps to deal with a late night disturbance in JD Chua’s BAD THROTTLE.  If only they’d all listened to Admiral Akbar, things might have ended differently…

Der Bunker poster

1615 - UK Premiere of DER BUNKER + Q&A with director Nikias Chryssos


1945 - UK Premiere of Danny Perez’ ANTIBIRTH

The Corpse of Anna Fritz

2200 - Scottish Premiere of Hèctor Hernández Vicens’ THE CORPSE OF ANNA FRITZ

From Beyond From Beyond Dead and Buried

WE GO ON + Stuart Gordon’s FROM BEYOND + Gary Sherman’s DEAD AND BURIED



Creature Designers

1230 - UK Premiere of Gilles Penso & Alexandre Poncet’s CREATURE DESIGNERS


1445 - APOCALYPSE SOON Short Film Programme

These films depict wildly different but equally grim visions of the near-future; possible scenarios for humanity not far enough removed from possibility to comfortably count as fantasy.  In Lluis Quilez’ GRAFFITI, the world has ended and a lone survivor ekes out a meagre existence until one day he comes back to his rooms to something very unexpected; a family hides out in a bunker but the youngest child wants to see the threat for herself in Steve Desmond’s MONSTERS and in Matt Richards’ THE DISAPPEARANCE OF WILLIE BINGHAM, the finality of capital punishment is replaced by an infinitely more emotive and dangerous option.  These are all films to make you want to fight for what you have now, because the alternatives are so, so much worse!

She Who Must Burn

1630 - UK Premiere of Larry Kent’s SHE WHO MUST BURN


1915 - I BLAME THE PARENTS Short Film Programme

This jaw-dropping selection runs the gamut of neglectful parenting.  You may never look at your own children in quite the same way again! Some lonely kids get weirdly inventive when ignored in Rick Spears’ BLACK EYES; an old man gets a surprise visit in Jan van Gorkum’s DE KLEINZOON; the scars of childhood are faced head-on by estranged siblings in Ben Callis’ VIKING; there’s no escaping a lifetime of disappointment for one woman in Aaron B Koontz’ HONOR STUDENT; the priest arrives just in time for a difficult birth in Brian Deane’s BLIGHT and a couple head out for the night leaving their child with a near-stranger in festival fave Ryan Spindell’s THE BABYSITTER MURDERS.  What could possibly go wrong?

Sorgenfri aka What We Become

2130 - Scottish Premiere of Bo Mikkelsen’s SORGENFRI

Men & Chicken

0000 - Anders Thomas Jensen’s MEN & CHICKEN

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