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Once again Soho Horror Fest are flying the (Pride) flag for celebrating the best of independent queer horror cinema in an inclusive and accessible format by broadcasting Sohome Horror Pride 2024 from the 11th-14th of July.

Sohome Horror Pride Virtual Film Festival is dedicated to the dictum that #HorrorIsQueer and always has been, and since 2018 has been the leading virtual festival of delivering the best of the best in queer horror cinema. This year is no different, with festival director and pioneer of the UK horror scene Mitch Harrod creating a lineup with diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and of course, fantastic frights at the festival's core.

Opening the festival with a symphony of scares is the UK Premiere of Erlingur Thoroddsen’s THE PIPER, a haunting remix of the Pied Piper of Hamlin fable, featuring a stunning score from genre legend Christopher Young, as well as one of the final performances from the incredible Julian Sands. Keeping things in a melodic mood, Sohome Horror Pride will also host a live show celebrating the breadth of horror film musical adaptations with exclusive performances. Then to close the festival, dialling up the distortion and turning down the good taste, Heidi Moore brings to the stage a gaggle of drag queens competing for Serial of the Year in the punk opera sleaze of KILL DOLLY KILL; guaranteed to leave you Troma-tised.

Drag finds its horror centre stage this year with a 50th anniversary honouring of Divine and John Waters’ infamous classic FEMALE TROUBLE from Nightmare on Fierce Street Podcast, and an exclusive live director’s commentary of last year’s viciously vogue FEMME. But that's not all, SOHOME continue to champion the directors of drag horror cult classic DEATH DROP GORGEOUS by screening a whole new leviathan in SAINT DROGO: a horny, ethereal, queer folk horror that lures you in with its rural beauty and then gnaws your throat out. SOHOME's celebration of Drag concludes with a special evening with Drag queen genre icon, Peaches Christ, who will present her short films alongside collaborator Michael Varrati for Midnight Mass.

Coming (out) of (r)age horror sets to terrify on many levels in the international debut of Sam Probst and Colby Holt’s conversion therapy chiller GANYMEDE; medieval revenge and sapphic redemption collide in WILD EYED AND WICKED from GB Foxwood; and supernatural slashers in the Chaz Bono and Bonnie Aarons starring direct-to-noughties-DVD throwback THE BELL KEEPER. Also finding their UK Premiere at the festival is the tender yet viscerally vampiric Dutch feature WE ARE ANIMALS; and if you’re not over spider cinema yet in 2024, steel yourself for the strangest body horror you’ll see all year in Ion De Sosa’s euro satire MAMANTULA.

The forging and security of identity is a prevalent theme across the lineup, but especially so in a special preview of Nicholas Vince’s one man show cinematic adaptation I AM MONSTERS! and the colonialist camp of Gil Baroni’s HOUSE OF IZABEL, a twisted Brazilian 60’s set melodrama where male-presenting individuals escape to a country estate to explore their feminine personas. Trans narratives and general excellence has a special presentation in T-Shockers, a showcase of the best in trans horror at the moment; which features just a few of almost 30 short films being exhibited throughout the event.

Sohome Horror Pride will also be celebrating the legacy of the fantastic GHOULS MAGAZINE as well as bidding farewell to the iconic female horror collective with a series of panels, retrospectives on feminine cannibal movies and an exclusive preview screening of Aimee Kuge’s CANNIBAL MUKBANG.

Sohome Horror Fest: Pride Edition is a virtual film festival taking place from the 11TH-14TH July. For accessibility and inclusivity, the festival is run on a Donate-What-You-Can price basis, with a recommended donation of £40 to help cover the costs of the festival. In addition, a proportion of all donations will be given to Mermaids UK, an organisation that provides support for Trans, Non Binary & Gender diverse youth. Much of the festival will be accessible globally but certain screenings will be geo-blocked to the UK.

Information can be at WWW.SOHOHORRORFEST.COM


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