Prepare for a Nightmarish Journey Through Horror Cinema

Get ready for spine-tingling chills and hair-raising thrills as Vancouver Horror Show joins forces with the Burnaby Halloween Festival for the first time in its sixth-year installment! This event is set to run from October 20th to October 22nd at Cineplex Cinemas Metropolis at Metrotown, 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC, promises to be a frightfully fantastic experience for horror enthusiasts and festival-goers alike. With fresh programming, engaging filmmaker Q&As, and a spooky VHS Talks Panel Series sponsored by UBCP/Actra, this is an event you won’t want to miss. Let’s dive into the terrifying details of what awaits you at VHS: The Burnaby Edition.

Feature Films to Keep You on the Edge of Your Seat:

  1. Anacoreta (Canadian Premiere):
    • Directed by Vancouver-based Jeremy Schuetze, this psychological thriller takes place in the breathtaking backdrop of beautiful BC.
    • Follow the gripping tale of an actress on a mountain trip with her boyfriend, only to discover that his project holds more sinister intentions.
    • Starring Antonia Thomas, Jesse Stanley, Matt Visser, and Jeremy Schuetze himself.
  2. Everyone Will Burn:
    • From Spain, this unforgettable film directed by David Hebrero unfolds in a small village in Leon, Spain.
    • Maria José (Macarena Gomez) grapples with her past and an enigmatic girl named Lucía, connected to a local legend about preventing an impending apocalypse.
  3. Faceless After Dark:
    • Directed by Raymond Wood and starring Jenna Kannel, known for her role in the Terrifier franchise.
    • This film takes a dark turn when a fan of Bowie (Kannel) recreates the horrifying events from a killer clown horror flick, leading to a gruesome feminist revenge fantasy.
  4. Mind Leech:
    • Directed by Canadian duo Chris Cheeseman and Paul Krysinski, starring Steff Ivory Conover.
    • Set in rural Provinstate in 1998, this period piece will send shivers down your spine as it plays in the VHS After Dark Mixtape Program.

A Showcase of Horror Shorts:

The 2023 program boasts 41 short films from five different countries, with over 40 percent being Canadian films. Here are a few standout selections:

  • Terror / Forming: A chilling tale from multi-faceted filmmaker Rylan Friday, set on a disturbing evening in a remote cabin.
  • Get In Get It Out: Director Leah Beaudry delivers belly laughs with this mockumentary featuring ill-informed priests trying to “save the world, one demon at a time.”
  • Zip: Singer-songwriter Melody awakens with a zipper sewn to her mouth on her 16th birthday, delivering a thought-provoking story about the voiceless.
  • I Can’t Go On: A project produced in partnership with Crazy 8’s Film Society, directed by Brenna Goodwin-McCabe, explores an alienated young woman’s discovery of a body in her apartment elevator.
  • Sleep Tight: VHS alumni Lisa Ovies delivers a chilling story about a young boy navigating life amidst his parents’ divorce and the trauma of his sleep paralysis demon.

Don’t Miss Out:

The Burnaby Edition of VHS promises to be a hauntingly good time, with spine-chilling films and captivating shorts that will leave you breathless. For the full festival lineup and ticket information, visit Mark your calendars, gather your friends, and prepare for a horrifyingly delightful experience at VHS: The Burnaby Edition. Get ready to scream your heart out! Book your tickets now!