Sohome Horror Pride 2023 - Programme Announcement

Returning for its 4th annual summer home invasion, the Soho Horror Film Festival presents SOHOME HORROR PRIDE 2023, a celebration of all things queer horror. This four day online gala of gayness will broadcast an onslaught of sickening cinema straight to your screens at home, bringing the very best voices in LGBTQ+ filmmaking through 12 fierce features, 20 slaying shorts, and 5 very special events, all while taking a chainsaw to heteronormativity.

All the classic monsters are coming out of the closet this pride month, including vampires, werewolves, aliens, tentacled leviathans, and most fiendish of all...pinatas. Opening the festival is the International Premiere of William Stead's war-torn blood bath romance Children Of The Night. Another homegrown UK feature is a special preview screening of Alexander Birrell's typewriter taught thriller The Latent Image. Closing the festival is a film which sees screen-life become scream-life, in the World Premiere of toxic fandom terror that is Allisyn Snyder's Howdy, Neighbor!

Things heat up as the line-up heads south of the equator, as Australia delivers the premiere of teenage trans trailblazer Alice Maio Mackay's sophomore film, Bad Girl Boogey. From possessed masks to obsessed marks, there's also the Green Room-esque slasher Bliss Of Evil. Across the ocean in Brazil, fellow alumni Matheus Marchetti fuses Argento and Almodovar for the UK Premiere of his hypnotic horror musical, Phantom Summer. Prepare to cower from the gruelling home invasion horrors of Girl Gone Bad, while those whose genres tastes are more fantastical and cerebral can enjoy the sapphic fairytale of The Butterfly Queen. There's body snatching belly laughs in John Klingman's sensational Snatchers and interdimensional cable television hijinks with a repertory screening of the future camp classic, HeBGB TV.

The festival's centrepiece will revolve around A Night of the Brides! Eat your heart out, Barbie, for the legendary Horror Queers Podcast will broadcast a celebration of Bride of Chucky's 25th anniversary. Join acclaimed composer Jerry Smith as they reimagine James Whale's coded classic The Bride of Frankenstein for a musical moderation live score. Prepare to be showered with sweet treats courtesy of the European Premiere of the bonkers Bride of the Killer Pinata.

For further special live events, look no further than the return of fan favourites Ghouls Magazine for a live panel discussing the werewolf feminine. There's also the pop-culture filled live show, Slay: Iconz, where actor, director, and comedian Daniel Montgomery ranks horror legends from Leatherface to the Babadook on how queer they are.

There's no need to be a size queen where there's such a sensational selection of shorts. To name a few, this includes She-Hulk herself, Tatiana Maslany, in the vibrant Snatched, Alice Tovey's penis petrifying Hen, a queer adaptation of I Know What You Did Last Summer with Your Last Summer, and fellowship winning Dima Barch's harrowing Dead End. Plus, found in the corrupted memory cards of Robbie Banfitch, an expansion of the global sensation The Outwaters with [redacted//file.missing/do_not_watch]/

Since its inception in 2018, the Soho Horror Film Festival has held LGBTQ+ visibility, inclusivity, and celebration as one of its cornerstones. So get your glitter ready, and prepare to join us this June.

Sohome Horror Fest: Pride Edition is a virtual festival taking place from the 29th June to 2nd July. For accessibility and inclusivity the festival is run on a Pay-What-You-Can price basis, with a recommended donation of £30 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