22nd - 31st JANUARY 2016

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Well, we’re all set for Horror-on-Sea 2016, and what a line up we have for you!

In fact, the response from filmmakers has been so great that, once again, we’ve extended the festival over the following weekend. So, at Southend, the horror never ends – or, rather, it lasts for two whole weekends!

As before, many filmmakers will be joining us, and the bar will once again be a hive of activity between screenings as they chat to festivalgoers. We are the ‘friendly festival’, and you can be sure of a warm welcome as you step out of the January cold.

In addition to the wonderful line up of ‘horrorific’ films, all supported by tasty shorts, our good friend, and local horror legend, Pat Higgins, will be back with another Masterclass, “Watch Horror. Write Horror. Make Horror”, at which he will inform and entertain in his own inimitable style. That will be followed by the World Premiere of his new film The House on the Witchpit, a ‘festival first’ in that he is revealing nothing at all about this – not even a teaser trailer – in advance, and it will never again be shown in this version! So do join Pat for ‘Secret Cinema’, the Higgins way! We are also delighted to be hosting the World Premiere of The Snarling, Pablo Raybould’s horrifically scary and very funny take on a classic movie monster that will be a highlight of the festival.   

So why not make a real break of it, and stay at the festival venue, the Park Inn Palace Hotel, for the first weekend? Special festival rates are just 65 for B&B for one night (single or double occupancy) or 130 for B&B for three nights (single or double). Call 01702 455111 and quote “Horror-on-Sea”.

Tickets-wise, best value of all are the weekend passes, saving you a massive 45 over the entire festival, but excellent value day passes are also available, and individual tickets are only 5. So grab your tickets while you can, and I’ll see you at ‘Spooky Southend’ in January.
Paul Cotgrove
Festival Director



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Park Inn Palace Hotel
Individual films 5.00
Day Passes 20 You save 10
Weekend Passes (limited to 100) 50 You save 40
Pat Higgins’ Masterclass (not included in Day or Weekend Passes) 5.00

The White Bus Cinema
Individual films 5.00
Friday Double Bill: Highlights from 2015 5.00
Saturday and Sunday Day Passes 10 You save 10
TAP Passes for all three days 20 You save 5

We regret there is no on-line ticket facility this year.

Tickets and passes for both venues can be purchased up to Thursday 21st January from the Visitor Information Centre, at the entrance to Southend Pier, either in person (open Wednesday to Sunday from 9.15am until 4pm) or by telephone on 01702 215620. There is no booking fee for tickets and passes held for collection. These can be collected either from the Visitor Information Centre, up to 4pm on Thursday 21st January, or, from Friday 22nd January, from the Festival Desk when you arrive at the Park Inn Palace Hotel or The White Bus Cinema for Horror-on-Sea. Tickets and passes purchased in advance from the Visitor Information Centre can be posted out, but this will incur a booking/postage fee of 2.75 per transaction.
E-mail enquiries for the Visitor Information Centre should be addressed to: contact VIC@southend.gov.uk.

From Friday 22nd January all remaining tickets and passes, for screenings at both venues, will be available from the Festival Desk throughout Horror-on-Sea. Or reserve your tickets and passes by phoning the Festival Helpline: 07981 824283

Note: Seating is limited at The White Bus Cinema, so be sure to buy or reserve your tickets and passes well in advance. First come, first served – or queue for returns!
Any questions, phone the Horror-on-Sea Helpline on 07981 824283 or e-mail press@thewhitebus.org.uk

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