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Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival

Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival

The Vancouver Horror Show (VHS) is a film festival that showcases horror movies on the big screen. It happens in October, so just in time for Halloween.

Because of COVID-19, the films were shown in a virtual format in 2021. There was, however, one live in-person event on the opening day.

The festival ran from October 26th until the 31st of 2021. The films could be watched, however, up until November 7th.

2022 festival dates and details are to be determined.

 


For full details see the official Vancouver Horror Show website.


 

The Vancouver Horror Show

The Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival celebrated its 4th year in 2021. It’s a registered Canadian charity. It has grown from running just a dozen films in its first year to about four dozen in 2021.

The festival mostly screens short films but also displays a small number of feature films too. Although VHS focuses a lot on Canadian films, it showcases works from other countries as well. This makes VHS an inclusive event that helps promote filmmakers from all around the world.

 

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The 2021 Film Festival

In 2021, the main part of the festival ran from October 26th until the 31st. There was an in-person event on the first day where participants could ask filmmakers questions. All of the films then played as virtual events over the five days that followed. Each film was then available for streaming until November 7th as well.

There were 49 films at the 2021 festival. 46 of them were short films while the remaining three were feature films. The movies came from a dozen different countries so there was some unique and scary foreign cinema to enjoy!

There was a live in-person event at the start of the festival. It took place at the Scotiabank Theatre at 900 Burrard Street on Tuesday, October 26th. At the kick-off event, there were also red carpet photos, a bar and a selection of both Canadian and international short horror films. The event featured a question and answer session with people in the film industry too.

(Note: To attend the in-person event guests had to wear masks when not drinking and provide proof of vaccination status.)

 

2021 Festival Prices

Below are the ticket prices for the Vancouver Horror Show from 2021. Similar to many deals, you saved some money if you paid to watch the entire October 27th-31st event.

  • Opening in-person event (October 26th): $25.00 per person
  • Single-day tickets (any one day): $10.00 per person
  • Full festival pass (all five days): $45.00 per person
  • Full festival pass + opening in-person event: $60.00 per person

NOTE: There was also an extra $0.99 fee for purchasing each ticket.

 


For full details see the official Vancouver Horror Show website.


 

2021 Festival Schedule

Below is the schedule from the 2021 Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival. As you can see, short films dominated each day’s programming. The feature films were set to play on the 27th, 29th, and 31st. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all of the following events took place in a virtual format (so you could watch them from the comfort of your home).

 

Tuesday, October 26th, 2021

Live in-person event at the Scotiabank Theatre at 900 Burrard Street. Featured short films included the following:

  • Lili (Netherlands)
  • Witches Midnight (Canada)
  • Hunter’s Cabin (Canada)
  • Koreatown Ghost Story (US)
  • Larva (Germany)
  • Swipe (Netherlands)
  • The Axe and the Iron (US)
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider (Canada)
  • The Relic (US)
  • Mistress of Bones (Canada)

 

October 26tth Horror Films

 

Wednesday, October 27th, 2021

First Shorts Program. Featured short films included the following:

  • Becky (US)
  • Feed Your Muse (US)
  • Keith (UK)
  • Larva (Germany)
  • Belfast 1912 (Ireland)
  • Wich (US)

The Columnist (feature film): A movie that’s especially relevant in today’s social media age, The Columnist tells the story of an author who receives death threats online. She decides to take matters into her own hands by hunting down her harrassers for revenge.

 

October 27th Short Horror Films

 


For tickets see the official Vancouver Horror Show website.


 

Thursday, October 28th, 2021

Second Shorts Program, Featured short films included the following:

  • Hunter’s Cabin (Canada)
  • Milk & Cookies (UK)
  • Face Your Fears (US)
  • Hazel (USA)
  • Swipe (Netherlands)
  • Alaska (Canada)

Third Shorts Program. Featured short films included the following:

  • Little Willy (USA)
  • The Relic (US)
  • Solutions for Sadness (Spain)
  • Processing (US)
  • Witches Midnight (Canada)
  • Tea Time (US)

 

October 28th Short Program Horror Films

 

Friday, October 29th, 2021

Fourth Shorts Program. Featured short films included the following:

  • Lili (Netherlands)
  • Don’t Let It In (US)
  • Koreatown Ghost Story (US)
  • Tekenchu (Mexico)
  • Mr. Thisforthat (US)
  • Smile (Canada)

Night at the Eagle Inn (feature film): A pair of fraternal twins decide to revisit the Eagle Inn, the location where their father vanished on the night of their birth. As the twins dive deeper into the history and confines of the inn, things start taking a turn for the worse, and they need to escape before being trapped there forever.

 

October 29th Short Horror Films

 

Saturday, October 30th, 2021

Fifth Shorts Program. Featured short films included the following:

  • Safe and Sound (US)
  • Audionomie (Canada)
  • Witches of Bushwick (US)
  • Script (Italy)
  • Mistress of Bones (Canada)
  • The Axe and The Iron (US)

Sixth Shorts Program (Focusing on Science Fiction). Featured short films included the following:

  • Carmentis (Australia)
  • Nova (US)
  • Can Someone Hear Me? (Canada)
  • He Murdered Sleep (Canada)
  • Human Trash (Spain)
  • She (US)

 

 

October 30th Short Horror Films

 


For full details see the official Vancouver Horror Show website.


 

Sunday, October 31st (Halloween!)

Seventh Shorts Program. Featured short films included the following:

  • Lucid (CAN)
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider (CAN)
  • Eyes Out (CAN)
  • Dark Water (AUS)
  • Tapehead (US)

Eighth Shorts Program (VHS Rate-R), Featured short films included the following:

  • The Lake Parasite (US)
  • Numerus Duo (US)
  • Fat Camp (Canada)
  • Karaoke Night (Portugal)
  • Guts (US)

Dark Stories (feature film): Originally created as an anthology series that included five short films, Dark Stories is now available to watch as a full-length feature film. The movie contains common horror tropes such as creepy dolls, but with a twist! Christine (the protagonist) must use her imagination to distract her captive (the doll) by telling it scary stories, many of which could unnerve the audience.

 

October 31st Horror Films

 


HALLOWEEN MOVIES & MOVIE SCENES

If you like horror movies and haunted houses, then also be sure to check out Brinkworth Dungeon. The Langley-based haunted attraction has wax museum-style scenes from a whole bunch of classic horror movies. And most of what you’ll see there has been handmade by a professional artist!

Also if you like Halloween and movies, but kid-friendly films, then check out Howl Over Canada at FlyOver Canada. It’s a great family-friendly Halloween-themed multi-dimensional show.


 

Other Information

To learn more about the festival see the Vancouver Horror Show‘s website.

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