Horror at the Starburst Media City Festival

This weekend, in Manchester’s media hub in Salford, The Starburst Media City Festival returns!

Starburst Media City Festival

Featuring a brilliant line up of modern horror & sci-fi, cult classics and some fantastic indie shorts, the festival promises to be an eclectic mash up of different sub-genres that will please fans everywhere.

What’ more, tickets are absolutely free!  They are currently all sold out, but they are operating a ‘waiting list’ which will reallocate any returns on a first-come-first-served basis. So if you’re in any way interested, then get your name added!

Here’s a short list of all of the films we’re really looking forward to.  You can check out the full line up here.  Hope to see you there!

Hounds Of Love

This recent thriller you may have missed is an unconventional but terrifying kidnap drama set in the suburbs of Australia. This was without doubt one of our favourite films last year, and we’re sure it will wow the Starburst crowd, just as it has everywhere else.

Director Ben Young’s next film is the eagerly-awaited Extinction.


One of the most infamous of the ‘video nasties’, Nekromantik follows a love triangle between young lovers Rob and Betty and a corpse that Rob steals from his work as a ‘cleaner’. However, the third party in their relationship soon leads to difficulties between the couple, and terrible consequences in turn…

The movie will be preceded by a Q+A with director Jörg Buttgereit, in conversation with Film Gutter writer and reviewer Alex Davis.

Blood Shed

Jack loves a bargain. And he loves sheds. When he buys suspiciously cheap second-hand parts to build his very own dream shed, he and long-suffering wife Helen find they’ve got more than they bargained for: a killer shed with an appetite for blood. As the body count rises, and the shed’s ferocious appetite grows, Jack is faced with a horrifying dilemma.

Blood Shed is a gloriously fun and gore-laden homage to the EC comics-type stories of yesteryear.

Echoes Of The Passed

Co-produced by The London Horror Society, Echoes Of The Passed follows a mysterious Professor, his smartass assistant and two terrified AV techs, who enter an infamous haunted house in an attempt to explore the dark history of the home. But they soon discover it maybe their own dark history, and not the house, that truly haunts them.


As a rookie detective struggling to find acceptance in a police department defined by a culture of bullying and intolerance, things go from bad to worse when the chief suspect in a series of brutal ritualistic murders takes a personal interest in her.

Charismata is a game of cat and mouse ensues which sees Rebecca’s grasp on reality beginning to spiral out of control, leading to a terrifying climax where she needs to fight for her sanity, her life and maybe even her soul.

Hell’s Bells

Morris dancing: quirky British pastime or sinister secret society? Hell’s Bells explores the dark underbelly of this ancient folk tradition. Continuing the ‘folk horror’ tradition of the likes of The Wicker Man and The Blood on Satan’s Claw, this quirky short lifts the lid on the evils of one of Britain’s strangest traditions.

Salient Minus Ten

Adam Harper is an average man. And on an average day, he suddenly finds himself catapulted into the strangest, reality changing game… A game of time and chance, where the stakes are a matter of life and death. A bold and dark sci-fi short that shouldn’t be missed.

Toll Booth

Terry starts working in an isolated toll booth on the Yorkshire moors, following his predecessor’s disappearance. His suspicions intensify throughout the night, finding out more disturbing details from the local odd-balls driving by. Exploring the foggy darkness, Terry makes a terrifying discovery.

An eerie and atmospheric tale that will have you gripped.