11 June, 2014 by IF


This Friday the 13th, as a full moon rises, Sydney Film Festival presents a packed program of scary screenings and horrifically entertaining events across Sydney.


“From a special screening of one of the most terrifying motion pictures ever made, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, at the Skyline Drive-In Blacktown to a club night where you can learn the monster mash and win prizes for best dressed, Sydney Film Festival offers some frighteningly good ways to spend this Friday the 13th,” said SFF Festival Director Nashen Moodley.

SFF is proud to bring a fantastically restored 40th anniversary print of Tobe Hooper’s classic slasher film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre – Banned in Australia until 1985 – to audiences at the Skyline Drive-In Blacktown at 11pm.

The Freak Me Out program fun continues with Love Eternal, the recent winner of the inaugural Fresh Blood award at Warsaw’s Black Bear Film Festival. An adaptation of Kei Oishi’s intense Japanese novel Loving the Dead, this blackly comic tragedy follows an introverted young man and his eerie obsession with death. It screens at 10:20pm at Event Cinemas George Street.

Winner of the 2010 Sydney Film Prize for Heartbeats, Canadian director and actor Xavier Dolan brings his most mature work yet with Tom at the Farm. A tense and complex Hitchcockian thriller, Tom at the Farm screens at 9:45pm at Event Cinemas George Street.

Down at the Festival Hub at Town Hall, Friday the 13th welcomes The Death of Horror?, a special debate where Junkee’s resident film experts pick sides: can cinema still scare us, or has the genre become a joke? This event will kick off at 8pm upstairs in Town Hall, and will be followed by Junkee Do: Friday The 13th, downstairs at the Hub where audiences are invited to do the monster mash until midnight, with a special live interactive performance by VJ Michela Ledwidge, and prizes for best-dressed.

Special scary mention to a spooky film screening after Friday the 13th, a late program addition of sensual Danish coming-of-age werewolf romance When Animals Dream, showing at Dendy Opera Quays on Saturday 14 June at 8:15 pm and Sunday 15 June at 9:45pm.

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The 61st Sydney Film Festival runs 4-15 June 2014 and brings a packed program of screenings and special events to even more venues across Sydney. For tickets and full up-to-date program information please visit