Here you have some scary recommendations for this year’s HÕFF. We picked out 5 films for you to keep your eye on. And we, of course, recommend you go see them in Haapsalu because the festival really is a sight for sore eyes!

KFC (Lê Bình Giang, 2017)
April 27 at 00:00, Small Hall

KFC stands for the fast food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken, and although the movie comes up with at least one brilliant drink receipt and some things find their way into the cooking pot, please beware – this is definitely not the next episode of MasterChef! But this extremely violent, surreal and transgressive journey is definitely a delicious goody for the admirers of the experimental absurdist films.

Meatball Machine Kodoku (Yoshihiro Nishimura, 2017)
April 28 at 22:15, Small Hall

It was exactly ten years ago when the meatball machine stretched out its dreadful tentacles in front of the audience of HÕFF for the first time. Now it is possible to witness the second coming of these crazy Japanese necroborgs. As usual, meeting with Nishimura’s alien parasitic lifeform is entertaining, odd and definitely beyond the bounds of fantasy.

Maniac Nurses Find Ecstacy (Léon Paul De Bruyn, 1990)
April 28 at 01:30, Basement Hall

An uncanny and dreamy Troma’s hospital fantasy sends an appreciative nod to the women in prison and Nazisploitation subgenres. If you enjoy cheap aesthetics, bad acting and sloppy dubbing and you have a soft spot for armed women, then you don’t have to turn your back and slam the door of the Haapsalu Cultural Centre – there is something just for you in the dark cinema hall!

Cub (Jonas Govaerts, 2014)
April 29, at 12:00, Big Hall

If you want to watch some newer Flemish horror, Jonas Govaert’s Cub is exactly what you need. The film about the camping trip of the Cub Scouts steps a bit further from the mediocre don’t-go-in-the-woods slashers, flirting, among other things, with a coming-of-age genre, which may sometimes be even more horrible than the mysteries in the woods that the campers are confronting soon. The Flemish Boy Scouts organization did not like the movie very much, come see if you agree or disagree.

Caniba (Véréna Parave, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, 2017)
April 29, at 15:00, Big Hall

The documentary about the notorious Japanese cannibal Issei Sagawa, who basically has been unpunished for his crime and who has also tasted the fruits of fame. There have been long interviews with him in the media where he has thoroughly discussed his taste in human flesh and secret desires. Among other things, he has played a small part in Hisayasu Satō’s film Unfaithful Wife: Shameful Torture and Belgian director’s Olivier Smolders’s short film Adoration was inspired by him. However, all this was long time ago, so let’s see what thoughts are wandering in the mind of the aging cannibal today.