NOV 9th - 10th

Never short of a lure...

to draw you back upon the moor...

Stephen Volk - Afterlife / Ghostwatch

Jonathan Rigby - English Gothic


LISI RUSSELLActress / Partner of Ken Russell

NICHOLAS VINCE - Hellraiser / Nightbreed

DOMINIC BRUNT - Before dawn


MARK NORMAN - Black Dog Folklore

TRACEY NORMAN - Social Historian

Hound of the Baskervilles


The Borderlands


Borley Rectory

Devon made short films

...and many more!







Devon Gothic - Dr Corinna Wagner
Take a vivid tour through the history of ‘the gothic’ with Associate Professor and author Dr Corinna Wagner and learn how the South West became a romantic map of the dark and fantastic.

Usborne ‘GHOSTS” with Anna Howorth
‘All about Ghosts’ was THE children’s book of 1977, a library legend that burned its way into the hearts and minds of an entire generation. Anna Howorth of the original publisher Usborne tells the story of both the books creation, its legacy and its resurrection in 2019 for a whole new generation.

Q & A Stephen Volk & Lisi Russell + screening ‘GOTHIC’
Join Lisi Russell, wife and partner of prolific film director Ken Russell, and screenwriter Stephen Volk for an intimate recollection of the creation of ‘Gothic’ - Starring Gabriel Byrne, Julian Sands, Natascha Richardson and Timothy Spall. The Q & A is followed by a screening of the film.

Q & A Nicholas Vince + screening ‘HELLRAISER’
A rare opportunity to watch cult horror hit ‘Hellraiser’ with one of the demon Cenobites in attendance! Actor, director and author Nicholas Vince will reflect upon the creation of the film, working with Clive Barker and a life lived behind monstrous masks. The Q & A is followed by a screening of the film.

Tracy Norman - Devon Witchcraft
Author of hit play ‘Witch’ examines the history of Witchcraft in the South West. From traditional herbal remedies through to the terrible persecutions, Tracey gives a balanced overview of a tradition shrouded in superstitions.

Screening ‘Borderlands’ (with Director intro)
The film that Mark Kermode called  “genuinely frightening” gets a rare and special screening in the county it is set. A team of Vatican investigators descends upon a church in a remote area of Devon to demystify the unusual happenings, but what they discover is more disturbing than they had first imagined. The screening is accompanied by a special introduction by the director Eliot Goldner.

Screening ‘Borley Rectory’
“Unlike anything else in British horror” - EOFFTV. The multi award winning animated documentary returns to the Exeter Phoenix. When Mirror journalist V C Wall (Reece Shearsmith) calls upon the services of famed Paranormal investigator Harry Price (Jonathan Rigby) to investigate supernatural 'goings on' at a Victorian mansion in Essex, little does he realise that he will set into motion a story that will fascinate and confound the world. 'Borley Rectory' is the true story of Price's investigation and the legends that came to haunt all those involved.

Q & A Dominic Brunt
Perhaps best know as Paddy Kirk in ‘Emmerdale’ Dominic Brunt is also a horror director with a handful of features to his credit. In a special Q & A Dominic discusses his lifelong obsession with the genre and balancing his creative endeavours alongside acting in one of the nation’s most beloved soap operas.

Mark Norman - Demon Hounds
Dartmoor has long held a tradition of ‘demon hounds’. Mark Norman - author of ‘Black dog folklore’ - here examines the folklore surrounding Black Dogs, particularly, but not exclusively, in the South West; dog ghosts and various non-physical dogs of British tradition such as grims, shucks, and gytrashes. Discusses both threatening and protective folkloristic dogs, as well as dogs in dreams.

Q & A Jonathan Rigby & Stephen Volk + screening ‘HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES’

Hell Tor invites you to a very special audience with English actor and film historian Jonathan Rigby (English Gothic, History of Horror) and Stephen Volk (Ghostwatch, After;ife, Midwinter of the Spirit) to discuss Hammer’s 1959 ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’, as well as reflecting upon other representations of ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ and their own love of gothic horror. The discussion will be followed by a screening of ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.


9th November - Studio 74

10th November - Studio 74

10th November - Auditorium



LORD CAPEL: There’s nothing to fear in the fog, well… bar a clumsy shot from one of our own party perhaps!

GURNEY: No disrespect to you Sir, but the dangers of the moor are plentiful. We may have civilised the outskirts of the moor, but for all our wants, for all our faith, it’s still a wilderness out there Sir. There are many who have been caught off-guard by its sudden changes of weather, stumbled from a cliff or wandered into a bog. I don’t hold out much hope for those footmen. Most of those who get lost out there are never found. Their bodies left to moulder, the winds picking at their bones in whispers…if all the unclaimed bodies, scattered in their shallow graves rose from the moor, the dead would outnumber the living. The earth out there is alive with their stories...”



Devon has a rich heritage of horrors but we have no festival of our own to celebrate that fact. Why? As the old saying goes “if you want something done...”

So here we are. The Hell-Tor Film Festival. Our aim is to celebrate the regions legacy, explore its history of folklore and witchcraft. Examine its influence upon such legendary fictions as ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ - a text that has forever secured Dartmoors reputation in the World's imagination as a landscape beset with beasts and phantoms.

Apart from films directly influenced by the regions legends – the festival will also be a celebration of the genre itself and its fans, with new popular films and cult classics programmed to play alongside their more classical brethren. We’re even hoping to give local filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their films and create new content based upon the same tales that gripped us at an early age.

So then...’Hell-Tor’...never short of a lure to draw you back upon the moor...



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Dartmoor is a land of a 1000 ghost stories... We'd like you to write a new one. Simply create a piece of fiction of no more than 600 words – think Gothic horror, witchcraft, folklore - it MUST be connected a real location where we can go and physically stand and it MUST give us the shivers.


Tickets to the Festival and a  very limited edition DVD of BORLEY RECTORY signed by Reece Shearsmith!

Who can enter?


What’s the deadline?

Friday 31st October 2019

How to enter:

Send it in a WORD document ONLY please to info@carrionfilms.co.uk with the file name being your name and age, and with your name, address and date of birth at the top of your document or deliver it to Exeter Library in an envelope but mark your entry with your name, age and address.

The Small Print:

1. The Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

2. All entries must be in English, original and must not have been published or have won competitions elsewhere. Authors will retain the copyright to their individual submissions.

3. Tales / Poems must be a maximum of 600 words.

4. The competition is open to to all ages at date of submission living in the UK.

5. Stories must be written on the theme of horror but must not be off offensive or defamatory.

6. We accept only one submission per entry. All entries must comply with entry requirements.

7. Entries will not be accepted after the closing date.

8. Writers will be notified as soon as possible before the festival on 9th November 2019.

9. By entering and supplying your email address you are allowing us to notify you about the Hell-Tor festival. Your information will not be shared with any third parties.

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