The Dead And SudBuried Horrorthon began life way back in 2016 in darkest Suffolk in the small market town of Sudbury as a celebration of classic horror movies. Over just one day, seven such classics were thrown back on the big screen in the intimate venue of The Quay Theatre. Taking place in a town without an actual cinema to fulfil our dream to see these movies on a big screen, the first Horrorthon was planned around a birthday so just in case it failed to bring enough horror fans obsessed enough to sit and watch non-stop horror all day long, the event could be written off as a present to ourselves! Fortunately, a small but perfectly formed crowd came, enjoyed and endured over 13 hours of wonderful motion pictures like The Exorcist, An American Werewolf In London, The Thing and Evil Dead 2.

The Horrorthon didn’t lose quite enough money in its first year, so returned in 2017 bombarding a bigger crowd with such classics as Dawn Of The Dead, A Nightmare On Elm Street, The Omen and classic horror trailers between movies.

In 2018, we jumped six months to move to a more fitting and more permanent Halloween weekend building on our established Horrorthon crowd/family and adding magazine and Blu-ray giveaways. Our last event in 2019 was our biggest year to date with an even bigger crowd, more giveaways and discounts from local businesses for food and hotels. Due to the uncertainty arising from Covid 19 and following UK Government guidelines, the 2020 event was postponed to 2021.

In November 2020, we created a virtual event to bridge the gap to 2021 using the Eventive platform called Virtually Dead And SudBuried: Horrorthon At Home! The event was a huge success and included A Ghost Waits, Death Ranch, Chestersberg, The Slaughterhouse Killer, I Scream On The Beach, Redwood Massacre: Annihilation, WitchStars, Exit, Millennial Killer, Nefarious, Hail To The Deadites, They're Outside, Game Of Death, Butchers and 44 shorts over a single weekend!

We believe that movies should be seen on a big screen with big sound and with a crowd to be truly enjoyed which is the real reason the Horrorthon keeps coming back every year! Our fifth year was a breakthrough year when it became clear that our horror fanatic crowd was hungry for not just more classic horror but they wanted new horror too. We expanded to 2 days and with brand new features and shorts added to our regular bill of rarely seen, classic horror movies, we became a fully-fledged two day horror film festival.

Despite the best efforts of Covid, we brought in our biggest crowd yet for our fifth event to watch a weekend of 7 brand new features (2 UK premieres) including Wyvern Hill, It Came From Below, Alien On Stage, Sweetie You Won’t Believe It, Tales Of The Creeping Death, Werewolf Castle and Box with 4 live Director/Cast Q&A’s following the screening, 7 classic horror movies featuring The Lost Boys, The Changeling, The Howling, Pieces, Friday The 13th, Videodrome and [•REC] with video introductions from Joe Dante, Alex Winter and Sean S Cunningham plus 24 amazing shorts from all over the world. Horrorthon V was a huge success leading to an even bigger 3 day event in 2022 featuring 8 classics, 8 festival circuit movies and 19 brand new shorts plus the addition of food trucks and merchandise!

The seventh Horrorthon, Taste The Blood Of Dead And SudBuried takes place at The Quay Theatre in the picturesque town of Sudbury, Suffolk from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October featuring 3 days, jam packed with delicious horror! Please come and join us! We’re aiming to be even bigger and better for 2023 building on this year to become a major horror event for Suffolk and Essex.

The Seventh Dead And SudBuried will take place from 18th to 20th November 2023 at The Quay Theatre, Sudbury, Suffolk.

All submissions should fall within the 'horror' genre umbrella. Submissions can only be made through the FilmFreeway website. Films must have been completed after January 2021.

Submissions will be accepted from 1st December 2022. Deadlines are final, please ensure your deadlines are submitted before the closing date of 15th August 2023.

Films must be submitted via online screener. All films must be in English or include English subtitles.

All FilmFreeway submissions fare to be paid by via FilmFreeway. The submission fee is final and non-refundable.

All shipping and postage costs, if the film is selected for movies and additional materials sent to and/or returned must be covered by the submitting party.

We will complete all selection procedures by 5th September 2023 and inform submitting parties if their film has been successful. Successful submissions will receive relevant shipping information.

Selected films MUST provide a Bluray or high res digital file in order to be screened at Dead And SudBuried. Delivery of feature films must be via physical media (hard drive or USB). Short films can be accepted via online file transfer. The screening copy of the film must be received no later than 21 days prior to screening date.

Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at our discretion. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, we reserve the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Dead And SudBuried will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.

By submitting to Dead And SudBuried you agree to the use of stills in press and publicity for the festival. These may be included in our official programme, press releases, on our website plus all social media platforms.

By submitting to Dead And SudBuried you confirm that you have read and accept all terms and regulations of the festival. You will provide the festival with any additional information required pursuant to these rules and regulations. You authorise Dead And SudBuried to exhibit your film, and if selected, confirm that an exhibition copy will be available in required format for screening during the festival. You certify that you hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film/video and that all rights and clearances have been made. You hereby agree to indemnify Dead And SudBuried, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred. Films submitted AND accepted to the festival must be guaranteed and cannot be withdrawn from the festival under any circumstances.

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Overall Rating
  • FANTASTIC festival, great communication, great marketing! Highly recommend this one!

    December 2022
  • The Creeping Film

    A wonderful festival. We were proud to have THE CREEPING screen at Dead and SudBuried.

    The communication and support from Andy was excellent and we were honoured to be part of the lineup.

    November 2022
  • Amazing festival with great support from Andy! Really hope to come in person next time.

    November 2021
  • Jonathan Zaurin

    This was an amazing, driven by passion, incredibly well thought out festival, in a beautiful venue in the middle of peaceful, pleasant Sudbury, and unlikely location for what is sure to become a big contender in the horror festival scene for future events.

    We were made to feel extremely welcome, Andy was helpful, considerate and extremely friendly, Sharon was also extremely friendly and we had a very fun, great time.
    The film selection was also mind blowing, with some incredible classics playing all weekend in that excellent venue.

    I can't recommend this festival enough, great people, great atmosphere, great films, a festival that knows how to treat filmmakers, values their work and treats them with a dedication that I rarely witnessed elsewhere.

    October 2021