Official Selection: Sydney Film Festival
Spookers tells the story of a community of New Zealand horror fans and gore enthusiasts who enjoy nothing more than dressing up in bloodied costumes and scaring the hell out of people at a homemade horror attraction.
By day these are ordinary folks but at night and weekends they reveal an extraordinary pastime. Located in a former nurses’ hostel in the Kingseat Hospital, south of Auckland, the Spookers horror theme park is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.
But there’s more than just splatter and terror here, and director Florian Habicht (Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets) turns his attention to the people who spend their spare time slathered in gore, and the extended family they have created.
Mixing interviews with performers with footage of terrified punters, this documentary tells the story of the park and those whose lives it has affected.
Spookers is an exploration of splatter and friendship, dressing-up and meeting people, but more than this it is a celebration of community.
Screens with the short film Undeadicated.