Next Thursday (November 4) sees the kick-off of the 2nd annual Hello Darkness film festival. Screening some of the best dark-edged cinema from around the globe, this year see entries from America, Mexico, Indonesia, the UK, Uruguay, New Zealand, France and Belgium.

Established last year, Hello Darkness makes its return with a mission to challenge popular perceptions of what the horror genre offers. “We feel strongly that horror is a misunderstood genre,” says Festival Director Rachael Cotra. “Too many amazing films that are a little on the dark side are being overlooked because of a perception that horror cinema is incredibly formulaic and predictable. This couldn’t be further from the truth. So the program has been designed to redefine the idea of the genre and the audience to which it appeals. There’s so much variation within and we want to shine a light on this.”

Opening with Evil Things, described as “pitch perfect horror”, the festival will also be giving one of last year’s overseas indie darlings, Ti West’s The House of the Devil, a rare Melbourne screening. Gaspar Noe’s controversial Irreversible also gets a well-deserved cinematic revisit, while Simon Rumley’s Red, White & Blue starring Australia’s own Noah Taylor also sees it’s Australian premier.

Hello Darkness runs from November 4-11 at Greater Union Cinemas, 131 Russell Street.

We have two double passes to give away to the opening night – Evil Things – next Thursday. To win email with the subject ‘Hello Darkness’ and your name in the email.