Gold Coast Film Festival invites thrill seekers to a night of horror… in the woods

The Gold Coast Film Festival will unleash its own version of ‘Fright Night’ when it hosts the Australian premiere of bloody survival thriller ‘The Furies’ in the spine-tingling dark of Springbrook this April.

Dubbed ‘Horror in the Hinterland’, the one-off event on Saturday 13 April will see a horde of brave film fans make their way up a dark, winding road to a pop up cinema surrounded by trees for an immersive movie experience like no other.

A highlight of the festival, which runs from April 3-14, the 18+ event will begin with the premiere of ‘The Furies’, the debut feature of writer/director Tony D’Aquino that has been described as “reinventing the old school slasher movie”.

With the film’s creators and selected cast in attendance, it will be followed by a screening of the 2012 twisted slasher flick ‘Cabin in the Woods’.

Gold Coast Film Festival Director Lucy Fisher says the pop up outdoor cinema would be one of the most unique film screening locations the Gold Coast had to offer.

“Our goal is to continually raise the bar when it comes to creating unique film experiences and Horror in the Hinterland ticks all the boxes on that front,” she said.

“Hosting the Australian premiere of ‘The Furies’ is a coup in its own right but doing so in a setting that will have the audience sitting even closer to the edge of their seats is something else.

“This will be one of those rare movie-watching moments that live long in the memory of those with enough courage to make their way up the mountain.”

Produced by Lisa Shaunessy (‘Killing Ground’) and starring Airlie Dodds (‘Killing Ground’, ‘Neighbours’, ‘Ready For This’ and ‘Rake’), ‘The Furies’ follows seven young women who are abducted and forced to take part in a deadly game.

“Just like ‘The Furies’, the event itself will be full of surprises,” Ms Fisher said.

“That extends to the exact location of the outdoor cinema, which will only be revealed to ticketholders closer to the night. If being even a little bit scared is your idea of a good time, Horror in the Hinterland is the event for you.”

Guests are invited to bring a rug or foldable chair, with some beanbags available, while food and drink will be available to purchase. There will be free on-site parking, return bus transfers from Nerang Train Station for $15 and Springbrook also has many accommodation options from budget to hinterland luxe. For tickets and more information, visit


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