USA/Canada/New Zealand/Ireland. 93 mins.
Director: Ant Timpson. With: Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Martin Donovan, Michael Smiley.
An urban hipster faces major daddy issues in a coastal Oregon town in a deliciously edgy stunner. 30-something Norval (a career best performance by Elijah Wood) receives a surprise invitation to visit his estranged father's remote cliff house. Nervous and desperate to impress his uncaring dad, Norval stretches the truth about his life until finally his father's growing animosity reaches a dark fever pitch. From here on, all genre-blending bets are off as this downright hilarious, inventively gross, shocking-to-the-extreme adventure with plenty of twists, turns and lots of creative weaponry moves smartly towards its most uncompromising and unexpected finale.
USA 2019. 90 mins.
Director: Alexandre Aja. With: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Ross Anderson, Anson Boon.
Alligators are the new sharks! Two horror legends combine - THE EVIL DEAD's Sam Raimi and SWITCHBLADE ROMANCE's Alexandre Aja - for biting suspense and gory thrills. When a massive hurricane hits her Florida hometown, competitive swimmer Haley ignores evacuation orders to search for her missing father. Finding him gravely injured in the crawl space of their family home, the two become trapped by quickly encroaching flood waters. As time runs out to escape the strengthening storm, both discover the rising waters are the least of their fears - the local alligator farm has been destroyed and its inhabitants are on the loose!
USA/Canada 2019. 111mins.
Director: Tim van Dammen. With: Anton Tennet, Jonny Brugh, Milo Cawthorne, Josh McKenzie, Yoson An.
The hugely anticipated terror team-up of the century! Oscar-winning genre guru Guillermo del Toro and acclaimed TROLLHUNTER director Andre Ovredal bring the iconic book series to the screen. America, 1968, and in the small town of Mill Valley, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large for generations. It was in their mansion on the edge of town that the tormented Sarah turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time. Now those tales are becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah's terrifying tome.
Argentina 2019. 83 mins.
Directors: Macarena Garcia Lenzi, Martin Blousson. With: Pablo Sigal, Valeria Giorcelli, Agustina Cervino.
From producer Javier Diment, director of FrightFest favourite THE ROTTEN LINK, comes a wonderfully acted Argentine chamber piece with chilling power-shifting dynamics taking in everything from WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?, MUMSY, NANNY, SONNY AND GIRLY, HEAVENLY CREATURES and THE WIZARD OF OZ. Jesus and Maria Jose live together in the grand house that belonged to their recently deceased father. Their playful routine is disrupted when Magdalena, their half sister on their dad's side, returns from Spain asking for her share of the inheritance. What are they going to do about this interloper into their dangerous folie a deux?
Argentina 2018. 76 mins.
Director: Pablo Pares. With Esteban Prol, Horacio Fontova, Sergio Podley, Gaston Cochiarale.
In a pile of dead bodies, someone wakes up. Who is he? How did he end up there? Amnesia is the first stage of an infection that turns humans into dried husks of flesh. Hunger led them to eat corpses from the bacteriological war of the North, thrown from the sky to the South of the Latin American continent. Dog - the name given him by three wild men and a young girl - begins an insane and bloody race to survive. With costume design by everybody's favourite Argentine duo, Ezequiel Endelman and Leandro Montejano, the CRYSTAL EYES toy boys.
UK 2019. 97 mins.
Director: Carl Strathie. With: Laura Fraser, Mel Raido, Vincent Regan, Alice Lowe.
A year after the mysterious disappearance of their 8 year-old daughter, grieving Olivia and Ray return home with friends and family from her memorial service in their small town. Suddenly strange lights appear in the nearby forest and everyone is exposed to inexplicable phenomena shaking them all to the core. The origin of these weird incidents seems to be visitors from another world intent on terrorizing the family. But what they don't realize is that these visitors will eventually lead them to an unexpectedly dark and disturbing truth - one destined to impact on their lives forever.
Germany 2018. 132 mins.
Director: Christian Alvart. With: Moritz Bleibtreu, Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Lars Eidinger, Fahri Yardim.
A massive success at FrightFest 2005 was the serial killer thriller ANTIBODIES which put director Christian Alvart firmly on the rising star map. Since then Alvart has become one of Germany's most commercially viable directors and he returns to his triumphant roots with this compelling, gripping and twisted blockbuster adaptation of the worldwide best selling novel set in the world of Forensic Pathology. Coroner Paul Herzfeld finds a capsule buried deep in the head of a heavily mutilated corpse, containing a phone number and single word: the name of his daughter. And soon the nerve-jangling suspense never stops...
Brazil 2018. 108 mins.
Director: Fabricio Bittar. With: Dani Calabresa, Leo Lins, Danilo Gentili. Murilo Couto.
Filtered through the DNA of HEATHERS, MEAN GIRLS and DAZED AND CONFUSED, director Jennifer Reeder's tender, feminist teen noir fantasy redefines the High School movie with visionary elan. In rural Illinois, a drum majorette's disappearance traumatises the small town residents as secrets are revealed, destroying some relationships and strengthening others. Three girls form a bond in the aftermath of the tragedy as everyone struggles with their own infidelities, dreams and family cruelties while the manhunt continues. Think Sofia Coppola meets David Lynch on the set of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL in this superb portrayal of teenage angst, rage and disillusionment.
USA 2019. 90 mins.
Director: Lucky McKee. With: Thora Birch, Caitlin Stasey, Macon Blair, Sasha Frolova.
From Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson, the oft-combined director/writer team behind such beloved FrightFest hits as THE WOMAN, THE LOST, TALES OF HALLOWEEN, ALL CHEERLEADERS MUST DIE and this year's stellar attraction DARLIN', return to the fold with a twisted thriller that will startle, surprise and shock. AMERICAN BEAUTY star Thora Birch plays Chloe, a single mother in a clandestine relationship with her neighbour Alex that even her daughter knows nothing about. But when her sister Sadie comes back home after a long unexplained absence, a grim incident from the past rears its horrific head once more.
USA 2019. 79 mins.
Director: Joe Begos. With: Dora Madison, Tru Collins, Rhys Wakefield, Jeremy Gardner.
FrightFest showcased his ALMOST HUMAN and THE MIND'S EYE and now Joe Begos, the quirkiest director on the independent horror scene, is back with a zeitgeisty, fresh and thrilling trip into terror. A brilliant painter facing the worst creative block of her life turns to anything she can to complete her masterpiece and recklessly indulges in a series of drug binges. As the narcotics fly out of control and spiral into a hallucinatory hell scape of highs, lows, sex, and murder in the sleazy underbelly of Los Angeles, so does her new found, and inexplicable, yet unquenchable craving for blood.
Russia/Argentina 2019. 76 mins.
Director: Valeri Milev. With: Timur Turisbekov, Danny Trejo, Doroteya Toleva, Yana Marinova.
Fabulously inventive, outrageously gory and a constant WTF from sci-fi beginning to camp-as-Christmas ending, it's the exploitation revelation of the year! During World War III, the American government initiates a secret project codenamed 'Army Bacon' in order to create super soldiers by inbreeding humans with pigs. 25 years later the hybrid Muzzles have occupied the top of the food chain, eating and farming humanity. Ex-bounty hunter Rob Justice works for the last line of human resistance - a group of survivors hiding in a nuclear bunker deep underground - and his mission is to search and destroy Muzzle Central.
Tunisia 2018. 113 mins.
Director: Abdelhamid Bouchnak. Cast: Hela Ayed, Yassmine Dimassi, Aziz Jbali , Bilel Slatnia.
Tunisia makes a grand entrance onto the world genre scene with an intense moody folk horror that has broken box-office records in North Africa. Three journalism students take on a university assignment to solve the cold case of Mongia, a woman found mutilated 25 years ago, now imprisoned in an asylum suspected of witchcraft. Soon they've stumbled into the archaic world of Dachra, an isolated countryside compound filled with goats, silent women and mysterious drying meat. Welcomed to stay overnight by the jovial yet ominous cult leader, Dachra's secrets are about to erupt with tribal menace and cannibal terror.
Argentina 2019. 91 mins.
Director: Hernan Findling. With: Federico Bal, Sofia del Tuffo, Marcelo Sein, Daniel Alvaredo.
Experienced detective Lorenzo Brandoni is devastated after two personal catastrophes: his sister dies of cancer and his wife and son are killed in a car crash he's mainly responsible for. Throwing himself into his work to ease the pain, he starts investigating a series of impossible crimes that a young nun claims responsibility for. Is she really the devil's emissary ordered to carry out seemingly senseless slaughter? Or does she suffer from a mystical delirium? As she leads Brandoni further into his own tortured darkness to finally face his personal demons, the incredible truth will prove a shattering revelation.
USA 2019. 99 mins
Director: David Gregory. With Greydon Clark, John 'Bud' Cardos, Fred Olen Ray, Ewing 'Lucky' Brown.
From his early years as the son of a silent screen cowboy, through the production of some thirty lurid, low budget exploitation pictures including SATAN'S SADISTS, DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN, BRAIN OF BLOOD and THE NAUGHTY STEWARDESSES, to his bizarre and grim demise, the story of filmmaker Al Adamson is told through first person recollection from colleagues, friends, family and archival material of Adamson himself. Go-Go dancers, aging Hollywood actors on their way out, bikers, porn stars, Charles Manson, and an alien being all cross Al's path before he himself becomes the doomed centre piece of a true crime story and manhunt..
USA 2018. 90 mins.
Director: Eric Pennycoff. With: Larry Fessenden, Jeremy Gardner, Michael Patrick Nicholson, Taylor Zaudtke.
A brooding and vicious portrayal of grand ambitions gone awry, delve deep into the fragmented psyche of two band mates hellbent on achieving greatness. Desperate for success and quickly losing their mental grip, a pair of metal musicians lure a young woman to a remote mansion in hopes of inspiring their next album. However, tensions arise between them as one accidentally falls in love with their soon-to-be victim. Tangled in a web of violence and deceit, the shell-shocked Taylor is forced to fight for her life in order to escape the confines of a deadly band practice.
USA 2019. 96 mins.
Directors: Toby Poser & John Adams. With: Toby Poser, John Adams, Zelda Adams, Shawn Wilson.
A Coen Brothers-esque story of grief and survival cloaked in shades of horror and bent through a mirage of the supernatural. Driving home drunk one snowy Catskills night, Kurt Miller accidentally kills 14 year-old Echo Allen sledding in the dark. As Kurt desperately tries to cover up the crime and his tracks, Echo's mother Ivy is determined to find out the truth behind her daughter's sudden disappearance. But Kurt has underestimated the sinister lengths to which Echo will go to stay connected to her mother and all three must stare into the great unknown to find peace and closure.
USA 2019. 87 mins.
Director: Juan Ortiz. With: Sabina Friedman-Seitz, Jeremy Gardner, Michael St. Michaels. Michael Richardson.
If you loved THE GREASY STRANGLER and AN EVENING WITH BEVERLY LUFF LINN, welcome to your new quirky and off-the-wall jam. Amanda has a finger-phobia and an abject loathing of all human strangeness. So she decides to read and take pointers from a recommended self-help book, Dr. Scotty's 'Follow Me: I Know The Way'. Meanwhile two hit men are hired by the mysterious Fox (Michael St. Michaels from GREASY) to cut the fingers off the mild, mannered Talky Panda to satisfy his lust for revenge. How they connect causes shocks to the system and the need to kill their fears.
USA 2018. 86 mins.
Director: Emma Tammi. With: Miles Anderson, Caitlin Gerard, Julia Goldani Telles, Dylan McTee.
A critically acclaimed supernatural chiller set in the late 1800's Western frontier, Lizzy and Isaac are experienced farmers used to being self-reliant in harsh terrain. So when Emma and Gideon settle nearby they try and help the couple obviously in over their heads. But Lizzy thinks the newcomers are strange and still coping with the recent loss of a child begins to wonder if the constant wind is a sign of an evil presence. Left for days on end as Isaac travels to replenish supplies, Lizzy could be suffering prairie madness because of the true horrors of loneliness and isolation.
USA 2019. 93 mins.
Director: Travis Stevens. With: Phil Brooks, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Sarah Brooks, Travis Delgado.
Bursting pipes, rotting walls and unidentifiable slime were not what Don Koch (WWE legend Phil 'CM Punk' Brooks) expected when he convinced his pregnant wife he could renovate their new Victorian home himself. In over his head, under duress, and tempted by his old weaknesses - especially from a mysteriously seductive neighbour - Don soon discovers the house has its own dark and very sordid history. Quickly the bloody sinister events spiral out of all control as paranormal activity meets Cronenberg Body Horror in a haunting shocker marking the directorial debut of Travis Stevens, producer of WE ARE STILL HERE.
USA 2019. 92 mins
Director: Jason Axinn. With: Morena Baccarin, Ray Wise, Bill Moseley, William Shatner.
Narrated by STAR TREK icon William Shatner, it's the animated horror epic of the year! After emerging as the sole survivor in a deadly revenge game set up by her dying father to punish his four children, Miriam receives an offer from the Game master, an otherworldly supernatural entity, to go back in time and try again. But the Game master only entraps hapless humans into diabolical conflicts for her species to gamble on the outcome. So now Miriam must not only survive her father's blood lust but also the Game master's ever-changing rules as she relives the worst night of her life.
FREE EVENT - To celebrate the 20th FrightFest's we are thrilled to welcome back genre icon and Giallo legend Dario Argento. The Italian Maestro of Terror launches his autobiography 'Fear' to commemorate our auspicious anniversary and will take the stage to talk for 30 minutes about the book and life at the top during Rome's Golden Horror Era. Argento's life-long fan and friend Alan Jones, who adapted, edited, annotated and illustrated the FAB Press publication, will be the master of ceremonies at this must-attend event followed by a signing session. Please Note: Argento will only be signing copies of the book.
Canada 2019. 82 mins.
Director: Rob Grant. With: Munro Chambers, Emily Tyra, Christopher Gray.
Three is definitely a crowd in an enjoyably tense and gory comedy thriller. Richard, Sasha and Jonah are friends. Richard and Sasha have been together for a while, but Richard suspects Sasha is cheating on him with Jonah. And Richard is prone to working himself up into jealous rages. So what do Sasha and Jonah buy him for his birthday? A spear gun! To make matters worse: after an incident which leaves all three pissed off at each other, they decide to clear the air by going on an ocean trip together on Richard's boat. What could possibly go wrong?
USA 2019. 98 mins.
Director: Keola Racela. With: Evan Daves, Jillian Mueller, Katelyn Pearce, Bill Phillips.
Abe is a burgeoning pervert with a guilty conscience. Todd is his spaced out BFF and partner in grime. Chaz is a girl with a boy's name who hides her feelings behind a thick layer of Goth eye liner. And Ricky is the star jock with a secret in his pants he dare not expose. What these employees could never have guessed is that the wholesome movie theatre they usher at used to have another screen in the basement. And when they find it they unleash an alluring succubus DEMONS-style who gives them a sex education... written in blood.
USA 2019. 88 mins.
Directors: Scott Beck & Bryan Woods. With: Katie Stevens, Will Brittain, Lauryn Alisa McClain, Andrew Caldwell.
Produced by horror royalty Eli Roth and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, writers of the breakout genre hit A QUIET PLACE and its upcoming sequel, HAUNT is a full-length feature based on the fake grindhouse trailer. On Halloween night, a group of college friends travel to a remote country location to enter an extreme haunted house attraction. Extreme because it promises to feed on all their darkest fears. But the night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some nightmares are real and the mischief-makers behind the enterprise are something else altogether.
Canada 2019. 76 mins.
Director: Cameron Macgowan. With: Dawn Van de Schoot, Hailey Foss, Kaeleb Zain Gartner, Roger LeBlanc.
Adjusting to a new life in suburban Aspen Ridge, a recently divorced mother receives mysterious letters instructing her and her teenage children to slaughter the people pictured in their correspondence before they can kill them. Paranoia and chaos ensues as the family attempts to rationally deal with an irrational situation. Making matters worse, the local law enforcement, already ineffective and patronizing, are unresponsive to calls for police aid after they are quickly overwhelmed by the sheer number of community participants in the murderous mayhem. A dark comedy chiller asking the age-old question: Just how well do you know your neighbours?
Italy 1982. 101 mins.
Director: Dario Argento. With: Anthony Franciosa, Dario Nicolodi, John Saxon, Guiliano Gemma.
Back on the big screen, Dario Argento's ultra-modernistic bloodbath examines the horrors of random violence as American crime novelist Peter Neal goes on a Roman book tour and crosses paths with a deranged killer inflamed by his latest best seller. A deceptively traditional Giallo is cruelly and sexually subverted in bizarrely resonant ways in this disturbing mind bender from the Italian genre icon and master of the mystery thriller. One of Argento's most acclaimed set pieces - the roof crawling camera - is a jaw-dropping highlight in a superlative shocker with a fabulous score from ex-Goblin members Claudio Simonetti, Pignatelli and Morante.
FrightFest, in association with Supermassive Games, presents a special preview of MAN OF MEDAN, the first game in The Dark Pictures anthology. This will be followed by a Q&A session with the key development talent behind the game. The much anticipated interactive narrative horror adventure, developed by Supermassive Games and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe, brings supernatural horror on board a ghost-ship adrift in the South Pacific. It is set to be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One 30 Aug 2019.
Canada 2018. 104 mins.
Directors: Zach Lipovsky, Adam B. Stein. With: Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern, Lexy Kolker, Amanda Crew.
By popular demand we bring our massive FrightFest Glasgow hit to the West End. Seven-year-old Chloe never leaves her ramshackle suburban home unless under the watchful eye of her paranoid father. Training his daughter to adopt an assumed identity if they're ever separated, or to hide in their panic room if he should not return from infrequent forays outside, something clearly isn't quite right and Chloe is determined to find out what exactly lies outside the door her father is so frightened of. Sci-fi action overlays Dystopian chills in a genre-bending psychological thriller laced with energy, innovation and imagination.
USA/Portugal 2018. 83 mins.
Director: Fernando Alle. With: Pedro Barao Dias, Maria Leite, Joaquim Guerreiro, Joao Vilas.
Best known at FrightFest for his hilariously scorching original shorts PAPA WRESTLING, BANANA MOTHERF**KER and his 'Turn your Bloody Phone Off' sting, it's hardly surprising that director Fernando Alle has now entered the Troma Universe with this all-stops-out gore-fest. Fearless soldier Maria and superhuman strongman TS-347 are being pursued by a military cell responsible for scientific experiments resulting in a zombie apocalypse. When they meet Pedro, a man with few ambitions and a great hangover, together they try to escape to a safe place, even though complications arise in the form of a nuclear bomb.
USA 2019. 90 mins.
Director: Michael Goi. With: Gary Oldman, Emily Mortimer, Jennifer Esposito, Stefanie Scott.
An all-star cast, including DARKEST HOUR Oscar-winner Gary Oldman and Emily Mortimer from MARY POPPINS RETURNS, swim into the murky waters of seafaring horror in a shocker lurking in the shadows of the Marie Celeste ghost ship legend. Written by Anthony Jaswinski, scripter of the shark suspenser THE SHALLOWS, and pitched as "THE SHINING meets THE CONJURING", the supernatural chiller centres on a struggling waterfront family tired of working for an unscrupulous boss. So they buy an old ship with the hopes of starting a tourist charter business. But after sailing into isolated waters, the ship's terrifying secrets start surfacing.
Brazil 2018. 108 mins.
Director: Fabricio Bittar. With: Dani Calabresa, Leo Lins, Danilo Gentili. Murilo Couto.
GHOSTBUSTERS meets BRAINDEAD in the hilariously epic, bloody Brazilian blockbuster. Four YouTubers with expertise in supernatural Reality Shows want to broaden their reach with edgier content. So when they receive a call to exorcise a demon haunting the toilets of a local high school, they accept without hesitation. But the spirit they encounter is none other than the urban legendary Bloody Mary and locked in the building with hysterical students and randy teachers, they must endure every nasty nightmare to survive. 'Ghoulz Out' in this instant fan boy classic featuring fun Fulci, Coffin Joe and Friedkin gags drenched in gore galore.
Spain/USA 2019. 97 mins.
Director: Pedro C. Alonso. With: Eddie Marsan, Paul Anderson, Ivana Baquero, Richard Brake.
National Treasure Eddie Marsan gives a career defining performance in a startling horror thriller co-written by Alberto (SUMMER CAMP) Marini. Jarvis Dolan is the star host of 'The Grim Reality', a successful late night radio show. But his whole life turns upside down when two armed, masked men burst into the studio taking him and his entire show hostage. They want Jarvis to confess to a scandal that could destroy his life and decimate his career. However, he has no clue what they are talking about. And when the murder starts he finally discovers what his grim reality truly means.
USA 2019. 82 mins.
Director: Jordan Rubin. With: Alex Essoe, John Brotherton, Christopher Matthew Cook, Rex Linn.
From Jordan Rubin, director of ZOMBEAVERS, starring Alex Essoe from STARRY EYES, a tongue-in-chic horror comedy with wicked scares, fun kills and comments on current consumerism. Just before the police break into his home, serial killer The Violator invokes black magic and downloads his soul into the commercial drone he used to stalk victims. Finding the abandoned drone while moving into their new house, just-married Rachel and Chris are happy to claim the smart technology as their own. But then the neighbours start disappearing, mysterious emails appear and they gradually realise the full horror of adopting the psychotic equipment.
USA 2019. 100 mins.
Director: Jason Mewes. With: Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Teri Hatcher, Vinnie Jones, Danny Trejo.
Jay and Silent Bob are reunited, along with Teri Hatcher (Lois) and Dean Cain (Clark), plus Marvel icon Stan Lee making his final performance, in Jason Mewes' hilarious directing debut. Playing an alternative version of his persona, and tired of Hollywood's perception of him, Mewes embarks on a quest to reinvent himself as a serious actor. Upon advice from his best friend Kevin Smith, he tracks down a secret book outlining all the mysteries of the Method Acting process with disastrous consequences. On his quest, Mewes also interacts with Casper Van Dien, Judd Nelson, Vinnie Jones and Zach Galligan.
Russia 2018. 95 mins.
Director: Kirill Sokolov. With: Vitaliy Khaev, Aleksandr Kuznetsov, Evgeniya Kregzhde, Mikhail Gorevoy.
A roaring rampage of stylish revenge with a fabulously comic tone and superb Ennio Morricone pastiche score, here's a stunning slice of bloodthirsty Russian crime and punishment in the high tone Tarantino manner. Corrupt detective Andrei brings together a terrible group of people in his apartment: his resentful actress daughter, an angry thug, his timid wife, and a cheated cop. Each one of them has a reason to kill him but will they succeed? A splatter punk action comedy drenched in gore marking an exciting feature film debut from director Kirill Sokolov and making his carnival of carnage a total delight.
Canada 2018. 83 mins.
Director: Chad Archibald. With: Aidan Devine, Ava Preston, Jess Salgueiro, Ari Millen.
William has a simple job - making dead bodies disappear. Through unforeseen circumstances, his remote farmhouse has become a dumping ground for the victims of gang related murders. His daughter Gloria is used to lowlifes dropping off corpses and is convinced they are haunting their house. Then Jackie's body turns up for William's meticulous vanishing process, but she isn't really dead. Patching Jackie up and holding her captive until he can figure out what to do, the duo develops an unusual respect for each other. Unfortunately when the gang realises Jackie is still alive, a series of deadly events begin...
Canada 2019. 94 mins.
Director: Braden Croft. With: Sara Garcia, John Cassini, Julian Black Antelope, Julian Richings.
Withdrawn Avery Malone, a wannabe writer and lonely librarian, gets her big break when she's hand-selected to assist her hero, reclusive author, Caleb Conrad. Whisked away to Caleb's remote country estate, Avery is given her one and only task: to participate in a controlled psychological experiment in fear that will serve as the basis for Caleb's next thriller novel. What could possibly go wrong? Exploring personal themes of sacrifice, remorse and absolution, Braden Croft's third independent feature after FEED THE GODS and HEMORRHAGE, is a compelling study into consent and the abuse of power.
Canada 2018. 90 mins.
Director: Ray Xue. With: Luke Goss, Keenan Tracey, Brittany Raymond, Spencer Macpherson.
Meet the pupils heavily into the three Rs - Reading, Writing and Wrongdoing! An entertaining blast of mean-spirited and nasty genre thrills, it's THE BREAKFAST CLUB meets EDEN LAKE as they take on Bros Sheriff Luke Goss! Four high school seniors feel their day-to-day lives at school are getting a little dull. So they made a pact to plan and execute a series of perfect, elaborate murders and get some thrills behind them before heading off to college. However when their latest homicidal plan hits some unexpected speed bumps, the situation turns deadly, violent and bloody.
Canada 2019. 92 mins.
Director: Jay Dahl. With: Amy Groening, T. Thomason, Shelley Thompson, Bradley Bailey.
THE RING Meets HALLOWEEN in SPLATTER UNIVERSITY. They were known as the 'Halloween Party', a group of five badly disfigured children who made a pact to take revenge on a world who couldn't look at them. Unwittingly released from their closet grave via a Halloween-themed computer meme, they now take malevolent joy in terrorising college students with their worst fears. Can the unlikely pair of bereaved Grace and hacker nerd Spencer stop the virus spreading before its too late? Or will your worst fears - spiders, alcoholic parents, pigs, the Tall Man, exorcists - come to get you too?
Canada 2019. 91 mins.
Director: Tony Dean Smith. With: Adrian Glynn McMorran, Magda Apanowicz, John Cassini, Aleks Paunovic.
Think LOOPER, 'The Twilight Zone' and 'Black Mirror' with this genre-blending, mind-bending sci-fi thriller, the Best Feature Award winner at the Philip K. Dick Film Festival 2019. James is a grifter afflicted with clairvoyant visions, a gift he uses to pull cheap sports bet cons. Hired by a shady businessman to escort stolen diamonds to a buyer because the crook knows James can see problems before they happen, all he ultimately sees over and over is his death. But setting out to avoid his imminent murder, James comes to see that his pre-sentient condition is not quite what it seems.
UK 2019. 88 mins.
Director: Graham Hughes. With: Graham Hughes, Annabel Logan, Paddy Kondracki, Joma West.
Prepare for a genre-bending horror mockumentary when a vlogger gains viral fame after one of his eerie videos contains an alleged out-of-this-world haunting. Following YouTuber Graham as he investigates the darker supernatural side of the web and dealing with the effects of being famous on the internet, this trip down a hellish rabbit hole includes interviews, cat videos, ripped YouTube content, fun nonsense, archive material, tension and unusual scares. Following in the footsteps of maverick independent filmmakers, this bold new feature is the perfect balance of horror and reality giving the found footage format a needed shot in the arm.
UK 2019. 81 mins.
Director: Staten Cousins-Roe. With: Katie Brayben, Poppy Roe, Sinead Matthews, Ben Lloyd-Hughes.
Think THELMA AND LOUISE meets SIGHTSEERS as directed by Mike Leigh to get a handle on Staten Cousins-Roe's gem of a feature debut. Thirty-something, self-help addict, Lou Farnt wants nothing more than to escape her overly controlling mother and the dead-end seaside town where she grew up. When strange and strikingly confident new life coach Val invites her on a road trip of alternative therapies, culminating with a visit to American self-help idol Chuck Knoah's British country home, Lou finds the perfect opportunity to leave - and the perfect person to become. Unfortunately for Lou though, Val is a serial killer.
UK 2019. 92 mins.
Director: Samuel Gridley. With: Noeleen Comiskey, Rich Keeble, Angela Peters, Rebecca Calienda.
A darkly funny, claustrophobic Midnight Movie to laugh, wince and gasp at. An ex-lawyer and his crack team run an underworld service; they seek the most desperate and greedy to become fake criminals to take the fall for the rich and powerful elite's felonies. The process is known as the Criminal Audition. In an undisclosed location, over one night they will put three individuals through hell to find the perfect candidate for their latest assignment. But their world is turned upside down when they face lies, deceit, murder and a very dangerous new client auditioning for their biggest job yet.
UK 2019. 93 mins.
Director: Magnus Wake. With: James Robinson, Siobhan Redmond, Gordon Kennedy, Jim Sturgeon.
Traumatised Simon can glimpse into the future because of particularly strong psychic powers. His terrifying mental connection with a crazed serial killer means he will do anything to stop him even if it actually means being the murderer's final victim. Hiring an ex-SAS soldier named Steve to be his bodyguard and help track the assassin down their best-laid plans go awry when a government agency decides Simon is himself too dangerous to roam free. A knock out, cleverly plotted, heart-pounding thriller based on the best seller 'First and Only' by Peter Flannery marking the assured feature debut of Scottish director Magnus Wake.
UK 2019. 94 mins.
Director: Fredi Nwaka. With Jessica Jane Stafford, Paul Danan, Hakan Hussan, Aurie Styla, Bradley Turner.
A robbery goes horrifyingly wrong when five have a go criminals are forced to take refuge from the police in an old castle. What starts out as 'one last job' quickly becomes a hilarious fun filled journey of ghostly misfortunes. Director Fredi Nwaka has crafted a stand-out supernatural crime thriller.
There's no party like a film party and to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of FrightFest, the Duke is back in town for...one...more...time.
The Duke team has once again scoured the Earth to find for your pleasure the weirdest pieces of film & cinema ever to have flashed into our eyeballs. Add to this mix some very SPECIAL guests, endless give away, the brilliant trailers and more and what you have is the greatest 2 hours in cinema ANYONE can ask for.
With a bigger room, a bigger screen and an even bigger capacity for madness, 'DUKE MITCHELL FILM PARTY' is the only place to be on a late night Saturday at FrightFest!
With the Arrow Video Podcast now entering its third year, join illustrious co-hosts - filmmaker and journalist Sam Ashurst (Frankenstein's Creature) and SFX guru Dan Martin (Lords of Chaos, Girl on the Third Floor) - for a live recording of an upcoming episode. Expect some insider gossip, very special guests and previews, plus exclusive Arrow Video announcements and give aways.
They promise to be more professional this time.
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Director: Ethan Evans. Cast: Lamissah La-Shontae, Phillipa Howard. UK 2019. 4 min.
A young girl finds herself vulnerable to a sinister mythological farmer after failing to contribute to the annual tradition.
Director: Mai Nakanishi. Cast: Hee-jin Jeon, Do Eun Kim, Jeongbi Lee. Japan 2018. 13 min.
Not all babysitting jobs are alike, as college student Sujin is about to discover when she is left in charge of a strange young girl.
Director: Matthew Losasso. Cast: Mae Losasso. UK 2019. 7 min.
A distinguished investigator is called to the grounds of an isolated rectory in a remote English hamlet to observe an enigmatic young tenant.
Director: Adele Vuko. Cast: Liv Hewson, Brooke Satchwell. Australia 2018. 13 min.
Jade and her friends are on their way to a music festival when they pick up a strange hitchhiker, who makes Jade an offer she might not be able to refuse.
THE DEAD ONES
Director: Stefan Georgiou. Cast: Olivia Hallinan, Sebastian Armesto, Vinette Robinson. UK 2019. 19 min.
In this world, those whose lives are cut short by violence do not disappear, they live to haunt the person who killed them.
Director: Kim Westerlund. Cast: Sampo Sarkola. Finland 2019. 9 min.
A man regains consciousness as he is being buried alive. Overwhelmed by panic, he tries to force his way out of the box.
GLITTER'S WILD WOMEN
Director: Roney. Cast: Grace Glowicki, Cotey Pope. Canada 2018. 13 min.
In the Canadian backwoods, sisters harvest and smoke glitter that gives them super strength.
THE VIDEO STORE COMMERCIAL
Director: Cody Kennedy. Cast: Joshua Lenner, Kevin Martin, Jesse Nash. Canada 2019. 4 min.
A desperate video store owner hires a crew to shoot a commercial in his shop. But when they accidentally destroy a cursed VHS, suddenly, all their lives are in danger.
THE CUNNING MAN
Director: Zoe Dobson. Cast: Simon Armstrong, Ali Cook, Ian Kelly. UK 2019. 13 min.
An old farmer must resort to extreme measures to clean up his dead cattle or face a hefty fine from the Inspector.
THE HISTORY OF NIPPLES
Director: Bailey Tom Bailey. Cast: Joseph Macnab, Lily Wood. UK 2019. 10 min.
'What are my nipples for?' with this question Ron falls into an existential crisis which seems to have only one solution.
USA 2018. 101 mins.
Director: Dan Bush. With: April Billingsley, Kelsey Scott, Conal Byrne, Bernard Setaro Clark, Rhoda Griffis.
Indie director favourite Dan Bush (THE SIGNAL, THE VAULT) returns to FrightFest with a seat-edge twisted shocker. Sybil is being held against her will in a psychiatric ward because her claims are extreme. She says her newborn baby was kidnapped by a secret society to harvest its supernatural blood. She says the ancient bloodline has great powers - it lets you hear other people's thoughts. And she begs the doctors to let her go so she can rescue her child from the cult's dungeons. Is she telling the truth, or is it just mere delusion? The answer will freeze your brain.
USA 2019. 89 mins.
Director: Bobby Miller. With: Tashiana Washington, Dee Wallace, Jaeden Noel, Jack Fulton.
Those small furry aliens with a carnivorous bent are back - alongside original star Dee Wallace - for their highly anticipated fifth sci-fi horror adventure. Twenty-year-old Drea reluctantly takes a job babysitting for a college professor in the hope he may look more kindly on her attendance application. Struggling to entertain the professor's children Trissy and Jake, along with her own little brother, Philip, Drea decides to take them on an energetic hike. Unfortunately she is completely unaware that everyone's favorite E.T. furballs with teeth have crash-landed in the same area and have started devouring every living thing they close encounter.
Canada 2018. 97 mins.
Director: Alexandre Franchi. With: E.R. Ruiz, Cindy Nicholsen, David Roche, Dawn Shaw.
One of the breakout titles of the year after premiering at Slamdance, 'HAPPY FACE' is there to remind you that sometimes real horrors lie much closer than we ever thought about.
The story of a handsome teenager who deforms his face and attends a support group for disfigured people. and in turn, changes all their lives...for good and bad...HAPPY FACE is the kind of film that makes you leave the cinema reeling - funny, dark, ugly, brilliant and frightening in all the right ways, this story will shake you to your core. Based on autobiographical events, HAPPY FACE throws down the gauntlet to challenge the way we view the world & each other and in the process transforms the concept of a genre film - do not miss the UK Premiere of this standout title that has been wowing audiences across the festival circuit and what the critics have called 'haunting' and 'disquieting'.
An ode to outsiders, to people who left excluded and those of us who feel different to the rest of the world, HAPPY FACE is a film that will appeal to even the most ardent of genre fans.
USA 2019. 80 mins.
Director: Josh Lobo. With: Chris Sullivan, Jocelin Donahue, AJ Bowen, Susan Burke.
Deck the halls with fire and brimstone. Christmas is supposed to be a time for peace and joyful family reunions. But when Matt (YOU'RE NEXT icon AJ Bowen) and his wife Karen (SOUTHBOUND's Susan Burke) show up unannounced at the home of his estranged brother Steve (Scott Poythress from the 'Sleepy Hollow' TV series) to celebrate the holidays, they are instead greeted with a horrifying surprise. Steve has trapped a man in his dark, dusty basement. But not just any old man. For Steve truly believes that his hostage is none other than the devil himself.
Canada 2019. 90 mins
Director: Kurtis David Harder. With: Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Lochlyn Munro, Ari Cohen, Chandra West.
From co-writer and producer Colin Minihan, director of past FrightFest favourites WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE and IT STAINS THE SANDS RED, and director Kurtis David Harder, of INCONTROL fame, comes a snappy, smart and scary chiller in the GET OUT tradition. A same-sex couple move to a small town so they can enjoy a better quality of life and raise their 16 year-old daughter with the best social values. But nothing is as it seems in their picturesque neighbourhood. And when Malik sees the folks next door throwing a very strange party, something very shocking has got to give.
USA 2019. 87 mins.
Director: Rodman Flender. With: Jake Cannavale, Angelique Rivera, Sarah Yarkin, Alex Stage.
Based on the living dead road trip novel by Jeff Hart, a gory, funny, surprisingly engaging zom-rom-com from Rodman Flender, director of IDLE HANDS. The good news: Jake's dream girl, Amanda, finally knows his name. The bad? It's because they both contracted a sexually transmitted mysterious zombie virus and devoured the brains of half their senior class. Now both are on the run from Cass, a teen psychic sent by the government's top-secret Necrotic Control Division to track them down as they search for a cure while weighing up the existential question of who really deserves to be eaten alive.
USA 2019. 96 mins.
Director: Adam Egypt Mortimer. With: Miles Robbins, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sasha Lane, Mary Stuart Masterson.
From SOME KIND OF HATE director Adam Egypt Mortimer, an unflinching examination of what can happen when the id, the ego, and the super-ego are all at war with each other. In this MANDY-esque slice of provocative, psychological horror, a troubled young man's imaginary friend from childhood returns as an adult eager to indulge in darkly disturbing desires. An innovative and thought-provoking descent into madness, one pushing storytelling boundaries and delivering truly nightmarishly surreal visuals, Mortimer tackles the topic of duality with self-confidence in a mesmeric fairy tale fantasy that morphs into chilling cosmic horror.
USA 2019. 91 mins.
Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett. With: Samara Weaving, Andie MacDowell, Mark O'Brien, Adam Brody.
One wedding and how many funerals? From the V/H/S directing duo of the Radio Silence collective, a bridal shower of devilish scares, sophisticated chills and fun gore. It's the happiest day of Grace's life as she marries her fiance Daniel, from the super-rich and eccentric Le Domus family, owners of one of the biggest games companies in the world. Before taking her rightful place at her new in-laws country mansion, there's a traditional family ritual Grace must play first prior to heading off on honeymoon. But the game that's chosen by chance turns lethal and everyone must fight for survival.
Australia 2018. 99 mins.
Director: Kiah Roache-Turner. With: Ben O'Toole, Epine Bob, Savea, Dave Beamish, Monica Bellucci.
From the WYRMWOOD team: a gory, kickass, OTT, future Ozploitation classic. Ancient demons are possessing humans through social media. As the eternal fight between Nekromancers and their nemeses rages on, they've become locked in a new type of cyber warfare. An app being designed by a soulless corporation of human husks is overseen by the evil Queen of the Underworld (marvellous Monica Bellucci) and any user unknowingly gives their soul to hell. And so, the fate of all mankind now rests on the shoulders of a sanitation worker, an unaware member of a magical sect, and his best friend.
Australia 2019. 82 mins.
Director: Tony D'Aquino. With: Airlie Dodds, Linda Ngo, Taylor Ferguson, Ebony Vagulans.
Rebellious high school students Kayla and her best friend Maddie are abducted by a sinister presence while out bombing their neighbourhood with graffiti. Waking up in a forest, bound and disoriented in a coffin-like apparatus, it becomes clear a masked man with an axe is hellbent on pursuing her to the death. But she's not alone. There are six more victims each assigned a maniac stalker and implanted with retinal cameras so every moment of terror is recorded. However Kayla's killer instinct is now unleashed and she does whatever it takes to survive and seek bloody revenge on her kidnappers.
UK 2019. 82 mins.
Director: Justin Edgar. With: Rebecca Rogers, Nathalie Buscombe, Laurence Saunders.
Former Royal Marine Commando and single mother Sam is brutally kidnapped and wakes up disorientated in what seems to be a deserted military factory. Worried about her baby at home, she finds all the exits sealed, and soon learns she is not alone. Stalked and attacked by an invisible foe she must use all her skills to survive a deadly game of cat and mouse, perpetrated by her kidnapper, a serial killer wearing a quantum stealth suit that renders him undetectable. Surrounded by drones, she unleashes all her ingenuity and strength to get back home in a nail-biting suspense thriller.
UK 2019. 86 mins.
Director: Dima Ballin. With: Ian Ogilvy, Tom Baker, Gavin Baddeley, Ingrid Cranfield.
The early death of director Michael Reeves at 25 from an accidental overdose robbed the cinema of a potential major talent. He only made three 1960s shockers - THE REVENGE OF THE BLOODBEAST, THE SORCERERS and the masterpiece WITCHFINDER GENERAL - each starring a horror icon, Barbara Steele, Boris Karloff and Vincent Price. But for many he was the genre's shining light because he took fright out of studio confines and into stark reality. Reeves' early life and movie times plus little known facts about his short but incandescent career are all covered in director Dima Ballin's brilliant and exhaustively researched documentary.
USA 2019. 92 mins.
Director: David Gregory. With: Dan Curtis, Barbara Steele, Whoopi Goldberg, Jonathan Frid.
From master documentarian David Gregory, director of LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY'S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, comes an in-depth look at the diverse talents of Dan Curtis, the 'King of TV Horror'. The creator of the ground-breaking 1966 daytime Gothic soap opera 'Dark Shadows', Curtis also gave the genre 'Trilogy of Terror', two DARK SHADOWS movies and BURNT OFFERINGS before earning accolades for the epic miniseries 'The Winds of War' and 'War and Remembrance'. Narrated by Ian McShane, this fascinating documentary features insights from Curtis himself, Scream Queen Barbara Steele and the cast of the Collinwood classic.
UK/France 2018. 88 mins.
Director: Andrew Desmond. With: Freya Tingley, Simon Abkarian, Rutger Hauer, James Faulkner.
Elegantly scary and compulsively thrilling, this return to classic 1970s horror in THE NINTH GATE tradition asks you to face the music. After the death of her estranged but famous composer father Richard Marlow, young virtuoso violinist Rose inherits his old French mansion. There, she discovers her father's final work: a mysterious score marked with arcane symbols. With the help of her agent manager she starts deciphering the mystical emblems and slowly unlocks a shocking secret concerning her father's past. Events that set in motion the Satanic mechanisms of a fiendish plan imagined on the day she was born.
USA 2019. 114 mins.
Director: Larry Fessenden. With: David Call, Alex Breaux, Joshua Leonard, Ana Kayne.
Fessenden does FRANKENSTEIN! Henry is a disillusioned field surgeon suffering from PTSD who makes a man out of body parts and brings him to life in a Brooklyn loft for his money-grabbing best friend Polidori as surgical research into cures for battlefield disfigurement. Expertly directed and superbly performed, Mary Shelley's classic tale of terror gets filtered through the motifs of hubristic science, Big Pharma, monstrous murder, errant fatherhood, the awkwardness of the snowflake generation and a welter of movie references from Universal to Hammer. Independent horror doesn't get better or more stylish than this very post-modern Prometheus.
Canada 2019. 90 mins.
Director: Jordan Barker. With: Hannah Kasulka, Alexander De Jordy, Sasha Clements, Corbin Bleu.
From the writer of THE VATICAN TAPES and Jordan Barker, director of past FrightFest entries TORMENT and THE MARSH, comes an unrelenting assault of pure terror. A group of students head off for a snowboarding adventure on an untouched piece of land. When their SUV mysteriously stalls in a brutal snowstorm they are not only faced with the reality of freezing to death but a fate even more horrifying. For they have become stranded in Stoughton Valley, home of some Witch Trials even more horrendous than Salem, and are being hunted by a supernatural creature determined to keep them there.
USA 2019. 90 mins.
Director: Padraig Reynolds. With: Jessica Madsen, Opal Littleton, Ed Brody, Kristina Clifford.
FrightFest wouldn't be the same without the latest shocker from director Padraig Reynolds (RITES OF SPRING, THE DEVIL'S DOLLS, OPEN 24 HOURS). Now he brings us a belligerent creature feature tinged with sci-fi, horror and gore. Annie Knox returns to her remote family home after a divorce, the death of her mother and a nervous breakdown. But something lurks in the walls and bowels of the house and wants her daughter Emily in their clutches. Soon Annie must take on a thought-to-be extinct humanoid race whose need to feast on human inner light makes them a very dangerous nemesis indeed.
USA 2019. 108 mins.
Director: Pollyanna McIntosh. With: Lauryn Canny, Bryan Batt, Nora-Jane Noone, Cooper Andrews.
Continuing the viciously twisted adventure of Lucky McKee's cult hit THE WOMAN, this blend of social commentary, pitch-black humour and bloody spectacle sees star Pollyanna McIntosh both in front of and behind the camera expertly commanding an all-out assault on the senses. Found at a Catholic hospital filthy and ferocious, feral teenager Darlin' is taken into care by nuns to be tamed. But she holds a secret darker than the sins she's threatened with and is not on her journey alone. For The Woman who raised her is determined to find her no matter who steps in her violent way.
USA 2018. 95 mins.
Director: Henry Jacobsen. With: Seann William Scott, Mariela Garriga, Dale Dickey, Kevin Carroll.
Is it possible to be both a serial killer and a family man? School social worker Evan thinks so as he juggles viciously murdering those making his abused patients' lives a misery with being a recent first time, caring father. Family values are everything to Evan and he will need that essential support system if he is to evade suspicion and capture. Very dark, ultra-disturbing and featuring the most shocking special effects, this Blumhouse Production features a dynamite central performance from AMERICAN PIE star Seann William Scott and will subvert all your expectations through every galvanizing twist and turn.
The discovery of new voices in the world of genre film making is crucial and Arrow Video FrightFest have teamed up with UK distribution outfit Blue Finch Films and short film funding company Genera, to help finance genre short films that are the latter stages of development.
Submissions for the fund will start on the 5th June 2019 and filmmakers can apply at www.generafilms.com. The closing date is 31st July and the short listed finalists will be announced on 14th August.
With a £1000 fund on offer, the finalists will pitch their films to an industry panel and the winning film will be announced at the end of the festival.
Rosie Fletcher, editor of Den Of Geek, will host a panel featuring top horror authors whose work has been adapted or optioned for the screen. We'll talk about the processes and pitfalls of getting a novel turned into a show or film, what it's like seeing their creations come to life, and about how the landscape of horror is changing in books, film and TV.
Director: Theo Watkins. Cast: Paul Clayton, Alison Lintott. UK 2019. 8 min.
Ted is just trying to pay for his shopping, but the shoddy self-service till and eerily elusive shop workers have other, more sinister ideas.
ONE IN TWO PEOPLE
Director: Ali Mashayekhi. Cast: Katie Strain, Jade Hassoune, Ashley Leggat. Canada 2019. 8 min.
Emily's friends are getting a bit tired of her insistence that someone in her room is trying to kill her. But maybe they should listen more closely.
Director: Suni Khan. Cast: Hannah Arterton, Lewis Reeves. UK 2019. 16 min.
A young couple trying to rid themselves of the past use an unorthodox and bizarre ritual as they rekindle their love.
TOMORROW MIGHT BE THE DAY
Director: Josefa Celestin. Cast: Jocelyn Brassington, Tim Barrow. UK 2018. 20 min.
A fanatical believer sets into motion a chain of dark events that he believes will spare his rebellious niece from the impending apocalyptic doom.
FIVE COURSE MEAL
Director: James Cadden. Cast: Melissa Kwasek, Murray Farnell. Canada 2018. 6 min.
Mark and Jenny agree to take part in a mysterious experiment for money. Things get exceptionally messy.
UNDER THE PARASOL
Director: Stanislava Buevich. Cast: Sarine Sofair, Joe Wredden. UK 2018. 6 min.
Marie comes to the beach to catch some sun. The only problem is that it's nighttime...
Director: Hana Kazim. Cast: Mansoor Alfeeli, Mohammed Ahmed, Madiya Humaid. United Arab Emirates, 2018. 15 min.
A fake exorcist visits the home of a man who thinks his wife is possessed by a Djinn, only to find out that things are not as they seem.
Directors: Emily Haigh, Alon Young, Cast: Mhairi Calvey, Jamie Lee-Hill. UK 2019. 11 min.
Vickie has her employment sights set high, but the questions from her faceless male interviewers soon become predatory.
THE OBLITERATION OF THE CHICKENS
Director: Izzy Lee. Cast: Bracken MacLeod. USA 2019. 3 min.
The universe does not care. The abyss is stupid. Existence is banal.
TORCHING THE DUSTIES
Directors: Marlene Goldman, Philip McKee. Cast: Clare Coulter, Eric Peterson. Canada 2019. 14 min.
Frank and Wilma are finding that retirement life is more trouble than they had imagined, as protestors appear outside making some very serious demands.
Canada 1977. 86 mins.
Director: David Cronenberg. With: Marilyn Chambers, Frank Moore, Joe Silver, Howard Ryshpa.
What better way to celebrate FrightFest premiering The Soska Sisters' ace remake than going back to where it all began. With David Cronenberg's seminal classic exploring the terrifying fear and loathing of the human body. Hardcore porno star Marilyn Chambers surprised everyone by being great in this quintessential shocker. She's motorbike crash victim Rose who becomes the Typhoid Mary of a newly created disease turning everyone into raging bloodsuckers. Slick, smart and morbidly compelling, the spiralling violence still shocks as much today as it did back in 1977 when Cronenberg assured his title as the King of Canadian Horror.
Japan 1985. 101 mins.
Director: Macoto Tezuka. With: Shingo Kubota, Kan Takagi, Kyoko Togawa, Kiyohiko Ozaki.
Discover a totally insane and forgotten gem of weird and wild world cinema, a Japanese combo of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE. Charting the rise and fall of a manufactured pop duo and their struggle to navigate fame, fortune and jealousy, this odd rags-to-bitches musical confection is guaranteed to put your feet to the beat. Conceived after the director met musician and TV personality Haruro Chicada who had written the soundtrack to an non-existent movie, get ready to release your inner pop star and celebrate the cult musical you've never heard of.
USA 2019. 90 mins.
Director: Brian Hanson. With: Frankie Muniz, Jackie Moore, Chelsea Edmundson, Ravi Patel.
Lonely slacker Jonathan is stuck working night shifts at a convenience store. When he goes on a blind date with a strange woman, his world suddenly begins to unravel in horrifying fashion. Plagued by paranoia, illness and nightmarish visions, he desperately searches the suburbs for the mysterious seductress. His friends and family believe he's losing his mind, but he believes he's the target of a sinister occult plot. Starring Frankie Muniz, the grown up 'Malcolm in the Middle' himself, who expertly deploys his trademark brand of wiry energy to keep the unnerving reality of the insanity ambiguous until the very end.
USA 2019. 85 mins.
Director: Chelsea Stardust. With: Jordan Ladd, Ruby Modine, Rebecca Romijn, Jerry O'Connell.
THE DEVIL RIDES OUT meets SOCIETY in the elegant, sexy, funny and gory latest Fangoria feature with a cult cast to die for. Times are tough for cancer survivor Sam ekes out a meagre existence delivering pizza. Offered a final delivery to a wealthy neighbourhood with the chance of healthy tips, she unfortunately gatecrashes a key ritual being carried out by an elite Satanist sect. The only thing missing from their black ceremonial orgy to rebirth the Dark Lord is a virgin sacrifice. And guess what? Sam fits the bill. Can she make it out of country club hell alive!
UK 2019. 93 mins.
Director: Abigail Blackmore. With: Mackenzie Crook, Laura Fraser, Sophie Thompson, Johnny Vegas, Kelly Wenham & Dustin Demri-Burns.
A group of middle-aged friends gather at a remote lodge to honour a friend who recently drowned in a nearby lake. With emotions running high, everyone makes the most of a gloomy situation by celebrating the best way they know how: swapping silly, scary stories that would have earned a giggle from their dearly departed pal. Urban legends about a masked slasher, a paranormal ghost hunt and a post-apocalyptic wasteland soon lose their fun shock value as the sextet become stuck in a true terror tale that exposes dark secrets no one could have possibly foreseen.
Canada 2019. 110 mins.
Directors: Jen & Sylvia Soska. With: Laura Vandervoort, Greg Bryk, Stephen McHattie, Ted Atherton.
The hugely anticipated remake of David Cronenberg's body horror classic from AMERICAN MARY directors, The Soska Sisters. What happens when you realize to achieve your dreams you have to live a nightmare? Rose wants to become a famous designer in the fashion world, but a terrible accident leaves her scarred beyond recognition. Undergoing a radical untested stem cell treatment, wallflower Rose turns into the belle of the ball and starts to realize her ambitions. But everything in life comes at a price and Rose's new found perfection is no exception as she unwittingly sets off a bloody spiral of contagion.
UK 2019. 98 mins.
Director: Abner Pastoll. With: Sarah Bolger, Edward Hogg, Andrew Simpson, Jane Brennan.
A dynamic killer thriller with its finger firmly on the pulses of stark social commentary and shattering suspense, ROAD GAMES director Abner Pastoll crafts a dazzling, dark and daring journey through Northern Ireland's criminal underbelly. Recently widowed mother of two Sarah (a tour de force Sarah Bolger) is desperate to know who murdered her husband in front of their young son, rendering him mute. Coerced into helping a low-life drug-dealer stash narcotics stolen from the local Mr. Big, she's forced to go beyond humanity into taking drastic action to protect her children while learning the awful truth about her spouse.
USA 2019. 78 mins.
Director: Caryn Waechter. With: Claudia Sulewski, Lauren Elizabeth, Lukas Gage, Dominic Burgess.
Ashley is a social media star attending View Con, an event where rabid fans can selfie their favourite YouTubers 24/7. But due to a hotel room mix-up, she's put on a floor where a mysterious tragedy happened in 1984, the earliest days of the Internet revolution. Some of the staff avoid the area because legend says its haunted by a young boy searching for friends. Others think the ghost talk is just superstition. Ashley and her two-timing BFF Megan are about to learn the truth in a fun shocker relating the horrors and isolation of being a social media influencer.
USA 2019. 90 mins.
Director: Glenn Payne. With: Casey Dillard, Richard Speight Jr., Jessica Harthcock, Glenn Payne.
A smart, snappy, sardonic and scary gem from the award winning indie filmmaking team of Glenn Payne and Casey Dillard (A HORROR MOVIE and GENREVOLT). Emerson Graham's nights as a cab driver are filled with annoyances and inconveniences, but until tonight, never attacks and disappearances. After picking up manic Roger, a mysterious passenger out to break an ancient curse his family began generations ago with poorly translated spells and busted talismans, her evening goes from working a job to performing a terrifying quest as they must race against the clock to defeat an insidious force of evil. The meter is running...
UK 2018. 78 mins.
Director: Charlie Steeds. With: Kate Davies-Speak, Mark McKirdy, Makenna Guyler, Natalie Martins.
Sisters Kat and Sophie, and their boyfriends Mark and Ben, are looking forward to a relaxing weekend cruising through the glorious British countryside canals on a luxury barge. Tension arises when businessman Ben refuses to turn off his mobile and fully enter the party spirit and stress is raised further when they damage another barge and its tenants track them down to the local pub. But nothing has prepared them for the intense midnight attack on their vessel by a family of flesh-eating fish mutants who have been lurking in the dark waters, waiting for their next meal.
Established in 2016 to celebrate the work of emerging UK genre talent, Arrow Video FrightFest is proud to team up for the fourth year running with the UK's top film industry magazine to present The SCREEN GENRE RISING STAR AWARD. Previous winners include Prevenge director Alice Lowe, Double Date writer/actor Danny Morgan and Anna and the Apocalypse star Ella Hunt. Which one of our five finalists will be crowned this year? Join us when this year's winner will be announced at this special event.
UK 2019. 85 mins.
Directors: Lawrie Brewster, Andrew Ionides, Brad Watson, Mitch Wilson, Carlos Omar De Leon, Matthan Harris, Dane Keil, Mark Logan. With: Eileen Dietz, Laurence R. Harvey, Nicholas Vince, Jamie Scott Gordon, Paddy Murphy, Gavin Robertson, Thomas Staunton, Alex Harron, Keith Robson.
A legion of demons is brought to life in a unique anthology feature from Scotland's Hex Studios, home of the FrightFest hits AUTOMATA, BLACK GLOVES and THE UNKINDNESS OF RAVENS. Starring horror legends Eileen Dietz (THE EXORCIST), Laurence R. Harvey (HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2) and Nicholas Vince (HELLRAISER, NIGHTBREED), the shock portmanteau showcases the work of upcoming genre directors from around the world. Each gives a fun, fresh and frightening take on a different demon, from Succubi and Wendigos to the Biblical and Lovecraftian, making this chilling collection a wild, fun-filled, terrifying ride through a diabolical and fantastical bestiary.
USA 2019. 95 mins.
Directors: Brett Pierce & Drew T. Pierce. With: John-Paul Howard, Kevin Bigley, Gabriela Quezada Bloomgarden, Piper Curda.
The Pierce Brothers made a massive FrightFest impact in 2011 with DEADHEADS, their anarchic zombie adventure. Now the dynamic duo dive into creepy Blair Witch Land with a clever chiller about an ancient evil wood spirit who makes those inviting her into their house forget... everything. Student Ben has just started work at his father's marina when he realizes something is just not quite right with his next-door neighbours. They don't seem to remember they have a small son! Exploring their basement, Ben's worst fears and more are proven to be true. But will anyone believe him?
USA 2019. 87mins.
Director: Danishka Esterhazy. With: Dani Kind, Finlay Wojtak-Hissong, Romeo Carere, Steve Lund.
Bingo, Fleegle, Drooper and Snorky, the zany collective better known as The Banana Splits, are coming back with a vengeance - and with a body count. Yes, those trippy-dippy cult characters introduced back in a 1968 children's series return in a fun-packed horror thriller. When birthday boy Harley and his family attend a taping of 'The Banana Splits' TV show as a gift, little do they know things will take an unexpected turn when they must fight for survival. Oh, and did we mention the director is Danishka Esterhazy, helmer of this year's FrightFest Glasgow favourite LEVEL 16?
UK 2019. 100 mins.
Director: Tom Paton. With: Shayne Ward, Toby Osmond, Simon Meacock, Rachel Warren.
FrightFest is thrilled once again to premiere director Tom Paton's fourth feature film after showcasing PANDORICA, REDWOOD and BLACK SITE to impressed audiences in past editions. A special operations squad known in secret elite circles as Hell's Bastards is sent to infiltrate a civil war in order to retrieve vital intelligence. But the crack unit soon finds themselves trapped on a never-ending, twisting and turning stairwell, which they are forced to climb - or they will die. To survive, they must revisit past sins and take important steps if they ever want to get off the staircase to nowhere.
Director: Evan Powers. Cast: Aaron LaPlante, Lindsey Rose Naves, C.J. Vana. USA 2019. 8 min.
A self-conscious psychopath struggles with his body image while terrorizing a group of unsuspecting campers.
ONE LAST MEAL
Director: Jill Gevargizian. Cast: Matt Mercer, Jake Martin, Tim Marks. USA 2019. 11 min.
A prison guard is forced to fulfil an unusual request from a violent criminal on death row.
Director: Tiago Teixeira. Cast: Maxwell Cavenham, Laura Obiols. UK 2019. 13 min.
A man in a self-imposed exile is haunted by a mysterious dog, who transforms into an elusive woman every night.
Director: Matthew Evans Landry. Cast: Natalie Lisinksa, Jordan Gavaris. Canada 2018. 15 min.
Shirley Parker is a real-estate godsend who has discovered a niche market in real estate. However, it might put her family in some danger.
Director: Shannon Kohli. Cast: Hannah Levien, Luke Camilleri. Canada 2018. 11 min.
It's a creepy evening when gas station attendant and recovering alcoholic Callie must deal with a wild beast roaming the area, and the men who are determined to hunt it down.
THIS LITTLE DEATH
Director: Alex Hardy. Cast: Sarah Bauer, Jay Simpson. UK 2018. 19 min.
Young chef Zoe who falls for Mortimer the poet. The beginning is filled with love, lust and laughter, but as the months pass, they realise they have very different ideas of happiness.
Directors: Neal O'Bryan, Chad Thurman. Cast: Cassie Carey. USA 2019. 7 min.
A starving boy eats a toe he finds sticking out of the ground. Later that night, something ghastly comes to his bedroom wanting it back.
Director: Katie Bonham. Cast Eleanor Crosswell, Ian Recordon. UK 2019. 8 min.
When strange manifestations begin to haunt Eddie, he is forced to uncover the dark and disturbing history of his home in this unsettling tale of regret and abandonment.
THE GAME OF THE CLOCK
Director: Michele Olivieri. Cast: Simone Mumford. UK 2018. 7 min.
A young woman innocently comes to a friend's home, only to find herself stalked by menacing creature, and time is running out fast.
Director: Lewis Taylor. Cast: Mark Field, Joseph Richard Thomas, Peline Liberty. UK 2019. 8 min.
A wheelchair-bound teen complains about lack of personal space to his overly attached father. But maybe he shouldn't complain when the lights go out.
Ireland 2019. 88 mins.
Director: Paddy Murphy. With: Courtney McKeon, Fiach Kunz, Paul Fitzgerald, Noelle Clarke.
Dealing with a pregnancy termination in Ireland has been hard for Sarah Dekker. Shunned by her religious zealot family and after also breaking up with her unforgiving boyfriend, she travels to a sympathetic friend's house in the country to recover. But unbeknownst to her the provincial pile sits atop a mass grave of unwanted babies and their lost, confused sprits want to be reborn. Feeding on guilt and remorse the spirits need a mother. And they just might have found one in Sarah... Mixing horror and pertinent social issues, THE PERISHED marks the debut of a new Irish genre voice.
UK 2019. 73 mins.
Director: Jack McHenry. With: Tom Bailey, Margaret Clunie, Jasper Britton, Timothy Renouf.
It was our critically acclaimed, crowd-pleasing Glasgow FrightFest sensation and now Jack McHenry's astonishing feature debut comes to London. 'Downtown Abbey' meets THE EVIL DEAD in a pitch-perfect evocation of THE OLD DARK HOUSE style of mystery horror thriller where Agatha Christie goes Lucio Fulci in stunning Black & White. With cut-glass British accents and a dodgy American in the cocktail party mix, a sophisticated 1930s soiree at an isolated country mansion descends into carnage, gore and demonic possession as rivalries and old friendships are put to the test when a gateway to Hell opens up without warning.
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