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Interview with Cameron Macgowan, director of Red Letter Day
Posted on Friday 1st November 2019
FrightFest 2019 exposed a lot of new talent in the movie industry and one of the stand-out pieces was Red Letter Day from Cameron Macgowan. HC: Where did the idea for Red Letter Day come from and did it take long to write? CM: I have long been a fan of the 'Humans Hunting Humans' subgenre of film (Battle Royale, The Running Man, Hard Target, etc.) and was inspired to set one of these films in what many people consider the 'saf...

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Interview with Carlo Mirabella-Davis, director of Swallow
Posted on Wednesday 30th October 2019
Ahead of the UK premiere of Swallow at Arrow Video FrightFest Halloween, director Carlo Mirabella-Davis reflects on the personal inspiration behind his feature debut, healing psychological wounds and his empathy for the genre. HC: Swallow is your directorial debut. How difficult was it to get the project off the ground? CMD: Getting a film made is a fascinating process. My late, great teacher at NYU, Bill Reilly, w...

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Interview with Paul Davis, director of Uncanny Annie
Posted on Wednesday 16th October 2019
Ahead of the International premiere of Uncanny Annie at Arrow Video FrightFest Halloween 2019, director Paul Davis reflects on working for Blumhouse, bemoans attitudes to British genre film funding and reveals the movies that inspire him the most... HC: Tell us how Uncanny Annie came about? PD: Uncanny Annie is my second movie for Blumhouse as part of Hulu's Into The Dark movie series. I had the opportunity to actuall...

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Arrow Video FrightFest announces line-up for Halloween 2019 event
Posted on Thursday 3rd October 2019
FF19-Halloween logoArrow Video FrightFest continues on its highly acclaimed and hugely successful Twenty Bloody Year rampage with a fear-packed journey through Halloween traditions, religious deviance, unstoppable maniacs, warped fairy tales, terrifying board games and the very rules of horror themselves. The popular Halloween all-day event returns to the Cineworld Leicester Square on Saturday 3 November and th...

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FrightFest favourite A Good Woman is Hard to Find coming to cinemas and HD
Posted on Thursday 26th September 2019
Sarah Bolger in A Good Woman is Hard to Find (Signature Entertainment, 25th Oct) (3)Directed by Abner Pastoll and starring Sarah Bolger, Edward Hogg, Andrew Simpson and Jane Brennan the superb thriller A Good Woman is Hard to Find will be released in Cinemas and Digital HD on 25th October. Written by Academy Award nominee and BAFTA winner Ronan Blaney, the...

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Interview with Evan Daves star of Porno
Posted on Friday 30th August 2019
In the bizarre and gruesome comedy/horror Porno, Abe, played by Evan Daves is a burgeoning pervert with a guilty conscience who works in a cinema and ends up battling a demon! Here, Evan tells all about this gory story. (Headshot - Matthew Murphy) HC: How did the role of Abe in Porno come about? ED: I had the audition come in through my agent. Adrienne Stern, the casting director, is great; she actually cast me in m...

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Interview with Sara Garcia, star of True Fiction
Posted on Friday 30th August 2019
FrightFest 2019 was contained some of the best psychological thrillers we've seen in a long time. One of the finest was Braden Croft's True Fiction which boasts incredible performances from John Cassini and Sara Garcia. We chatted to Sara about her role of lonely librarian, Avery Malone. HC: Did you always want to be an actress when you were growing up? SG: I've always been a performer. As a child my parents encouraged...

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Interview with Fernando Alle, writer and director of Mutant Blast
Posted on Thursday 29th August 2019
One of the wildest and most bizarre movies of FrightFest 2019 was Fernando Alle's gore-splattered sci-fi inspired feature, Mutant Blast. Here, he tells us the story about making this crazy piece of celluloid. HC: Regular FrightFest goers will know you from your pieces Banana Motherf**ker and Papa Wrestling, why has it been so long for Mutant Blast to come along? FA: I started making this film in 2012, and it has inde...

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Interview with Chad Archibald director of I'll Take Your Dead
Posted on Wednesday 28th August 2019
Chad ArchibaldChad Archibald has been behind a number of FrightFest favourites in the past including Bite which is showing on Horror in September. With is latest movie, I'll Take Your Dead wowing audiences at FrightFest we chatted to Chad. HC: We last spoke a few years back about your fabulous movie, Bite, I loved it, and would you consider a Bite 2? CA: I would love to do a Bite 2 if there was enough demand for it...

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Fear: The Autobiography of Dario Argento is coming soon from FAB Press
Posted on Tuesday 27th August 2019
To his legion of admirers Dario Argento is a horror legend of the greatest magnitude. And to his genre filmmaking contemporaries he's an inspiration and an icon. Now, thanks to FAB Press we can get the whole story on this cinematic legend in the book, Fear: The Autobiography of Dario Argento. For many years Argento's ground-breaking shockers like The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Deep Red, Suspiria, Infern...

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Interview with Abner Pastoll director of A Good Woman is Hard to Find
Posted on Tuesday 27th August 2019
A few years back we met director Abner Pastoll at the world premiere of his thriller, Road Games. 2019 and he's back with his new movie, A Good Woman is Hard to Find so we caught up with him just before its premiere at FrightFest 2019. HC: We first met when you unleashed the "killer of a thriller" Road Games, what have you been up to since then? AP: Making this new film! And trying to stay alive. HC: How...

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Not with a whimper but with a bang! FrightFest 2019 comes to a close
Posted on Tuesday 27th August 2019
The final two movies of FrightFest 2019 gave the crowd exactly what they wanted from the festival; invention, fun and truly shocking cinematic moments. The much talked abut Rabid remake from Jen and Sylvia Soska didn't disappoint and delivered a smart updating of the David Cronenberg classic. Rose wants to become a famous designer in the fashion world, but a terrible accident leaves her scarred beyond recognition. Under...

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Interview with Charlie Steeds director of The Barge People
Posted on Monday 26th August 2019
Ever wanted a horror movie set on a canal boat? Well your dream has come true with Charlie Steeds' new movie The Barge People. HC: Looking at your CV you seem to be a big fan of the horror genre, can you recall which film inspired your career? CS: Absolutely, I'm a horror fanatic, that's why I'm making horror films! I got hooked on this genre by watching Stephen King adaptations. I looke...

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Where did that time go? Day 5 of FrightFest has dawned
Posted on Monday 26th August 2019
Hard to believe but in a blink of an eye the final day of FrightFest 2019 has dawned but the festival is going out with a real bang with a programme packed with some of the strongest movies from the entire event playing today. Brian Hanson's The Black String allows Frankie Muniz to really get his teeth into a mature role and he carries it off perfectly. A slacker goes on a blind date with a strange woman, a...

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Interview with Justin Edgar director of Stalked
Posted on Monday 26th August 2019
The themes of fear of the unknown and being hunted collide in Justin Edgar's Stalked. Here he talks about the creation of this smart chiller. HC: Where did the idea for Stalked come from and did it take you long to write? JE: I believe we're living in a golden age of suspense thrillers and horror and I wanted to be part of that. I knew I had to come up with a cool suspense c...

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Dangerous games and apps from hell, it can only be FrightFest!
Posted on Monday 26th August 2019
A trio of movies brought day 4 of FrightFest to a chilling close as they were a mixture of psychological horror and full out exploitation madness. Director Adam Egypt Mortimer, a guy who had already impressed FrightFest goers with his brutal movie Some Kind of Hate a few years back brought with him Daniel Isn't Real. Here, a troubled young man's imaginary friend from childhood returns as an adult eager to indulge in...

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Interview with Casey Dillard writer and star of Driven
Posted on Sunday 25th August 2019
FrightFest 2019 contains some of the most inventive and rewarding movies that are out there waiting to be discovered. One in particular, Driven is causing a bit of a stir so we chatted to Casey Dillard, writer and star of this smart shocker. HC: How did the idea for Driven come to you? CD: Glenn wanted to try to make an "easy" movie that took place entirely in a car, so the concept was his. I came up with the idea of a ri...

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Interview with Brett and Drew T. Pierce co-writers and co-directors of The Wretched
Posted on Sunday 25th August 2019
Brett and Drew T. Pierce are firm FrightFest favourites who originally won over the audience years ago with the superb movie, DeadHeads. Noe they're back with another must see movie, The Wretched so we grabbed them for a quick chat. HC: Is it true your father worked on The Evil Dead? BP: It's true. He served as the photographic FX artist on the film. Tim Sullivan and he are responsible for the amazing stop-motion me...

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Interview with Jordan Barker, director of Witches in the Woods
Posted on Sunday 25th August 2019
It's been over a decade since we last chatted to director Jordan Barker when he was at FrightFest with his chiller, The Marsh. He's back with Witches in the Woods so we tracked him down for a chat. HC: Its been a while since we last chatted which was at FrightFest 2006 with The Marsh, what have you been up to since then? JB: Since the Marsh I did a noir thriller in LA called Duress starring Martin Dovonan and Ariel Wi...

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Strange parties and mysterious diseases infect day 4 of FrightFest
Posted on Sunday 25th August 2019
After the excess of last night's bombardment of violence and gore this morning promises to ease you into Sunday with a pair of world premieres that seem destined for great things. Spiral from Kurtis David Harder and co-writer and producer Colin Minihan is a chiller that makes you think as well and cower. A same-sex couple move to a small town so they can enjoy a better quality of life and raise their 16-year-old dau...

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Interview with John Adams, co-writer, co-director and star of The Deeper You Dig
Posted on Saturday 24th August 2019
Along with his partner Toby Poser, John Adams has delivered a top-drawer chiller for FrightFest 2019. Here he chats about their emotionally charged movie, The Deeper You Dig. HC: How did you two meet your partner Toby Poser? JA: At a rock show in NYC. I saw Toby walk through the doors of the club and the world disappeared. HC: When did decide that making movies should be your careers? JA: we decided ...

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Child's Play meets Tomorrow's World at FrightFest tonight
Posted on Saturday 24th August 2019
Saturday nights are legendary at FrightFest. Every year a set of movies are programmed to deliver to the audiences a trio of films that are made to be seen in large groups. The tongue firmly in cheek horror The Drone from Zombeavers director Jordan Rubin is a perfect example of a movie that is more enjoyable when watched with a crowd rather than by yourself. A serial killer The Violator invokes black magic...

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Interview with Freya Tingley star of The Sonata
Posted on Saturday 24th August 2019
Gothic horror is making a bit of a comeback and one of the best around at the moment is The Sonata. We chatted to lead actress Freya Tingley about this effective chiller. HC: In such a short time you've cultivated an incredibly impressive CV, do you suffer from nerves when you walk onto asset for the first time? FT: Fortunately, I've never been nervous on a set. From the very beginning you feel the sense of...

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Interview with Graham Hughes writer, director and star of Death of a Vlogger
Posted on Saturday 24th August 2019
The New Blood strand at FrightFest has uncovered some incredible creative talent that is waiting to be discovered. Graham Hughes is one of the people that has a film, Death of a Vlogger showing as part of this celebration. Here we chatted to him about this movie. HC: How did the idea for the movie come about? GH: I'd just had a bad breakup with a film that fell apart a couple of weeks before we were due to shoot it. ...

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Lost at sea and sins of the past at FrightFest day 3
Posted on Saturday 24th August 2019
Saturday is usually the "wild" day at FrightFest, the day when everything has clicked into place and the audience is ready for anything! The schedule for today reflects this enthusiasm and delivers a diverse range from the horror world. Gary Oldman and Emily Mortimer form part of a star-studded cast in Michael Goi's movie Mary. The film focuses on a struggling waterfront family who are tired of work...

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Interview with Valeri Milev, director of Bullets of Justice
Posted on Saturday 24th August 2019
FrightFest was made to showcase bizarre, inventive and downright crazy movies and Valeri Milev's Bullets of Justice is perfect for this festival. Here the director chats to us about this wild ride. HC: Where the hell did the plot come from, it's absolutely crazy stuff?! VM: It came by our disappointment about the movie industry, how the world looks today and our love to a B-Movies. HC: It's bloody mix o...

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Killers, narcotics and hybrids! More from day 2 of FrightFest
Posted on Saturday 24th August 2019
The second half of Friday's FrightFest schedule was a prime selection of bizarreness that you can only find at this event. Lucky McKee's Kindred Spirits at first seems like a straightforward thriller but as it progresses you realises his trademark way of manipulating the audience kicks in. Thora Birch plays Chloe, a single mother in a clandestine relationship with her neighbour Alex that even her daughter knows no...

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Interview with Toby Poser, co-writer, co-director and star of The Deeper You Dig
Posted on Friday 23rd August 2019
Showing on the Cineworld Discover Screen today at FrightFest, The Deeper You Dig is a tense and disturbing piece of cinema. We chatted to Toby Poser about this moving movie and what its like working with partner, John Adams. How did you and John Adams meet? TP:We met at a rock show in NYC. I recall asking this tall dude in a wife-beater tank top if he could see over me. (He was standing behind me and I ...

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Interview with Eric Pennycoff director of Sadistic Intentions
Posted on Friday 23rd August 2019
If you like your horror to be a slow-burning with a sense of dread throughout then Eric Pennycoff's Sadistic Intentions is for you. We recently chatted to this very talented creative about this intelligent shocker. HC: Have you known from an early age that you wanted to work in the movie industry? EP: I grew up working in a haunted house around Halloween with a passion for not only horror movie...

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Sci-Fi shocks and teenage angst.
Posted on Friday 23rd August 2019
The first full day of FrightFest 2019 brings with it a sublime selection of films that touch upon a lot of sub-genres which makes the festival so much fun. Carl Strathie's Dark Encounter takes the idea of an unexplained kidnapping of an 8-year-old and gives the plot a science-fiction twist that would be at home in The Twilight Zone. Dark and slightly "out there" the film takes us through the emotional damage such an o...

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Interview with Jennifer Reeder, writer and director of Knives and Skin
Posted on Friday 23rd August 2019
FrightFest poster art by Graham HumphreysThe best thing about FrightFest is the way it promotes exciting new talent and this year there seems to be more new creatives around than ever. One of the stand put movies is Knives and Skin from Jennifer Reeder so we had a quick chat with her about this amazing piece of cinema. HC: Where did the idea for Knives and Skin come from? JR: Although Kniv...

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It's almost FrightFest time!
Posted on Wednesday 21st August 2019
FrightFest poster art by Graham HumphreysGood things come to those who wait, and it feels like we've been waiting forever for FrightFest 2019, but finally it's here! Yes, over the next 5 fear-filled days, horror fans will get the chance to see some of the freshest pieces of horror entertainment the world has to offer, as well as a few surprises. As always, its difficult to draw up a list of...

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Horror Channel Manager Stewart Bridle rounds up some of the genre gems to catch at FrightFest 2019.
Posted on Monday 19th August 2019
It's the most terrifying time of year, one filled with fear, torture and overwhelming dread. I'm not talking about being strapped to some SAW-type trap but rather having to decide watch to watch from FrightFest's annual line-up. And in their 20th year things are even harder than before with a record-breaking 78 movies to choose from. But if making a decision is slowly killing you then let us help with some of the movies we...

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The Ford brothers chat about The Dead 2: India and Offensive which are both showing in our FrightFest Season.
Posted on Wednesday 14th August 2019
Ahead of the UK TV premieres of The Dead 2 and Offensive, (part of the FrightFest season), brothers Howard and Jon Ford discuss the trials and tribulations of filmmaking, healing wounds and why The Dead 3 won't be happening any time soon... HC: We will be launching our massive 13-night FrightFest Double-Bill Season with the UK TV premiere of The Dead 2. Excited? HF: Well it's a surprise, but a lovely one! Un...

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Arrow Video FrightFest announces 2019 Short Film Programme
Posted on Friday 9th August 2019
Short Film ShowcaseFrom unseen forces to dangerous desires, from the remorseful living to the remorseless dead, from under the earth to creepy closed doors, Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 continues the festival's fine tradition of showcasing the best in global genre short filmmaking. This year's five continent selection unleashes the newest creations from both upcoming and established filmmakers and embraces a recor...

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Jen and Sylvia Soska are back with their next nightmare - the bloody, brutal and deranged Rabid!
Posted on Thursday 25th July 2019
RABID-POSTERAcclaimed horror directors and Sylvia Soska aka The Twisted Twins (Dead Hooker in a Trunk, American Mary) are back with their next nightmare - the bloody, brutal and deranged Rabid! After aspiring fashion designer Rose (Laura Vandervoort) suffers a disfiguring traffic accident she undergoes a radical and untested stem-cell treatment. The experimental transformation is a miraculous success, transforming her in...

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Hex Studios will unleash a legion of demons at FrightFest
Posted on Wednesday 24th July 2019
FOR WE ARE MANY (POSTER)The latest offering from the Scottish studio is a demon-themed anthology featuring 13 shorts produced especially for the project by up-and-coming directors from around the world. For We Are Many is the first of several anthology features in the works at Hex, and seeks to showcase the best of new and emerging talent in the genre. The film stars a host of horror icons including Eileen Dietz...

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Horror Channel celebrates FrightFest 2019 with bumper season
Posted on Tuesday 23rd July 2019
To celebrate FrightFest 2019, taking place in London during the August Bank Holiday, Horror Channel is dedicating thirteen nights to past festival hits. Amongst the twenty-six fearsome favourites, the channel will kick off the season with the UK TV premiere of Howard J. Ford and Jonathan Ford's India-based zombie road movie The Dead 2, the follow-up to their hugely popular African zombie adventure The Dead. There is also a UK TV premiere for Jonathan Ford's Offensive. Produced by brother Howard, this is a dark, violent tale of generational rage and revenge set in rural France. There are...

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Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 announces more guests, special events and shortlist for Screen Genre Rising Star Award
Posted on Friday 19th July 2019
FrightFest poster art by Graham HumphreysAhead of single tickets going on sale from Saturday 21st July, Arrow Video FrightFest announces their current slate of guests, more details on some special events and the short list for the Screen Genre Rising Star Award. As previously revealed, genre icon Dario Argento and The Soska Sisters will be attending and other returning alumni include Abner Pa...

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FrightFest fave Big Bad Wolves finally coming to HD
Posted on Wednesday 17th July 2019
Big Bad Wolves cover101 Films presents Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado's Big Bad Wolves (2013), a brutal and unpredictable thriller that addresses the perils of victimhood and the consequences of vengeance. A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and t...

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FrightFest reanimates its "New Blood" search for new writers
Posted on Wednesday 10th July 2019
With FrightFest entering its 20th year, the search is set to resume for new writers in the horror genre. For the third year running, New Blood reunites FrightFest with Giles Edwards of Queensbury Pictures with its mission to find emerging UK-based writers dedicated to the genre and nurture their projects from script to screen. Queensbury is ultimately interested in buying the finished script rather than the idea, and so...

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Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 announces 20th year record-breaking line-up
Posted on Thursday 4th July 2019
FrightFest 2019 BannerThe UK's biggest and boldest horror and fantasy film festival is celebrating its 20th bloody year. Since 2000 it has made its indelible mark, not only on the ever-burgeoning horror community but also on the UK genre landscape as a whole. The internationally renowned event leads the way in attesting to the versatility of the genre, its reinvention and its growing importance in the cultural lan...

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Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 announces opening and closing night films
Posted on Thursday 20th June 2019
This year's festival opens with the UK premiere of Ant Timpson's deviously edgy stunner Come To Daddy, starring Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Martin Donovan and Michael Smiley. Written by The Greasy Strangler co-writer Toby Harvard (based on an idea by Timpson), Elijah Wood puts in a career best performance as thirty-something Norval, who receives an out-of-the-blue invitation to visit his perpetually uncaring dad, As h...

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Graham Humphreys' stunning artwork for Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 celebrates the festival's 20th year milestone
Posted on Saturday 15th June 2019
FrightFest poster art by Graham HumphreysArrow Video FrightFest 2019 is delighted to present Graham Humphreys' Aurora Monster-inspired artwork for this year's annual Bank Holiday event, the UK's largest celebration of genre cinema, taking place at Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema between Thursday August 22 and Monday August 26 2019. Graham revealed: "Emerging each year ...

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FrightFest and Fab Press launch The Frightfest Guide to Werewolf Movies
Posted on Tuesday 11th June 2019
FrightFest and FAB Press once again join forces to launch The Frightfest Guide to Werewolf Movies, which goes exclusively on sale during Arrow Video FrightFest 2019, August 22 till August 27. Both the author Gavin Baddeley and filmmaker Neil Marshall, who wrote the foreword, will be present to sign copies. Following the success of the three previous editions: The FrightFest Guide to Exploitation Movi...

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FrightFest are after Fresh Blood!
Posted on Wednesday 5th June 2019
Arrow Video FrightFest, in conjunction with UK distribution outfit Blue Finch Films and short film funding company Genera, has launched a new initiative to help finance genre short films. Called Fresh Blood, the partners will look to help finance short form projects in the latter stages of development in the bid to discover new voices in the world of genre filmmaking. Submissions for the fund will s...

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Everything you ever wanted to know about FrightFest... but were afraid to ask!
Posted on Tuesday 19th February 2019
FrightFest Beneath the Dark Heart of CinemaCentral City Media have announced that the documentary FrightFest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema will be released on 4th March. It will be available digitally via iTunes, Amazon, Virgin Media, Google Play and YouTube. Featuring a mix of newly recorded interviews, archive and behind the scenes footage, the critically-acclaimed documentary casts ...

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A title you'll want to rent out, Videoman
Posted on Sunday 27th January 2019
Videoman coverThe feature film debut from award-winning Swedish director Kristian A. Sooderstroom, and one of Time Out's top picks to see at FrightFest 2018, Videoman celebrates the golden days of VHS, the Italian giallo and the films of Mike Leigh. Ennio (Stefan Sauk), a giallo-obsessed VHS collector with a drinking problem finds a highly collectable video tape that could solve his money problems and save him from evic...

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FrightFest announces Glasgow Film Festival 2019 line-up
Posted on Thursday 10th January 2019
FinaleIt's full scream ahead as Arrow Video FrightFest, the UK's favourite horror fantasy event, returns to Glasgow Film Festival for a 14th fearful year, from Thursday 28 February to Saturday 2 March. Presenting a stunning and resonating two days of trauma, terror and tantalising thrills, this year's line-up, once again housed at the iconic Glasgow Film Theatre, embraces the latest genre discoveries from around the world, spa...

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