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FrightFest And Horror Channel Announce World Premieres For Short Film Programme
By James W, Monday 22nd July 2013

Shell Shocked -Short Film-1FrightFest in association with Horror Channel, will be screening nine specially selected short films, at this year’s August event at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Sq.

From James Moran's sickly slick serial killer tale and Dominic Brunt's ghastly vision of war time Hell, to Will Gilbey's hard-boiled noir cop thriller and Mike Mort's even harder puppet cop hero Chuck Steel, the line-up represents a rich tapestry of talent, with casts that include Hannah Tointon, Neil Maskell, Ed Speleers, Alfie Allen and Jack Gordon.

Main Screen

August 23rd
Crazy For You
Director: James Moran. Cast: Arthur Darvill, Hannah Tointon
It's difficult to find love when you're a serial killer - when Charlie meets the girl of his dreams, he has to keep that slight flaw a secret from her. Will true love win the day? Or will she become another of his unwitting victims?

August 24th
Turncoat
Director: Will Gilbey. Cast: Neil Maskell, Stephen McCole, Ed Speleers. UK
Two cops break into a criminal's home, drag him out of bed and start conducting an illegal search of the premises. Cuffed to a chair, and seemingly helpless, the criminal's only chance is to play the two cops off against each other.

Chuck Steel: Raging Balls Of Steel Justice
Written, directed and voiced by Mike Mort.
It’s 1986, and maverick cop Chuck Steel has his work cut out when the city’s most influential banker is kidnapped by a group of escaped convicts. With the aid of his sex obsessed robot partner, Chuck must fight a desperate battle against overwhelming odds to save the hostage.

August 26th
The Body
Director: Paul Davis. Cast: Alfie Allen, Hannah Tointon, Christian Brassington, Jack Gordon.
The tale of a murderer who uses the cover of Halloween night to causally transport his latest victim from the scene of the crime to his final resting place.

Discovery Screen 1

August 23rd

If I Had A Heart
Director’s The Halsall Brothers. Cast: Min-Joong Kim.
A neon-noir set in the underbelly of Seoul. Sam IL is a street fighter who was abandoned at birth by his Mother in a coin locker. His life has been one of extreme violence and isolation.

August 24th
Shell Shocked
Director: Dominic Brunt. Cast: Geoffrey Newland, Anthony Streeter.
Two soldiers from opposing sides seek temporary salvation from the battle field. A tense, life or death stand off at gun point ensues with a growing realisation...they were safer where they were... (pictured)

Samuel And Emily Vs. The World

Director: Nick Gillespie Cast: Steve Garry, Phoebe Jones and Alex Rose March.
An eerie and gruesome tale about a couple who have found a new way to survive the zombie apocalypse.

August 25th
The Guest
Director: Jovanka Vuckovic Cast: Tara Elliot, Jordan Gray and Isabella Vuckovic.
A man must face his personal demons as a consequence of a mysterious bargain he has made.

Breathe
Directed by Toby Meakins Cast: Jack North, Josef Altin and Orion Ben.
A ghost story about a girl who only appears when you hold your breath.


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