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FrightFest Day 4 - It's all about the Discovery
By James Whittington, Sunday 26th August 2018
The Night Sitter

As Day 4 of FrightFest dawns its time check out what's going on at the Discover Screen.

As usual there's been a broad selection of films already shown in this room but today has the most eclectic menu of mayhem.

The Night Eats the World is a raw, stripped-down, existential zombie chiller based on the acclaimed book from Pit Agarmen which looks at the loneliness and pain of trying to survive an undead holocaust. This is stark contrast to Gonzalo Calzada's beautifully delicate yet striking Luciferina. Forming the second entry to his "Virgin Trilogy" it's the story of ancestral drugs, pagan rites and a perverted version of the eternal battle between Good and Evil.

A full 180 degrees turn after this with a celebration of a movie studio that defined the horror genre for decades. Marcus Hearn's Hammer Horror: The Warner Bros Years focuses on Hammer's later years as they tried to adjust to the swinging sixties and added more blood and sexuality to their films.

Videoman has already been championed as the return of the giallo genre as it involves a crime plot, a black gloved killer, and plenty of tension whilst The Night Sitter is a balls to the wall slasher that mixes parts of The Goonies, Home Alone and Friday the 13th! You won't be disappointed with this one!


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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
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FrightFest and Fab Press launch The Frightfest Guide to Werewolf Movies
Posted on Tuesday 11th June 2019

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FrightFest are after Fresh Blood!
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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 start on the 5th June 2019 and filmmakers can apply here. The closing date is 31st July and the shortlisted finalists will be announced on 14th August.

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Everything you ever wanted to know about FrightFest... but were afraid to ask!
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A title you'll want to rent out, Videoman
Posted on Sunday 27th January 2019
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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 eviction. He makes a deal with a shady, anonymous collector before realising the video has been stolen.

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Posted on Sunday 21st October 2018
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