FrightFest Day 5: Organs, pumpkins and emojis! By
James W, Tuesday 29th August 2017
The final day of Horror Channel FrightFest is usually the most anticipated especially towards the final movie of the event, more on that later. There was so much going on with what possibly be the strongest line up of the whole festival.
Anyone with even just the passing interest in cinema couldn't have failed to have been impressed by Lowlife, the superb thriller from Ryan Prows. When a simple organ-harvesting caper goes awry, a twist of fate unites three of society's forgotten and ignored: El Monstruo, a disgraced Mexican Wrestler working as hired muscle for the local crime boss; Crystal, a recovering addict desperate enough to arrange a black-market kidney transplant to save her husband's life; and Randy, a two-strike convict fresh out of prison, cursed with a full-face swastika tattoo and a best friend forcing him into a hare-brained kidnapping scheme. Now you may be thinking this is too bizarre to enjoy but believe me, its an adrenaline filled, sweat inducing thriller that is emotionally engaging as well as draining. Lead actress Nicki Michaeux is outstanding as Crystal, and gives the whole film such a grounding you just can't take your eyes off her.
Things got a bit seasonal after that with two movies that celebrate everyone's favourite times of the year, Christmas and Halloween! Better Watch Out is set around the most wonderful time of the year and Ashley is Luke's favourite babysitter and he's looking forward to spending time with her again. Suddenly a brick crashes through the window reading 'You Leave, You Die' and they hear someone sneaking around the house upstairs. But Ashley is soon to discover that this is a far from normal home invasion... I'm a sucker for this kind of thing and Better Watch Out is destined to be a tradition each year. Played straight with more darkness than you'd think this joyous horror was a real hit but if you want something for the 31st October then The Terror of Hallow's Eve is for you. This retro felling slasher is a real throwback to 80s horror complete with soundrack that includes pieces written by John Carpenter. Timmy Stevens is brutally beaten up by High School bullies on Halloween. Yearning for revenge while carving out a pumpkin head, unknowingly he summons up the evil spirit of the hideous Scarecrow. And before long Timmy has unleashed a supernatural force offering to grant his dark desires to scare his hated enemies to death. I loved this movie, it has everything an old horror fan is after, a great old-fashioned story, great effects and a score that takes you back, an early Halloween treat!
Tragedy Girls, the final FrightFest film for this event was one of the most talked about of the day, if not event. There was a lot of buzz going around and when the director, Tyler MacIntyre came to chat with us, we knew it was going to be something special. High school seniors Makayla and Sadie are obsessed with their social media presence as authorities on crime. Their interest in murder is more than just academic though as they are the hands-on type. Trapping a serial killer to foster a mutually beneficial partnership, they see their profile rise, along with the brutal slayings in their small town. Cool, stylish, contemporary, sassy, bloody, violent, clever, bloody, funny and bloody (!) this stepped up to the mark left by Train To Busan last year. It's a rapid fire, smart and scary movie with a cast that will be a huge smash when it gets a UK release. The audience loved it and looking back at the whole line up was the only way to end Horror Channel FrightFest 2017.
MORE FRIGHTFESTInterview with Simeon Halligan, director of White Settlers
Posted on Saturday 18th August 2018
Horror Channel's FrightFest Season includes some truly memorable movies from past events and one of the strongest is Simeon Halligan's, White Settlers which is showing on the 19th August.
We had a quick chat with Simeon about this superior shocker as well as his own festival, Grimmfest.
HC: How did the script for White Settlers come to your notice?
SH: It was a strange situation, I had read the script a year or so before we set about making the film, I think it had been sent us by Ian Fenton's agent but then we found out that Ian was thinking of making the film under his own production company so we thought it had gone away. Then, once we had r...
Stewart Bridle, Channel Manager for Horror Channel, selects the FrightFest films to catch at this year's event.
It's that time again when the most torturous experience isn't being slowly sliced in half by a deranged chainsaw-wielding maniac but actually deciding what to watch from the massive line-up of over 70 films at this year's FrightFest London on the August Bank holiday weekend. Unless you've found some mad scientist to clone you several times you'll never catch everything so here are ten devious delights I recommend this year.
On August 27th Horror Channel has the UK premiere of the paranormal shocker, Nightworld. The film concerns a man (Jason London) who bites off more than he can chew when, when a malevolent force is uncovered in the bowels of the apartment he's guarding.
So, we decided to chat to Jason about the movie, what it's like to work with Robert Englund and his future cinemtic plans.
HC: You've been acting for a number of years; can you remember how you felt when you first walked onto a movie set?
JL: My first day on a movie set was magic. I was, honestly, terrified, and thrilled. The crew was fantastic, and as soon as they started unloading all of the big lights...
You played a Street Demon in director Jason Lei Howden's FrightFest favourite Deathgasm. Is the New Zealand film community that small?
I didn't play a street demon; I am a street demon. The film community in NZ is small enough for most active people to know most other active people - but the genre scene is small enough for us all to know each other by at least one degree of separation. Many of my friends worked on or acted in Deathgasm and they needed a night shoot of 'street demons' so I donned my tie-dye and offered to help out. It was a lot of fun and I think Jason and the team did an incredible job.
Discover suspense, terror and everything in between as Signature Entertainment and FrightFest, the UK's leading horror fantasy film festival, team up to launch FrightFest Presents, an all-new venture geared to delivering the best in undiscovered genre features to the UK audience and world stage.
Phase one of this incredibly exciting label includes:
The Dark (October)
Directors: Justin P. Lange and Klemens Hufnagl
Cast: Nadia Alexander
Paul Hyett is a firm, FrightFest favourite. His work is always a much anticipated event at the film festival and this year is no exception with the world premiere of his latest work, Heretiks. Here he chats about this and future productions.
What first attracted you to actor Gregory Blair's script?
When Templeheart gave me the script of Heretiks (although it was a different title at the time), the one thing that really grabbed my interest was the opportunity to do a creepy period horror, set in 17th Century England. I'd already shot a war-set film, a contemporary werewolf film and here was an opportunity to do a film set in the 17th ce...
FrightFest 2018 showcases the best in short film from the UK and around the world, with ten countries representing five continents. From otherworldly ghosts to terrifying monsters, from the creepy to the baffling, from this dimension to those still unknown, this year's selection unleashes the latest from upcoming and established filmmakers.
Some of the best homegrown talent stretches their acting muscles, including Maisie Williams in Tom de Ville's soaring Corvidae, Gemma Whelan in Paul Taylor's hair-bristling The Blue Door, Alice Lowe in demonic thriller Salt, plus Adam Buxton and Asa Butterfield in surreal dark comedy Right Place, Wrong Tim.
With FrightFest 2018 only a few weeks away we decided to chat to actor/writer/director Dominic Brunt about what its like to be waiting to have your movie screened at FrightFest and the plans he has for future movie projects.
HC: It's been a while since we last chatted, apart from Attack of the Adult Babies, what have you been up to?
DM: It's been a very busy and fulfilling year at Emmerdale with a very involving story going through the whole year. Also, I was driver about-er on Sybil, Jo's fantastic new short film (which is showing at FrightFest 2018). I had a small role in Funny Cow with Tony Pitts and Maxine Peak which ...
To celebrate FrightFest 2018, taking place in London during the August Bank Holiday, Horror Channel is dedicating thirteen nights to past festival hits.
Amongst the twenty-six fear-filled favourites, the channel will air four UK TV premieres: Simeon Halligan's 'terror-torial' home invasion shocker White Settlers; Jeff Maher's crowd-pleasingly ghoulish orgy of sex and gore Bed Of The Dead; Chad Archibald's breath-choking supernatural thriller The Drownsman; and the hauntingly sinister Nightworld, directed by Patricio Valladares and starring horror icon Robert Englund.
Plus, we're broadcasting three network premieres; Alberto Marini's sly and witty scaremonger Summer Camp; Bernard Rose's Frankenstein, a s...
Two extra films have been added to the record-breaking 2018 line-up: Pimped is director David Barker's modern transgressive erotic thriller, an Hitchcocktail of elevated suspense and shock in the revered style of Brian De Palma, and If you've never seen John Carpenter's Halloween on the big screen, now's your best chance. The inclusion of this 4K restoration needs no explanation in anticipation of a new Michael Myers slasher being released in October. Check screening details on the FrightFest website.
Ahead of single tickets going on sale from Saturday 21st July, 9am, we're thrilled to announce our current slate of guests, which includes Poldark star Aidan Turner, who ...
FrightFest and FAB Press once again join forces to launch The Frightfest Guide To Ghost Movies, which goes on sale during FrightFest 2018, August 23 - August 27.
Following the success of The FrightFest Guide to Exploitation Movies, and The FrightFest Guide to Monster Movies, this is the third in an on-going series of wide appeal books for both the curious spectator and the cult connoisseur.
This year's FrightFest Guide is written by horror genre writer and award-winning filmmaker Axelle Carolyn, who has helmed an atmospheric bone-chiller herself - Soulmate, Axelle is well-versed in all things weird, wicked and witchy and he...
After the success of last year's inaugural New Blood search for new writers in the horror genre, the hunt is on for another batch of scribes to cook up a potent cauldron of original ideas and devilish tales. And the search starts today!
New Blood 2 finds FrightFest once again teamed with Giles Edwards of Queensbury Pictures, which aims to find new writers and nurture their project from script to screen.
One of last year's entries, thriller Broadcast Signal Intrusion, is now in pre-production, and is one of Queensbury Pictures' first titles out of the traps. Written by Phil Drinkwater and Tim Woodall, it will be directed by Jacob Gentry (The Signal, Syncronicit...