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By James Whittington, Saturday 6th August 2016
Can’t make it to the Vue Cinema in Shepherd’s Bush for this year’s FrightFest event? Never fear! Horror Channel will be bringing the UK’s biggest, boldest and bloodiest festival to your screens during August, dedicating thirteen nights to past festival favourites, including seven monstrous UK TV premieres from the 2015 event. These are Isaac Gabaeff’s rewarding monster mash-up The Sand, Adam Levin’s spell-binding family frightener Estranged, starring James Cosmo, Eugene McGing’s genuinely terrifying haunted house tale, The Unfolding, Kyle Rankin’s touching rom-zom-com delight Night Of The Living Deb, Levan Bakhia’s extremely explosive Landmine Goes Click, Benjamin R. Moody’s penetrating character-slasher Last Girl Standing and Jason Henrie-McCrea’s quirky, oddball gem Curtain.
The double-bills, every night from August 19th till the 31st, starting from 9pm, also feature classics such as Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, Howard and Jon Ford’s The Dead, Sean Byrne’s The Loved Ones, Tom Six’s The Human Centipede, Jim Mickle’s We Are What We Are and Paul Hyett’s The Seasoning House.
Here’s everything you need to know about our premieres!
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water (again), you can’t even get across the sand! Blood Beach meets Spring Breakers in The Sand on the 19th at 9pm, an appetising mix of smart nostalgia and up-to-the-minute visual effects. After an all-night graduation beach party, a group of hung-over students wake up under blazing sun to find their numbers somewhat depleted. An enormous alien creature has burrowed down deep and anyone foolish enough to make contact with the sand finds themselves at the mercy of a sea of flesh-eating tentacles. Will they ever be able to escape its carnivorous clutches?In Estranged on the 20th at 10.55pm, January is forced to return home after six wild years abroad. A road accident has left her wheelchair-bound with amnesia. Not only has she forgotten her family, but also her childhood and is surprised to discover her home is a stately country manor. Trying to settle in with boyfriend Callum at her attentive side, she just becomes even more distant from her family, who just want their old daughter back. The trouble is she cannot remember who that person was, or why she fled in the first place. Now she must learn all over again how terrible relatives can be. Stars James Cosmo, Amy Manson, Nora-Jane Noone and James Lance.
The Unfolding on the 21st at 10.40pm is the exciting first feature from newcomer Eugene McGing and set in present time where the world seems to be on the brink of a nuclear catastrophe. A researcher in psychical events and his girlfriend travel to deepest Dartmoor to investigate a centuries-old building. What they unlock and discover is way more than they could have ever bargained for. Fancy a horror comedy with guts? Then check out Night Of The Living Deb on the 26th at 9pm where after a girls' night out, endearingly awkward Deb wakes up in the apartment of the most attractive guy in Portland, Maine. She's thrilled, but can't remember how she got there. Pretty boy Ryan only knows it was a mistake and ushers her out the door... into a full-scale zombie apocalypse. Now, a walk of shame becomes a fight for survival as the mismatched pair discovers that the only thing scarier than trusting someone with your life is trusting them with your heart.
Three American tourists are crossing the desolate mountains in the formerly war-torn republic of Georgia in the hard-hitting and controversial shocker Landmine Goes Click at 10.50pm on the 27th. Daniel has just proposed to Alicia and has asked Chris to be his best man, so they stop to take a celebration photograph. Chris steps to the right, the step goes click and he finds himself standing on a landmine. From that moment on Chris cannot move or he’s dead. But then secrets are revealed, dark motives uncovered, an outside threat appears and the real nightmare unfolds. For what happens on that terrifying afternoon will become a harbinger of doom for all lost innocence. Stars Sterling Knight, Spencer Locke, Kote Tolordava, Dean Geyer and Nana Kiknadze.
Benjamin R. Moody’s debut feature, Last Girl Standing at 11pm on the 28th takes a captivating look at what happens to the remaining true victim of every horror movie. She survived a brutal massacre, but lost her life. What happens to the final girl once the credits have rolled? Five years ago, a masked killer brutally murdered a group of friends. Since then, Camryn, the lone survivor, has tried to make sense of the homicidal events and struggled to reclaim her shattered life. Wracked with guilt and paranoia, can Camryn ever have a normal existence again or is she destined to cope alone forever? Stars Akasha Villalobos, Danielle Evon Ploeger, Brian Villalobos, JD Carrera and Ryan Hamilton. If it’s bizarre chills with a huge twist of Twilight Zone-esque strangeness check out Curtain at 10.45pm on the 29th. Danni moves into a New York apartment and starts sprucing the place up. She doesn’t know the previous tenant committed suicide in very strange circumstances. Nor does she know there’s a mysterious portal to another dimension in the bathroom that’s hungry for… shower curtains! But where does this unusual gateway hidden behind the white tiling lead? That’s what Danni and her ‘Whale Saver’ chugger workmate Tim decide to find out. It’s an investigation into a unique phenomenon full of surprise and unimaginable horror as they both enter The Yonder.
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