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Interview with Derek Carl, director of The Brain That Wouldn't Die
Posted on Thursday 22nd October 2020

Cult classics always have a place at FrightFest but 2020 contains one with a twist. Director Derek Carl has delivered an updated but caring re-imagining of the cult favourite, The Brain That Wouldn't Die. Here he chats about this unique movie.

HC: When did you first see the original movie, The Brain that Wouldn't Die?

DC: I watched the original film for the first time just a few months before we started working on the remake. One day, Hank Huffman (the writer of the film) called me and asked if I was familiar with an old B-movie called "The Brain That Wouldn't Die." I told him I'd never seen it. He told me I could find it on YouTube because it was public domain. And while he didn't gi...

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Existential trauma, the return of Chris Smith and drugged up ghost hunting! Day 2 of FrightFest Digital Edition 2 (Part 2)
Posted on Thursday 22nd October 2020
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Canada has always been a hot bed of horror talent and FrightFest has always championed creatives from the Great White North. First film up this evening is from David Simpson, Dangerous To Know. A troubled young woman recovers from a suicide attempt in a secluded cabin, but when a series of unexplained and terrifying incidents occur, she realizes someone-or something-has a far darker future planned for her. Examining the rarely explored Zeigarnik effect (a term from psychology which examines the effect that when an activity is interrupted it is more readily recalled) which gives it an intriguing and dangerous edge.

Celebrated director and friend of FrightFest Chris Smith is back with a pre-World ...

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Interview with Andy Collier and Tor Mian, directors of Sacrifice
Posted on Thursday 22nd October 2020
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FrightFest Digital Edition 2 is well underway and the first film up stars FrightFest favourite Barbara Crampton. Here co-directors Andy Collier and Tor Mian talk (not so seriously at times) about this Norwegian nightmare.

HC: Have you always been horror movie fans?

AC: When I was 12 the local video rental store wouldn't let me take porn films so Evil Dead and Zombie Flesh Eaters was the next best thing. And an unhealthy obsession grew from there.

TM: I've never been a horror fan. What kind of sicko derives entertainment from other people's suffering? I only continue to work in the genre while my blood debt to Andy remains unpaid. After that it is romantic comedies all the wa...

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Cosmic chills and transplant terror. Day 2 of FrightFest Digital Edition 2 (Part1)
Posted on Thursday 22nd October 2020
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After the last night's double-bill of chills FrightFest settles down to deliver more movies that are designed to appeal to fans of the darker side of cinema. Here's what's on offer for the first half of tonight's programme!

The world premiere of Sacrifice gets the evening off to a solid start with Barbara Crampton delivering one of her strongest performances yet. When Isaac and his pregnant wife Emma return to the Norwegian village of his birth to deal with an unexpected inheritance they find themselves caught in a waking nightmare as an ancient frightening evil is awakened to claim the colour of madness in a birth right of its own. Think of The Wicker Man meets HP Lovecraft, this mo...

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Dare you log in? Day 1 of FrightFest Digital Edition 2
Posted on Wednesday 21st October 2020
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Well, here we go again!

Just weeks after the first FrightFest Digital Edition we welcome another and what a packed programme Team FrightFest have lined up for us. More details on daily showings over the next few posts.

As usual the first day contains a couple of movies to get us all in the mood, a world premiere and a UK premiere. First up is Held which has been written by and stars Jill Awbrey as Emma whose marriage to Henry (Bart Johnson) has become slightly shaky. In an effort to reconnect on their 9-year anniversary, they vacation to a remote luxury rental, complete with automated smart house features and integrated security. After suspecting a night time intruder however, they d...

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Superb thriller Concrete Plans due in cinemas this November
Posted on Monday 19th October 2020
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Showing on the Zavvi screen at FrightFest 2020, Concrete Plans is a stunning and brutal psychological chiller that will have you investing more in DIY rather than getting people in!

High in the remote Welsh mountains, five builders are bought together to renovate a sprawling old farmhouse. Housed in mouldy Portacabins, tensions soon simmer amongst the men and between the self-entitled aristocratic homeowner. World-weary old-timer Dave and kindly Foreman Bob try to keep the peace. But his nephew Steve falls under the malign influence of bigot Jim, the pair taking a dislike to Ukranian Viktor. As t...

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Arrow Video FrightFest announces bumper line-up for its October 2020 Digital edition
Posted on Friday 2nd October 2020
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Arrow Video FrightFest will go virtual for the second time in 2020, having taken the decision to cancel its planned physical event at the Cineworld, Leicester Square, due to continuing COVID restrictions. The forty-five feature film line-up will merge the in-cinema selection with brand new titles to provide an online festival experience from October 21-October 25.

As with the August Digital event, the programme will be split between The Arrow and Horror Channel Screens, with the addition of a third, the Zavvi Discovery Screen. Pass holders will be able to choose what to watch across all three screens with the additional bonus of the Wednesday night features. All film...

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Arrow Video FrightFest cancels October Cineworld event midst growing COVID restrictions
Posted on Wednesday 23rd September 2020
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Arrow Video FrightFest will go virtual for the second time in 2020, having taken the difficult decision to cancel its planned physical event at the Cineworld, Leicester Square. due to continuing COVID restrictions making the event socially, practically and commercially untenable. The digital edition will run over the same days, from October 22-25 October, and will combine the in-cinema and proposed Halloween digital event into one online festival experience.

Ian Rattray, co-director, said today: "It's with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of the Cineworld event. Although cinemas are not affected by the new hospitality rules, it was the tipping point in...

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Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula to open Arrow Video FrightFest October 2020
Posted on Thursday 10th September 2020
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Four years after Train to Busan was voted the most popular FrightFest Closing Night film ever, comes the hotly anticipated stand-alone sequel, Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula, which will open this year's Arrow Video FrightFest October event, courtesy of Studiocanal. The film will play on Thursday October 22, 6pm, across three screens at the Cineworld, Leicester Square.

FrightFest co-director Alan Jones commented: "Ask any die-hard FrightFester what their favourite ever Closing Night film was and they will say the fabulous Train to Busan. The continuous standing ovations, cheers and applause engendered by our sell-out screenings of that ins...

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Interview with the legendary actress Lin Shaye about being part of The Horror Crowd
Posted on Wednesday 9th September 2020
Lin Shaye and Ruben PlaLin Shaye is an actress that need no introduction. Her screen work over the last few decades has seen her appear in countless movies such as Nightmare on Elm Street, Critters or more recently the Insidious series of movies. Here she chats about her career and her why she appeared in Ruben Pla's superb doc, The Horror Crowd.

HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to be an actress?

LS: No, I never had the dream. Ever. I had the need to tell stories and from a very young age and my dad, when he tucked me in a night we would tell what we would call "Candyland Stories" and they were stories about a little girl named Linda, and they would start when she was just falling to sleep...

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Interview with Steve Villeneuve, director of Hail to the Deadites
Posted on Thursday 3rd September 2020
HailToTheDeadites-1FrightFest 2020 delivered some incredibly entertaining and informative documentaries. Hail to the Deadites from Steve Villeneuve is a celebration of the the Evil Dead series of movies and truly gets under the skin of what the franchise means to those who created it and those who are mega fans! Here Steve talks about this amazing doc.

HC: Can you recall the first time you saw an Evil Dead movie and what it was that grabbed your attention?

SV: I guess I was 13. I actually saw Army of Darkness first on television. Years later, spot the cover of Evil Dead 2 in a video store. Then, rent Evil Dead one without knowing it was the first film because here in Quebec, The Evil Dead is ca...
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Then, in the blink of an eye, it was all over
Posted on Monday 31st August 2020
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Arrow Video FrightFest 2020 Digital Edition has closed its doors. Over the last few days, the team have delivered on their promise, to make the event just as good apart as it would have been together.

The event contained the usual mix of horror genres that we've come to expect and exposed us to some seriously talented creatives. Features such as Blinders, Dark Stories and 12 Hour Shift delivered some of the most memorable moments which would have been amazing on a big screen.

If it was blood and gore you wanted, then Skull: The Mask and was the movie for you. Brutal and bloody this shows that there's some major talent movie making in Brazil. If you wanted laughs with...

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