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And We're Off!
By James Whittington, Thursday 25th August 2016

CellHurrah! Stewart Bridle, Channel Manager for Horror has welcomed us to this year's FrightFest. Stewart is a huge horror movie fan and has the enviable job of selecting what goes on the channel. Imagine how hard that must be, sitting screening movies all day and getting paid for it (!) Only joking Stewart.

Tonight's movies kick off with a trio of treats that cross the boundaries of the horror genre. My Father Die is the feature debut from Sean Brosnan and a tale of revenge that oozes the atmosphere of classics such as Night Of The Hunter. Followed by a film that's already got people talking, Cell (pictured). Well, any adaptation of a work from Stephen King causes people to sit up and pass comment and this one is no exception. A smart cast that includes John Cusack and the legend that is Samuel L. Jackson it tells the story of people who have been transformed into mindless, zombie-like killers after a powerful signal is broadcast through mobile networks. Well it looks good on paper, anyway but critics haven't been kind to this one, but as always I'll go in with a very open mind.

A world premiere ends the first day of FrightFest, Cody Calahan's Let Her Out where a damaged young lady is troubled by the omnipresence of a strange female. Is she going crazy or are these sightings in reality?

So as you can see, a very varied programme to kick the proceedings off with, just wait for tomorrow when the first full day opens alongside the Discovery Screens!


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