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Child's Play meets Tomorrow's World at FrightFest tonight
By James Whittington, Saturday 24th August 2019

Saturday nights are legendary at FrightFest. Every year a set of movies are programmed to deliver to the audiences a trio of films that are made to be seen in large groups.

The tongue firmly in cheek horror The Drone from Zombeavers director Jordan Rubin is a perfect example of a movie that is more enjoyable when watched with a crowd rather than by yourself. A serial killer The Violator invokes black magic and downloads his soul into the drone he used to stalk victims. Just-married Rachel and Chris find this possessed drone but soon neighbours start disappearing, mysterious emails appear, and they gradually realise the full horror of adopting the psychotic equipment. OK, this is exactly what it says on the tin, a bizarre, crazy concept that's played totally straight. Hilarious and gory in equal parts.

If you're after meta-movie thrills then Madness in the Method, the directorial debut from Jason Mews is just for you. Playing an alternative version of his persona, and tired of Hollywood's perception of him, Mews tries his hand at becoming a serious actor. Upon advice from his best friend Kevin Smith, he tracks down a secret book outlining all the mysteries of the Method Acting process, but this leads to more than just dying for his art but killing for it! This film is exactly what fans of Jay and Silent Bob will devour, as its packed full of self-referential gags and questionable humour. Look out for cameos from Teri Hatcher, Vinnie Jones and Danny Trejo to name but a few.

To keep us all, awake the brutal and hyper-violent Russian shocker Why Don't You Just Die! is a masterpiece in outrageous and over-the-top ruthlessness. A corrupt detective brings together a terrible group of people in his apartment: his resentful actress daughter, an angry thug, his timid wife, and a cheated cop. Each one of them has a reason to kill him but will they succeed? With fistfights and blood-drenched set-pieces galore, the film is a stylish, superbly acted and as outrageous as anything seen at FrightFest. Considering this is the debut movie from Kirill Sokolov it shows he has an eye for graphic detail and a truly wicked sense of humour.

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