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Horror Channel Frightfest Announces 2016 Short Film Programme
By James Whittington, Saturday 6th August 2016

Neck And NeckWith twenty-six films over three days, including seven World, five European and nine UK premieres, Horror Channel FrightFest’s 2016 short film showcase shines a  dazzling spotlight on the brave new wave of emerging genre talent, with UK films at its pulsating dark heart.

There are ten films representing the UK. From Cat Davies comes Connie, a dark look at the world of stand-up comedy with Catrin Stewart and a guest appearance by horror guru Kim Newman. Then there is Francois, the first short by Preston Nyman, son of FrightFest favourite Andy Nyman, about a man with a disturbing mission. Plus there’s Neville Pierce’s Bricks, starring Jason Flemyng, giving a horror twist to the class struggle. Bob Pipe’s The Monster, is a touching and terrifying homage to old-time monster films, while Neck And Neck, from Mew Lab animation studio, is a surreal homage to Shakespeare.

There’s the latest in zombie terror with Dawn Of The Deaf by Rob Savage, and the romantic dark fantasy of Neon by Mark J. Blackman. Completing the home-grown line-up are film writer turned director Sam Ashurst’s suspenseful Hell’s Garden, Damon Rickard’s psychologically gripping Dissociative, and Christopher Goodman and Kate Walshie’s disease-ridden Blight.

From the US, we have three returning FrightFest alum. Jill ‘Sixx’ Gevargizian is back with The Stylist, the secret and bloody world of hairdressers; Gwilliam is the latest comedy-terror from Brian Lonano; and Chris McInroy’s Death Metal turns up the horror volume to the max.

John Carpenter wrote the music for and makes a cameo appearance in The Puppet Man, an homage to 80s slasher films; the fantastic Zoë Bell delivers the laughs and kicks ass in No Touching, starring Jake Busey, and, in The Garden, a young ballerina tries to break free from tyranny. Plus director Ryan Spindell pits babysitter against psychopath in The Babysitter Murders and we get a very dark portrait of an underground fetish club in Mila Zuo’s Carnal Orient.

From around the world, there’s South Korean comedy in Bow Wow Bow, Ayako Fujitani’s hilarious look at the mundane life of an office worker; Gigi Saul Guerrero returns with macabre horror in Madre De Dios and there’s more comedic terror from Spain with Thanatopraxy. Plus we have a diabolical Luxembourgean mouse in Pearlies, two scientists on a journey into the Icelandic unknown in French director Fabien Dubois’ Here We Are, monsters in  the closet in Canadian director Greg Jeffs’ It’s All In Your Head and two gems from Australia – Stefani Speerin’s demented pantomime Isadore and Curve, Tim Egan’s visually intense story of survival.

Programmer Shelagh Rowan-Legg said: "From dystopian prisons to underground fetish clubs, to isolated country houses, to the streets of Seoul, the shorts programme for Horror Channel FrightFest 2016 will take the audience to the strangest corners of the world and the darkest depths of the human soul”.


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