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Not with a whimper but with a bang! FrightFest 2019 comes to a close
By James Whittington, Tuesday 27th August 2019

The final two movies of FrightFest 2019 gave the crowd exactly what they wanted from the festival; invention, fun and truly shocking cinematic moments.

The much talked abut Rabid remake from Jen and Sylvia Soska didn't disappoint and delivered a smart updating of the David Cronenberg classic. Rose wants to become a famous designer in the fashion world, but a terrible accident leaves her scarred beyond recognition. Undergoing a radical untested stem cell treatment, wallflower Rose turns into the belle of the ball and starts to realize her ambitions. But everything in life comes at a price and Rose's newfound perfection is no exception as she unwittingly sets off a bloody spiral of contagion. Well-paced with just the right number of nods to the past, Rabid is exactly how remakes should be; it takes the premise of the original and twists it into an original movie. You can happily watch the original and this one and get just the same amount of body horror satisfaction.

FrightFest 2019 ended with a breath-taking thriller of true urban horror, Abner Pastoll's A Good Woman is Hard to Find. Widowed mother of two Sarah is desperate to know who murdered her husband in front of their young son, rendering him mute. Coerced into helping a low-life drug-dealer stash narcotics stolen from the local Mr. Big, she's forced to go beyond humanity into taking drastic action to protect her children while learning the awful truth about her spouse. Lead Sarah Bolger is compelling to say the least in this movie. She delivers a raw, powerful and very honest performance and support by the rest of the strong cast including Edward Hogg, Andrew Simpson and Jane Brennan. Pastoll proves that Road Games wasn't a fluke by bringing to life an all too real environment and although things are pushed to an extreme you are left shaken, moved and for some, emotional wrecks!

That, as they say is that! Once more FrightFest was a huge success and the team of Alan Jones, Greg Day, Ian Rattray and Paul McAvoy delivered big style for their 20th anniversary. We've got loads of interviews still to post on out feeds so keep checking this site and our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Until next year...


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