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Where did that time go? Day 5 of FrightFest has dawned
By James Whittington, Monday 26th August 2019

Hard to believe but in a blink of an eye the final day of FrightFest 2019 has dawned but the festival is going out with a real bang with a programme packed with some of the strongest movies from the entire event playing today.

Brian Hanson's The Black String allows Frankie Muniz to really get his teeth into a mature role and he carries it off perfectly. A slacker goes on a blind date with a strange woman, and his world suddenly begins to unravel in horrifying fashion as he's plagued by paranoia, illness and nightmarish visions. Part social commentary part tale of a truly lost soul this is smart film that takes us into a life that has been oppressed for so long and when he finally does think he's found someone his whole existence goes even further down. Muniz is superb in this, hope this team make more movies with him.

More strange black magic follows with Chelsea Stardust's Satanic Panic from Fangoria Studios. Described as Society meets The Devil Rides Out the movie concerns cancer survivor Sam who ekes out a meagre existence delivering pizza. Offered a delivery to a wealthy neighbourhood, she unfortunately gate crashes a key ritual being carried out by an elite Satanist sect. The only thing missing from their black ceremonial orgy to rebirth the Dark Lord is a virgin sacrifice and guess who could fit the bill? A joyous celebration of "do you know what your neighbours are up to?" genre this effortlessly mixes gore and big laughs with a cast who are obviously loving every minute.

There's a number of portmanteau movies this year and Abligail Blackmore's Tales from the Lodge is one of the best. Boasting an all-star cast and Mackenzie Crook, Laura Fraser, Sophie Thompson, Johnny Vegas, Kelly Wenham and Dustin Demri-Burns, most of whom direct their own segments, the film harks back to the glory days of Amicus and Tigon pictures. Friends gather at a remote lodge to honour a friend who recently drowned in a nearby lake. With emotions running high, everyone makes the most of a gloomy situation by celebrating the best way they know how: swapping silly, scary stories that would have earned a giggle from their dearly departed pal. Smart and fun with a sense of dread and foreboding, the film updates the idea with a wraparound story that packs a smart punch.


Related show tags: FRIGHTFEST, SOCIETY, THE DEVIL RIDES OUT
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