The Main screens at Frightfest 2015 shine brightly with a vivid, stellar mix of the monstrous, the macabre and the must-see.
Apart from our closing anthology TALES OF HALLOWEEN and our ‘gorious’ festive attraction A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY, there is Iain Softley’s cleverly vicious CURVE, Bernard Rose’s stylishly affecting FRANKENSTEIN, Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s masterpiece SCHERZO DIABOLICO, Abner Pastoll’s deranged ROAD GAMES, Alistair Legrand’s genre-bending shocker THE DIABOLICAL, Ted Geoghegan’s well-received ghost story WE ARE STILL HERE, Adam Schindler’s agoraphobic SHUT IN, Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell & Yoann-Karl Whissell’s post-apocalyptic romp TURBO KID, Bruce McDonald’s Halloween horror HELLIONS and Levan Bakhia’s explosive LANDMINE GOES CLICK. Plus, the Israeli Paz Brothers put the grim in pilgrimage with JERUZALEM, director Adam Egypt Mortimer gives us his cutting-edge “feminist slasher movie” SOME KIND OF HATE, first-time director Eric Hannezo gives us his version of RABID DOGS, STUNG lets loose a battalion of giant wasps and Australian director Ursula Dabrowsky bring us her highly unusual shocker INNER DEMON. Completing the main screen mayhem is splatstick psycho-thriller DEATHGASM, suburban shocker SLUMLORD, the brilliantly unnerving EMELIE, the stark, gore-filled NIGHT FARE and JAMES WAN’S DEMONIC.
Film4 Frightfest 2015: The Main Screens
MAIN SCREENS (5, 6, 7)
THURSDAY AUGUST 27
OPENING FILM: CHERRY TREE (European Premiere)
(Times: Screen 5: 18:15, Screen 6: 18:30, Screen 7: 18:45)
Director: David Keating. Cast: Anna Walton, Naomi Battrick, Sam Hazeldine, Patrick Gibson, Minnie Phipps. Ireland 2015. 90 mins.
Faith’s world is turned upside down when she finds out her father is dying. When the mysteriously alluring Sissy Young becomes her field hockey coach, Faith finds a compassionate spirit and much-needed mother figure. Little does she know that Sissy is the head of a centuries-old witches’ coven using the fruit of an ancient cherry tree in a secret ritual that restores life. And soon Sissy has enticed Faith into making a fateful bargain that is about to change everything… From David Keating, the director of the critically acclaimed neo Hammer horror WAKE WOOD, comes another blood-freezing rural nightmare.
TURBO KID (London Premiere)
(Times: Screen 5: 20:40, Screen 6: 20:55, Screen 7: 21:10)
Directors: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell. Cast: Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside, Edwin Wright, Aaron Jeffery. Canada/New Zealand 2015. 95 mins.
It’s 1997. In a post-apocalyptic world a young kid obsessed by comic books lives in an underground bunker and survives by scavenging in the Wasteland. His life is turned upside down when the evil Zeus who controls the water supply with an iron fist kidnaps his mysterious new friend Apple. And the reluctant hero must find the courage to face his fears if he is going to save her. Take a BMX bike ride into outlandish MAD MAX territory with an endearingly sincere romp through a pitch-perfect pastiche of hip 1980s popcorn flicks, giddy carnage, retro violence and touching romance.
STUNG (UK Premiere)
(Times: Screen 5: 23:00, Screen 6: 23:15, Screen 7: 23:30)
Director: Benni Diez. Cast: Matt O’Leary, Jessica Cook, Lance Henriksen, Clifton Collins Jr., Cecilia Pillado. Germany 2015. 85 mins.
Every year wealthy Mrs. Perch throws a fancy garden party at her country villa. Caterers Paul and Julia are hired to organise the bar and buffet and think that’s all they have to worry about. Wrong! Mrs Perch’s illegally imported plant fertilizer has infected a local species of killer wasps and with the celebrations in full swing the swarm attack, lay eggs in their human prey, which then mutate into 7-foot tall predators with an attitude. Can Paul and Julia stop the insectoid nightmare and continue their stumbling romance? Get your buzz on with this enormously fun creature feature.
FRIDAY AUGUST 28
HELLIONS (London Premiere)
(Times: Screen 5: 11:00, Screen 6: 13:20, Screen 7: 16:00)
Director: Bruce McDonald. Cast: Chloe Rose, Robert Patrick, Rachel Wilson, Rossif Sutherland, Luke Bilyk. Canada 2015. 82 mins.
After putting himself firmly on the genre map with PONTYPOOL, director Bruce McDonald returns with an atmospheric and impressive Halloween horror. Teenage Dora Vogel is coming to terms with an unwanted pregnancy. Yet to reveal the news to her mother, she simply wants to forget her current situation by partying Halloween night away. Putting on her angel costume she waits for her boyfriend to arrive. Instead, a malevolent group of monstrous pumpkin-headed trick-or-treaters come knocking with intentions of taking the unborn life inside her. Now Dora must use her sharpened survival instincts to endure the sinister demonic army until dawn.
LANDMINE GOES CLICK (UK Premiere)
(Times: Screen 5: 13:00, Screen 6: 15:35, Screen 7: 11:30)
Director: Levan Bakhia. Cast: Sterling Knight, Spencer Locke, Kote Tolordava, Dean Geyer, Nana Kiknadze. Georgia 2015. 100 mins.
Three American tourists are crossing the desolate mountains in the formerly war-torn republic of Georgia. Daniel has just proposed to Alicia and has asked Chris to be his best man, so they stop to take a celebration photograph. Chris steps to the right, the step goes click and he finds himself standing on a landmine. From that moment on Chris cannot move or he’s dead. But then secrets are revealed, dark motives uncovered, an outside threat appears and the real nightmare unfolds. For what happens on that terrifying afternoon will become a harbinger of doom for all lost innocence.
THE DIABOLICAL (UK Premiere)
(Times: Screen 5: 15:25, Screen 6: 11:15, Screen 7: 13:55)
Director: Alistair Legrand. Cast: Ali Larter, Patrick Fischler, Arjun Gupta, Tom Wright, Chloe Perrin. USA 2015. 86 mins.
From the producers of THE PACT and THE DIVIDE comes a highly unusual genre-blending shocker with a twist. Single mother Madison and her two children keep being awoken nightly by an increasingly strange and intense presence. Seeking help from her scientist boyfriend, they embark on a hunt to destroy the violent spirit that paranormal experts are too scared to take on. But what is Project Echo and why does that past experiment seem to be impacting on their frightening present? Find out in the wild and weird feature debut of genre-influenced commercials and music video helmer Alistair Legrand.
JERUZALEM (UK Premiere)
(Times: Screen 5: 18:15, Screen 6: 20:45, Screen 7: 23:15)
Directors: Doran Paz, Yoav Paz. Cast: Tom Graziani, Yael Grobglas, Danielle Jadelyn, Yon Tumarkin. Israel 2015. 87 mins.
Old testament legend meets new terrorist reality in the latest shock sensation from the burgeoning Israeli horror explosion combining traditional cinema and ultra-realism with modern technology. While visiting Jerusalem, three American tourists find themselves trapped within the city walls as an apocalyptic event spreads throughout the holy enclave. For Judgement Day, the worst prophesy in the bible, is coming true and the terrified trio are on the inside capturing every bloody moment. Will they escape before all Hell breaks loose and the Dark Angels extinguish the light? Watch and marvel as the Paz Brothers put the grim in pilgrimage.
WE ARE STILL HERE (UK Premiere)
(Times: Screen 5: 20:35, Screen 6: 23:00, Screen 7: 18:45)
Director: Ted Geoghegan. Cast: Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Lisa Marie, Larry Fessenden, Monte Markham. USA 2015. 83 mins.
The producers of THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD and CHEAP THRILLS serve up a tense ghost story in the Italianate Lucio Fulci/Pupi Avati tradition. After their teenage son is killed in a car crash, Paul and Anne move to the New England countryside to start a new life. But the grieving couple unknowingly becomes the prey of a family of vengeful spirits that reside in their converted funeral parlour home. And so begins a terrifying fight back against the living hiding a terrible secret and the malicious dead demanding a sacrifice that threatens to pull their cursed souls into hell.
JAMES WAN’S DEMONIC (European Premiere)
(Times: Screen 5: 22:45, Screen 6: 18:30, Screen 7: 21:00)
Director: Will Canon. Cast: Maria Bello, Frank Grillo, Cody Horn, Dustin Milligan. Megan Park. USA 2015. 83 mins.
Director James Wan brought his magic touch to SAW, INSIDIOUS, THE CONJURING and FAST & FURIOUS 7. Now the ANNABELLE producer puts his name to another super-shock supernatural mystery. In the aftermath of a horrific massacre where five college students were brutally murdered inside an abandoned home, Detective Mark Lewis and psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Klein question the lone survivor of a ghost-hunting excursion that seemingly went horribly wrong. The amateur paranormal activists were simply seeking proof of poltergeist phenomenon at the supposed haunted house. But what started out as a harmless pursuit turned into something truly terrifying.
SATURDAY AUGUST 29
SHUT IN (UK Premiere)
(Times: Screen 5: 10:30, Screen 6: 13:20, Screen 7: 16:00)
Director: Adam Schindler. Cast: Beth Riesgraf, Martin Starr, Jack Kesy, Rory Culkin, Leticia Jimenez. USA 2015. 90 mins.
Anna Rook is isolated from human contact in nearly every way, which is exactly how she likes it. Suffering from crippling agoraphobia and holed up in a secluded Victorian mansion. The people in Anna’s life can be counted on two fingers: her terminally-ill brother, Conrad, and the charismatic Meals-on-Wheels driver, Dan. But Anna’s home is about to be invaded by a trio of small-time criminals after a hidden stash of cash. She can’t bring herself to flee, but what the intruders don’t realise is that agoraphobia is the least of her psychoses.
BAIT (London preview)
(Times: Screen 5: 12:45, Screen 6: 15:30, Screen 7: 11:00)
Director: Dominic Brunt. Cast: Victoria Smurfit, Joanne Mitchell, Jonathan Slinger, Rula Lenska, Adam Fogerty. UK 2015. 84 mins.
Dominic Brunt’s impressive second feature after the beloved ‘Emmerdale’ actor took the genre by storm with BEFORE DAWN is a tense female revenge saga – a frightening true-life crime thriller graced by a scalpel-sharp screenplay and extraordinary performances. Two women who dream of opening their own café in a work-depressed northern town go to the wrong person for a loan in this chilling allegory of the economic brutality independent businesses face within the austerity-led banking system. Unable to meet the outrageous payment demands, the hardened duo must find it within themselves to take pitiless, bloody retribution on their malicious aggressor.
FRANKENSTEIN (UK Premiere)
(Times: Screen 5: 15:15, Screen 6: 10:45, Screen 7: 13:30)
Director: Bernard Rose. Cast: Xavier Samuel, Danny Huston, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tony Todd, Maya Erskine. USA 2015. 89 mins.
Mary Shelley’s immortal beloved lives again in director Bernard Rose’s stylishly smart update of the classic myth set in present day Los Angeles. Adam is artificially created with a revolutionary 3D printer by married research scientists. But when bodily malfunctions relegate him to the scrapheap, Adam faces nothing but aggression and violence from the world around him as he discovers the true nature of humanity. Told from the Monster’s perspective and showcasing a stunning performance by TWILIGHT star Xavier Samuel, this brilliant adaptation gives horror icon Tony Todd his best role in years as blind hobo Eddie.
SOME KIND OF HATE (UK Premiere)
(Times: Screen 5: 18:15, Screen 6: 20:55, Screen 7: 23:30)
Director: Adam Egypt Mortimer. Cast: Ronen Rubinstein, Grace Phipps, Spencer Breslin, Maestro Harrell, Sierra McCormick. USA 2015. 83 mins.
What if your past came back for you as a fully formed, physical thing that was going to kill you? Tightly wound Lincoln is a favourite target for the local high school bullies. One day he violently snaps and is sent to the Mind’s Eye Academy, a remote desert reformatory. But the harassment doesn’t stop and in despair he accidentally summons the kindred spirit of Moira, a girl tormented to suicide in the same establishment, who is more than happy to take vengeance on his persecutors. Director Adam Egypt Mortimer calls his payback body counter “A feminist slasher movie”.
RABID DOGS (World Premiere)
(Times: Screen 5: 20:40, Screen 6: 22:55, Screen 7: 18:45)
Director: Éric Hannezo. Cast: François Arnaud, Franck Gastambide, Guillaume Gouix. Lambert Wilson, Virginie Ledoyen. France 2015. 90 mins.
In 1974, Italian horror maestro Mario Bava directed a brutal kidnap thriller that was never completed because a key investor tragically died. Finally taken off the shelf in 1996 and released with new footage by Bava’s son Lamberto, RABID DOGS was acclaimed as a minimalist noir masterpiece, one that would have put the cult director on a new career path. Now first-time director Éric Hannezo and THE HORDE co-writer/director Yannick Dahan take Bava’s template of a bank job gone wrong for three desperate criminals fighting for survival and weave a fast and furious, white-knuckle violent road trip. Hold on tight!
DEATHGASM (UK Premiere)
(Times: Screen 5: 22:45, Screen 6: 18:30, Screen 7: 21:10)
Director: Jason Lei Howden. Cast: Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberley Crossman, Sam Berkley, Daniel Cresswell. New Zealand 2015. 90 mins.
From the producers of HOUSEBOUND and FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY, a splatstick shocker full of brutal, bloody, fanatical fun. When metal-thrashing outcast Brodie meets a kindred spirit in Zakk, they start their own band Deathgasm. Soon the duo’s resentment of the suburban wasteland leads them to sheet music said to grant the Ultimate Power to whoever plays it. But the music also summons the ancient evil entity Aeloth The Blind One who threatens to tear apart existence itself. With their classmates and family inhabited by demonic forces that turns them into psycho killers, can the wicked force be stopped devouring all mankind?
SUNDAY AUGUST 30
SLUMLORD (European Premiere)
(Times: Screen 5: 10:45, Screen 6: 13:15, Screen 7: 15:45)
Director: Victor Zarcoff. Cast: PJ McCabe, Sean Carrigan, Sarah Baldwin, Brianne Moncrief, Neville Archambault. USA 2015. 87 mins.
Newlyweds Claire and Ryan have just moved into a new house. Both are hoping Claire’s pregnancy will be the cement needed to hold their already fraying relationship together. Little do they know their marital issues are the least of their problems. For unbeknownst to them, their scruffy, sleazy and lascivious landlord has installed numerous miniature cameras all over their home and has been spying on them from Day One. Then Ryan begins an office affair, and the landlord kits out the secret basement with chains and soundproofing. Something is going to give in this suburban shocker packed with nasty surprises.
ROAD GAMES (World Premiere)
(Times: Screen 5: 13:00, Screen 6: 15:15, Screen 7: 11:15)
Director: Abner Pastoll. Cast: Barbara Crampton, Andrew Simpson, Joséphine de La Baume, Frédéric Pierrot, Lou Castel. UK/France 2015. 90 mins.
Summertime and the living is deadly! Abner Pastoll channels AND SOON THE DARKNESS and MUMSY, NANNY, SONNY & GIRLY with his tense thriller feature debut set in rural France that touches every twisted nerve. When hitchhiker Jack rescues Véronique from a road rage altercation, the twosome decide to travel together for safety’s sake after learning a serial killer is cutting a murderous swathe through the region. Tired and hungry they decide against their better judgment to take up an offer to stay the night at a mysterious elderly couple’s mansion. Let the deranged, demented and bloody escapades begin…
INNER DEMON (UK Premiere)
(Times: Screen 5: 15:30, Screen 6: 11:00, Screen 7: 13:40)
Director: Ursula Dabrowsky. Cast: Sarah Jeavons, Kerry Ann Reid, Andreas Sobik. Australia 2015. 84 mins.
Want to know what the next big Australian horror thing is after THE BABADOOK? Well, it’s this stunning and highly unusual shocker featuring a tour-de-force central performance by Sarah Jeavons in her first starring role. She plays teenage Sam abducted one night along with her younger sister by a feral serial-killing couple. Escaping from the boot of their car, she finds refuge in an isolated farmhouse, only to discover it is home to even greater horrors. As the spectre of her own mortality looms large, Sam must confront a nightmare scenario where the building terror twists in ever astounding directions.
SCHERZO DIABOLICO (UK Premiere)
(Times: Screen 5: 18:15, Screen 6: 18:30, Screen 7: 18:45)
Director: Adrián García Bogliano. Cast: Francisco Barreiro, Daniela Soto Vell, Jorge Molina, Milena Pezzi, Vita Vargas. Mexico/USA 2015. 91 mins.
The latest opus from LATE PHASES and PENUMBRA director Adrián García Bogliano is his brightest and best yet. Armed with a fine-tuned chokehold and penchant for piano sonatas by French composer Charles-Valentin Alkan, Aram (WE ARE WHAT WE ARE star Francisco Barreiro) is a bored and frustrated accountant wanting to improve his life status. So he puts into action an ingenious plan that includes the kidnapping of a teenage girl. But what starts as a carefully calculated strategy soon crescendos into his worst nightmare in this delightfully twisted black comedy thriller in the vintage Hitchcock tradition.
A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY (UK premiere)
(Times: Screen 5: 20:20, Screen 6: 20:35, Screen 7: 20:50)
Directors: Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban, Brett Sullivan. Cast: William Shatner, George Buza, Zoé De Grand Maison, Caprice Bauer, Rob Archer. Canada 2015. 100 mins.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as FrightFest presents some festive fright in this Yule-be-sorry anthology set in the small town of Bailey Downs. High school students investigate a mysterious homicide that occurred the prior holiday season, a couple notices their young son is acting strangely after a snowy forest trip to cut down a traditional tree and one family are stalked through a winter wonderland by Krampus, the Xmas demon. Meanwhile at the North Pole, Santa is fending off zombie elves… TALES FROM THE CRYPT meets SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT for frosted Jingle Bell Shock.
MONDAY AUGUST 31
CURVE (UK PREMIERE)
(Times: Screen 5: 10:45, Screen 6: 13:40, Screen 7: 16:10)
Director: Iain Softley. Cast: Julianne Hough, Teddy Sears, Madalyn Horcher, Penelope Mitchell, Drew Rausch. USA 2015. 86 mins.
From the Blumhouse of hit horrors (home of INSIDIOUS, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and SINISTER franchises), a dark chiller loaded with unexpected twists and shocking turns. Bride-to-be Mallory is driving to Denver for her wedding when her car breaks down on a deserted highway. Accepting help from Good Samaritan Christian, she offers the handsome charmer a lift after he fixes the engine. But soon Christian’s sick agenda become clear and to avoid his clutches she deliberately crashes the car in the mountains. Trapped in her overturned vehicle, she must use every trick in the book to escape the predatory hitchhiker.
NIGHT FARE (UK Premiere)
(Times: Screen 5: 13:05, Screen 6: 16:00, Screen 7: 11:15)
Director: Julien Seri. Cast: Fanny Valette, Jonathan Howard, Jonathan Demurger, Jess Liaudin. France 2015. 80 mins.
MANIAC COP meets TAXI DRIVER in a stark, stylish and chic collision of gore, fear and thrills from Gallic visionary Julien Seri. Two guys in love with the same mademoiselle on their way to a party duck out of a Parisian taxi without paying the fare. Very Bad Move as they have chosen the wrong driver to upset. Keeping the meter running the mystery motorist hunts them down all night long killing everyone that gets in his way. Soon Chris and Luc start to realise the driver has other far more shocking plans for their future.
NINA FOREVER (UK Premiere)
(Times: Screen 5: 15:30, Screen 6: 11:00, Screen 7: 13:30)
Directors: Ben Blaine, Chris Blaine. Cast: Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Abigail Hardingham, Cian Barry, David Troughton, Elizabeth Elvin. UK 2015. 98 mins.
Rob is a supermarket shelf-filler who tried to kill himself after depression brought on by the sudden tragic death of his girlfriend Nina. Checkout girl Holly has a morbid fascination with pain and death and puts Rob on her want list. Sexual sparks fly when they do finally get together. There’s just one problem. Even though she’s dead, sarcastic Nina has no intention of letting go of her ex. But can Rob and Holly really cope with a forever zombie threesome? A sly and tender zom-rom-com about breaking up, moving on and getting over love and unorthodox relationships.
EMELIE (UK Premiere)
(Times: Screen 5: 18:30, Screen 6: 18:45, Screen 7: 19:00)
Director: Michael Thelin. Cast: Sarah Bolger, Joshua Rush, Carly Adams, Carl Bailey, Thomas Bair. USA 2015. 80 mins.
When their regular babysitter calls to say she’s unavailable, the Thompsons find a last minute replacement to look after their three kids while they celebrate their 13th wedding anniversary. But no sooner have the parents pulled out of the driveway than it becomes clear that Anna is no ordinary babysitter. As the evening creeps along the children begin to realize they might be in serious danger from the very psychologically disturbed woman who has invaded their home. Unnerving and superbly performed, this tense thriller announces director Michael Thelin as a genuine genre talent to watch.
CLOSING FILM: TALES OF HALLOWEEN (European Premiere)
(Times: Screen 5: 20:30, Screen 6: 20:50, Screen 7: 21:10)
Directors: Darren Lynn Bousman, Axelle Carolyn, Adam Gierasch, Andrew Kasch, Neil Marshall, Lucky McKee, Mike Mendez, Dave Parker, Ryan Schifrin, John Skipp, Paul Solet. Cast: Lin Shaye, Pollyanna McIntosh, John Landis, Adrienne Barbeau, Greg Grunberg. USA 2015. 111 mins.
Join our celebration of all things Halloween with a host of past FrightFest guests both in front of and behind the camera with this spooky, scary and shocking omnibus. Ten tales of terror unfold in a sleepy American suburb on All Hallows Eve as ghouls, imps, aliens, goblins, demons, axe murders and serial killers roam the witching hour. You’ll meet Sweet Tooth, The Weak and the Wicked, Rusty Rex and the Grim Grinning Ghost in an anthology of power nightmares directed by the cream of the scream industry crop.
Festival and day pass sales will go on sale Sat 4 July at noon and will only be available online at: https://live.advancedticketing.co.uk/k?v=frightfest
Single tickets will go on sale on Sat 25 July.
A festival pass will cost £185. Day passes are: Thursday £30, Friday & Saturday £60, Sunday & Monday £50. Single tickets will be £13.25.