FrightFest 2016: The Full Line Up – DISCOVERY SCREEN 1

image001After our rundown of what’s on on the Main Screens at FrightFest 2016 we take you on a journey of horror discovery with whats on at Discovery Screen 1!


The Discovery Screen strand is as bold as ever and includes a restored version of Shelden Renan’s controversial documentary THE KILLING OF AMERICA, Anna Biller’s gloriously art-directed THE LOVE WITCH, the cursed silent movie FURY OF THE DEMON, the Berlin Film Festival break-out, SHELLEY, the visionary sci-fi fantasy LOST SOLACE and the darkly hilarious ghost-busting ANOTHER EVIL. Then there’s Julian T. Pinder’s chilling murder investigation POPULATION ZERO, Martin Owen’s High-tec underground thriller terror LET’S BE EVIL, Tim Reis’ slimy creature feature BAD BLOOD: THE MOVIE and Michael Boroweic’s acute study of alien paranoia, MAN UNDERGROUND.

Plus, you can witness the stag party from hell in THE UNRAVELLING, the bad taste shenanigans of NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE, , the viral thrills of THE EVIL IN US, the vehicular chills of PARANORMAL DRIVE, the die-hard dystopia of HERE ALONE, the eye-popping shocks of FOUND FOOTAGE 3D, and the ‘goriously’ insane ATTACK OF THE LEDERHOSEN ZOMBIES.

FRIDAY 26TH AUGUST 2016
FRIDAY 26TH – UK PREMIERE – THROUGH THE SHADOW
DISCOVERY SCREEN 1 – 1.15PM
Director: Walter Lima Jr. Cast: Virginia Cavendish, Domingos Montagner, Anna Lucia Torre, Mel Maia, Xande Valois. Brazil 2016. 106 mins.
Shy Laura is hired to work as a tutor, looking after two orphaned children who live on their uncle’s coffee plantation run by housekeeper Geraldina. But after experiencing strange phenomena she begins to suspect the remote estate is haunted by hostile evil spirits. As she investigates the history of the building she discovers she has become the victim of a diabolical plot. Henry James’ classic gothic ghost story ‘The Turn of the Screw’ detailing the intimacy of evil is given an elegant and uniquely atmospheric makeover in a lush production by THE OYSTER AND THE WIND director Walter Lima Jr.
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FRIDAY 26TH – WORLD PREMIERE – ENCLOSURE
DISCOVERY SCREEN 1 – 3.45PM
Director: Patrick Rea. Cast: Fiona Dourif, Jake Busey, Kevin Ryan, Rob Bouton, Michelle Mills. USA 2016. 100 mins.
An adventurous woman with a secret from her husband insists they go for a romantic camping trip in a remote wood to reconnect and share some quality time. But their idyll is shockingly cut short after a group of nearby hunters are brutally killed by a mysterious creature. Trapped inside their tent, the couple is forced to help one of the injured hunters and together they plan their escape. Is there really something supernatural hidden in the forest? Or is it just their imaginations running riot. Soon they must determine if the real threat is inside or outside their enclosure.
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FRIDAY 26TH – WORLD PREMIERE – IBIZA UNDEAD
DISCOVERY SCREEN 1 – 6.20PM
Director: Andy Edwards. Cast: Emily Atack, Cara Theobold, Matt King, Jordan Coulson, Ed Kear. UK 2016. 95 mins
Three best friends – Alex, Az and Jim – head to Ibiza for their first lad’s holiday. Unfortunately, tagging along is Alex’s unimpressed ex-girlfriend Ellie. Arriving on the island, the lads dump Ellie with Alex’s sister Liz, and her friend Zara, and head to San Antonio to start their week of sun, sea and debauchery. Soon they end up in a club, run by local gangster Karl, where the attractions aren’t all alive – they’re zombies! Due to Jim’s drunken antics the zombies escape, and soon all hell breaks loose and no one on the party island is safe.

FRIDAY 26TH – EUROPEAN PREMIERE – NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE
DISCOVERY SCREEN 1 – 8.45PM
Director: Jonathan Straiton. Cast: Rebecca C. Kasek. Trey Harrison. Wayne W. Johnston. Toni Ann Gambale, Michael Merchant. USA 2016. 94 mins.
Outrageous, offensive, bloody to the BRAINDEAD max and hilariously entertaining. Let’s hear it for Jonathan Straiton and Ron Bonk’s slasher passion project, a winning ode to such 1980s horrors as FRIDAY THE 13th, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD and NIGHT OF THE CREEPS. Think SLITHER directed by John Waters as this slime-encrusted slice of grindhouse-styled schlock comedy horror has a zombie-like Sexually Transmitted Disease wreaking havoc in the remote Redwood Motel during spring break. Only the strong and resilient will survive the monster genitalia, fanged orifices, wet farts and bloody condoms – and we mean both cast and YOU the audience!

FRIDAY 26TH – ENGLISH PREMIERE – THE DEVIL’S CANDY
DISCOVERY SCREEN 1 – 11.00PM
Director: Sean Byrne. Cast: Ethan Embry, Kiara Glasco, Shiri Appleby, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Marco Perella. USA 2015. 90 mins.
Seven years after THE LOVED ONES, Australian director Sean Byrne is back with a vengeance. Prepare for total dread, unexpected twists and full-blown carnage in an unnerving and devastating ride into psychological trauma and satanic bedlam. Unfulfilled artist Jesse Hellman moves his wife and fellow metal music-loving teenage daughter Zooey into a rustic Texas home with a violent past. Soon his paintings start taking on a darker, disturbing and more prophetic turn. Then clearly unbalanced Ray appears on his doorstep wanting to move back where his parents tragically died and when he spies Zooey a shocking chain of events begins.

SATURDAY 27TH AUGUST 2016
SATURDAY 27TH – SHORT FILM SHOWCASE ONE
DISCOVERY SCREEN 1 – 1.10PM
Details of this and the other two FrightFest Short Films Showcases will announced in early August.
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SATURDAY 27TH – UK PREMIERE – ATTACK OF THE LEDERHOSEN ZOMBIES
DISCOVERY SCREEN 1 – 3.50PM
Director: Dominik Hartl. Cast: Laurie Calvert, Gabriela Marcinkova, Oskar Giese, Margarete Tiesel. Austria 2015. 78 mins.
The hills are alive with the sound of screaming! After ruining a high paying photo-shoot playing a stupid prank, professional snowboarder Steve, his girlfriend Branka, and their colleague Josh are left behind at a remote skiing resort in the Alps. On the same mountain an experiment by a local entrepreneur devised to extend the snow season goes terribly wrong and unleashes an epidemic of zombies and mutant wildlife. With everyone seeking shelter in a rustic tavern hosting an all-night après ski party, a fight for survival begins as who is a zombie and who’s just drunk becomes harder to determine.

SATURDAY 27TH – WORLD PREMIERE – OFFENSIVE
DISCOVERY SCREEN 1 – 6.05PM
From Jon Ford, the co Writer and Director of the Dead and The Dead 2. Retired Bernard and Helen Martin inherit a house in rural France where Bernard’s father liberated locals from Nazis during World War II in a raging killing spree. But this peaceful couple quickly become the target of a cruel gang of street kids. Plugged into their devices, devoid of empathy they are a new breed of technological psychopath. Soon Bernard and Helen’s lives become a living hell as they are harassed, tormented and pushed beyond breaking point. Right or wrong no longer matters, survival is everything! Can Bernard live up to his father’s legend? It’s the old generation vs. the new!
Director: Jon Ford. Cast: Russell Floyd, Lisa Eichhorn, Fred Adenis, Angela Dixon, Timothy Morand. UK 2016. 105 mins.

SATURDAY 27TH – ENGLISH PREMIERE – THE LOVE WITCH
DISCOVERY SCREEN 1 – 8.40PM
Director: Anna Biller. Cast: Samantha Robinson, Laura Waddell, Elle Evans, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Stephen Wozniak. USA 2016. 120 mins.
A transformative and exquisite creation by Anna Biller (who directed, produced, wrote, edited, scored and designed every aspect), this gorgeous-looking tribute to 1960s/70s low-budget horrors, classic American soap operas, Technicolor melodramas and vintage sexploitation aesthetics is an affectionate masterful pastiche with a deft feminist bite. Think Russ Meyer meets Douglas Sirk and BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS via ‘Charmed’ and ‘Dynasty’ as lovelorn young witch Elaine (a stunning Samantha Robinson) uses spells and potions to bring her everlasting romantic happiness. Finally meeting her dream man, Elaine’s desperation to be loved drives her to the brink of insanity and murder.

SATURDAY 27TH – WORLD PREMIERE – KNUCKLEBONES
DISCOVERY SCREEN 1 – 11.20PM
Director: Mitch Wilson. Cast: Julin, Justin Arnold, Cameron Deane Stewart, Taylor Tippins, Erin Marie Garrett. USA 2016. 85 mins.
An ancient ritual. An un-killable demon. Neesa has been to Hell and back, literally. When she and a group of bored friends come together for a night of fun they dare each other to draw a pentagram and perform an ancient rite. Then they stumble across an antique dice game of chance made from human knucklebones. Their first instinct is to roll them gruesome bones. Their second instinct is to run for their lives when they summon up a murderous demon. And this evil spirit intends to take no prisoners, only body parts. Let the games of death begin.

SUNDAY 28TH AUGUST 2016
SUNDAY 28TH – SHORT FILM SHOWCASE TWO
DISCOVERY SCREEN 1 – 10.50AM
Details of this and the other two FrightFest Short Films Showcases will announced in early August.
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SUNDAY 28TH – EUROPEAN PREMIERE – LET’S BE EVIL
DISCOVERY SCREEN 1 – 1.40PM
Director: Martin Owen. Cast: Kara Tointon, Isabelle Allen, Elliot James Landridge, Helene Wilson, Elizabeth Morris. USA 2016. 83 mins.
Refreshing the classic elements of the sci-fi thriller, making them more potent than ever, director Martin Owen’s innovative and modern twist on John Wyndham-style futurist horror gives a unique surreal sheen to an unnerving exploration of the next generation of fear. Three chaperones are hired to supervise an advanced learning programme for significantly gifted children. Part of their professional kit is Augmented Reality Glasses that allow them to totally immerse themselves in their occupational surroundings and unusual tasks. Contained within a secure underground facility, the strangeness of their work and subsequent terrifying events spiral completely out of all control.

SUNDAY 28TH – WORLD PREMIERE – EGOMANIAC
DISCOVERY SCREEN 1 – 3.55PM
Director: Kate Shenton. Cast: Nic Lamont, Adam Rhys-Davies, Laurence R. Harvey, Dan Palmer, Mark Logan. UK 2016. 75 mins.
Rising UK filmmaker Kate Shenton, whose eye-watering documentary ON TENDER HOOKS looked at extreme body modification, now turns her sharply observant eye on the horror film world. Director Catherine Sweeney is determined to make her zom-rom-com. But everyone keeps telling her to put a talking dog in the script if she wants success. Desperate for funding, Catherine does whatever it takes to get her passion project made in a wry and sly satire dancing between fact and fiction, focusing on the treatment of women in the film industry and how far an artist will go to get their work made.

SUNDAY 28TH – WORLD PREMIERE – CROW
DISCOVERY SCREEN 1 – 6.20PM
Director: Wyndham Price. Cast: Tom Rhys Harries, Nick Moran, Andrew Howard, Elen Rhys, Terence Stamp. UK 2016. 107 mins.
Crow is protector of the sacred wood. He’s lived there since ruthless developer Tucker brutally scattered his tribe from the nearby farmstead. Now Tucker wants the wood too, intent on building a mansion – an ego extension of his dynastic power raging for him and his trophy wife. But Crow will defend his ancient home with his life. The battle begins, only Tucker doesn’t realise he’s contending with a boy who has the power of nature behind him. And before the day is done, Tucker will learn the real meaning of terror and see the true cost of his ambitions.

SUNDAY 28TH – EUROPEAN PREMIERE – BAD BLOOD: THE MOVIE
DISCOVERY SCREEN 1 – 8.50PM
Director: Tim Reis. Cast: Mary Malloy, Vikas Adam, Troy Halverson, Tom Sizemore, Brian Troxell. USA 2016. 80 mins.
What’s the deal with all those frogs in the gas station’s makeshift basement laboratory? A love letter to early Peter Jackson and Frank Henenlotter’s brand of dodgy biology creature features, it’s the Were-Frog horror comedy of the year. After a grisly amphibian attack leaves a college student infected with a mutational disease, the antidote to her affliction is mistaken for drugs by her evil stepfather. Locked in her bedroom without medicine, she transforms into a hideous monster eager to give everyone a taste of their own. Meanwhile an obsessive private investigator uncovers the dark truth about her spawning condition.

MONDAY 29TH AUGUST 2016
MONDAY 29TH – SHORT FILM SHOWCASE THREE
DISCOVERY SCREEN 1 – 12.30PM
Details of this and the other two FrightFest Short Films Showcases will announced in early August.
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MONDAY 29TH – PREVIEW – WE ARE THE FLESH
DISCOVERY SCREEN 1 – 3.35PM
Director: Emiliano Rocha Minter. Cast: Noe Hernandez, Maria Evoli, Diego Gamaliel. Mexico 2016. 80 mins.
A controversial, poignant and provocative analysis of Mexico artistically endorsed by directors Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. In the aftermath of an apocalypse, Mariano withdraws to a house from which all existential meaning has been sucked out. Obsessed with transforming the rooms into a womb-like cave, he spends his days distilling alcohol from old bread. Then siblings Lucio and Fauna discover his retreat and in exchange for food help him create his environment. As remodelling progresses, Mariano shares his strange rituals and a disquieting sexual relationship emerges along with a dynamic in which darker desires do their destructive work.

MONDAY 29TH – WORLD PREMIERE – BLOOD HUNTERS
DISCOVERY SCREEN 1 – 6.15PM
Director: Tricia Lee. Cast: Lara Gilchrist, Benjamin Arthur, Torri Higginson, Mark Taylor, Julian Richings. Canada 2016. 90 mins
Toronto-based director Tricia Lee returns to the genre with an elevated horror about a single mother who wakes up in a medical facility to find everyone is dead and she’s nine months pregnant. As she struggles to escape she discovers the facility’s secret, they’ve tampered with the boundaries of death and brought people back to life, but those who’ve returned, have not returned alone. But BLOOD HUNTERS is more than just about survival because horror is only the backdrop to the truth about how the simple choices in your life can have a ripple effect that can change the world.

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