Five Frightfest facts from Airell Hayles co-director of They’re Outside

We may be in the middle of a period in history straight out of a horror film but the pandemic has not stopped FrightFest which is back in 2020 in a new online form and bringing the best new horror from across the globe to stream exclusively into your homes. Our exclusive interview feature Five FrightFest Facts From… is also back quizzing the talent behind the terror and giving you an added insight. Below we hear from Airell Hayles co-director of They’re Outside and you can read more FrightFest Facts from 2020 and beyond by clicking HERE.

1.Tell us about your film?
Since Sam gave you the official film pitch, I’ll go in another direction. The film is about what can happen if a mind is closed too tight. The violent reckoning the universe may give to somebody like that. Akin to the central character in ‘Whistle and I’ll Come to You’ (a major inspiration) our leading man thinks he has it all worked out. Which makes him an easy target for a dark spirit looking for new toy to play with!

2. How did you get into making horror movies?
Was scared out of my mind after watching the pseudo- documentary TV film Ghostwatch (1992) which again was a major inspiration for ‘They’re Outside.’ Like lots of people , I spent a childhood hoovering up VHS horror from the local video shops, and just knew this genre the most honest, most creative and most exciting genre. I moved from screenwriting and producing into directing, and it’s just all the fun of the fair! Bloody hard work too, of course!

3. What film would you love to see screened at FrightFest and why?
Good question… Sometimes FrightFest play older classics in restored versions. Think it would be fun to see the strange slasher film Stage Fright (1987) with the killer in the owl mask, and amazing Simon Boswell soundtrack. Crazy film that needs to be screened for a late night FrightFest audience- the best audience in the world.

4. If you could create your own award, to give at FrightFest, what would it be and why?
Another good one… I’s say a lot of the spirit of the festival comes from the party atmosphere around the films during the live event, and the nights spent at the Phoenix bar (which we’ll truly miss this year) I’d create an award for best party representative, and FrightFest co- founder Paul McEvoy would have many of those awards on his shelf.

5. If your life was made into a horror film, what would it be called, and who would play the starring role?
Wow, where do you get these questions from?! So, as I love North London the film would have to be called The Camden Chainsaw Massacre, and we’d have to fly Danny DeVito in to play me as I’m a huge Danny DeVito fan.

They’re Outside screens August 29, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 PM and you can find out more HERE


Alex Humphrey

Alex studied film at the University of Kent and went on to work for Universal Pictures in their Post Room gaining an inside look at the movie industry from the very bottom. Constantly writing reviews in everything from local magazines to Hip Hop sites Alex honed his critical skills even spending a brief period as a restaurant critic. Read more

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