Five FrightFest Facts From Patricio Valladares director of Embryo

Everyone can agree that 2020 has been a challenging year. Apart from all living in a real pandemic horror movie there have been lockdowns, lay offs, panic buying and more and we don’t seem to be done with it yet. However FrightFest have done their best to make 2020 better by bringing us TWO Frightfests packed full of fantastic fear filled films.

Arrow Video FrightFest will go virtual for the second time in 2020, having taken the decision to cancel its planned physical event at the Cineworld, Leicester Square, due to continuing COVID restrictions. The forty-five feature film line-up will merge the in-cinema selection with brand new titles to provide an online festival experience from Oct 21-Oct 25.

Below we feature one of those amazing movies with our regular exclusive interview feature Five FrightFest Facts From and these five are from Patricio Valladares the director of Embryo:

1. Tell us about your film?
Well, embryo is a story Follows Kevin and his girlfriend Evelyn, who, while camping out in the woods in the Chilean countryside is abducted and impregnated by otherworldly beings. As the entity inside her begins to grow at an exponential rate, Evelyn discovers the cravings she’s experiencing can only be satiated by the sweet taste of human flesh and blood. When she attacks a doctor, Kevin decides not to hand her over to the small town authorities, but to go on the run in a bid to reach the city where he believes they can find proper medical help to try and remove the thing slowly taking over Evelyn’s body.

Embryo was certainly an adventure, and some totally different in terms of how it was made, because we won a Chilean government grant which we used to produce a storyboard, shoot a teaser trailer and get a rough first draft of the script down on paper.
In the end we weren’t able to raise the budget to shoot the full feature, but what we were able to do was finish it using all of the additional footage I’d filmed during the shoot combined with footage I shot at home with my family and friends – it was very much DIY filmmaking!

2. How did you get into making horror movies?
At my teenhood I really loved metal music and comic books like image comics and dark horse. My idea was doing comic book as a hobby, but never thought of doing movies. because at chile was so expensive to do a movie. But remember i seen a vhs tape with movies with not budget like the ultra gore german movies like Olaff Ittenbach, Jörg buttgereit, Andreas Schnaas and of course for the another country. Peter Jackson. So i love it. Like a very fun story a metalhead friend have vhs and tapes from UK thrash metal. and on vhs tapes. and the end from the tapes have a short movie from a UK director. Alex Chandon! Bad Karma. So this was the soul and power that i find out to do with all my friend. my first amateur movie “Aberracion” (Aberration , 2000).

3. What film would you love to see screened at FrightFest and why?
I’m a very big fan of Frightfest! come on. Embryo will be my fourt time on this awesome festival. and of couse i cant wait to see the another movies on the line up. For example, I really want to check out titles like: BENNY LOVES YOU and SLAXX. Because looks so fun and nuts, remember me all black comedies movies with bloodbath scenes. the last movie from Chris Smith THE BANISHING, this director is so great! FOR THE SAKE OF VICIOUS looks a very well indie movie from canada! and LUCKY, THE SINNERS..well a suck very good titles on the line up this halloween.

4. If you could create your own award to give at the FrightFest, what would it be and why?
Best ultra gore scene and the best black gory comedy scene!!!.

5. If your life was made into a horror film, what would it be called and who would play the starring role?
“A Normal Guy Who Killed Cthulhu” with Macon Blair (blue ruin)

EMBRYO play Saturday, October 24, 2020 7:30 PM BST Find our more and book your tickets 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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