Five FrightFest Facts From Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff directors of Held

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 Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff directors of Held

1. Tell us about your film?
HELD takes a look at traditions, gender roles, and power dynamics, specifically within marriage. It forces us to examine what can bring couples together or tear them apart, and that some ideologies should die….along with their villains.

2. How did you get into making horror movies?
We jumped right into horror movies with our first film together “The Gallows.” We crafted an interesting antagonist (we think) that blended classic “slasher” with modern “supernatural.” We look to create things that we haven’t seen before or to flip expectations. We believe HELD does exactly that.

3. What film would you love to see screened at FrightFest and why?
All of them, sadly we won’t have access (Covid). But the spirit of filmmaking is strong with us and we love to see what people are doing and give encouragement when needed, or take notes when we’re being schooled.

4. If you could create your own award to give at the FrightFest, what would it be and why?
The “Gumption” award. And, we’d give it to the filmmakers who overall really went for it, carrying the world on their shoulders. From story, to edit, to music, sound design, and VFX…to those who attempt to go beyond where anyone thinks they have business going; that takes “gumption” and that deserves recognition!

5. If your life was made into a horror film, what would it be called and who would play the starring role?
For me it would probably be a cannibal movie where children try to eat their parents but the parents have to keep the children alive long enough that they outgrow the cannibalism (then the cycle continues). Maybe it’s because I have four kids and sometimes that seems like real life, haha!

HELD plays Wednesday, October 21. 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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