Five FrightFest Facts From Hank Huffman writer and producer of The Brain That Wouldn’t Die

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 Hank Huffman writer and producer of The Brain That Wouldn’t Die

1. Tell us about your film?
The film is a remake (and at times, parody) of the 1962 cult classic, “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die,” which follows the misadventures of Dr. Bill Cortner, a gifted transplant surgeon and burgeoning mad scientist. After his fiancée, Jan Compton, is decapitated in a car accident, Bill reanimates her severed head in his basement laboratory and sets out to find her a new body by any means necessary. All the while, Jan uses her newfound telepathy to communicate with another of Bill’s experiments, known only as “The Thing.” Together, they plot their revenge…

2. How did you get into making horror movies?
I spent a good chunk of my adolescence making movies with my friends. More often than not, they were horror comedies. Horror, because it’s the most fun to make, and comedy, because when you have a 13-year-old boy playing a detective, you can only be so serious. My favorite home movie was a satirical slasher film called “Fun With Blood.” That one upset a lot of parents. Not mine. They were just happy I was getting out of the house.

3. What film would you love to see screened at FrightFest and why?
I’d love to see more slasher films in general. Something fun and straightforward, in the vein of “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter” and “Slumber Party Massacre.”

4. If you could create your own award to give at the FrightFest, what would it be and why?
How about the Hank Huffman Award? Give it to the Hankiest, most Huffmany contender. On second thought, I don’t want to risk the humiliation of losing that one to someone else. How about an award for the most culturally/socially significant film?

5. If your life was made into a horror film, what would it be called and who would play the starring role?
Hmm. I can’t think of a good title, so I’ll just go with an old one of mine: “Fun With Blood.” As far as actors go, I’d want somebody who’s fat, but not too fat, and a bit nerdy looking. Clark Duke, maybe?

The Brain That Wouldn’t Die plays Thursday, October 22. 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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