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15 FrightFest Recommendations

Updated: Feb 4

Some festival highlights


BLACK MOLD

THE BLUE ROSE

COBWEB

THE DARKSIDE OF SOCIETY (documentary)

EIGHT EYES

HERD

HOSTILE DIMENSIONS

THE J-HORROR VIRUS (documentary)

THE KNOCKING

MONOLITH

THE MOOR

MY DREAMS HAVE BEEN DARK OF LATE (short)

NEW LIFE

TO FIRE YOU COME AT LAST (short)

THE WEIRD KIDZ


BLACK MOLD

Director: John Pata

A creeping horror in the mo[u]ld of Session 9, replacing the asbestos cleaning crew with urban photographers and the odd bill of light banter. Interview with director John Pata out soon.


THE BLUE ROSE

Director: George Baron

18-year-old director George Baron is an exceptional talent to look out for with his own Lynchian slice of Hollyweird. Read the review here.


COBWEB

Director: Samuel Bodin

Tense, unnerving and tapping into familiar childhood dread, there will be inevitable comparisons to Coraline in this atmospheric little horror. Sure to be one of the most talked about from the festival.


THE DARKSIDE OF SOCIETY (documentary)

Director: Larry Wade Carrel

A grim yet oddly positive look at the aftermath of ritual and sexual abuse, which only adds an even 'darker' reality to Brian Yuzna's classic gonzo horror. Interview with Zeph E. Daniel and director Larry Wade Carrel out soon, review to follow during FrightFest.


EIGHT EYES

Director: Austin Jennings

One of the best films viewed so far. Austin Jennings' film from the production arm of boutique label Vinegar Syndrome is not only an ode to '70s exploitation but traditional filmmaking itself, shot on a mix of Super 8 and 16mm. Read the review here.


HERD

Director: Steven Pierce

Fans of The Walking Dead may appreciate this journey where the undead are merely part of the landscape. Interview with director Steven Pierce out soon.


HOSTILE DIMENSIONS

Director: Graham Hughes

Fun microbudget interdimensional horror comedy that feels like a hitchhiker's guide to the multiverse, downplayed in classic Scottish fashion. Read an interview with director Graham Hughes here.


THE J-HORROR VIRUS (documentary)

Director: Sarah Appleton, Jasper Sharp

For those who appreciated Sarah Appleton and Phillip Escott's The Found Footage Phenomenon, you will not want to miss this close look at Japanese horror movies of the late '90s/early noughties. Review to follow during FrightFest.


THE KNOCKING

Director: Joonas Pajunen, Max Seeck

Atmospheric Finnish horror that taps into the 'roots' of folk and folklore. Review to follow during FrightFest.


MONOLITH

Director: Matthew Vesely

Superb chamber piece starring Evil Dead Rise actress Lily Sullivan that not only confirms the Australian actress' onscreen presence but also director Matthew Vesely's huge potential based on this directorial debut. Review to follow during FrightFest.


THE MOOR

Director: Chris Cronin

A brooding exploration of grief set on the Yorkshire moors that taps into hidden mythology and the supernatural. Interview with director Chris Cronin out soon.


MY DREAMS HAVE BEEN DARK OF LATE (short)

Director: Joshua Warren

Do yourself a favour and make sure you check out this wonderful three minute short film from talented filmmaker Joshua Warren. Interview out soon. Visit the short film lineup here.


NEW LIFE

Director: John Rosman

With its apocalyptic dread, this is a surprisingly moving and personal journey into horror. Interview with director John Rosman out soon and review to follow during FrightFest.


TO FIRE YOU COME AT LAST (short)

Director: Sean Hogan

Great little homage to classic '70s ghost stories from the small screen produced by Severin Films. Review to follow during FrightFest. Visit the short film lineup here.


THE WEIRD KIDZ

Director: Zach Passero

This may appear to be one of the most crudely animated films you will ever see (masses of crude humour in equal measure) but more than makes up for it with fun storytelling, editing and direction. Interview in the October issue of Animation Magazine.

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