Everybody Dies By The End

Everybody Dies By The End (2022)

Everybody Dies By The End had its world première at FrightFest 2022 Anyone who has seen Don Coscarelli’s John Dies At The End (2012) or Ryuhei Kitamura’s No One Lives (2012) will know that this kind of title can often come with irony and antiphrasis. So the title of Everybody Dies By The End, though…

The Once and Future Smash

The Once and Future Smash + End Zone 2 (2022)

The Once and Future Smash + End Zone 2  had their world première at FrightFest 2022 This is a diptych of films: first the sequel End Zone 2 (1970), a proto-slasher which, though now mostly obscured by time and with its final half hour unwatched, forgotten and apparently forever lost, has obviously and directly inspired…

New Religion

New Religion (2022)

New Religion had its world première at FrightFest 2022 After a brief impressionistic prologue in which abstract shapes, transforming bodies, fluttering moths and fractal patterns – all red in colour – emerge from the darkness, and a red-filtered cityscape and its inverted image are seen mirroring each other, New Religion opens with a primal scene,…

Mean Spirited

Mean Spirited (2022)

Mean Spirited had its world première at FrightFest 2022 On 6 October, 1999, Andy is behind the camera filming his best friend Bryce (Simon Val) door-knocking and pranking a cantankerous old man (Neville Archambault); Andy then continues filming as the man angrily drags Bryce into his home. This opening sequence in Jeff Ryan’s Mean Spirited…

Follow Her

Follow Her (2022) at FrightFest 2022

Follow Her had its UK première at FrightFest 2022 Sylvia Caminer’s feature debut Follow Her begins with dark, ominous music, and a crack opening in the darkness, as we see, from the point of view of a bound man (Brian Vincent) peeking out of the chest freezer in which he is trapped, a woman holding…

Stalker

Stalker (2022)

Stalker had its world première at FrightFest 2022 Stalker lets you know where it is going from the outset. That title – assuming that this is not a British remake of Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 classic – seems something of a giveaway. Suspicions are further confirmed by text appearing right at the start which lays out…

The Ghost Writer

The Ghost Writer (2022)

The Ghost Writer had its world première at FrightFest 2022 The Ghost Writer opens with a dim-lit hotel corridor and with Gilliger Graham (Luke Mably) roaring into a bathroom mirror, whether in pain or triumph or madness, before there is cut to him onstage accepting a literary award for his latest book, also called The…

Holy Shit!

Holy Shit! (Ach du Scheisse!) (2022)

Holy Shit! (Ach du Scheisse!)  had its UK première at FrightFest 2022 A blonde woman dressed in a builder’s hard hat, work overalls and incongruous heels dances lasciviously under lights as she does a strip tease, with a dynamite stick in her hand and sweat dripping from her bared breasts. If this opening to writer/director…

Wolfkin

Wolfkin (Kommunioun) (2022)

Wolfkin (Kommunioun)had its world première at FrightFest 2022 On the grass by a river, Elaine (Louise Manteau) and Patrick (Benjamin Ramon) are making the beast with two backs, in a communion of flesh and fluids. Their passion spent, Patrick rests his head on Elaine’s naked belly, sniffs at it, and asks, “Why didn’t you tell…

H4Z4RD

H4Z4RD (2022)

H4Z4RD had its international première at FrightFest 2022 Noah Hazard (Dimitri ‘Vegas’ Thivaios) has three loves, and we meet the first of them in the opening scene of H4Z4RD. For at an Antwerp gas station, he carefully inserts a nozzle into the fill hole of his beloved gold-painted Lexus, pumping it full of premium unleaded,…