Antidote

Antidote (2021)

Antidote has its UK première at FrightFest A couple of minutes into Peter Daskaloff’s Antidote, Sharyn Berkley (Ashlynn Yennie) is rushed into hospital with acute appendicitis, but after being taken in for an emergency operation, she awakens handcuffed to a bed in a different institution, the scar in her belly already healed, and a softly…

Retaliators

The Retaliators (2021)

The Retaliators has its world première at FrightFest 2021 As a male voiceover intones gravely about sin and choice, evil and justice, we see aerials of remote misty forestland, and a limping figure (with a big set of keys) dumping a wrapped body into a well outside a cabin in the woods. Then we follow…

Forgiveness

Forgiveness (2021)

Forgiveness has its world première at FrightFest In the ‘prologue’ (formally labelled as such) to Forgiveness, written and directed by Alex Kahuam (So You Want To Be A Gangster?, 2018), three visibly upset women – Camila (Alejandra Toussaint), Magnea (Jessica Ortiz) and Aisha (Alejandra Zaid) – shoot a hog-tied and gagged man (Andres De La…

Evie

Evie (2021)

Evie had its world première at FrightFest 2021 Evie begins and ends at the shoreline – that liminal zone where solid land and fluid sea meet and shape each other in waves and cycles of eternal change. There, under a grey sky, young, pre-pubescent Evie Halloran (the excellent Honey Lundy, in her first rôle) is…

As In Heaven

As In Heaven, So On Earth (2020)

As In Heaven, So On Earth had its UK première at FrighFest 2021 “It was a mess. We kept finding pieces of evidence, putting them together, but we couldn’t find the right order.” So says Leonardo Constantini (Paolo Ricci), chief inspector of the Viterbo Police Department, in a secretive interview that he is conducting on…

Gaia

Gaia (2021)

Gaia had its UK première at FrightFest 2021 Sometimes you wait for one movie involving fungal fear and freakery to come along, and several arrive at once. The latest cycle probably started with Naughty Dog’s 2013 video game The Last Of Us, Corin Hardy’s The Hallow (2015), Colm McCarthy’s The Girl With All The Gifts…

John and the Hole

John and the Hole (2021)

John and the Hole had its UK première at FrightFest 2021 13 years old, with a little boy’s lankiness and a voice not yet broken, John (Charlie Shotwell) is at an awkward age. In the opening scene of John and the Hole, when he is made to stand in front of his maths class and…

Post Mortem

Post Mortem (2020)

Post Mortem has its UK première at FrightFest, and is sold internationally by NFI World Sales Tomás (Viktor Klem) has died. Caught in an explosive blast on a battlefield in the final year of the Great War, he had a vision of a young girl (Fruzsina Hais) leaning over him, calling his name – and…

The Maid

The Maid (Sao-lab-chai) (2020)

The Maid had its UK première at FrightFest 2021 “It was very scary,” says Fon (Ratchanok Suwannaket) at the very beginning of The Maid (Sao-lab-chai), “Just when I think about it, it gives me chills.” Fon is describing to a psychiatrist the very first thing that we see in the film: a toy monkey belonging…

The Last Rite

The Last Rite (2021)

The Last Rite has its First Blood world première at FrightFest 2021 Writer/director Leroy Kincaide’s feature debut The Last Rite opens with the sound of slow ticking, and the image of a mantel clock. Time indeed will play its part in this slow-burning psychodrama, which begins near its end – with Ben (Johnny Fleming) sitting…