Freaks Out

Freaks Out (2021)

Freaks Out had its UK première at the Glasgow FrightFest 2022 Italy, 1943 – the travelling Half Penny Circus brings thrills and joys to its audience, momentarily distracting children from their day-to-day troubles. Albino ‘Insect Boy’ Cencio (Pietro Castellitto) controls invertebrates with his mind like the heroine of Dario Argento’s Phenomena (1985), clownish ‘Human Magnet’…

Mandrake

Mandrake (2022)

Mandrake had its world première at the Glasgow FrightFest 2022 Lynne Davison’s debut feature Mandrake begins in the dark, as a man frantically digs with his bare hands into the thick mud. An unearthly shrieking is heard, and his body goes limp – and is then dragged off into the trees by the chain around…

Wyrmwood Apocalypse

Wyrmwood Apocalypse (2021)

Wyrmwood Apocalypse had its UK première at the Glasgow FrightFest 2022 In 2014, director Kiah Roache-Turner and his co-writing/co-producing brother Tristan gave the world their feature debut Wyrmwood. It was a calling card for what has since – in their follow-up Nekrotronic (2018) and now their formal sequel Wyrmwood Apocalypse – become a signature style:…

A Cloud So High

A Cloud So High (2022)

A Cloud So High had its world première at the Glasgow FrightFest 2022 A Cloud So High opens with a classic establishing shot: a road sign for Schooner, California that situates the viewer in a highly particularised place. It then shows local ex-cop and realtor Gene ‘Sackler’ Sarling (John Savage, The Deer Hunter) listening to…