Blue Light

Blue Light (2023)

Blue Light had its world première on Saturday 28th Oct at the Halloween FrightFest Blue Light opens with the sound of a little girl singing The Wheels on the Bus. As Carrie (Bella DeLong) approaches the girl from behind and compliments her voice, the girl turns around and instead of smiling or chatting, stares menacingly…

Hood Witch

Hood Witch (Rokya) (2023)

Hood Witch had its UK première on Saturday 28th Oct at the Halloween FrightFest The original French title of Saïd Belktibia’s feature debut is Rokya, which is the word for a kind of officially sanctioned kind of Islamic spiritual healing and exorcism, while its English title is Hood Witch, which suggests TheHoodWitch.com,  a popuIar one-stop…

The Last Video Store

The Last Video Store (2023)

The Last Video Store had its UK première on Saturday 28th Oct at the Halloween FrightFest A bearded man sits on a sofa before a table piled with beer cans and VHS rentals with titles like Warpgate and Beaverlake Massacre 4. He picks up the remote, and we see, emerging from his old television’s static…

Superposition

Superposition (2023)

Superposition had its UK première on Saturday 28th Oct at the Halloween FrightFest Superposition opens with a duplicated image – there is blue sky, a lake, a distant forested shoreline, and an inversion of the same view reflected in the watery surface. What makes this picturesque shot instantly unnerving is that it has been tilted,…

Eldritch USA

Eldritch, USA (2023)

Eldritch, USA had its international première on Sat 28th Oct at the Halloween FrightFest “Dude, this is not a horror film,” Geoff Brewer (Graham Weldin) insists some way into Eldritch, USA – yet his best friend Colin Fischer (Cameron Perry), a nerd who knows the tropes of horror films inside out, remains unconvinced, discerning, in…

Maria

Maria (2023)

Maria had its UK première on Friday 27th Oct at the Halloween FrightFest “Between the mind that plans and the hand that builds, there must be a mediator, and this must be the heart,” reads the text that opens Gabriel Grieco and Nicanor Loreti’s Maria. The content of the text is rather less important than…

He Never Left

He Never Left (2023)

He Never Left had its international première on Friday 27th Oct at the Halloween FrightFest As text reveals at the beginning of He Never Left, a masked menace known as the “Pale Face” killer terrorised Larsen City (‘played’ by Fairview, Utah) for over a decade, before suddenly all the murders and disappearances stopped dead in…

The Waterhouse

The Waterhouse (2023)

The Waterhouse had its world première on Friday 27th Oct at the Halloween FrightFest The Waterhouse opens with a wake. Not the kind that follows a funeral, but rather the kind left by a boat. For Eric (Alan Calton) is aboard a ferry, looking back at the messy churn in its trail, like someone hoping…

FrightFest 2023 Documentaries

Four FrightFest 2023 Documentaries

Four FrightFest 2023 Documentaries includes capsule reviews of: 1982: Greatest Geek Year Ever!, Enter the Clones of Bruce Lee, I Am Monsters!, The Darkside of Society Full reviews of The J-Horror Virus and Otto Baxter: Not A Fucking Horror Movie + The Puppet Asylum can be found elsewhere 1982 Greatest Geek Year Ever! (2022-23) UK…

Departing Seniors

Departing Seniors (2023)

Departing Seniors had its world première on Mon 28th Aug at FrightFest “You wish that all those fucking assholes would die horrifically gruesome deaths via telekinetic vengeance,” Bianca (Ireon Roach) tells her BFF Javier (Ignacio Diaz-Silveiro). “At least in Carrie all the high school assholes get what they deserve, right?”  Bianca’s words carefully situate Clare…