25th Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘Volition’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Adrian Glynn McMorran, Magda Apanowicz, John Cassini, Aleks Paunovic, Frank Cassini, Bill Marchant | Written by Tony Dean Smith, Ryan W. Smith | Directed by Tony Dean Smith Less all-out horror and more a sci-fi thriller, Volition still fits nicely alongside the rest of this year’s varied Frightfest line-up… James sees his mother die […]

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25th Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘Madness in the Method’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Teri Hatcher, Vinnie Jones, Danny Trejo, Gina Carano, Jaime Camil, Mickey Gooch Jr., Stan Lee, Brian O’Halloran, Esther Anderson, Blake Harrison, Matt Willis | Written by Dominic Burns, Chris Anastasi | Directed by Jason Mewes Playing an alternative version of his persona, and tired of Hollywood’s perception of him, Mewes […]

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24th Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘Bullets of Justice’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Timur Turisbekov, Danny Trejo, Doroteya Toleva, Yana Marinova | Written by Valeri Milev, Timur Turisbekov | Directed by Valeri Milev During World War III, the American government initiates a secret project codenamed ‘Army Bacon’ in order to create super soldiers by inbreeding humans with pigs. 25 years later the hybrid Muzzles have occupied the […]

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24th Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘Feedback’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Eddie Marsan, Paul Anderson, Ivana Baquero, Richard Brake, Oliver Coopersmith, Alexis Rodney, Anthony Head, Alana Boden, Nacho Aldeguer | Written by Pedro C. Alonso, Alberto Marini | Directed by Pedro C. Alonso The feature film debut from writer and director Pedro C. Alonso, Feedback stars the excellent Eddie Marsan as Jarvis Dolan, a radio […]

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24th Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘The Dark Red’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: April Billingsley, Kelsey Scott, Conal Byrne, Bernard Setaro Clark, Rhoda Griffis, John Curran, Jill Jane Clements | Written by Dan Bush, Conal Byrne | Directed by Dan Bush Writer/director Dan Bush and writer Conal Byrne team for the third time, following The Reconstruction of William Zero (2014) and The Vault (2017) with The Dark […]

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24th Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘Criminal Audition’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Noeleen Comiskey, Rich Keeble, Angela Peters, Rebecca Calienda, Blain Neale, Cameron Harris, Scott Samain, Luke Kaile, Jonathan Burteaux, Ben Scheck | Written by Samuel Gridley, Luke Kaile | Directed by Samuel Gridley An ex-lawyer and his crack team run an underworld service; they seek the most desperate and greedy to become fake criminals to […]

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24th Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘Bliss’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Dora Madison, Tru Collins, Rhys Wakefield, Jeremy Gardner, Graham Skipper, Chris McKenna, Rachel Avery, George Wendt, Abraham Benrubi, Mark Beltzman | Written and Directed by Joe Begos If ever there was a filmmaker I felt made films especially for me it’s Joe Begos. Almost Human, The Minds Eye and now Bliss. Three films that […]

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24th Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘A Serial Killer’s Guide To Life’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Katie Brayben, Poppy Roe, Sian Clifford, Fiona Glascott, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Sinead Matthews, Tomiwa Edun, David Newman | Written and Directed by Staten Cousins Roe British comedy horror has taken many forms. From the Abominable Dr. Phibes to Shaun of the Dead to The Cottage. All very different but all equally funny and A Serial […]

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24th Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘Extracurricular’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Luke Goss, Keenan Tracey, Brittany Raymond, Spencer Macpherson, Brittany Teo, Stephen Bogaert, Emmanuel Kabongo, Joshua Joel Bailey, Richard Clarkin | Written by Matthew Abrams, Padgett Arango | Directed by Ray Xue Four high school seniors feel their day-to-day lives at school are getting a little dull. So they made a pact to plan and […]

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24th Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘Ghost Killers vs. Bloody Mary’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Dani Calabresa, Léo Lins, Danilo Gentili, Murilo Couto | Written by Fabrício Bittar, Andre Catarinacho, Danilo Gentili | Directed by Fabrício Bittar Ghost Killers vs. Bloody Mary (Exterminadores do Além Contra a Loira do Banheiro) is a Brazilian export from Fabrício Bittar (Como se Tornar o Pior Aluno da Escola) who also writes along […]

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24th Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘True Fiction’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Sara Garcia, John Cassini, Julian Black Antelope, Julian Richings | Written and Directed by Braden Croft Withdrawn Avery Malone, a wannabe writer and lonely librarian, gets her big break when she’s hand-selected to assist her hero, reclusive author, Caleb Conrad. Whisked away to Caleb’s remote country estate, Avery is given her one and only […]

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24th Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘I’ll Take Your Dead’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Aidan Devine, Ava Preston, Jess Salgueiro, Ari Millen, Brandon McKnight, Michael Reventar, Moe Jeudy-Lamour | Written by Jayme Laforest, Chad Archibald | Directed by Chad Archibald Directed and written by Chad Archibald (Bite) and co-written by Jayme Laforest (The Heretics, Bite), I’ll Take Your Dead see’s us follow a guy named William who disposes […]

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24th Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘Death of a Vlogger’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Graham Hughes, Annabel Logan, Paddy Kondracki, Joma West, Stephen Beavis, Patrick O’Brien, Josie Rogers | Written and Directed by Graham Hughes Death of a Vlogger tells the story of Graham, an ambitious vlogger who gains viral fame after one of his videos apparently contains an alleged out-of-this-world haunting. Following that experience Graham succumbs to the […]

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24th Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘Fingers’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Sabina Friedman-Seitz, Jeremy Gardner, Michael St. Michaels. Michael Richardson | Written and Directed by Juan Ortiz Fingers is the second film of Juan Ortiz (Jennifer Help Us) who writes and direct this strange movie about a woman with a phobia of, well… fingers, as well as serious anxiety, who is recommended a self-help book […]

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24th Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘Freaks’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern, Lexy Kolker, Amanda Crew, Grace Park | Written and Directed by Zach Lipovsky, Adam B. Stein Seven-year-old Chloe never leaves her ramshackle suburban home unless under the watchful eye of her paranoid father. Instead, he trains his daughter to adopt an assumed identity if she’s ever separated from him, or […]

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24th Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘Girl on the Third Floor’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Phil Brooks, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Sarah Brooks, Travis Delgado, Elissa Dowling, Karen Woditsch, Marshall Bean, Anish Jethmalani, Bishop Stevens | Written and Directed by Travis Stevens Travis Stevens, producer of films such as A Horrible Way to Die, The Aggression Scale, Starry Eyes and We Are Still Here (all fanatasic genre films may I […]

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24th Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘Mutant Blast’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Maria Leite, Pedro Barão Dias, Joaquim Guerreiro, João Vilas, Mário Oliveira, Clemente Santos, Francisco Afonso Lopes | Written and Directed by Fernando Alle You know a film has to have a certain quality when it gets picked up for distribution by Troma; and if you’ve seen director Fernando Alle’s previous shorts: Papa Wrestling and […]

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23rd Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘Haunt’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Katie Stevens, Will Brittain, Lauryn Alisa McClain, Andrew Caldwell, Shazi Raja, Schuyler Helford | Written and Directed by Scott Beck, Bryan Woods On Halloween night, a group of college friends travel to a remote country location to enter an extreme haunted house attraction. Extreme because it promises to feed on all their darkest fears. […]

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23rd Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘Sadistic Intentions’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jeremy Gardner, Michael Patrick Nicholson, Taylor Zaudtke, Larry Fessenden | Written and Directed by Eric Pennycoff A psychotic musician lures a fellow band-mate, Stu (Gardner) and an unsuspecting woman to a remote mansion for a night of romantic deceit and grinding metal mayhem. However, tensions arise between them as one of the musicians falls […]

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23rd Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘To Your Last Death’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Morena Baccarin, William Shatner, Ray Wise, Bill Moseley, Damien C. Haas, Dani Lennon, Benjamin Siemon, Florence Hartigan, Austin Bitikofer | Written by Jim Cirile, Tanya C. Klein | Directed by Jason Axinn Part Archer, part animated digital “motion” comic, the art style of To Your Last Death makes it feel like you’re watching a […]

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23rd Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘Tenebrae’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Anthony Franciosa, Dario Nicolodi, John Saxon, Guiliano Gemma | Written and Directed by Dario Argento Deep Red, Opera, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Suspiria… Dario Argento is one of the most influential and beloved horror directors of all time, and with the list of films he’s made sits an array of classics, many […]

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23rd Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘Red Letter Day’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Dawn Van de Schoot, Hailey Foss, Kaeleb Zain Gartner, Roger LeBlanc, Arielle Rombough, Michael Tan | Written and Directed by Cameron Macgowan Adjusting to a new life in suburban Aspen Ridge, a recently divorced mother receives mysterious letters instructing her and her teenage children to slaughter the people pictured in their correspondence before they […]

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