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Arrow Video FrightFest announces August Digital
The UK’s most popular horror and fantasy film festival celebrates its 21st bloody year with a special Digital edition, showcasing twenty-five films, from Thurs 27th August to Mon 31st August, including seven world premieres and sixteen UK premieres. Ten countries are represented from four continents in a deadly, daring and diverse programme exclusively presented to UK audiences.
Passes and tickets will go on sale Sat 1 August and details on how to access the event and choose which films to watch are on the FrightFest website – www.frightfest.co.uk. All film screenings will be geo-locked to UK audiences and only accessible from within the United Kingdom.
Find full listing below
The Evolution of Horror Pub Quiz (Fri 7pm)
Do you know your Carpenter from your Craven? Your Halloween from your Hatchet? Join us for The Evolution of Horror FrightFest live pub quiz! Mike Muncer (host and producer of the UK's #1 horror movie podcast, The Evolution of Horror) will be live streaming and hosting this year's quiz and putting your horror knowledge to the test. All are welcome - you can play as a team or as an individual - just watch along with a pen and paper at the ready to jot down your answers. There'll be several different rounds of horror and FrightFest-centric questions! Join in on the Evolution of Horror YouTube Channel.
Sky Sharks (Thur 9pm)
The sea is not enough! Deep in the ice of the Antarctic, a team of geologists uncover an old Nazi laboratory where dark experiments had occurred. In order to conquer the world, the Nazis created modified sharks, which were able to fly and whose riders were genetically mutated, undead superhumans. So a military task force known as ‘Dead Flesh Four’ – comprising reanimated U.S. soldiers who fell in Vietnam - is put together to prevent the universe from facing the jawsome menace again.
Theres No Such Thing As Vampires (Fri 6pm)
Get ready for the Fright Night of your life as the opening frames of visual stylist Logan Thomas’ turbo-charged terror thunders into a breakneck chase that takes place over a thirty-six hour period. Stranger heroes, Joshua and Ariel, literally crash into each other along a dark road in the dead of night…and before long find themselves pursued across North America, the target of an unstoppable supernatural force.
12 Hour Shift (Fri 8.45pm)
It’s 1999, the Y2K bug crisis is news, and at a seedy Arkansas hospital, junkie nurse Mandy (MAY’s Angela Bettis) is about to work a double shift. But patient care is not top of her agenda. She’s in the organ trafficking business with her erratic cousin Regina who is about to pick up a kidney from her and take it to the dealers. But the kidney gets misplaced, and Mandy must find another source, or else she’s toast. Then her brother and a convicted killer are brought into the ER. What else could possibly go outrageously and gruesomely wrong?
I Am Lisa (Fri 7pm)
A vicious and corrupt small-town sheriff and her deputies brutalize Lisa and leave her for dead in the nearby woods. There she is bitten by a werewolf and bestowed with supernatural abilities. Can Lisa retain her humanity as she exacts revenge and cedes herself more and more to the wolf side of her personality? A creature feature primed to bullseye the current female empowerment zeitgeist.
Triggered (Fri 9.30pm)
Nine friends, all harbouring a dark secret, go camping in the woods. After a wild night of partying, they wake up with Suicide Vests strapped onto their chests. All have varying times on their countdown clocks. At first they decide to work together, find out how to disarm the bombs and look for help. But then they discover they can 'take' one another's time by killing each other. Let the Battle Royale begin…
The Columnist (Sat 12pm)
Newspaper columnist and writer’s blocked author Femke Boot (Katja Herbers from ‘Westworld’) is suddenly flooded with anonymous nasty messages and death threats on her social media pages. Who is responsible and why are they doing it? When she finds out her revenge is swift and unfortunately deadly. And her mission in life becomes crystal clear.
The Horror Crowd (Sat 3pm)
DRACULA, FRANKENSTEIN, THE WOLFMAN, THE EXORCIST, JAWS, ALIEN…What made the creators of these films dream up the nightmares that kept us up at night? Were they as strange and twisted as their creations? And what about today’s creators of horror? Who are the minds behind the macabre of the present day? A revealing, intimate documentary from veteran actor insider Ruben Pla spotlighting the Hollywood horror community, covering such wide-ranging topics as Being The Weird Kid, Sparking The Imagination, Women In Horror, Race Relations, Helping Each Other, Film Festivals, and The Dark Side.
Blind (Sat 6pm)
Faye is a former actress who lost her vision, and starry career, due to botched laser eye surgery. Struggling to put her lonely and panic-stricken life back together while living alone in her Hollywood Hills dream house, she’s supported by her visually impaired friend Sophia, and her mute physical trainer, Luke. However, what none of them are aware of is the infatuated stranger secretly living in her basement. And the masked Pretty Boy doesn’t wait until dark to finally make his move.
Don't Click (Sat 8.45pm)
Some things you can’t unsee…After returning from a late night out, Josh finds his college roommate, Zane, has gone missing. All that remains is his laptop with the screen flashing on a graphic pornography website. As the flashing intensifies, Josh too blacks out, only to suddenly wake up beside Zane in a dank, surreal cellar with no apparent way out. As Josh tries everything he can to save both his friend and himself from a vengeful entity that begins to take control of their bodies and minds, he realizes his biggest challenge to escape may be himself.
The Honeymoon Phase (Sat 1pm)
Struggling young lovers Tom and Eve lie about being married so they can enter ‘The Millennium Project’. For a fee of $50,000, the 30-day scientific study analyzes the relationships of participating couples while they reside in clinically futuristic, secluded smart homes. Run by a mysterious researcher and his associate, the experiment leads Eve into a violent descent of madness questioning her lover’s trust. Is Eve suffering from cabin fever? Or is it just part of the study Tom’s in on? For he might not be the man she thinks he is.
Playhouse (Sat 2pm)
Reckless Jack Travis is an irreverent horror writer notorious for scaring audiences. But as he obsesses over creating a new theatre show set in a haunted Scottish castle, demonic disturbances from deep within the walls begin to prey on his troubled daughter. When the alarming supernatural forces start to close in on him too, Jack is forced to reckon with the terrifying consequences of creating such a dark and macabre play.
They're Outside (Sat 7pm)
Max Spencer, a YouTube celebrity psychologist, host of the show ‘Psychology-Inside/Out’, sets himself the challenge of getting an intensely agoraphobic woman to leave her home in just ten days. However, as the minutes, hours and seconds count down, a creepy local legend about the black magic practicing Green Eyes that holds the town in its grip, starts to become a horrifying reality...
Dark Place (Sat 9.30pm)
A ground-breaking anthology feature that approaches post-colonial Aboriginal Australian history through the though-provoking lenses of historical parallels, horror, gore and fantasy. Female oppression and revenge take centre stage in Kodie Bedford's punchy ‘Scout’. An insomniac questions her sanity in Liam Phillip's suspenseful ‘Foe’. Supernatural forces visit a housing commission estate in the gritty ‘Vale Light’ by Rob Braslin. Gothic horror shrouds the woods in Perun Bonser's atmospheric ‘The Shore’. And Bjorn Stewart brings outback zombies sharply into the frame in the rollicking splatter comedy ‘Killer Native’.
Skull: The Mask (Sun 12pm)
In the year 1944, desperate Nazis find a South American artifact with supernatural powers they use in a last-ditch military experiment. But they have no idea how powerful the Mask of Anhangá actually is. The barbaric experiment fails and now the cursed mask has turned up in Sao Paulo to possess victims who commit visceral sacrifices and shocking bloodbaths, Beatriz Obdias is the policewoman in charge of solving the series of brutal crimes, a slaughter spree of mystically epic proportions, and ones that will challenge her whole belief system.
Hail To The Deadites (Sun 3pm)
An entertaining and informative documentary about THE EVIL DEAD and the 1981 cult classic shocker’s continuing cultural impact. Through interviews with the cast, crew, collectors, freaks and geeks, HAIL TO THE DEADITES seeks to illuminate the darkest reaches of director Sam Raimi’s brainchild and its undying and still-growing popularity, an esteem that has spawned four films, a TV series, comic books, figurines, and surpassed even its creator's wildest dreams. Putting the spotlight on the fans that cultivated and spread this groovy pop-culture infection, join the celebration of those who've celebrated one of the most admired fear franchises of all time.
Hall (Sun 6pm)
When a hotel hallway is ravaged by a dreadful airborne virus, pregnant Japanese runaway wife Naomi is tragically thrust into the fight of her life. After getting infected, she is forced to crawl her way through other helpless victims to escape. In the room next door to her is Val, a mother trapped in a toxic marriage, who must also navigate her way out of the hotel corridor, desperately looking for her young daughter Kelly. Will these two women avoid the debilitating sickness and get out alive?
A Ghost Waits (Sun 8.45pm)
Jack's job is to fix up the house. Spectral agent Muriel's eternal task is to haunt it. They should be enemies, but they become fascinated by one another and eventually smitten, leading them to question everything about their work, lives, and decisions. But as pressure mounts for them to fulfill their duties, something’s got to give for the time together they both so desperately want.
Clapboard Jungle (Sun 1pm)
Following five years in the life and career of independent filmmaker Justin McConnell, this documentary aims to understand the struggles of financing, attracting the right talent, working with practical effects and selling the finished product in the hope of turning a profit. Interviewing everyone from Guillermo del Toro, Paul Schrader, Dick Miller, Mick Garris, Tom Holland, Sid Haig and a hosts of other genre luminaries, not only are technical aspects and interpersonal skills discussed but also the emotional stamina and little known tips needed to survive in the low-budget film industry.
Two Heads Creek (Sun 4pm)
After the death of their adoptive Polish mother, a timid butcher and his drama queen twin sister leave post Brexit UK and take an adventure into the Australian outback in search of their biological mother. But the seemingly tolerant townsfolk of the sleepy Two Heads Creek backwater are hiding a sinister, meaty secret and the pair must reconcile their sibling differences in a fight for their lives.
Horror in Lockdown (Sun 7pm)
Hosted by Rosie Fletcher, UK Editor of Den Of Geek our panel of special guests from the industry will discuss how the horror genre has been affected by the global pandemic. What does the shape of horror look like now we're all actually living in a real life horror film? What do filmmakers do when productions have to be shut down? How are horror writers coping with lockdown? How are the stories we want to hear affected by our changed world? And what might the genre look like on the other side? The panel will run live, for 90 minute in total with a chance for viewers to ask questions at the end.
Aquaslash (Sun 9.30pm)
The Wet Valley Water Park welcomes high school students celebrating their graduation in all their unleashed libido glory. However, in the midst of the ribald romping revels, a black-gloved murderer is tinkering with the water slides and sabotaging the swimming pools. Thrills, chills, spills and screwball comedy meet splashy shocks and gory dismemberment in a chlorine and blood drenched murder mystery.
Arrow Video Podcast (Mon 12pm)
With the Arrow Video Podcast now entering its fourth year, join illustrious co-hosts – filmmaker and journalist Sam Ashurst (Frankenstein’s Creature) and SFX guru Dan Martin (Lords of Chaos, The Girl on the Third Floor) – for a live recording of an upcoming episode. Expect some insider gossip, very special guests and previews, plus exclusive Arrow Video announcements. They promise to be more professional this time.
AV The Hunt (Mon 3pm)
A young couple are making love when suddenly a cop barges in. Young and athletic Ayse escapes but her lover is murdered. Now all the men in her strict family are chasing her around the city and the countryside to kill her in order to avenge their honor. Ayse’s only key for endurance is to become as ruthless as those pursuing her. A gruesomely realistic chiller depicting a young woman’s fight and evolution from hunted to hunter in a patriarchal society combined with a strong feminist message.
Dark Stories (Mon 6pm)
What if Demons, the Living Dead, Evil Dolls, Djinn and other Extra-terrestrial creatures came to haunt our apartments, houses, cafes, museums and other places of daily life? DARK STORIES tells five tales of gripping terror in a fantastic anthology where horror, suspense and humor intertwine with stark reality to make us shiver with fear! Join us for a Ghoul’s Feast, the Last Judgment before the impending Apocalypse, a surprise package from the deliveryman, a forensic scientist confronted by his zombie victim and the worst Moroccan monster nightmare.
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