Among the films making their screen debut this year are James Moran’s Blood Shed, starring Shaun Dooley and Sally Phillips, where a man’s love of his garden shed takes a rather murderous turn. In Judgement, Neil Maskell stars as a single man looking for love in all the wrong places and Laurence R. Harvey shines as a mutated children’s’ toy in Teddy Bear’s Picnic. Katie Bonham returns with her new film Mab, about a girl who turns to witchcraft to teach someone a lesson.
The other British-made shorts include Held Down by a Shadow, Mayflower, The Welcoming, Misdirection, Event Horizon, Hum, Real Gods Require Blood, and Smear, which is set to make the whole cinema squirm.
Horror from around the world is also healthily represented with Meow, Drip Drop, Rotary, Creswick, Feeding Time, Vocabulary 1, Bad Heads, Nimmer, Man in the Moon, An Eldritch Place, Kept, Tether, and For A Good Time, CALL…
As well as the short showcases there will be two special screenings preceding a pair of the feature films. Prior to the opening night film Cult of Chucky is The Dollhouse, a loving tribute to growing up in the world of the psycho killer doll, directed by Kyra Gardner. And FrightFest short film programmer Shelagh Rowan-Legg’s new film Flow will have its European premiere preceding the screening of Dhogs (wonder how that got selected? Hehe).
Shelagh said of the Short Film Showcase: “This year, Horror Channel FrightFest's short film selection will take you from the darkest reaches of space to the darkest corners of the bedroom closet. With babysitters who are just a bit too inquisitive, manipulative men getting their just desserts, mothers trying to help their video-game addicted sons, security guards confronted by other-worldly monsters: these shorts from the UK and around the world offer the new wave of fantastic genre cinema.”
Horror Channel FrightFest runs from August 24th to 28th 2017 at Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema. Single tickets and passes are available to buy online. For full programme details and timetables go to www.frightfest.co.uk Follow on Twitter for all the latest news.
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