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10 films you can’t miss on the Main Screens at Arrow Video FrightFest 2018

We select our must-see films for this year’s horror festival.

The Cleaning Lady
Credit: FrightFest

Arrow Video FrightFest 2018 is just around the corner and there are so many films to choose from it can all be a little overwhelming.

Complete heaven for any horror buff, the festival showcases a wealth of talent from around the world and this year there are an incredible 30 films showing just in the Main Screens – Arrow Video Screen and Horror Channel Screen – across the 5 days.

While we would recommend you try and see all of them, we’ve picked out 10 of the films showing the Main Screens that you simply can’t afford to miss!

 

1. The Ranger

THE RANGER from FrightFest on Vimeo.

What’s it about?

It’s the 1980s and a group of punks get busted selling drugs. Because a police officer gets fatally wounded in the showdown, Chelsea offers up her uncle’s cabin in a nearby national park as a hideout. There they cross paths with an officious ranger who has a weird connection to Chelsea’s past and will stop at nothing to enforce every single safety regulation even if it means resorting to the deadliest of means.

Who stars in it?

Chloe Levine, Jeremy Holm, Granit Lahu, Jeremy Pope and Larry Fessenden.

Who’s the director?

Jenn Wexler

When’s it on?

Thursday 23rd August 2018 at 6pm in the Arrow Video Screen and 6.30pm in the Horror Channel Screen at Cineworld Leicester Square.

 

2. Summer of ’84

What’s it about?

The Turbo Kid trio return with more Stranger Things collected from their retro-nostalgia horror conscious. Davey thinks his police officer neighbour Mr. Mackey is the serial killer the local press have dubbed the Cape May Slayer. With his three friends Eats, Woody and Curtis, Davey starts to investigate under the guise of one of their normal suburban games. For his own part Mackey seems to have a good humour about Davey’s suspicions, spying and evidence gathering, but is he just giving them all a false sense of security? Then they start getting closer to the truth and the danger escalates.

Who stars in it?

Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery, Cory Gruter-Andrew and Tiera Skovbye.

Who’s the director?

François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell.

When’s it on?

Thursday 23rd August 2018 at 8.45pm in the Arrow Video Screen and 9.15pm in the Horror Channel Screen at Cineworld Leicester Square.

 

3. The Cleaning Lady

What’s it about?

As a means to distract herself from an affair with a married man, love-addicted beautician Alice befriends her soft-spoken, reclusive cleaning lady Shelley, facially scarred by burns from a traumatic childhood incident. Soon everyone caught in Alice’s infidelity trap learns to their dread that Shelley’s scars run much deeper than they ever suspected. Jon Knautz directed the past FrightFest favourites Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, The Shrine and Goddess of Love. Now he returns with his darkest, creepiest, nastiest, most twisted and intense psychological horror yet, one bound to win him even more FrightFest fans. Something very fierce this way comes.

Who stars in it?

Alexis Kendra, Stelio Savante, Rachel Alig, Elizabeth Sandy and JoAnne McGrath.

Who’s the director?

Jon Knautz.

When’s it on?

Friday 24th August 2018 at 11.30am in the Arrow Video Screen and 12pm in the Horror Channel Screen at Cineworld Leicester Square.

 

4. Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires

What’s it about?

It’s not 1985 anymore… it’s 1986! And Chuck Steel is the maverick, lone wolf cop on the edge, who doesn’t play by the rules and must prevent the worst plague ever to hit Los Angeles – a scourge of deadly Trampires, mutant hybrids of vampires and bums.

Who stars in it?

Paul Whitehouse, Samantha Coughlan, Lauren Harris, Michael Mort and Sam Roe.

Who’s the director?

Michael Mort.

When’s it on?

Saturday 25th August 2018 at 3.45pm in the Arrow Video Screen and 4.15pm in the Horror Channel Screen at Cineworld Leicester Square.

 

5. Upgrade

What’s it about?

From Saw and Insidious creator Leigh Whannell, a fast-paced, inventive, sci-fi thrill-ride, swirling together Robocop, Death Wish, The Terminator and numerous Cronenberg body horror influences. Set in the near future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. But when self-identified technophobe Grey Trace is made quadriplegic in a car accident his world is turned upside down. His only hope for closure and possible revenge is an experimental computer chip implant called STEM that allows him to achieve miraculous feats of mind and strength. But then STEM starts to take full control of his body and the true nano nightmares begin.

Who stars in it?

Logan Marshall-Green, Richard Anastasios, Melanie Vallejo, Richard Cawthorne and Harrison Gilbertson.

Who’s the director?

Leigh Whannell.

When’s it on?

Saturday 25th August 2018 at 8.45pm in the Arrow Video Screen and 9.15pm in the Horror Channel Screen at Cineworld Leicester Square.

 

6. He’s Out There

What’s it about?

On holiday at a remote Canadian lake house, a mother and her two young daughters must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare conceived by a psychopath. For ‘John’ has been lurking in the shadows for years every time the family took a holiday and even left a children’s picture book to help them cope with the terrifying scenario he has meticulously planned. Will husband Shawn manage to make it to the house in time to stop the carnage? Can local handyman Owen put a stop to the madness? Watch, and learn the stark truth!

Who stars in it?

Yvonne Strahovski, Justin Bruening, Abigail Pniowsky, Anna Pniowsky and Julian Bailey.

Who’s the director?

Quinn Lasher.

When’s it on?

Sunday 26th August 2018 at 3.30pm in the Arrow Video Screen and 4pm in the Horror Channel Screen at Cineworld Leicester Square.

 

7. Anna and the Apocalypse

What’s it about?

Shaun of the Dead gets Footloose with High School Musical in a pure gore delight with a toe-tapping beat. Anna is looking forward to the end of high school. But while her widowed father dreams of university, she has other plans – jet-setting around the world to experience life before settling down. Suddenly a zombie apocalypse threatens her sleepy Scottish town, forcing Anna and friends to struggle, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the living dead in a desperate race to reach their loved ones. A holiday horror show stopper with a mental, maniacal and magical musical edge.

Who stars in it?

Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire, Mark Benton and Paul Kaye.

Who’s the director?

John McPhail.

When’s it on?

Sunday 26th August 2018 at 8.30pm in the Arrow Video Screen and 9pm in the Horror Channel Screen at Cineworld Leicester Square.

 

8. Open 24 Hours

Open 24 Hours

Credit: FrightFest

What’s it about?

A paranoid delusional woman, Mary White (Vanessa Grasse), has just been released from a mental hospital for setting her serial killer boyfriend on fire. Her boyfriend, James Lincoln Fields is brutal serial killer known as The Rain Ripper. After being released from the Hospital, Mary’s vulnerable demeanor aids her in obtaining employment at an all night petrol station. However, left alone to her own devices, her paranoia and hallucinations return with furious consequences. Customers and friends suddenly start turning up dead, mutilated, all around her. Is The Rain Ripper back to finish her off?

Who stars in it?

Vanessa Grasse, Brendan Fletcher, Cole Vigue, Emily Tennant and Daniel O’Meara.

Who’s the director?

Padraig Reynolds.

When’s it on?

Monday 27th August 2018 at 10.45am in the Arrow Video Screen and 11.15am in the Horror Channel Screen at Cineworld Leicester Square.

 

9. The Golem

The Golem

Credit: FrightFest

What’s it about?

The first original movie for ‘Dread Central Presents’ is a stunning reimagining of the mystical Jewish legend and the second feature from the Jeruzalem directing duo, the Paz brothers. Set in Lithuania, 1673, conflicted Hanna (superb Hani Furstenberg) conjures up a dangerous entity using Kabbalah magic to protect her isolated, tight-knit community under attack from both the plague and deadly evil invaders. But the creature she moulds out of mud echoes her tragic past and becomes so connected to its creator that she can’t see what a heartless monster has been fashioned from abject fear and desperate loathing.

Who stars in it?

Hani Furstenberg, Ishai Golan, Brynie Furstenberg, Lenny Ravich and Alex Tritenko.

Who’s the director?

Doran & Yoav Paz.

When’s it on?

Monday 27th August 2018 at 6.15pm in the Arrow Video Screen and 6.45pm in the Horror Channel Screen at Cineworld Leicester Square.

 

10. Climax

Climax

Credit: FrightFest

What’s it about?

The Cannes Director’s Fortnight 2018 sensation, which the entertainment bible Variety called “Fame directed by the Marquis de Sade with a Steadicam”, finds French extreme cinema’s incorrigible wild child Gaspar Noé at the peak of his confrontational and hypnotically mesmerising powers. A young dance troupe rehearse for an upcoming American tour in a dingy school assembly hall. But someone spikes the mid-session break drinks with LSD and soon A Chorus Line Heaven becomes nightclubbed Hell in an escalating nightmare of intense emotions and apocalyptic actions. Based on true events, this throbbing whirling dervish is Irreversible Noé’s Disco Inferno via Dante’s.

Who stars in it?

Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub, Kiddy Smile and Giselle Palmer.

Who’s the director?

Gaspar Noé.

When’s it on?

Monday 27th August 2018 at 8.45pm in the Arrow Video Screen and 9.15pm in the Horror Channel Screen at Cineworld Leicester Square.

 

Arrow Video FrightFest 2018 takes place from 23rd to 27th August 2018 in London. For more details and tickets, head over to www.frightfest.co.uk.

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