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10 hidden gems you need to see at Arrow Video FrightFest 2018

We take a look outside of the Main Screen at this year’s festival.

Crystal Eyes
Credit: FrightFest

With over 70 films showing at this year’s Arrow Video FrightFest 2018, it’s going to be tough to decide what to see and what to miss (unless you’ve figured out how to clone yourself of course).

We’ve already highlighted the 10 films you can’t miss on the Main Screens and today we’re switching our focus to the other screens around the festival.

Sifting through all the films on offer, we’ve selected the 10 that we think you should make sure you catch over the 5 days.

 

1. A Young Man With High Potential

What’s it about?

Millennial angst impacts the Internet age with shocking ramifications in this superbly written and directed psychological thriller from wunderkind all-round talent Linus de Paoli. Brilliant computer science student Piet is as inexperienced sexually as he is intelligent. Finding out his feelings for Klara, the beautiful new fellow student he’s coaching, are not really reciprocated, he’s deeply hurt. After trying out sleeping pills on himself, he drugs Klara with unexpected consequences. What follows is a very long and horrifying night, in which Piet loses his innocence in each sense and has to confront every one of his anxieties.

Who stars in it?

Adam Ild Rohweder, Paulina Galazka, Amanda Plummer, Pit Bukowski and Vania Bajdarova.

Who’s the director?

Linus de Paoli.

When’s it on?

Friday 24th August 2018 at 1.15pm in the Prince Charles Discovery One Screen.

 

2. Our House

What’s it about?

After his parents are killed in a car accident, Ethan is left dealing with enormous guilt caring for his younger siblings. Quitting a promising future in technology he devotes all his energy on a revolutionary experiment to bring his parents back to life. After several attempts with an electro-magnetic device, he finally breaches the wall between the living and the dead. But where exactly is that crossed line? And could he have brought something else back from a dark netherworld instead? Based on the 2010 movie Ghost From the Machine, a sci-fi shocker combining heart, mystery and the supernatural.

Who stars in it?

Nicola Peltz, Thomas Mann, Percy Hynes White, John Ralston and Christine Horne.

Who’s the director?

Anthony Scott Burns.

When’s it on?

Friday 24th August 2018 at 11.45am in the Cineworld Discovery Screen.

 

3. The LaPlace’s Demon

THE LAPLACE’S DEMON – Official Trailer 2018 from AstroLab Pictures® on Vimeo.

What’s it about?

The mathematical theory of the Laplace demon supposes that if someone knows the precise location and momentum of every atom in the universe, they could predict everything down to the smallest detail. Thus prepared, welcome to this visually thrilling chiaroscuro mind-meld of Agatha Christie, Rod Serling and Mario Bava-style Italo-noir. A group of scientists who believe they have cracked the code are invited to the mysterious island home of reclusive Professor Cornelius. Introducing himself via videotape, he tells them they are now literal pawns in a twisted experiment causing them to disappear one by one unless they work it out.

Who stars in it?

Silvano Bertolin, Ferdinando D’Urbano, Duccio Giulivi, Carlotta Mazzoncini and Simone Moscato.

Who’s the director?

Giordano Giulivi.

When’s it on?

Saturday 25th August 2018 at 4pm in the Cineworld Discovery Screen.

 

4. F.U.B.A.R.

What’s it about?

Ben Kent (Love Bug) returns to FrightFest with his first feature F.U.B.A.R. which may or may not be based on a true story. Sam is getting married and his best man decides to take him on a zombie apocalypse paint ball weekend. He couldn’t be happier, after all, what better way to spend your last few days of freedom than shooting paint balls in the woods with your best mates? What could possibly go wrong?

Who stars in it?

Mark Heap, Sean Verey, Danny Kirrane, Perry Fitzpatrick and Ewen MacIntosh.

Who’s the director?

Ben Kent.

When’s it on?

Saturday 25th August 2018 at 6.30pm in the Prince Charles Discovery One Screen.

 

5. Lasso

LASSO – FRIGHTFEST EXCLUSIVE from FrightFest on Vimeo.

What’s it about?

Bloodthirsty cowboys rodeo human livestock in a splatter romp beyond your wildest western dreams. When a coach party of vacationing senior citizens decide to take in a good ole’ boy rodeo in the backwoods, little do they realise the showcase events they witness like branding, bullfighting, steer wrestling and tie-down roping will soon be carried out on hapless kidnap victims after hours with even nastier results. For the cow-punching ranch hands are using potent horse tranquilisers on themselves for sadistic human hog-killing kicks – and only scared tour guides Kit and Simon can save the bloody Buckaroo day.

Who stars in it?

Sean Patrick Flanery, Lindsey Morgan, Andrew Jacobs, Karen Grassle and Heather Mignon.

Who’s the director?

Evan Cecil.

When’s it on?

Saturday 25th August 2018 at 6.30pm in the Prince Charles Discovery Two Screen.

 

6. Videoman

What’s it about?

A Giallo obsessed VHS collector with a drinking problem finds a valuable video movie that could save him from eviction. When it gets stolen he starts a desperate hunt for the black-gloved perpetrator, meeting an alcoholic woman in love with all things 80s and a victim of work place bullying in the process. Can these two outsiders joined by nostalgia and broken dreams find redemption in each other? Dario Argento meets Mike Leigh in Söderström’s sly and playfully moving celebration of Italian genre cinema and social realities. Fulci, Fenech and Freda fans will find this feature debut an absolute blast.

Who stars in it?

Stefan Sauk, Lena Nilsson, Morgan Alling, Martin Wallström and Sven Wollter.

Who’s the director?

Kristian A. Söderström.

When’s it on?

Sunday 26th August 2018 at 6.30pm in the Cineworld Discovery Screen.

 

7. White Chamber

What’s it about?

Near future Britain is at civil war and the State battles rebel militia for power. A woman wakes up in a blindingly white square room. An outside voice demands information, but she claims to have none. To gain answers, her captor utilizes the gruesome functionality of the White Chamber as an instrument of torture. The temperature within the space shifts between the extremes; water, acid and electricity fire out of the floor and ceiling. The woman’s mind, body and soul are pushed to their limit and she begins to talk… but is she just surviving or does she know more?

Who stars in it?

Amrita Acharia, Nicholas Farrell, Oded Fehr, Sharon Maughan and Shauna Macdonald.

Who’s the director?

Paul Raschid.

When’s it on?

Sunday 26th August 2018 at 1.20pm in the Prince Charles Discovery One Screen.

 

8. Life Changer

LIFECHANGER from FrightFest on Vimeo.

What’s it about?

A murderous shape-shifter sets out on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves but had to leave behind for her own safety’s sake. But zipping between ever-faster body snatches is becoming confusing, mind-bending and more debilitating by the minute. Something has got to give. Like dark romance, feral natural instincts and fractured sanity. Time to take a dive into the deep aliveness that comes from following your broken heart, in acting on what you love despite the monstrous circumstances, alien limitations, hidden emotions or fears of the shocking unknown.

Who stars in it?

Lora Burke, Jack Foley, Elitsa Bako, Steve Kasan and Sam James White.

Who’s the director?

Justin McConnell.

When’s it on?

Friday 24th August 2018 at 9pm and Sunday 26th August at 11.15am in the Prince Charles Discovery Two Screen.

 

9. Crystal Eyes

CRYSTAL EYES from FrightFest on Vimeo.

What’s it about?

Buenos Aires, 1985, the first anniversary of the death of Alexis Carpenter, the unstable supermodel who died tragically in a horrendous catwalk fire. Fashion editor Lucia L’uccello wants to honour Alexis in a commemorative issue of her magazine. But the night before the cover photo shoot, Alexis’ original dresses are stolen and staff members begin to disappear at the hands of a sinister silhouette in a long black leather raincoat. Is someone seeking revenge? Or has Alexis returned from the grave? Mario Bava, Dario Argento and Suspiria fans, here’s the sumptuous neo-Giallo you’ve all been waiting for!

Who stars in it?

Silvia Montanari, Anahí Politi, Erika Boveri, Claudio Armesto and Valeria Giorcelli.

Who’s the director?

Ezequiel Endelman and Leandro Montejano.

When’s it on?

Friday 24th August 2018 at 11.30pm in the Cineworld Discovery Screen and Monday 27th August 2018 at 1.35pm in the Prince Charles Discovery Two Screen.

 

10. Possum

Possum

Credit: FrightFest

What’s it about?

After returning to his childhood home, a disgraced children’s puppeteer is forced to confront his wicked stepfather and the dark secrets that have tortured his entire life. A supernatural horror combining the stark psychodrama of George A. Romero’s Martin with the uncanny terror of Dead of the Night, Sean Harris gives a tour-de-force performance as Philip in this bleak and understated exercise in creeping dread. Informed as much by silent cinema expressionism, the British classics The Innocents and Don’t Look now, and the claustrophobic suburban Gothic atmosphere of Pete Walker’s Frightmare, Possum will terrify in the best shock corridor tradition.

Who stars in it?

Sean Harris, Alun Armstrong, Simon Bubb, Andy Blythe and Joe Galluci.

Who’s the director?

Matthew Holness.

When’s it on?

Monday 27th August 2018 at 3.45pm in the Prince Charles Discovery One Screen.

 

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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