Frightfest 2018: The 5 Films I Can’t Wait To See

I’ve written a few FrightFest previews over the years and this year is no different. Except this time, I’ve written this from my current home of Australia, where I’ll still be when you lovely lot enter Cineworld Leicester Square on Thursday 23 August… sigh…

Yes, I’m lucky to be where I am in the world right now but I am so jealous that you all get to attend FrightFest, particularly when this year’s line-up is set to be one of the best so far.

This preview was a struggle; it was extremely hard to pick the 5 films I can’t wait to see when I wanted to pick 20. But I’ve managed it. Just about…

Terrified

A neighbourhood turns into a paranormal free-for-all after a husband returns home to find his wife terrorised by voices from the bathroom, promising to kill her. Police call upon two paranormal researchers to investigate and what they find will haunt you… forever.

Not to be mistaken with the excellent Terrifier (damn that’s a scary clown!), this paranormal scare fest comes from Argentina. And it looks, well, terrifying.

I love a good paranormal scare and this looks dark, oppressive and bleak. And I mean that in the best possible way. I hope this one leaves me quaking in my boots.

Incident in a Ghost Land

Pauline and her daughters inherit a house and are immediately confronted by intruders. 16 years later, daughter Beth, a successful fantasy author, returns to the same house and finds that the trauma she experienced will never be forgotten.

This year’s line-up includes a lot of zombie and home invasion films and I think this one is going to be a belter for the latter.

I recently watched the original Martyrs and loved it. It was insane, terrifying and had an interesting angle so I’m thrilled to see what director Pascal Laugier has in store for us with this gem.

There is a special place in my heart for home invasion films and I have no doubt that this will deliver.

Cult of Terror

Why are we horror fans? What drives us to watch the morbid, the bloody and, quite frankly, the insane?  You can expect answers in this documentary by Gustavo Leonel Mendoza, who takes us on a journey through the global horror festival circuit.

Personally, I try to attend FrightFest and HorrorConUK in Sheffield each year where I have the BEST time with like-minded individuals and get to meet my horror idols. I love being scared. We all do. That’s why you’re reading this article right now. And why you’re heading to FrightFest. Again.

This documentary is a chance for us all to come together and revel in how much fun it is to be scared.

Rock Steady Row

In this future world, where society has collapsed and campus economy runs on bicycles, watch as freshman Leroy, with his roommate Piper, goes on a quest to retrieve his stolen bike.

Okay, I get that from the synopsis this film may not sound that interesting but do me a favour and watch the trailer. I’ll wait…

Brilliant, huh? This film looks all kinds of crazy. And funny. And surreal. And speaks volumes about the way society is already crumbling around us. This has serious Hobo with a Shotgun vibes, which is such a brilliant film. If you haven’t seen it, watch it now. Then get your ass to FrightFest to see this future B-movie treasure.

Upgrade

After a horrific mugging kills his wife and leaves Grey Trace paralysed, a billionaire inventor offers him an artificial implant called STEM that will enhance his body. Regaining the ability to walk and discovering he has superhuman strength and agility, Grey takes revenge.

Okay, to be honest, I’ve picked this film because I fan girl hard when it comes to Leigh Whannell. I think everything he touches turns to gold (Insidious, Saw, Cooties, even Dead Silence) but in the case of this film, I think you guys will agree with me.

So far only released in America and Australia, the reviews have been brilliant, cementing Whannell as one of the most talented, up and coming directors of our time. Although not strictly a horror, this film is a brutal and thrilling assault on the senses.

This will be a highlight of the festival. Guaranteed.

And a special mention to Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires for the fact that this film is finally going to be at the festival; we’ve been watching this trailer for years.

We all have high hopes of this film being a fun ride. I just hope we’ve haven’t already seen the best jokes.

By Catherine Dunn (@toodamncat)

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