Piercing Piercing

Wales' number one horror festival returned in 2018 for another spooktastic November with Friday The 13th director Sean S Cunningham as its special guest and a selection of scary films that was guaranteed to please. Its big focus was on classic slasher movies but it also featured some of the most highly acclaimed horror films found on the festival circuit that year.

The festival ran from 13 to 18 November.

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One Cut Of The Dead
One Cut Of The Dead
Shooting a zombie movie in one take is harder than you think...
The Wind
The Wind
On the Western frontier of the United States of America in the late 1800s, a plains-woman is driven mad by the harshness and isolation of the untamed land.
Piercing
Piercing
A man seeks out an unsuspecting stranger to help him purge the dark torments of his past. His plan goes awry when he encounters a woman with plans of her own. A playful psycho-thriller game of cat-and-mouse.
Assassination Nation
Assassination Nation
This is a 1000 percent a true story about how the quiet, all-American town of Salem, absolutely lost its mind.
Tumbbad
Tumbbad
A greedy boy seeks out hidden riches in the dungeon beneath an ancestral house guarded by a terrifying deity.
The Last Man On Earth
The Last Man On Earth
When a disease turns all of humanity into the living dead, the last man on earth becomes a reluctant vampire hunter.
In Fabric
In Fabric
Two stories about a cursed dress and its victims.
Cam
Cam
A sex cam worker finds that her identity has been appropriated by a mysterious doppelgänger.
Anna And The Apocalypse
Anna And The Apocalypse
When the zombie apocalypse hits the sleepy town of Little Haven - at Christmas - teenager Anna and her high school friends have to fight, sing and dance to survive, with the undead horde all around them.
Blue My Mind
Blue My Mind
When a teenager who has trouble with her parents moves to Zurich with them, she starts to walk on the wild side.
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