Fantastic Fest 2023
Mancunian Man: The Legendary Life Of Cliff Twemlow Mancunian Man: The Legendary Life Of Cliff Twemlow
Mancunian Man: The Legendary Life Of Cliff Twemlow and Caligula
100 Yards (Men Qian Bao Di) (Country: China; Year: 2023; Director: Xu Haofeng, Xu Junfeng; Writer: Xu Haofeng; Stars: Xu Changchu, Jacky Heung, Bea Hayden Kuo, Kevin Lee)
Two bitter rivals duel for stewardship of a wushu academy.
Acide (Country: France; Year: 2023; Director: Just Philippot; Writer: Yacine Badday, Just Philippot; Stars: Guillaume Canet, Laetitia Dosch, Patience Munchenbach, Marie Jung, Martin Verset)
In the middle of a heat wave, an ominous cloud appears and with it, a lethal acid rain. A separated family will have to come together to escape this plague ravaging the world.
The All Golden (Country: Canada; Year: 2023; Director: Nate Wilson)
An ailing polyamorous bicycle courier discovers that the older scholar she's dating has been keeping a sinister secret in his closet.
The Altman Method (Country: Israel; Year: 2022; Director: Nadav Aronowicz; Writer: Nadav Aronowicz; Stars: Maayan Weinstock, Nir 'Niro' Barak, Dana Lerer)
A forgotten actress, is pushed into a severe moral crisis after her husband miraculously survives a terrorist attack. The reality which she once trusted begins to crack, and lying becomes her only way to the truth.
Animalia (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Sofia Alaoui; Writer: Sofia Alaoui; Stars: Oumaïma Barid, Mehdi Dehbi, Fouad Oughaou)
A young, pregnant woman finds emancipation as aliens land in Morocco.
Visitors Visitors
Visitors and Riddle Of Fire
The Animal Kingdom (Le Règne Animal) (Country: France; Year: 2023; Director: Thomas Cailley; Writer: Thomas Cailley; Stars: Adèle Exarchopoulos, Romain Duris, Paul Kircher)
Sci-fi adventure set in a world where humans are mutating into "creatures".
Baby Assassins 2 (Country: Japan; Year: 2023; Director: Yugo Sakamoto; Writer: Yugo Sakamoto; Stars: Oto Abe, Tatsuomi Hamada, Junpei Hashino, Joey Iwanaga, Saori Izawa)
Chisato and Mahiro were banned from performing tasks because they violated the organisation's rules. Needing money to make ends meet, they resumed their days as part-time workers. Suddenly two other assassins are after them.
Bark (Country: Germany; Year: 2023; Director: Marc Schölermann; Writer: Steve Fauquier; Stars: Michael Weston, Crazy Horse, Lennon Sickels)
When a man wakes up to find himself bound and helpless in the woods, he is relieved by the arrival of an outdoorsman - but as the outdoorsman pitches camp nearby, he realises that he does not intend to save him, and he has no idea why.
Blonde Death (Country: US; Year: 1984; Director: James Robert Baker; Writer: James Robert Baker; Stars: Sara Lee Wade, Jack Catalano, Scott Ingram)
After being held hostage by a serial killer, a formerly sweet teenage girl gets a gun and goes on the rampage.
Blood Diner (Country: US; Year: 1987; Director: Jackie Kong; Writer: Michael Sonye; Stars: Rick Burks, Carl Crew, Roger Dauer, LaNette La France, Lisa Elaina)
Two brothers are entrusted by their uncle to uphold the ritualistic cannibalism of the ancient cult of Sheetar. In order to do so, they have to prepare a feast of sacrifice for the resurrection of their goddess.
What You Wish For What You Wish For
What You Wish For and When Evil Lurks
The Book Of Solutions (Country: France; Year: 2023; Director: Michel Gondry; Writer: Michel Gondry; Stars: Pierre Niney, Blanche Gardin, Camille Rutherford and Vincent Elbaz)
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Bugged! (Country: US; Year: 1996; Director: Ronald K. Armstrong; Writer: Ronald K. Armstrong; Stars: Priscilla K Basque, Ronald K Armstrong, Jeff Lee, Derek C Johnson, Billy Graham)
Exterminators unwittingly create monsters by spraying crickets with a genetic mutating agent.
Caligula (Caligola, Caligula, My Son) (Country: Italy, US; Year: 1979; Director: Tinto Brass, Bob Guccione, Giancarlo Lui; Writer: Gore Vidal, Bob Guccione, Giancarlo Lui, Franco Rossellini; Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Peter O'Toole, Teresa Ann Savoy, Helen Mirren, Guido Mannari, John Gielgud, Giancarlo Badessi, Bruno Brive, Adriana Asti, Leopoldo Trieste, Paolo Bonacelli, John Steiner)
Graphic retelling of the story of the Roman emperor.
Centipede Horror (Wu Gong Zhou) (Country: Hong Kong; Year: 1982; Director: Keith Li; Writer: Suet Ming Chan; Stars: Li Tien-lang, Miu Kiu-wai, Hussein Abu Hassan, Chan Chu-kwong, FC Chan)
A powerful sorcerer targets the grandchildren of the man who burnt down his village 50 years ago, by casting his deadly Centipede Spell on them.
Cobweb (Country: South Korea; Year: 2023; Director: Kim Jee-Woon; Writer: Shin Yeon-Shick; Stars: Song Kang-ho, Jeon Yeo-binJung, Woo-sung, Kim Min-jae)
An experimental and genre-defying drama shot entirely on sound stages in support of a film-within-a-film narrative.
The Sacrifice Game The Sacrifice Game
The Sacrifice Game and The Toxic Avenger
The Coffee Table (La mesita del comedor) (Country: Spain; Year: 2022; Director: Caye Casas; Writer: Cristina Borobia, Caye Casas; Stars: Eduardo Antuña, Paco Benjumea, Itziar Castro, Estefanía de los Santos, Cristina Dilla, Clàudia Font, Emilio Gavira, David Pareja, Claudia Riera, Josep Riera, Josep Maria Riera)
Black comedy about a young couple facing a tricky moment in their relationship.
Concrete Utopia (Country: South Korea; Year: 2023; Director: Eom Tae-hwa; Stars: Park Seo-joon, Lee Byung-hun, Park Bo-young, Kim Sun-young, Park Ji-hu, Na Chul)
Survivors from a massive earthquake struggle for a new life in Seoul.
The Creator (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Gareth Edwards; Writer: Gareth Edwards, Chris Weitz; Stars: John David Washington, Madeleine Yuna Voyles, Gemma Chan, Allison Janney, Ken Watanabe)
A post-apocalyptic thriller involving a future impacted by a war between humans and AI.
Crumb Catcher (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Chris Skotchdopole; Writer: Chris Skotchdopole, Larry Fessenden, Rigo Garay; Stars: Rigo Garay, Ella Rae Peck, John Speredakos, Lorraine Farris, Rebecca Watson)
A newlywed couple is held captive in a remote lake house by a maniacally optimistic inventor and his sour wife who are desperate to finance his dream project with a half-baked blackmail plot.
The Deep Dark (Gueules Noires) (Country: France; Year: 2023; Director: Mathieu Turi; Writer: Mathieu Turi; Stars: Samuel Le Bihan, Amir El Kacem, Thomas Solivérès, Jean-Hughes Anglade)
Miners are forced to take a professor underground with them, to take samples for his measurements. After a landslide prevents them from going back up, they discover a crypt from another time, unknowingly waking up a bloodthirsty creature.
Vermin Vermin
Vermin and #Manhole
Divinity (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Eddie Alcazar; Writer: Eddie Alcazar; Stars: Stephen Dorff, Moises Arias, Jason Genao, Karrueche Tran, Bella Thorne, Scott Bakula)
Two mysterious brothers abduct a mogul during his quest for immortality. Meanwhile, a seductive woman helps them launch a journey of self-discovery.
Door (Country: Japan; Year: 1988; Director: Banmei Takahashi; Writer: Ataru Oikawa, Banmei Takahashi; Stars: Keiko Takahashi, Daijirô Tsutsumi, Shirô Shimomoto, Takuto Yanezo, Masao Ishida)
After several strangely threatening calls from a local salesman, a homemaker becomes increasingly afraid to answer her apartment door.
Eileen (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: William Oldroyd; Writer: Luke Goebel, Ottessa Moshfegh, based on the novel by Ottessa Moshfegh; Stars: Thomasin McKenzie, Anne Hathaway, Shea Whigham, Marin Ireland, Owen Teague)
Set during a bitter 1964 Massachusetts winter, young secretary Eileen becomes enchanted by the glamorous new counsellor at the prison where she works. Their budding friendship takes a twisted turn when Rebecca reveals a dark secret — throwing Eileen onto a sinister path.
Enter The Clones Of Bruce Lee (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: David Gregory; Stars: Bruce Li, Bruce Le, Bruce Lo, Bruce Liang)
A documentary about the men drafted in to fill the gap and keep audiences happy after the death of cinema's greatest martial arts star.
Falling Stars (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Richard Karpala, Gabriel Bienczycki; Writer: Richard Karpala; Stars: Rene Leech, Shaun Duke Jr, Andrew Gabriel)
On the night of first harvest, three brothers in the American West set out to see a dead witch buried by their friend and find themselves in a race to stop a curse.
Jackdaw Jackdaw
Jackdaw and The Last Stop In Yuma County
Fantastic Golem Affairs (El Fantástico Caso Del Golem) (Country: Spain, Estonia; Year: 2023; Director: Juan González, Nando Martínez; Writer: Juan González, Nando Martínez; Stars: Brays Efe, David Menéndez, Luis Tosar, Bruna Cusí, Aimar Vega, Clara Sans)
Two friends find themselves on a rooftop terrace after an intense party in Madrid. Juan witnesses David falling to the void, and his body disintegrating into ceramic pieces after hitting a car.
Four's A Crowd (El Cuarto Pasajero) (Country: Spain; Year: 2022; Director: Álex de la Iglesia; Writer: Jorge Guerricaechevarría, Álex de la Iglesia; Stars: Blanca Suárez, Alberto San Juan, Ernesto Alterio)
A divorced middle aged man with a cash problem uses an app to share car to travel Madrid. He finds himself falling in love with an usual passenger, but trouble starts when two strangers join with them.
A Guide To Becoming An Elm Tree (Country: Canada; Year: 2023; Director: Adam Mann, Skye Mann; Writer: Adam Mann, Skye Mann; Stars: James Healy-Meaney, Gerry Wade, MJ Sullivan)
A lonely and grief-stricken man seeks the help of a mysterious carpenter to help him build a coffin for his already dead and buried wife.
I'll Crush Y'All (Os Reviento) (Country: Spain; Year: 2023; Director: Kike Narcea; Writer: Kike Narcea; Stars: Mario Mayo, Diego París, Fabia Castro, Fernando Gil, Antonio Mayans, Raúl Jiménez)
A retired boxer lives quietly in the countryside with his father and his dog, but one day his past comes back to haunt him.
The Invisible Fight (Nähtamatu võitlus) (Country: Estonia, Latvia, Greece, Finland; Year: 2023; Director: Rainer Sarnet; Writer: Rainer Sarnet; Stars: Ursel Tilk, Ester Kuntu, Indrek Sammul, Kaarel Pogga)
A kung-fu comedy set in an Orthodox Monastery in 1970s Soviet Union.
Enter The Clones Of Bruce Lee Enter The Clones Of Bruce Lee
Enter The Clones Of Bruce Lee and The Animal Kingdom
In My Mother's Skin (Country: Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan; Year: 2023; Director: Kenneth Dagatan; Writer: Kenneth Dagatan; Stars: Angeli Bayani, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, James Mavie Estrella, Beauty Gonzalez, Felicity Kyle Napuli)
Stranded in the Philippines during World War II, a young girl finds that her duty to protect her dying mother is complicated by her misplaced trust in a beguiling, flesh-eating fairy.
Jackdaw (Country: UK; Year: 2023; Director: Jamie Childs; Writer: Jamie Childs; Stars: Jenna Coleman, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Rory McCann, Thomas Turgoose, Vivienne Acheampong)
A former motocross champion and army veteran is now caring for his younger brother. Broke, he agrees to do an open water pick up of a mysterious illegal package in the North Sea.
The Jar (Country: US; Year: 1984; Director: Bruce Toscano; Writer: George Bradley; Stars: Gary Wallace, Karin Sjöberg, Robert Gerald Witt, Dean Schoepter)
A motorist who happens upon a car crash finds a bottle at the scene. The bottle contains a demon who proceeds to possess him.
Kennedy (Country: India; Year: 2023; Director: Anurag Kashyap; Stars: Sunny Leone, Rahul Bhatt)
A gangster thriller.
Killing Romance (Country: South Korea; Year: 2023; Director: Lee Won-suk; Stars: Lee Hanee, Lee Sun-kyun, Yoo-ram Bae)
A retired actress, who marries an island chaebol and meets a three-time-test-taker who lives next door, decides to do away with her boring husband.
Where The Devil Roams Where The Devil Roams
Where The Devil Roams and Suitable Flesh
Kill Dolly Kill (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Heidi Moore, Daniel Murphy, Tony Walters; Writer: Tom Komisar, Heidi Moore; Stars: Lloyd Kaufman, Julie Anne Prescott, Elissa Dowling, Chtis Cortez, Kathy Corpus)
Tromaville’s local celebrity murderess, Dolly Deadly, is a shoo-in to win Serial Killer of the Year. Unfortunately, Slasharella has designs on the title and will stoop to the lowest of lows to take the crown. The two will drag Tromaville out and turn it upside down in their fight to the death.
Kim’s Video (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: David Redmon, Ashley Sabin)
Playing with the forms and tropes of various cinema genres, the filmmaker sets off on a quest to find a legendary lost video collection of 55,000 movies in Sicily.
The Last Stop In Yuma County (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Francis Galluppi; Writer: Francis Galluppi; Stars: Jim Cummings, Jocelin Donahue, Richard Brake, Nicholas Logan, Faizon Love)
A traveling knife salesman is stranded and forced to wait at a rural rest stop and suddenly finds himself in the middle of a violent hostage situation upon the arrival of two bank robbers who are on the run after a recent heist.
The Last Video Store (Country: Australia; Year: 2023; Director: Brian Vining; Writer: Brian Vining; Stars: Jacki Simmons, Reece Madam, Jordan Abbey-Young, Phillip Avalon, Emily Rowbottom)
After a beachside video rental store is robbed, the owner installs security cameras store wide. Unbeknownst to the staff, he uses them to capture an emerging love story unfold between two of his young employees - one of whom has an ex with a dark past.
Letters To The Postman (Country: UK; Year: 2022; Director: Felix Dembinski; Writer: Robert Aickman, Felix Dembinski; Stars: Rad Brown, Catherine Bufton, Dominic Carmody-Keeble, Kym Cox, Marek Dembinski, Jack Edwards, Anna Fraser)
A young inexperienced postman finds himself in the middle of a mystery.
V/H/S/85 V/H/S/85
V/H/S/85 and Kim’s Video
Mancunian Man: The Legendary Life Of Cliff Twemlow (Country: UK; Year: 2023; Director: Jake West; Stars: Barry Twemlow, Oliver Tobias, Ginette Gray, John Saint Ryan)
Polymath Twemlow was a nightclub bouncer, novelist, composer, singer, screenwriter, producer and actor, who for a decade was the most prolific indie filmmaker in the UK! Witness how this 20th century Renaissance man created his own innovative micro-film industry in Manchester.
#Manhole (Country: Japan; Year: 2023; Director: Kazuyoshi Kumakiri; Writer: Michitaka Okada; Stars: Nakajima Yûto, Nao, Nagayama Kento)
A real estate worker who is about to marry his boss' daughter falls down a deep manhole and can't work out how to escape.
Messiah Of Evil (Dead People) (Country: US; Year: 1973; Director: Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz; Writer: Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz; Stars: Michael Greer, Marianna Hill, Joy Bang, Anitra Ford, Royal Dano, Elisha Cook Jr)
A young woman goes searching for her missing artist father. Her journey takes her to a strange Californian seaside town governed by a mysterious undead cult.
Mushrooms (Country: Poland; Year: 2023; Director: Pawel Borowski; Writer: Pawel Borowski)
While collecting mushrooms and herbs in the forest, an old lady stumbles upon a young couple who have gotten lost. They beg her to help them escape the woods, but the old lady quickly senses that something isn’t right.
The Nest (Country: US; Year: 1987; Director: Terence H Winkless; Writer: Robert King, Eli Cantor; Stars: Robert Lansing, Lisa Langlois, Franc Luz, Terri Treas, Stephen Davies, Diana Bellamy)
A biological experiment goes haywire when meat-eating mutant roaches invade an island community, terrorising a peaceful New England fishing village and hideously butchering its citizens.
Messiah Of Evil Messiah Of Evil
Messiah Of Evil and Restore Point
Nowhere (Country: France, US; Year: 1997; Director: Gregg Araki; Writer: Gregg Araki; Stars: James Duval, Rachel True, Nathan Bexton, Chiara Mastroianni, Debi Mazar, Kathleen Robertson, Ryan Phillippe)
Follows a day in the lives of a group of Los Angeles high school students and the strange lives they lead.
One Percenter (Country: Japan; Year: 2023; Director: Yûdai Yamaguchi; Stars: Tak Sakaguchi)
When an action film star finds his craft replaced by wires, CGI and quick edits, he and his trusty apprentice decide to make their dream film by themselves - incorporating the Yakuza gangsters who invade their set.
The Origin (Country: UK; Year: 2022; Director: Andrew Cumming; Writer: Ruth Greenberg, Andrew Cumming, Oliver Kassman; Stars: Chuku Modu, Kit Young, Iola Evans, Safia Oakley-Green, Luna Mwezi)
In the Old Stone Age, a disparate gang of early humans band together in search of a new land. When they suspect a malevolent, mystical, being is hunting them down, the clan are forced to confront a danger they never envisaged.
The Other Laurens (L’Autre Laurens) (Country: Belgium; Year: 2023; Director: Claude Schmitz; Writer: Claude Schmitz; Stars: Olivier Rabourdin, Marc Barbé, Tibo Vandenborre and Francis Soetens)
A private detective investigates the death of his brother.
The People's Joker (Country: US; Year: 2022; Director: Vera Drew; Writer: Vera Drew; Stars: Vera Drew)
An aspiring clown grappling with her gender identity combats a fascistic caped crusader.
The Creator The Creator
The Creator and Divinity
Pet Sematary: Bloodlines (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Lindsey Anderson Beer; Writer: Lindsey Anderson Beer, Jeff Buhler, Stephen King; Stars: Jack Mulhern, Samantha Mathis, David Duchovny, Henry Thomas, Pam Grier)
In 1969, a young Jud Crandall has dreams of leaving his hometown of Ludlow, Maine behind, but soon discovers sinister secrets buried within and is forced to confront a dark family history that will forever bind him to it.
Project Silence (Country: South Korea; Year: 2023; Director: Kim Tae-gon; Writer: Kim Tae-gon, Kim Yong-hwa, Park Joo-Suk; Stars: Lee Sun-kyun, Ju Ji-hoon, Kim Hee-won, Moon Sung-keun)
An accident occurs on a foggy bridge and, as a result, an unknown beast is unleashed.
Property (Propriedade) (Country: Brazil; Year: 2022; Director: Daniel Bandeira; Stars: Malu Galli, Zuleika Ferreira, Tavinho Teixeira, Samuel Santos, Edilson Silva)
When rebelling workers occupy Teresa’s family estate, she flees at the last minute into an armoured car. She is trapped, but refuses to negotiate.
Rage (Rabia) (Country: Mexico; Year: 2023; Director: Jorge Michel Grau; Stars: Adrián AguirreMarco Antonio ArguetaGilberto Barraza)
A boy who spends all day listening to his weird neighbour comes to suspect that his widowed father may be a werewolf.
Restore Point (Bod Obnovy) (Country: Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Poland, Serbia; Year: 2023; Director: Robert Hloz; Writer: Tomislav Čečka, Robert Hloz, Zdeněk Jecelín; Stars: Andrea Mohylová, Matěj Hádek, Václav Neužil, Milan Ondrík, Karel Dobrý, Agáta Kryštůfková, Katarzyna Zawadzka, Jan Vlasák, Iveta Dušková, Richard Stanke)
It’s the year 2041, and humanity has reached the point where it can cheat death. Anyone who dies an unnatural death has the right to be brought back to life. All you have to do is to create a backup of your personality – a restore point – at least every 48 hours. But a movement of people try to sabotage this concept.
The Other Laurens The Other Laurens
The Other Laurens and Eileen
Riddle Of Fire (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Weston Razooli)
Three mischievous children on dirt bikes, armed with paint guns and cocky attitudes, launch an attack at a local warehouse, outwitting a security guard and 'liberating' the very latest video game console for themselves - but to make use of it, they need to figure out the password with which their mother has locked the TV.
River (Country: Japan; Year: 2023; Director: Junta Yamaguchi; Writer: Makoto Ueda; Stars: Saori, Riko Fujitani, Shiori Kubo, Kazunari Tosa, Yoshimasa Kondô)
One winter in Kibune, Kyoto, people find themselves stuck in a two minute time loop. As others try to work together to find out what's going on, one woman finds herself increasingly isolated.
The Sacrifice Game (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Jenn Wexler; Writer: Sean Redlitz, Jenn Wexler; Stars: Olivia Scott Welch, Mena Massoud, Chloë Levine, Gus Kenworthy, Madison Baines)
The story of Samantha and Clara, two students who are staying behind for the holidays at their boarding school, who must survive the night against uninvited visitors.
Salem (Country: France; Year: 2023; Director: Jean-Bernard Marlin; Writer: Jean-Bernard Marlin; Stars: Oumar Moindjie, Dalil El Gharbaoui, Wallenn El Gharbaoui, Rachid Ousseni)
A former gang member believes that his daughter is the only one who save his community from an curse uttered by a rival gang member in his dying breath.
Scala! (Country: UK; Year: 2023; Director: Jane Giles, Ali Catterall; Stars: John Waters, Adam Buxton, Mary Harron, Ben Wheatley, Stephen Woolley)
A documentary celebration of the Scala cinema in London.
Animalia Animalia
Animalia and We Are Zombies
She is Conann (Country: France; Year: 2023; Director: Bertrand Mandico)
Gender-flipped version of Conan The Barbarian.
Sleep (Jam) (Country: South Korea; Year: 2023; Director: Jason Yu; Stars: Jung Yu-mi, Lee Sun-kyun)
A pregnant wife becomes worried about her husband's sleeping habits. What starts out as light sleep-talking soon escalates to unexpectedly grotesque behaviour. They consult a sleep clinic without success and as his nightmarish behaviour escalates, they desperately seek help from a shaman.
So Unreal (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Amanda Kramer; Writer: Britt Brown, Amanda Kramer; Stars: Debbie Harry)
An exploration of film as a conduit for the anxiety, fear, exhilarating joy and obsession from humanity over emerging technology at the end of the millennium, all through the cyberspace cinema from 1981-2001.
Spooktacular! (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Quinn Monahan; Writer: Gail Jorden; Stars: Tom Savin, iAlice Cooper, Jay Leno, Bill Maher, Linda Blair, Dee Wallace, Kane Hodder)
David Bertolino's journey from whoopee cushion salesman in dad and brother's Boston joke shop, meteoric rise in the Halloween products industry and the creation of the Boston Costume iconic superstore, industry expert witness for New Line Cinema and the creation of Spookyworld, America's first Halloween Themepark.
Sri Asih: The Warrior (Country: Indonesia; Year: 2023; Director: Upi Avianto; Writer: Upi Avianto, Joko Anwar, Raden Ahmad Kosasih; Stars: Pevita Pearce, Ario Bayu, Christine Hakim, Jefri Nichol, Surya Saputra, Reza Rahadian)
Alana was separated from her parents and was adopted by a rich woman. As she reaches adulthood, she discovers the truth about her origin.
The Uncle The Uncle
The Uncle and Acide
Stopmotion (Country: UK; Year: 2023; Director: Robert Morgan; Writer: Robin King, Robert Morgan; Stars: Aisling Franciosi, Tom York, Caoilinn Springall, Joshua J Parker)
About a stop-motion animator struggling to control her demons after the loss of her overbearing mother.
Strange Darling (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: JT Mollner; Writer: JT Mollner; Stars: Kyle Gallner, Willa Fitzgerald, Barbara Hershey)
A relentless predator tracks an injured woman through the Oregon wilderness. The woman does her best to outsmart her attacker, but with each tense moment she grows weaker and less able. He’s a man on a mission, and it’s only a matter of time before he captures his prey.
The Strangler (L'étrangleur) (Country: France; Year: 1970; Director: Paul Vecchiali; Writer: Paul Vecchiali; Stars: Jacques Perrin, Julien Guiomar, Eva Simonet, Paul Barge, Jacqueline Danno, Katja Cavagnac, Jean-Pierre Miquel, Hélène Surgère, Sonia Saviange, Nicole Courcel, Paule Annen, Andrée Tainsy, Stéphane de Verchère, Jean-Pierre de Verchère, Germaine de France)
A detective resorts to unorthodox methods to snare a serial killer.
Suburban Tale (Country: India; Year: 2023; Director: Stephen Alexander)
When a woman whose life is already a mess returns to her family for her sister's wedding, she finds them trying to hush up the possession of a young boy by a demon, fearful that it will put off their prospective in-laws - but the boy may be infectious.
Suitable Flesh (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Joe Lynch; Writer: Dennis Paoli, based on a book by HP Lovecraft; Stars: Heather Graham, Judah Lewis, Barbara Crampton, Bruce Davison, Johnathon Schaech)
A psychiatrist becomes obsessed by a young patient who seems to have multiple personalities.
There's Something In The Barn (Country: Norway; Year: 2023; Director: Magnus Martens; Writer: Aleksander Kirkwood Brown; Stars: Martin Starr, Amrita Acharia, Jeppe Beck Laursen, Henriette Steenstrup)
An American family fulfils their dream of moving back to the old country after inheriting a remote cabin in the mountains of Norway.
Tiger Stripes (Country: Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, France, Germany, Netherlands, Indonesia, Qatar; Year: 2023; Director: Amanda Nell Eu)
A carefree 11-year-old girl begins to experience horrifying physical changes to her body.
Totally Killer (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Nahnatchka Khan; Writer: David Matalon, Sasha Perl-Raver, Jen D'Angelo; Stars: Kiernan Shipka, Olivia Holt, Charlie Gillespie, Lochlyn Munro, Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson)
When the infamous Sweet Sixteen Killer returns 35 years after his first murder spree to claim another victim, 17-year-old Jamie accidentally travels back in time to 1987, where she becomes determined to stop the killer before he can start.
The Toxic Avenger (Country: US; Year: 1986; Director: Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz; Writer: Lloyd Kaufman, Joe Ritter, Stuart Strutin, Gay Partington Terry; Stars: Andree Maranda, Mitch Cohen, Jennifer Prichard, Cindy Manion, Robert Prichard, Gary Schneider, Pat Ryan, Mark Torgl, Dick Martinsen, Chris Liano, David N. Weiss, Dan Snow, Doug Isbecque, Charles Lee Jr., Patrick Kilpatrick, Michael Russo, Andrew Craig, Sarabel Levinson, Kenneth Kessler, Patricia Kaufman, Marisa Tomei)
Transformed by toxic waste, a monster wreaks havoc among spoiled high school pupils.
Triggered (Topakk, Trigger) (Country: Philippines; Year: 2023; Director: Richard Somes; Stars: Arjo Atayde, Julia Montes, Sid Lucero, Kokoy De Santos)
A Special Forces operative suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder is discharged from the army due to his extreme medical condition. Finding employment as a security guard his world is turned upside down when he finds himself embroiled in a different kind of urban war after a young woman seeks his protection from a corrupt police death squad working for one of the most brutal drug cartels.
UFO Sweden (Country: Sweden; Year: 2022; Director: Victor Danell; Writer: Victor Danell, Jimmy Nivrén Olsson; Stars: Inez Dahl Torhaug, Jesper Barkselius, Eva Melander, Sara Shirpey)
A rebellious teen placed in foster care suspects her father is not dead but has been abducted. She is determined to find out the truth with help from a UFO association.
The Uncle (Stric) (Country: Croatia, Serbia; Year: 2022; Director: David Kapac, Andrija Mardešić)
Yugoslavia, late 1980s. Parents and son are hastily making the final preparations for Christmas Eve dinner. Their beloved uncle will be turning up from Germany any minute now. But, hang on, are things really as they seem?
Vermin (Vermines) (Country: France; Year: 2023; Director: Sébastien Vanicek; Writer: Florent Bernard, Sébastien Vanicek; Stars: Finnegan Oldfield, Sofia Lesaffre, Théo Christine, Jérôme Niel, Lisa Nyarko)
Kaleb, passionate about exotic animals, accidentally lets his new eight-legged pet slip away.
V/H/S/85 (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: David Bruckner, Scott Derrickson, Natasha Kermani, Mike P Nelson, Gigi Saul Guerrero; Writer: C Robert Cargill, Zoe Cooper, Scott Derrickson, Evan Dickson, Mike P Nelson, Gigi Saul Guerrero; Stars: Freddy Rodríguez, James Ransone, Jordan Belfi, Rolando Davila-Beltran, Dani Deetté, Alex Galick, Justen Jones, Tyler Noble)
An ominous mixtape blends never before seen snuff footage with nightmarish newscasts and disturbing home video to create a surreal, analogue mashup of the forgotten Eighties.
Visitors (Country: Japan; Year: 2021; Director: Ken'ichi Ugana)
Haruka, Nana, and Takanori visit the house of Souta, a band member who has lost contact with them. But when they arrive, they find Souta's behavior a little strange.
The Wait (La Espera) (Country: Spain; Year: 2023; Director: F Javier Gutiérrez; Stars: Luis Callejo, Pedro Casablanc, Víctor Clavijo)
A gamekeeper seeks revenge on the rich man who persuaded him to agree to a compromise on hunting safety rules which had devastating consequences.
Wake Up (Country: France; Year: 2023; Director: Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell, François Simard)
Incensed by the environmental destruction wrought by a fictitious minimalist Swedish furniture store, the band of six sneaks into the big-box store after hours to wreak havoc of their own, gleefully destroying displays and smearing animal blood on bathroom fixtures, but an angry night watchman is ready to bring them to justice.
We Are Zombies (Country: Canada, France; Year: 2023; Director: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell; Writer: Jerry Frissen, François Simard, Anouk Whissell; Stars: Megan Peta Hill, Benz Antoine, Vincent Leclerc, Carlo Mestroni, Alexandre Nachi, Derek Johns, Teneisha Collins)
Zombies with no interest in eating brains or human flesh wander aimlessly.
What You Wish For (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Nicholas Tomnay; Writer: Nicholas Tomnay; Stars: Nick Stahl, Tamsin Topolski, Randy Vasquez, Penelope Mitchell, Juan Carlos Messier, Brian Groh, Ariel Sierra)
A chef with gambling problems flees to a Latin American villa where he assumes another man's identity.
When Evil Lurks (Country: Argentina, US; Year: 2023; Director: Demián Rugna; Writer: Demián Rugna; Stars: Ezequiel Rodríguez, Luis Ziembrowski, Demián Salomón, Marcelo Michianaux, Federico Liss)
In a remote village, two brothers find a demon-infected man just about to give birth to evil itself. They decide to get rid of the man but merely succeed in helping him to deliver the inferno.
Where The Devil Roams (Year: 2023; Director: John Adams, Zelda Adams, Toby Poser; Writer: John Adams, Zelda Adams, Toby Poser; Stars: Zelda Adams, Toby Poser, John Adams)
A family of murderous sideshow performers travels around the world on the dying carnival circuit.
You'll Never Find Me (Country: Australia; Year: 2023; Director: Josiah Allen, Indianna Bell; Writer: Indianna Bell; Stars: Brendan Rock, Jordan Cowan, Elena Carapetis, Angela Korng, Luca Trimboli, Finn Watson)
Patrick, a strange and lonely resident, lives in a mobile home at the back of an isolated caravan park. After a violent thunderstorm erupts, a mysterious young woman appears at his door, seeking shelter from the weather. The longer the night wears on and the more the young woman discovers about Patrick, the more difficult she finds it to leave.
You're Not Me (Tú No Eres Yo) (Country: Spain; Year: 2023; Director: Marisa Crespo, Moisés Romera; Writer: Marisa Crespo, Moisés Romera; Stars: Jorge Motos, Roser Tapias, Álvaro Báguena, Pilar Martínez)
Aitana returns home for Christmas, the first time after three years, to find that her parents have replaced her with an unknown woman who is being treated like their daughter. She discovers a disturbing and bloody truth.
Your Lucky Day (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Dan Brown; Writer: Dan Brown; Stars: Angus Cloud, Jason O'Mara, Jason Wiles, Spencer Garrett, Sterling Beaumon, Elliot Knight, Jessica Garza)
On Christmas Eve in a small convenience store near the bottom of the socioeconomic food chain, a hostage situation breaks out over a $156 million lottery ticket.

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