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Frightfest came back for another fearsome year of creepy, crawly, spine-tingling chillers and sensational scares.

The festival ran from 22 to 26 August.

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Dachra
Dachra
A group of journalism students discover a hidden tribal society that has cultivated a way of life brimming with ancient practices and beliefs, rituals and blood.
Rock, Paper And Scissors
Rock, Paper And Scissors
Jesus and Maria José live together in the grand house that belonged to their recently deceased father. Their playful routine is disrupted when Magdalena, their half-sister on their dad’s side, returns from Spain asking for her part of the inheritance which they have no intention of sharing.
Bullets Of Justice
Bullets Of Justice
During World War III, the American government initiates a secret project codenamed ‘Army Bacon’ in order to create super soldiers by inbreeding humans with pigs. 25 years later the hybrid Muzzles have occupied the top of the food chain, eating and farming humanity.
The Perished
The Perished
Dealing with a pregnancy termination in Ireland has been hard for Sarah Dekker. Shunned by her religious zealot family and unforgiving boyfriend, she travels to a friend’s country house to recover. But unbeknownst to her, it sits atop a mass grave of unwanted babies and their lost, confused sprits want to be reborn.
Spiral
Spiral
A same-sex couple move to a small town so they can enjoy a better quality of life and raise their 16-year-old daughter with the best social values. But nothing is as it seems in their picturesque neighbourhood, and when Malik sees the folks next door throwing a very strange party, something has got to give.
The Wretched
The Wretched
A defiant teenage boy, struggling with his parent's imminent divorce, faces off with a thousand year-old witch, who is living beneath the skin of and posing as the woman next door.
Daniel Isn’t Real
Daniel Isn’t Real
A troubled college freshman, Luke, suffers a violent family trauma and resurrects his childhood imaginary friend Daniel to help him cope.
Depraved
Depraved
A disillusioned field surgeon suffering from PTSD makes a man out of body parts and brings him to life in a Brooklyn loft.
Rabid
Rabid
A remake of David Cronenberg's original, in which experimental plastic surgery leads to a sudden outbreak of disease.
The Sonata
The Sonata
After the death of her estranged but famous composer father Richard Marlow, young virtuoso violinist Rose inherits his old French mansion. There, she discovers her father’s final work: a mysterious score marked with arcane symbols. He may be dead but his plans for her are still very much alive.
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FrightFest Features

Forbidden fruit
Keola Racela on wholesomeness, horror and comedy in Porno
Messing about in boats
Rob Grant on superstition, Harpoon and the art of keeping still
Facing the music
Andrew Desmond on Freya Tingley, Rutger Hauer, Alexis Maingaud and The Sonata
Getting under the skin
The Soska sisters on Rabid, female relationships, #MeToo and being back at Frightfest
Challenging images
The Soska sisters on David Cronenberg, plastic surgery, transhumanism and remaking Rabid
Meeting the wolf man
Gavin Baddeley on a cinematic history of lycanthropes and writing The Frightfest Guide To Werewolf Movies
Five films to sink your teeth into at Frightfest
A Good Woman Is Hard To Find, Satanic Panic, Harpoon, The Sonata and Come To Daddy
Thinking big
Zach Lipovsky and Adam B Stein on Freaks, Bruce Dern and telling big stories with small budgets
A tale of the unexpected
Zach Lipovsky and Adam B Stein on keeping viewers guessing, working with children, and Freaks
Different for girls
Jennifer Reeder on teenage lives, adult epiphanies, #MeToo and Knives And Skin
A woman's story
Pollyanna McIntosh on Darlin’ and the wildness in all of us
Dinner and devilry
Jack McHenry and Margaret Clunie on Here Comes Hell

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