Frightfest is back for another fearsome year of creepy, crawly, spine-tingling chillers and sensational scares. We're still adding details so please bear with us and check back here for exciting updates.

The festival runs from 22 to 26 August.

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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.
A Serial Killer's Guide To Life
A Serial Killer's Guide To Life
A frustrated thirtysomething woman stuck in a small seaside town meets a charismatic life coach who promises to transform her world with alternative therapy - and who is also a serial killer.
The Furies
The Furies
Two women and one wakes to find herself playing a deadly game of cat and mouse.
Why Don't You Just Die
Why Don't You Just Die
A dark action comedy about a group of people brought together in the apartment of police detective Andrei: his resentful daughter, an angry thug and a cheated cop. Each one of them have a reason to want revenge.
Extracurricular
Extracurricular
Four high school seniors feel their day-to-day lives at school are getting a little dull, so they made a pact to plan and execute a series of perfect, elaborate murders and get some thrills behind them before heading off to college.
Feedback
Feedback
Masked men take the celebrity host of true crime show The Grim Reality hostage but he has no idea how to give them what they want - and then people start getting killed.
The Dark Red
The Dark Red
A young woman is committed to a psychiatric hospital and claims her newborn was stolen by a dark cult.
Cut-Off
Cut-Off
Coroner Paul Herzfeld finds a capsule buried deep in the head of a heavily mutilated corpse, containing a phone number and single word: the name of his daughter.
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FrightFest Features

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

FrightFest News

Full Frightfest line-up announced
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is among the treats in store
Come To Daddy to open Frightfest
Elijah Wood thriller headlines horror festival
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Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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