Running online because of Covid-19, this year's Arrow Video FrightFest is a little smaller than usual but no less fearsome. Showcasing 25 films from 10 continents, the August part opened with Sky Sharks and the October part with Train To Busan Presents: Peninsula. Both include a range of online events and activities to help fans get into the spirit of things.

The first part of the festival ran from 28 to 31 August. The second runs from 22 to 25 October.

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Don't Look Back
Don't Look Back
A young woman trying to overcome her traumatic past is walking through the park one day she sees a man brutally assaulted while passers-by stop to film it on their phones. Later, one by one, the witnesses fall prey to someone or something seeking revenge.
Dune Drifter
Dune Drifter
When a trainee pilot and her mortally wounded gunner are shot down, they crash land on a nearby planet. An enemy craft offers the chance of spare parts to fix her ship, but then she spots another survivor - an enemy alien soldier with no intention of letting her escape.
Honeydew
Honeydew
Unfortunately for a young couple on a camping trip, their car broke down in the middle of the night. Even more unfortunate: In hopes of using a phone for help, they’ve stepped foot inside a house of, to put it lightly, very strange horrors.
Cyst
Cyst
In the early Sixties a doctor invents a machine to remove skin abnormalities. But his nurse thinks it's dangerous. The struggle between the two causes it to malfunction, creating a giant cyst monster.
Let's Scare Julie
Let's Scare Julie
The victim of a prank by her cousin’s friends, Emma ups the ante by planning to scare the mysterious, reclusive girl who lives across the street. But what starts off as a simple plan becomes a nightmare.
Broil
Broil
A bored girl is sentenced to live with her draconian grandfather, August, after a violent incident at school. Locked inside the sprawling Sinclair Estate, she begins to question the source of her family's immense wealth and power.
Alien On Stage
Alien On Stage
The story of the Dorset Bus Drivers whose amateur dramatics group created a serious stage adaptation of the science fiction horror classic Alien and ended up performing in London's West End.
The World We Knew
The World We Knew
After a job goes bad, six armed robbers must spend a single night at a deserted safe house. But during the stay their pasts come back to haunt them and the men find themselves fighting for their lives and their sanity.
Heckle
Heckle
Stand-up Joe Johnson decides to share a Halloween weekend away with a group of friends. They jokingly suggest that if they get drunk, high, and behave badly enough, hopefully they'll attract their own psycho killer. The joke is suddenly very much on them.
Concrete Plans
Concrete Plans
High in the remote Welsh mountains, five builders renovate a farmhouse. Two of them take a dislike to Ukranian Viktor. When payments are late, tempers fray and one man makes an astonishing proposition.
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FrightFest Features

The insider
Ruben Pla on moving from acting to directing with The Horror Crowd
Bringing the house down
Gabriel Carrer and Reese Eveneshen on directing action and destroying a house in For The Sake Of Vicious
Up the creek
Jordan Waller on cannibals, Brexit and Two Heads Creek
Five FrightFest films to get your teeth into
The Columnist, A Ghost Waits, Clapboard Jungle, Av: The Hunt and Two Heads Creek
The play's the thing
Fionn Watts and Toby Watts on Playhouse, Caithness and the power of the unseen
A stroke of fortune
Natasha Kermani on Lucky and working with Brea Grant
Going behind the scenes
Justin McConnell on Clapboard Jungle and what it takes to make a movie
Strides ahead
Elza Kephart on villainy, fast fashion and Slaxx
We need a bigger shark
Marc Fehse on trash cinema, zombies, Nazis and making Sky Sharks.

FrightFest News

Frightfest's October Cineworld event cancelled
Online event will still take place
Sky Sharks to open Frightfest
Full festival line-up announced
Frightfest to go online
Special guest events will remain part of the experience
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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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