FrightFest 2023

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I Am Monsters! I Am Monsters!
I Am Monsters! and River
Alligator (Country: US; Year: 1980; Director: Lewis Teague; Writer: John Sayles; Stars: Robert Forster, Robin Riker, Michael V Gazzo, Dean Jagger, Sydney Lassick, Jack Carter)
A discarded baby alligator grows into a giant in the sewers of Chicago and then emerges to go on a rampage.
The Black Mass (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Devanny Pinn; Stars: Jeremy London, Kathleen Kinmont, Lisa Wilcox, Jennifer Wenger)
A true crime thriller based on actual events that took place in Florida during the winter of 1978, unfolding over a 24-hour period and centring on a serial killer in the lead-up to his ultimate, deranged killing spree.
Black Mold (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: John Pata; Stars: Agnes Albright, Andrew Bailes, Jeremy Holm, Caito Aase)
A photographer and her friend sneak into abandoned, off-limits buildings for the sake of their art and also the adrenaline rush. But when they break into Franklin Hill, a large facility with a dark history, they encounter a volatile threat that holds them captive.
Departing Seniors (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Clare Cooney; Stars: Ignacio Diaz-Silverio, Yani Gellman, Ireon Roach, Maisie Merlock)
After an act of bullying sends kind but awkward high school senior Javier to the hospital, he begins having psychic visions that reveal the horrifying truth behind a rash of supposed suicides at his school. It is now up to him and his sarcastic best friend Bianca to unmask a serial killer who’s targeting his classmates before it’s too late.
Good Boy (Me, You & Frank) (Country: Norway; Year: 2022; Director: Viljar Bøe; Writer: Viljar Bøe; Stars: Gard Løkke, Katrine Lovise Øpstad Fredriksen, Amalie Willoch Njaastad, Nicolai Narvesen Lied)
A young woman meets a handsome young millionaire and romance blossoms between them - but he lives with a man who pretends to be a dog.
Kim’s Video Kim’s Video
Kim’s Video and Alligator
I Am Monsters! (Country: UK; Year: 2023; Director: Nicholas Vince; Writer: Nicholas Vince, Clive Barker; Stars: Nicholas Vince, Marie Britton, Lyndsey Craine)
A personal story about growing up with horror films and coping as a gay man under Thatcherism.
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.
Poundcake (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Onur Tukel; Stars: Ron Brice, Eva Dorrepaal, Pia Paez, Onur Tukel)
A savage serial killer is murdering straight white men in New York City. No one cares.
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.
Spookt (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Tony Reames; Stars: Christen Sharice, Hayley Leary, Erin Brown, Eric Roberts)
When a paranormal investigator and a sceptic join forces to discover the truth behind a girl's disappearance, they are confounded by unexplained events.
T Blockers T Blockers
T Blockers and Thorns
Thorns (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Douglas Schulze; Stars: Doug Bradley, Cassandra Schomer, Jon Bennett, Bob Shumaker)
An ex-priest working for NASA is sent to investigate a remote observatory that went silent after receiving a mysterious radio signal from deep space. Upon arrival, he discovers the signal has opened a portal unleashing a thorned monster. Only by recovering his faith does he stand a chance of stopping it.
To Fire You Come At Last (Country: UK; Year: 2023; Director: Sean Hogan; Stars: Mark Carlisle, James Swanton, Harry Roebuck, Richard Rowden)
In rural 17th century England, a group of men gather to carry a coffin on the long walk to the local graveyard for burial. A great deal of ancient folklore and superstition surrounds the pathway to the church, and several of the party are afraid to walk it after dark.
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.
T Blockers (T-Blockers) (Country: Australia; Year: 2023; Director: Alice Maio Mackay; Writer: Alice Maio Mackay, Benjamin Pahl Robinson; Stars: Joni Ayton-Kent, Lisa Fanto, Chris Asimos, Joe Romeo, Cassie Workman, Patty Glavieux, Stanley Browning, Etcetera Etcetera)
Ancient parasites rise from a small town, taking the most fearful and susceptible hosts. A young filmmaker finds herself as the only one who can sense the possessed resistance before the horror escapes and spreads.
Werewolf Santa (Country: UK; Year: 2023; Director: Airell Anthony Hayles; Stars: Emily Booth, Joe Bob Briggs, Mark Arnold, Katherine Rodden)
Lucy has a social media channel where she hunts for evidence of actual monsters, but it’s not doing very well, with just a few viewers following her disappointing posts. Everything changes on Christmas Eve, when her camera witnesses Santa getting bitten by a werewolf before he turns lycanthrope himself.
Good Boy Good Boy
Good Boy and Spookt
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.
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