Marcus Dunstan, writer of later Saw franchise entries and director of the under-rated The Collector and sequel The Collection, sticks to the claustrophobic framework that has worked for him in the past on third feature The Neighbour.
With the best will in the world, there’s not too much to get excited about in The Evil In Us, a heartfelt, lovingly-sculpted “cabin in the woods” infection/zombie yarn that, while unshakeable in its commitment, doesn’t really engage in any significant way until its final twist.
After the denser and more abstract Lords of Salem divided opinion in 2013, Rob Zombie is back on riotously gory form with 31, the tale of five friends who are kidnapped on Halloween in 1976 to take part in a brutal twelve hour fight for survival.
While couples or groups of friends taking seemingly innocent trips into the woods, only to be terrorised at night by unseen entities – be they human or inhuman – is a pretty well-worn trope in the horror genre at this point, the last few years have not been without evidence that there’s still life in this particular old dog.
Director Cat Davies follows up FrightFest Glasgow hit KEEN-wah with Connie, an entertainingly original spin on “possessed puppet” mythology.
Chris Scheuerman’s Lost Solace begins like a romance: two lovers, peaceful in a large, opulent living room, admire their surroundings and discuss moving in together. Everything appears idyllic until the woman wakes up the next day to find her partner gone, and her prized possessions gone with him.
Saw franchise alum Darren Lynn Bousman returns with Abattoir, in which two newspaper reporters investigate a man who appears to be constructing a house made from rooms physically pulled from historical murder scenes.
Kate Shenton follows up body modification documentary On Tender Hooks with second feature Egomaniac, and in doing so turns her sharply observant eye a little closer to home.
So it’s all over for another year.
The opening night midnight slot at FrightFest has proven to be a mixed bag over the years, but never seems to fail to draw a reaction. With a tendency towards high-energy crowd pleasers like You’re Next and Zombeavers, we venture into darker territory this year with Let Her Out, the new film from Antisocial director Cody Calahan. He took the time to tell us about the film, what it was like making Antisocial 2, and his route into filmmaking…