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2018 08 23 frightfest 2018 day one

ARROW VIDEO FRIGHTFEST DAY ONE

Written by Ryan Holloway

Here we go again, the horror, the mayhem, the sleepless nights (sleep?) and the best weekend in the film calendar – it’s Arrow Video Frightfest 2018!

We’ll be doing our best to keep you up to date with all the news from the festival as well as feeding your ear and eye holes with reviews and interviews.

Day One once again saw horror fans gather to celebrate getting away from sitting in the dark watching horror films, to sitting in the dark, watching horror films with others! Picture arrivals at Heathrow Airport with all the smiles and joy but with slightly longer hair, black horror tees and paler skin.

The opening film was The Ranger, getting its UK premiere. The film directed by Jenn Wexler is an explosive opener about a group of punks who hide out in a cabin in the woods to hide out from the cops only to come up against an unhinged Park Ranger. You can read our full review here.

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Before the next film on the main screen we were treated to a 2min film from Jake West and starring Jill Winternitz. Relics was a wonderfully shot underwater piece with a single character stalked in the deep by some huge electric eels. It was eerie and effective... we want more!

Getting its European Premiere, Summer of ’84 could be a dark horse for film of the festival. From the directors of the wonderful Turbo Kid, Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell deliver a dark, clever and incredibly funny slice of 80s nostalgia as a group of teenagers lead by Davey (Graham Verchere) are convinced their police officer neighbour is the serial killer that the press are currently reporting. As they start to investigate further it unravels in a very clever, fresh and thrilling way. The cast is incredible and just when you think you know where the film is going, you’re wrong! Seek it out. You can read our full review here.

Mega Time Squad from director Tim Van Dammen was the closing film of the day on the main screen, a twisted, surreal tale about a criminal from a small town in New Zealand who steals an ancient Chinese time-travel device that helps him pull-off a heist. We’ve all been there, right?

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Over on the Discovery Screen, was Bad Samaritan from Dean Devlin. A small town burglar goes all Wet Bandits from Home Alone and picks the wrong house when he comes face to face with a sadistic serial killer played by David Tennant (clearly having a lot of fun). You can read our full review here.

Closing the opening day was the 4K restoration of the 1978 classic Halloween, the horror behemoth starring Jamie Lee Curtis that, 4 decades, later will see a straight sequel that is currently looking very good!

As we left the Cineworld and finally saw moonlight, everyone was in good spirits, smiling from ear to ear, looking fresh, clothes clean and buzzing with excitement. The smiles will remain but the freshness will soon fade as we gorge on great horror for another 4 days!

We’re off to brew a barrel of coffee now, but stay tuned, so much horror to come!

About The Author
Ryan Holloway
Staff Reviewer
As far back as he can remember Ryan has always had an obsession with films, and horror in particular. 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' and ‘Alien’ were the first films that really stuck in the psyche and rather than scarring his tiny mind and running up a huge therapy bill, those films created a fascination with the dark side of life and art. Brought up by Freddy, Jason and Michael Myers (not literally), horror will always fascinate him no matter how absurd, dark, twisted, barmy or just plain wrong. Horror DNA gives him the opportunity, and excuse, to legitimise his macabre tastes and watch whatever strangeness comes his way.
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