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Two years ago, at Frightfest 2016, director Stewart Sparke presented the world premiere of his Lovecraftian monster move The Creature Below. This year will see Stewart return to the festival with his follow-up project Book of Monsters

"Book of Monsters is the culmination of a great deal of work my trusted collaborator Paul Butler and I began back in 2012 when we first discussed the idea of bringing the combined horrors of our twisted imaginations to the big screen." says Sparke, "The two of us were lucky enough to find ourselves working a day job together in the equipment store of our local film school and through our mutual love of creature features, we spent every lunch break concocting scripts featuring monstrous horrors and the unfortunate characters who would face them."

"Book of Monsters successfully raised £45,000 on Kickstarter and gave us the confidence that horror fans wanted to see what we could do next. Inspired by my love of 80s creature features like Gremlins and Critters, I wanted the film to pay homage to the rubber monsters of the era but pit them against some strong, kick-ass women that reflect modern horror heroines. Six distinct monsters were devised as nods to archetypes from 40 years of movie monsters, all realised with homemade practical effects. With Book of Monsters we have strived to improve upon the technical and aesthetic aspects of our previous work and overall, deliver an entertaining horror comedy that feels both nostalgic and fresh. My biggest hope for this film is that viewers will laugh, scream and leave the theatre with a big smile on their face."

With a predominantly female cast and the promise of all-practical creatures, Book of Monsters looks like an almost certain crowd pleaser. Read on for the official synopsis and check out the teaser trailer below

Sophie's 18th birthday party becomes a bloodbath when six terrifying monsters descend upon her house, intent on devouring the party guests and killing anyone who tries to leave.

As her school friends are torn apart and eaten, Sophie must rally a band of misfits and take up arms to send their party crashers back to hell. To survive the night, Sophie will face her destiny; monsters are real - and she's the only one who can stop them.

BOOK OF MONSTERS brings old-school practical creature effects and a dark comedic edge to make for a deeply entertaining monster movie.

Book of Monsters stars Lyndsey Craine, Michaela Longden, Lizzie Stanton, Daniel S. Thrace, Anna Dawson, Rose Muirhead, Arron Dennis and Steph Mossman. Also starring is horror legend Nicholas Vince as Jonas, famous for his roles as the Chatterer in Clive Barker's Hellraiser & Hellbound: Hellaiser II as well as Kinski in Nightbreed.

Book of Monsters Links Links: Official Website | Facebook | Twitter

Book of Monsters receives its world premiere on 25th August at 11.00am in Discovery One. For tickets go to: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/tickets.html 


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