We’re just a few weeks away from London’s Horror Channel FrightFest and the lineup has today been bolstered by a captivating selection of shorts. Over three days a total of 26 of these films will play to the horror loving FrightFest crowd, many of them World, UK or European premieres.
Homegrown UK selections include such intriguing titles as Neck and Neck (artwork above), director Shaun Clark’s surreal take on Shakespeare in which ‘the surreal sensuality enveloping Othello and Desdemona is disturbed by a dangling telephone, poisoning Othello’s mind.’ Frightfest favorite Andy Nyman’s son Preston bring his first short, Francois, to the festival and Catrin Stewart, a familiar face to Doctor Who fans, stars in Cat Davies’ Connie. There’s also work from journalist and film critic Neville Pierce who’s turned to directing and managed to get the ever-watchable Jason Flemyng to lend a hand in Bricks. Check out the trailer below, which includes a quote from none other than David Fincher singing the film's praises.
On the international front Ayako Fujitani, who has always proven an intriguing screen presence in front of the camera in the likes of Ritual and The Man From Reno, steps behind the camera to tell the tale of a South Korean office worker in Bow Wow Bow. You can both see and hear the legendary John Carpenter in 80’s slasher flick referencing The Puppet Man, as he makes an appearance whilst also providing the score.
Our very own Shelagh Rowan-Legg programmed the Short Films, here’s what she had to say: "From dystopian prisons to underground fetish clubs, to isolated country houses, to the streets of Seoul, the shorts programme for Horror Channel FrightFest 2016 will take the audience to the strangest corners of the world and the darkest depths of the human soul”.
FrightFest takes place August 25th – 29th. Check out the website for a full lineup and further details.