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[Review] THE BRILLIANT TERROR (Arrow Video FrightFest): Documentary Looks at the Ups and Downs of Grassroots Horror Filmmaking

Basically a movie about grassroots horror for filmmakers and fans of grassroots horror, The Brilliant Terror (2021) is an earnest, big-hearted effort that probably won’t convert many viewers into new fans of the subgenre but that shows the dedication and passion of people who live to make horror movies whenever they can find the time […]

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Creepiness and Creatures Galore Highlight Arrow Video FrightFest 2021’s Short Film Program

Short horror films can range from diabolical delights to monstrous mayhem, creepy comedy to scintillating suspense, and much more, with film-making voices ranging from new talents to old favorites. Arrow Video FrightFest 2021 is proof of this, as its just-announced slate of fear-fare shorts is absolutely astounding. Following is the London-based festival’s official press announcement. […]

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Ghosts, Slashers, and Monsters Galore Are Among the Highlights of Arrow Video FrightFest 2021’s Second Wave of Films

Arrow Video FrightFest 2021 — the U.K.’s premiere event for fear-fare films and the fanatics and cinephiles who love them — has taken things to a new level with its second-wave announcement of features slated for its August 26–30 theatrical run. Following is the official press announcement. It’s Full Scream ahead as Arrow Video FrightFest […]

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Arrow Video FrightFest 2021 Releases Mind-Boggling First Wave Announcement

Arrow Video FrightFest 2021 roars back into the cinema with a vengeance! The following official press release details the mind-blowing first-wave lineup for this year’s edition of the United Kingdom’s largest horror and fantasy film festival. With 25 films slated for the main screen presentations, there’s plenty for fear-fare fans to drool over. Arrow Video […]

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Arrow Video FrightFest’s Monster Rises Again in 2021 Poster Reveal

Arrow Video FrightFest is the United Kingdom’s outstanding destination for scare-fare fans, and the fest has just presented its stunning poster for this year, designed by Graham Humphreys. Following is the official press announcement. Arrow Video FrightFest is proud to present Graham Humphreys’ stand-out poster design for 2021, which marks the 13th appearance for his iconic […]

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[Review] Benny Loves You (Arrow Video FrightFest’s Digital Edition 2): U.K. Killer Doll Film Boasts Side-Splitting Comedy and Blood-Splattering Gore

No matter where you stand on killer doll movies, prepare to give your heart — or whatever piece of your anatomy the titular animated evil stuffed toy wishes to take — to Benny. Benny Loves You is a riotous, grue-heavy U.K. horror comedy that is the winning result of a five-year labor of love for […]

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Neil Marshall Discusses His New Shocker “The Reckoning” with Arrow Video FrightFest

Among the many fine selections during Arrow Video FrightFest’s October digital edition is director Neil Marshall’s excellent return to the horror genre, the supernatural tale The Reckoning. Gruesome Magazine is pleased to share this Arrow Video FrightFest interview with Marshall about the making of this new chiller, his connection with the film festival, and more. […]

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Seven Sinister Films We Can’t Wait to Watch During Arrow Video FrightFest’s October Digital Edition

Arrow Video FrightFest, which had to change its original October live and online event plans to a fully digital version because of COVID restrictions in London, has announced an astounding lineup of 45 — that’s right, 45 — feature films for its October 21–25 lineup, along with an enticing array of short films. From slashers […]

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Arrow Video FrightFest Unleashes an Extraordinary October Cineworld Event Lineup

Arrow Video FrightFest, the United Kingdom’s biggest horror and fantasy film festival, celebrates its 21st year by getting physical and returning to Cineworld Leicester Square in London. The fest has announced that it has scheduled a mind-blowing 34 new feature films, including 7 world premieres. Following is the fest’s official press release and lineup. Following […]

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[Review] Breakfast (Arrow Video FrightFest): A Sickly Woman Wakes Up with a Frightening Appetite

Breakfast is a gripping Australian shocker short blending body horror with another fright-fare aspect that would be criminal to spoil here. Written by Paul Beattie and codirected by Beattie and Melanie Rios, Breakfast delivers an eerie tale featuring differing character perspectives and a chilling atmosphere throughout.  Katherine (Rebecca Smee) has been sick and bedridden for […]

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“Train to Busan” Sequel “Peninsula” to Open Arrow Video FrightFest’s October Event

Four years ago, Train to Busan was voted the most popular FrightFest Closing Night film ever. This year, the hotly anticipated stand-alone sequel Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula will open this year’s Arrow Video FrightFest October event, courtesy of STUDIOCANAL. The film is scheduled to play on Thursday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m. across three screens […]

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[Review] Guest (Arrow Video FrightFest): A Fleeing Woman Has Every Reason to Be Terror-Stricken in Chilling Short Film

Writer/director Finn Callan’s U.K. short film Guest is rich in spine-tingling atmosphere, from the bandaged appearance of its protagonist Mary (Melania Crisan) to the heavy sense of dread throughout to the decidedly creepy reason why Mary is in her current state.  Mary has entered, uninvited, the home of a woman (Jessica Munna) after being pursued […]

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[Review] I Am Lisa (Arrow Video FrightFest): A Young Woman Uses Newfound Lycanthropic Powers to Exact Revenge

The latest entry in the subgenre of young women finding power as werewolves is I Am Lisa, a film that follows such entries as Canada’s Ginger Snaps (2000) and the Danish/French coproduction When Animals Dream (2014). Prolific director Patrick Rea’s (Arbor Demon [2016]; Nailbiter [2013]) latest feature, I Am Lisa combines a powerful revenge story […]

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[Review] Death Walks on Nitrate (Portland Horror Film Festival): Giallo and the Supernatural Meld in Hallucinatory Horror Short

Old-school film stock and classic giallo techniques combine in writer/director Kevin Fermini’s horror short Death Walks on Nitrate. The result is a trippy, beautiful looking slice of cinema with an eerie aesthetic. Katie Carpenter (Disengaged from Gruesome Magazine’s own Christopher G. Moore and The Haunting of Hill House are among her 20 horror film credits) […]

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Arrow Video FrightFest Digital Edition: 10 Questions with Alastair Orr

Gruesome Magazine previewed Arrow Video FrightFest’s Digital Edition, which runs August 27-31. One of the fest’s intriguing offerings is Triggered, which the festival site describes as “A sick, twisted, slasher variation on THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME from Alastair Orr, director of the FrightFest favourite FROM A HOUSE ON WILLOW STREET. Nine friends, all harbouring a […]