10.45AM - MONDAY 31ST - UK PREMIERE - THE LAZARUS EFFECT
Director: David Gelb. Cast: Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Sarah Bolger, Evan Peters, Donald Glover. USA 2015. 83 mins.
New-fangled pseudoscience meets old-time religion in this neo FLATLINERS marking the impressive narrative debut of documentary director David Gelb (JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI). Classic horror themes about death, life and the soul are given a scary shot in the arm when a team of researchers believe they've discovered a serum that could resurrect the recently deceased. But before they're able to reveal their breakthrough to the scientific community, they get shut down accused of playing God. So they go rogue to recreate their experiments and when one of their number is accidentally electrocuted their journey into the afterlife unknown begins.
12.50PM - MONDAY 31ST - UK PREMIERE – SUSPENSION
Director: Jeffrey Scott Lando. Cast: Ellen MacNevin, Sage Brocklebank, Johannah Newmarch, Steve Richmond, Connor Fielding. Canada 2015. 87 mins.
The Night Daddy Came Home! Tormented at high school, Emily Hanson’s only escape is drawing graphic sketches depicting a crazed masked killer on a bloody rampage. Except the deranged maniac is her father who snapped eight years ago and is now locked away in a mental institution where Emily’s bullying classmates taunt she should be too. On the anniversary of his massacre, the In Crowd throw a party while Emily babysits her mute little brother. Little does she know she’s in for a night of unrelenting terror and madness, forced to confront her demons once and for all.
3.00PM - MONDAY 31ST - WORLD PREMIERE - LAST GIRL STANDING
Director: Benjamin R. Moody. Cast: Akasha Villalobos, Danielle Evon Ploeger, Brian Villalobos, JD Carrera, Ryan Hamilton. USA 2015. 91 mins.
She survived a brutal massacre, but lost her life. What happens to the final girl once the credits have rolled? Five years ago, a masked killer brutally murdered a group of friends. Since then, Camryn, the lone survivor, has tried to make sense of the homicidal events and struggled to reclaim her shattered life. Wracked with guilt and paranoia, can Camryn ever have a normal existence again or is she destined to cope alone forever? Part slasher movie, part character study, take a penetrating and intimate look at what happens to the remaining true victim of every horror movie.
5.50PM - MONDAY 31ST - SHORT FILM SHOWCASE THREE
Karen Gillan’s directorial debut COWARD features in our final shorts program, as well as shorts by FrightFest alum James Moran, with GHOSTING, and Dan Auty, with PARTY 85. Three surreal shorts will take audiences to strange worlds, with DISCO INFERNO from Spain, THE SHUTTERBUG MAN from Canada, and L’ERRORE from Italy. There is terror in the woods in THE LAKE from Nathan Ambrosioni (director of FrightFest feature film HOSTILE), IRIS by Richard Karpala, and TWO MISSING from Claire Fowler. And terror strikes closer to home, in the dark tale BABYSITTING STORY from Belgium and NIGHT OF THE SLASHER by Shant Hamassian.
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