To celebrate the release of BAGHEAD, the new horror film opening in UK cinemas this weekend, we had the pleasure of chatting with the film’s cast and filmmaker to find out more about this terrifying but thoughtful film that has more than just scares.

Following the death of her estranged father, Iris (Freya Allan) learns she has inherited a run-down, centuries-old pub and becomes inextricably tied to an unspeakable entity that resides in the pub’s basement – Baghead – a shape-shifting creature that can transform into the dead. Two thousand in cash for two minutes with the creature is all it takes for desperate loved ones to ease their grief. Neil (Jeremy Irvine), who has lost his wife, is Iris’ first customer. Like her father, Iris is tempted to exploit the creature’s powers and help desperate people for a price. But she soon discovers breaking the two-minute rule can have terrifying consequences. Together with her best friend Katie (Ruby Barker), Iris must battle to keep control of Baghead and figure out how to destroy her, before she destroys them.

Chatting to stars Freya Allan and Ruby Barker, we chat about reading the script for the first time and the impact of the title (means something very different in different places), the lure of horror and the challenges of acting scared, why horror is now – as it always has been – much more than a scary film and one that deals with grief, angst and coming of age, why they were drawn to their characters, working with a ensemble and their new found friendships and much more. We also chat to director Alberto Corredor on the film’s short beginnings, why filmmakers start with horrors before going on to bigger things, why the genre allows exploration of much deeper themes, what he hopes audiences take away and why the genre is helping to “save” cinema through the last few tough years.

You can watch the full interviews below:

Baghead is out now in UK cinemas.