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Hellraiser

5) Hellraiser

Clive Barker’s directorial debut gets a welcome big screen return as part of this year’s repertoire. Despite being hindered by the hack follow-ups, this original is a startling adaptation of Barker’s own novella “The Hellbound Heart”.

After American low-life Frank purchases a Chinese puzzle box (the Lament configuration) his well-to-do brother Larry (Andrew Robinson), his alluring Brit partner Julia (Claire Higgins) and niece Kirsty (Ashley Laurence) get sucked into a cold underworld of black leather-clad demons and monsters.

Hellraiser is gothic, macabre and visually exquisite masterpiece which gave birth to a horror icon in the form of Doug Bradley’s urbane cenobite Pinhead.

We Are Still Here

4) We Are Still Here

Scream Queen Barbara Crampton (From Beyond, You’re Next) stars in this 70s set supernatural thriller about a grieving couple coming to terms with the death of their son.

After moving to New England to start afresh, Anne and Paul (Crampton and Andrew Sensenig) encounter malevolent spirits in their new home so enlist the help of a psychic and her hippie husband (Lisa Marie) to conquer the paranormal forces.

We Are Still Here looks to be a vibrant, grotesque ghost story in the Giallo style and an intriguing sub-genre fusion. Director Ted Geoghegan’s debut is a tribute to Italian director Lucio Fulci and the Giallo films of his era. Star Barbara Crampton is scheduled to be present at the screening and also has three other film’s screening at this year’s festival: Road Games, Sun Choke and Tales of Halloween.

Nina Forever

3) Nina Forever

This London set fable about a man haunted by the spirit of his dead girlfriend, earned favourable reviews after screening at this year’s SXSW festival. Nina Forever looks to be an experimental, intelligent and suitably claret soaked spectre story, melding multiple genres with auto-fetishism and social realism.

This audacious spook fest is the debut feature from Brit siblings Bean and Chris Blaine and also stars Fiona O’Shaughnessy (Utopia, Nightwatching) and Cian Barry (RPG, Hard Times).

Over Your Dead Body

2) Over Your Dead Body

Well timed with the upcoming UK release of his vampire gangster epic Yakuza Apocalypse, prolific (and possibly deranged) director Takashi Miike returns to the supernatural comfort zone with this story of an acting couple cast in the same play and the dramas that occur within the troupe of performers.

Following period pieces 13 Assassins and Hari Kari: Death Of A Samurai, Miike’s return to the genre most fitting to his surreal and dreamlike style makes Over Your Dead Body a highly anticipated comeback.

Expect demented visuals, weird, possibly subdued, terror with the likelihood of extreme violence from the director of Ichi The Killer, Audition and Gozu.

Landmine Goes Click

1) Landmine Goes Click

This brutal revenge story blends elements of the 70s, 80s home invasion horrors like (Fight For Your Life, The House At The Edge Of The Park) with single location set suspense films like Buried and Phone Booth and wilderness thrillers Deliverance and The River Wild.

Director Levan Bakhia skilfully manipulates viewer expectations and generates a slow-burning dread, punctuated by heart-stopping violence, terrific performances and a devastating finale. Landmine Goes Click is a core-rattling, nerve trampling thriller that will scar your subconscious.

The hugely compelling and twist laden story emotionally macerates with its gruelling conclusion and amounts to a totally disturbing and terrifying viewing experience.

Special Mention – Tales of Halloween

Tales of Halloween

A short while ago, after a tweet for this article went out, we received a reply.

Now the thing is – Axelle Carolyn really knows her stuff. And we’re suckers for a decent horror anthology and so are happy to make a late addition to the list of films to look out for. She is one of the directors taking us on a particularly nasty night of death and mayhem, and if you needed any more enticement just take a look at the trailer below.

FrightFest runs from Thursday 27th August to Monday 31st. Day passes and single film tickets can be purchased here.

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Daniel Goodwin is a prevalent film writer for multiple websites including HeyUGuys, Scream Horror Magazine, Little White Lies, i-D and Dazed. After studying Film, Media and Cultural Studies at university and Creative Writing at the London School of Journalism, Daniel went on to work in TV production for Hat Trick Productions, So Television and The London Studios. He has also worked at the Home Office, in the private office of Hilary Benn MP and the Coroner's and Burials Department, as well as on the Movies on Pay TV market investigation for the Competition Commission.