My Father Die and Population Zero join FrightFest Presents line-up
Staff Reporter | On 17, Aug 2016Reading time: 3 mins
My Father Die and Population Zero have reportedly joined the line-up of new FrightFest Presents titles.
The digital label, a joint venture between the horror festival and Icon Film Distribution, has become a natural home for the event’s brightest and best, as VOD continues to prove a valuable platform through which genre films can reach the widest possible audience.
As FrightFest prepares to return to London for its 17th August Bank Holiday weekender, FrightFest Presents is already lining up its 2017 slate – and 2016 opening film My Father Die is top of the list.
Sean Brosnan’s horror, which includes father Pierce among its producers, is a revenge thriller starring Joe Anderson, Candace Smith and Gary Stretch in the story of a deth and mute man who plans to get revenge upon the man who both killed his older brother and took away his speech and hearing. It has its European premiere at FrightFest on Thursday 25th August at 6pm.
Population Zero, directed by Adam Levins, has also been acquired by FrightFest Presents. The thriller studies the fallout of a 2009 triple homicide in a remote part of Yellowstone National Park, as filmmaker Julian T. Pinder examines how the culprit went free.
Screen Daily reports that the pair will be released on VOD in Q1 2017 by FrightFest Presents.
They join Abner Pastoll’s Road Games, which stars Andrew Simpson and Barbara Crampton and screened at last year’s festival. It will be released on Friday 26th August on UK VOD, before heading to DVD on Monday 29th August.
Previous FrightFest Presents titles include Steve Oram’s AAAAAAAAH! and Night of the Living Deb. For reviews of all of them and where you can watch them online, click here.
FrightFest Presents lines up Road Games for August release
25th July 2016
This August sees the return of FrightFest to London for another round of scares and screams. It also marks the one-year anniversary of FrightFest’s venture into VOD, teaming up with Icon to launch FrightFest Presents, a label to release curated festival hits on VOD – and, later down the line, on disc too. Digital partners of the label include iTunes, Virgin Movies, TalkTalk Player, eir Vision Movies, Wuaki.tv, Amazon Instant Video, BT Store, Sky Store, TalkTalk TV Store, Wuaki.tv, PlayStation, Microsoft Store and Volta.
Previous titles have included Landmine Goes Click, Steve Oram’s AAAAAAAAH! and The Sands. While the label is almost one year old, though, it shows no sign of slowing down, with Road Games from last year’s FrightFest racing onto digital platforms and DVD on the same weekend as this year’s event.
Starring Andrew Simpson (Notes From A Scandal), Joséphine de La Baume (Rush), Frédéric Pierrot (The Returned) and Barbara Crampton (You’re Next), the film follows Jack, a young drifter heading back to England, who meets fellow hitchhiker Veronique on a lonely road in rural France. They get a lift with an eccentric Frenchman who invites them back to his isolated house, where he lives with his nervy artist wife.
The pair welcome the young pair into their home, saying they can stay as long as they like. But Veronique believes something is not quite right with this over-friendly, lonely couple – might it have something to do with the serial killer who has been killing people on the stretch of road they were picked up on?
British director Abner Pastoll’s horror nods to genre classics, such as Switchblade Romance, Wolf Creek, The Hitcher and 1970 French road movie chiller And Soon The Darkness, while the soundtrack is full of John Carpenter-esque synth. The film is released on VOD on Friday 26th August, before arriving on DVD on Monday 29th August.
Read on for a trailer, or for more on FrightFest Presents, click here.