Icon Film Distribution and FrightFest Launch Titles for ‘FrightFest Presents’

Icon Film Distribution and FrightFest Launch Titles for 'FrightFest Presents'

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Icon Film Distribution (IFD) and FrightFest, the UK’s leading horror fantasy film festival, have announced the first films that will be released under the curated banner "FrightFest Presents." The seven titles selected will all have their UK theatrical premieres at the FrightFest festival in August, and the exclusive Icon and FrightFest partnership will allow them to be released across the UK and Ireland via the distributor’s digital partners, including iTunes, Virgin Movies, Sky, Google, Amazon, Xbox, Blinkbox, Google, Wuaki, TalkTalk and Volta.

"We are thrilled and delighted to be working with Icon in bringing a diverse range of top tier genre titles to the UK audience," said Paul McEvoy, Co-Director of FrightFest. "These and our other exciting forthcoming titles brilliantly showcase the breadth and quality of work being produced in the worldwide fear and fantasy arena."
The seven titles to be released under the banner are listed below. Synopses provided by IFD/FrightFest.

"AAAAAAAAH!" 
Dir: Steve Oram
"Alpha Male" Smith and his Beta, Keith, move to take over a local community. They hook up with restless Female, Denise, igniting a deadly feud in which emotions run high and deep-seated grudges resurface amongst the tribe. Are we not men? Or are we simply beasts? 

"The Sand"
Dir: Isaac Gabaett
After an all-night party, a group of hungover twenty-somethings awake to a beating sun and a seemingly carnivorous beach that devours anything with a heartbeat that touches the sand. His fourth film as a filmmaker, Gabaett is also known for his work on "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," "Men in Black 3" and "The Place Beyond the Pines."

"Afterdeath"
Dir: Gez Medinger and Robin Schmidt 
Five young people wake up dead. Washed up by the tide they scramble to an abandoned beach house, soon realising that the perpetual night and blasts of pain suggest this is some version of hell. Between in-fighting and attacks by a demonic shadow creature, they recall the collapse of the nightclub that brought them here – and begin seeing hope of a second chance in the cabin’s two mysterious paintings.     

"Landmine Goes Click"
Dir: Levan Bakhia
Three American tourists are crossing the desolate mountains in the formerly war-torn republic of Georgia. Daniel has just proposed to Alicia and has asked Chris to be his best man, so they stop to take a celebration photograph. Chris steps to the right, the step goes click and he finds himself standing on a landmine. From that moment on Chris cannot move or he’s dead. But then secrets are revealed, dark motives uncovered, an outside threat appears and the real nightmare unfolds. For what happens on that terrifying afternoon will become a harbinger of doom for all lost innocence.

"Emelie"
Dir: Michael Thelin
When their regular babysitter calls to say she’s unavailable, the Thompsons find a last minute replacement to look after their three kids Christopher, Sally and Jacob while they celebrate their 13th wedding anniversary. But no sooner have the unconcerned parents pulled out of the driveway than it becomes clear that Anna is no ordinary babysitter. As the evening creeps along the children begin to realise they might be in serious danger from the psychologically disturbed woman who has invaded their home.

"The Lesson" 
Dir: Ruth Platt
Fin and Joel are two teenage wasters running wild. But they get a taste of their own medicine when a teacher at the end of his tether decides to teach both schoolboys a lesson they will never forget.

"Estranged"
Dir: Adan Levins

January is forced to return home after a near-fatal accident whilst travelling abroad. Temporarily wheelchair bound and depleted of her long-term memory, she is accompanied by her boyfriend Callum. Not only has she forgotten her family, but her childhood as well and is surprised to discover that her home is a stately manor in the middle of the countryside. As January tries to settle in, she finds herself becoming even more estranged from her family, who just want their daughter back. January soon discovers the family are not as loving as they seem to be. Was there a dark reason why she left them in the first place?

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