London: October 24th, 2016: Film4 and All 4 are getting viewers in the mood for Halloween over the next week with the launch of Fright Bites, six sinister new horror shorts from up and coming filmmakers commissioned by Film4.
All 4 start building the Halloween chills, unleashing the films for download and streaming exclusively on www.All4.com/shorts, available now. Fright Bites will make their TV debut on Film4 as part of the channel’s FilmFear season running from October 25th-31st. The six films will then receive their big screen premieres at HOME, Manchester, as part of the cinema’s 5-day Halloween celebration of the same name, beginning October 27th.
Film4 Creative Executive Eva Yates who commissioned the films comments: “Fright Bites has been a brilliant way for us to support six new and diverse filmmakers to work hard and fast on some really smart, original, sometimes funny and always creepy films. Audience was at the heart of the process so we're thrilled they're available to watch in so many ways.”
The films are a mix: some playing on our most basic fears, others making the everyday and mundane seem monstrous, while others are more traditional ‘monster in the dark’ movies, but with a twist. More details on the individual films below:
SHORTCUT – Ep 1
A late night ride home turns into a nightmare for Kurt (Danny Devall) when he takes a short cut that leads him to the special hell reserved for terrible boyfriends.
Director: Prano Bailey-Bond
Starring: Danny Devall and Joana Borja
TICKLE MONSTER – Ep 2
A quiet night in takes an eerie turn for Elliot (Percell Ascott) when Nat (Rhianne Barreto) casually reveals her room is haunted by an unusual bogeyman.
Dir: Remi Weekes
Starring: Percelle Ascot and Rhianne Barreto
SQUEAL – Ep 3
After a girl bullies a carnival worker, she soon regrets it as the circus folk ensure she’ll never make fun of anyone again.
Dir: Lucy Campbell
Starring: Lotte Spencer, Rafaella Hutchinson and Zachary Street
NIGHT CAP – Ep 4
Knock, knock. Who’s there? Little Danny (Arthur Tucker) doesn’t have anywhere to hide from the danger lurking in his own home.
Dir: Jed Hart
Starring: Arthur Tucker
WAKE – Ep 5
A grieving man (Mark Bonnar) gets more than he bargained for when he visits his former lover’s (Rebecca Calder) open coffin.
Dir: Maria Martinez Bayona
Starring Mark Bonnar and Rebecca Calder
OLD GAL – Ep 6
Jane (Nicola Wren) is chatting on the phone when she’s startled by an elderly woman (Clare Almond), who might not be as helpless as she appears.
Dir: Leigh Dovey
Starring: Nicola Wren and Clare Almond
Series producer: Fiona Lamptey / Fruit Tree Media.
Fright Bites are available to download or stream now on www.All4.com/shorts.
Fright Bites receive their TV premiere on Film4 channel’s FilmFear season, which runs Tuesday 25 – Monday 31 October. Feature films screening in the season include network premieres of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For from directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, Wyrmwood, Excision, 100 Bloody Acres, The Last Days on Mars and Devil’s Due. Other films in the season include Wake in Fright from 1971 starring Donald Pleasance, French 1960s horror classic Eyes Without a Face, and Ben Wheatley’s off-kilter horror masterpiece Kill List. *See notes below for Fright Bites TX times
Fright Bites make their big screen debut at HOME, Manchester’s International centre for contemporary visual art, theatre and film, as part of FilmFear, a new 5-day Halloween celebration running from Thursday 27–Monday 31 October, featuring exclusive horror previews, monster classics, spooky shorts and special guests. A collaboration between HOME and Film4, FilmFear at HOME has been co-curated by Film4 Channel Editor David Cox and Jason Wood, HOME’s Artistic Director: Film, with guest curators The Final Girls (Anna Bogutskaya and Olivia Howe) and the BFI London Film Festival’s Cult strand (Michael Blyth). Highlights include a preview of Prevenge plus Q&A with writer/director/actor Alice Lowe, previews of Raw, The Ghoul, We Are the Flesh and The Void, a glorious Spanish version of the 1931 Dracula, and a unique screening of Nosferatu with live musical score by Harmonieband. **See notes below for Fright Bites screening times
* Fright Bites TX on Film4 channel
Tickle Monster – night of Thursday 27th October, 12.05am
Shortcut – Thursday 27th October, 1.55am
Old Gal – night of Friday 28th October, 3.10am
Wake – Friday 28th October, 3.15am
Night Cap – night of Sunday 30th October, 1.00am
Squeal – Sunday 30th October, 1.05am
All 6 films also play together from 3.10am on the night of Monday 31st October
** Fright Bites screening details At HOME Manchester
Shortcut – Friday 28th October, 6.15pm (with RAW)
Squeal / Tickle Monster – Friday 28th October, 8.40pm (with WE ARE THE FLESH)
Wake – Sunday 30th October, 6pm (with THE GHOUL)
Night Cap / Old Gal – Sunday 30th October, 8.40pm (with THE VOID)
Other exciting projects coming soon from Film4:
T2 (Director: Danny Boyle)
Cast Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner
** Sony Pictures Entertainment release on 27 January, 2017 in the UK and 3 February, 2017 in the US **
FREE FIRE (Ben Wheatley)
Cast Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor, Babou Ceesay, Enzo Cilenti, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley, Noah Taylor
** STUDIOCANAL release in the UK on 31 March 2017; Free Fire had its World Premiere as Opening Night of Midnight Madness at TIFF, and European Premiere as Closing Night of BFI LFF 2016 **
BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK (Ang Lee)
Cast Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin
** Sony Pictures Entertainment release on November 11 in the US, following the film’s World Premiere at New York Film Festival **
UNA (Benedict Andrews)
Cast Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed
** Selected for Telluride, TIFF and BFI LFF 2016 **
TRESPASS AGAINST US (Adam Smith)
Cast Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Lyndsey Marshal, Rory Kinnear, Sean Harris,
** Selected for TIFF and BFI LFF 2016 **
THE OATH (Baltasar Kormákur)
Cast Baltasar Kormákur, Hera Hilmar, Gísli Örn Gardarsson, Margret Bjarnadottir
** Selected for TIFF 2016 **
Currently in post-production:
HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES (John Cameron Mitchell)
JOURNEYMAN (Paddy Considine)
OLD BOYS (Toby MacDonald)
ROOM 915 (short, Katie Mitchell)
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (Martin McDonagh)
DARK RIVER (Clio Barnard)
BEAST (Michael Pearce)
LEAN ON PETE (Andrew Haigh)
YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE (Lynne Ramsay)
THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER (Yorgos Lanthimos)
Future productions include:
MARY MAGDALENE (Garth Davis)
I AM NOT A WITCH (Rungano Nyoni)
AMERICAN ANIMALS (Bart Layton)
PETERLOO (Mike Leigh)
Other recent projects include:
HIGH-RISE (Ben Wheatley)
OUR KIND OF TRAITOR (Susanna White)
ROOM (Lenny Abrahamson)
CAROL (Todd Hayes)
AMY (Asif Kapadia)
45 YEARS (Andrew Haigh)
EX MACHINA (Alex Garland)
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