We are thrilled to unveil the 2018 Fractured Visions Film Festival line-up.
Children of the Fall (Israel) – UK Premiere – Rachel Strode, a young immigrant with a dark past, arrives in Israel during the Fall of 1973 to volunteer in a Kibbutz and to convert to Judaism. Soon, she realises that the local Kibbutz members don't take kindly to foreigners, and the evening of Yom Kippur (the most important holiday in the Jewish faith), brings a brutal threat to her and her fellow volunteers. What began as a fun celebration of youth quickly turns into a menacing and bloody night of terror, which will give new meaning to Yom Kippur. Director Eitan Gafny delivers one of the few Israeli slasher films, and one of the most unique entries the beloved sub-genre has seen in years.
Luz (Germany) – UK Premiere – Luz, a young cabdriver, drags herself into the brightly lit entrance of a run-down police station. A demonic entity follows her, determined to finally be close to the woman it loves. Prepare for one of the most dazzling debuts in recent years as director, Tilman Singer, delivers a bold and singular vision of horror that defies description. Luz needs to be seen to be believed.
Smaller and Smaller Circles (Philippines) – UK Premiere – Two Jesuit priests, Gus Saenz and Jerome Lucero, perform forensic work to solve the mystery revolving around the murders of young boys in Payatas, one of Metro Manila's biggest slum areas. While dealing with the systematic corruption of the government, church and the elite, the two priests delve into criminal profiling, crime scene investigation and forensic analysis to solve the killings, and eventually, find the murderer. Raya Martin’s stunning film is based on the first Filipino crime novel, and stands out as one of the darkest, most visceral, thrillers in recent memory.
Boar (Australia) – Welsh Premiere –Re-live the glory days of Ozploitation with Chris Sun’s splatter-filled creature feature, Boar! In the harsh, yet beautiful Australian outback lives a beast, an animal of staggering size, with a ruthless, driving need for blood and destruction. It cares for none, defends its territory with brutal force, and kills with a raw, animalistic savagery unlike any have seen before. Co-starring genre favourites Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects) and John Jarratt (Wolf Creek), Boar is a loving throwback to classic outback horrors like Razorback, only bigger, bloodier and nastier!
Friendly Beast (O Animal Cordial) (Brazil)– Welsh Premiere – A middle class restaurant in São Paulo is invaded near closing time by two armed robbers. The restaurant owner, the cook, the waitress and three clients are held hostage. In what seems to be a no way-out situation, Inácio - the quiet man, the friendly and cordial chief - must find a way to defend his restaurant and customers from the burglars. Friendly Beast marks the arrival of a stunning new voice in world cinema, Gabriela Amaral. After witnessing this stunning, and brutal, film you’ll see why.
He’s Out There (USA) – Welsh Premiere – From first-time director, Quinn Lasher, comes He’s Out There! On vacation at a remote lake house, a mother and her two young daughters must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare conceived by a masked psychopath. Starring The Handmaid’s Tale’s Yvonne Strahovski, He’s Out There is a gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller that pours on the slasher movie tropes from the 80s golden era. Masked killer? Check. Remote location? Check. Inventive and bloody deaths? Double check.
Lost in Apocalypse (Mo Shi Ren Jian Dao) (China) – Welsh Premiere - A group of seemingly unrelated strangers fight their way out of a virus-infested hotel, only to find themselves in a worse place: the end of the world! Director Sky Wang delivers a rip-roaring slice of fast paced zombie mayhem with Lost in Apocalypse, a film that is sure to delight fans of recent Eastern horror extravaganza’s like South Korea’s Train to Busan. Zombie cinema is a rarity in China, so here’s your chance to witness a film that manages to offer something fresh in an otherwise rotting genre.
Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (USA) – Welsh Premiere – All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets, up for auction at a convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that's motivated by an evil as old as time. Witness the re-birth of a much-loved film franchise, thanks to the writing talents of S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk, Brawl in Cell Block 99). This whacky throwback offers gore-galore with a sprinkling of some of the darkest humour the genre has seen in years. It goes without saying that this is essential viewing for any horror fan.
That’s not all, here at Fractured Visions we believe in celebrating the films that help established our beloved genre and for our first guest of honour, we are proud to announce that we will have Norman J. Warren in attendance to give a talk on his prolific career in the fright industry. We will also be showing a double-bill of Norman’s work, including a brand-new 2k remaster (courtesy of Powerhouse Films) of his 1978 classic, Terror. Our second feature will be Norman’s 1987 shocker, Bloody New Year; one of the few horror films to be lensed in South Wales during the 1980s.
Before each feature film, we will be looking to the future of the genre. We have selected 10 stunning short films from around the globe, each film a shining example of where the genre is heading while in the hands of these emerging talents. Here’s the official short film selection:
Psychopompos (Czech Republic) – UK Premiere – A tragedy strikes the family of widow Svetlana and her two sons, Jan and Maxmilián. The villagers believe that the hated nobles surrounded by myths and superstitions - Madam and Sir De Blois - are responsible for it.
Supine (France) – UK Premiere – Sylvie is a taxidermist content with being isolated from people in her large house in the mountains of France- her only company is her work. That is until Oz, an American hitchhiker stumbles upon her path. The two become close and Sylvie begins to question what it means to live.
Time Heals No Wounds (Canada) – UK Premiere – Toiling away in a makeshift lab, Dr. Barry Slater has finally made a breakthrough: THE CHRONOSPHERIC RE-OSCILLATOR, a device able to transmit artefacts across time. But when he materializes a recording from his future self, he decides to become his next test subject, despite the cautioning of his young wife Georgina. When the experiment goes awry, Georgina suddenly finds herself transported to another time, and the man resembling her husband may no longer be who, or what, he seems.
The Visitor (Australia) – UK Premiere – In present-day Melbourne, just after midnight, Naomi is awakened by a frantic young woman on the run. Naomi grapples with a situation that defies reality and as the night unfolds, she must decide how far she can go to protect her visitor from rapidly encroaching danger.
Dead Cool (UK) – Welsh Premiere – A dinner party with a difference: meet loner Maurice as he struggles to entertain his new friends. His party is in full swing when a routine search brings the police to his front door. Unfazed by this interruption the party continues, but it isn't long before Maurice is keen to say goodbye to all his guests except Sally. Romance is in the air but it soon becomes clear that all is not as it seems.
Caducea (Belgium) – Welsh Premiere – Tom hides not only a deformed face behind his flamboyant Commedia dell'arte masks, but also a dark secret that won't be divulged until decades later.
Marta (Spain) – Welsh Premiere – Marta’s dream profession is to be a serial killer, and she wants Carlos to be the first victim.
Girl #2 (USA) – Welsh Premiere – When a deranged killer sets his sights on an unsuspecting sorority, he realizes he's not the craziest one in the house.
Instinct (USA)– Welsh Premiere – A psychosexual thriller about Isabelle, a lonely gallery owner who meets a dangerously seductive performance artist and discovers they have more in common than expected. Will Isabelle allow herself to let Camila in without giving in to her true nature.
Portraits(s) (UK) Meet Georgie, a young man who we find out has just fallen in love with Beth. We find Georgie as he is making his way to his mother's house to tell her that he has met someone. He seems nervous... and rightly so.