Nightmare visions, a snow beast and a Manchester hero – Day 4 of FrightFest (Main Screen)

A chilled day, maybe!

James Whittington
August 27, 2023

Traditionally, Sundays at FrightFest allow the attendees to relax a little after the first few days of fear to be able to sit back and chill a little with movies that build up to their terror-packed moments.

Piper, which sees the return of Anthony Waller (Mute Witness) and Elizabeth Hurley is a world premiere in the Main Screen. Liz Haines and her daughter Amy move to Germany where she takes up the position of history teacher at the Hamelin International School. The annual Pied Piper pageant is celebrated the day after their arrival, which Liz revels in, but Amy finds macabre. Soon Liz is plagued by nightmare visions and gradually a dark secret in her past is uncovered by the restless spirit of the Piper, the cruel and vengeful minister of harsh justice who seeks out the guilty and punishes them by taking away their children.

If you want real chills then Cold Meat, the debut movie from French director Sébastien Drouin is the movie for you today. David Petersen (Allen Leech) is passing through the Colorado Rockies. After saving a young diner waitress from her violent ex-husband during a break from driving, he hits the road again through a dangerous snow blizzard. But one false move behind the wheel has him waking up inside a ravine, and in the freezing eye of the storm. But the cold is the least of his worries. For a shadowy beast starts prowling around outside his car. How will he survive?

We end with another world premiere and this time it’s the turn of FrightFest regular Jake West, Mancunian Man: The Legend of Cliff Twemlow. In this superb documentary Jake takes us back to the 1980's to discover the extraordinary true story of Cliff Twemlow! You've never heard of him... but polymath Twemlow was a nightclub bouncer, novelist, composer, singer, screenwriter, producer and actor, who for a decade was the most prolific indie filmmaker in the UK! Witness how this 20th century Renaissance man created his own innovative micro-film industry in Manchester. Shooting his feature films on clunky early pioneering video technology, G.B.H. (1983) was even branded a Video Nasty! A warmly hilarious portrait that will take you back to an era where literally anything could happen. And did!