Soulmate is the feature debut of director Axelle Carolyn, starring Anna Walton (Hellboy II: The Golden Army). “After attempting to commit suicide due to the sudden death of her husband, Audrey decides to retreat to a remote country cottage without telling anyone. But once settled in she soon discovers her safe haven is haunted by its previous owner. And this spirit has some startling links to the nearby local community, especially the strange Zellaby family. Yet Audrey decides to remain, hoping to find comfort in the ghostly encounters she increasingly looks forward to.”
Patrick is the remake of the Ozploitation horror classic, in which “Nurse Kathy Jacquard (Sharni Vinson) arrives in the desolate outback to work at the foreboding Roget Clinic to look after comatose patients, including the handsome Patrick who develops a crush on her and expresses it jealously with his increasingly alarming psychic powers. Also in the rich Gothic mix, augmented by a superb Pino Donaggio score, are Dr. Roget (Charles Dance) and Matron Cassidy (Rachel Griffiths) with their own unethical agenda for defenceless patients.”
Discopath takes us back to “1976, Donna Summer tops the charts and everyone believes in mirror balls. Except Manhattan burger cook Duane Lewis who goes psycho when he hears the pulsating rhythm of Disco. Unable to control his maniac impulses that stem from childhood trauma, Duane turns his local Seventh Heaven nightclub into a splatter Disco Inferno. With NY detective Jack Stephens in hot pursuit Duane heads to Montreal where he lays low as a technician at a religious girl’s school overseen by a strict nun headmistress and a priest with a roving eye for the young lovelies in their cute uniforms.”
The controversial classic Mark Of The Devil is up next, in which “Herbert Lom plays the sadistic Witchfinder General touring 18th century Austria for Devil’s disciples disguised as gorgeous wenches and noblewomen. It’s up to Count Udo Kier to try and uncover the violent hypocrisy of the relentless persecutions and graphic murders in the name of corrupted religion. We are delighted to welcome director Michael Armstrong to this event who will introduce his horror masterpiece and answer any questions you may have regarding it’s place in the Euro-Terror Top Ten.”
Festival favourite The Station is described as “The Thing and Assault On Precinct 13 go Austrian in a climate change shocker and ecological creature feature from Marvin Kren, the director of Rammbock. Four technicians and scientists at an alpine research station discover a glacier of blood high in the mountains. Testing the red liquid oozing from the ice, they discover a new alien organism with the astonishing capability of transforming the local wildlife into horrific hybrids and monster mutations. With the Minister of the Environment hiking to the station for an official visit, many frightening questions must be answered if the bickering team are to survive and cope with the giant wood lice, the beetle-foxes, crossbred flying predators and much, much worse.”
Finally, Nothing Left To Fear will close the all-nighter, in which “James Tupper and Anne Heche are the new pastor and his wife who arrive in Stull, Kansas, with their three kids hoping for an idyllic country life. At first the town and its people look like being the answer to their prayers, but then the supposedly retiring pastor Clancy Brown puts into motion an ancient ritual that unleashes a demonic fury. For Stull is one of the seven gateways to Hell and its inhabitants must quell the Beast who rises to walk the Earth at all bloody costs. An atmospheric frightener in the new meta-vintage tradition, this grisly shocker delves deep into the heart of depraved community darkness.”
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