Both myself and the writer grew up in the Huddersfield area, a stone’s throw from the vast moorlands. Without ever knowing its history we still felt its ominous presence. We could sense our parents feelings about the place – no one really explained to us what happened up there, but as kids you kind of fill in the blanks. The Moors take on a dark life of their own, Yorkshire’s very own bogeyman.
It’s no coincidence that I’m a kid of the early 90’s and that’s when our film’s prologue takes place.“
Running from Thursday August 24 – Monday 28 August, Pigeon Shrine FrightFest is a joyful big screen celebration of genre cinema, offering a carnival of carnage, a smorgasbord of shock and a tableau of terror. This year, over five days, audiences can explore the magic of menace, mayhem and mischief with seventy films programmed across four screens. There are twenty five world, twenty three International / European and twelve UK premieres, with fourteen countries represented, spanning five continents.
The Moor will have its ‘First Blood’ World Premiere at FrightFest on 26th August 2023
Dubbed “the Woodstock of Gore” by director Guillermo Del Toro, FrightFest, set up in 2000, has grown in size and stature since its cult roots at the Prince Charles Cinema and today is internationally renowned for discovering exciting and original horror fantasy genre films and for supporting the talent behind them, helping to launch the careers of such directors as Simon Rumley, Christopher Smith, Eli Roth, Neil Marshall and Simon Hunter.
Over the years the festival directors, Greg Day, Alan Jones, Paul McEvoy and Ian Rattray, have developed FrightFest into a brand leader for horror film, expanding its footprint in the UK by hosting special events throughout the year and joining forces with the Glasgow Film Festival, where they run an established three-day event. They have teamed up with FAB Press to publish a series of ‘The FrightFest Guide To…’ books and have an exclusive partnership with Signature Entertainment to release films under the festival’s thriving label ‘FrightFest Presents’. You can catch the documentary FRIGHTFEST: BENEATH THE DARK HEART OF CINEMA on Amazon.