Frightfest 2013 preview: Hammer Of The Gods Simon Fitzjohn July 14, 2013 Film4 Frightfest, Latest News and Videos 3976 Frightfest takes a detour into Viking territory in the shape of Hammer Of The Gods, which, while not seemingly qualifying on the horror scale, certainly looks as though it could stack up on the carnage. That’s if the trailer is to be believed anyway, a breakneck two minutes of throat slashings, plenty of swordplay and some caved-in skulls. The film is set in Britain in 871 AD, and the Vikings are looking to strengthen their position as rulers. To do so, King Bagsecg calls on a handful of his most brutal acquaintances to both stand up to, and see off, the threat from the Saxon armies. There’s also some gumph about a firstborn son, with the fabulous name Hakan The Ferocious no less, but the main point seems to be a series of bloody set-piece battles – and we’re fine with that. Hammer Of The Gods stars the likes of Charlie Bewley and James Cosmo and is directed by Farren Blackburn, who can count Doctor Who and Luther among their previous work. The film screens at Frightfest on Saturday, August 24.