I suppose a horror festival just wouldn’t be the same without some flick involving running through the woods in the dark, camera footage and talk of mythical creatures.

So here’s X Moor, a British flick that decides to use the supposed ‘Beast of Exmoor’ as its launchpad.

American documentarians Georgia and Matt (Melia Kreiling and Nick Blood) arrive in the country, looking to snap up a £25,000 reward for footage of the beast, which has been carving its way through the Devon countryside.

They set up camp and install plenty of cameras, as well as enrolling the help of a game hunter, only to find that they may indeed be in the lair of a beast – but not the four-legged variety…..

I’ll try and stay positive here, but I’ll be honest and say the trailer did little to quicken my pulse – especially the groan-inducing ‘jump scare’ of a pigeon flying out of an old doorway.

But there’s nothing like being proved wrong, so let’s hope exactly that happens, and the elevated profile of Kreiling due to her role in Guardians Of The Galaxy can only help.

Director Luke Hyams’ film screens at Frightfest on Monday, August 25.



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Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle