We’re always on the lookout for fresh, cutting-edge British horror here at Movie Ramblings, so when we heard Liam Regan’s Banjo was to get its world premiere at Frightfest we were pretty happy campers it must be said.

Having wowed fans with the trailer debut at the recent HorrorCon, Regan’s effort will take its bow on Monday August 31 as part of the Discovery Screen slate.

A twisted slant on the bloody revenge flick, here’s the synopsis:

Meet Peltzer Arbuckle, a meek and bullied office employee, humiliated by his megalomaniac boss, teasing colleagues and his cheating partner. Peltzer spends his days in misery, stuck in his own mundane, nightmarish reality.

Once news about his embarrassing sexual accident makes it’s way around the workplace, Peltzer decides to put up with his humiliation no more, and conjures up his childhood imaginary friend Ronnie. Peltzer’s world is soon turned upside down, when Ronnie attempts to manipulate him to exact revenge on his tormenting co-workers in the most gruesome fashion.

As the body count stacks up, Peltzer must ultimately decide whether to runaway from his past or take control of his future, as he battles between sanity and madness, in this twisted tale of infidelity, revenge and snapped banjo strings.

The flick stars the likes of James Hamer-Morton, Dani Thompson and genre favourite Laurence Harvey (as well as Damian Morter as Ronnie) and the trailer looks as though it will certainly deliver.

Writer-director Regan has really had to push to get this thing off the ground (including pushing Banjo from a 2012 short to full-length feature after going down the crowdfundiing route), so check out the trailer and get behind it:

 

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

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 two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.