Any film that references 1980 John Saxon schlock ‘classic’ Blood Beach gets an automatic thumbs-up in my book, so I’m more than  happy that The Sand is popping up at Frightfest for its UK premiere.

The feature directorial debut of props man Isaac Gabaeff, the film promises sun, sand – and hopefully plenty of bloodshed.

Here’s the synopsis:

After an all-night graduation beach party, a group of hungover students wake up under blazing sun to find their numbers somewhat depleted.

An enormous alien creature has burrowed down deep and anyone foolish enough to make contact with the sand finds themselves at the mercy of a sea of flesh-eating tentacles. Will they ever be able to escape its carniverous clutches?

The trailer wisely avoids giving the game away in terms of the creature effects, but does offer up enough carnage to get me interested.

Scream legend Jamie Kennedy pops up as a beach patrol, with the likes of Mitchel Musso, Dean Geyer, Nikki Leigh and All Cheerleaders Die star Brooke Butler rounding out the cast.

Here’s the trailer for the film that debuts in London on Friday, August 28:


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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