Having rattled through a whole host of short films, British director Stewart Sparke will unleash his debut feature at Frightfest in the shape of The Creature Below.

Starring the likes of Anna Dawson, Michaela Longden and Daniel Thrace, Sparke’s opus looks to mix graphic nightmare sequences and creature-feature to good effect.

Here’s the synopsis:

During a traumatic accident on a deep-sea dive, Olive, a gifted, young marine biologist discovers an unearthly creature. Losing her dream job, Olive smuggles the creature home, intent on studying it in secret, unbeknownst to her devoted boyfriend Matt and estranged sister Ellie.  Plagued by gruesome nightmares, her fractured memories of what happened during the accident in the depths of the ocean begin to unravel, revealing her symbiotic bond with an eldritch horror far older and malevolent than she could imagine, one which drives her to carry out its sinister will, with deadly results for those around her. 

Filmed in Hull, The Creature Below gets its world premiere at the festival as part of the ‘First Blood Strand’ and screens on Saturday, August 27.

Here’s a trailer to whet the appetite:


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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