Writer/director Chris Sparling returns to Frightfest with his latest effort, home-invasion-horror-with-a-difference Mercy.

Having brought us the enjoyable The Atticus Institute, as well as having written the likes of killer thriller ATM and Ryan Reynolds flick Buried, Sparling certainly has genre pedigree.

So it will be interesting to see what he does with this idea, a family horror which, if the trailer is to be believed, throws up plenty of twists and turns.

Here’s the synopsis:

Some family ties are meant to be broken. From Chris Sparling, writer of BURIED and director of THE ATTICUS INSTITUTE, an unbearably tense home invasion chiller with a killer twist. Two sets of estranged half-brothers return to their childhood home to say a last goodbye to their mother on her deathbed. Soon hidden motives are revealed fuelled by old hurts and current relationship strains that get tested further when shocking secrets from their mother’s past are revealed. And so begins a restless, stressful, edgy night that goes terribly awry when everyone is suddenly thrust into a fight for survival. 

Mercy stars the likes of James Wolk, who recently toplined the enjoyable but totally ridiculous TV series Zoo, as well as Caitlyn Fitzgerald and Tom Lipinski, among others.

The film gets its European premiere in London on Friday, August 26.

Here’s the trailer:


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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