I must admit, I’m a sucker for a good war horror flick – in fact, the closing seconds of Colombian shocker The Squad from a few years back still ranks as one of my favourite genre moments of the last decade.

That’s why I’m pretty intrigued by British offering Boots On The Ground, which gets its world premiere at the festival ahead of a 2018 release.

The film marks the return to film for director Louis Melville, coming more than a decade after his work on The Man Who Sold The World.

Here’s a summary of the film:

Afghanistan October 2014. Five British soldiers, trying to stay alive on the last night of the Afghan War, face not only the Taliban, but also supernatural powers more terrifying than anything they’ve encountered before. As the night unfolds and their mission is finally explained to them, they find themselves engulfed in a labyrinthine nightmare and time-shift forces seemingly from another realm and century. One of the most innovative and challenging British movies of the year, shot with 360 degree style immersion techniques using head-cams, director Louis Melville’s twisting and turning squaddie shocker is a genre ground breaker.

The trailer – which we include below – certainly suggests a tense, claustrophobic affair, all dark corridors, movement in the shadows and soldiers losing their grip on reality.

The likes of Tom Ainsley, Ian Virgo (who popped up in ABCs of Death 2) and Sally Day star.

Boots on the Ground screens at the festival on Saturday, August 26 and we are looking forward to this one.

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