A bonus addition to the festival line-up, Jackals looks set to make a great genre shindig even better.

Put together by director Kevin Greutert, whose back catalogue is impressive stuff – he’s directed the likes of Saw VI and Saw 3D, as well as editing The Strangers and other entries in the Saw franchise (including the upcoming Jigsaw), the film is a spin on the home invasion shocker.

There’s also a mightily fine cast, with the likes of Stephen Dorff, Deborah Kara Unger and Johnathon Schaech starring.

Here’s the synopsis:

They knew it would take steely resolve and iron daring to go up against the violent sect who have brainwashed their teenage son, Justin. But the estranged Powell family and the cult deprogrammer they’ve hired in desperation had no idea how soon they would become the bloody prey in the suspense shocker, based on a true 1980s story, from director Kevin Greutert  – the visionary SAW VI and SAW 3D luminary. A potent blend of the horror thriller, home invasion terror and murder cult chiller, prepare for a tense and claustrophobic experience that will shatter your nerves to the bone.

The film is getting its European premiere at Frightfest, screening on Saturday, August 26.

Here’s the trailer, which certainly puts us in the mood:


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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