New Zealand horror has found itself quite a little niche at Frightfest over the years, with the likes of Deathgasm certainly going down well with genre audiences.

Well, the good news if you are a fan of Kiwi carnage is that Tim van Dammen, who both appeared in and did effects work on Deathgasm, has slid back into the directorial chair for Mega Time Squad, a violent comedy that promises plenty of laughs along with the splatter.

Here’s a synopsis:

A low-level criminal from the small town of Thames in New Zealand steals an ancient Chinese time-travel device that helps him pull off a heist and start a new life. But he may not survive the consequences of tampering with time. Cheerfully vulgar, laugh-out-loud funny and showcasing brilliant visual effects (award-winning music video director van Dammen created the SFX for DEATHGASM), this parochial Kiwi sci-fi comedy mixes TIME CRIMES with MULTIPLICITY to engagingly explore the generic lexicon of the ace time travel thriller and timeless human themes of greed, courage and responsibility. Chill-out for epic laughs and side-splitting suspense.

Jonny Brugh (from What We Do In The Shadows) appears, as do the likes of Deathgasm’s Milo Cawthorne, Yoson An and Jaya Beach-Robertson.

Mega Time Squad closes out opening night at Frightfest, getting its European premiere in London On Thursday, August 23.

Here’s a trailer:

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

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