Fancy a world premiere with your Frightfest package? And possibly a British film to boot?

If so, Playhouse may be your thing – a film that not only ticks the above boxes, but also marks the feature debut of writer/director brother team Toby and Fionn Watts.

The duo do have history – they worked on short The Selkie’s Lover back in 2013 and series Dilemma a year later, but this marks a notable step up the filmic ladder.

Here’s the synopsis:

Reckless Jack Travis is an irreverent horror writer notorious for scaring audiences. But as he obsesses over creating a new theatre show set in a haunted Scottish castle, demonic disturbances from deep within the walls begin to prey on his troubled daughter. When the alarming supernatural forces start to close in on him too, Jack is forced to reckon with the terrifying consequences of creating such a dark and macabre play.

The cast includes Julie Higginson, James Rottger, Helen Mackay and Rebecca Calienda.

And here’s a trailer…

Playhouse screens at Arrow Video Frightfest Digital on Saturday, August 29.

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