Having already enjoyed a remarkably successful festival run, Alfred J Hemlock, a comedic dark fantasy short directed by Edward Lyons and written by Melissa Lyons, has been invited to to the 2017 Screamfest Horror Film Festival.
The film tells the story of a young woman Emily (Renaye Loryman) abandoned by her boyfriend in the midle of the night, who encounters the titular entity in a dark alleyway. Tristan McKinnon is our man Alfred, a kind of Beetlejucie-ish spirit who offers to relieve Emily’s loneliness if she submits to death. It all looks like a fun faux-Victorian cod-Gothic romp, given en extra level of polish by the presence of pros such as DOP Simon Harding (The Hobbit, Cleverman) and costume designer Sarah Hoke (Mad Max: Fury Road).
Screamfest is renowned for bringing indie and niche horror to wider audiences, most notably in 2007 when Paranomal Activity premiered at the festival. Other premieres over the years include 30 Days of Night, Let the Right One In, The Grudge, The Fourth Kind, The Collection, Trick ‘r’ Treat, The Human Centipede and Diary of the Dead.