Step back in time to 17th century rural England for a wickedly enthralling folk horror, To Fire You Come At Last, from writer-director Sean Hogan (Little Deaths, The Devil’s Business). This mini feature is an atmospheric homage to the great tradition of British supernatural television from the 1970s and gets its world premiere at FrightFest 2023 on Saturday, 26th August at 6pm.
A group of men have been entrusted to walk a coffin to the local graveyard for burial. However, the path they must tread is no ordinary route… it’s steeped in ancient folklore and superstitions that make many hesitant to walk it after dark.
Convinced to take on the challenging journey, the group – Squire Mallow (Mark Carlisle – The Crown), Ransley (James Swanton – The Thing That Ate the Birds), a drunken peasant, thuggish manservant Pike (Richard Rowden – Survive) and Holt (Harry Roebuck), the best friend of the deceased – set out on their trek.
As they venture forth, their mission turns dark and they find themselves entangled in quarrels, violence and a series of inexplicable and strange occurrences… As darkness surrounds them, disturbing revelations reveal that things are not as they seem. A malevolent force is after them, but its nature and motive remain shrouded in mystery. Will any of them survive the night?
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the film and its relationship to the history of folk horror and British genre television, featuring writer/director Sean Hogan and actor James Swanton, as well as renowned horror writers Kim Newman and John Llewellyn Probert.
Eerie, haunting and stunningly shot – To Fire You Come At Last will take you on a journey that you might not be expecting, a must-watch.
Screens Saturday 26th August at 6pm – Discovery Screen 2