We're back with a new installment of Horror Highlights! Today, you can watch the trailer for UK Haunters, read the list of winners from Fantaspoa's digital festival, watch the trailer for Wicked Ones, and find out which special guests are slated for The Last Drive-In's summer special!

UK Haunters: "UK Haunters is a vlog style documentary that explores the UK Haunt scene from the POV of film maker Dan Brownlie as he opens up the UK haunt scene for the world to view. While shooting a feature film at the London Tombs scare attraction (entitled 'The Tombs'), director Dan Brownlie got a peek into the inner workings of how scare attractions work and some of the tricks of the trade. Bowled over by the ingenuity and inventiveness he decided he needed to know more. After searching for more information Dan found there were no documentaries covering the huge UK scene, so decided to take a year ad document what he found. Heavily inspired by found footage horror films this documentary has an often unique visual style that mirrors the diverse nature of the industry it's representing. What he found was shocking, amazing, heartwarming and inspiring. Want to know more? You'll have to watch and find out."


Fantaspoa 2020 Comes to a Close, Announces Award Winners: "The sixteenth edition of Fantaspoa was a landmark moment for the long-running genre festival. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, South America's largest genre film festival marked its first-ever online edition, with free access to all festival content in Brazil. In total, 138 films were exhibited: 49 features and 89 shorts from over 40 countries. The massive virtual event took place from July 24th until August 2nd on the Brazilian streaming platform, Darfklix, and the festival presented two masterclasses along with 21 Q&A’s with filmmakers from around the globe.

According to festival directors and producers João Fleck and Nicolas Tonsho, this was certainly the most challenging edition of the festival. After nine years being funded, Fantaspoa received no outside sponsorship for its 2020 edition, forcing its expenses to be covered by a mix of self-investment and crowdfunding. However, in spite of this harsh scenario, having a free online festival resulted in the largest audience in its sixteen year history: with a record-breaking 67,000 virtual attendees in Brazil.

The career achievement award of the festival's 2020 edition was presented to Ugandan filmmaker, IGG Nabwana and his studio, Wakaliwood, which has achieved worldwide fame for its unique, ultra-low budget action films, made with limitless heart, creativity and, humor – and featuring a good portion of the community of Wakaliga, a slum in Kampala, Uganda.

Fantaspoa 2020’s winners are as follows:

Short Films

  • (Critics’ Award Jury members – Juliana Costa, Roger Lerina, and Rodrigo de Oliveira)

Official Awards:

  • Best Brazilian Short Film: As Viajantes (Davi Mello)
  • Best International Animated Short Film: And Then The Bear (Agnès Patron)
  • Best International Live Short Film: Lili (Yfke van Berckelaer)

Honorable Mention:

  • O Evangelho Segundo Tauba e Primal (Márcia Deretti and Márcio Junior) - "For its inventiveness and experimental immersion concept."

Ibero-American Competition

  • (Jury members – Getro Guimarães, William Mansque, and Dane Taranha)

Official Awards:

  • Best Actor: Samir Hauaji (Cabrito, directed by Luciano de Azevedo)
  • Best Actress: Valeria Giorcelli (Rock, Papers and Scissors)
  • Best Screenplay: Macarena García Lenz and Martín Blousson (Rock, Paper and Scissors)
  • Best Direction: Macarena García Lenz and Martín Blousson (Rock, Paper and Scissors)
  • Best Feature: Rock, Paper and Scissors (Macarena García Lenz and Martín Blousson)

Honorable Mention:

  • Diablo Rojo PTY (Sol Moreno and J. Oskura Nájera) - "For being truly fantastic. It’s a fun, pioneering work that is also a great encouragement for genre production in Panama."

International Competition

(Jury members – Kapel Furman, Samuel Galli, and Fernando Sanches)

Official Awards:

  • Best Actor: Garry Green (Fried Barry)
  • Best Actress: Adriana Matoshi (Zana)
  • Best Digital Special Effects: The Wanting Mare (Nicholas Ashe Bateman)
  • Best Art Direction: Stranger (Dmitriy Tomashpolskiy)
  • Best Screenplay: Avi Heikkinen (Gone)
  • Best Direction: Jordan Graham (Sator)
  • Best Film: Comrade Drakulich (Márk Bodzsár)

Honorable Mentions

  • Butt Boy, Tyler Cornack: Best representation of hell
  • The Berlin Bride, Michael Bartlett: Best edition
  • Being Natural, Tadashi Nagayama: Best diegetic bongo music in film

Audience Award

  • (Jury members – Andrew Fagundes, Patty Fang, André LDC, Carolina Müller Moreira, Dedé Rei, and Wender Zanon)
  • Best National Short Film: Caranguejo Rei (Enock Carvalho and Matheus Farias)
  • Best International Animated Short Film: Rebooted (Michael Shanks)
  • Best International Live Action Short Film: Logan Lee & The Rise of Purple Dawn (Raymond C. Lai)
  • Best Feature Film: Two Heads Creek (Jesse O'Brien)"


Trailer and Release Details for WICKED ONES: "Jonestown Films along with Studio 605 is releasing new stills, a clip, and a premiere date for the sequel to the 2017 award-winning indie slasher, The Wicked One. From director Tory Jones (The Wicked One, Angel) comes WICKED ONES.

Synopsis: While returning to Carpenter Falls, the Lawson family comes to their final confrontation with The Wicked One, a serial killer with whom their last encounter has haunted them for a decade.

Wicked Ones finished filming in November, 2019. Like many other productions, the pandemic certainly slowed things down slightly. But it did allow Tory to sit down with editor/cinematographer, Roman Jossart, and edit the film together fairly quickly.

Composer Rocky Gray is close to wrapping up the score, and soon the film will be in the hands of sales agency, Cyfuno Ventures. There has already been interest from several distributors.

“The original Wicked One film is what first brought eyes to Jonestown Films and Studio 605. So for us to reunite to bring this second installment and complete the story we established in the first has been super rewarding and bittersweet.” – Tory Jones, co-writer/director.

A public World Premiere is slated for 8pm Saturday, October 3rd at the Triple Crown Plaza in Louisville, KY. Tickets still available at the Jonestown Films website.

Wicked Ones stars Katie Stewart (The Wicked One, Overtime), Dale Miller (Angel, Halloween), Skyler Guthrie (Stage Fright), Brandi Botkin (Wildfire), and Morgan Pyle (Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile). 

It is co-written by Nathan Thomas Milliner and Tory Jones who also produced/directed. This film, like the first, is executive produced by Chris Gierowski.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wickedonemovies

Jonestown Films: https://www.jonestownfilms.com/

Ticket to World Premiere: https://www.jonestownfilms.com/product-page/wicked-ones-premiere-ticket

Studio 605: https://www.facebook.com/studio605productions/"


Adam Green, Kane Hodder, Brian Quinn, Felissa Rose and Tiffany Shepis join Joe Bob Briggs for ‘The Last Drive-In’ Summer Sleepover: "August 10, 2020 — it’s a full house at the trailer park as director Adam Green (FrozenHolliston) and actors Kane Hodder (the Friday the 13th franchise, Hatchet), Brian Quinn (Impractical Jokers), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) and Tiffany Shepis (Victor Crowley) join hosts Joe Bob and Darcy for “summer sleepover” installment of The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs. The special episode, pre-taped prior to quarantine, will premiere on Friday, August 14, at 9pm ET/6pm PT on the Shudder TV feed in the U.S. and Canada.

“We've never squeezed this many guests into the trailer park before, and all five of them are icons, from the guy who created the ‘Hatchet’ series to the guy who played Jason to one of the masterminds behind ‘Impractical Jokers’ to two bona fide scream queens. I call this a Pop Culture Brain-Exploding Overdose, and they all came ready to dish,” said Joe Bob Briggs.

On The Last Drive-In, Briggs, the world’s foremost drive-in movie critic, presents an eclectic horror movie double feature, interrupting the films to expound upon their merits, histories and significance to genre cinema. Shudder and Briggs first teamed up in July 2018, for the 24-hour marathon intended to be Briggs’ final farewell to televised movie hosting. Due to overwhelming popular demand, Shudder brought The Last Drive-In back as a weekly series and for multiple holiday specials. A third season has been announced, slated to premiere in 2021.

The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs is produced by Matt Manjourides and Justin Martell and directed by Austin Jennings."