Part 6 of my top picks from recent or upcoming film festivals. For previous movies 1-15 check related articles at the bottom of the page. This post will have films from Denmark, Canada, Philippines

16: American Serial Killer In Manila

Directed by: Mikhail RED
Written By: Mikhail RED ??
Produced by: Pamela L. REYES
Festival: Hong Kong

Official Plot
During Holy Week, a typhoon looms over the city of Manila. A mysterious American fugitive arrives in the country. He begins to thrive in the city when he discovers that the inept police force and apathetic society have made fulfilling his deadly passions easy. His already volatile mental state, however, begins to take another turn when he meets and befriends a young girl named Saya, a victim of human trafficking and a cyber-sex worker. When another series of mysterious killings begin to unfold in the area, the American realises that he has predecessors who are far more sinister.

Moviehooker’s Thoughts
This film will cost $880.000 in total to make. They have so far secured a budget of $92.000 and will take their movie to The Hong Kong Film Festival (financing section).

Lets hope that all runs smoothly for them when they are pitching their film. This definetly sounds like it could be a lot of brutal fun

Have a read of part of the directors statement about the film and how he got inspiration for the movie

American Serial Killer in Manila was inspired by a
question that haunted me while growing up in the
capital of a developing country rampant with petty
crime and internal corruption: Why are there no
serial killers in Manila? Despite a few small cases,
most crimes are random or petty, motivated by
poverty; the bigger stories are usually corruption
scandals or political killings. So why are there no
serial killers in Manila? Because of our strong family
ties? Our overzealous religious mindset? Our tropical
climate? Because our inept police force cannot find
any patterns in random crimes? Or perhaps because
poor people lack the money, energy, and time to
become serial killers?
During my research I stumbled upon an article
about an American physician who was the prime
suspect for the Black Dahlia murder in Los Angeles,
USA. This American expat settled and married in
the Philippines; during his stay, a gruesome murder
in 1967 shocked the nation. The brutal murder
of Lucila Lalu, also known as the “chop-chop”
lady case, was eerily similar to the Black Dahlia
murder, with her limbs chopped from her body
and scattered in different locations. The American
was tagged as one of the prime suspects but was
never officially charged and the crime was never
fully solved. Still, the idea of an American serial killer
living and thriving in Manila fascinated me; I decided
to develop my fictional story loosely based on these.

Enjoy a promo scene from the movie

17: The Treatment

Directed: Hans Herbots
Written by: Mo Hayder (novel), Carl Joos
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Language: Dutch
Produced by: Kinepolis Film Distribution, Capelight Pictures
Festival: Frightfest Glasgow

Official Plot
Inspector Nick Cafmeyer seems to have it all – looks, brains and a successful career. But a dark cloud hangs over his life: since the age of nine, he has been haunted by the unsolved disappearance of his younger brother, Bjorn. Plettinckx, a known sex offender, was questioned but quickly released. Plettinckx lives close by and takes fiendish pleasure in harassing Nick. Then, when a disturbing case comes to light involving a missing nine-year-old, Nick heads a massive search which turns into a relentless manhunt.

Moviehooker’s Thoughts
I am a huge fan of these types of movies. Although I have seen quite a few Dutch movies, I have to admit, I don’t think I have seen one with a serial-killer involved in the plot, so I am really looking to see what this one has to offer.


18: There Are Monsters

Directed by: Jay Dahl
Written by: Jay Dahl
Genre: Horror/Sci-Fi
Language: English
Festival: Frightfest Glasgow (U.K Premiere)

Official Plot (
Monsters are taking over the world, slowly, quietly and efficiently, but you won’t see them coming until it’s far too late! Four film students embark on a road trip to obtain promotional interviews for their college. However en route they witness a series of odd events, strange behaviour, shocking actions and what seems to be surplus of twins. Their well-ordered universe literally changes before their camera lenses uncovering a terrifying secret lurking just under the seemingly calm urban landscape

Moviehooker’s Thoughts

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Always like me a good monster movie, who knows how this one will turn ou,t but the story-line sounds like it could be a lot of fun. Expect to hear more on this film as its announced.

No trailer available but here is the short which the film is based on

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