U.K.’s Fortean Film Festival Set to Open Eyes and Minds to the Highly Unusual

August 30, 2022

Written by Joseph Perry

Joseph Perry is the Film Festival Editor for Horror Fuel; all film festival related queries and announcements should be sent to him at [email protected] He is a contributing writer for the "Phantom of the Movies VideoScope" and “Drive-In Asylum” print magazines and the websites Gruesome Magazine, Diabolique Magazine, The Scariest Things, B&S About Movies, and When It Was Cool. He is a co-host of the "Uphill Both Ways" pop culture nostalgia podcast and also writes for its website. Joseph occasionally proudly co-writes articles with his son Cohen Perry, who is a film critic in his own right. A former northern Californian and Oregonian, Joseph has been teaching, writing, and living in South Korea since 2008.

Are you intrigued by the unbelievable, the unusual, and the unexplained? If so, the International Fortean Film Festival’s 2022 edition, set for September 2 and 3 in Gloucester, U.K., should be your destination for high-strangeness cinema. From the  supernatural to cryptozoology to alien life and far beyond, the fest has selected an outstanding array of narrative and documentary features and short films. 

I can already attest to the hypnotic draw of writer/director Alexander Roman’s New Orleans-set occult mystery Cats of the Bayou (ASMR). Following are a few of the other highlights from the festival’s official selections that I am greatly looking forward to. For more information including the full list of official selections and ticket purchasing, visit https://www.forteanfilmfestival.com/.

PANTHERA BRITTANIA: Director Matt Everett’s documentary delves into the possibility of Alien Big Cats (ABCs) as the filmmaker lets experts and eyewitnesses have their say.



LADY OF THE LAKE: THE SEARCH FOR CHAMP: Champ is an aquatic cryptid said to inhabit Lake Champlain, and director Katy Elizabeth documents her search for the elusive beast in this film.



ST. BAPTISTE’S: Director John Williams said that his mockumentary comedy set in Blackpool, “follows the daily goings on of an evangelical church and the ‘Brothers and Sisters’ that work within it.”



STRANGE WATERS: This supernatural chiller from director Andy McLeod is just one of the alluring selections from the festival’s “Mysteries of the Deep” section. 



THE BERLIN BRIDE: From the IMDB description of director Michael Bartlett’s film: “Two oddball Berliners discover the abandoned appendages of a mannequin. Separately, and with grotesque consequence, they come to terms with their disjointed mate. A near-silent, dreamlike tale inspired by the silent film era and the darker writings of Edgar Allan Poe and E.T.A Hoffmann.” Color me highly intrigued!



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