A wannabe serial killer, a warped filmmaker, and a murderous cult on a blood-soaked rampage. When The Screaming Starts is a darkly comic tale of how far we will go in order to achieve our ambitions.
I’ve seen the film — which premieres at FrightFest on 28 August, with a second screening the day after — and it is great fun, with would-be mass murderer Aidan the David Brent of British suburban serial killing.
Here’s the synopsis:
When Norman Graysmith is invited into the home of an aspiring serial killer, Aidan Mendle, he believes he has found the subject for the documentary that will transform his failing career. Initially the production goes well with Aidan freely opening up about his desire to kill, but when his early attempt at committing murder falls apart, things begin to unravel.
Aidan desperately tries to maintain his position as the next Charles Manson by starting a murder cult, interviewing prospective members for what he affectionately calls his “family”. The potential candidates provide a rich tapestry of misfits, from the lost and confused to the (most likely) psychopathic. Events begin to spiral out of control and Norman watches his dreams crumbling around him.
When The Screaming Starts is directed by Conor Boru, from a screenplay by Boru and Ed Hartland, who also stars as Aidan. Co-starring are Yasen Atour, Jared Rogers, Kaitlin Reynell, Kavé Niku, Octavia Gilmore, Ronja Haugholt and Vår Haugholt (playing evil twins Viktoria and Veronika).
When The Screaming Starts celebrated its World Premiere at FrightFest 2021 on 28 August 2021 — Signature Entertainment are releasing it on digital platforms on 26 September 2022
Watch the teaser now and scroll down for images from the film:
Images: When The Screaming Starts
Masoud, Viktoria and Veronika, Amy, Claire, Jack, Norman
Aidan and Norman