Canaries – UK, 2017

‘In Wales, no one can hear you scream’

Canaries is a 2017 British science fiction comedy horror film written and directed by Peter Stray, making his feature debut. It stars Robert Pugh, Kai Owen, Richard Mylan and Hannah Danie.

Ahead of the Marche du Film in Cannes (May 8 to 17, 2018) genre sales specialists Devilworks has revealed the first title in their Cannes lineup is Canaries.

Wales: A group of friends at a New Year’s Eve bash hosted by Steve Denis, London’s 53rd-most-listened-to DJ (a returning local boy made good), are pitted against an invasion task force of creepy time travelling aliens…


” …it does start being oddly effective as a creepy horror movie – the alien possessed (abducted and brainwashed Norwegian fishermen) are an unsettling, simple menace, all the more so when the desperate battlers start recognising strangely familiar faces in the mix.” The Kim Newman Web Site

“Time travelling aliens fight drunken Welshmen on New Year’s Eve in a movie that’s reminiscent of Peter Jackson’s early pictures. Very low budget, and the monsters are essentially blokes in yellow macs with long fingernails, but this had heart and soul…” John Llewellyn Probert, House of Mortal Cinema

“By all rights, a film with a plot as crazy as this, from a first time feature director with a very low budget, should be an absolute disaster. Instead, Stray bucks expectations and delivers something that remains compelling even when it’s befuddling, and is rarely less than fun.” Gareth Jones, Dread Central


Canaries had its world premiere at the Horror Channel FrightFest in London on 26 August 2017.

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