Film4 FrightFest, the UK’s undefeated heavy-weight champion of genre festivals, is all set to serve up its 16th helping of the finest in home-grown and international horror at London’s West End at the Vue, Leicester Square, between August 27th – 31st.
Further to the recent news that the festival would be bookended by David Keating’s pagan cult chiller CHERRY TREE and the highly anticipated horror anthology TALES OF HALLOWEEN, the complete line-up has finally (after a seemingly interminable 24 hour WE WILL BE BACK countdown timer) been revealed.
Proudly sporting a cracking total of seventy-six films across five screens, the festival will play host to a record-breaking 20 world premieres, 16 European premieres and 26 UK premieres. FrightFest has once more secured some of the latest films from genre big-hitters together with a plethora of genre movies that have been met with critical praise around the globe at other signature festivals. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at what gems FrightFest organisers Alan Jones, Ian Rattray, Paul McEvoy and Greg Day have in store for you all:
FrightFest has always been known to shine a light on the brightest British and Irish talent and 2015 is no different. Other than festival opener CHERRY TREE, festivalgoers will get a chance to catch the world premiere of Steve Oram’s hilarious and very disturbing AAAAAAAAH!, Dominic Brunt’s sharp-edged female revenge saga BAIT, Ben and Chris Blaine’s sexually charged zom-rom-com NINA FOREVER, Mark Murphy’s tale of twisted minds, AWAITING, Paul Hyett’s highly-anticipated underground werewolf flick HOWL, Adam Levins’ sinister family drama ESTRANGED, Howard J. Ford’s pulsating child-abduction thriller NEVER LET GO, Corin Hardy’s Sundance sensation THE HALLOW, Ruth Platt’s morally-challenging chiller THE LESSON, Liam Regan’s gruesome revenge saga BANJO, Eugene McGing’s supernatural haunter THE UNFOLDING and finally AFTERDEATH, a hellish thriller by new directors Gez Medinger and Robin Schmidt.
This year’s Main screens provide a vivid and stellar cocktail of the monstrous, the macabre and the must-see. Apart from the aforementioned closing anthology TALES OF HALLOWEEN and the ‘gorious’ festive attraction A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY, there is Iain Softley’s cleverly vicious CURVE, Bernard Rose’s stylishly affecting FRANKENSTEIN, Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s masterpiece SCHERZO DIABOLICO, Abner Pastoll’s deranged ROAD GAMES, Alistair Legrand’s genre-bending supernatural shocker THE DIABOLICAL, Ted Geoghegan’s innovative riff on ‘80s supernatural yarns WE ARE STILL HERE, Adam Schindler’s agoraphobic SHUT IN, Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell & Yoann-Karl Whissell’s post-apocalyptic romp TURBO KID, Bruce McDonald’s Halloween horror HELLIONS and Levan Bakhia’s explosive LANDMINE GOES CLICK. Plus, the Israeli Paz Brothers put the grim in pilgrimage with JERUZALEM, director Adam Egypt Mortimer gives us his cutting-edge “feminist slasher movie” SOME KIND OF HATE, first-time director Eric Hannezo gives us his version of RABID DOGS, Benni Diez’ STUNG lets loose a battalion of giant wasps (releasing in the US tomorrow no less) and Australian director Ursula Dabrowsky will be bringing her highly unusual shocker INNER DEMON. Completing the main screen mayhem is the Kiwi splatstick psycho-thriller DEATHGASM, suburban shocker SLUMLORD, the brilliantly unnerving EMELIE, the stark, gore-filled NIGHT FARE and James Wan’s DEMONIC.
This year also marks a significant increase in the number of films playing on the Discovery Screens which illustrates the growing global investment in the genre. Said screens will play host to world premieres for Jaron Henrie-McCrea’s CURTAIN, Russell Friedenberg’s WIND WALKERS, Padraig Reynolds’ WORRY DOLLS and Benjamin Moody’s LAST GIRL STANDING. We’ll also be treated to European premieres for Ben Cresciman’s SUN CHOKE (my personal favourite from the Stanley Film Festival this year), Kyle Rankin’s outrageous NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEB, Valentin Javier Diment’s THE ROTTEN LINK, John Fallon’s THE SHELTER, Adam Mason’s HANGMAN and Brian James O’Connell’s BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS. UK premieres score highly too with Mickey Keating’s POD, Perry Blackshear’s THEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLE, John Knautz’s GODDESS OF LOVE, Anthony DiBlasi’s MOST LIKELY TO DIE, Alberto Marini’s SUMMER CAMP, Rodney Ascher’s THE NIGHTMARE, Zak Hilditch’s THESE FINAL HOURS, Pavel Khaleev’s III, April Mullen’s FARHOPE TOWER, Jeffrey Lando’s SUSPENSION, Isaac Gabaeff’s monster mash-up THE SAND, Eduardo Schuldt’s Peruvian horror THE ENTITY, Tyler Shields’ feature film debut FINAL GIRL, 14 year-old French director Nathan Ambrosioni’s HOSTILE, Takashi Miike’s OVER YOUR DEAD BODY, David Gelb’s THE LAZARUS EFFECT, Dan Berk & Robert Olsen’s BODY, Isabel Coixet’s ANOTHER ME, Chad Archibald’s BITE, Joe Chien’s ZOMBIE FIGHT CLUB, and Josh Forbes’ CONTRACTED: PHASE II. There will also be a special screening for Paul Goodwin’s FUTURE SHOCK! THE STORY OF 2000AD.
This year’s Retrospective selection returns bigger and better too with an eclectic programme straddling grindhouse to art-house with brand new restorations of the classic HELLRAISER, the giallo masterpiece YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY, the exploitation duo MADMAN and THE MUTILATOR, the cult Hammer Horror CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER, the high camp HAWK THE SLAYER and the high-end horrors TENDERNESS OF THE WOLVES and THE REFLECTING SKIN.
Last, but by no means least, the Duke Mitchell Film Club returns with a rare screening of REMAKE, REMIX, RIP-OFF, a crazy experience of the golden years of Turkish cinema, where demand was high, technical know-how low and copyright law non-existent!
So write the dates down in your diary (although I’m sure most of you have it all scorched onto your brains by now): Film4 FrightFest runs from August 27th – 31st where genre cinema is everything and the Vue Cinema its vibrant nerve centre.
Festival and day pass sales will go on sale Saturday, July 4th at noon and will only be available online at: https://live.advancedticketing.co.uk/k?v=frightfest
Single tickets will go on sale on Sat 25 July.
A festival pass will cost £185. Day passes are: Thursday £30, Friday & Saturday £60, Sunday & Monday £50. Single tickets will be £13.25.
Screens 5, 6 & 7 will house the main event while the Discovery strands will play in Screens 3 & 8. The Discovery at The Prince Charles cinema strand will be in Screen 1.
For full programme details head over to: www.frightfest.co.uk and follow @film4frightfest @cloutcomcouk
Of course more cats are yet to be let out of the bag as all the FrightFest 2015 special events and guest line-up will be revealed on July 24, the day before single tickets go on sale so keep watching this space for more details…..
In the meantime why not enjoy a few interviews and reviews for a selection of the films that will be screening at this year’s festival:
Ali Larter interview:https://www.screamhorrormag.com/ali-larter-talks-the-diabolical/
WE ARE STILL HERE
Barbara Crampton interview: https://www.screamhorrormag.com/interview-barbara-crampton-talks-we-are-still-here/
Benni Diez video interview: http://www.screamhorrormag.com/antihistamines-at-the-ready-benni-diez-talks-stung/
Sarah Hagan & Sara Malakul Lane interview: https://www.screamhorrormag.com/sarah-hagan-sara-malakul-lane-the-sun-choke-interview/
Ben Cresciman interview: https://www.screamhorrormag.com/ben-cresciman-the-sun-choke-interview/
Mickey Keating interview: https://www.screamhorrormag.com/helmerscribe-mickey-keating-talks-sxsw-midnighters-movie-pod/
Pavel Khvaleev, Aleksandra Khvaleeva & Frank Ellrich interview: https://www.screamhorrormag.com/pavel-khvaleev-aleksandra-khvaleeva-frank-ellrich-the-iii-interview/
Jeremy Sisto interview: https://www.screamhorrormag.com/exclusive-sxsw-interview-jeremy-sisto-talks-hangman/
Words: Howard Gorman (@HowardGorman)