Film4 FrightFest the 13th has unveiled its most ambitious line-up in history. From the Sinister and The Possession to Jennifer Lynch’s Chained, the Maniac remake, American Mary and V/H/S.
From Thursdays August 23rd to the 27th the UKs leading event for horror fantasy fans will be back at the Empire Cinema in Londons Leicester Square to present 48 films in three screens. Empire 1 will house the main event while the Discovery and the newly-created Re-Discovery strand will play in Empires 4 & 5. There are eleven countries represented, with a record-beating fifteen world premieres and twenty-three UK or European premieres.
Here is the complete rundown from the organizers…
The Best of British horror fantasy gets its usual FF fanfare with our already announced opening film Paul Hyetts THE SEASONING HOUSE and closer, James Nunn and Ronnie Thompsons TOWER BLOCK. Also showcased are Peter Stricklands extraordinary Italian horror deconstruction BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO, Jon Wrights creature feature GRABBERS, the living dead romp COCKNEYS VS. ZOMBIES, the human experiment warning GUINEA PIGS, the killer clown comedy STITCHES, the cannibal serial killer chiller SAWNEY, the psycho cop thriller MAY I KILL U?, the gory allegory BEFORE DAWN, the fear of THE INSIDE and the frightening COMMUNITY.
This year the festival is giving a prominent focus to the past, present and future of the Italian genre scene with Federico Zampagliones much anticipated neo-giallo TULPA and the Manetti Bros PAURA 3D. Plus Total Film magazines guest Icon this year is the Italian Master of Horror himself, Dario Argento and theres a screening of the documentary EUROCRIME!, which celebrates the poliziotteschi movies that ruled Italian 70s cinema.
From Spain come two of the countrys brightest talents with their recent blockbuster hits: Paco Plazas [REC]3 GENESIS and Jaume Balagueros, stunning thriller SLEEP TIGHT. Also in the Spanish language is HIDDEN IN THE WOODS, a Chilean chiller Other International highlights include the Dutch KILL ZOMBIE!, the Japanese DEAD SUSHI and Germanys ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY and WE ARE THE NIGHT.
Currently under the radar but bound to get people buzzing are Steven C Millers UNDER THE BED, Ryan Smiths AFTER, The Butcher Brothers THE THOMPSONS, Peter Engerts REMNANTS, Stig Svendsens ELEVATOR and Buddy Giovinazzos return to the genre A NIGHT OF NIGHTMARES.
Then theres T2/THE ABYSS star Michael Biehns directorial debut THE VICTIM, the gore documentary NIGHTMARE FACTORY focusing on the work of make-up genius Greg Nicotero, the Nazi zombie romp OUTPOST II: BLACK SUN, the latest in the mutant smash series WRONG TURN 4 and the ever popular INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM SHOWCASE(line-up to be announced soon) and ANDY NYMANS QUIZ FROM HELL presented by Emily Booth and The Horror Channel. And showing for the first time in the UK will be the most-wanted retrospective of the decade, Clive Barkers NIGHTBREED: THE CABAL CUT.
FILM4 FrightFest the 13ths innovation this year is our third venue at the Empire, the Re-Discovery Screen. Here you can see fully restored versions of three classics from the House of Hammer, THE DEVIL RIDES OUT, RASPUTIN THE MAD MONK and THE MUMMYS SHROUD. We also have a special presentation of the legendary masterpiece, THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. Following on the from THE DEAD success of last year, there will be a free re-showing of INBRED and recording director Alex Chandons live commentary for the Anchor Bay DVD release. Plus theres a chance to see two hits from our Glasgow Film Festival event: The Manetti Bros. THE ARRIVAL OF WANG and Paul Chinas CRAWL.
This years full guest line-up list will be announced next month.
Julia Wrigley, Head of Film4 Channel, said today: We are delighted to extend our headline sponsorship of Film4 FrightFest to a record 6th year, as the festival continues to evolve in an exciting fashion. We are thrilled by the incredibly strong presence of British films in this years line up, including the artfully sinister Film4 Production, Berberian Sound Studio. Our FrightFest season on the channel also goes from strength to strength, like the Festival itself.