A festival to envy, London’s annual FILM4 FrightFest is a long weekend of horror celebration.This year, its 16th, they’ll open and close with two anticipated and traditionally spooky titles, David Keating’s Cherry Tree and All Hallow’s anthology, Tales of Halloween.
“The 16th edition of Film4 FrightFest kicks off in skin-crawling fashion with the European premiere of David Keatings blood-freezing rural nightmare Cherry Tree, starring Anna Walton (Hellboy 2, Soulmate) and rising star Naomi Battrick (Down Dog, Waterloo Road),” the announcement begins.
Keating, who directed the acclaimed Wake Wood for the revamped Hammer label, offers another provocative and compelling twist on the pagan cult chiller, in which a young girl, Faith (Naomi Battrick), in an attempt to save her fathers life, makes a fateful pact with Sissy Young (Anna Walton) head of a sinister black magic coven.
FrightFests first Irish event-opener, CHERRY TREE is a Fantastic Films & House of Netherhorror Production, produced by John McDonnell & Brendan McCarthy.
Closing Film4 FrightFest is the European premiere of the stunning anthology TALES OF HALLOWEEN, a celebration of the spooky October holiday. Ten tales of terror unfold in a sleepy American suburb on All Hallows Eve as ghouls, imps, aliens, goblins, demons, axe murderers and serial killers roam the witching hour. This anthology of power nightmares is directed by the cream of the scream industry crop: Neil Marshall, Darren Lynn Bousman, Axelle Carolyn, Adam Gierasch, Lucky McKee, Dave Parker, Paul Solet, Ryan Schifrin, John Skipp & Mike Mendez.
TALES OF HALLOWEEN is created by Axelle Carolyn and produced by Patrick Ewald, Shaked Berenson, Mike Mendez and Axelle Carolyn.
The guest line-up will be announced later but both films will be represented by cast and crew.
Alan Jones said today: We have never opened with an Irish production before. So we figured it was about time to put a sharp focus on all the sterling work the Irish Film Board has done to promote the genre. Over the years we have premiered DEAD MEAT, ISOLATION, DOROTHY MILLS, DARK TOUCH and THE CANAL, and CHERRY TREE follows in their fine tradition offering storytelling excellence, great production values and terrific casting, slathered with that appealing Emerald Isle quirkiness. The choice for our Closing night film was a no-brainer, Not only is TALES OF HALLOWEEN an absolutely terrific celebration of the October holiday, it also represents a potted history of FrightFests shining past due to much of the talent involved both on screen and behind it being our special guests over the last fifteen years. So sit back and enjoy!
The 2015 FILM4 FrightFest takes place Aug 27-31 at the VUE Cinema in Leicester Square. The full lineup is expected next Thursday, July 2nd. For more, including ticket and pass info, visit FrightFest. Below, find images from Tales of Halloween.