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It's The Nightmares You Wanted Before Christmas – Frightfest All-Nighter 2013 Update
Posted on Thursday 24th October 2013
Film4 FrightFest returns to the Vue Cinema, Leicester Square on Saturday 26th October 2013 for thier annual Halloween event full of festive fear, jack'o'lantern jolts and Samhain screams. They’ve gotten together a must-see list of all the best horror fantasy around at the moment - Soul Mate, Patrick, Discopath, The Station and Nothing Left To Fear - plus ace retro title, the ever controversial and iconic Mark Of The Devil. The team are delighted to welcome Patrick star Sharni Vinson (from You're Next), Soulmate director Axelle Carolyn and her executive producer Neil Marshall plus stars Ann...

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Film4 FrightFest Announces Stellar Line-Up For Halloween All-Nighter
Posted on Monday 30th September 2013
Nothing Left To FearThe FrightFest All-Nighter 13 returns to the Vue in London’s Leicester Square on Saturday October 26 for the third year, with six killer titles including UK premieres of The Station, Patrick, Nothing Left To Fear and Soulmate. So climb aboard FrightFest’s Halloween Express, with guests including Neil Marshal, Anna Walton, Renaud Gautheir and Michael Armstrong, for th...

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Interview With Weronika Tofilska Winner Of The 666 Short Cuts To Hell Competition
Posted on Tuesday 10th September 2013
Picture Of WTWeronika Tofilska, director of 6 Feet Under was the winner of the Horror Channel, Movie Mogul sponsored 666 Short Cuts To Hell Competition bagging £6,666 courtesy of Horror Channel and the opportunity to develop a feature film under mentorship from Movie Mogul. Apart from the honour of being showcased at the UK’s biggest genre festival, all six finalists will also have their films screene...

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FrightFest 2013 – The Ultimate Round Up
Posted on Sunday 1st September 2013
FrightFest Poster 2013With 51 movies, countless shorts and a fine list of surprises both on and off screen, Film 4 FrightFest 2013 was the biggest and most varied one yet. Thousands of fans packed the Empire, Leicester Square for 5 days of the very best in horror entertainment from around the globe. Here’s some of the highlights from this awesome event. The whole event kicked off wit...

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Interview With Joanne Mitchell Writer Of Shell Shocked
Posted on Wednesday 28th August 2013
Joanne MitchellFrightFest 2013 gave us some incredible horror movie shorts. A real stand-out was Shell Shocked which was written by Joanne Mitchell. Here she chats about this and another piece she was involved with, the superb Before Dawn which is coming to the Horror Channel in November. HC: How nervous were you when Before Dawn was shown at Frightfest 2012? JM: I felt a mixture of overwhelming n...

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And That, As They Say, Is That
Posted on Tuesday 27th August 2013
Big Bad Wolves posterWell, that was Film 4 FrightFest for 2013 and what an incredibly varied programme attendees were treated to. It all ended with the much talked about new movie from the directors of Rabies, Big Bad Wolves. A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on collision course in the black comedy thriller sensation of the year. They are the father of the latest vi...

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Interview With Jovanka Vuckovic Director Of The Guest
Posted on Monday 26th August 2013
JV 1Last year at FrightFest we were treated to an astonishing short from Jovanka Vuckovic called The Captured Bird. This year she has delivered the equally impressive but totally different piece The Guest. Here this talented artist chats about her work and future plans. HC: We first chatted last year when your beautiful short The Captured Bird was shown at FrightFest 2012. You must be pleased how this piece has been rece...

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You Are What You Eat
Posted on Monday 26th August 2013
We Are What We AreRemakes are always a contentious issue with horror movie fans. We have had our fingers burned in the past with shoddy and un-inspired re-imaginings of true classics. We Are What We Are is a remake of the stunning Jorge Michel Grau’s superb Mexican shocker Somos lo que hay from 2010. Stake Land director Jim Mickle has taken the gritty storyline and planted it in an American...

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Odd But Huge Fun
Posted on Monday 26th August 2013
Odd ThomasBig movie adaptations of acclaimed books rarely transfer to the big screen and retain their original flavour. Odd Thomas seems to buck that trend and thanks to smart direction form Stephen Sommers (he of The Mummy fame) the basic premise has apparently (as I’ve never read the Dean R. Koontz book) remained intact. Odd Thomas sees murdered dead people and feels it’s his duty to make the people res...

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Interview With Paul Davis Director Of The Body
Posted on Monday 26th August 2013
Paul Davis HeadshotThe world premiere of The Body has just finished at the Empire. We spoke to Paul Davis about this fabulous short and his plans for the future. HC: Where did the idea for The Body come from? PD: The Body was originally a screenplay written by my Producer Paul Fischer, based on an idea by film maker Mary Kerr (director of acclaimed documentary Radioman – also produced by ...

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To Be In 3D Or Not To Be In 3D?
Posted on Monday 26th August 2013
The Banshee ChapterOne of my favourite films of the festival has been Banshee Chapter 3Dwhich was shown earlier today. This eccentric movie is real gem of a chiller with some seriously creepy performances from a cast that includes the legendary Ted Levine. In 1963 the U.S. government began experimenting on unsuspecting Americans with chemical agents intended to induce mind control. The progr...

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Interview With Dominic Brunt Director Of Shell Shocked
Posted on Monday 26th August 2013
dominic_bruntAn integral part of FrightFest is the showing of horror movie shorts. These expose the audience quickly to the mega talents of those involved. One of the best this year is Shell Shocked, directed by Dominc Brunt and written by Joannne Mitchell. Here Dominic chats about this and his other horror hit, Before Dawn. HC: It’s been a year since Before Dawn, looking back did its success surpri...

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And The Premieres Just Keep On Coming
Posted on Monday 26th August 2013
Dark TouchIt may be the last day of FrightFest 2013 but the celebrations show no sign of slowing down. There’s a world premiere and 4 European premieres on the big screen alone to look forward to and that’s not counting more short movies and special surprises for fans to look out for. First up is the much talked about movie Dark Touch (pictured) from Marina De Van, director of In My Skin. At night, an iso...

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Shorts And The End Of The World...Possibly
Posted on Monday 26th August 2013
TLD 1Weronika Tofilska, director of 6 Feet Under was the winner of the Horror Channel, Movie Mogul sponsored 666 Short Cuts To Hell Competition bagging £6,666 courtesy of Horror Channel and the opportunity to develop a feature film under mentorship from Movie Mogul. Apart from the honour of being showcased at the UK’s biggest genre festival, all six finalists will also have their films screened on Horror Channel. ...

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Who Is Watching Who?
Posted on Sunday 25th August 2013
The ConspiracyThe Dark Tourist powered its way on to the Empire screen today and left the audience with no doubt that director Suri Krishnamma is a major talent in the industry who can produce solid work in any genre. The next movie up tonight is one for lovers of the X-Files, The Conspiracy. Two filmmakers are shooting a documentary about Terrance G, a conspiracy theorist convinced all major world ev...

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Interview With David Tillman Writer Of Hansel And Gretel And The 420 Witch
Posted on Sunday 25th August 2013
David TillmanStoner comedy movies are usually designed for a specific audience but Hansel And Gretel And The 420 Witch takes the genre to the horror audience thanks to an inventive script from David Tillman. Here he chats about this movie, which is showing this week at FrightFest and what else he is working on at the moment. HC: Are you a big horror movie fan? DT: Yes and No. I love horror movies that ...

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The Quiz From Hell Meets The Dark Tourist
Posted on Sunday 25th August 2013
Andy Nyman 1In just a few hours the winner of this year’s 666 Short Cuts To Hell Competition, run by Horror Channel alongside Movie Mogul will be announced and you could cut the atmosphere with a knife at the Empire cinema. All will be revealed very soon. Before all that the incredibly talented Andy Nyman will be on stage hosting the 4th Andy Nyman’s Quiz From Hell. Now a firm fan favourite fixture at...

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Interview With Suri Krishnamma Director Of The Dark Tourist
Posted on Sunday 25th August 2013
Dark Tourist ImageThe Dark Tourist (pictured) is a challenging, bleak and emotionally charged film that is getting a special preview today at FrightFest. It boasts an incredible script, bold performances and superb direction from Suri Krishnamma. Here Suri chats about this incredible movie. HC: What attracted you to The Dark Tourist? SK: What attracted me? When I read the script I ‘saw’ ...

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Anything But Cheap
Posted on Sunday 25th August 2013
Cheap ThrillsAfter the fun and rather expensive looking R.I.P.D FrightFest goers were treated to something a little more serious, Cheap Thrills (pictured). Directed by E.L. Katz, writer of the FrightFest favourite Autopsy, it’s a smart, inventive and damn good movie with a small cast that deliver some superb performances. Craig is down on his luck, fired from his job, facing eviction and a wife and ne...

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Pleasent Surprises
Posted on Sunday 25th August 2013
No One LivesNo One Lives started off as a pedestrian sort of slasher flick but soon transformed into psychos Vs psychos bloodbath. It’s smart script and swift direction raises it above other hack n’ slash movies. One key sequence, where the main character actually hides inside the body of one of the group he’s battling is so well realised it had the crowd cheering and clapping. This sort of original...

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Interview With Farren Blackburn Director Of Hammer Of The Gods
Posted on Saturday 24th August 2013
Hammer Of The GodsThe best thing about FrightFest is the varied programme of movies the four guys create. This year has an exceptionally wide-ranging selection and one that stands out is Hammer Of The Gods (pictured). Here its director, Farren Blackburn chats about this and other areas of his career. HC: How different is directing a movie to TV? FB: At the lower budget end its not much differ...

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All In The Mix
Posted on Saturday 24th August 2013
RIPDFrightfest 2013 seems to have more of a variation in movies than other years, there doesn’t seem to be a sub-genre that’s taking over the programming. Yes, we have plenty of sequels but that doesn’t really count. We have slashers, revenge, psychological, zombies, Ozploitation, silent classics to name a few giving ticket holders a vast array to choose from. Apart from a few Hollywood entries such as the much hy...

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Rain Won't Stop Play
Posted on Saturday 24th August 2013
Frankenstiens ArmyLeicester Square is, like most of the UK today, suffering from downpours that don’t want to stop. This is having no effect whatsoever as the FrightFest fans are a hardy bunch and have made their way to the Empire. Coming up is the much talked about Nazi zombie blood-fest, Frankenstein’s Army (pictured). In the waning days of World War II, a battalion of Russian soldiers f...

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Interview With Eitan Gafny Writer, Producer And Director Of Cannon Fodder
Posted on Saturday 24th August 2013
Eitan GafnyCannon Fodder is a powerful new zombie movie from Isreal. It deals not only with the horrors of a zombie outbreak but the emotional consequences of loyalty and politics. Here the multi-talented Eitan Gafney chats about this superb film which is showing at FrightFest today. HC: Have you always been a big fan of horror movies? EG: Yes, although I'm a "spoilt" horror fan - I give a lot of attention...

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666 Short Cuts To Hell Trailer
Posted on Saturday 24th August 2013
clip_image002FrightFest and Movie Mogul, in association with Horror Channel, challenged aspiring filmmakers all over the country to make a short horror film, but 666 Short Cuts To Hell was no ordinary film competition. Entrants had to follow a series of 'killer' restraints such as a maximum of 6 lines of dialogue, a maximum of 6 cast and crew members and a maximum budget of £666. A staggering...

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Strewth, Didn't Expect That!
Posted on Saturday 24th August 2013
100 Bloody Acres100 Bloody Acres, the last film to be shown on Friday at FrightFest and like many low budget horror comedies will probably build up a cult following. Reg Morgan runs a small organic bone fertiliser business in the outback with his bullying older brother Lindsay. They've recently taken the lead over their competitors thanks to a secret ingredient – liquidised human corpses! When R...

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Arggh My Ears!!
Posted on Saturday 24th August 2013
vhs2-3Decent horror anthology movies are very few and far between and last V/H/S/ really did split the audience. I really don’t think there will be such a problem with V/H/S/ 2 which is far superior movies in many ways but is also one of the loudest so far. V/H/S/ 2 concerns two private investigators who break into the abandoned house of a missing college student, uncovering a collection of mysterious videotapes. T...

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Splatter-tastic
Posted on Friday 23rd August 2013
HatchetIII-2Even though Adam Green isn't in the director's chair for Hatchet III his script brought the franchise to a fitting end with plenty of blood-splattered gross effects, in fact enough to satisfy any gore-hound. Carrying on directly from where Hatchet II finished, Marybeth uncovers the true secret to stopping the voodoo curse that has left the ghost of deformed maniac Victor Crowley haunting and s...

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Love And Sockets
Posted on Friday 23rd August 2013
HatchetIII-1The best thing about FrightFest, apart from the atmosphere, is that they give time to horror shorts. James Moran’s wonderfully original Crazy For You is a fine example. A young man with a dark secret (Arthur Darvill) falls in love with a stunning blonde (Hannah Tointon). And that’s it, a very simple set up with a horror twist that works so beautifully. A real highlight so far and if you get...

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Chills And A Considerable Amount Of Thrills
Posted on Friday 23rd August 2013
Sadik2-2Director Renny Harlin’s name is usually associated with big blockbuster movies such as Die Hard 2 and The Long Kiss Goodnight, but The Dyatlov Pass Incident is a smaller, more subtle affair making it also one of his most affective. In February, 1959, nine Russians hikers ventured into the Ural Mountains on a trip that should have been manageable for a group with their vast experience. Two weeks later, a...

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Discovery Is The Name Of FrightFest
Posted on Friday 23rd August 2013
DyatlovPass-1Another day of contrasts at FrightFest with a huge and varied selection of movies including a couple of much anticipated sequels. The day stars with the welcome return of Renny Harlin and his movie The Dyatlov Pass Incident. In February, 1959, nine Russians hikers ventured into the Ural Mountains on a trip that should have been manageable for a group with their vast experience. Two weeks la...

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Interview With Robin Entreinger Director Of Sadik 2
Posted on Friday 23rd August 2013
RobinEntreingerSadik 2 is a smart slasher that takes themes first seen in Scream and runs away with them. Smart and funny it’s showing today on the Discovery Screen at FrightFest. Here director Robin Entreinger chats about this inspired shocker. HC: Who came up with the plot of Sadik 2? RE: First, you have to know that the original idea was to do a fun slasher, old school style. I got the idea th...

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Zombies, Killer Doll, Animal Mask Wearing Killers - Day 1 Of FrightFest
Posted on Friday 23rd August 2013
reNext-2The first day of FrightFest gave us three incredibly different horror movies. The Dead 2: India continued the idea of gut-munching in a hot climate but with more added drama than the first with some incredibly daring and inventive camera work from directors Jon and Howard Ford. Serious with an impending tone of loss hanging over it the film proved that the Ford Brothers can direct human emotionally engagi...

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Brace Yourself For A Chilling Winter - Horror Channel Sizzle Reel
Posted on Friday 23rd August 2013
As promised, this is the Sizzle Reel we're showing at FrightFest showing you the tasty treats Horror Channel has lined up over the next few months. Be warned there are scenes of nudity, violence and gore that some people may find disturbing.

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And We're Off
Posted on Thursday 22nd August 2013
TheDead2-IndiaFrightFest 2013 has started with an awesome introduction from Bobcat Goldthwait. The FrightFest crew promise us lots of surprises, loads of guests and plenty for every horror hound to enjoy! Showing first is The Dead 2: India from The Ford Brothers. The franchise moves to the hustle and bustle of India as the devastating zombie outbreak takes hold and British turbine engineer Nicholas Bu...

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FrightFest 2013 - The Hot Ones!
Posted on Thursday 22nd August 2013
FrightFest Poster 2013Well FrightFest 2013 is almost upon us and its time to look at what frightful delights to look forward to. As there’s over 50 movies to choose from as well as some stunning shorts it’s a tough choice but here’s a selection of some of the ones that jump out from the line up. For starters Chucky is back on the big screen in the sixth film of the Child’s Play...

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Shortcuts To Hell Anthology To Be Released
Posted on Monday 12th August 2013
666ShortCutsToHell-Anthology-artworkMovie Mogul, in association with FrightFest and Horror Channel, is to release an anthology of the 26 best short films from the 666 Short Cuts To Hell national talent search competition. An essential collection of shorts for anyone serious about horror and the directors of tomorrow, Shortcuts To Hell: Volume 1 is available ...

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Film News (UK): FrightFest, Horror Channel & Movie Mogul reveal their top six finalists for 666 Short Cuts To Hell
Posted on Monday 5th August 2013
clip_image002FrightFest and Movie Mogul, in association with Horror Channel, challenged aspiring filmmakers all over the country to make a short horror film, but 666 Short Cuts To Hell was no ordinary film competition. Entrants had to follow a series of 'killer' restraints such as a maximum of 6 lines of dialogue, a maximum of 6 cast and crew members and a maximum budget of £666. A staggeri...

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The Dead 2: India - Poster Revealed
Posted on Wednesday 31st July 2013
The Dead 2 - new posterThe Ford Brothers, the British director, writer and producer team behind the Indian-set zombie road movie The Dead 2: India, have released the official poster ahead of its sell-out opening night world premiere at Film4 FrightFest 2013. The poster was designed by Luke Insect for FrightFest Originals and copies will be available to buy at FrightFest. Demand to see...

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FrightFest And Horror Channel Announce World Premieres For Short Film Programme
Posted on Monday 22nd July 2013
Shell Shocked -Short Film-1FrightFest in association with Horror Channel, will be screening nine specially selected short films, at this year’s August event at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Sq. From James Moran's sickly slick serial killer tale and Dominic Brunt's ghastly vision of war time Hell, to Will Gilbey's hard-boiled noir cop thriller and Mike Mort's even harder pupp...

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Coming Soon To DVD - Frankensteins's Army
Posted on Tuesday 2nd July 2013
Frankensteins Army CoverPrepare to unearth the deepest and darkest secrets of World War II as Entertainment Oneannounce the arrival of the insanely suspenseful Nazi-horror Frankenstein's Army - unleashing it's terror at this year's Film4 FrightFest on 22nd August and then on DVD 30th September 2013. Whilst pushing into eastern Germany toward the end of World War II, Russian soldier...

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Film4 FrightFest 2013 Announces Full Line Up
Posted on Saturday 29th June 2013
The DesertAre you ready for a spine-chilling global avalanche of Indian zombies, Israeli oldboys, vengeance-crazed Vikings, Swedish mesmerists, Irish telekinesis, Argentine undead, Aussie bone-crushers, murderous Mormons and Chilean assassins? A record 51 films, new FrightFest Xtra strand and films from five continents marks biggest genre global invasion ever make up Film4 FrightFest 2013. Film4 FrightFest 20...

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FrightFest 2013 Poster Revealed
Posted on Tuesday 18th June 2013
FrightFest Poster 2013Illustrator Graham Humphreys has created another classic image with this superb poster for this year's FrightFest. The piece pays homage to the death of celluloid and pays respects to the passing of cinema's Peter Cushing and Ray Harryhausen. Think you'll agree that this is another stunning poster and one that will be seen on countless t-shirts this August.

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Film4 FrightFest 2013 Announces Opening And Closing Night Films
Posted on Saturday 15th June 2013
The Dead 2 - IndiaThis year's FrightFest opens with the world premiere of The Ford Brothers The Dead 2: India - the first-ever International production of a zombie film shot in India. Howard and Jon Ford, the British director, writer and producer team behind the acclaimed African-set zombie road movie The Dead said today: "It's truly an honour to be the opening film – mind-blowing! Being at Fr...

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Ten UK Premieres Usher In A Knock-Out FrightFest Glasgow Programme
Posted on Thursday 17th January 2013
lords-of-salemFrom Friday February 24th to Saturday February 25th, the UK's favourite horror fantasy festival returns to its second home at the Glasgow Film Festival for the 8th year with an impressive slate of the hottest new horror films, plus a hit Norwegian TV series. Some of the genre's biggest hitters take centre-stage this year, with UK premieres for Eli Roth's re-calibrated disaster movie, A...

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