By Andy Viall, Friday 28th July 2017
It's been five years since Don Mancini and Fiona Dourif raised the Empire roof with CURSE OF CHUCKY and this year they are joined by the irrepressible Jennifer Tilly for the opening World Premiere of CULT OF CHUCKY. Attending five years after his previous appearance will be the one and only Kane Hodder, Together with director Derek Dennis Herbert, Kane will be launching his remarkably honest and moving documentary TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY as well as supporting another returning favourite, director Adam Green, who will be here to launch his HATCHET redux.
You can't have Green without Lynch, and ten years since they first put FrightFest on the international map with their brilliant 'Road to FrightFest' shorts, they are in the building, with Joe Lynch in town to big up his uber-exciting MAYHEM. And the bad boys of horror have something special planned - a live edition of their famous Movie Crypt Podcast.
Hollywood horror royalty Barbara Crampton lit up FrightFest in 2015 when she presented a record four of her latest releases and the popular icon is back with REPLACE, alongside the film's director Norbert Keil. Barbara is also one of the NEW BLOOD mentors, alongside prolific 68 KILL producer Travis Stevens and ATTACK OF THE ADULT BABIES director and TV star Dominic Brunt. He will be joined for the film's World Premiere by producer and actress Joanne Mitchell, and lead actress Sally Dexter.
FrightFest has shown all of their previous movies, so it's a special honour to welcome directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, who will be attending for the world premiere of their exceptional prequel LEATHERFACE, alongside cast members Vanessa Grasse, James Bloor and Jessica Madsen. Also welcome are director Tyler MacIntyre with his superb slasher satire TRAGEDY GIRLS and actor Graham Skipper with his directorial feature debut SEQUENCE BREAK. Another actor making his directorial debut is Jason Flemyng with his comedy horror EAT LOCALS, part of the 'First Blood' strand. Jason will introduce the film alongside the cast, including Annette Crosbie and Dexter Fletcher.
Homegrown talent will be present in abundance this year. Director Christian James will introduce the world premiere of FANGED UP with cast members including Stu Bennett, Dapper Laughs (aka Daniel O'Reilly), Steven Berkoff, Danielle Harold, Dan Palmer and Aaron Crascell, DOUBLE DATE has been making a real splash on the current festival circuit and we are delighted to say hello to director Benjamin Barfoot and stars Danny Morgan, Michael Socha, Georgia Groome, and Kelly Wenham. Director Simon Rumley will do the honours for FASHIONISTA, as will director Dominic Bridges and star Mim Shaikh for FREEHOLD, Director Matthew Heaven and lead actor Oliver Towner for ACCOUNTABLE and director Tom Paton with lead actor Mike Beckingham for REDWOOD. Plus, Jake West and Marc Morris will be introducing their lovingly restored version of proto-giallo DEATH LAID AN EGG.
The FIRST BLOOD strand goes from strength to strength and all the helmers will be around, supported by their cast and crews. Aside from Jason Flemyng, there will be Louis Melville for BOOTS ON THE GROUND, Peter Stray for CANARIES, Hendrik Faller for MOUNTAIN FEVER and Michael Boucherie for WHERE THE SKIN LIES.
And the list goes on. Internationally, Horror Channel FrightFest welcomes DEAD SHACK director Peter Ricq, DIANE director Mike Mongillo, BAD MATCH director David Chirchirillo, GAME OF DEATH co-directors Sebastian Landry and Laurence Morais-Legace, IMITATION GIRL director Natasha Kermani and star Lauren Ashley Carter, KING COHEN; THE WILD WORLD OF FILMMAKER LARRY COHEN director Steve Mitchell, LOWLIFE director Ryan Prows, RUIN ME director Preston DeFrancis, RADIUS co-directors Caroline Labreche and Steeve Leonard, THE TERROR OF HALLOWS EVE director Todd Tucker. 3RD NIGHT director Adam Graveley, THE END? director Daniele Misischia and producers the Manetti Brothers, THE GLASS COFFIN director Haritz Zubillaga, MINDHACK director Royce Gorsuch, FREDDY/EDDY director Tini Tullmann and OUR EVIL director Samuel Galli.
In addition, we will be welcoming many producers, writers, cinematographers, special/visual effects artists and composers who will also be supporting their screenings.
PLUS, we are pleased to announce that we will be showing JACKALS, Kevin Greutert's potent blend of the horror thriller, home invasion terror and murder cult chiller. Starring Stephen Dorff and Deborah Kara Unger, this is a tense and claustrophobic experience that will shatter your nerves to the bone. The film is scheduled for Saturday 25th August, 4pm and 4.30pm in the main screens at the Cineworld Leicester Square.
And there's more! Who will follow in the bloody footsteps of last year's inaugural winner Alice Lowe? In its second year, The Screen International genre rising star award once again celebrates the work of an emerging UK genre talent, Hosted by film writer and Screen International contributing editor Nikki Baughan, this year's five shortlisted nominees will be announced soon.
Horror Channel FrightFest runs from 24th -28th August 2016 at Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema.
Single tickets go on sale Sat 29 July at 9am and, alongside the few remaining Festival and day pass sales are available to buy online: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/tickets.html
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Posted in Frightfest, Wednesday 16th August 2017
Heading to Horror Channel FrightFest 2017? Horror Channel Manager Stewart Bridle lists some of the fearful flicks to catch. Here's the second lot of five recommendations from his list.
ATTACK OF THE ADULT BABIES
With one of the most interesting titles of the festival this year and an intriguing premise to match this promises to be a lot of fun. Featuring fat men in nappies being tended to by nurses in suspenders on the surface but delving deeper into themes of hypocrisy and moral corruption from those who control society all wrapped up in scenes that are promised to make even seasoned gore-hounds reach for the sick bags (tales from the Glasgow showing of preview footage mentioned the inv...
Posted in Booth's Blog, Wednesday 16th August 2017
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Posted in Frightfest, Interviews, Tuesday 15th August 2017
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Q: Replace raises questions about beauty, body image and growing older, issues that many feel plague the Hollywood movie industry. What is your view on this subject?
BC: The best movies reflect our inner world, our hopes, our good intentions, trials and our demons. Growing old and the fear of death is endemic to all, not just the movie industry. Just when you begin to figure it out your back aches, your skin starts to wrinkle and you gain weight...SHARE: READ MORE Exclusive: Brand new poster for superb thriller Freehold
Posted in Frightfest, Tuesday 15th August 2017
The feature debut from director Dom Bridges and written by Rae Brunton (the Outpost franchise), Freehold is a dark urban morality tale with an underlying streak of jet black comedy.
Hussein, a wide-boy estate agent, doesn't realise he's sharing his apartment with a forgotten stranger, a master of concealment... until his malicious campaign of deranged sweet revenge starts to really hit home. A roof above our heads is a basic human need so why are we all fighting each other over it?
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Posted in Booth's Blog, Monday 14th August 2017
It's that time again!
I cannot believe it is nearly a year since I was presenting at FrightFest which moved to Shepherds Bush temporarily, but is now back at its true 'Dark Heart' the Cineworld and Prince Charles in Leicester Square and I am so excited to read about this years line up and returning FrightFest favourite guests Joe Lynch and Adam Green (cheeky boys those two!).
For starters the festival organisers have decided to open the 5 day event with a real crowd-pleaser as everyone's favourite pott--mouthed demonic doll is back in Cult Of Chucky. This time the one and only star Jennifer Tilly is in attendance too alongside director Don Mancini and Fiona Douri...SHARE: READ MORE 10 FrightFest flicks for 2017 - Part 1
Posted in Frightfest, Monday 14th August 2017
Heading to Horror Channel FrightFest 2017? Horror Channel Manager Stewart Bridle lists some of the fearful flicks to catch. Here's the first five from his list, the next five we'll post on Wednesday.
Horror Channel FrightFest returns to London this August and has its usual abundance of riches for the genre film fan. Choosing what to watch can be a hard and painful process every year and I often want to clone myself just so I can enjoy it all. With such a fantastic line-up for 2017 the task seems even harder but for what it's worth here's ten of the films that I recommend you treat your eyeballs to.
CULT OF CHUCKY
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Posted in News, Saturday 12th August 2017
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Making its British bow in full HD, with a stunning new restoration for Blu-ray, Touch Of Death has been tragically underseen even though it rates right up there with Fulci's most fiendish splatter epics.
Starring the iconic B-movie maverick Brett Halsey (Return Of The Fly) and Euro-schlock veteran Al Cliver (The Devil Hunter), this fast-paced, plasma-drenched sickie tells of a cannibalistic killer who seems to be surrounded by an increasingly large amount of bizarre personalities.
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Posted in News, Saturday 12th August 2017
Groove Vinyl Records has announced that they are to release (for the first time on vinyl) the classic original television show, The Hilarious House of Frightenstein.
This cult classic of a series was originally broadcast in Canada on channel CHCH-TV way back in 1971 and starred Billy Van with guest appearances from the one and only Vincent Price and a collection of regular monsters!
Containing gags, songs and even a bit of education, the show had a cult following and will be released onto vinyl coming in four different colours and covers thanks to Groove Vinyl Records who are working alongside the Vincent Price Estate on this title.
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Posted in Frightfest, Tuesday 8th August 2017
Horror Channel FrightFest is delighted to present Graham Humphreys' stunning artwork for this year's annual Bank Holiday event, the UK's largest celebration of genre cinema, taking place at Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema between Thursday August 24th and Monday August 28th.
Celebrating a return to one of FrightFest's former homes (The Empire) and the revival of some familiar characters to the festival line up, such as Chucky, Victor Crowley and Leatherface. were inspirations behind the concept.Graham reveals: "My image is an attempt to amalgamate the Gothic roots of horror with the 70s Monster revival that saturated the US and UK, inspiring g... SHARE: READ MORE PICK OF THE WEEK
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