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 on 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 on Tuesday 15th August 2017
Ahead of her eagerly awaited presence at Horror Channel FrightFest 2017, genre icon, actress and producer Barbara Crampton talks exclusively about her latest film Replace, battling chronic fatigue syndrome and her passion for supporting new talent.
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 on 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?
The movies is a genre riff on home invasion chillers and doubles as a searing comment on the cut-throat housing market.
Freehold stars Mim Shaikh, Javier Botet, Mandeep Dhillon, Kola Bokinniand Mic...SHARE: READ MORE 10 FrightFest flicks for 2017 - Part 1
Posted on 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
Everyone's favourite "friend to the end" returns to play at FrightFest once...
Posted on 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 Five new horror talents shortlisted for second FrightFest Screen Genre Rising Star Award
Posted on Tuesday 8th August 2017 Tom Paton, Dominic Bridges, Joanne Mitchell, Matthew Holness and Danny Morgan have all been nominated for the second Screen International Genre Rising Star Award, in association with Horror Channel FrightFest 2017 which runs this August from the 24th till 28th.
The award was established with in 2016 to celebrate the work of emerging UK genre talent, with the first recipient being Prevenge director Alice Lowe. This year's winner will be announced on Monday August 28 in an event at the Cineworld Leicester Square at 6.30pm. It will be hosted by Screen contributing editor and critic Nikki Baughan and entry is free.
Tom Paton has been shortlisted for his feature debut Redwood, for which h...SHARE: READ MORE Horror Channel celebrates FrightFest's 18th year with a monstrous slate including UK premieres Deathgasm and The Green Inferno.
Posted on Thursday 20th July 2017
To celebrate Horror Channel FrightFest 2017, taking place in London during the August Bank holiday, Horror Channel is dedicating thirteen nights to past festival favourites, including six UK TV premieres: Luke Hyam's beastly Xmoor, David Keating's skin-crawling rural nightmare Cherry Tree starring Anna Walton, Adam Mason's blood-freezing home invasion thriller Hangman, Jason Lei Howden's splatstick shocker Deathgasm, Eli Roth's notorious post-modern celebration of the Italian cannibal genre The Green Inferno and Gez Medinger's and Robin Schmidt's intriguing existential horror Afterdeath.
The double-bills, on every night from August 18th - 30th, starting from 9pm, also feature FrightFest crowd pleasi...SHARE: READ MORE Horror Channel FrightFest goes in search of "New Blood"
Posted on Friday 7th July 2017 Are you a writer concocting fiendishly fantastic ideas in the witching hours? Have you hidden away your script in the deepest darkest catacombs but are now ready to unleash it onto the unsuspecting world?
As an innovative addition to this year’s main event, which runs from Aug 24 - Aug 28, Horror Channel FrightFest has teamed up with international production and distribution company MPI Media and their sister production company Dark Sky Films to create New Blood, an initiative which aims to find new genre writers and nurture their projects from script to screen. This initiative has the support of the UK's leading film industry magazine Screen international.
MPI/Dark Sky Films, with its proven track record in ...SHARE: READ MORE Horror Channel FrightFest 2017 announces monstrous 18th year line-up!
Posted on Friday 30th June 2017
Back in the heart of London's West End for its 18th 'adults-only' anniversary, Horror Channel FrightFest 2017 will take place at the Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema from Aug 24 - Aug 28 2017, taking over five screens to present 64 films including 20 World, 22 European and 18 UK Premieres. Fourteen countries are represented spanning five continents, reflecting the current global popularity of the genre.
The opening night attraction is the global premiere of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment's criminally entertaining Cult Of Chucky, with writer and director Don Mancini and stars Jennifer Tilly and Fiona Dourif in attendance, alongside the iconic deadly doll of destruction himsel...SHARE: READ MORE Coming soon - The FrightFest Guide To Monster Movies
Posted on Saturday 4th March 2017
FrightFest and FAB Press once again join forces to launch The FrightFest Guide To Monster Movies, which goes exclusively on sale during Horror Channel FrightFest 2017, August 24th to August 28th. Following the success of The FrightFest Guide to Exploitation Movies, this is the second in a planned series of wide appeal books for both the curious spectator and the cult connoisseur,
Written by celebrated writer, editor and critic Michael Gingold, the book contains 200 of the most frightening, fantastical and fun monster film features. Starting in the silent era, it traces the history of the genre all the way through to the present day. The films are given detailed individual reviews, with fascinating facts and cri...SHARE: READ MORE Horror Channel FrightFest is returning to Leicester Square for August event.
Posted on Wednesday 22nd February 2017
As we ready ourselves for Glasgow and the latest Horror Channel FrightFest event we can reveal that the annual Horror Channel FrightFest which is held in London each August Bank Holiday will be returning to Cineworld Empire Theatre, Leicester Square in London's glittering West End for its banner 18th edition.
So now you can book your hotels/accommodation with complete confidence that your favourite UK fantasy and horror occasion is returning to the place you all loved the most.
Festival and day passes will be available from Saturday 1st July with single tickets later the same month. Ticket prices will be published in due course.
The Horror Channel FrightFest is...SHARE: READ MORE Interview with Simon Rumley Director of Fashionista
Posted on Monday 6th February 2017
Ahead of the UK premiere of his latest film Fashionista at Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow, Simon Rumley reveals why he's a fan of drugs in film and his planned foray into London gangster land...
HC: Fashionista finds you back in Austin after Red White & Blue. What excites you about Austin so much? Could Fashionista have been set anywhere else?
SR: I had such a great experience on Red White & Blue for so many different reasons that it was only natural that, at some point, I'd return to Austin. With Tim League (exec producer), Paul Knauss (co-producer) and Karen Hallford (casting director) I've got a great bunch o...SHARE: READ MORE PICK OF THE WEEK
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