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A night of stars
By James Whittington, Monday 31st August 2009
The atmosphere was electric at the Empire tonight as two of the most anticipated movies of the festival were getting their world premiers, Philip Ridley’s Heartless and from Jon Harris The Descent: Part 2. Both brought most of their major cast with them so autograph hunters and the press alike were dashing around to be beside the likes of Jim Sturgess, Noel Clarke and Shauna MacDonald.

Before Heartless was shown the main star, Jim Sturgess performed two musical numbers culled from the movie's soundtrack. It was an astounding moment, this guy can't just act he has an amazing voice. Then came the movie which was as dark as it was deep. An urban psychologicl chiller with dollops of fantasy mixed in, the movie is destined to become one of the big hits of the very near future.

Same can be said for The Descent: Part 2 which looked lush on the Empire's huge main screen. Intelligently taking up the story from where the first installment finished it was probaly one of the loudest movies of the festival.

And that was it for FrightFest 2009. 26 movies and 3 shorts on screen 1 plus 9 movies on The Discovery Screen and countless surprises and guest stars! It's enough to make anyone's head spin! Come back tomorrow for more as well as for the last Video Report from Emily Booth and the Zone Horror FrightFest 2009 Ultimate Round Up.

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