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FrightFest 2018 - Here's everything you need to know!
By James W, Thursday 28th June 2018
Remaining in the heart of London's West End for its 19th edition, the world renowned horror and fantasy film festival FrightFest, turbo-charges into the Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema from August 23 - August 27 2018. Hosting a record-breaking seventy films, embracing eighteen countries and spanning six continents, this year's line-up is a true celebration of the genre's global popularity. The five-day fear-a-thon includes 20 World, 17 European and 22 UK Premieres.
The opening night attraction is the UK premiere of The Ranger. Jenn Wexler's impressive directorial debut feature is an explosive, post-modern slasher, with a kick-ass punk soundtrack and a knock-out lead performance from Chloe Levin (The Transfiguration). Wexler, the first female director to open FrightFest, will be attending.
She said today: "We are honoured and thrilled to be selected as this year's opening night film. I made The Ranger because I love punk rock and '80s horror. We can't wait to share it with fans in the city where punk has its roots, at one of the world's best genre festivals.
Bringing the festival to a fitting conclusion is the UK premiere of Gaspar Noe's Climax, courtesy of the headline sponsors Arrow Video, which finds the incorrigible Irreversible wild child at the peak of his confrontational and hypnotically mesmerising powers. Based on true events, this throbbing whirling dervish is Noe's Disco Inferno via Dante's.
Over the years, FrightFest has discovered and nurtured a host of talented directors and many are returning this year including Martyrs maestro Pascal Laugier with the UK premiere of his latest in the French Extreme annals Incident In A Ghost Land, Paul Hyett with the world premiere of his medieval harrower Heretiks, Colin Minihan with the UK premiere of romantic shocker What Keeps You Alive. Padraig Reynolds with the world premiere of his neo-slasher Open 24 Hours and the fully-charged Turbo Kid trio Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell bring us the European premiere of serial killer thriller Summer Of 84. Then there are world premieres for the Paz brothers scorching new take on the fable The Golem, Tom Paton's cosmic horror Black Site, and Jon Knautz's The Cleaning Lady, starring his Goddess of Love muse Alexis Kendra.
Plus, the line-up sees Saw's Darren Lynn Bousman return with the European premiere of nunsploitation St Agatha, Insidious creator Leigh Whannell gifts us with a special preview of his super sci-fi thriller Upgrade, Johnny Kervorkian appears with the European premiere of his Cronenbergian chiller Await Further Instructions, rock video genius Joseph Kahn in back in the spotlight with the UK premiere of his extraordinary battle rap Bodied, director-turned-producer Lucky McKee with director Robert D. Krzykowski's presents the European premiere of the superb The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot, with Hollywood veteran Sam Elliott giving an award-winning performance.
This year there are a record number of films, embracing zombie horror comedies, redemption thrillers, supernatural twisters, musicals, creature features, biographical dramas, reinvented slashers, gross animation and paranormal freakery. FrightFest has aimed to reflect that rich diversity with films such as Jerome Pikwane's supernatural horror Tolkoloshe, the first festival entry from South Africa, which receives its world premiere, John McPhail's exuberant zombie musical Anna And The Apocalypse, the UK premiere of Mike Mort's gory animated shocker Chuck Steel: Night Of The Trampires. Caye Casas and Albert Pinto's end of the world eye-opener Killing God, Paul Raschid's post-Brexit thriller White Chamber, starring Shauna Macdonald and Takeshi Sone's LGBTQ stunner Ghost Mask: Scar.
Then there is Matthew Holness' much anticipated Possum, Jeremie Guez's blazing A Bluebird In My Heart, Andy Mitton's unusual The Witch In The Window, Linus de Paoli's gut-wrenching A Young Man With High Potential, Chris Sun's Oz creature feature Boar, Justin P. Lange's intensely moving The Dark, Evan Cecil's splatterific Lasso, Owen Egerton's bloody cheeky Blood Fest, Anthony Scott Burn's sinister Our House, Dominique Rocher's galvanizing The Night Eats The World, Adam Marcus' slay ride Secret Santa, Dean Devlin's grueling Bad Samaritan, starring David Tennant, Trevor Stevens' slyly futuristic Rock Steady Row, Justin McConnell's remarkable shape-shifting Lifechanger, Owen Long's dark fantasy Seeds, Nicolas Pesce's Italian soundtrack-tastic Piercing and Franck Ribiere's stylish Grand Guignol recreation The Most Assassinated Woman In The World.
The cabinet of fear holds more...be prepared for Orson Oblowitz's splatter revenge saga Hell Is Where The Home Is, starring Faruza Balk, Quinn, Lasher's nightmarish He's Out There, starring The Handmaid's Tale's Yvonne Strahovski, Tim van Dammen's dimensionally hilarious Mega Time Squad, David Barker's De Palma-esque Pimped, Shin'ichiro Ueda's one-take wonder One Cut Of The Dead, Giordano Giulivi's black-and-white marvel The Laplace's Demon, Abiel Bruhn and John Rocco's three mothers saga The Night Sitter, Matt Mercer and Mike Testin's unstable Dementia Part II, Stewart Sparke's action-packed Book Of Monsters, Sam Ashurst's experimental 200-anniversary celebration Frankenstein's Creature, Kristian A. Soderstrom's tribute to VHS collectors everywhere Videoman, Marcus Hearn's beautifully informative documentary Hammer Horror: The Warner Bros Years, Andre Gower's look at The Monster Squad cult phenomenon, Wolfman's Got Nards. Ante Novakovic's Halloween-set crowd-pleaser actually titled Fright Fest and there's murder on the dance floor in Bernhard Pucher's nightclubbed Ravers, starring Georgia Hirst from Vikings.
The popular raw talent strand 'First Blood' returns with four stellar titles: Kevin Chicken's outstanding body modification shocker Perfect Skin, Aislinn Clark's The Devil's Doorway, a terrifying depiction of devil possession, Harry Lindley's computer virus techno thriller CTRL and Ben Kent's F.U.B.A.R, which sees a stag party descend on a Zombie Apocalypse paintball weekend. What could go wrong? Here's where you'll find tomorrow's names today.
Another of FrightFest's popular discovery strands is our spotlight on South American fantasy and this year highlights the scream of the crop. The one title that is currently scaring up a storm is Demian Rugna's Terrified, (you will be!). Then there's the European premiere of Ezequiel Endelman and Leandro Montejano's homage to Dario Argento, Crystal Eyes, the UK premiere of Gonzalo Calzada's Argentine hit Luciferina and the UK premiere of Gustavo Leonel Mendoza's Cult Of Terror, an engaging documentary look at all the Latin American and Spanish-speaking fantasy festivals.
In 2008 FrightFest world-premiered Kerry Anne Mullaney's The Dead Outside and since then have consistently championed female directors. This year is no exception. Apart from Jenn Wexler's The Ranger and Anouk Whissell's involvement with Summer Of 84, the event also showcases the European premiere of Mitzi Peirone's visually dazzling Braid, the European premiere of Aislinn Clark's The Devil's Doorway (one of the 'First Blood' entries) and, by popular demand, a second screening of Issa Lopez's stunning Mexican fairy tale Tigers Are Not Afraid. Then there's Veronika Franz, Katrin Gebbe and Agnieszka Smoczynska's wonderful contributions to the Euro-fable anthology The Field Guide To Evil, which receives its UK premiere.
No FrightFest would be complete without a couple of shockers starring our First Lady of Fright, the incomparable Barbara Crampton. This year, everyone's favourite genre icon is represented by the European premiere of Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund's fabulous reboot Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich and the UK premiere of Brad Baruh's weird, wild and blood-soaked Dead Night.
Casting a truth-searing spotlight on FrightFest itself is Chris Collier's documentary FrightFest: Beneath The Dark Heart Of Cinema, which will receive its world premiere. Assembling a vast range of footage from every single past event and putting together dozens of interviews, the result is a warts-and-all look at the people behind FrightFest and what makes the UK's best genre festival tick.
For many seasoned movie-lovers the much-missed Scala Cinema in London's King's Cross area was the repertory Mecca for the weirdest double-bills and electric audience atmospheres. It was also where Shock Around The Clock began which was the the origin of FrightFest. Now fans can relive those golden days with a double-bill of classic exploitation chosen by the veteran programmer of the establishment herself, Jane Giles. Her book on the venue will be published in September by FAB Press and to celebrate FrightFest and Jane Giles will present Jeff Lieberman's pulp science fiction Blue Sunshine and Julien Temple's Sex Pistols documdrama The Great Rock'n'roll Swindle, both to be shown in 35mm.
In a first for FrightFest, director Roxanne Benjamin (XX, Southbound) presents an exclusive screening of Final Stop, a must-hear horror short produced by Sennheiser and starring Phoebe Tonkin (The Originals). Shot entirely on smartphone, and recorded in full binaural audio using the AMBEO Smart Headset, the film is designed to be watched with headphones (which will be supplied), so audiences can immerse themselves in the story and its terrifying 3D soundscape.
There will also be a special screening of Ghost Stories where co-writers/co-directors Jeremy Dyson and star Andy Nyman will host a live commentary and The Duke Mitchell Film Club is back with a hosted presentation of Sam Jones' documentary Life After Flash. This is followed by the now notoriously popular Duke Mitchell Party, where the audience and invited special guests can expect all manner of madness guaranteed to kick off your Saturday late night in style.
This year's guest list, special events and the Short Film Showcase entries will all be announced in the coming weeks and festival passes will go on sale Saturday 30 June at noon and will only be available to buy online.
Posted on Thursday 19th July 2018
Two extra films have been added to the record-breaking 2018 line-up: Pimped is director David Barker's modern transgressive erotic thriller, an Hitchcocktail of elevated suspense and shock in the revered style of Brian De Palma, and If you've never seen John Carpenter's Halloween on the big screen, now's your best chance. The inclusion of this 4K restoration needs no explanation in anticipation of a new Michael Myers slasher being released in October. Check screening details on the FrightFest website.
Ahead of single tickets going on sale from Saturday 21st July, 9am, we're thrilled to announce our current slate of guests, which includes Poldark star Aidan Turner, who ...SHARE: READ MORE FrightFest and FAB Press launch the FrightFest Guide to Ghost Movies
Posted on Thursday 12th July 2018
FrightFest and FAB Press once again join forces to launch The Frightfest Guide To Ghost Movies, which goes on sale during FrightFest 2018, August 23 - August 27.
Following the success of The FrightFest Guide to Exploitation Movies, and The FrightFest Guide to Monster Movies, this is the third in an on-going series of wide appeal books for both the curious spectator and the cult connoisseur.
This year's FrightFest Guide is written by horror genre writer and award-winning filmmaker Axelle Carolyn, who has helmed an atmospheric bone-chiller herself - Soulmate, Axelle is well-versed in all things weird, wicked and witchy and he...SHARE: READ MORE FrightFest renews New Blood talent search
Posted on Wednesday 4th July 2018
After the success of last year's inaugural New Blood search for new writers in the horror genre, the hunt is on for another batch of scribes to cook up a potent cauldron of original ideas and devilish tales. And the search starts today!
New Blood 2 finds FrightFest once again teamed with Giles Edwards of Queensbury Pictures, which aims to find new writers and nurture their project from script to screen.
One of last year's entries, thriller Broadcast Signal Intrusion, is now in pre-production, and is one of Queensbury Pictures' first titles out of the traps. Written by Phil Drinkwater and Tim Woodall, it will be directed by Jacob Gentry (The Signal, Syncronicit...SHARE: READ MORE Graham Humphreys' beautiful artwork for FrightFest 2018 revealed
Posted on Thursday 14th June 2018
Team FrightFest has finally revealed Graham Humphreys' anticipated poster for this year's event.
The 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 23rd and Monday August 27th.
For Graham, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' seemed too important to ignore: "In the same way that Frankenstein gave life to his monster, horror films stimulate our imagination and give form to ideas that otherwise dare not leave the shadows", he commented. "The painting shows our familiar host enjoying ...SHARE: READ MORE FrightFest and Horror Channel renew their sponsor partnership
Posted on Thursday 7th June 2018
Horror Channel and FrightFest have agreed a one-year partnership deal, which sees the UK's No.1 TV destination for genre fans become the Broadcast Sponsor for the country's biggest and most popular horror and fantasy film festival.
The agreement means that the CBS Studios International and AMC Networks International - UK owned channel continues its long-standing relationship with the festival, which dates back to 2005, and includes a two-year tenure as headline sponsor from 2016-2017.
As part of the deal, the channel will devote thirteen nights in August to a FrightFest Season, broadcasting twenty-six films from past festivals, which will include five UK TV premiere...SHARE: READ MORE Prepare yourself for the Attack of the Adult Babies' stunning artwork!
Posted on Sunday 6th May 2018 Nucleus Films have released the stunning new artwork created exclusively by the legendary graphic artist Graham Humphreys for the slipcase 1-1000 numbered limited edition Blu-ray of Dominic Brunt's Attack of the Adult Babies, which is being released nationwide on June 11.
And, in further good news for genre fans, HMV will be racking the limited Edition Blu-ray in their "Special Edition range" in stores across the country.
Nucleus Films have released the stunning new artwork created exclusively by the legendary graphic artist Graham Humphreys for the slipcase 1-1000 numbered limited edition Blu-ray of Dominic Brunt's Attack of the Adult Babies, which is being rel...SHARE: READ MORE Friendly Beast - FrightFest review
Posted on Sunday 18th March 2018
Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow was a true showcase for world cinema. One of the stand out pieces came from Gabriela Amaral Almeida who wrote and directed Friendly Beast, a film so visceral yet beautiful at the same time, it left an indelible mark on this reviewer's mind.
It's nearly closing time at a struggling restaurant. Staff want to go home while the boss struggles with money troubles and a desire for more power in his life. Enter two robbers, the catalyst for a violent situation, which the boss is initially able to contain and gain the upper hand. Suddenly, the already dangerous and explosive situation turns deadly; sides are taken, and people turn to the most abhorrent behaviour in an instant.
Thi...SHARE: READ MORE Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil - FrightFest review
Posted on Tuesday 6th March 2018
Ever wished that Terry Gilliam made more movies? The man who gave us Jabberwocky, The Fisher King and Brazil gave the world a new perspective and encouraged budding movie makers around the world to make their own visions and to stick by what they wanted to create.
Step forward Paul Urkijo whose demonic movie Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil just had its UK premiere at Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow. This film is the closest thing to anything Gilliam has made in the past but at the same time feels so original and fresh that it deserves multiple views just to appreciate the detail and love in every single frame.
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Posted on Monday 5th March 2018
Those of you lucky enough to make it through the snow to Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow at the weekend were treated to a quick look at Book of Monsters.
From the team that brought us The Creature Below a couple of years back, this female lead, action-packed monster movie draws inspiration from the cult horror cinema of the 80s and 90s including such classics as Scream, Gremlins and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. With sick, gory practical creature effects and a dark comedic edge, the film promises to be a fun, bloody and sexy trip back to a time when making it through high school was truly life or death.
The film was successfully funded through Kickstarter in August 2017, raising £45,000 and became one...SHARE: READ MORE Pyewacket - Frightfest Review
Posted on Monday 5th March 2018
You know the feeling you get when you see a film that you know nothing about, not even the title gives anything away and you view with an open mind and then it blows your proverbial socks off? Well this is exactly what happened to me with Pyewacket.
Confused and infuriated for being forced to move away from friends after the death of her father, Leah (Nicole Munoz) performs a blood incantation calling on an evil entity to punish her grieving mother (Laurie Holden). Immediately regretful, she realises she can't reverse the ritual curse and an unholy presence now stalks them both in their rural home.
Where do I start with such a movie? Well, let's begin with the sc...SHARE: READ MORE Attack of the Bat Monsters - FrightFest Review
Posted on Saturday 3rd March 2018
For a movie that's had a longer gestation period than any project I've known of, Attack of the Bat Monsters looks as if it could have been made yesterday, or the 1950s where its set! More on this later, here's what the film is about:
The movie follows schlock impresario Francis Gordon as he and his intrepid crew attempt to shoot an impromptu monster movie in the three days left over from the film they've just wrapped. This is the 1950s Z-Grade movie industry as its never been seen before.
From the Saul Bass opening title homage (which is worth seeing by itself) the movie perfectly encapsulates the era of post-World War II guerrilla film-making. Attack of the Bat Monsters ha...SHARE: READ MORE Interview with Paul Urkijo, director of Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil
Posted on Thursday 1st March 2018
One thing that Horror Channel FrightFest prides itself in is by championing new talent. This year's Glasgow event is no different with a whole host of newbies bringing their first features. A real highlight is Paul Urkijo's Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil which is a sumptuous piece that Terry Gilliam would be proud of. Here he chats to us about this stunning movie.
HC: Where did the idea for Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil come from?
PU: I was inspired by the Basque story "Patxi Errementaria". He was registered by JM Barandiaran, an anthropologist priest who dedicated his life to recording stories and legends of the Basque Country. It is a legend about a blacksmith who was so ev...SHARE: READ MORE Frightfest Archive: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 PICK OF THE WEEK
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