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FrightFest and Horror Channel renew their sponsor partnership
By James W, Thursday 7th June 2018
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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 premieres. Details of the line-up will be announced soon.

Stewart Bridle, Channel Manager, Horror Channel said today: "We are thrilled to continue to be part of FrightFest - the event that brings together the genre community over the Summer bank holiday, year after year. Horror Channel will have its presence felt during the event, and it will celebrate the festival with a g(l)orious FrightFest season on the channel in August."

FrightFest co-director Greg Day added: "FrightFest wouldn't be the same without Horror Channel's participation and diehard support. Aside from the immense passion and know-how they bring to the event, the Horror Channel team add colour (mostly red), tremendous energy and help make sure all the fans have a bloody good time!"

This year, the annual 5-day August Bank Holiday event, which Guillermo Del Toro calls "The Woodstock of Gore", will host over sixty films to an international audience at the Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema from August 23 - August 27. Programme details to follow.


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Interview with Simeon Halligan, director of White Settlers
Posted on Saturday 18th August 2018
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We had a quick chat with Simeon about this superior shocker as well as his own festival, Grimmfest.

HC: How did the script for White Settlers come to your notice?

SH: It was a strange situation, I had read the script a year or so before we set about making the film, I think it had been sent us by Ian Fenton's agent but then we found out that Ian was thinking of making the film under his own production company so we thought it had gone away. Then, once we had r...

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10 FrightFest flicks for 2018
Posted on Thursday 16th August 2018
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It's that time again when the most torturous experience isn't being slowly sliced in half by a deranged chainsaw-wielding maniac but actually deciding what to watch from the massive line-up of over 70 films at this year's FrightFest London on the August Bank holiday weekend. Unless you've found some mad scientist to clone you several times you'll never catch everything so here are ten devious delights I recommend this year.

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Interview with Jason London, star of Nightworld
Posted on Wednesday 15th August 2018
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On August 27th Horror Channel has the UK premiere of the paranormal shocker, Nightworld. The film concerns a man (Jason London) who bites off more than he can chew when, when a malevolent force is uncovered in the bowels of the apartment he's guarding.

So, we decided to chat to Jason about the movie, what it's like to work with Robert Englund and his future cinemtic plans.

HC: You've been acting for a number of years; can you remember how you felt when you first walked onto a movie set?

JL: My first day on a movie set was magic. I was, honestly, terrified, and thrilled. The crew was fantastic, and as soon as they started unloading all of the big lights...

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Interview with Tim Van Dammen director of Mega Time Squad
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You played a Street Demon in director Jason Lei Howden's FrightFest favourite Deathgasm. Is the New Zealand film community that small?

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Coming to UK screens this summer and UK homes from this autumn, FrightFest Presents!
Posted on Thursday 9th August 2018
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Interview with Paul Hyett, director of Heretiks
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FrightFest announces 2018 Short Film Programme
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HC: It's been a while since we last chatted, apart from Attack of the Adult Babies, what have you been up to?

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Horror Channel unleashes monstrous FrightFest Season
Posted on Monday 6th August 2018

To celebrate FrightFest 2018, taking place in London during the August Bank Holiday, Horror Channel is dedicating thirteen nights to past festival hits.

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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.

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