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FrightFest Day 2: Witness the birth of a legend
By James W, Saturday 26th August 2017

Day two of Horror Channel FrightFest delivered some incredible pieces of cinema and even at times, it was educational!

Freehold is an atmospheric and emotional piece of film. Its begins traditionally enough as a home invasion movie, but it transforms into something far more sensitive. Javier Botet is superb as the stranger in the home of a once happy couple. His bizarre chats to two pigeons (its original title) at first seems odd but you discover the full story behind his reason for being there. I won't spoil it too much but it's a real highlight so far of the festival.

Over in the Prince Charles Cinema (where we'll be broadcasting Facebook Live tonight at around 7pm) we were treated to the European premiere of King Cohen. This incredible history of Larry Cohen, the famous writer, director, producer and, let's face it, total maverick looks at his life from all sides covering the most memorable parts of his 50-year career. It's an incredibly deep and fun piece which will appeal to any fan of cinema history.

We were back in psycho territory for 68 Kill, a movie that had many chatting about after its European premiere last night. What starts as a tradition crime flick turns a nasty corner and things get a bit unpredictable as one man's infatuation with his girlfriend leads him into the darkest places imaginable. Shot with intense colours and pumping soundtrack, 68 Kill is current movie making at its grimiest with a polished edge.

There was a huge buzz for the World Premiere of Leatherface. This prequel to the original, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, takes the atmosphere and colours of the first and ramps up the gore for this explanation as to how the man known as Leatherface was created. Directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo retain the nasty side the original hinted at and run with it, delivering a very satisfying continuation of one of the saga.


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10 FrightFest flicks for 2018
Posted on Thursday 16th August 2018
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Stewart Bridle, Channel Manager for Horror Channel, selects the FrightFest films to catch at this year's event.

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
Posted on Tuesday 14th August 2018
Tim Van Dammen director of Mega Time Squad

You played a Street Demon in director Jason Lei Howden's FrightFest favourite Deathgasm. Is the New Zealand film community that small?

I didn't play a street demon; I am a street demon. The film community in NZ is small enough for most active people to know most other active people - but the genre scene is small enough for us all to know each other by at least one degree of separation. Many of my friends worked on or acted in Deathgasm and they needed a night shoot of 'street demons' so I donned my tie-dye and offered to help out. It was a lot of fun and I think Jason and the team did an incredible job.

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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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Discover suspense, terror and everything in between as Signature Entertainment and FrightFest, the UK's leading horror fantasy film festival, team up to launch FrightFest Presents, an all-new venture geared to delivering the best in undiscovered genre features to the UK audience and world stage.

Phase one of this incredibly exciting label includes:

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Directors: Justin P. Lange and Klemens Hufnagl
Cast: Nadia Alexander
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Interview with Paul Hyett, director of Heretiks
Posted on Tuesday 7th August 2018
Paul Hyett director of Heretiks

Paul Hyett is a firm, FrightFest favourite. His work is always a much anticipated event at the film festival and this year is no exception with the world premiere of his latest work, Heretiks. Here he chats about this and future productions.

What first attracted you to actor Gregory Blair's script?

When Templeheart gave me the script of Heretiks (although it was a different title at the time), the one thing that really grabbed my interest was the opportunity to do a creepy period horror, set in 17th Century England. I'd already shot a war-set film, a contemporary werewolf film and here was an opportunity to do a film set in the 17th ce...

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FrightFest announces 2018 Short Film Programme
Posted on Monday 6th August 2018
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FrightFest 2018 showcases the best in short film from the UK and around the world, with ten countries representing five continents. From otherworldly ghosts to terrifying monsters, from the creepy to the baffling, from this dimension to those still unknown, this year's selection unleashes the latest from upcoming and established filmmakers.

Some of the best homegrown talent stretches their acting muscles, including Maisie Williams in Tom de Ville's soaring Corvidae, Gemma Whelan in Paul Taylor's hair-bristling The Blue Door, Alice Lowe in demonic thriller Salt, plus Adam Buxton and Asa Butterfield in surreal dark comedy Right Place, Wrong Tim.

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Interview with Dominic Brunt, director of Attack of the Adult Babies
Posted on Monday 6th August 2018
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With FrightFest 2018 only a few weeks away we decided to chat to actor/writer/director Dominic Brunt about what its like to be waiting to have your movie screened at FrightFest and the plans he has for future movie projects.

HC: It's been a while since we last chatted, apart from Attack of the Adult Babies, what have you been up to?

DM: It's been a very busy and fulfilling year at Emmerdale with a very involving story going through the whole year. Also, I was driver about-er on Sybil, Jo's fantastic new short film (which is showing at FrightFest 2018). I had a small role in Funny Cow with Tony Pitts and Maxine Peak which ...

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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.

Amongst the twenty-six fear-filled favourites, the channel will air four UK TV premieres: Simeon Halligan's 'terror-torial' home invasion shocker White Settlers; Jeff Maher's crowd-pleasingly ghoulish orgy of sex and gore Bed Of The Dead; Chad Archibald's breath-choking supernatural thriller The Drownsman; and the hauntingly sinister Nightworld, directed by Patricio Valladares and starring horror icon Robert Englund.

Plus, we're broadcasting three network premieres; Alberto Marini's sly and witty scaremonger Summer Camp; Bernard Rose's Frankenstein, a s...

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FrightFest 2018 announces guest line-up, additional films and long list for Screen Genre Rising Star Award
Posted on Thursday 19th July 2018
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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 ...

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FrightFest and FAB Press launch the FrightFest Guide to Ghost Movies
Posted on Thursday 12th July 2018
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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...

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FrightFest renews New Blood talent search
Posted on Wednesday 4th July 2018
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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...

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FrightFest 2018 - Here's everything you need to know!
Posted on Thursday 28th June 2018
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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 kic...

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