LATEST | FEATURES | INTERVIEWS | NEWS | FRIGHTFEST | REVIEWS Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 announces 20th year record-breaking line-up
By James Whittington, Thursday 4th July 2019
The UK's biggest and boldest horror and fantasy film festival is celebrating its 20th bloody year. Since 2000 it has made its indelible mark, not only on the ever-burgeoning horror community but also on the UK genre landscape as a whole. The internationally renowned event leads the way in attesting to the versatility of the genre, its reinvention and its growing importance in the cultural landscape and this year is no exception.
Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 is back at the Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema from August 22nd - August 26th. Hosting a record-breaking seventy-eight films, embracing fourteen countries and spanning six continents, this year's five-day fear-a-thon includes 20 World, 20 International/European and 28 UK Premieres.
As previously announced, this year's festivities begin with the UK premiere of Ant Timpson's deviously edgy stunner Come To Daddy, starring Elijah Wood and reaches its bloody conclusion with the World premiere of Abner Pastoll's superbly crafted crime story, A Good Woman Is Hard To Find. Other main screen international attractions include producer Guillermo del Toro and director Andre Ovredal's Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, producer Sam Raimi and director Alexandre Aja's gruesome 'gator yarn Crawl, the Radio Silence gang's lethal thriller Ready Or Not, director Kiah Roache-Turner's futuristic Ozploitation classic Nekrotronic, Pedro C. Alonso's startling captive chiller Feedback, with a career-defining performance from Eddie Marsan, Kirill Sokolov's splatterpunk action comedy Why Don't You Just Die! and Jason Mewes' insanely brilliant Madness In The Method, starring Mewes, Vinnie Jones, Kevin Smith, Teri Hatcher, Dean Cain and with a final on-screen appearance from Stan Lee.
Making their second, very welcome appearance at the festival will be The Soska Sisters, attending for the World Premiere of Rabid, their eagerly anticipated re-imagining of the Cronenberg classic. The sisters will also introduce a special retrospective screening of the original. Also attending is the legendary Dario Argento, here for a special screening of his giallo masterpiece Tenebrae. He'll also be in conversation with Festival co-director Alan Jones and signing copies of his book, Fear, which Jones has adapted and edited. More attending guests will be announced later this month.
FrightFest's 20th year sees the return of directorial alumni like Adam Egypt Mortimer with his provocative psychological horror Daniel Isn't Real, Christian Alvart with his twisted blockbuster Cut-Off, Lucky McKee with the startling Kindred Spirits, starring Thora Birch, Joe Begos with his terror trip Bliss, Larry Fessenden with Depraved, a post-modern take on the Frankenstein legend, Padraig Reynolds with belligerent creature feature Dark Light, producer Eli Roth with the grindhouse-inspired Haunt, The Pierce Brothers' bring us their chiller The Wretched, Dan Bush is back with seat-edge shocker The Dark Red, Jordan 'Zombeavers' Rubin teases us with tongue-in-chic horror comedy The Drone and 'Level 16' director Danishka Esterhazy gives us her fun-packed body-counter The Banana Splits. There is also the UK premiere of Girl On The Third Floor, the directorial debut from returning producer Travis Stevens and Darlin', the directorial debut of past FrightFest 'darling' Pollyanna McIntosh Plus, those fur balls with teeth are back. Critters Attack!, with original star Dee Wallace, will enjoy its UK Premiere.
FrightFest continues to present the films that are currently shaking up the genre scene and allowing it to transform and continually excite. Like Michael Goi's Mary starring Gary Oldman and Emily Mortimer, the inventive Eat Brains Love from Rodman Flender, Seann William Scott's stunning serial killer turn in Bloodline, Chelsea Stardust's hilarious Satanic Panic, the unforgettable coming-of-ager Knives And Skin, The Black String, marking the comeback of Frankie Muniz, Kelola Racela's lustfully demonic Porno, the incredible animation attraction To Your Last Death, Emma Tammi's critically acclaimed The Wind, Fernando Alle's Troma-inspired Mutant Blast, and the two craziest Midnight Movies you will ever see - Valeri Milev's fabulously inventive Bullets Of Justice and Fabricio Bittar's Brazilian gorefest Ghost Killers Vs. Bloody Mary.
The genre scene in the UK continues to innovate and thrive, reflected in this year's First Blood strand. Life coaches become dead coaches in Staten Cousins-Poe's gem of a feature debut A Serial Killer's Guide To Life and Graham Hughes' viral mockumentary Death Of A Vlogger, gives the found footage format a much-needed shot in the arm. Then there's Samuel Gridley's darkly funny Criminal Audition, Magnus Wake's cleverly plotted and heart-pounding Dark Sense and making up the fearsome five is Fredi Nwaka's Are We Dead Yet, a cleverly crafted supernatural comedy-crime thriller.
Other home-grown selections include the European premiere of Tales From The Lodge Abigail Blackmore's portmanteau shocker, starring Mackenzie Crook and Johnny Vegas, Carl Strathe's disturbing Dark Encounter, starring Laura Fraser and Alice Lowe, and the world premiere of Charlie Steeds' flesh-eating horror The Barge People. There are also world premieres for Justin Edgar's nail-biting suspense thriller Stalked (AKA Unseen), Tom Paton's heightened horror Stairs and producer/director Lawrie Brewster's For We Are Many, in which directors from around the world unleash a legion of demons. And let's not forget director Jack McHenry, who makes a welcome return with his crowd-pleasing Here Comes Hell, which made huge waves at our Glasgow edition earlier this year.
Over the years FrightFest has showcased the best genre films Canada has to offer and this year a special strand has been created - Canadian Chills - to highlight an exceptional bumper crop, which, apart from Rabid, embraces the International premiere of Colin Minihan and director Kurtis David Harder's smart chiller Spiral and the UK premieres of Tony Dean Smith's sci-fi mind-bender Volition, Ray Xue's entertainingly nasty Extracurricular, starring Luke Goss, Chad Archibald's deadly thriller I'll Take Your Dead, Cameron Macgowan's dark comedy chiller Red Letter Day and Jordan Barker's unrelenting assault of pure terror, Witches In The Woods. Then there are World premieres for Jay Dahl's malevolent Halloween Party and Braden Croft's compelling True Fiction. Completing the line-up are Zack Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein's FrightFest Glasgow hit Freaks, the International premiere of Rob Grant's sick, sea-faring adventure Harpoon and the UK premiere of the sinister and challenging Happy Face, this year's Duke Mitchell presentation.
Another country with a fine FrightFest pedigree is Argentina and this year is no exception; with the World Premiere of producer Javier Diment's chilling chamber piece Rock, Paper Scissors, plus the European premiere of Herman Finding's Impossible Crimes and the UK premiere of Pablo Pares' apocalyptic powerhouse I Am Toxic.
The global cabinet of fear holds more...Tunisia is represented for the first time with the UK premiere of Dachra, an intense folk horror that has broken box office records in North Africa and Japan offers up a forgotten musical cult gem from 1985 - The Legend Of The Stardust Brothers. Ireland's entry is Paddy Murphy's The Perished. Mixing horror and pertinent social issues, the film marks the debut of a new Irish genre voice.
Further indie discoveries on the monstrous menu are: Australian chase chiller The Furies, the elegantly scary The Sonata, social media shocker Deadcon, Driven, a smart, meter-running battle against evil, Eric Pennycroft's brooding Sadistic Intentions, with Larry Fessenden, the horrifying Christmas cracker I Trapped The Devil, the quirky, cutting Fingers and The Deeper You Dig, a Coen-Brothers-esque story of grief and survival from Toby Poser and John Adams.
Documentary lovers will enjoy Dima Ballin's The Magnificent Obsession Of Michael Reeves, charting the life and early death of the man who gave us Witchfinder General and two documentaries from director David Gregory, Master Of Dark Shadows, an in-depth look at the talents of Dan Curtis, the "King of TV horror" and Sick! Savage! Sensual! The Reel Life And Ghastly Death Of Al Adamson, which tells the bizarre and grim demise of one of Hollywood's exploitation bad boys.
In a first for FrightFest, there will be a special preview of Man Of Medan, the first game in The Dark Pictures anthology. This will be followed by a Q+A session with the key development talent behind the game. The much anticipated interactive narrative horror adventure, developed by Supermassive Games and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe, brings supernatural horror on board a ghost-ship adrift in the South Pacific. It is set to be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One August 30, 2019.
Festival co-director Alan Jones, said today: "Over the last two decades we have tirelessly introduced our committed audiences to every trend, every new talent and every innovation that has put horror back in the collective cinephile conscious. Even after 20 years. FrightFest's August event remains a key destination to see the latest genre movies in the manner for which they were made - on the Big Screen surrounded by fellow fear-mongers. Remember, it's our party and we'll scream if we want to!"
This year's guest list, special events and the Short Film Showcase entries will all be announced in the coming weeks.
Festival passes will go on sale Saturday 6 July at noon and will only be available to buy online.
As ever, Horror will be there reporting on everything FrightFest as well as reviewing and blogging as well as Facebook Live broadcasts.
Related show tags: ROAD GAMES, SOME KIND OF HATE, WITCHFINDER GENERAL MORE ARTICLES Interview with Andy Nyman about his role in the classic TV version of The Woman in Black
Posted in Interviews, Sunday 9th August 2020
Andy Nyman is one of the most popular and hardworking actors working today. From thrillers to chillers, from comedy to drama, Andy can turn his hand to any genre. Thanks to Network Releasing we are able to appreciate his first ever TV appearance as they release a remastered version of the acclaimed television adaptation of The Woman in Black. We chatted to Andy about his role in this legendary piece.
HC: Let's chat about this TV version of The Woman in Black, was it one of your first ever roles very first TV role?
AN: That was my very first TV role, I was 23, the same age my son is now. It is a shock, isn't it? I was like, when I saw it ...SHARE: READ MORE Dracula's Child by J.S. Barnes - The Unofficial Sequel to Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'
Posted in News, Saturday 8th August 2020
J.S. Barnes dives straight to the dark heart of Bram Stoker's legendary creation, capturing the voice, tone, style and characters of the original, whilst exploring pressing themes of modern life in this age of false facts and fake news in Dracula's Child. The book offers a wonderful and wholly original expansion to the story of the world's most famous vampire. After all, evil never truly dies.
It has been some years since Jonathan and Mina Harker survived their ordeal in Transylvania and, vanquishing Count Dracula, returned to England to try and live ordinary lives.
But shadows linger long in this world of blood feud and superstition - and, the older their s...SHARE: READ MORE I Spit on Your Grave franchise to get box-set treatment
Posted in News, Saturday 8th August 2020 Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment has announced I Spit on Your Grave: The Complete Collection - the shocking, controversial and ground-breaking film series, presented on Blu-ray and DVD for the very first time, arriving 5th October.
When the original 1978 film was banned in the UK upon release, this notorious revenge movie helped launch the "video nasty" craze of the 1980's and inspired a generation of genre directors through its provocative, no-holds-barred filmmaking. 32 years later, a bold and shocking remake reignited the franchise and spawned a series of sequels which pushed the envelope even further.
Available in the UK as a complete set for the first time, t...SHARE: READ MORE Arrow Video FrightFest announces August 2020 Short Film Programme
Posted in Frightfest, Saturday 8th August 2020
The films may be short, but there is no shortage of scares as Arrow Video FrightFest 2020 showcases the best new short films from the UK and around the world, with six countries representing three continents. From under-the-bed monsters to monsters in front of your eyes, from the sinister and the creepy to the wickedly human and the not-so-human, this year's selection shines a spotlight on upcoming filmmakers.
The UK is represented with a record eleven entries. There are world premiere screenings for Werewolf, where game night just got dangerous, A Bit Of Fun, where a girls' night in brings out the dead and The Beholder, in which you'd be wise to ...SHARE: READ MORE Interview with Airell Hayles writer and co-director of They're Outside
Posted in Frightfest, Interviews, Saturday 1st August 2020
FrightFest is once again on the horizon but this time, due to global events the event has become a virtual experience with all films being accessed online. Horror is once again sponsoring the First Blood strand of the event. Here we chat to Airell Hayles whose movie They're Outside mixes found footage and pagan horror genres to great effect.
HC: Where did the idea for They're Outside come from?
AH: This idea for They're Outside came from a couple of things. I remember as a kid hearing that my uncle suffered mild agoraphobia, and when I learned what it was, I was fascinated by this idea of some people being kind of scared to leave their homes. Of course, the recent Covid-19 events h...SHARE: READ MORE Interview with Fionn and Toby Watts, directors of Playhouse
Posted in Frightfest, Interviews, Saturday 1st August 2020
FrightFest is once again on the horizon but this time, due to global events the event has become a virtual experience with all films being accessed online. Horror is once again sponsoring the First Blood strand of the event. Here we chat to talented brothers Fionn and Toby Watts who have delivered a gothic, creepy piece named Playhouse.
HC: Was there one film or person who influenced or inspired you to become film makers?
FW: As a young boy I remember being absolutely blown away by the image of The Terminator's exo-skeleton rising from the flames. Around the same time I saw Candyman at a sleepover (rented by my friend's 'older' brother...) and it was such an i...SHARE: READ MORE Shatner Vs The Devil! Who wouldn't want to see that?
Posted in News, Thursday 30th July 2020
All hell is about to break loose as Shatner takes on Satan, when 4Digital unleashes The Tomb: Devil's Revenge, on digital platforms from 14th September.
The Descent meets The Exorcist, with a dash of Raiders of the Lost Ark thrown in for good measure, in what promises to be a suspenseful thrill-ride starring iconic Star Trek legend William Shatner, Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager), Jason Brooks (Star Trek, 2009), Jackie Dallas (Stranger Things) and Michael Yahn (Daredevil).
John Brock is a down-on-his-luck archaeologist who returns from an expedition to the caves of rural Kentucky, after unsuccessfully trying to locate a mysterious relic that hi...SHARE: READ MORE Arrow Video FrightFest announces August Digital Edition line-up and Horror Channel sponsors talent-seeking First Blood strand
Posted in Features, Frightfest, Tuesday 28th July 2020
The UK's most popular horror and fantasy film festival celebrates its 21st bloody year with a special Digital edition, showcasing twenty-five films, from Thursday 27th August to Monday 31st August, including seven world premieres and sixteen UK premieres. Ten countries are represented from four continents in a deadly, daring and diverse programme exclusively presented to UK audiences.
Passes and tickets will go on sale Saturday 1 August and details on how to access the event and choose which films to watch are on the FrightFest website. All film screenings will be geo-locked to UK audiences and only accessible from within the United Kingdom.
The men...SHARE: READ MORE Revisit James Cameron's first movie on Blu-ray in August
Posted in News, Friday 24th July 2020
It may seem like paradise, but just off shore, a new brand of terror has been unleashed in Piranha 2: The Spawning.
While investigating the mysterious death of a diver, scuba instructor Anne Kimbrough (Tricia O'Neil) makes a horrific discovery: mutated piranhas, with wings that enable them to fly, are responsible for the death.
As the body count rises, Anne desperately tries to convince the manager of the resort to call off the annual fish fry on the beach, but he's determined to give his guests the ultimate feeding frenzy.
This exciting sequel to Joe Dante's original Piranha also stars Lance Henriksen and is the...SHARE: READ MORE An all-star cast for an all-time sleazy shocker!
Posted in News, Friday 24th July 2020
In the lurid shocker, Schizoid a newspaper advice columnist (Mariana Hill) starts receiving threats from a mysterious person. At the same time, the female members of her psychiatrist's (Klaus Kinski, Crawlspace) therapy group are being murdered one by one by a maniac wielding a large pair of scissors.
Could these incidents be linked?
Donna Wilkes, Craig Wasson, Flo Gerrish and Christopher Lloyd also star in this long forgotten sleazy slasher which is getting the usual top-notch release from 88Films.... SHARE: READ MORE Dracula on red wax!
Posted in News, Friday 24th July 2020
From the team behind BBC's critically acclaimed Sherlock came Dracula, the reimagining of the iconic titular vampire for a 21st Century audience. Composers David Arnold and Michael Price reunited with writers and creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, to breathe musical life into another famous literary character from Victorian times.
For Dracula, Arnold and Price conceived an innovative and petrifying score, in which traditional instruments and musique concrete merge with contemporary use of samples and sound design.
Scoring Dracula presented its own challenges and the composers have augmented the sound of the orchestra players by creating a library...SHARE: READ MORE Will you hear the Echoes of Fear?
Posted in News, Tuesday 21st July 2020
Creating waves on the US festival circuit and garnering best feature awards galore Echoes of Fear is set to scare the living daylights out of UK audiences as it arrives on digital and DVD this summer from Second Sight Films.
Turning the haunted house genre on its head, this chilling scare-fest, will have you clamouring for a cushion as the horror creeps up to a truly disturbing climax. The supernatural chiller from Brian and Laurence Avenet-Bradley, has garnered huge critical acclaim and arrives on digital formats on 20 July, followed by its DVD release on 3 August.
When her grandfather dies suddenly, Alisa (Trista Robinson) inherits his house and m...SHARE: READ MORE Articles Archive: 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 PICK OF THE WEEK
Friday 14th August
Thursday 13th August
Saturday 15th August