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Booth's Blog: Its Almost FrightFest Time!
By Emily Booth, Friday 12th August 2016

FF Poster 2016 SmallRoll on Thursday 25th, for this is the dawn of Horror Channel FrightFest 2016 as the festival enjoys its 17th year this time located at Vue Shepherds Bush.

The line up of incredible films, events and guests has now been announced, tickets are on sale, (but selling out!) and here's my own dissection of the must see's and must do's. To kick the opening night off comes the European premiere of My Father Die directed by Sean (son of Pierce) Brosnan, this revenge thriller goes against the notion of paternal instinct when a young man, Asher, loses his speech and hearing in an attack that left his brother dead: the culprit? Asher's own father! The cast and crew of this high octane thriller will be enjoying their premiere on Thursday 25th from 6pm! If it's big names you want then check out Cell, from iconic horror novelist Stephen King comes this adaptation of his 2006 novel of the same name. Not prison cell, but rather the yanks word for mobile telephone (I guess 'Mobile' just would not have the same impact) Here a sinister signal emitted from people's 'cell' phones reprogrammes them into zombified killers! Starring John Cusack, Samuel L Jackson and Isabelle Fuhrman (creepy girl from Orphan).

There's more zombie fun to be had too both in Ibiza and Korea with some very differently toned movies on offer; Ibiza Undead does not really need much explanation; sun, sea, bikinis, clubs, and zombies. Presenter Alex Zane makes an appearance in the film as well as at the festival for its world premiere on Friday 26th. The closing night film to wrap up this bloody good fest is Train To Busan, so all aboard the horror express as the Cannes 2016 Midnight Movie sensation pulls into FrightFest! An action-packed zombie thrill-ride with social bite, a mysterious viral outbreak pushes Korea into a state of emergency. A special mention to UK rising star (and tipped for a possible award) Kate Shenton and her wry postmodern horror Egomaniac which pokes fun at the ruthless world of film making and film funding; how far will this director go to get her Zom-Rom-Com to the silver screen?! Egomaniac gets its World premiere Sunday 28th.

Lord of the Rings fans may want to check out Pet starring Dominic Monaghan who played Merry in the Rings saga. Here he plays a socially awkward animal welfare officer come stalker whose obsession with a former classmate leads to nasty times! A psychological thriller with bite. Pet gets its UK premiere Friday 26th, and star Dominic Monaghan will be there to lap it up. Anything with the word 'siren' in it will always pique my interest! Starting life out in the anthology V/H/S, comes Greg Bishops feature version of Amateur Night... here he adds extra layers of terror and surprise to the chilling and thrilling tale of occultist Mr Nyx and his menacing menagerie of hostesses with the most unusual talents. Siren, a European premiere Sunday 28th.

You know researching this FrightFest blog there is honestly too much to nail down, with tons I've not had time to mention (Broken, The Neighbour all look amazing) but take a look here for a complete rundown of all on offer.

It's not just about film screenings either with SFX talks and demos from Harry Potter extraordinaire Dan Martin... A Women in Horror panel with Rosie Fletcher, A Horror Writing Masterclass and genre personality David McGillvray will be talking about his new documentary Horror Icon made with the ever fabulous Jake West. And of course I'll be there to chat to the stars, the directors and you the fangtastic fans reporting for the first time on Facebook Live every day (be sure to Like the Horror Channel FB Page not to miss out!)

So don't be shy, cos I rarely bite. Join me for live gossip and chat either at the festival or on Facebook Live.

See you there.


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