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FrightFest 2018 announces guest line-up, additional films and long list for Screen Genre Rising Star Award
By James Whittington, 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 will be with his co-star Caitlin Fitzgerald, director Robert Krzykowski and composer Joe Kraemer for The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot.

Leading ladies shine this year. Joining The Ranger director Jenn Wexler on opening night is The Transfiguration star Chloe Levine. Also delighting audiences are Brittany Allan (It Stains The Sands Red and Jigsaw), attending with director Colin Minihan to support What Keeps You Alive. Shauna McDonald joins director Paul Aviary for White Chamber, Heretiks star Hannah Arterton is in the house to support director Paul Hyett, Imitation Girl Lauren Ashley Carter and action heroine Angela Dixon accompanies director Tom Paton for Black Site and director Issa Lopez flies over from Mexico with her sensational Tigers Are Not Afraid.

Plus, The First Lady of FrightFest, Barbara Crampton is back! The beloved Re-Animator legend will be introducing her new movies Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich and Dead Night. With the former she will be united with Italian composer extraordinaire Fabio Frizzi and with the latter by her Heroes co-star Brea Grant. Also returning is The Cleaning Lady producer and Goddess of Love star Alexis Kendra.

This year there are more International directors attending than ever before. Superstar music video and film director Joseph Kahn (Detention, Torque) joins us for Bodied, RKSS personnel Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell will be rocking in for Summer of 84 and Upgrade director Leigh Whannell, the creator of Saw and Insidious, will light up FrightFest's Saturday night.

Also guaranteed to liven up proceedings are The Golem helmers the Paz Brothers, alongside producer Shaked Berenson, Cult Of Terror director Gustavo Leonel Mendoza, Dementia Part II director Matt Mercer with stars Graham Skipper (Sequence Break), Suzanne Voss and Najarra Townsend, Hell Is Where The Home Is director Orson Oblowitz, Mega Time Squad director Tim van Dammen, Open 24 Hours director Padraig Reynolds, Hammer Horror: The Warner Bros. Years director and Doctor Who author Marcus Hearn, Lifechanger director Justin McConnell, Secret Santa director Adam Marcus, Seeds director Owen Long, The Most Assassinated Woman In The World writer/producer David Murdoch, Videoman director Kristian A. Soderstrom, Crystal Eyes directors Ezequiel Endelman and Leondro Montejano, and Wolfman's Got Nards director Andre Gower (The Monster Squad).

Also attending is writer/director Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate, Tales of Halloween), author of The FrightFest Guide To Ghost Movies, who will be signing copies exclusively at the event.

Homegrown talent will be present in abundance this year. Comedy actor and director Matthew Holness brings us his much-awaited Possum, Await Further Instructions will spring director Johnny Kervorkian, his producer Jack Tarling (God's Own Country) with stars Holly Weston, Sam Gittins, Neerja Naik, Grant Masters and Kris Saddler. And a warm welcome for Book Of Monsters director Stewart Sparke, Chuck Steel: Night Of The Trampires director Mike Mort, Frankenstein's Creature director Sam Ashurst and Ravers director Bernhard Pucher, who will be attending alongside the cast including Vikings star Georgia Hirst.

The First Blood strand goes from strength to strength and all the helmers will be around, supported by their cast and crews. CTRL director Harry Lindley, F.U.B.A.R. director Ben Kent, Perfect Skin director Kevin Chicken (with Games of Thrones star Richard Brake) and The Devil's Doorway director Aislinn Clark.

Also present will be writer/director Roxanne Benjamin (XX, Southbound, V/H/S), presenting an exclusive screening of Final Stop, a must-hear horror short produced by Sennheiser and Soapbox Films. Shot entirely on smart phone, 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.

Equally terrifying is Ghost Stories and we have co-directors/co-writers Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson hosting a live commentary on their mega-successful stage show-turned-major movie. Get ready for sly humour, fun facts and plenty of behind-the-scenes secrets!

Established in 2016 to celebrate the work of emerging UK genre talent, FrightFest is proud to team up for the third year running with Screen International to present the 'Screen Genre Rising Star Award'. This year's long list salutes the work of Kevin Chicken, director of Perfect Skin, actresses Hannah Arterton and Ella Hunt, Aislinn Clarke, director of The Devil's Doorway, Mike Mort, director of Chuck Steel: Night Of The Trampires, actress/producer Marcia Do Vales and actor Sam Gittins, The short list will be announced prior to the event. Previous winners include Alice Lowe Danny Morgan.

Arrow Video FrightFest runs from 23rd-27th August 2018 at Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema.

Check the FrightFest site for tickets information.


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