From 22nd – 26th August, Empire Cineworld Leicester Sq. can be taken over by the annual Arrow Video Frightfest event. The film pageant champions the most effective and brightest of the dark coronary heart of cinema and, having been established in 2000, now celebrates its twentieth yr. On Monday we introduced you ten of our predictions of what films can be introduced as a part of the line-up and now’s the second we learn how nicely we did because the programme is now stay.
What follows is the complete announcement from the Frightfest workforce, and thus far (there will not be the mentioned seventy-eight titles listed yet) we’ve managed to appropriately predict five of our ten guesses.
The UK’s largest and boldest horror and fantasy movie pageant is celebrating its 20th bloody yr. Since 2000 it has made its indelible mark, not solely on the ever-burgeoning horror group but in addition on the UK genre panorama as an entire. The internationally renowned occasion leads the best way in testifying to the flexibility of the style, its reinvention and its growing importance within the cultural landscape and this yr is not any exception.
Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 is back on the Cineworld Leicester Sq. and The Prince Charles Cinema from Aug 22 – Aug 26. Hosting a record-breaking seventy-eight films, embracing fourteen nations and spanning six continents, this yr’s five-day fear-a-thon consists of 20 World, 20 Worldwide / European and 28 UK Premieres.
As previously announced, this yr’s festivities start 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 fantastically crafted crime story, A GOOD WOMAN IS HARD TO FIND. Different principal display international points of interest embrace producer Guillermo del Toro and director André Øvredal’s SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, producer Sam Raimi and director Alexandre Aja’s ugly ‘gator yarn CRAWL, the Radio Silence gang’s deadly thriller READY OR NOT, director Kiah Roache-Turner’s futuristic Ozploitation basic 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 sensible MADNESS IN THE METHOD, starring Mewes, Vinnie Jones, Kevin Smith, Teri Hatcher, Dean Cain and with a remaining on-screen appearance from Stan Lee.
Making their second, very welcome appearance at the pageant will probably be The Soska Sisters, attending for the World Premiere of RABID, their eagerly anticipated re-imagining of the Cronenberg basic. The sisters will even introduce a particular retrospective screening of the original. Additionally attending is the legendary Dario Argento, here for a particular screening of his giallo masterpiece TENEBRAE. He’ll even be in dialog with Pageant co-director Alan Jones and signing copies of his ebook, ‘Fear’, which Jones has adapted and edited. More attending visitors shall be introduced later this month.
FrightFest’s 20th yr sees the return of directorial alumni like Adam Egypt Mortimer together with his provocative psychological horror DANIEL ISN’T REAL, Christian Alvart together with his twisted blockbuster CUT-OFF, Lucky McKee with the startling KINDRED SPIRITS, starring Thora Birch, Joe Begos together with his terror trip BLISS, Larry Fessenden with DEPRAVED, a post-modern take on the Frankenstein legend, Padraig Reynolds with belligerent creature function DARK LIGHT, producer Eli Roth with the grindhouse-inspired HAUNT, The Pierce Brothers’ convey us their chiller THE WRETCHED, Dan Bush is again 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 provides us her fun-packed body-counter THE BANANA SPLITS. There’s additionally the UK premiere of GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR, the directorial debut from returning producer Travis Stevens and DARLIN’, the directorial debut of previous FrightFest ‘darling’ Pollyanna McIntosh Plus, those fur balls with tooth are again. CRITTERS ATTACK!, with unique star Dee Wallace, will take pleasure in its UK Premiere.
FrightFest continues to present the movies which are presently shaking up the genre scene and allowing it to rework and regularly excite. Like Michael Goi’s MARY starring Gary Oldman and Emily Mortimer, the creative EAT BRAINS LOVE from Rodman Flender, Seann William Scott’s beautiful serial killer flip 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 unimaginable animation attraction TO YOUR LAST DEATH, Emma Tammi’s critically acclaimed THE WIND, Fernando Alle’s Troma-inspired MUTANT BLAST. and the 2 craziest Midnight Films you’ll ever see – Valeri Milev’s fabulously creative 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, mirrored on this yr’s FIRST BLOOD strand. Life coaches turn out to be lifeless coaches in Staten Cousins-Poe’s gem of a function debut A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE and Graham Hughes’ viral mockumentary DEATH OF A VLOGGER, provides the discovered 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 5 is Fredi Nwaka’s ARE WE DEAD YET, a cleverly crafted supernatural comedy-crime thriller.
Different home-grown alternatives embrace 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, during which administrators from all over the world unleash a legion of demons. And let’s not overlook director Jack McHenry, who makes a welcome return together with his crowd-pleasing HERE COMES HELL, which made big waves at our Glasgow version earlier this yr.
Through the years FrightFest has showcased one of the best genre films Canada has to offer and this yr a special strand has been created – ‘Canadian Chills’ – to spotlight an distinctive bumper crop, which, aside from RABID, embraces the International premiere of Colin Minihan and director Kurtis David More durable’s sensible 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, Finishing the line-up are Zack Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein’s FrightFest Glasgow hit FREAKS, the Worldwide premiere of Rob Grant’s sick, sea-faring adventure HARPOON and the UK premiere of the sinister and difficult HAPPY FACE, this yr’s Duke Mitchell presentation.
One other nation with a nice FrightFest pedigree is Argentina and this yr is not any 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 cupboard of worry holds more…Tunisia is represented for the primary time with the UK premiere of DACHRA, an intense people horror that has damaged field workplace data in North Africa and Japan gives up a forgotten musical cult gem from 1985 – THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS. Eire’s entry is Paddy Murphy’s THE PERISHED. Mixing horror and pertinent social points, the film marks the debut of a brand 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 sensible, meter-running battle towards evil, Eric Pennycroft’s brooding SADISTIC INTENTIONS, with Larry Fessenden, the horrifying Christmas cracker I TRAPPED THE DEVIL, the quirky, slicing FINGERS and THE DEEPER YOU DIG, a Coen-Brothers-esque story of grief and survival from Toby Poser and John Adams.
Documentary lovers will take pleasure in Dima Ballin’s THE MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION OF MICHAEL REEVES, charting the life and early dying of the person who gave us WITCHFINDER GENERAL and two documentaries from director David Gregory, MASTER OF DARK SHADOWS , an in-depth take a look at the skills of Dan Curtis, the ‘King of TV horror’ and SICK! SAVAGE! SENSUAL! THE REEL LIFE AND GHASTLY DEATH OF AL ADAMSON, which tells the weird and grim demise of considered one of Hollywood’s exploitation dangerous boys.
In a first for FrightFest, there shall be a special preview of MAN OF MEDAN, the primary recreation in The Darkish Footage anthology. This will probably be adopted by a Q&A session with the important thing improvement talent behind the recreation. The much anticipated interactive narrative horror journey, developed by Supermassive Games and revealed by Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe, brings supernatural horror on board a ghost-ship adrift within the South Pacific. It is set to be released for Microsoft Home windows, PlayStation four and Xbox One Aug 30, 2019.
Pageant co-director Alan Jones, stated in the present day: “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 yr’s guest record, particular events and the Brief Film Showcase entries will all be announced within the coming weeks.
Pageant passes will go on sale Sat 6 July at midday and can solely be in the stores on-line: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/tickets.html
Single tickets will go on sale on Sat 20 July from 9am.
For full programme details: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/