|My Father Die|
Summer in London can be scary, a good way. The annual FrightFest celebrates horror and fantasy movies over August Bank Holiday. This year it will take over all 12 screens at the Vue Shepherd’s Bush between 25-29 August.
The 17th edition of FrightFest will feature 19 world premieres and 35 UK and European premieres. The opening film is the European premiere of Sean Brosnan’s revenge thriller My Father Die, while the UK premiere of Sang-ho Yeon’s Cannes title Train To Busan closes this year’s festival.
In total, the 62-strong feature line-up includes 19 world premieres and 35 UK and European premieres. The world premieres include Ivan Silvestrini’s Monolith, Tricia Lee’s Blood Hunters and Nick Jongerius’ The Windmill Massacre.
Meanwhile, Adam Wingard’s The Woods will receive its European premiere in the Main Screen strand, playing alongside the likes of Stephen King adaptation Cell, Italian box office hit They Call Me Jeeg Robot and Cody Calahan’s Let Her Out.
Other Main Screen titles include Rob Zombie’s 31, Darren Lynn Bousman’s Abbatoir, Jackson Stewart’s Beyond The Gates, Simon Rumley’s Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word and Craig Anderson’s Red Christmas.
FrightFest will showcase 12 world premieres of British genre films, five of which make up the festival’s ‘First Blood’ strand focused on the debut features of home-based directors. Titles include: Shaun Robert Smith’s Broken; Wyndham Price’s Crow; Kate Shenton’s Egomaniac; Ben Parker’s The Chamber; Lawrie Brewster’s The Unkindness Of Ravens; Stewart Spark’s The Creature Below; and Andy Edwards’ Ibiza Undead.
FrightFest will also be showing seven films from South America, including: Daniel de la Vega’s White Coffin; Patricio Valladares’ Downhill; Isaac Ezban’s 1960s sci-fi homage The Similars; and Emiliano Rocha Minter’s Cannes title We Are The Flesh.
Anna Biller’s The Love Witch, Tim Reis’ Bad Blood: The Movie, Steven DeGennaro’s Found Footage 3D, Ali Abbasi’s Berlin hit Shelley and Shelden Renan’s documentary The Killing Of America are screening in the Discovery Screen strand.
Daniel Goodwin, events manager for Vue Entertainment added: “We are delighted to see the return of FrightFest and proud to host this sought after and iconic event for another frighteningly brilliant film festival.”
Dubbed “The Woodstock of Gore” by director Guillermo Del Toro, FrightFest was created in 2000 by film producer Paul McEvoy, journalist and broadcaster Alan Jones and film distributor-booker Ian Rattray. Greg Day, the festival’s long standing PR, became a joint director in 2007. From its roots at the Prince Charles Cinema, FrighFest has grown to become one of the genre’s most recognisable brands. It has helped to launch the careers of directors such as Simon Rumley, Christopher Smith, Eli Roth, Neil Marshall and Simon Hunter.
Apart from the annual 5-day event in London, FrightFest has a regular strand at the Glasgow Film Festival, hosts a nationwide Halloween ‘horrorthon’ and showcases special screenings throughout the year. It recently teamed up with Icon Films Distribution to release FrightFest curated films under the banner ‘FrightFest Presents’.
Festival and day passes are only available to buy online.