As the August bank holiday nears, Film4 Frighfest 2011 has announced its full line-up, and it's shaping up to be a very good weekend indeed.
In case you missed the film-by-film Twitter announcements on Friday, here's the official press release for your consumption...
"From Thurs 25 August to Monday 29 August the UK's premiere event for horror fans will be at the Empire Cinema in London's Leicester Square to present 37 films in two screens. Empire 1 will house the main event while the Discovery strand will play in Empire 4. There are eleven countries represented, with seven world premieres and a record-equalling twenty UK or European premieres.
This year's line-up reflects a healthy resurgence of home grown talent, with a record ten Brit titles in the line-up, including Ben Wheatley's brutal chiller KILL LIST, Cristian Solimeno's psychological twister THE GLASS MAN, THE WICKER TREE (the eagerly awaited companion piece to 'The Wicker Man') and cyber-space shocker PANIC BUTTON. Then there's Alex Chandon's riotously gore-soaked INBRED, Susan Jacobson's sinister thriller THE HOLDING, trippy terror GUINEA PIGS, directed by Ian Clarke and the closing night film A LONELY PLACE TO DIE. Plus, in the Discovery Screen, we have Sean Hogan's dread-ridden gem THE DEVIL'S BUSINESS and Dan Turner's nerve-shredding thriller STORMHOUSE.
From America there are a plethora of exciting titles including the eagerly-awaited TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL, which is well worth the wait, as is the zombie comedy DEADHEADS. DETENTION is the movie Scream 4 should have been and Lucky McKee's THE WOMAN and Ti West's THE INNKEEPERS are further prime examples of American contemporary horror at its very best. Also, from the depraved minds of Adam Rifkin, Tim Sullivan, Adam Green and Joe Lynch we have the anthology CHILLERAMA. Plus, FrightFesters will be one of the first audiences in the world to see the blockbusters FINAL DESTINATION 5 3D and FRIGHT NIGHT 3D.
Two countries to have never ever made a horror film before are represented this year - Switzerland's stunning SENNENTUNTSCHI: CURSE OF THE ALPS and Israel's remarkable RABIES. From Europe there is also the Dutch sensation SAINT and the German subterranean shocker URBAN EXPLORERS. From Australia we have the opening night film DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK.
This year's Discovery strand offers twelve titles, including the gripping, twisty A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE, the Swedish fear-freezer BLOOD RUNS COLD, the vampire indie MIDNIGHT SON. the fantastic Paul Naschy documentary THE MAN WHO SAW FRANKENSTEIN CRY and the intense home-invasion movie KIDNAPPED
Other special events in the main auditorium include our usual bestselling attraction - The International Short Film Showcase, which this year, is sponsored by The Horror Channel, the line-up for which will be announced soon. This terrifying treat is double-billed with the clamoured for return of 'ANDY NYMAN'S QUIZ FROM HELL 2.
Total Film Magazine will be presenting LARRY FASSENDEN IN CONVERSATION WITH JAMIE GRAHAM, plus AMERICAN HORROR: A PANEL DISCUSSION where Larry Fessenden will be joined on stage by Ti West, Lucky McKee, Adam Green, Joe Lynch and Andrew van den Houten to discuss the US scare scene. This is your chance to get the inside track on where American horror is right now.
Plus there's a free screening of THE DEAD accompanied by a live commentary by the Ford brothers. One of the hits of last year's festival, this is a chance to get the low-down on what really happened behind the scenes."
It's fitting and satisfying to see such a strong showing for British movies this year, with as always the promise of many of those involved making an appearance. Adam Green and Joe Lynch also make a welcome return to Frightfest with their anthology Chillerama - something of an institution, these guys as much a part of the event as anything. Full guestlists are still being finalised, so watch this space...