Ahead of the full programme announcement on 28 June, Film4 FrightFest has announced its opening and closing night films. Following its tradition to put a British film front and centre on opening night, FrightFest has announced that Howard and Jon Ford's latest The Dead 2: India will have its world premiere at the August festival.
Following on from the Ford brothers' The Dead (with the action taking place in Africa that time round) The Dead 2 was the first-ever international production of a zombie film shot in India.
The film follows the story of an India-based American engineer in a race against time to reach his pregnant girlfriend. Burton enlists the help of an orphan street kid and together they make a perilous 300 mile journey across deadly landscapes as a zombie apocalypse threatens to engulf the entire nation.
Closing the festival is Big Bad Wolves, the latest horror from Israeli duo Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, which proved a big hit when it premiered at Tribeca in April. Two years ago these guys burst onto the scene with Rabies, which FrightFest screened a record four times due to audience demand.
Soaked in twisted tension, fairytale myth and seat-edged suspense, the film follows the lives of three men on a collision course: following a series of brutal murders: the father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the law, and the main suspect in the killings - a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder.
Film4 FrightFest, the UK's biggest genre film festival, runs from Thursday 22 August to Monday 26 August at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square. Festival and day passes go on sale from 29 June, while tickets for Individual films are on sale from 27 July.
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