Frightfest 2013 Preview: BIG BAD WOLVES, THE AMERICAN SCREAM, Ident Competition Winners & More!

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The August bank holiday is almost upon us here in old London town, which of course means that Film4 Frightfest is almost here as well! At the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square, from Thursday August 22nd to Monday August 26th, audiences will be enjoying some of the best in new horror film from around the world. Here's a small sampling; some of the films have been reviewed on Twitch; others are ones ScreenAnarchy has been anticipating.

In addition, the winners of the TURN YOUR BLOODY PHONE OFF competition were announced. Mike Tack, Holomax, Moneky Brains Productions, Paul While and David Scullion made idents designed to, ahem, 'encourage' patrons to turn off their mobiles during screenings. The festival has also recruited some friends (directors whose work has been featured at past festivals) to make some as well, which will be seen throughout the festival.

For full listings and to purchase passes and tickets, visit the Film4 Frightfest website.

Big Bad Wolves, August 26th, 9:00pm

The festival will close on quite a bang with this breakout Israeil crime thriller hit. It's definitely one of the best films of the year, a perfectly tuned story of a rogue cop and the father of a murdered child who decide to take their own hands. It walks a fine line between psychological terror and some pretty deft and dark humour.

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  • mightyjoeyoung

    "I'm a big fan of Lasse Hallstrom's early Hollywood films What's Eating Gilbert Grape and The Cider House Rules, so it should be interesting to see his new work, made in his native Sweden."

    They are ok I guess but I prefer his other works, like The Shipping News (2001), Casanova(2005), The Hoax (2006) etc.

    But him doing thrillers........big surprise for me.

    Earlier in his career in Sweden he mostly did Rom-coms, films aimed at kids, music videos.

    I haven´t seen this one yet.

    "The irrepressible Bobcat Goldthwaite is back, this time with a found footage style film about a couple on the search for Bigfoot."

    Goldthwaite has a very dark sense of humor, shall be interesting to see this one.

    "Israeli genre film is suddenly bursting out of the gate. Cannon Fodder has been nilled as the country's first zombie flick."

    Yeah, total surprise for me, I wonder what more we can expect from them...?

    "Horror films frequently give female characters supernatural powers, so I'm interested to see how a woman filmmaker might offer a different perspective on the trope."

    It does sounds interesting.

    "There's something about a couple of Stephen Sommers earlier adventure films, such as The Mummy, that I really enjoy. He went off track for a while, but this new film, about a clairvoyant short order cook (Anton Yelchin) trying to save his town from catastrophe might tap into that matinee-adventure story again."

    The Mummy (1999) is entertaining, I agree on that but Sommers has no UNDERSTANDING of a good pacing in a film.......and he never seems to learn his lesson.

    But this story might change my mind......it does sound fun.

    Thanks for the list Miss Rowan-Legg.

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