Attention UK genre film lovers! Film4 FrightFest has announced its feature film line-up for 2014, and by jove if it isn't pretty magnificent. Full disclosure, I am a shorts programmer for the festival, so I admit to a bit of bias. But I think you would be hard-pressed to find fault with this diverse programme, that features some of the best of fantastic cinema that have been making the festival rounds, as well as several world and UK/European premieres. The opening night (announced last week) is Adam Wingard's The Guest
, and the festival will close with The Signal
Among some of the most exciting titles that I've seen and can highly recommend are Nacho Vigalondo's revolutionary Open Windows
, Leigh Janiak's disturbing Honeymoon
, James Ward Byrkit's mind-bending Coherence
, Gerard Johnstone's hilarious Housebound
and Fabrice du Welz's terrifying Alleluia
. Some that I am chomping at the bit to finally see are Roberto Rodriguez and Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
, Jennifer Kent's The Babadook
, Hitoshi Matsumoto's R100
, and Jerome Sable's Stage Fright
FrightFest is at a new venue this year, Vue Cinemas (still in Leicester Square), and this change means an incredible expansion of the programme. Not only are there more films, but an expansion of the retrospective section that will include restored versions of The Shining
and Nightmare on Elm Street
. And some great fantastic-themed documentaries, such as Doc of the Dead
and Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau
The shorts programme and guest list will be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, peruse the full press release below. Festival & day passes go on sale from 28 June. Tickets for individual films are on sale from 19 July
.From the opening night turbo-driven thrill-ride THE GUEST to the UK premiere of the closing night mesmeric sci-fi fantasy THE SIGNAL, FrightFest has netted the latest works from genre big-hitters such as Eli Roth (THE GREEN INFERNO), Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins (SHOW PIECES), Tommy Wirkola (DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD), Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller (SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR), Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (AMONG THE LIVING), Fabrice Du Welz (ALLELUIA), Nacho Vigalondo (OPEN WINDOWS and EXTRATERRESTRIAL), John McNaughton (THE HARVEST), Adam Green (DIGGING UP THE MARROW), Nicolas McCarthy' (HOME), Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson (ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE), Adrian Garcia Bogliano (LATE PHASES), Greg Mclean (WOLF CREEK 2), Eduardo Sanchez (EXISTS) and Milan Todorovic (NYMPH).
of genre movies have been garnering massive critical attention from
other signature festivals which FrightFest has embraced, including: the
moving and charming LIFE AFTER BETH, the laugh-out-loud crowd-pleaser ZOMBEAVERS, Jennifer Kent's utterly beguiling THE BABADOOK, the extraordinary German slasher THE SAMURAI, the 'Glee'-ful STAGE FRIGHT, the Hollywood rags to witches STARRY EYES, the hugely entertaining HOUSEBOUND, the unique R100, the cult of the damned FAULTS, the Kiwi corker I SURVIVED A ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST and Jay Weisman's sci-fi mindbender SHOCKWAVE DARKSIDE 3D.
FrightFest has always shone a spotlight on British talent and this year
is no exception - sharply spearheaded by Luke Hyams' unusual X MOOR, Phil Hawkins' THE LAST SHOWING, featuring horror icon Robert Englund in his best starring role in years, Adam Spinks' creature feature THE EXPEDITION, John Shackleton's supernatural horror THE SLEEPING ROOM, Ivan Kavanagh's sinister THE CANAL, Oliver Frampton's urban nightmare THE FORGOTTEN, Jeremy Wooding's wild western BLOOD MOON, Edward Boase's spooky THE MIRROR and Simeon Halligan's truly shocking WHITE SETTLERS.
and nurturing new talent from across the globe has always at the heart
of FrightFest's manifesto and this year's ever-popular Discovery Strand
is testament to this, boasting thirty-eight films which includes THE HOUSE AT THE END OF TIME, the first ever horror movie from Venezuela, Matthew, A. Brown's startling neo-noir revenge thriller JULIA, Casey La Scala's rapture survival THE REMAINING, Chad Archibald's maniac-franchise-in-the-making THE DROWNSMAN, the mumblecore insidious CREEP, the intestinal gag-filled BAD MILO!, the shattering TRUTH OR DARE, the surprising ALTERGEIST, the king of the hill PRESERVATION, the bodysnatching HONEYMOON, Lowell Dean's hilarious midnight movie WOLFCOP, the cyber chiller THE DEN, the Australian urban legend LEMON TREE PASSAGE, Ben Wagner's intimate DEAD WITHIN, the giallo-infused ANOTHER, the inevitable WRONG TURN 6 and Ate de Jong's psycho-sexual horror DEADLY VIRTUES.
Plus there some brilliant documentaries receiving their UK premieres: Alexandre O. Philippe's Zombie culture reveal, DOC OF THE DEAD and Erik Sharkey's touching portrait of Drew Struzan, DREW: THE MAN BEHIND THE POSTER. There is also the World Premiere of David Gregory's LOST SOUL - THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY'S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU.
The retrospective selection this year includes restored versions of Stanley Kubrick's THE SHINING, Wes Craven's A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, Jorg Buttgereit's NEKROMANTIK and Giulio Paradisi's cult exploiter THE VISITOR, each with significant talent attachment and presented by writer, critic, broadcaster Kim Newman.
Plus there is a special presentation of James Ward's mind-bending horror-sci-fi COHERENCE by THE DUKE MITCHELL FAN CLUB @ FILM4 FRIGHTFEST plus their in-house party. With a
record number of female directors showing their work this year in both
the main sections and in the short film showcases, the return of the
'Shortcuts To Hell' competition in association with Horror Channel and
Movie Mogul, the 'Turn Off Your Bloody Phone!' entries and the usual
bloody red carpet gathering of stars, directors and surprise guests,
Film4FrightFest continues to be the single most important event of 2014
in the UK genre calendar.