Now entering its 17th year, the UK's première international fantasy and horror film festival returns with another packed lineup of bone-chilling treats. The Horror Channel FrightFest has been keeping its finger on the pulse of the modern horror scene in order to bring the best cinema from home and abroad to London screens. According to festival co-director Alan Jones:
“We stand out because we stand for something special – a one-stop roadmap through everything you need to see to be totally up to speed with what the next year in horror fantasy will be all about”
FrightFest kicks-off August 25th with opening film, My Father Die. The debut directorial feature of actor Sean Brosnan, the film is described as an ‘ultra-stylish, uber-violent revenge thriller’. Brosnan himself stars as a deaf and mute man who has spent his life waiting for his shot at revenge on the father who killed his brother.
Then, steaming in to close the festival on the 29th is horror action thrill ride, Train to Busan. From writer-director Sang-ho Yeon, who has already experimented with the zombie genre this year with the animated feature Seoul Station, Train to Busan follows a group of passengers trapped on a driverless high-speed train in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.
A terrifying host of horror entertainment, including 19 World and 35 UK & European Premieres, sit in between. Highlights include Adam Winguard’s tale of terrified campers The Woods, Anne Billers fantastically realised sexploitation story The Love Witch, Italian hit They Call Me Jeeg Robot, John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson in Todd William’s Stephen King Adaptation Cell, and Dougray Scott battling zombies in The Rezort. Added to the list are homegrown thrills making up 12 of the UK World Premieres. Films include Ben Parker’s The Chamber, dark-fantasy Crow and gore-fest Ibiza Undead.
There’s good representation of South America’s love of the genre too with the H. P. Lovecraft inspired Downhill, Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw getting a Brazilian twist in Through The Shadow and the Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro G. Iñárritu endorsed, We Are The Flesh.
For the full lineup and ticketing info check out the official website