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Film4 Frightfest revealed its film lineup for August 2013 to an expectant internet community that has been guessing at titles and guests for several weeks. Among the films on offer is the usual mix of big budget, mainstream titles and hidden gems that would otherwise go unnoticed by the majority. My personal feeling is that the programme is stronger than ever, and there are a big number of films that I'm eagerly looking forward to.
Weekend passes went on sale today, with the customary 'sleepy queue' snaking its way round Leicester Square, full of horror fans determined to get their preferred choice of seating. Unlike previous years, those left to book online don't seem to have had such a rough deal as most appear to have bought their passes without too many issues. The last choice of tickets is for individual films, which go on sale on the 27th July through the Empire box office (see details below).
The official announcement of the Frightfest lineup as follows:
The UK premieres feature our closing night film, the most want-to-see 2013 title BIG BAD WOLVES, Jim Mickle's appetising WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, Vincenzo Natali's HAUNTER, Ryuhei Kitamura's NO ONE LIVES, Lasse Hallstrom's THE HYPNOTIST, the Pastor Brothers' THE LAST DAYS, the VHS documentary REWIND THIS!, Bobcat Goldthwait's horror-comedy WILLOW CREEK, producer Adam Green's HATCHET III, acclaimed anthology V/H/S/2, the fantasy thriller ODD THOMAS, rural horror romp 100 BLOODY ACRES, compulsive chiller THE CONSPIRACY, Renny Harlin's mystery thriller THE DYATLOV PASS INCIDENT & Marina De Van's high-voltage shocker DARK TOUCH.
The Brits are once again proving that the genre is in fine form. Aside from the aforementioned THE DEAD 2: INDIA and DEMENTAMANIA, there is Christian James' toilet-humoured STALLED, Jeremy Lovering's white-knuckle ride IN FEAR, Farren Blackburn's axe-murderous HAMMER OF THE GODS, Kate Shenton's human suspension doc ON TENDER HOOKS, THE PARANORMAL DIARIES: CLOPHILL, from the Zombie Diaries duo, Michael Bartlett & Kevin Gates, Kieran Parker's latest in the zombie action franchise OUTPOST: RISE OF THE SPETSNAZ and THE BORDERLANDS., a paranormal chiller from Elliot Goldner.
Keynote previews include THE GRIEF TOURIST starring Michael Cudlitz and Melanie Griffith, and Carlos Medina's award-winning PAINLESS.
Crowd-pleasers have always been at the heart of the FrightFest experience, so audiences can sit back and thrill to the roof-raising YOU'RE NEXT, the incredible CHEAP THRILLS, the mutant-tastic FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY and a Special Preview of the Hollywood blockbuster R.I.P.D. starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges. And we have included two of our February FrightFest Glasgow draws – the fabulously trashy grindhouser BRING ME THE HEAD OF THE MACHINE GUN WOMAN.and Michael Stephenson's hugely entertaining doc THE AMERICAN SCREAM.
Expanding the Discovery Strand means there are double the treats to sample this year, including the nerve-shredding SNAP, the smart horror-fantasy HANSEL & GRETEL & THE 4:20 WITCH, Sonny Laguna's ferocious WITHER, Israeli war fantasy CANNON FODDER, Scream-styled homage SADIK 2, James Sizemore 's demonic THE DEMON'S ROCK, David McCracken's story of small-town child abuse DAYLIGHT & sex-disease horror CONTRACTED. There is also a first-time screening of three episodes of Adam Green and Joe Lynch's TV series HOLLISTON.
Plus, there's a chance to discover an eclectic mix of Premiere screening restorations : Ozploitation classic - WAKE IN FRIGHT, a tribute to Hammer Horror icon Peter Cushing – CORRUPTION, the first Roger Corman Edgar Allan Poe masterpiece – THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, and the genre landmark that is F. W. Murnau's NOSFERATU.
With Andy Nyman's ever-popular 'Quiz From Hell' now in its 4th year, the announcement of the '666 Short Cuts To Hell' competition winners, 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, Film4 FrightFest 14 looks set to raise the roof. Let the screaming begin!
Alan Jones, Festival co-director, said today: Fourteen years down the line from our seminal start in 2000, the ambitions of the Film4 FrightFest remain exactly the same: to promote horror and fantasy in all its rich and varied ways, to foster the latest in world genre cinema, to highlight our vibrant home-grown independent sector and to invite an international array of directors, actors and filmmakers to discuss their work. For that reason we have remained at the vanguard of the genre".
Julia Wrigley, Head of Film4 Channel4, added: '"We are thrilled to return for the 7th year in a row as the headline sponsors of Film4 FrightFest. Once again, the line-up includes a great range of British films, including the relentlessly terrifying Film4 Production In Fear. Our FrightFest fortnight on Film4 is packed with channel premieres, festival favourites and some classics from the crypt".
Film4 FrightFest, the UK's biggest genre film festival, runs from Thursday 22nd August to Monday 26th August at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square. Tickets for Individual films are on sale from 27th July. Bookings: 08714 714 714 or https://www.empirecinemas.co.uk
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