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FRIGHTFEST 2015 OPENING AND CLOSING FILMS ANNOUNCED
Frightfest, the UK's leading genre festival, has announced the films chosen to open and close this year's festival. The announcement comes after much speculation, with Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak being a strong favourite among fans for either of the bookend slots. In true Frightfest fashion, though, the films chosen haven't been the 'obvious' choices. Opening the weekend is Wake Wood director David Keating's pagan cult chiller Cherry Tree and the closing slot will be filled by anthology feature Tales of Halloween from the minds behind several past festival hits such as Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers) and Lucky McKee (The Woman). There's still an awful lot of time to fill for the festival, so expect the usual mix of big budget, independent and downright obscure choices to be unveiled with the full lineup on the 2nd July. Read on for the official info.
The 16th edition of Film4 FrightFest kicks off in skin-crawling fashion with the European premiere of David Keating’s blood-freezing rural nightmare CHERRY TREE, starring Anna Walton (Hellboy 2, Soulmate) and rising star Naomi Battrick (Down Dog, Waterloo Road)
Keating, who directed the acclaimed ‘Wake Wood’ for the revamped Hammer label, offers another provocative and compelling twist on the pagan cult chiller, in which a young girl, Faith (Naomi Battrick), in an attempt to save her father’s life, makes a fateful pact with Sissy Young (Anna Walton) head of a sinister black magic coven.
FrightFest’s first Irish event-opener, CHERRY TREE is a Fantastic Films & House of Netherhorror Production, produced by John McDonnell & Brendan McCarthy.
Closing Film4 FrightFest is the European premiere of the stunning anthology TALES OF HALLOWEEN, a celebration of the spooky October holiday. Ten tales of terror unfold in a sleepy American suburb on All Hallows Eve as ghouls, imps, aliens, goblins, demons, axe murderers and serial killers roam the witching hour. This anthology of power nightmares is directed by the cream of the scream industry crop: Neil Marshall, Darren Lynn Bousman, Axelle Carolyn, Adam Gierasch, Lucky McKee, Dave Parker, Paul Solet, Ryan Schifrin, John Skipp & Mike Mendez.
TALES OF HALLOWEEN is created by Axelle Carolyn and produced by Patrick Ewald, Shaked Berenson, Mike Mendez and Axelle Carolyn.
The guest line-up will be announced later but both films will be represented by cast and crew.
Alan Jones said today: We have never opened with an Irish production before. So we figured it was about time to put a sharp focus on all the sterling work the Irish Film Board has done to promote the genre. Over the years we have premiered DEAD MEAT, ISOLATION, DOROTHY MILLS, DARK TOUCH and THE CANAL, and CHERRY TREE follows in their fine tradition offering storytelling excellence, great production values and terrific casting, slathered with that appealing Emerald Isle quirkiness. The choice for our Closing night film was a no-brainer, Not only is TALES OF HALLOWEEN an absolutely terrific celebration of the October holiday, it also represents a potted history of FrightFest’s shining past due to much of the talent involved both on screen and behind it being our special guests over the last fifteen years. So sit back and enjoy!”
The full-line up will be announced on Thurs 2 July
This year’s event takes place at the Vue Cinema, Leicester Sq between Thurs Aug 27 & Mon Aug 31.
The festival will be using six screens at the VUE, West End, one more than last year. Expect to see north of 80 films and events in the programme. A festival pass this year will cost £185. Day passes are Thursday - £30, Friday and Saturday £60, Sunday and Monday £50.
Single tickets this year will be £13.25.
Festival and day pass sales will commence on July 4 at 12 PM and will only be available online. Single tickets will go on sale on July 18 through the VUE website, call centre and at the cinema for personal callers.
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