It was inevitable, but disappointing none-the-less, to hear that this year’s annual ARROW FrightFest, held each August Bank Holiday weekend in London’s Leicester Square, has been postponed due to the ongoing fears surrounding COVID-19 and the restrictions which the resultant social distancing would have incurred.
All is not lost however as the organisers have now pushed the horror marathon – marking its 21st birthday this year – back until the end of October, when they will extend their regular one day Halloween extravaganza to incorporate more screenings and events.
In a statement FrightFest co-director Alan Jones said,
“Sadly, we won’t be able to come together and celebrate our 21st year in the summer but rest assured, we will make our London Halloween event one to remember. FrightFest has always been about the genre community joining together, not just to embrace films but to demonstrate our unique spirit of supportive closeness”.
As you’d expect the graphic artist Graham Humphreys – whose arresting artwork promoting FrightFest each year, has become an iconic aspect of the festival – has come up with an inspired image for the 2020 anniversary integrating such items as goggles and facemasks which have sadly become a part of everyday life, as well as traditional images of pumpkins, bats and mad doctors.
Details of the Halloween event, film programmes and ticket availability, will be released on the ARROW FrightFest website nearer the time.