You know that the Horror Channel FrightFest (as the annual London schlockfest is now officially known) is not far off when they announce – as they just have – the film line-up for the August bank holiday festival of fright.
In this its 17th year, attendees of the regular weekend meet will be treated to a whopping 19 world premieres as well as 35 UK and European first shows. With something to suit everyone’s taste, from art-house to grind-house, the festival’s new 12-screen home at the Vue Cinema in London’s Shepherd’s Bush will screen 62 new features from 16 countries across 6 continents.
The opening and closing night films are always festival highlights, and this year consist of the violent thriller My Father Die and splatter extravaganza Train To Busan. Running between these screenings there are a host of other chills including a large number of titles from Britain including Kate Shenton’s Egomaniac and Andy Edward’s mix of Club 18-30 and gore in Ibiza Undead.
From the continent comes the tense Italian supercar thrill ride Monolith, whilst the highly anticipated Dutch slasher The Windmill Massacre is guaranteed to be on of the highlights of the festival. In addition to these the sinister South African offering From A House on Willow Street and a host of gems from across the pond including the remake of the infamous classic Blood Feast, means that this year’s event will continue to cement FrightFest’s reputation as a showcase for international talent.
As with previous years the Discovery Screen strand and Duke Mitchell Film Club will highlight what could be considered the festival’s ‘fringe’ offerings, including a restored version of Shelden Renan’s controversial documentary The Killing of America and the complete French TV mini-series Beyond the Walls. In addition to this there will also be a rerun of last year’s festival hit Road Games – with a special treat from its director Abner Pastoll – in anticipation of its debut on DVD by the FrightFest Presents label.
Talking on the day of the launch Alan Jones, co-director of FrightFest, said: “For seventeen years now FrightFest has led the way through landmark changes in the genre, altered perceptions of fandom and embraced the revolutions in platforms and distribution models. It continues to do so this year with a breathtaking selection of genre attractions with the widest appeal and breadth of focus. 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”.
Further details of special events, guest appearances and films showing at Horror Channel FrightFest 2016, will be released in the coming weeks, and can be found on the FrightFest website at: www.frightfest.co.uk. Festival and day passes are now on sale, only to buy online at: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/tickets.html, whilst single tickets will be on sale from Saturday 23rd July, 2016.