Film4 FrightFest 2010 announces line-up of films in record-breaking year.
“Controversy, carnage, cannibalism, cutting-edge chills and a clutch of classy special guests await the thousands of fans who will descend on the Empire Cinema in London’s Leicester Square for the annual Film4 FrightFest, now in its eleventh horrifying year.”
The UK’s top event for horror fans will unveil 36 films in two screens. There are a record-breaking fourteen countries represented across five continents and there are nine world premieres and a record twenty UK or European premieres.
This year there are eight British films in the main program including Monsters, Gareth Edwards’ sensational post-Apocalyptic debut, The Ford Brothers’ and Cannes-hyped African Zombie flick The Dead. Other home-grown titles are Dead Cert (East-End gangsters meet Eastern European vampires), Isle Of Dogs (nasty gangland horror), Paul Andrew Williams’ harrowing Cherry Tree Lane and the werewolf thriller 13HRS.
Jake West will be presenting his in-depth documentary Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship and videotape, which will be followed by a Q & A panel discussion. Also conducting a Q & A is director Srdjan Spasojevic who will be screening the UK premiere of his hot button movie, A Serbian Film.
Other high-voltage shockers include Simon Rumley’s harrowing psycho-sexual drama Red White & Blue, the taut horror western Red Hill, the visceral pulse-setter Primal, Robert Lieberman’s twisty thriller The Tortured, the unrated remake and European premiere of I Spit On Your Grave, and stylishly sick Aussie pic The Loved Ones.
There’s plenty of bodies on the menu in We Are What We Are acclaimed at Cannes as “the Mexican Let The Right One In” and meal-times get the Gallic touch in Franck Richard’s dark debut feature The Pack. There’s a body-count of a different kind in Kaboom, as the Mysterious Skin, director Gregg Araki serves up a wildly sexy and surreal experience.
2010 sees the welcome return of high-calibre Asian fare and three not to miss are Dream Home, the beguiling Bedeviled, from new South Korean kid on the block Jang Cheol-soo and the high-kicking, splatter-fest, Alien vs. Ninja.
The festival will also celebrate the career of living legend Tobe Hooper. As well as showing Hooper’s 1974 masterpiece The Texas Chainsaw Massacre they will be unveiling his rarely seen, restored and re-mastered 1969 debut Eggshells.
As previously announced Adam Green’s Hatchet 2 will open the festival and Daniel Stamm’s The Last Exorcism will bring the curtain down. Adam will be attending alongside the main cast – Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder & Tony Todd. Daniel will be attending, alongside producer Eli Roth, Other directors & talent currently confirmed to attend include: Simon Rumley, Johannes Roberts, Gareth Edwards, Tammi Sutton, Jake West, Joe Lynch, Howard T Ford, David Blyth, Srdjan Spasojevic, Paul Andrew Williams, Andy Nyman, Barbara Nedeljakova, Craig Fairbrass, Steven Berkoff, Martin Kemp, Gary Kemp, Isabella Calthorpe, Gemma Atkinson, James Nesbitt, Karen Gillan, Billy Murray, Bruno Forzani & Helene Cattet.
FrightFest Discovery is back by popular demand, where nine new films will be screening including the European premiere of controversial Kiwi-shocker Wound, directed by David Blyth. There are also UK premieres for the supernatural cult shocker Finale and Oitcast, a gripping nomadic tale starring James Nesbitt.
Dubbed “the Woodstock of Gore” by director Guillermo Del Toro, the festival takes place from Thurs 26 August to Monday 30 August.