The Guillermo del Toro-produced creature creeper Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is set to open this year’s Film4 FrightFest. Starring Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and directed by comic book artist Troy Nixey, this will be the film’s UK premiere ahead of a planned nationwide release in September, courtesy of Optimum Releasing.
Based on the 1973 US TV movie and bearing del Toro’s distinctive touch of class, first-time director Nixey explores a demonic tooth fairy myth in a tense flight of terrifying fantasy orchestrated with stylish verve and stunning sound design that will rock the Empire cinema to its rafters.
Film4 FrightFest will close with the European premiere of the harrowing and nerve-jangling British survival shocker A Lonely Place to Die, directed by Julian Gilbey and starring Melissa George (pictured below). Set in the Scottish Highlands, “a group of mountaineers discover a young Serbian girl buried alive in the wilderness. In their attempt to get the girl to safety they become caught up in a terrifying game of cat and mouse.” It will be released in UK cinemas from September 9.
Film4 FrightFest 2011, the UK’s biggest genre film fest, runs from Thursday August 25 to Monday August 29 at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square. The full line up will be announced on July 1. Festival & day passes go on sale from July 1. Tickets for Individual films on sale from August 1.