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. FrightFest has a tight grip on your fear… From Thurs 26 August to Monday 30 August the UK’s top event for horror fans will unveil 36 films in two screens. Empire 1 will house the main event while ‘FrightFest Discovery’ will play in Empire 4. 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. Check out all of the goodies, along with the schedule below.
This year there are eight British films in the main programme (another record) including MONSTERS, Gareth Edwards’ sensational post-Apocalyptic debut, The Ford Brothers’ Cannes-hyped African Zombie flick THE DEAD and Johannes Roberts F – in which a school gets a lesson in horror! 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 werewolf thriller 13HRS. Plus, 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.
The Q & A with director Srdjan Spasojevic should be rather lively as FrightFest is screening the UK premiere of his hot button movie, A SERBIAN FILM. Not far behind in the controversy stakes is the unrated remake of I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, which will receive its European premiere. Other high-voltage shockers include Simon Rumley’s harrowing psycho-sexual drama RED WHITE & BLUE, the taut horror western RED HILL (with ‘True Blood’ star Ryan Kwanten), the visceral pulse-setter PRIMAL, Robert Lieberman’s twisty thriller THE TORTURED, 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 to savour are DREAM HOME, (‘Friday 13th’ meets ‘Location, Location, Location’ Hong Kong style), the beguiling BEDEVILLED, from new South Korean kid on the block Jang Cheol-soo and the high-kicking, splatter-fest, ALIEN VS NINJA.
This year, in partnership with Total Film Magazine, the festival celebrates the career of a living legend – our first ‘Total Icon’ – TOBE HOOPER. As well as showing Hooper’s 1974 masterpiece THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE we will be unveiling his rarely seen, restored and re-mastered 1969 debut EGGSHELLS. In the UK for the first time in 18 years, Hooper will be interviewed on stage by Jamie Graham, deputy editor of Total Film Magazine.
As previously announced Adam Green’s HATCHET II 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 serial-killer-themed CHRISTOPHER ROTH directed by ‘Switchblade Romance’ cinematographer Maxime Alexandre, supernatural cult shocker FINALE and OUTCAST, a gripping nomadic tale starring James Nesbitt. There is also the chance to see the artful masterpiece AMER – especially selected for those who were unable to see it at FrightFest Glasgow earlier this year.
Finally, welcome to ANDY NYMAN’S QUIZ FROM HELL, hosted by DEAD SET & GHOST STORIES actor Andy Nyman. This is a chance to pit your wits in a mind-bending and inter-active test of horror knowledge. But if that doesn’t appeal, don’t worry. There’s plenty else going on – special guest appearances, Q & A’s, sneak previews, an international short film showcase (to be announced shortly), signings, competition prizes and give-aways – all of which goes to make up the unique experience that fans across the world have come and made their own.
Alan Jones, joint director of FrightFest comments: “The Film4 FrightFest line-up this year is stronger, pioneering and more relevant to our core followers than ever before. With the Hollywood mindset focused on safe bets and creative bankruptcy, we’ve gone back to the roots of what true horror fantasy should be about – exploring daring ideas with innovation using new conjugations of shock from new exciting talent. There’s something for everyone in Film4 FrightFest 2010, if you dare to look”.
Julia Wrigley, Head of Film4 Channel, said: “We are delighted to once again be the headline sponsor, and we are also looking forward to our ‘FrightFest’ season on the channel, with a great line-up of past festival favourites, genre classics and premieres”.
PROGRAMME – DISCOVERY SCREEN
FRIDAY AUG 28
10.45pm BURNING BRIGHT (UK Premiere)
High tension and jolting suspense percolate the most unusual and sneakiest thriller of the year. Johnny Gavenau’s latest get-quick-rich scheme is to turn his Florida ranch into a Safari Park. As the main attraction he buys a dangerous Bengal tiger from an unscrupulous circus trader. But the ravenous beast gets loose, its’ only refuge the ranch house interior where stepdaughter Kelly and her autistic little brother Tom reside… Nature runs amok but human nature proves to be the real villain in director Carlos Brooks’ taut twist on the home invasion chiller.
80 mins Director: Carlos Brooks USA 2010
Garret Dillahunt – Johnny Gaveneau
Briana Evigan – Kelly Taylor
Charlie Tahan – Tom Taylor
Mary Rachel Dudley – Catherine Taylor
Meatloaf – Howie
12.45pm THE CLINIC (UK Premiere)
While travelling across Australia in 1979, heavily pregnant Beth Church is abducted. Waking up in an abandoned abattoir, she’s horrified to find her baby has been removed. Searching the isolated prison for a way out she finds three other women in exactly the same terrifying predicament. And so their deadly game of survival begins Raw psychological horror as SAW meets THE VANISHING with a gripping hereditary twist in director James Rabbitts’ feature debut.
100 mins Director: James Rabbitts Australia 2009
Tabrett Bethell – Beth Church
Andy Whitfield – Cameron
Clare Bowen – Ivy
Freya Stafford – Veronica
Sophie Lowe – Allison
3.00pm FINALE (UK Premiere)
A bereaved family descends into a vortex of paranoia after the supposed suicide of the oldest son in director John Michael Elfers’ shocker styled after classic 60s and 70s Italian horrors. Saturated in a dark, rich and creepy gothic atmosphere, seeping with dread and anxiety, Elfers’ keen eye for startling visuals imbues his gripping supernatural cult shocker with eerie carnality, forbidden desire and erotic imagery.
93 mins Director: John Michael Elfers USA 2009
Carolyn Hauck – Helen Michaels
Suthi Picotte – Kathryn Michaels
Elizabeth Holmes – Mrs. Bliss
Steven Nieport – The Collector
James Johnson – Peter Michaels
5.00pm WOUND (European Premiere)
David Blyth makes a welcome return to the genre he pioneered in 1984 with a fantasy chiller exploring the dark worlds of mental illness, incest, revenge and death. Blyth’s supernatural horror follows Tanya as she searches for Susan – the mother she has never met, who gave her up for dead after being abused by her own father. Tanya has ‘returned from the dead’ to confront and possess Susan with all her deepest fears and desires, sending her into a state of madness and gore-filled retribution. A controversial cult film in the making, WOUND explores the wicked ties that bind.
80 mins Director: David Blyth New Zealand 2010
Kate O’Rourke – Susan
Te Kaea Beri – Tanya
Campbell Cooley – Master John
Sandy Lowe – Mistress Ruth
Brendan Gregory – Neil
7.15pm OUTCAST (Preview)
A gripping, shockingly visceral portrait of the sidhe – Celtic fairy people – whose wild magic is steeped in blood, pain and ritual and director Colm McCarthy captures it all in his tale of strange emotional ties. A female member of a nomadic tribe harbours a secret shame that forces her into housing estate exile with her young son. There she hones her skills in a dark, ancient breed of enchantment. An unusual horror mash-up that’s equal parts intelligent, engaging, and unexpectedly creepy.
92 mins Director: Colm McCarthy UK/Ireland 2010
Kate Dickie – Mary
Niall Bruton – Fergal
James Nesbitt – Cathal
Karen Gillan – Ally
James Cosmo – Laird
9.45pm HIGANJIMA: ESCAPE FROM VAMPIRE ISLAND (UK Premiere)
Based on the Japanese manga that has captivated readers worldwide, an Asian sensation arrives in the United Kingdom. No one has ever returned from the island of Higanjima, especially Akira’s older brother who went missing two years ago. Desperate to see his brother again, Akira talks his friends into joining him to search the island. Once there they realize it’s ruled by vampires. Then Akira makes a startling discovery – his brother is still alive and has become a vampire hunter…
122 mins Director: Kim Tae-kyun Japan 2010
Hideo Ishiguro – Akira
Dai Watanabe – Atsushi
Asami Mizukawa – Rei
Koji Yamamoto – Miyabi
Tomohisa Yuge – Ken-chan
SATURDAY 29 AUG
11.00am CHRISTOPHER ROTH (UK Premiere)
Maxime Alexandre’s ace cinematography highlighted the work of his best friend Alexandre Aja (SWITCHBLADE ROMANCE, THE HILLS HAVE EYES and MIRRORS). Now, as Max Sender, he has directed this unique horror chiller about a thriller writer, Christopher Roth, who has arrived in Umbria, Italy, to get his creative juices flowing. However, the Roths’ arrival coincides with a gruesome murder carried out by The Boar, an elusive serial killer holding the locals in a grip of terror. Soon Roth finds it’s hard to resist that little thrill you feel right before you go beyond the imaginary and flirt with reality.
90 mins Director: Max Sender/Maxime Alexandre Belgium/Italy 2010
Joaquim De Almeida – Christopher Roth
Anna Galiena – Catherine Roth
Inigo Lezzi – Filippo
Jessica Bonanni – Giovanna Cardelli
Ben Gazzara – Paul Andersen
1.15pm FANBOYS (UK Premiere)
It’s Halloween night 1998 and STAR WARS fanboys across the globe eagerly await the release of EPISODE 1 – THE PHANTOM MENACE. But for Eric, Linus, Hutch and Windows, the term fanboy is a badge of honour and the former high school friends undertake an audacious plan. To go to director George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, break in, steal an early copy of the movie and stake their claim as the first fans in history to watch it. But to secure their place in the fanboy hall of fame they’ll have to contend with a bizarre group of Hell’s Angels, a crazy pimp, a deranged cluster of trekkies and William Shatner, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher.
90 mins Director: Kyle Newman USA 2008
Sam Huntington – Eric
Chris Marquette – Linus
Dan Fogler – Hutch
Jay Baruchel – Windows
Kristen Bell – Zoe
3.30pm AFTER.LIFE (UK Premiere)
After a horrific car accident, Anna wakes up to find the local funeral director Eliot Deacon preparing her body for burial. Confused, terrified and still feeling very much alive, Anna doesn’t believe she’s dead, Trapped inside the funeral parlour, she is forced to face her deepest fears and accept her death. With an unrelenting edge of menace, this stylish and erotic chiller provocatively questions the line between life and death.
104 mins Director: Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo USA 2009
Christina Ricci – Anna Taylor
Liam Neeson – Eliot Deacon
Justin Long – Paul
Josh Charles – Tom Peterson
Chandler Canterbury – Jack
9.00pm BURNING BRIGHT
SUNDAY AUG 30
11.00am HIGANJIMA: ESCAPE FROM VAMPIRE ISLAND
6.35pm AMER (BITTER) (Preview)
A huge hit at FrightFest Glasgow earlier this year we are showing AMER in London for those who couldn’t see this artful masterpiece. For gialli fans will absolutely not want to miss co-directors Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s immaculately executed flawless valentine to the 70s thriller genre. Recreating the motifs, clichés and visual codes from the vintage Italian back catalogue, the Belgian-based duo unfold a virtually dialogue free tale of frightening obsession, sexual sensation and stunning black-gloved murder.
90 mins Directors: Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani France/Belgium 2009
Bianca Maria D’Amato
9.05pm THE CLINIC
MONDAY AUG 31
11.00am – AMER
1.30pm AFTER LIFE
6.35pm CHRISTOPHER ROTH
PROGRAMME = SCREEN 1
THURSDAY AUG 27
6.30pm HATCHET II (World Premiere)
FrightFest continues its strong relationship with Adam Green by hosting the world premiere of the sequel to his 2006 slasher sensation. Picking up right where the splatter-tastic original ended, Marybeth escapes the clutches of the deformed, swamp-dwelling iconic killer Victor Crowley. After learning the truth about her family’s connection to the hatchet-wielding madman, Marybeth returns to the Louisiana swamps along with an army of hunters to recover the bodies of her family and exact the bloodiest revenge against the bayou butcher. Delivering unapologetically unrestrained gushers of gore, HATCHET II is everything you loved about the original – only darker, funnier and on shocker steroids.
90 mins Director: Adam Green USA 2010
Danielle Harris – Marybeth
Kane Hodder – Victor Crowley
Tony Todd – Rev. Zombie
Tom Holland – Bob
R.A. Mihailoff – Trent
9.15pm PRIMAL (World Premiere)
Primordial nature runs amuck in a smartly played spectacular slice of neo Ozploitation. 12,000 years ago a caveman tried to communicate the presence of an unknown primal entity only to be devoured by the Neanderthal evil. Now six friends on a field trip set up camp in the same remote wilderness. But when one takes a dip in a nearby waterhole terror descends on the remainder as they realise its kill or be killed. A frenzied visceral nightmare, PRIMAL is a hugely enjoyable rollercoaster ride through primitive panic with the best one word ending ever!
85 mins Director: Josh Reed Australia 2010
Krew Boylan – Mel
Lindsay Farris – Chad
Wil Traval – Dace
Damien Freeleagus – Waren
Rebekah Foord – Kris
11.30pm DEAD CERT (World Premiere)
It’s a splatter Disco Inferno as East End gangsters and Eastern European vampires battle it out for the ultimate prize – owenership of the night-club, ‘The Inferno’. Foul-mouthed thugs take on a city infested with the undead in a super-modern take on ‘Dracula’ influenced by House of Hammer classics plus FRIGHT NIGHT and THE LOST BOYS. You think you know all there is to know about vampires? Well, you’re wrong, dead wrong, in director Steve Lawson’s all-action horror that paints London town red – with blood!
90 mins Director: Steve Lawson UK 2010
Craig Fairbrass – Freddy ‘Dead Cert’ Frankham
Jason Flemyng – Chelsea Steve
Danny Dyer – Roger Kipling
Billy Murray – Dante Livienko
Dexter Fletcher – Eddie Christian
FRIDAY AUG 28
TOTAL ICON: TOBE HOOPER
Total Film Magazine have joined forces with FrightFest to introduce a new attraction to this year’s festival. It’s called ‘Total Icon’ and will celebrate the career of living legend Tobe Hooper. As well as showing Tobe’s ferocious 1974 masterpiece THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE on the big screen, we will be unveiling his rarely seen, restored and re-mastered 1969 debut, EGGSHELLS. And that’s not all: there will be a 45-minute onstage Q&A with the great man himself, here visiting the UK for the first time in 18 years.
10.45am EGGSHELLS (Total Icon Retrospective)
Director Tobe Hooper’s little seen and long thought lost debut feature is now a must-see hippy trippy head space fantasy time capsule containing many portents of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE to come. Hooper: “It’s a real movie about 1969, kind of verite but with a little push, improvisation mixed with magic. It was about the beginning and end of the subculture. Most of it takes place in a commune house. But what they don’t know is that in the basement is a crypto-embryonic hyper-electric presence that managed to influence the house and the people in it. The presence has embedded itself in the walls and grows into this big bulb, half-electronic, half organic. Almost like an eye, but like a big light, it comes out of the wall, manipulating and animating. I’ve always described it as being a mixture of Andy Warhol’s TRASH and Walt Disney’s FANTASIA”.
90 mins Director: Tobe Hooper USA 1969
Mahlon Forman – Mahlon
Boris Schnurr (Kim Henkel) – Toz
Ron Barnhart – Ben Skabarsak
Amy Lester – Amy
David Noll – David
1.00pm THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (Total Icon Retrospective)
Time has not dimmed the shock value of the seminal classic from director Tobe Hooper, based on the same real-life Ed Gein case that inspired PSYCHO. Only granted a certificate from the British Board of Film Classification for its 25th Anniversary release in 1999, this highly influential scream-filled chiller tells the story of five Texas hippies who encounter a family of murderous cannibals. Hooper masterfully uses documentary-style realism, coupled with the horror of anticipation and suggestion, to take the terror factor into stunning and disturbing areas. Made on a micro-budget that adds to the harsh tone, this razor-sharp nightmare began the power tool cult and brought Gunnar Hansen’s Leatherface to horror icon glory. But it’s the brutal accumulative effect of Hooper’s mater-of-fact direction that freezes the scalp and puts alarmed imagination on overdrive.
83 mins Director: Tobe Hooper USA 1974
Marilyn Burns – Sally
Gunnar Hansen – Leatherface
Allen Danziger – Jerry
Edwin Neal – Hitchhiker
Paul A. Partain – Franklin
3.15pm INTERVIEW WITH TOBE HOOPER.
The interview will be conducted by Total Film’s deputy editor Jamie Graham. Total Film has regularly tagged THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE as ‘The Greatest Horror Movie Ever Made’ and could not be happier to welcome Tobe Hooper to FrightFest.
5.30pm ISLE OF DOGS (World Premiere)
Darius is the gang boss from hell, a deadly bastard and the last man you’d cross. So when he discovers his young Russian bride Nadia is sleeping with Rilry, a small time crook, he makes him an offer he can’t refuse. Kill or be killed. In the tradition of LONDON TO BRIGHTON, an unflinching exploration of just what people will do to survive. Written by Sean Hogan and director Tammi Sutton (the upcoming WELCOME TO GRAVELAND starring Danny Trejo and Vinnie Jones), comes a barking Brit body count horror.
90 mins Director: Tammi Sutton UK 2010
Edward Hogg – Riley
Barbara Nedeljakova – Nadia
Andrew Howard – Darius
Gwilym Lee – Block
Stuart McQuarrie – Billy
7.45pm F (World Premiere)
Welcome to the Class of 2010. The college day ends, the school building becomes a vast complex of dark corridors, and eerily quiet classrooms, What none of the remaining teachers and pupils realize is tonight is going to be a night they will remember for the rest of their lives – especially English teacher Robert Anderson, a burned-out, world-weary alcoholic trying to reconnect with his daughter. For the school comes under relentless attack from a faceless threat intent on causing maximum mayhem. Will lessons be learned?
80 mins Director: Johannes Roberts UK 2010
David Schofield – Robert Anderson
Eliza Bennett – Kate Anderson
Emma Cleasby – Lucy
Ruth Gemmell – Sarah Balham
Juliet Aubrey – Helen Anderson
9.15pm RED HILL (Preview)
Police officer Shane Cooper (‘True Blood’ star Ryan Kwanten) relocates to the dusty farming village of Red Hill with his pregnant wife, Alice, to start a family. Then news of a prison break sends the local law enforcement officers into a panic and Shane’s first day on duty rapidly turns into a nightmare. A taut horror western, which unfolds over the course of a single day and night, and told with explosive action and chilling violence,
95 mins Director: Patrick Hughes Australia 2010
Ryan Kwanten – Shane Cooper
Claire van der Boom – Alice Cooper
Steve Bisley – Old Bill
Tom E. Lewis – Jimmy Conway
Christopher David – Slim
11.30pm ALIEN VS. NINJA (UK Premiere)
Once upon a time in Japan, a band of great Iga Ninja warriors witness a roaring giant fireball crashing into the distant forest. Rushing to investigate the mysterious asteroid, they are stunned to be confronted by new alien enemies. This is the story of the brave Ninja facing their biggest challenge ever to defeat the space monsters and their alien offspring. In the tradition of TOKYO GORE POLICE comes killer Kung Fu, gratuitous violence, silly splatter, high-powered action – and men in grey rubber suits.
90 mins Director: Seiji Chiba Japan 2010
SATURDAY AUG 29
11.00am CHERRY TREE LANE Preview)
CHERRY TREE LANE was Mary Poppins’ address, but there’s nothing remotely Disney about this cautionary tale from Paul Andrew Williams, director of the critically acclaimed LONDON TO BRIGHTON and THE COTTAGE. Christine and Mike are an ordinary middle-class couple living in what could be any house on any street. It’s an average evening as they prepare dinner, open a bottle of wine and bicker waiting for their teenage son, Sebastian, to come home from football. The doorbell rings. And the family’s nightmare begins. Tense, harrowing and disturbing, CHERRY TREE LANE is one address worth visiting if your nerves can stand it.
80 mins Director: Paul Andrew Williams UK 2010
Rachael Blake – Christine
Tom Butcher – Mike
Sonny Muslim – Teddy
Jumayn Hunter – Rian
Ashley Chin – Asad
1.15pm THE TORTURED (UK Premiere)
Meet Elise and Craig, an upper-middle-class couple with a beautiful son and a very good life. But that charmed life is destroyed and shattered when their only child is kidnapped and killed by a sexual deviant. Obsessed with revenge when the criminal justice system does not adequately punish the murderer, the couple seizes a golden opportunity to abduct him when a tragic accident occurs. Hold on tight as the twists and turns in director Robert Lieberman’s horror thriller continually surprise and shock.
90 mins Director: Robert Lieberman USA/Canada 2010
Jesse Metcalfe – Craig
Erika Christensen – Elise
Bill Mosely – Kozlowski
Chelah Horsdal – Liane
Thomas Greenwood – Ben
3.15pm 13HRS (World Premiere)
Sarah Tyler returns to her troubled family home in the isolated countryside, for a much put-off visit from Los Angeles. But as a storm rages outside, Sarah, her family and friends shore up for the night, cut off from the outside world. But something is about to come out of the driving rain and darkness. Something that needs to kill and is looking for human prey. Something that holds a terrifying secret so devastating that, in one night, it could wipe out the entire Tyler bloodline.
85 mins Director: Jonathan Glendening UK 2010
Isabella Calthorpe – Sarah Tyler
Tom Felton – Gary
Gemma Atkinson – Emily
John Lynch – McCrae
Simon MacCorkindale – Duncan
THE HORROR CHANNEL PRESENTS
6.30pm I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (European Premiere)
Arguably the most notorious title in horror history, the original 1979 exploitation classic became an iconic Video Nasty. So prepare for the one unrated remake everybody has been anticipating, a violent, shocking story of bloody revenge. When writer Jennifer Hills retreats to a charming cabin in the woods to start her next book, her presence in the small town attracts unwanted redneck attention. Intending to teach the city girl a lesson, they break into her cabin to scare her. However, what starts out as terrifying acts of humiliation, uncontrollably escalates into a night of abusive assault. But against all odds Jennifer survives her ordeal and intends to turn the tables on her tormentors…
90 mins Director: Steven R. Monroe USA 2010
Sarah Butler – Jennifer Hills
Daniel Franzese – Stanley
Chad Lindberg – Matthew
Tracey Walter – Earl Woodason
Rodney Eastman – Andy
TOTAL FILM PRESENTS
8.45pm MONSTERS (Preview)
Director Gareth Edwards’ sensational debut is a provocative post-Apocalyptic parable and an all-round remarkable achievement. Six years ago a NASA probe returning to Earth with samples of alien organisms crashed over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear there and half of Mexico was quarantined. Now the American and Mexican military struggle to contain the giant creatures. It’s through this perilous infected zone that a cynical journalist must escort his stranded boss’ daughter to U.S. border safety. MONSTERS is involving and satisfying as it is surprising and moving, something utterly unique, original and awe-inspiring.
97 mins Director: Gareth Edwards UK 2010
Scoot McNairy – Andrew Kaulder
Whitney Able – Samantha Wynden
11.55pm DREAM HOME (UK Premiere)
How far would you go to keep your dream home? FRIDAY THE 13th meets ‘Location, Location, Location’ in a blood-soaked slasher doubling as a satire on the current housing and banking crises. Cheng Lai-sheung is an upwardly mobile professional happily working two jobs, finally ready to invest in her first home. But when the deal falls through on her luxury dream home she takes drastic action to keep her dream alive. DREAM HOME returns Hong Kong Cinema to a level of gratuitous violence not seen since the glory days of RIKI-OH! and THE UNTOLD STORY, and is the strongest Asian horror for ages.
96 mins Director: Ho-Cheung Pang Hong Kong 2010
Josie Ho – Cheng Lai-sheung
Eason Chan –
Derek Tsang –
Lawrence Chou –
Juno Mak –
SUNDAY AUG 30
11.00am THE PACK (UK Premiere)
The earth wants blood…and there are those who cannot refuse it. In a snowy no man’s land loner Charlotte Massot picks up hitchhiker Max for security after being hassled by an unruly motorbike gang. But when Max goes missing at the La Spack truck-stop café and she investigates his disappearance, little does she realise she is being set up to take part in a ghastly, unholy ritual. Franck Richard’s debut feature follows in the sick and slick tradition of recent French fear fare with BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF star Emilie Dequenne and Gallic gore favourite Philippe Nahon acting their heads off. Literally.
80 mins Director: Franck Richard France 2010
Emilie Dequenne – Charlotte Massot
Benjamin Biolay – Max
Yolande Moreau – La Spack
Philippe Nahon – Chinaski
Eric Godon – Jean-Jean
1.00pm. FILM4 FRIGHTFEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM SHOWCASE – to be announced soon.
ANDY NYMAN’S QUIZ FROM HELL
Dare you take part? Can your brain withstand the trivia terror? FrightFest has tempted SEVERANCE and BLACK DEATH movie actor, and ‘Dead Set’ TV star Andy Nyman off the West End stage where he’s currently appearing in ‘Ghost Stories’ at the Duke of York’s Theatre to host a mind-bending test of horror knowledge. The questions are going to be hard and the interactive rounds especially so. But if you win, you’ll win big. So join Andy as he probes your cranium and hits your funny bones in the FrightFest Quiz from Hell.
The Quiz from Hell is brought to you by Simon Williams and Lee-Jay Bannister, the brains behind the film-themed pub quiz ‘You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat’. Now in its sixth year at the Boogaloo pub in Highgate, North London, ‘You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat’ has developed a cult following, The Evening Standard has called it ‘London’s best pub quiz for film buffs’. To find out more visit www.film-quiz.com. For more information about private events, visit www.quizevents.com.
4.00pm. WE ARE WHAT WE ARE (SOMOS LO QUE HAY) (UK Premiere)
Shown in the Director’s Fortnight strand of the Cannes Film Festival 2010, Jorge Michel Grau’s independently produced, envelope-pushing shocker was acclaimed as “the Mexican LET THE RIGHT ONE IN”. A middle-aged man dies in the middle of a shopping mall leaving his widow, two sons and daughter destitute. The devastated family is confronted with a massive challenge…for they are cannibals. But who will provide the victims now their father has gone? The task falls to the eldest son Alfredo, yet he’s far from ready to accept the challenge especially as he carries another secret all his own.
99 mins Director: Jorge Michel Grau Mexico 2010
Adrian Aguirre – Adriana
Miriam Balderas – Sheyla
Francisco Barreiro – Alfredo
Carmen Beato – Patricia
Daniel Gimenez Cacho – Tito
6.30pm KABOOM (UK Premiere)
The director of NOWHERE and MYSTERIOUS SKIN brings his signature vision and sharp sense of smart fun to a wildly sexy apocalyptic movie. Bisexual college student Smith stumbles upon a monstrous conspiracy in a seemingly idyllic Southern California seaside town. And his drug-fuelled everyday life of lusting gets turned upside down after witnessing a gruesome murder that draws him into a sinister underground cult. A surreal mash-up of styles, sexuality, supernatural and sci-fi genres, file this one under instant cult classic.
88 mins Director: Gregg Araki USA/France 2010
Thomas Dekker – Smith
Hayley Bennett – Stella
Chris Zylka – Thor
Juno Temple – London
Andy Fischer-Price – Rex
9.00pm A SERBIAN FILM (UK Premiere)
The most controversial hot button movie of the year is an unflinching look into the moral, political and ethical abyss that is Serbia today. When a former porn star is lured out of retirement to make one last ‘artistic statement’ on the sexploitation industry little does he know the depths of depravity to which he will sink. For the director is concerned less about the pleasures of the flesh than the degradation of the human animal. Be warned, the depiction of one man’s descent into vice-ridden hell is brutal and violent to an extreme. Director Srdjan Spasojevic’s walk on the wildest side is meant to shock the viewer out of complacency and could only come from those living through collective national pain and victimization now determined to throw that hurt and fury on screen. The result is an experience you will never, ever forget.
104 mins Director: Srdjan Spasojevic Serbia 2009
Srdjan Todorovic – Milos
Sergej Trifunovic – Vukmir
Jelena Gavrilovic – Marija
Katarina Zutic – Lejla
Slobodan Bestic – Marko
11.30pm THE LOVED ONES (UK Premiere)
The coolest Ozploitation horror in ages is director Sean Byrne’s hilariously dark and supremely confident mash-up of MISERY, SAW and CARRIE. Cute young Brent is still traumatized over the death of his father when he’s picked out by classmate Lola to attend her gore-soaked private prom. Kidnapped by her devoted father who will do absolutely anything Lola requests, Brent soon finds himself in the company of the deadliest pair since Burke and Hare. Slick, quick and sick Byrne’s stylish twist on teen horror provides fresh jolts, graphic gasps and superior scream ‘n’ squeal shocks.
84 mins Director: Sean Byrne Australia 2009
Xavier Samuel – Brent Mitchell
Robin McLeavy – Lola
John Brumpton – Eric
Victoria Thaine – Holly
Jessica McNamee – Mia
MONDAY AUG 31
11.15am VIDEO NASTIES (World Premiere)
From director Jake West and producer Marc Morris, a brand new feature length documentary charting the Video Nasties phenomenon and shedding light on one of the most important and scandalous eras in British film history. Featuring archive material of James Ferman, Mary Whitehouse, plus a wealth of authoritative cult film experts, journalists and academics and contemporary UK horror film directors including Neil Marshall and Christopher Smith. The doc is a companion piece to the Nucleus Films release ‘Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide’, which features every single trailer to the films that fell foul of the Director of Public Prosecutions,
A panel discussion will follow this definitive document of a most extraordinary time.
60 mins Director: Jake West UK 2010
1.15pm THE DEAD (World Premiere)
The Ford Brothers have burst on the scare scene as a fresh force in the horror fantasy arena. In the very near future most of the world has succumbed to a living dead virus. After crashing off the coast of Africa in a plane, Lt. Brian Murphy battles for survival across inhospitable parched terrain in search of a way to get back to his beloved family in America. Saved by local military man Sgt. Daniel Dembele, who is also searching for his son, both men join forces to fight the ever-present flesh-eating threat stalking the bush. THE DEAD features stunningly shot burnished landscapes, brilliant special make-up and visual effects and terrific dust devil zombies.
90 mins Directors: Howard J. Ford & Jon Ford UK 2010
Rob Freeman – Lt. Brian Murphy
Prince David Osei – Sgt Daniel Dembele
Dan Morgan – James
David Dontoh – The Chief
3.30pm BEDEVILLED (UK Premiere)
From director Jang Cheol-soo, the new South Korean name to watch, the tale of two women living on the idyllic island of Moodo. Seoul banker Hae-won once visited Moodo to see her grandparents and had befriended Bok-nam, a local girl. Back on the island again to regain balance to her life, Hae-won is shocked to see everyone treating Bok-nam like a slave – a plaything for the men and a workhorse for the women. Hae-won remains indifferent to Bok-nam’s pleas for help, not wanting to become involved in complicated situations. Then Bok-nam loses the only thing that had kept her going and finally snaps, a sickle in hand to mete out the bloodiest of revenge.
115 mins Director: Jang Cheol-soo South Korea 2010
Seo Young-hee – Bok-nam
Ji Sung-won – Hae-won
6.30pm RED, WHITE & BLUE (UK Premiere)
FrightFest launched director Simon Rumley’s THE LIVING AND THE DEAD in 2006. Now we present his latest harrowing masterpiece built around the universal horror of that ever-encroaching shadow of mortality. In Austin, Texas, Erica spends her nights trawling local bars and beds. Damaged emotionally, never really connecting with anyone until she meets the older, mysterious Iraq war veteran Nate. Despite his quiet air of danger, Nate’s the only guy who doesn’t want to get her into pants and the two form a hesitant bond. But one of Erica’s casual sexual encounters is about to frighteningly rebound on the whole community…
103 mins Director: Simon Rumley USA 2010
Amanda Fuller – Erica
Noah Taylor – Nate
Marc Senter – Franki
Nick Ashy Holden – Alvin
Patrick Crovo – Carl
9.00pm THE LAST EXORCISM (UK Premiere)
From producer Eli Roth and visionary director Daniel Stamm comes a possession nightmare of epic proportions. Disillusioned by years of defrauding poor believers out of their hard-earned cash, evangelist preacher Cotton Marcus has decided to put the record straight by starring in a fly-on-the-wall documentary exposing the con tricks of his demon-busting trade. A letter from a poor southern farmer begging for help in driving evil off his land seems to give Cotton the perfect opportunity to expose the phoniness of his satanic ministry. But then he meets the farmer’s disturbed young daughter, Nell, and everything changes…
95 mins Director: Daniel Stamm USA 2010
Patrick Fabian – Cotton Marcus
Ashley Bell – Nell Sweetzer
Louis Herthum – Louis Sweetzer
Caleb Jones – Caleb Sweetzer
Shanna Forestall – Mrs. Marcus
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