21-25 August 2014
VUE West End,
London's premeire horror festival is back, this time in a new venue: The VUE West End in Leicester Square. Passes for the entire festival or for full days were sold out last time we checked, but single tickets should be available for all screenings.
SmokeScreen will be covering the festival, having grabbed some passes early!
There is a huge amount on, too much too list here. The festival will open with a screening of Adam Wingard's 80s slasher-and-thriller homage, The Guest, and close with William Eubank's intriguing-sounding scifi fantasy The Signal. Guests will include Robert "Freddy Krueger' Englund (celebrating the 30th anniversary of A Nightmare on Elm Street) and comics legend Alan Moore (he created Watchmen and V For Vendetta amongst many, many other things).
Personally, I'm looking forward to Zombeavers (need I explain the concept?), seeing Aubrey Plaza try her hand at a zomcom in Life After Beth, and the ever-enthsiastic oddball film club The Duke Mitchell will be hosting a party alongside their screening of the mind bending scifi/horror thriller from James Ward Byrkit, Coherence.
Frightfest Film Line-up Press Release:
For a start the latest works by all your favourite cult directors: Eli Roth’s THE GREEN INFERNO, Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s AMONG THE LIVING, Fabrice Du Welz’s ALLELUIA, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, Nacho Vigalondo’s OPEN WINDOWS and EXTRATERRESTRIAL, John McNaughton’s THE HARVEST, Nicolas McCarthy’s HOME, Tommy Wirkola’s DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD, Luck McKee and Chris Sivertson’s ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE, Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s LATE PHASES, Greg Mclean’s WOLF CREEK 2, Adam Green’s DIGGING UP THE MARROW, Ate de Jong’s DEADLY VIRTUES, Milan Todorovic’s NYMPH, Eduardo Sanchez’s EXISTS and Alan Moore’s SHOW PIECES.
Then there are the movies that have been garnering massive critical attention from other signature festivals such as Sundance, Cannes and Tribeca; the moving and charming LIFE AFTER BETH, the laugh-out-loud crowd-pleaser ZOMBEAVERS, the utterly beguiling THE BABADOOK, the extraordinary German slasher THE SAMURAI, the ‘Glee’-ful STAGE FRIGHT, the Hollywood rags to witches STARRY EYES, the hugely entertaining HOUSEBOUND, the cult of the damned FAULTS, the mumblecore insidious CREEP, the intestinal gag-filled BAD MILO!, the unique R100, the shattering TRUTH OR DARE, the surprising ALTERGEIST, the king of the hill PRESERVATION and the bodysnatching HONEYMOON.
Not to mention our own discoveries that will have you desperate to comment/twitter about first like Guy Pigden’s Kiwi corker I SURVIVED A ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST, Matthew A. Brown’s startling neo-noir revenge thriller JULIA, Jay Weisman’s sci-fi mindbender SHOCKWAVE DARKSIDE 3D, Casey La Scala’s rapture survival THE REMAINING, Chad Archibald’s maniac-franchise-in-the-making THE DROWNSMAN. And the brilliant documentaries DOC OF THE DEAD, DREW: THE MAN BEHIND THE POSTER and LOST SOUL – THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU that will fill in some of the darker corners of your film knowledge.
It has always been important to Film4 FrightFest to highlight local British talent and we are proud of our ace selection this year. You’ll be amazed and astounded by Luke Hyams’ unusual X MOOR, Phil Hawkins’ THE LAST SHOWING, featuring horror icon Robert Englund in his best starring role in years, Adam Spinks’ creature feature THE EXPEDITION, John Shackleton’s multi-dimensional THE SLEEPING ROOM, Ivan Kavanagh’s sinister THE CANAL, Oliver Frampton’s urban nightmare THE FORGOTTEN, Jeremy Wooding’s wild western BLOOD MOON, Edward Boase’s spooky THE MIRROR and Simeon Halligan’s truly shocking WHITE SETTLERS.
And there’s even more with THE HOUSE AT THE END OF TIME, the first ever horror movie from Venezuela, Lowell Dean’s hilarious midnight movie WOLFCOP, the cyber chiller THE DEN, the Australian urban legend LEMON TREE PASSAGE, Ben Wagner’s intimate DEAD WITHIN, the giallo-infused ANOTHER, the inevitable WRONG TURN 6 and a special presentation of COHERENCE by THE DUKE @ FILM4 FRIGHTFEST plus their in-house party. Our retrospective selection this year includes restored versions of Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING, Wes Craven’s A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, Jorg Buttgereit’s NEKROMANTIK and Giulio Paradisi’s cult exploiter THE VISITOR, each with significant talent attachment
The full list of films and screening information can be found here."