Having already announced it is moving to the West End Vue cinema for its 2014 season (The festival has run nine years in Leicester Square, four at the Odeon West End and the last five at the Empire Cinema.), Film4 FrightFest 2014 this week revealed that Adam Wingard's The Guest will be this year's festival opening film.
Film4 Frightfest have posted a synopsis: "a brilliant homage to 1980s action flicks, THE GUEST opens with the Peterson family struggling over the loss of their oldest son, Caleb, to the war in Afghanistan, They find some solace when an unexpected visitor knocks on its door. David (Dan Stevens), a steely eyed and charismatic soldier who was recently discharged, is welcomed into their home when he comes to fulfil a promise he made to his fallen comrade. Siblings Anna and Luke are at first reluctant to accept David’s presence, but he soon wins them over. Though he appears to be the perfect houseguest, a mysterious and sinister chain of events causes Anna to question whether David is actually whom he claims to be."
The film is written by Simon Barrett (You’re Next, A Horrible Way To Die), and also stars Sheila Kelley (Matchstick Men), Leland Orser (Taken), Lance Reddick (The Wire) and Brendan Meyer. It is being distributed in the UK by Icon Film Distribution.
As a 'warm up' to the main horror film season, Frightfest also announced special two night event at the Union Chapel in August where Claudio Simonetti’s GOBLIN will be performing live scores for George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead and Dario Argento’s Suspiria on consecutive nights.
On Monday 18th August they will be scoring Dawn of the Dead- accompanying the NMS Records, German, English Language version of the film, and on Tues 19th August, Suspiria – accompanying the CDE, Italian, English Language version. Tickets here.