With 2014 being the first year that the horror-focused festival will occupy the London VUE WE Leicester Square cinema, Frightfest seem determined to make full use of the new venue by cramming an eye-watering number of films into this year's lineup.
The lineup was announced today on the Film4Website, along with the new poster for the 2014 edition. Tickets wont be on sale until June 28th, and will feature the usual festival and day passes, with solo tickets £13 each. The festival runs 21-25 August.
As was announced previously, Tigh West's thriller The Guest will open the festival. At a glance, standouts include:
- Aubrey Plaza (from Parks and Recreation) is the girlfriend who just won't quit on you (as she is an undead zombie) in horror comedy Life After Beth.
- Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which sees directing duo Frank Miller (creator of the comic source material) and Robert Rodrizguez reunite for round two of the hyper-stylised noir killfest. One of the bigger films playing in terms of name recognition.
- Where would we be without a B-grade creature horror movie homage in Frightfest? Thankfully this year we have: Wolfcop.
- Two scifi mystery thrillers gathering buzz on the fest circuit will play in the 2014 edition: Coherence and The Signal.
- Zombeavers, which is the tale of….well….the name speaks for itself.
- Nacho Vigalando (Timecrimes) brings to Frightfest 2014 his Elijah Wood-starring thriller Open Windows, which continues Wood's sideline of taking roles in B-movie type genre films (see his earlier Maniac). Vigalando also has Extraterrastrial playing at the festival, which sounds like a comedy version of The Day the Earth Stood Still.
- Greg Mclean's Wolf Creek 2 is the follow up to his cult outback-set thriller.
- The Babadook is a supernatural horror thriller that has been getting plenty of buzz on the festival circuit. The same can be said of Chad Archibald’s The Drownsman.
- Gerard Johnstone's Housebound promises to be a pitch perfect Kiwi comedy chiller with local humour, allied with a good deal of splatter mayhem.
Frightfest also will be running a special warm up event on August 21. For the first time ever in the UK, Claudio Simonetti’s progressive rock group Goblin will be performing live scores for George Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD (Monday August 18) and Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA (Tuesday August 19) at the Union Chapel, Islington, London N1 2XD. You must be aged 18 and over.
Frightfest also announced that a record number of female directors will be showing their work this year in both the main sections and the short film showcases. There will also be a star-studded line-up of guests announced later. The Cinema Store will be in situ next to the Vue bar area reserved for FrightFesters’ exclusive use, The Phoenix will be hosting a karaoke party, and badge holders can take advantage of eating at Leon de Bruxelles in between.