Frightfest announces opening and closing films for 2015

 Cherry Tree

Cherry Tree

The 16th edition of London's premiere horror film festival, Film4 FrightFest, will kick off with David Keating’s CHERRY TREE, starring Anna Walton (Hellboy 2, Soulmate) and rising star Naomi Battrick (Down Dog, Waterloo Road).

Keating directed the horror film Wake Wood for the revamped Hammer label, and his latest film is billed as "a provocative and compelling twist on the pagan cult chiller, in which a young girl, Faith (Naomi Battrick), in an attempt to save her father’s life, makes a fateful pact with Sissy Young (Anna Walton) head of a sinister black magic coven."

Closing Film4 FrightFest is the European premiere of the anthology TALES OF HALLOWEEN, a celebration of the October holiday. It promises viewers: "Ten tales of terror ... in a sleepy American suburb on All Hallows Eve as ghouls, imps, aliens, goblins, demons, axe murderers and serial killers roam the witching hour."

Directing talent includes: Neil Marshall, Darren Lynn Bousman, Axelle Carolyn, Adam Gierasch, Lucky McKee, Dave Parker, Paul Solet, Ryan Schifrin, John Skipp & Mike Mendez.

Both film screenings will be supported by cast and crew appearances.

 Tales of Halloween

Tales of Halloween

The full-line up will be announced on Thurs 2 July 

This year’s event takes place at the Vue Cinema, Leicester Sq between Thurs Aug 27 & Mon Aug 31. Festival and day pass sales will go on sale Sat July 4 at 10.00am and will only be available online. Single tickets will go on sale on July 25. Full booking details will be announced on Thurs 2 July. More information at the Frightfest site here.


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