Film4 Frightfest is set to be another breakout year for the première horror event.
Having moved from their previous residency at the Empire, Film4 Frightfest now welcomes a new venue – The Vue Leicester Square – along with a brand new festival format.
Film4 Frightfest will use 5 screens to screen their line-up in a new structure that adapts to the change in venue. The event will run from 21-25 August 2014.
For further programme details go to: www.frightfest.co.uk
Today we kick off with The Guest, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and Zombeavers.
The Guest (UK Première)
Director: Adam Wingard. Cast: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser. USA 2014. 99 mins.
A brilliant homage to 1980s action flicks and slasher horror given a sharp twist by You’re Next director Adam Wingard, it showcases ex-Downtown Abbey actor Dan Stevens in an inspired star-making turn. He plays David, a soldier arriving on the bereaved Peterson family’s doorstep, claiming to be the best friend of their son who died in action. Inviting him to stay, at first the charming veteran seems the perfect guest, but then the random killing starts. What’s going on and can the family stop the cold-blooded lethal weapon in their home committing even worse atrocities?
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Special Preview)
Directors: Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez. Cast: Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Eva Green, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson. US 2014. TBC mins.
Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring the latter’s visually stunning graphic novels back to the screen with a stellar cast. Weaving together classic stories with some new tales, the town’s most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with its more notorious inhabitants. Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) is summoned by his ex-lover Ava Lord (Eva Green) for help to escape her abusive husband, but soon learns her true intentions are far more sinister than they appear. Also starring Mickey Rourke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jessica Alba and Bruce Willis. It’s booze, broads and bullets business as usual in smoky Sin City!
Zombeavers (UK Première)
Director: Jordan Rubin. Cast: Chad Anderson, Lexi Atkins, Brent Briscoe, Bill Burr, Cortney Palm. US 2014. 80 mins.
College kids stay at a riverside cabin in the woods for a weekend of debauchery. Little do they know they are right next door to a lodge of beavers mutated by toxic waste into rabid zombie critters. Let the fur fly and the blood flow as sexual shenanigans get hampered by the rampaging rodents on a flesh-eating frenzy. A massive Tribeca hit, this fast, funny and smart high-concept B-movie revels in its horror parody styling, hilarious gore, cute practical creature special effects and self-aware performances.
Be sure to stick with EF all weekend as we bring you the best reviews from Film4 Frightfest 2014!