After an impressive start to their 2014 event, Film4 Frightfest is set for another breakout day.
The première horror event welcomed some special guests last night including the director, writer and co-star of The Guest. You can check out our reviews for The Guest and Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For too.
The event runs from 21-25 August 2014.
For further programme details go to: www.frightfest.co.uk
Here’s what’s on offer for Day 2 of Film4 Frightfest 2014.
Fri Aug 24
Shockwave Darkside 3D (World Premiere)
Director: Jay Weisman. Cast: Bill Sage, Mei Melançon, Sonequa Martin-Green, Rich Ceraulo, Alexander Cendese. USA 2014. 92 mins.
From The Banshee Chapter producers comes a space shocker with gravity. The nano-plague that poisoned Earth’s water supply has reached its 60-year critical mass. The Unlight enemy have launched from Earth and are amassing on the south-west sector of the darkside of the moon. It will be the last Great War and lunar troops are sent into battle for the precious resource. However one squad is shot down and the five surviving soldiers find themselves stranded behind enemy lines, with only 36 hours of oxygen left. As their numbers dwindle, they make an amazing discovery about Earth’s satellite that just might save their lives.
The Green Inferno (English Premiere)
Director: Eli Roth. Cast: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Sky Ferreira. USA 2013. 103 mins.
From genre guru Eli Roth comes a post-modern celebration of the notoriously lurid and savage Italian cannibal genre as popularised by director Ruggero Deodato, his Hostel 2 star. Roth’s long-awaited return to the director’s chair after this six-year absence finds politically attuned NYC university student Justine roped into a campus activist group’s idealistic plan to travel to Peru to halt the annihilation of an endangered tribe by a corrupt construction company. But after a horrific plane crash that leaves half the radicals dead, the survivors are caged by the very tribe they were trying to help. Worse, the mountain clan are cannibals and they are ravenous.
Late Phases (UK Premiere)
Director: Adrian Garcia Bogliano. Cast: Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Tom Noonan, Tina Louise, Rutanya Alda. USA 2014. 97 mins.
A freshly horrifying take on the werewolf genre. Crescent Bay is not the best place to live out one’s golden years. Once an idyllic retirement community, the gated hamlet has been beset by mysterious deadly attacks. So when blind, cranky war veteran Ambrose McKinley (the superb Nick Damici) moves in, the residents are put off by his abrasive personality, But it’s his grizzled take-no-prisoners attitude that’s needed to survive the sinister secret the secluded tight-knit neighbourhood is harbouring.
Dead Snow 2: Red Vs Dead (UK Premiere)
Director: Tommy Wirkola. Cast: Stig Frode Henriksen, Martin Starr, Vegar Hoel, Orjan Gamst, Amrita Acharia. Norway 2014. 105 mins.
Director Tommy Wirkola improves on his Nazi zombie original in clever ways that do not betray the core conceit of witty non-stop action, heartfelt emotion and crowd-pleasing carnage. Sole survivor Martin crashes his getaway car in the mountains after fighting SS officer Herzog for control of the vehicle. Waking up in hospital Martin discovers he’s blamed by police for all his friends’ murders and he’s had Herzog’s severed arm attached to his shoulder by mistake and he now has the zombie creating power. Something whoch will come in use when Herzog’s dead army advance towards the small town of Tarvik.
The Last Showing (European Premiere)
Director: Phil Hawkins. Cast: Robert Englund, Finn Jones, Emily Berrington, Keith Allen, Chris Geere. UK 2014. 85 mins.
Martin and Allie are on a date at their local multiplex, watching the midnight screening of Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes Pt II. The movie is in full swing when suddenly the screen goes black and their nightmare begins. For veteran cinema projectionist Stuart Lloyd has other nerve-jangling ideas. Fired that very afternoon from his beloved job, Stuart is determined to shoot his own horror film with the unfortunate Martin and Allie its star attractions. From award-winning commercials director Phil Hawkins and starring horror icon Robert Englund, get ready for a midnight movie massacre.
Housebound (UK Premiere)
Director: Gerard Johnstone. Cast: Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru, Cameron Rhodes, Millen Baird. New Zealand 2014. 109 mins.
Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the family house when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment for a botched ATM raid is made all the more intolerable by the fact she has to live with her over-bearing motor-mouth mother Miriam who’s convinced the house is haunted. But after dismissing Miriam’s superstitions, rebellious Kylie too starts hearing unsettling whispers in the dark, creaking floorboards and strange bumps in the night. Find out in this Kiwi comedy chiller sporting a great sense of humour, a very creepy atmosphere and a good deal of splatter mayhem.
Film4 Frightfest 2014 Discovery Screen line-up
Honeymoon (English Premiere)
Director: Leigh Janiak. Cast: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber, Hanna Brown. US 2014. 87 mins.
Young newlyweds Paul and Bea travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon, where the promise of private romance awaits them in seclusion. Shortly after arriving though, Paul finds Bea wandering in the forest for no apparent reason. As her behaviour gets increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place deep in the woods. Harry Treadaway and Rose Leslie give captivating performances as a couple taking new love to disturbing depths. Director Leigh Janiak’s first feature is garnering extensive critical acclaim on the world’s festival circuit.
Preservation (UK Premiere)
Director: Christopher Denham. Cast: Wren Schmidt, Aaron Staton, Pablo Schreiber, Nick Saso, Michael Chacon. US 2014. 90 mins.
Christopher Denham takes his second turn in the director’s chair after Home Movie (2008) with this beautifully crafted horror thriller. Ex-marine Sean Neary and his brother Mike, along with Mike’s wife Wit, head out on a hunting trip doubling as a distraction from their personal problems. When their gear is stolen they discover local hunters stalking them. But prey can only survive so long and Wit must unleash her own animal instincts or else end up a trophy. Preservation twists into a sharp and startling take on what it takes to survive the great outdoors in our tech-obsessed age.
Julia (World Premiere)
Director: Matthew A. Brown. Cast: Ashley C. Williams, Jack Noseworthy, Tahyna Tozzi-MacManus, Brad Koed, Joel de la Fuente. US 2014. 95 mins.
Julia Shames star Ashley C. Williams is a meek and mild clinician at a thriving plastic surgery business, who dates the wrong guy and ends up being drugged and gang-raped by his friends. Catatonic after suffering such brutal trauma she hears about a new kind of therapy practised by the mysterious Dr. Sgundud. What the restorative cure entails takes Julia into a whole new shadowy area of her personality, one that transforms her into an empowered Angel of Vengeance. This is a neon drenched film noir thriller in the post-modern tradition.
The Forgotten (World Premiere)
Director: Oliver Frampton. Cast: Shaun Dingwall, Clem Tibber, Elarica Gallacher, Lyndsey Marshal, James Doherty. UK 2014. 90 mins.
When his mother suffers a nervous breakdown teenage Tommy is sent to live with his father in a tower block squat gripped by poverty and violence. In his rundown bedroom Tommy is woken each night by strange noises coming from the boarded-up flat next-door. Is someone – or something – trying to get his attention? Who – or what – is his neighbour? Confounded by increasing terror, Tommy has to confront not only Mark’s growing disturbed behaviour but also an unseen raging force about to change his life forever. From the producer of The Borderlands, a tensely plotted, superbly acted, gritty urban supernatural horror.
The Canal (English Premiere)
Director: Ivan Kavanagh. Cast: Rupert Evans, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Steve Oram, Hannah Hoekstra, Calum Heath. Ireland 2014. 92 mins.
Film Archivist David Williams and his wife, Alice, move into a beautiful period house by a scenic canal with their small son. But it turns out the house was the scene of a ghastly turn-of-the-19th century murder. David then discovers actual news footage of the chilling events just as he suspects Alice is cheating on him and having a torrid affair. Soon David starts to have nightmarish visions of an evil presence he believes inhabits his home. And in his drive to unveil the shadows hidden in the walls, David begins to descend into madness. This Irish ghost story is dark, disturbing and scary and the midnight hit at Tribeca.
Wolfcop (UK Premiere)
Director: Lowell Dean. Cast: Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, Sarah Lind, Aidan Devine. Canada 2014. 86 mins.
There’s a new lycanthropic hero in town and he’s determined to become a better policeman…one full moon transformation at a time. Destined for midnight movie cult status, this high-end blend of black comedy, sexy horror and practical special effects was so successful sales-wise at this year’s Cannes market a sequel had already been green-lit. Lou Garou is a lazy small-town cop by day, a violent rage-fuelled crime-fighting werewolf by night. Good cop and bad cop in one fur-filled beastly package, and addicted to women and booze.
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