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Horror Channel FrightFest returns for 2016

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Credit: FrightFest/Graham Humphrey

Horror Channel FrightFest is returning for 2016 and is now housed at the 12-screen Vue Cinema at Shepherd’s Bush, West London, from 25th-29th August 2016.

In its 17th year, the world renowned genre film festival will present 62 new feature films, embracing sixteen countries and bringing together established filmmakers, British first-timers and emerging international visionaries from six continents.

Horror Channel FrightFest have also unveiled Graham Humphrey’s stunning artwork for this year’s annual Bank Holiday event, the UK’s largest celebration of genre cinema.

The relocation to Shepherd’s Bush was the inspiration behind the concept.

As Graham explains: “This year’s relocation suggested the idea of a floating cinema that can move through the city. Going west, I took it all the way to Louisiana, as portrayed in the film ‘Southern Comfort’. reimagining London as a swampland.

I took my cues from a variety of sources; the ‘feu follet’ (will-o’-the-wisp) are mentioned in George Washington Cable’s short story ‘Jean-ah Poquelin’, the paddle steamer was inspired by the work of Mark Twain and the skulls from the script of Orson Welles’ unmade ‘Heart Of Darkness’. There’s also a nod to Hertzog’s ‘Fitzcarraldo’. The witch house I added for extra Scooby-Doo points!”

The closing night film is a breakneck paced masterpiece – the UK Premiere of Train to Busan, so join ‘The Commuting Dead’ as director Sang-ho Yeon takes you on a first class horror action thrill-ride, mixing slaughter, suspense and splatter with incredible visual élan.

The scream of the crop from all over the globe are also assembled and strongly represented in their line-up of World Premieres – the incredible Italian supercar tension-ratcheting Monolith, the gory Dutch treat The Windmill Massacre, the stunning South African nightmare From a House on Willow Street, Tricia Lee’s creepy Canadian chiller Blood Hunters and three American shock absorbers Knucklebones, Enclosure and the Eurotrashy radical Blood Feast remake.

 

Reflecting a productive year for British horror, there are twelve UK World Premieres, including Shaun Robert Smith’s intensely powerful Broken, Jon Ford’s visceral revenge thriller Offensive, Wyndham Price’s dark fantasy Crow Kate Shenton’s auto-satire Egomaniac, Ben Parker’s claustrophobic The Chamber, Marty Stalker’s shock-doc Hostage to the Devil and Andy Edward’s sun, sea and sex gore-fest Ibiza Undead.

Five of the UK World Premieres make up the ‘First Blood’ strand, in which home-based directors are given a chance to shine with their debut efforts. These are: Phillip Escott’s harrowing Cruel Summer, Brad Watson’s urban gang shocker Hallow’s Eve, James Crow’s deadly House of Salem, Stewart Spark’s 666 Short Cuts To Hell entry The Creature Below and Lawrie Brewster’s PTSD-inspired The Unkindness of Ravens.

Other festival highlights in the Main Screen strand include the European Premiere of Adam Wingard’s intense chiller of the moment, The Woods. destined to be one of the key horrors of 2016. We also have this year’s most ferocious possession movie in Cody Calahan’s Let Her Out, as well as Todd William’s superb Stephen King adaptation Cell, starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. Then there is the top box office Italian sensation They Call Me Jeeg Robot, Adam Rifkin’s tour-de-force Director’s Cut, starring Penn Jillette, Rob Zombie’s ultra-violent grindhouse slasher 31, ‘Saw’ man Darren Lynn Bousman’s graphic novel inspired Abbatoir, Simon Rumley’s latest visionary masterpiece Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word, Jackson Stewart’s supernatural switcheroo Beyond the Gates, the zombie theme park hell ride The Rezort, the full-blooded cracker Red Christmas, the cryogenic chiller Realive, the home invasion twister Mercy, the darkly unpredictable Pet, starring Dominic Monaghan and the beguilling The Master Cleanse, with The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki and Anna Friel.

 

South America is rapidly becoming a major genre player and FrightFest is proud to be presenting seven specialities from Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Mexico. Daniel de la Vega’s White Coffin is co-written by FrightFest favourite Adrian Garcia Bogliano, Laura Casbe’s Benavidez’s Case stretches surrealist boundaries, Patricio Valladares’ Downhill mines H. P. Lovecraft for inspiration, Through the Shadow puts Henry James’ classic tale of terror ‘The Turn of the Screw’ through a south of the border filter, The Similars is pure ‘Twilight Zone’ inspiration, Francesa a thrilling Buenos Aires take on Giallo.

The Discovery Screen strand is as bold as ever and includes a restored version of Shelden Renan’s controversial documentary The Killing of America, Anna Biller’s gloriously art-directed The Love Witch, the cursed silent movie Fury of the Demon, the Berlin Film Festival break-out, Shelley, the visionary sci-fi fantasy Lost Solace and the darkly hilarious ghost-busting Another Evil. Then there’s Julian T. Pinder’s chilling murder investigation Population Zero, Martin Owen’s High-tec underground thriller terror Let’s Be Evil, Tim Reis’ slimy creature feature Bad Blood: The Movie and Michael Boroweic’s acute study of alien paranoia, Man Underground.

Plus, you can witness the stag party from hell in The Unravelling, the bad taste shenanigans of Night of Something Strange, , the viral thrills of The Evil In Us, the vehicular chills of Paranormal Drive, the die-hard dystopia of Here Alone, the eye-popping shocks of Found Footage 3D, and the ‘goriously’ insane Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies.

 

Ahead of its FrightFest Presents DVD release, there is an encore airing for Road Games, this time with a live interactive commentary with director Abner Pastoll and a London premiere for one of the most popular movies shown earlier this year at FrightFest Glasgow, Sean Byrne’s The Devil’s Candy.

The Duke Mitchell Film Club is back with the UK premiere of Kim Sang-Chan’s outrageously infectious Karaoke Crazies and a first showing of all three episodes of the mesmerising French TV mini-series Beyond the Walls.

Alan Jones, co-director of FrightFest, said: “For seventeen years now FrightFest has led the way through landmark changes in the genre, altered perceptions of fandom and embraced the revolutions in platforms and distribution models. It continues to do so this year with a breathtaking selection of genre attractions with the widest appeal and breadth of focus. We stand out because we stand for something special – a one-stop roadmap through everything you need to see to be totally up to speed with what the next year in horror fantasy will be all about”.

This year’s special events, retrospective programme, the guest list and the Short Film Showcase entries will be announced in the coming weeks.

Festival and day passes are on-sale now and are only available to buy online: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/tickets.html

Single tickets will go on sale on Sat 23rd July.

For full programme details amd timetables go to: www.frightfest.co.uk

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