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Horror Channel Frightfest releases 2016 festival trailer

A new teaser video scares up some festival highlights.

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Credit: FrightFest/Graham Humphrey

Horror Channel FrightFest is returning for 2016 and a new festival trailer has just been released.

The event 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!”

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.

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

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

Check out the Horror Channel FrightFest 2016 trailer below:

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