Its that time of year again, the Film 4 Frightfest; the movies showing this August Bank Holiday at London’s prestigious Empire Cinema is the most varied bunch in the festival’s thirteen year history, and this year the show takes over a third screen, with over 40 movies on offer over the five day event.
So lets take a look at what is on offer:-
Sinister – A novelist (Ethan Hawke) uses found footage to discover how his family was murdered in their new home.
The Possession – From producer Sam Raimi comes something very different, when a young girl purchases a trinket box at a garage sale she is taken control of by an evil spirit, the girls parents rush to find a way to free her.
Chained – Ever one to flirt with controversy Jennifer Lynch (daughter of David) who has bought us the shocking Surveillance and Boxing Helena takes us on a journey in which a serial killer trains an apprentice in the art of murder.
Maniac – One of the most notorious video nasties of all time gets a modern day remake, as a bitter killer takes control over the city. Elijah Wood stars as the killer who scalps, and peels off the skin of his victims to make the ultimate creation.
American Mary – A young medical student turns to the alternative and underground world of surgery for cash, and becomes increasingly warped by her tolerance levels.
V/H/S – A group of good kids turned bad are sent into a house to retrieve a strange and rare videotape, they do not understand the implications of their actions as both the house, and the tape hide some terrible secrets.
The Seasoning House – A movie that harks back to the explotative 70’s, stars Sean Pertwee in this tale of military prostitution, and something far more sinister.
Tower Block – A group of occupants of a skyrise block of apartments find themselves the victim of a sniper – Stars Sheridan Smith and Russell Tovey.
Berberian Sound Studio – Emotionally unsettling thriller based around a studio sound technician’s work, another 70’s inspired piece with more than a passing homage to many of horrors classic tales.
Grabbers – Russell Tovey pops up again to stand as defence against an alien invasion on a small island of the Irish Coast.
Cockney’s Verses Zombies – A zombie invasion begins, with an old peoples home the first line of sight. See Richard Briars and Honor Blackman rack up a variety of weapons to fight off the zombie horde, zimmer frames essential.
Guinea Pigs – Cancelled from last years Frightfest as the movie simply was not ready see Alex Reid (yes the former Mr Katie Price) become one of several lab rats for a disturbing new drug.
Stitches – Years ago a clown was murdered by a group of party goers in a tragic accident, now when the memory of his death begins to fade he makes an alarming return.
Sawney: Flesh Of Man – Scottish locals uncover a family of Cannibals who have fed off the fat of Scotland (quite literally) for over a thousand years.
May I Kill You – Move over Maniac Cop, there is a new killer in town.
Before Dawn - In an attempt to save their failing marriage, a couple head for a rural retreat to work on rebuilding their lives, its just a shame they picked a location filled with zombies.
The Inside – Having spent two years in limbo, The Inside is finally here! A group of twenty something women are taking some much needed time out, only to discover that they are being pursued by sinister tramps; but this is nothing compared to the much less worldly horror that lies ahead.
Community – Basildon, Essex is a scary place at the best of times, but mix it with a sprinkle of something not of this world, and its even more terrifying.
Tulpa – In 2009 Federico Zampaglione bought us a glimpse of horror you really did not want to see (in a good way) in the gripping Shadow, now Zampaglione is moving away from the horror into the Giallo in this fresh, cutting edge thriller, so hot off the press even IMDB does not yet have an entry for it, and if Shadow is anything to go by, this is going to be just amazing.
Paura 3D – Highly acclaimed Italian shocker in which a group of rock musicians score a retreat to an isolated villa, as you can expect this is not the dream it appears to be.
Eurocrime – Sticking in Italy, Eurocrime is a cutting edge documentary that looks the Italian Crime thrillers (Rings of Fear, What Have They Done To Your Daughters) of the 70’s.
Rec 3 – Genesis – The found footage franchise takes an alarming new turn in an all new location. Now we find something more terrifying than the dark, daylight.
Sleep Tight – Spanish thriller that takes the home siege movie to a brand new, terrible dimension.
Hidden In The Woods – Raised in isolation two girls are invaded by every day life, and they don’t adapt well to the change. Much acclaim is being given to this oddball thriller that is like a mash up of the Godfather and Wrong Turn.
Kill Zombie! – Amsterdam based zombi, comedy horror set in a word far more distasteful than our usual Amsterdam assumptions.
Dead Sushi – No information is available yet on this apparently ground breaking Japanese horror tale.
We Are The Night – German based vampire thriller about a covern of vamps who take in a new playmate.
Errors Of The Human Body – No Information yet.
Under The Bed – For many kids the greatest fear is under their bed, or in their wardrobe, this low budget shocker follows two brothers as they attempt to kill the creature that lives beneath the place they sleep.
After – What starts as a bus crash, turns far worse as the two survivors awake to discover that everyone in their town is dead, these two enemies must work together to survive something far worse than they have ever encountered before.
The Thompson – Theoretically compared to Near Dark, this vampire horror focuses on a notorious vampire clan who having exhausted all options open to then, flee to the UK to start a new life, and find another centuries old vampire clan; what they find however is worse than they ever imagined.
Remnants (Of A Disaster) – When the world falls in the wake of a terrible virus a scientist and a psychopath work together to rebuild mankind, or do they?
Elevator – Trapped in a lift together (ala The Devil) a group of strangers battle against racism, and prejudice to survive… If only life was that easy.
A Night Of Nightmares – From Buddy Giovinazzo (director of Combat Shock) comes a new grubby horror, again so fresh you wont find anything about this movie online.
The Victim – Michael Biehn (The Divide/Aliens) stars as Kyle a loner who keeps his own council in a woodland retreat. But some hot talent soon spins his life on its head.
Nightmare Factory – A gripping and enlightening look at the world of special effects in horror.
Outpost II: Black Sun – Nazi Zombie sequel to the much praised Outpost.
Wrong Turn 4 – Yet another in the popular series.
Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut – A chance to look at a drastically re-edited version of Clive Barkers 1990 horror classic.
On the third screen you’ll be able to catch a live directors commentary of last years smash Inbred. Crawl, The Arrival Of Wang, and restored versions of The Devil Rides Out, Rasputin The Mad Monk, The Mummy’s Shroud and The Bride Of Frankenstein.
Andy Nyman returns with yet another quiz, and we also get to see the best short films to have been made over the last twelve months.
But bigger than anything else, a legend is setting foot at The Empire and Frightfest for the first time, Dario Argento will appear as Total Film’s Movie Icon. Argento will be interviewed by Jamie Graham, and quizzed by the audience. Argento is a legend in the horror industry remaining popular to his legion of fans for 5 decades.