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Top 10 Films of FrightFest 2016

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FrightFest 2016 has been and gone, marking an impressive 17th consecutive year for the UK’s premiere horror film santa sangre.

With new headline sponsor The Horror Channel replacing Film4 and a move away from the heart of Leicester Square to London’s Shepherd’s Bush VUE cinema, could FrightFest retain its dark mojo?

Predictably the answer was yes. FrightFest’s four horseman of the apocalypse, Alan Jones, Paul McEvoy, Ian Rattray and Greg Day, plus the ever-growing FrightFest team, staged a five day extravaganza showcasing the best of fantasy cinema from around the globe. And the newest voices, three films in the Electric Shadows Top 10 are from debuting directors.

My Father Die was a solid opener, an accomplished calling card debut from Sean (son of Pierce) Brosnan, and although I c...

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Must-See Movies At FrightFest 2016

FrightFest-2016-feature-imageFrightFest returns this August Bank Holiday for its seventeenth year. And while the festival has been a mainstay of London’s Leicester Square for sixteen years, this time it is relocating to the 12-screen Vue Cinema in West London’s Shepherd’s Bush from 25th – 29th August.

FrightFest 2016 also has a new sponsor, with the Horror Channel appropriately now the headline backer.

But, while some things have changed, the festival still boasts the expected pedigree. Over 5 days 62 films will be showcased, spanning 16 countries.

Bracketing the festival is the European Premiere of My Father Die, Sean Brosnan’s brutal and beautiful feature debut – an ultra-stylish, uber violent revenge thriller that’s a calling card for Brosnan’s brilliant talents...

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Jon Ford Goes On The Offensive

Jon-FordJon Ford, who, alongside his brother Howard, gave the zombie genre a shot of fresh blood with their unusual, memorable action-horror movies The Dead & The Dead 2. Here Jon talks about his first solo feature film, Offensive, a dark, violent tale of rage and revenge set in rural France, which receives its World Premiere at Horror Channel FrightFest 2016.

Firstly, congratulations Jon, on completing your first solo feature film. Has this been a long time in the making ?

Jon Ford: Thank you, it has indeed been a long time in the making, in fact a lifetime nearly! This is a very personal film as it’s based on true events that I’ve experienced. It’s almost a compilation of scenarios that have made a lasting impression on me...

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FrightFest 2015 – Shriek Sixteen!

The-NightmareFilm4 FrightFest hits not so sweet 16 years old this year. To celebrate, the festival is showcasing dozens of world, European and UK premieres, classic films, shorts and visiting talent for a scarily exciting five days of horror and fantasy cinema.

Over almost two decades, the festival has introduced mind-blowing movies to UK shores and 2015 promises to continue the proud tradition.

Opening proceedings at the Vue Cinema, Leicester Square on Thursday 27th August is Cherry Tree. A witches’ coven tale of “be careful what you wish for”, Cherry Tree also has the honour of being the first Irish movie to open FrightFest.

Closing the event on Bank Holiday Monday is Tales of Halloween...

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Frightfully Good!

It-Follows-posterLike many a horror anti-hero, the genre never truly dies. At times it may lay dormant in a graveyard of sub-standard fare, but it always rises to thrill once more. With common acceptance that the world is a scarier place than it’s ever been, horror currently reflects those fears as a vent to modern anxieties without becoming as depressing as the nightly news (although The Walking Dead sometimes wobbles).

As the 5 star It Follows hits UK cinemas, we look at reasons for fear fans to be happy with the healthy state of horror.


The-Babadook---pop-up-bookTWO MODERN CLASSICS IN 6 MONTHS

The Babadook was the hot ticket at FrightFest August 2014, drawing almost universal acclaim from festival-goers and subsequent five star reviews when released in October...

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Hubert’s Ghost wins Shortcuts To Hell II Grand Prize!

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On Wednesday 8th October the opening of the London Film Festival dominated news in the capital.

But, at The Phoenix Artist Club on Charing Cross Road there was also something exciting happening in the world of film. The Shortcuts to Hell II competition was about to change a short filmmaker’s life and launch a new talent on the UK movie scene.

Shortcuts To Hell II - Emily BoothThe 2014 competition, sponsored by the Horror Channel, FrightFest, Movie Mogul and Wildseed Studios, had a fantastic prize on offer to the winner, as MC for the night Emily Booth explained:

“It’s a bit different this year. It was not just about finding a great short film, it was about asking people to create a three minute piece that could translate into a potential feature film...

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The Wild Side of Cinema Hits London!

London Film Festival - Tokyo Tribe - Sion SonoCalling all cult film fans. London is the place to be this October for an embarrassment of riches courtesy of The London Film Festival and FrightFest.

TTDS_01347.NEFBeginning Wednesday 8th October, the London Film Festival boasts a treasure chest of horror, fantasy and cult fare that should whet the appetites of those who know their Golan-Globus from their wire-fu. Click the films below to be taken to the respective festival pages.

Left-field film aficionados must check out Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films...

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Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins Get On With The Show (Pieces)!

Alan Moore & Mitch Jenkins Q&A - two shotAlan Moore rarely ventures outside his native Northampton, so when he does you know it’s for a good reason.

And Show Pieces, the short film portmanteau he’s created with collaborator Mitch Jenkins, is a very good reason. The film received its world premiere at the renowned FrightFest horror and fantasy film festival in London’s Leicester Square in August 2014 and Moore and Jenkins were on hand to discuss their project.

An anthology movie in the style of David Lynch meets 1970s Amicus films meets The League of Gentlemen, Show Pieces is unusual, imaginative and proof of cinematic life in the Home Counties.

Made in Moore’s beloved Northampton, it weaves in the writer’s other preoccupations; mysticism, magic, eroticism, and life and death (although not necessarily in that order).

Thr...

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FrightFest 2014 – A Vue To A Kill

FrightFest 2014 - poster detailA round-up of this year’s scare fair.

FrightFest was 15 years old this August Bank Holiday and the organisers celebrated in style, with over 60 features and 20 short films scaring the popcorn from the hands of thousands of baying horror fans.

But, while FrightFest was the one celebrating a birthday, it was actually the ticket buyers who got the tricks and treats.

Every film festival stands or falls on the quality of the movies available, horror in particular, but FrightFest consistently presents a meaty programme of fear flicks year after year for fans to feast upon.

2014 was no exception. Opening movie The Guest cast Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens as a mad war veteran you definitely wouldn’t want to take home to mum, and was a roof-raising crowd pleaser.

Closing the festival sixty-odd mo...

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Gareth Evans – The Raid 2 FrightFest Q&A

The Raid 2 - Gareth Evans on setAt well over 6ft, Gareth Evans is as big as his movies and a showman-director in the Tarantino mould. So any The Raid 2 Q&A with him won’t be a dry dissection of the work, its subtexts and the process of battling for an artistic vision.

Don’t get us wrong, all these things are in here, but much like with his films Evans wants foremost to entertain and is a natural raconteur with a knack for spinning a great anecdote. And like all great storytellers, he won’t censor his spicy language if the tale demands it.

Following a bring-the-house-down FrightFest screening of The Raid 2 at London’s Cineworld, Haymarket on April 2nd, Evans, plus stars Iko Uwais and Yuyan Ruhian gave the audience a 5-star Q&A recalling making this instant action classic.

And gave us juicy stories about The Raid 3...

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