The very best the world of horror has to offer descends on the capital later this month as the wildly popular Film 4 Frightfest returns for its 2011 edition.

Now in its 12th year, the festival promises a host of European and World premieres, as well as appearances from a wealth of cast and crew. 

Overseen by genre gurus, the four-day horror holiday serves up both Hollywood blockbuster and low-budget gems, catering for all tastes and desires.

In terms of big-budget offerings, film fans are spoiled for choice with Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Final Destination 5 and Fright Night 3D all heading to the Leicester Square shindig.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is the long-awaited effort from producer/co-writer Guillermo del Toro, with Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce battling housebound demons in a remake of a memorable 1973 TV movie.

Final Destination 5 really needs no introduction, while Fright Night is another remake, seeing Anton Yelchin squaring off against Colin Farrell’s vampire in an update of the much-loved 80s classic.

Fans of British horror also have plenty to look forward to, with Kill List and A Lonely Place To Die two of the more intriguing offerings. 

Kill List documents the descent into hell of a former soldier-turned hitman, while A Lonely Place stars genre favourite Melissa George in a survival horror tale based in the Scottish highlands.

But it is not just well-known talent that is coming to the party, with the festival’s Discovery Screen dishing up some undiscovered goodies along with the heavyweight main screen offerings.

And for those that fancy something other than merely films, there are on-stage interviews, quizzes and plenty of goodies flying about.

In total there are well over 30 films on offer at Frightfest, and having attended previous festivals in a fan capacity I can assure horror geeks that they will not be disappointed.

 

Visit www.frightfest.co.uk for more details

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.