News: Frightfest unveil their 2013 line-up Simon Fitzjohn June 28, 2013 Film4 Frightfest, Latest News and Videos 2055 While we absolutely love the annual horror shindig that is London’s Frightfest festival, even we have to admit last year’s travails were a bit of a slog. But boy have the organisers delivered the goods this time, with a line-up that practically oozes quality. In fact, we’re so stoked about what Frightfest has up its sleeve for the five-day August spectacular that we are just going to go ahead and print the press release that was unveiled earlier today: “Are you ready for a spine-chilling global avalanche of Indian zombies, Israeli oldboys, vengeance-crazed Vikings, Swedish mesmerists, Irish telekinesis, Argentine undead, Aussie bone-crushers, murderous Mormons and Chilean assassins? Film4 FrightFest 2013, returning for its 4teenth year, is delighted to unveil its biggest line-up in history. From Thurs 22 August to Monday 26 August, the UKâ€™s leading event for genre fans will be at the Empire Cinema in Londonâ€™s Leicester Square to present 51 films on three screens. Empire 1 will house the main event while the Discovery strands will play in Empires 2 & 4. The new FrightFest Xtra strand, also in Screen 2, will allow fans to catch up with sold-out performances of the most popular attractions. This year there are eleven countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-three UK or European premieres and ten world premieres. The world premieres include our opening night attraction THE DEAD 2: INDIA from the Ford Brothers, BANSHEE CHAPTER, produced by Star Trekâ€™s Zachary Quinto, Kit Ryanâ€™s startling DEMENTAMANIA, the epidemic shocker ANTISOCIAL the Argentinean post World War Z drama THE DESERT and the retro Spanish chiller FOR ELISA. Â European premieres include Don Manciniâ€™s CURSE OF CHUCKY, Anthony Di Blasiâ€™s MISSIONARYand Steven R. Monroeâ€™s I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 2. The UK premieres feature our closing night film, the most want-to-see 2013 title BIG BAD WOLVES, Jim Mickleâ€™s appetising WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, Vincenzo Nataliâ€™s HAUNTER, Ryuhei Kitamuraâ€™s NO ONE LIVES, Lasse Hallstromâ€™s THE HYPNOTIST, the Pastor Brothersâ€™ THE LAST DAYS, the VHS documentary REWIND THIS!, Bobcat Goldthwaitâ€™s horror-comedy WILLOW CREEK, producer Adam Greenâ€™s HATCHET III, acclaimed anthology V/H/S/2, the fantasy thriller ODD THOMAS, rural horror romp 100 BLOODY ACRES, compulsive chiller THE CONSPIRACY, Renny Harlinâ€™s mystery thriller THE DYATLOV PASS INCIDENT & Marina De Vanâ€™s high-voltage shocker DARK TOUCH. The Brits are once again proving that the genre is in fine form. Aside from the aforementioned THE DEAD 2: INDIA and DEMENTAMANIA, there is Christian Jamesâ€™ toilet-humoured STALLED, Jeremy Loveringâ€™s white-knuckle ride IN FEAR, Farren Blackburnâ€™s axe-murderous HAMMER OF THE GODS, Kate Shentonâ€™s human suspension doc ON TENDER HOOKS, THE PARANORMAL DIARIES: CLOPHILL, from the Zombie Diaries duo, Michael Bartlett & Kevin Gates, Kieran Parkerâ€™s latest in the zombie action franchise OUTPOST: RISE OF THE SPETSNAZ and THE BORDERLANDS., a paranormal chiller from Elliot Goldner. Keynote previews include THE GRIEF TOURIST starring Michael Cudlitz and Melanie Griffith, and Carlos Medinaâ€™s award-winning PAINLESS. Crowd-pleasers have always been at the heart of the FrightFest experience, so audiences can sit back and thrill to the roof-raising YOUâ€™RE NEXT, the incredible CHEAP THRILLS, the mutant-tastic FRANKENSTEINâ€™S ARMY and a Special Preview of the Hollywood blockbuster R.I.P.D. starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges. And we have included two of our February FrightFest Glasgow draws â€“ the fabulously trashy grindhouser BRING ME THE HEAD OF THE MACHINE GUN WOMAN.and Michael Stephensonâ€™s hugely entertaining doc THE AMERICAN SCREAM. Expanding the Discovery Strand means there are double the treats to sample this year, including the nerve-shredding SNAP, the smart horror-fantasy HANSEL & GRETEL & THE 4:20 WITCH, Sonny Lagunaâ€™s ferocious WITHER, Israeli war fantasy CANNON FODDER, Scream-styled homage SADIK 2, James Sizemore â€˜s demonic THE DEMONâ€™S ROCK, David McCrackenâ€™s story of small-town child abuse DAYLIGHT & sex-disease horror CONTRACTED. There is also a first-time screening of three episodes of Adam Green and Joe Lynchâ€™s TV series HOLLISTON. Plus, thereâ€™s a chance to discover an eclectic mix of Premiere screening restorations : Ozploitation classic Â – WAKE IN FRIGHT, a tribute to Hammer Horror icon Peter Cushing â€“ CORRUPTION, the first Roger Corman Edgar Allan Poe masterpiece â€“ THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, and the genre landmark that is F. W. Murnauâ€™s NOSFERATU.Â With Andy Nymanâ€™s ever-popular â€˜Quiz From Hellâ€™ now in its 4th year, the announcement of the â€˜666 Short Cuts To Hellâ€™ competition winners, in association with Horror Channel and Movie Mogul, Â the â€˜Turn Off Your Bloody Phone!â€™ entries and the usual bloody red carpet gathering of stars, directors and surprise guests, Film4 FrightFest 14 looks set to raise the roof. Let the screaming begin!Â Alan Jones, Festival co-director, said today: Fourteen years down the line from our seminal start in 2000, the ambitions of the Film4 FrightFest remain exactly the same: to promote horror and fantasy in all its rich and varied ways, to foster the latest in world genre cinema, to highlight our vibrant home-grown independent sector and to invite an international array of directors, actors and filmmakers to discuss their work. For that reason we have remained at the vanguard of the genreâ€. Julia Wrigley, Head of Film4 Channel4, added:Â ‘â€œWe are thrilled to return for the 7th year in a row as the headline sponsors of Film4 FrightFest.Â Once again, the line-up includes a great range of British films, including the relentlessly terrifying Film4 Production In Fear.Â Our FrightFest fortnight on Film4 is packed with channel premieres, festival favourites and some classics from the cryptâ€. The guest line-up and 2013 Short Film Selections will announced shortly. Festival & day passes go on sale from 29 June. Tickets for Individual films are on sale from 27 July. Bookings: 08 714 714 714 or www.empirecinemas.co.uk” We can’t wait…….