It’s getting closer to our favourite time of year again – London’s August Bank Holiday Frightfest shindig.

Well, today we got our first slice of tangible news, with the revelation that Adam Wingard’s The Guest will be the horror festival’s opening night film.

Wingard wowed us with last year’s stunning splatterfest You’re Next, but this sounds like a change of pace.

Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens plays a steely-eyed, charismatic solider, who returns from Afghanistan to visit the Peterson family, grieving over the loss of their son in combat.

All seems well and legit, only for a series of sinister and mysterious events to pose the question that Stevens’ David may not be who he says he is.

Wingard said: “Frightfest movie goers are some of the most diehard genre enthusiasts in the world.

“Naturally I am delighted that The Guest will be opening this year’s festival.”

The full festival line-up will be revealed on June 27, with Frightfest set to scare the capital from August 21-25.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.