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.







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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 three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle