Jun 292012
 




Film4 FrightFest The 13th announces full line up; record 48 films, new third screen and 15 world premieres mark the biggest event in its history

 

Film4 FrightFest the 13th is delighted to unveil its most ambitious line-up in history. From the sensational SINISTER starring Ethan Hawke, the Sam Raimi produced THE POSSESSION and Jennifer Chambers Lynch’s jaw-dropping CHAINED, to the MANIAC remake, the surgical underground of AMERICAN MARY and the V/H/S anthology everyone is talking about, this year’s event is definitely something to scream about.

From Thurs 23 August to Monday 27 August the UK’s leading event for horror fantasy fans will be back at the Empire Cinema in London’s Leicester Square to present 48 films in three screens. Empire 1 will house the main event while the Discovery and the newly-created Re-Discovery strand will play in Empires 4 & 5. There are eleven countries represented, with a record-beating fifteen world premieres and twenty-three UK or European premieres.

The Best of British horror fantasy gets its usual FF fanfare with our already announced opening film Paul Hyett’s THE SEASONING HOUSE and closer, James Nunn and Ronnie Thompson’s TOWER BLOCK. Also showcased are Peter Strickland’s extraordinary Italian horror deconstruction BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO, Jon Wright’s creature feature GRABBERS, the living dead romp COCKNEYS VS. ZOMBIES, the human experiment warning GUINEA PIGS, the killer clown comedy STITCHES, the cannibal serial killer chiller SAWNEY, the psycho cop thriller MAY I KILL U?, the gory allegory BEFORE DAWN, the fear of THE INSIDE and the frightening COMMUNITY.

This year the festival is giving a prominent focus to the past, present and future of the Italian genre scene with Federico Zampaglione’s much anticipated neo-giallo TULPA and the Manetti Bros PAURA 3D. Plus Total Film magazine’s guest Icon this year is the Italian Master of Horror himself, Dario Argento and there’s a screening of the documentary EUROCRIME!, which celebrates the ‘poliziotteschi’ movies that ruled Italian 70s cinema.

From Spain come two of the country’s brightest talents with their recent blockbuster hits: Paco Plaza’s [REC]3 GENESIS and Jaume Balaguero’s, stunning thriller SLEEP TIGHT. Also in the Spanish language is HIDDEN IN THE WOODS, a Chilean chiller Other International highlights include the Dutch KILL ZOMBIE!, the Japanese DEAD SUSHI and Germany’s ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY and WE ARE THE NIGHT.

Currently under the radar but bound to get people buzzing are Steven C Miller’s UNDER THE BED, Ryan Smith’s AFTER, The Butcher Brothers’ THE THOMPSONS, Peter Engert’s REMNANTS, Stig Svendsen’s ELEVATOR and Buddy Giovinazzo’s return to the genre A NIGHT OF NIGHTMARES.

Then there’s T2/THE ABYSS star Michael Biehn’s directorial debut THE VICTIM, the gore documentary NIGHTMARE FACTORY focusing on the work of make-up genius Greg Nicotero, the Nazi zombie romp OUTPOST II: BLACK SUN, the latest in the mutant smash series WRONG TURN 4 and the ever popular INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM SHOWCASE(line-up to be announced soon) and ANDY NYMAN’S QUIZ FROM HELL presented by Emily Booth and The Horror Channel. And showing for the first time in the UK will be the most-wanted retrospective of the decade, Clive Barker’s NIGHTBREED: THE CABAL CUT.

FILM4 FrightFest the 13th’s innovation this year is our third venue at the Empire, the Re-Discovery Screen. Here you can see fully restored versions of three classics from the House of Hammer, THE DEVIL RIDES OUT, RASPUTIN THE MAD MONK and THE MUMMY’S SHROUD. We also have a special presentation of the legendary masterpiece, THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. Following on the from THE DEAD success of last year, there will be a free re-showing of INBRED and recording director Alex Chandon’s live commentary for the Anchor Bay DVD release. Plus there’s a chance to see two hits from our Glasgow Film Festival event: The Manetti Bros. THE ARRIVAL OF WANG and Paul China’s CRAWL.

This year’s full guest line-up list will be announced next month.

Julia Wrigley, Head of Film4 Channel, said today: “We are delighted to extend our headline sponsorship of Film4 FrightFest to a record 6th year, as the festival continues to evolve in an exciting fashion. We are thrilled by the incredibly strong presence of British films in this year’s line up, including the artfully sinister Film4 Production, Berberian Sound Studio. Our FrightFest season on the channel also goes from strength to strength, like the Festival itself.”

Festival & day passes go on sale from 30 June. Tickets for Individual films are on sale from 28th July.

Bookings: 08 714 714 714 or www.empirecinemas.co.uk

 

PROGRAMME – DISCOVERY SCREEN
 FRIDAY AUG 24

GUINEA PIGS  (English Premiere)
10 August 2010. Seven volunteers arrive at the isolated and high-tech Limebrook Clinic to take part in a clinical trial for ProStasia Pharmaceuticals’ new drug – PRO-9. Initially, everything seems innocuous enough , But shortly after midnight the guinea pigs are awoken by the anguished screams of the first of their number to have been injected. He’s is quickly removed from the ward for close observation, leaving the rest of the volunteers wondering what might be in store for each of them. So begins the horror fraught night for the seven volunteers as one by one, in the order the Pro-9 was administered, they succumb to the drug’s terrible consequences.
90 mins   Director: Ian Clark   UK 2011

 

THE VICTIM  (UK Premiere)
Michael Biehn makes his directorial debut with this ode to sleazy 70s grindhouse exploitation. When her best friend Mary is brutally raped and killed in the woods by high-ranking crooked cops, stripper Annie finds her own life in jeopardy. Fleeing from the two attackers she seeks refuge from reclusive ex-convict Kyle. As Annie’s assailants encroach, a battle of wits ensues, blood is shed, and an irreparable truth is exposed when two entirely different worlds collide. A sharply focused psychological thriller, suspense is pushed to the farthest limits of heart-stopping endurance as writer, star and director Biehn forces you to question your trust in mankind.
83 mins   Director: Michael Biehn  US 2011

 

ELEVATOR  (UK Premiere)
It’s the night of a gala cocktail party for the Barton Investment Company at their swanky Manhattan high-rise offices. Nine people enter the lift headed for the penthouse including VIP Henry Barton himself, But on the way up a stupid practical joke stalls the elevator fifty floors above ground. Suspenseful twists and turns suddenly reveal one of the occupants is carrying a bomb. It can’t be disarmed and could go off at any moment. Tapping into our innermost fears and visiting the darkest corners of the human psyche, the brakes come off for a blood-soaked shock climax in a deftly written white-knuckle thriller.
84 mins   Director: Stig Svendsen   2011 USA

 

 A NIGHT OF NIGHTMARES (European Premiere)
Internet DJ Mark Lighthouse hosts the ‘Mind Mutation’ website supporting indie artists. One such act is Ginger and Mark is delighted when the singer/songwriter invites him to her cabin in the Californian woods for an interview On his arrival  Ginger seems on edge, explaining she’s only just moved out West from New York because of a stalker problem. Then strange things begin happening. FrightFest welcomes the bravura return of acclaimed director Buddy Giovinazzo to the surrealist sick suspense realms of his signature classic COMBAT SHOCK. Starring Marc Senter and featuring a breakout performance from cult actress Elissa Dowling.
84 mins   Director: Buddy Giovinazzo   USA 2012

 

SAWNEY: FLESH OF MAN  (World Premiere)
Religious psychopath Sawney stalks Scotland abducting unholy souls for his communion of sacrifices. With his insane family of inbred killers they rape, torture and eat their victims saving the best morsels for a shadowy chained-up figure in their cavernous Highlands lair. As the Missing Persons list rises crime journalist Hamish MacDonald starts investigating.  After his fiancée Wendy is kidnapped by the cannibal clan, Hamish decides to investigate the heinous crimes on his own with disastrous results. For there’s something he doesn’t know about the case that’s crucial to solving it. And he too must face the beast in the cellar seeking retribution.
89 mins   Director: Ricky Wood Jr   UK 2012

 

 ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY  (UK Premiere)
Best known as co-writer of Xavier Gens’ apocalyptic horror THE DIVIDE, Eron Sheean makes his feature directorial debut with this eerie serving of Body Horror. Scientist Dr Geoff Burton takes up a position at a new institute in Dresden, Germany. His contribution to their most important project researching random embryonic abnormalities – a human regeneration gene – has the potential to make something miraculous out of a personal tragedy that has haunted him for years. But what’s really going on in the shadowy basement of the research clinic? This provocative and startling exploration into the new flesh takes on chilling shapes of rage.
100 mins   Director: Eron Sheean Germany 2012

 

WE ARE THE NIGHT

 

SATURDAY AUG 25

MAY I KILL U?  (World Premiere)
Barry Vartis is one of Britain’s new breed of policeman, a cycle cop. Although he appears to be a figure of fun, a freak accident turns him into a psychopath. As riots break out in London, Baz embarks on a campaign of ‘lawful killing’, which are recorded on Baz’s helmet-cam and posted anonymously on social networks. Soon his followers are legion thanks to dispensing justice to scumbags and cleaning up society like a deadly Robin Hood. Then Baz is captured by an enraged relative of his presumed ‘kills’ and faces slaughter, or even worse – exposure. DEATH WISH goes Ealing in a pitch black comedy of misadventures.
90 mins   Director: Stuart Urban   UK 2012

 

KILL ZOMBIE!  (UK Premiere)
SHAUN OF THE DEAD hits Amsterdam in the Dutch treat that zombie fans will eat up! After a night in jail, four hung-over friends and one female cop emerge to discover their city has been ravaged by a zombie outbreak. When they receive a cry for help from a sole survivor they are all forced to embark on a reluctant rescue mission, Prepare for violent living dead mayhem galore, with big sci-fi visual effects, a guy with a humongous gatling gun taking out zombies, lots of decapitation, and everything else you could wish for in a bizarre and insane Euro comedy horror.
90 mins    Directors: Martjin Smits & Erwin van den Eshof   Netherlands 2012

 

NIGHTMARE FACTORY  (English Premiere)
In 1989 Greg Nicotero quit medical school and headed for Hollywood to pursue a dream of making monsters. Together with splatter maestros Howard Berger and Robert Kurtzman, Nicotero created the KNB EFX Group, one of the most prolific make-up effects studios in the world. See that universe through Nicotero’s eyes in this gore-soaked illuminating documentary featuring exclusive behind the scenes footage of the most revered horrors of the past two decades, and anecdotes from John Carpenter, George A Romero, Frank Darabont and Quentin Tarantino.
90 mins   Director: Donna Davies   Canada 2011

 

BEFORE DAWN  (World Premiere)
Dominic Brunt, better known as veterinarian Paddy Kirk in ‘Emmerdale’, has written and directed a zombie horror that puts the gory in allegory. Veteran ‘Emmerdale’ scripter Mark Illis and co-star Joanne Mitchell are also along for the ride. The result is the sweet but deadly rom zom BEFORE DAWN. Aex and Meg go for a weekend in the Yorkshire countryside in an effort to save their troubled relationship. Unfortunately the picturesque holiday area chosen comes under attack from the walking dead and Meg is soon going to find out the depth of Alex’s unconditional love in a horror with so much heart it isn’t surprising so much of it gets ripped out!
90 mins   Director: Dominic Brunt   UK 2012

 

REMNANTS  (World Premiere)
World War III has happened and the USA is in meltdown. Nine strangers find themselves holed up together in a farmhouse cellar in rural Texas. Young Dr Hunter survived the nuclear attack and is thrown together by chance with a group of wounded and frightened victims. Hunter and his slowly dying companions wait for news from the government while fending off hunger, claustrophobia, conflicting personalities, radiation sickness and hordes of terrified, dying refugees as they attempt to endure the devastating holocaust. Peter Engert’s haunting, moving and remarkably assured chronicle of final catastrophe
92 mins   Director: Peter Engert   USA 2012

WRONG TURN 4: BLOODY BEGINNINGS  (UK Premiere)
From Declan O’Brien, the director of WRONG TURN 3: LEFT FOR DEAD, comes the shocking prequel. Back in 1974 that terrifying trio of disfigured mutants were locked away in the Glenville Sanatorium as mere lads before making their violent escape into the West Virginia wilds. Fast forward to winter 2003; a group of college friends from Weston University are riding their snowmobiles to a friend’s cabin in the woods. Unfortunately they get lost in a storm and take a wrong turn to the now abandoned asylum. Seeking shelter they discover to their horror that some of the former inmates have returned to the scene of their gory cannibal crimes.
93 mins   Director: Declan O’Brien   USA/Germany 2011

 

  SUNDAY AUG 26

 WE ARE THE NIGHT  (Preview)
NEAR DARK goes to decadent Berlin in a sexy, flashy, super-stylish slick ball of gory vampire energy. Leader of the pack Louise has been searching through the centuries for her lost love while Charlotte misses the daughter she last saw in 1923. Then Louise spots small-time pickpocket Lena on the run and knows she’s found The One! But after being seduced and bitten in a nightclub Lena can’t come to terms with her undead transformation. A matinee-style comic book mix of TWILIGHT and James Bond, WE ARE THE NIGHT is unapologetic vampire pulp fiction of the coolest, sleekest variety.
100 mins   Director: Dennis Gansel   Germany 2010

 

 THE INSIDE  (World Premiere)
You’ve seen him as Sir Gawaine in the hit BBC TV series ‘Merlin’. Now Eoin Macken steps behind the camera to direct the horror thriller THE INSIDE and has rounded up his friends from ‘Hollyoaks’, ‘Charlie Casanova’ and ‘The Clinic’ to help out.  All the group of girls wanted was to celebrate one of their mates’ birthdays in an abandoned Dublin warehouse. But as the party swings out of control they come under frightening attack by a supernatural horror that has no compunction between good or evil. Escape soon proves hopeless and they are trapped in the labyrinthine building.
93 mins   Director: Eoin Macken   Ireland 2012

 

 COMMUNITY  (World Premiere)
The Draymen Estate has become an urban legend. Amongst the sinister stories of strange locals and brutal violence, many people have gone missing there. Two student filmmakers visit the desolate estate in the hope their proposed documentary on the anti-social place will land them a lucrative career. But they quickly discover that behind the awkward smiles, the estate is a breeding ground for the darker side of society – a society which is about to present the students with material of unimaginable horror, Welcome to THE WICKER MAN for the HARRY BROWN generation.
90 mins   Director: Jason Ford   UK 2012

 

GUINEA PIGS

THE VICTIM

 

MONDAY AUGUST 27

REMNANTS

BEFORE DAWN

 A NIGHT OF NIGHTMARES

 ELEVATOR

 

 

PROGRAMME – SCREEN 1

 

THURSDAY AUG 23

 OPENING FILM – THE SEASONING HOUSE  (World Premiere)
Special make-up prosthetics and splatter genius Paul Hyett makes his directorial debut with a harrowing exploration into tense claustrophobia, hard-hitting action and rollercoaster suspense. In a Balkan brothel, where girls kidnapped by soldiers in war-torn zones are prostituted to the military and civilians alike, Angel (Robin Day) is the deaf mute orphan enslaved to care for the inmates. But unbeknownst to her captors, she moves between the walls and crawlspaces of the seasoning house planning her escape. Psychological horror in the nerve-shredding Alfred Hitchcock and Roman Polanski style but with an ultra-modern twist.
89 mins   Director: Paul Hyett   UK 2012

 

 COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES  (World Premiere)
Geezer Gore comes to FrightFest in an ultra-splatter comedy horror director Matthias Hoene calls “EVIL DEAD 2 meets WITHNAIL & I”. Just as brothers Terry and Andy Macguire decide to rob a bank, workers on a Docklands building site uncover a burial ground sealed up in 1666. However some of the corpses aren’t Brown Bread at all and before you know it London’s East End is infested with hungry zombies. Can the two dodgy Hamptons get to the Bow Bells Care Home run by their granddad in time to rescue all the Raspberry Ripples under siege with only their Zimmer frames and wheelchairs to kick some zombie Khyber Pass? Would you Adam and Eve it!
88 mins   Director: Matthias Hoene   UK 2012

 

GRABBERS (London Preview)
The day after a meteor lands in the ocean and a group of fisherman go missing, Garda Lisa Nolan and Garda Ciarán O’Shea start investigating strange occurrences happening around the remote fishing community, Pretty soon it becomes clear their quiet enclave is under attack by an alien invasion and all the space monsters need to survive are blood and water. Then it’s discovered that a high blood alcohol level will kill the nasty intergalactic creatures. Realizing their only weapon is booze, the entire village gathers in the pub to get smashed and prepare for battle. It’s ‘Father Ted’ vs. ALIENS in this Sundance Film Festival favourite.
94 mins   Director: Jon Wright   UK/Ireland 2012

 

FRIDAY AUG 24

 NIGHTBREED: THE CABAL CUT  (UK Premiere)
Ever since it was first released, Clive Barker’s NIGHTBREED has been subject to much debate with stories of missing scenes, lost footage and special edition releases. Then two European work prints were discovered containing additional sequences thought irretrievably lost. Now, working from Barker’s original script, that footage from those two existing work prints, plus the Warner Bros DVD, has been integrated into the 1990 theatrical version of NIGHTBREED to create ‘The Cabal Cut’. Film4 FrightFest is proud to present a unique opportunity to see Clive Barker’s true vision comes to light for the very first time in the most complete version.
145 mins   Director: Clive Barker   UK 1990/2012

 

TOTAL ICON DARIO ARGENTO  + MOVIE (tbc)

 

 HIDDEN IN THE WOODS  (UK Premiere)
This raw slice of demented energy. Inspired by true events, is the terrifying story of two sisters raised in forest isolation and subjected to torments from their abusive drug dealer father. When they finally report him, he chainsaws the two investigating cops to death and is jailed before he can tell psychotic drug lord Costello the exact location of his remaining stash. So Costello sends violent henchmen to find the missing merchandise hidden somewhere in the woods. Reaching heights of deranged frenzy unlike anything seen before, director Patricio Valladares is yet another exciting talent to emerge from the current hotbed of South American horror.
97 mins   Director: Patricio Valladares   Chile 2012

 

V/H/S  (UK Premiere)
Thi must-see horror hit from the Sundance Film Festival 2012 is a terrifying anthology pushing the genre in a fresh direction. Six bizarre tapes: Six horrific stories: Six acclaimed directors. When a group of sleazy misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burgle a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS, they discover more found footage than they bargained. A gruesome and twisted blast of sickness from the collective minds of Adam Wingard (YOU’RE NEXT), Glenn McQuaid (I SELL THE DEAD), Radio Silence (THE TELEPORTER), David Bruckner (THE SIGNAL), Joe Swanberg (SILVER BULLET) and Ti West (THE INNKEEPERS).
115 mins   Directors: Adam Wingard, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, David Bruckner, Joe Swanberg, Ti West    USA 2012

 

[REC]³ Génesis   (UK Premiere)
The [REC] myth gets brilliantly expanded by director Paco Plaza in this gruesomely hilarious second sequel in the groundbreaking Spanish zombie franchise. Unfolding in parallel to events of the previous two episodes, Clara and Koldo are celebrating their lavish wedding day at a posh Barcelona mansion when all hell breaks loose during the reception disco. Separated from each other the newlyweds must endure the rabid madness with chainsaws, suits of armour, swords and food blenders to reunite for the sweetest, and nastiest, shock twist. Plaza’s romantic flair and fairytale feel refreshes the flesh-eating saga with a devious dexterity.
80 mins   Director: Paco Plaza   Spain 2012

 

STITCHES  (UK Premiere)
Starring funny man Ross Noble, it’s the black comedy horror to leave you in STITCHES. Get ready for a Coulrophobic’s delight as DEAD MEAT director Conor McMahon sends in the clowns for red nosed murderous mischief. Jaded Richard Grindle is the sleaziest clown in Ireland. Arriving late to one birthday, a prank goes horribly wrong – he falls on a kitchen knife and goes to that Big Top in the sky. Years later, the same nasty kids attend another more grown up bash. Little do they know that Stitches will be the uninvited guest of honour, seeking revenge on those responsible for his untimely death.
85 mins   Director: Conor McMahon   Ireland 2012
 

SATURDAY AUG 25

 EUROCRIME! THE ITALIAN COP AND GANGSTER FILMS THAT RULED THE ‘70s  (UK Premiere)
ROME ARMED TO THE TEETH, MILAN CALIBRE 9 and, HOW TO KILL A JUDGE…just three of the hundreds of ‘poliziotteschi’ movies the Italian Film Industry churned out during the turbulent 1970s. Rushed production methods meant superstars Franco Nero, Richard Harrison, and Maurizio Merli performing their own stunts, directors stealing shots and a bleed-over between real crime torn from newspaper headlines and violent movie action. Here those once involved in the genre paint a brilliant picture of all that madness and mayhem in this lucidly explained visually dynamic documentary packed with fclips and poster artwork.
127 mins   Director: Mike Malloy   USA 2012

 

OUTPOST II: BLACK SUN  (UK Premiere)
During the 1945 endgame of World War II, German scientist Klausener worked on frightening new technology with the power to create an immortal Nazi army. Now a NATO task force is deployed to Eastern Europe to uncover what sinister enemy exactly appears to be mercilessly killing everything in its path.  It soon becomes clear that what they are facing is no ordinary foe. Only Lena, a gutsy investigator on the trail of notorious war criminal Klausener, can accept the reality of what they are up against – a battalion of living dead Nazi Storm Troopers.
90 mins   Director: Steve Barker   UK 2012

 

PAURA 3D  (UK premiere)
From Manetti Bros. who brought their acclaimed sci-fi horror L’ARRIVO DI WANG to FrightFest Glasgow, comes a new dimension in visual sensation – abject Fear in 3D! When mechanic Ale overhears a conversation between a wealthy customer and the garage owner, he knows what he and his two best mates are going to do for the next few days. For Marquis Lanzi wants his car serviced while he goes on a short holiday and before long the trio move into his Rome villa intent on having a wild weekend in total luxury. But something is about to happen that will change their lives forever. Tender and savage, shocking and brutal, Manetti Bros. pile on the Fear Factor.
104 mins   Directors: Manetti Bros.   Italy 2012

 


UNDER THE BED  (European Premiere)

From Steven C. Miller, director of THE AGRESSION SCALE, comes a supernatural suburban nightmare. Neal Hausman knew there was something under the bed. but no one believed him until his mother lost her life in the resulting conflagration. Sent to stay with an aunt in Florida while his father got over the tragedy, now Neal has come back home. However what was under the bed is still there, still angry and has set it’s malevolent sights on his younger brother Paulie. Can Neal convince his family there really is something evil lurking in the netherworld under his bed? Or will he be forever condemned to wake up screaming?
90 mins   Director: Steven C. Miller   USA 2012

TULPA  (World Premiere)
Giallo returns to the Italian cinema fore in a sensational new horror thriller from spaghetti superstar Federico (SHADOW) Zampaglione. Meet Lisa Boeri, the ultimate driven professional at the top of her corporate game. But by night Lisa frequents the notorious Club Tulpa, owned by a mysterious Tibetan guru. There, unshackled from repression and guilt, Lisa will do anything with any stranger to attain a higher Zen consciousness. Suddenly her lovers start getting murdered in shocking ways. Lisa can’t go to the police because of the scandal impacting on her day job. So she tries to unmask the anonymous assassin herself… with truly nightmare consequences.
90 mins   Director: Federico Zampaglione   Italy 2012

 

MANIAC  (UK Premiere)
Just when the downtown Los Angeles streets seemed safe, a serial killer with a fetish for scalps is back on the hunt. Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new photo exhibition. As their friendship develops and Frank’s obsession escalates, it becomes clear she has unleashed a long-repressed compulsion to stalk and kill. From producers/writers Alexander Aja and Gregory Levasseur (SWITCHBLADE ROMANCE, THE HILLS HAVE EYES, MIRRORS, PIRANHA) and director Franck Khalfoun (P2), comes the remake of the year –  a superior psychological horror with a nerve-shredding Argento tribute score.
90 mins   Director: Franck Khalfoun   FRANCE/USA 2012

 

 SUNDAY AUG 26

THE THOMPSONS  UK Premiere)
THE HAMILTONS are back. Under their new name The Thompsons, the cursed blood-drinkers are looking for another vampire clan who can help them survive. After causing a bloodbath in America they end up in England and their quest leads to the quaint village of Ludlow where the Stuart family say they will help. But soon Francis Hamilton suspects the Stuarts may have a hidden agenda behind their kindness. An epic battle between the two clans is inevitable but who is strong enough to emerge the victors? The Butcher Brothers follow up their award-winning original horror with a high-octane shocktastic sequel to meet all your bloodthirsty needs.
84 mins   Directors: The Butcher Brothers   USA 2012

 

THE HORROR CHANNEL PRESENTS THE INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM SHOWCASE + ANDY NYMAN’S QUIZ FROM HELL 3   (Special Event)
Full details and listings of the Short Film Showcase will be announced soon
It has now become an annual tradition so please put your hands together for the third year running for the star of our quiz show, Andy Nyman. The busy actor is currently wowing West End audiences in the smash hit play ‘Abigail’s Party’ but has taken time off again to ask such penetrating questions as “What 3D fantasy did Oscar-winner Anne Bancroft star in?”, and that’s one of the easy posers. The FrightFest Quiz has the reputation of being one of the hardest to enter, but we know our audience is cleverer than most and will always rise to the challenge. Good luck!
90 mins

 

SLEEP TIGHT (UK Premiere)
[REC] director Jaume Balaguero says “Hola Hitchcock” in this darkly unsettling psychological horror thriller. Unassuming Cesar is janitor at an upscale apartment block in Barcelona. However, his quiet politeness hides a much more sinister personality. His current obsession is Clara, the new cheerful tenant on the fifth floor. At night when Clara is fast asleep, Cesar sneaks into her flat – and bed – to appease his twisted fantasies. Provocative and intense, with Spanish superstar Luis Tosar delivering a sensationally disturbing performance, the growing tension, clever twists and startling chills will keep you biting your nails.
102 mins  Director: Jaume Balaguero   Spain 2011

 

BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO  (London Preview)
It’s 1976 and Gilderoy, an introverted sound engineer from Dorking, goes to Italy to work on a horror film Only the cheapest, nastiest and most abhorred films pass through the run-down Berberian Sound Studio doors and in this alien environment Gilderoy composes bloodcurdling sounds from ingenious improvised sources. But soon life begins to imitate art as both time and realities begin to shift – and Gilderoy finds himself lost in an otherworldly spiral of on screen witchcraft, off-screen sexual intrigue. From Peter Strickland (director of KATALIN VARGA) comes an evocative celebration of the Italian horror genre and a brilliant soundtrack by Broadcast.
95 mins   Director: Peter Strickland   UK 2012

 

SINISTER  (UK Premiere)
True crime writer Ellison Oswald has made a career out of exposing police mistakes and now he’s investigating a shocking small-town death by moving into the house where it took place. But strange occurrences start happening and Ellison becomes convinced the figure he sees lurking in some old home movies he discovers is the ancient occult ‘eater of children’ demon. The scares are not just intense but unyielding in this compelling horror yarn from THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE director Scott Derrickson. And Ethan Hawke shines as the agonized writer whose deteriorating state of his mind shatters everything he holds dear.
Director: Scott Derrickson   USA 2012

 

DEAD SUSHI  ((European Premiere)
When Keiko is disowned by her sushi chef father, she finds work in a resort hotel catering to the up-market business sector. But when a party from a nearby pharmaceuticals research facility check in, little do they know a former crazed employee is about to take his revenge. For he infects the fish being prepared for a lavish meal and Keiko and the sexy staff must fight off an onslaught of razor-toothed sushi, demented squid and a California roll battleship. Beware the yolk kiss and you might learn the right way to eat sushi properly in this absolutely hilarious sashimi shocker.
91 mins   Director: Noboru Iguchi   Japan 2012

MONDAY AUG 27

 AMERICAN MARY  (World Premiere)
After giving the world DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK, the irrepressible Soska sisters unleash AMERICAN MARY. Starring Katharine Isabelle (GINGER SNAPS), this metaphor for the Soskas own journey through the independent film industry follows medical student Mary Mason as she becomes increasingly broke and disenchanted. The allure of easy money sends Mary into the twilight world of body modification and underground surgeries where obsessed flesh artists will pay anything and go through any pain to get their unusual procedures done. But Mary soon finds that her new ‘profession’ leaves more marks on her own psyche than on her freakish clientele.
100 mins   Directors: Jen & Sylvia Soska  Canada 2012

 

AFTER  (UK Premiere)
Two bus crash survivors awake in hospital to discover they are the only people left alive. As a dark fog advances towards their small town they form an unlikely alliance to unravel the truth behind their sinister isolation. With strange events beginning to unfold and happenings beyond their imagination taking place, they start to question whether the town they knew so well before their shocking accident is really what it seems. Especially when they must escape the ravenous creatures concealed within the foreboding mist. A powerful ode to the human spirit, told with beauty, grace, chills and monsters by promising director Ryan Smith.
90 mins   Director: Ryan Smith   USA 2012

 

CHAINED  (UK Premiere)
A trip to the movies becomes a nightmare for Sarah and her young son Tim. For they are kidnapped by Bob, a deranged taxi driver, and taken to his remote home.  There the nine-year-old sees his mother murdered – but it isn’t the last slaughter he witnesses. For Bob enslaves Tim, chains him up and forces him to bury his victims’ bodies. As years go by, Tim is allowed some freedom only if he turns killer himself. Now the reluctant protégé must make a choice between following in Bob’s bloody footsteps or breaking free. Jennifer Chambers Lynch’s uncompromising and dark chiller is one of the best films of the year.
98 mins   Director: Jennifer Chambers Lynch   USA 2012

THE POSSESSION  (European Premiere)
From two acclaimed masters of horror – producer Sam Raimi (EVIL DEAD,) and director Ole Bornedal (NIGHTWATCH), comes a terrifying true story of how a family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable and malicious evil. Divorced Clyde and Stephanie Brenek see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box covered with arcane Hebrew inscriptions she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em’s behaviour becomes increasingly erratic the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst.
90 mins   Director Ole Bornedal   USA 2012

 

CLOSING MOVIE – TOWER BLOCK  (World Premiere)
The tower block was first built for affordable living after World War II. Communities welcomed them until they deteriorated, and became breeding grounds for crime and violence. Redevelopers took over, knocking them down. Now it’s the turn of Serenity House to be demolished. And the top floor residents are the final people left to be re-housed. But something is about to happen that will make the tenants sitting targets for a psychopathic sniper. With all the lifts booby-trapped, every exit obstructed, the mysterious killer has thought of everything. This rousing, riveting British thriller is high on tension, scares and nastily effective splatter chaos.
87 mins   Directors: James Nunn & Ronnie Thompson   UK 2012

 

 

PROGRAMME – RE-DISCOVERY SCREEN
 SATURDAY AUGUST 25

 

INBRED  (Special Event)
It’s back again! Alex Chandon’s screamingly hilarious warped nightmare about country bumpkins with a very demented code of living returns to where it was world premiered before taking other European fantasy festivals by storm too. Anchor Bay will release INBRED in the UK and together with Film4 FrightFest have organised this special event – a live commentary where director Chandon and cast members will watch their bad taste horror riot with something to offend everyone alongside the audience, divulging all the anecdotes and filmmaking secrets in bringing their yokel terror to the screen. IT’S FREE – so first come, first seated.
95 mins   Director: Alex Chandon   UK 2011

 

THE ARRIVAL OF WANG  (London Preview)
Chinese-language interpreter Gaia is hired to carry out an unusual translation assignment. In a secret underground Rome location she is ushered into a pitch-black room where to interpret the harsh interrogation of a mysterious presence, the eponymous Mr Wang. What happens next will change Gaia’s life forever and the entire destiny of planet Earth. This award winning science-fiction chiller was one of Film4 FrightFest’s most popular attractions at our 2012 Glasgow event. So, because we are premiering the Manetti Bros.’ PAURA 3D as part of our Italian horror showcase and the directors will be joining us once more, we have included the film in our line-up for those who missed it in Scotland.
82 mins   Directors: Manetti bros.   Italy 2011

 

CRAWL  (London Preview)
Another Film4 FrightFest Glasgow favourite, the China Brothers’ CRAWL is a thrilling cinematic work crafted with dark nuance and graceful skill. Set in an unknown rural town. Seedy bar owner Slim Walding hires a mysterious Croatian hit man to murder a local garage owner over a shady business deal gone bad. The crime is indeed carried out by the stone-faced stranger but a planned double-crossing backfires and innocent waitress Marilyn Burns finds herself caught up in the fall-out as the Croatian psychopath takes her hostage in her own home.
81 mins   Director: Paul China   Australia 2011

 

SAWNEY: FLESH OF MAN  (World Premiere)
Religious psychopath Sawney stalks Scotland abducting unholy souls for his communion of sacrifices. With his insane family of inbred killers they rape, torture and eat their victims saving the best morsels for a shadowy chained-up figure in their cavernous Highlands lair. As the Missing Persons list rises crime journalist Hamish MacDonald starts investigating.  After his fiancée Wendy is kidnapped by the cannibal clan, Hamish decides to investigate the heinous crimes on his own with disastrous results. For there’s something he doesn’t know about the case that’s crucial to solving it. And he too must face the beast in the cellar seeking retribution.
89 mins   Director: Ricky Wood Jr   UK 2012

 

SUNDAY AUGUST 26

 THE MUMMY’S SHROUD  (Restored Version World Premiere)
Our first homage to The Hammer House of Horror brand so adored by fear fans worldwide was the final feature Hammer shot at their Bray Studios home and told the tale of an expedition to search for the fabled tomb of the boy Pharaoh Kab-to-Bey Well acted and directed by PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES maestro Gilling this underrated entry in Hammer’s Mummy trilogy features intense murders and an impressive disintegration demise.
84 mins   Director: John Gilling  UK 1967

 

RASPUTIN, THE MAD MONK  (Restored Version World Premiere)
Film4 FrightFest’s second tribute to the national treasure known as The Hammer House of Horror comes courtesy of KISS OF THE VAMPIRE director Don Sharp’s ravishing delve into the life of the lecherous mystic who dominated the Romanov court of pre-revolutionary Russa. Christopher Lee gives a magnificent performance as the self-styled faith healer who held Russia’s last Tsar, Nicolas II, in his sinister thrall. Scream Queen Barbara Shelley is equally commanding as the Tsarina’s confidante This is history the Hammer way, ignoring accuracy in favour of the supernatural and gruesome, melding palace pageantry and courtly conspiracy with occult shadings and a liberal dose of third-act terror and gore.
91 mins   Director: Don Sharp   UK 1966

 

THE DEVIL RIDES OUT  (Restored Version World Premiere)
One of the finest occult chillers Hammer ever made was this adaptation of Dennis Wheatley’s bestseller starring icon Christopher Lee on the side of good for a change as the suave Duc De Richleau. Accompanied by his aide Rex van Ryn, the Duc must save his protégé Simon Aron from Black Magic baptism by a cult led by the evil Mocata. The late 1920s setting is captured beautifully, Richard Matheson’s ace script is atmospheric and scary, Fisher’s direction is superbly fluid and the pentagram sequence is an all-time supernatural highlight. Elevated enormously by all being taken seriously, as a Satanic spectacular this one is the business.
91 mins   Director: Terence Fisher   UK 1967

 

THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN  (Restored Version World Premiere)
The finest of all the Frankenstein movies proved that a sequel could be even better than the original. Marking the peak of Universal’s Classic Monster cycle, Whale’s masterpiece is prefaced by author Mary Shelley being persuaded by Lord Bryon to continue her famous terror story. It then relates the Monster’s need for female companionship and the creation of his synthetic Bride, perfectly essayed by Elsa Lanchester’s iconic portrayal. Evoking a genuine pathos amongst its hi-tone chills and displaying Whale’s bold, macabre humour, THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN fully deserves its lofty status as a genre institution, one you can now thrill to again thanks to this stunning Universal restoration of the master print.
75 mins   Director: James Whale   USA 1935

 

 MONDAY AUGUST 27

 11:15  WE ARE THE NIGHT  (Preview)
NEAR DARK goes to decadent Berlin in a sexy, flashy, super-stylish slick ball of gory vampire energy. Leader of the pack Louise has been searching through the centuries for her lost love while Charlotte misses the daughter she last saw in 1923. Then Louise spots small-time pickpocket Lena on the run and knows she’s found The One! But after being seduced and bitten in a nightclub Lena can’t come to terms with her undead transformation. A matinee-style comic book mix of TWILIGHT and James Bond, WE ARE THE NIGHT is unapologetic vampire pulp fiction of the coolest, sleekest variety.
100 mins   Director: Dennis Gansel   Germany 2010

 

13:50  ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY  (UK Premiere)
Best known as co-writer of Xavier Gens’ apocalyptic horror THE DIVIDE, Eron Sheean makes his feature directorial debut with this eerie serving of Body Horror. Scientist Dr Geoff Burton takes up a position at a new institute in Dresden, Germany. His contribution to their most important project researching random embryonic abnormalities – a human regeneration gene – has the potential to make something miraculous out of a personal tragedy that has haunted him for years. But what’s really going on in the shadowy basement of the research clinic? This provocative and startling exploration into the new flesh takes on chilling shapes of rage.
100 mins   Director: Eron Sheean Germany 2012

 

MAY I KILL U?  (World  Premiere)
Barry Vartis is one of Britain’s new breed of policeman, a cycle cop. Although he appears to be a figure of fun, a freak accident turns him into a psychopath. As riots break out in London, Baz embarks on a campaign of ‘lawful killing’, which are recorded on Baz’s helmet-cam and posted anonymously on social networks. Soon his followers are legion thanks to dispensing justice to scumbags and cleaning up society like a deadly Robin Hood. Then Baz is captured by an enraged relative of his presumed ‘kills’ and faces slaughter, or even worse – exposure. DEATH WISH goes Ealing in a pitch black comedy of misadventures.
90 mins   Director: Stuart Urban   UK 2012

 

THE INSIDE  (World Premiere)
You’ve seen him as Sir Gawaine in the hit BBC TV series ‘Merlin’. Now Eoin Macken steps behind the camera to direct the horror thriller THE INSIDE and has rounded up his friends from ‘Hollyoaks’, ‘Charlie Casanova’ and ‘The Clinic’ to help out.  All the group of girls wanted was to celebrate one of their mates’ birthdays in an abandoned Dublin warehouse. But as the party swings out of control they come under frightening attack by a supernatural horror that has no compunction between good or evil. Escape soon proves hopeless and they are trapped in the labyrinthine building.
93 mins   Director: Eoin Macken   Ireland 2012

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