Film4 FrightFest 2012 Announces Opening & Closing Films
The UK's foremost horror film festival, Film4 FrightFest, reanimates for its 13th incarnation this August and promises a bigger line-up than ever before across an unprecedented three screens at London's Empire, Leicester Square. While the full line-up of films will not be unveiled for another fortnight, the team has just announced the festival's opening and closing films, which again displays FrightFest's devotion to showcasing New British Horror Cinema above all else.
Opening this year's festival on Thursday is the World Premiere of Paul Hyett's The Seasoning House. Hyett is best known for his make-up and prosthetics work on films such as Neil Marshall's The Descent and Joe Cornish's Attack The Block, but now returns with his directorial debut. The Seasoning House stars newcomer Rosie Day as a deaf-mute brothel worker in this "harrowing exploration into war-torn terror and tense claustrophobia" that promises quality, sensitivity and hard-hitting action.
The festival will close with another World Premiere of a new British film, Tower Block, from directors James Nunn and Ronnie Thompson, which tells the nerve-shredding story of a group of residents trapped on the top floor of an apartment complex by a mysterious sniper. The film stars Sheridan Smith, Jack O'Connell and Russell Tovey and features the splatter-tastic gore work of, yup, Peter Hyett, in this "stunning suspense-shocker."
This year's festival, dubbed FrightFest the 13th for obvious reasons, takes place across the August Bank Holiday weekend, from 23rd-27th August, and features more choice than ever before for its attendees. As ever the Main Screen will showcase the festival's major attractions, the Discovery Screen will focus on smaller gems discovered on the programmers' extensive scouring of World Cinema, while the new Re-Discovery Screen is devoted entirely to retrospective screenings and special events.
Tickets and passes go on sale on Saturday 30th June, by which time the full line-up will have been announced, and if you are in the area this is a top-tier cinematic event not to be missed. Other titles mentioned in the press release include the UK premiere of Paco Plaza's [REC]3: Genesis, "the anthology you want to see, the best Halloween 2012 release, the greatest serial killer thriller since Henry and this year's Amer", as well as "the one controversial monster movie you'd love to see the complete version of".
Organisers Alan Jones, Paul McEvoy and Ian Rattray are so enthusiastic about sharing fantastic horror movies with their audience that they're even putting on a special free screening of Steven C. Miller's The Aggression Scale for people who join the Sleepy Q for tickets.
Everything you could possibly want to know about Film4 FrightFest, including ticketing information, how to get to the venue, and what they will be showing, can be found by visiting their website - right here.
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