This year the Film4 FrightFest will be welcoming over 100 talented filmmakers, actors, scribes and producers from the horror fantasy scene from all four corners of the globe.
With individual tickets going on sale tomorrow, Saturday, 27 July, the organisers have now confirmed an extensive guest list boasting 34 directors such as Don Mancini who will be bringing his reimagining of our beloved Good Guys doll in Curse of Chucky, Suri Krishnamma (Dark Tourist), one of America’s most loved funny men, Bobcat Goldthwait (Willow Creek) and HATCHET III producer/scribe Adam Green.
Fans of The Raid will be happy to hear that Gareth Evans will be dropping in on the festival upon completion of the principal photography for THE RAID 2, to celebrate the screening of V/H/S/2 alongside FrightFest pant-dropper Jason Eisener.
The festival also welcomes Cheap Thrills director Evan L. Katz, Steven R. Monroe for the world premiere of the sequel I Spit On Your Grave 2, director Blair Erickson, for the launch of Banshee Chapter, as well as Anthony DiBlasi (Missionary), Jeremy Lovering (In Fear), Kit Ryan (Dementemania) and Christopher McBride for The Conspiracy. The Ford Brothers will also be putting in an appearance as The Dead 2: India will be screened to launch the festival, whilst co-directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado will be on hand when the screening of Big Bad Wolves will see the festival draw to a close.
Whilst the finishing touches are yet to be added to the already long list of actors putting in appearances, the festival has already confirmed Michael Cudlitz, the lead of the independent discovery of the year Dark Tourist. I Spit On Your Grave 2 stars Jemma Dallander and Joe Absolom will be attending with Monroe, as will Gemma Aitkinson and Holly Goss, to present Renny Harlin’s The Dyatolov Pass Incident. Twilight Zone star Charlie Bewley will be joining the guests for the screening of Hammer of the Gods, whilst Sam Robertson, Vincent Regan and Holly Weston will also be appearing for Dementamania. Frankenstein’s Army star Alexander Mercury will also be around whilst Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) and Hannah Tointon (The Inbetweeners) can be seen at the festival for the short film The Body.
Talking of short films, the short film selection will be screened this year in association with The Horror Channel and will featured appearances from directors Paul Davis (The Body), Will Gilbey (Turncoat), James Moran (Crazy For You), Dominic Brunt (Shellshocked), Mike Mort (Chuck Steel), Nick Gillespie (Samuel and Emily Vs. the World), Toby Meakins (Breathe) and The Hassall Brothers (If I Had a Heart).
The star of opening night film The Dead 2: India, Joseph Millson (I Give It A Year) will be attending, alongside his Indian co-stars Meenu, Anand Goyal and Sandip Datta Gupta. At the other end of the festival, the exceptional cast from Israel, Tzahi Grad, Rotem Keinan and Dov Glickman will be attending the Big Bad Wolves screening on closing night.
Last year Film4 FrightFest’s introduced the Variety Award with the honour going to special effects maestro Greg Nicotero. This year’s tribute will go to Ben Wheatley, indisputably the most unique talent to burst out of the British scene of late. Ben will attend the FrightFest to pick up his award following an onstage interview to be conducted by film writer and journalist Damon Wise.
Today he commented:
“Attending FrightFest is like being plugged into the brain of Genre cinema. A true group experience. Over a thousand serious fans praying at the altar of Horror then spilling out into the Foyer to digest what they have just seen before diving back for more…it’s great”.
This year’s ever-popular ‘Quiz From Hell’ will be hosted Kick-Ass 2 star compere Andy Nyman and there will be a special appeerance from Zombie Flesheaters/Lucio Fulci composer Fabio Frizzi.
Film4 FrightFest 2013 runs from Thrusday, 22 August to Monday, 26 August at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square.
All tickets can be booked over the phone or online: 08 714 714 714 or www.empirecinemas.co.uk