This year’s Film4 FrightFest guest list brings together over one hundred filmmakers, performers, writers and producers from around the world as they make their way to the Vue West End for the 15. FrightFest event which runs from Thurs 21 to 25 August. Robert Englund gets his claws into the festival, rising star Maika Monroe makes a guest appearance and comic book artist Alan Moore gives and interview. Come on inside for details and who will be there.
He lit up the 1980s and 1990s genre landscape with one of the most iconic horror performances of all time as Freddy Krueger in ‘A Nightmare in Elm Street’: Robert Englund will be attending the festival to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Wes Craven classic which will screen on Sunday 24 August, and to launch his latest production ‘The Last Showing’ which screens on Friday 22 August. Festival co-director Alan Jones commented today: “Englund is one of the genre’s originals and we are thrilled to host such an icon of fright”.
In support of the opening film ‘The Guest’, actress Maika Monroe, will be present to celebrate the UK premiere of her latest film. Monroe is also the star of ‘It Follows’ and is quickly becoming the go-to-girl for genre glamour.
In a major coup for his fans, comic artist Alan Moore will be introducing his short film trilogy ‘Show Pieces’ with director Mitch Jenkins. Dubbed “the best graphic novel writer in history”, this is one of his rare public appearances.
Director John McNaughton, director of the milestone biography drama ‘Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer’ (1986), based on the true life of American serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, will be in attendance to promote his latest horro thriller ‘The Harvest’ which has been seen at festivals in the USA, Germany and, most recently, Canada.
Award winning actress Essie Davis, starring as the emotionally complex role of the stressed out mother Amelia in the Australian horror drama ‘The Babadook’ will be the guest of honor at this year’s FrightFest.
Directors who will be in attendance include Nacho Vigalondo, who has three films on show, ‘Open Windows’, his sci-fi comedy ‘Extraterrestrial’ and ‘V/H/S: Viral’, Belgian filmmaker Fabrice Du Welz for his thriller ‘Alleluia’, ‘The Samurai’ director Till Kleinert, ‘Starry Eyes’ directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer as well as Adam Green for ‘Digging up the MArrow’. From South America come Argentine director Adrian Garcia Bogliano with his werewolf drama ‘Late Phases’ and Venezuelan director Alejandro Hidalgo with ‘The House at the End of Time’.
Additional directors coming to the Vue West End to introduce their work are Milan Todorovic (Nymph), Luke Hymans (XMoor), Jay Weisman (Shockwave Darkside 3D), Ivan Kavanagh (The Canal) Phil Hawkins (The LAst SHowing) Ben Wagner (Dead WIthin), David Campbell (Lemon Tree Passage), Ate De Jong (Deadly Virtues), David Gregory (Lost Souls), John Shackleton (The Sleeping Room), Jeremy Wooding (Blood Moon), Jessica Cameron (Truth or DAre), Alexandre O Philippe (Doc of the Dead), Ollie Frampton (The Forgotten), Ed Boase (The Mirror), Adam Spinks (The Expedition), Simeon Haligan (White Settlers), Jorg Buttgereit (Nekromantik), Matthew A. Brown (Julia) and Federico Zampaglone (Remember).
The stars of the films will be out in force with more to be confirmed: Pit Bukowski and Michel Diercks (The Samurai), Rupert Evans and Steve Oram (The Canal), ‘The Last Showing’ stars Emily Berrington, Finn Jones and Malachi Kirby, ‘XMoor’ stars Nick Blood and Sofie Harkness, ‘Deadly Virtues’ actor Edward Akrout, Shaun Dooley (Blood Moon), Leila Mimmock and Joseph Beatty (The SLeeping Room), Ashley C. Williams (Julia), Joshua Dickinson and Nate Fallows (The Mirror) and Emily Booth (Selkie).
Producers in attendence include Jan Harlan (The Shining), Alex Baranska (The Last SHowing) Christian Arnold-Beutel (Shockwave Darkside 3D) Gallien Chanalet-Quercy (I SUrvived a Zombie Holocaust), Michael Vine (Blood Moon) and Gareth I Davis (The Sleeping Room).
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