Six films you must not miss at Film4 Frightfest 2015

Six films you must not miss at Film4 Frightfest 2015

 

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Film4 Frightfest 2015 is nearly upon us running from the 27th – 31st of August at the Vue cinema in London’s Leicester Square.With 76 horror movies including 19 World, 16 European and 24 UK premieres spread across 4 screens the festival is bigger and bolder than ever.

Choosing which films to prioritise during inevitable schedule clashes,what to catch on the Discovery screens and what offerings  to shoot for when the single tickets go on sale is going to be a pleasantly tough task.

To make things a little easier here is a six course guide to which delicacies you simply must feast upon during this unrivaled horror banquet including exclusive contributions from the film makers themselves.

 

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– Hostile

When :  1.00PM – MONDAY 31ST – EUROPEAN PREMIERE – Discovery Screen 3

Why ?

Because French horror has a fantastically rich pedigree at this event. Frightfest unleashed both Martyrs and À l’intérieur upon unsuspecting UK audiences.

The director Nathan Ambrosioni is just 14 years old and that level of precociousness just can not be ignored and is sure to be a massive talking point.

What Frightfest says : 

Meredith Langston always longed to have children. She finally makes this happen when she adopts two young adolescent girls. However, her now idyllic world sours rapidly and dream veers to nightmare when she quickly finds that she is unable to cope with their increasingly strange behaviour. Desperate, she seeks the help of two journalists working for a local TV programme ‘SOS Adoption’. Unfortunately it is all for nothing, especially when the reporters discover that there is another presence in the house.

What the film maker told us :

Director of Hostile Nathan Ambrosioni :

How does it feels to be selected for Frightfest ?

It’s very great. I feel very well and I hope that it will help us for the next projects.”

How do you hope the film will be received ?

I hope that people will like the movie and appreciate the work of the team.

What are your past experiences of Frightfest ?

This is my first time at the Frightfest.”

What was your best moment of making the movie ?

The shooting….Especially when you say « action » at the first time.

 

 

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  – These Final Hours 
When :  12.50PM – SUNDAY 30TH – UK PREMIERE – Discovery Screen 1
 Why ?
Because it’s a thoroughly entertaining yet bravely edgy high concept apocalypse flick.The sumptuous cinematography will look stunning on the big screen and it also boasts the most outrageous drug taking party scene in years.
What Frightfest says : 

It has taken the fantasy festival circuit by storm and now you can finally see what everyone has been raving about in this gripping look at the spectrum of human behaviour in the face of impending doom. The fiery effects of a crash-landed asteroid are wiping out the planet and heading for their last devastating stop: Australia. And there’s nothing anyone in the coastal city of Perth can do but wait. And party.  Go horrendously crazy. Or find redemption where they least expect it. Witness the last days of man on Earth in this amped-up, adrenaline-fuelled apocalyptic vision with balls.

What the film maker told us :

Writer/director of These Final Hours Zak Hilditch :

How does it feels to be selected for Frightfest ?

It’s an honour to be a part of such a cool festival.

What are your past experiences of Frightfest ?

This is the first film I have ever had in Frightfest so it’ll be great to hear how it goes down.

Will you be attending the screening ?

I unfortunately wont be able to make it over there this year.

What was the best part of making the film ?

The best part of making the film was the party sequence. Lots of controlled chaos.

 

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 – Inner Demon 

When :  SUNDAY 30TH – UK PREMIERE – Film 4 Screen 3.30pm – Arrow Screen 11.00am – Horror Channel Screen 1.40pm.

Why ?

Because female directed Aussie horror is the hot ticket right now and the film occupying this Sunday slot is traditionally a very strong one. Expect some shocking gore and very short finger nails.This could well be the darling of the festival.

What Frightfest says : 

“Stunning and highly unusual shocker featuring a tour-de-force central performance by Sarah Jeavons in her first starring role. She plays teenage Sam abducted one night along with her younger sister by a feral serial-killing couple. Escaping from the boot of their car, she finds refuge in an isolated farmhouse, only to discover it is home to even greater horrors. As the spectre of her own mortality looms large, Sam must confront a nightmare scenario where the building terror twists in ever astounding directions.”

What the film maker told us :

Writer/director of Inner Demon Ursula Dabrowsky :

How it feels to be selected for Frightfest ?

Are you kidding? It feels great. I’ve known about Film4 Frightfest for ages and to be accepted into that horror film festival has been a dream, or should I say nightmare? come true.”

How important are festival runs for a horror film ?

Very important. The more horror fans that find out about my lil’ Inner Demon, the better and film festivals are a way of getting the word out there.

What are your past experiences and expectations of Frightfest ?

I’ve never had a film in Frightfest before.Ursula Dabrowsky is a virgin Frightfester so can’t answer that one. And expectations? None. Just hope as many people as possible check out the film and let me know what they thought.

The best moment of making the movie ?

The best moment of making the movie was screening it for my cast and crew and then the next best moment was the World Premiere at A NIght of Horror in Sydney. It was great to go back to the Australian horror film festival that started it all for me. Family Demons had its World Premere at that film festival back in 2009 and to return with my second film was bloody fantastic.

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 – Deathgasm
When :  SATURDAY 29TH – UK PREMIERE – Film 4 Screen 10.45pm – Arrow Screen 6.30pm – Horror Channel Screen 9.10pm.
 Why ?
Because it’s called Deathgasm.It’s also the most fun you will have with the Frightfest crowd all weekend.

What Frightfest says :  

From the producers of HOUSEBOUND and FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY, a splatstick shocker full of brutal, bloody, fanatical fun. When metal-thrashing outcast Brodie meets a kindred spirit in Zakk, they start their own band Deathgasm. Soon the duo’s resentment of the suburban wasteland leads them to sheet music said to grant the Ultimate Power to whoever plays it.  But the music also summons the ancient evil entity Aeloth The Blind One who threatens to tear apart existence itself. With their classmates and family inhabited by demonic forces that turns them into psycho killers, can the wicked force be stopped devouring all mankind?

What the film maker told us :

Ant Timpson – Exec Producer of Deathgasm :

How it feels to be selected ?

SURPRISED THEN SHOCKED. KIND OF LIKE BEING ZIPPED UP IN A SLEEPING BAG WITH LIVE EELS.

How you hope the film will be received ?

IF SOMEONE SACRIFICES A FRIGHTFEST VOLUNTEER AFTER THE SCREENING WE WILL KNOW OUR SUBLIMINAL MESSAGES HAVE WORKED.”

Past experiences of Frightfest and expectations for this year ?

FIRST TIME WAS WITH THE DEVIL DARED ME TO. I WENT TO A RUSSIAN BAR AND SMASHED PINT GLASSES WITH A FRIEND. WE BLED OUT AND THEN GOT STITCHES. NO EXPECTATIONS THIS YEAR AS WILL NOT BE ATTENDING. JUST HOPE OUR DIRECTOR DOESN’T GET AS DRUNK AS HE DID AT SXSW.

The best moment of making the movie ?

GETTING A SECOND IMDB CREDIT OTHER THAN PRODUCER – ‘BLOOD VOMITER’.

Who is attending the showing ?

OUR DEVLISH DIRECTOR JASON HOWDEN & SARAH HOWDEN.

 

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 – Bait 

When :  SATURDAY 29TH – PREVIEW – Film 4 Screen 12.45pm – Arrow Screen 3.30pm – Horror Channel Screen 11.00am.
 Why ?
Because director Dominic Brunt is one of the most promising and original horror directors in the UK and no body does revenge quite like Frightfest.

What Frightfest says :  

Dominic Brunt’s impressive second feature after the beloved ‘Emmerdale’ actor took the genre by storm with BEFORE DAWN is a tense female revenge saga – a frightening true-life crime thriller graced by a scalpel-sharp screenplay and extraordinary performances. Two women who dream of opening their own café in a work-depressed northern town go to the wrong person for a loan in this chilling allegory of the economic brutality independent businesses face within the austerity-led banking system. Unable to meet the outrageous payment demands, the hardened duo must find it within themselves to take pitiless, bloody retribution on their malicious aggressor.”

What the film maker told us :

Director of Bait Dominic Brunt :

How it feels to be selected ?

We are of course honored to be a part of this year’s Film4 FrightFest.
As a fan of horror films, I have been attending festivals up and down the country for years and FrightFest is always something special.
It’s a friendly social hub as well as a chance to see the pick of the best in modern horror. 
Ian, Paul Greg and Alan are genuinely passionate about what they do and it comes from a love of genre cinema and a compunction to support and nurture talent within the industry.
There is a heart behind what they do and long may they do it.

How you hope the film will be received ?

I hope the film manages to entertain and repel at the same time.
I hope the villain is loved and hated in that you want to see more of him but you want him dead.
We got a big cheer at a very specific moment in Cannes and I would die happy to see that happen at FrightFest.
I also hope everyone stays until the end of the credits for the secret ending.

Past experiences of Frightfest and expectations for this year ?

I always go with an expectation that I will be surprised (I always am).
I hope to meet old friends there (I always do).
I expect to be scared (I jump really easily).
Every year I see a film which becomes the surprise hit which always leaves me stunned that no one has ever thought of it before.
I eat too much ice cream and try to watch four or five films a day between nipping out and catching up with mates.
There is always ALWAYS originality, brilliance, innovation, daring and great spirit.

The best moment of making the movie ?

The first day when all the trucks and crew turned up to location, I took my shot-list and story boards out and thought – blimey, this is all a bit real now, we better do our best.
Seeing the rough cut on a big screen made me so proud of what 73 people could achieve with hard work and no sleep for weeks on end.

Who is attending the showing ?

Myself, Joanne Mitchell, Adam Fogerty, Rula Lenska and hopefully Jonathan Slinger for a showing as he’s currently playing Willy Wonka in the west end.”

 

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– Banjo

When :   10.45AM – MONDAY 31ST – WORLD PREMIERE – Discovery Screen 3
Why ? 
Because the concept of basing a film around a traumatised frenulum is beyond genius.There are loads of  low budget indie horror’s at Frightfest this year but Banjo stands a more than decent chance of being the break out cult film of the festival.Will the sequel feature dueling banjo’s ?

What Frightfest says :  

Meet Peltzer Arbuckle, a bullied office employee, humiliated by his megalomaniac boss, teasing colleagues and cheating partner. Stuck in his mundane, nightmarish reality, once news about an embarrassing sexual accident circulates the workplace, Peltzer decides to put up with his misery no more, and conjures up his childhood imaginary friend Ronnie who manipulates him to exact gruesome revenge on his tormenting co-workers. As the body count rises, Peltzer must either run away from his past or take control of his future, battling between sanity and madness in a twisted tale of infidelity, revenge and snapped banjo strings.

What the film maker told us :

Director/writer of Banjo Liam Regan :

How it feels to be selected ?

I first attended the festival by myself, five years ago as a life-long horror movie fan, and to have my film selected five years later is a dream come true, there’s no greater aspiration a genre filmmaker could ask for, but to play Film4 FrightFest.

How you hope the film will be received ?

I hope it’s accepted by fellow horror fans, Banjo is my love letter to movies by Lloyd Kaufman and Frank Henenlotter, so I hope I’m able to gross out the FrightFest audience, even though I know they all have strong stomachs, with Banjo being screened at 10:45am, it’s the perfect wake up call for a Monday morning.”

Past experiences of Frightfest and expectations for this year ?

FrightFest is always my favourite time of the year, I have great memories of meeting a lot of my hero’s like Buddy Giovinazzo (Theater Bizarre) who directed Combat Shock, Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2) who I used to watch in Troma segments on DVD extras in the late 90’s and Don Mancini who created the Child’s Play franchise, it was awesome to be at the European premiere of Curse of Chucky back in 2013, as a life-long Chucky fan, it was an ultimate fan boy’s dream. The FrightFest line-up is always solid, I haven’t had the chance to check out all the trailers for the movies this year, however I usually like to go into movies, without knowing anything, but the basic premise, so I have zero expectations.

The best moment of making the movie ?

Making Banjo was a roller-coaster of emotions, from developing a three page short story, to a feature length screenplay, along with finding money to fund the project, however the best moment in making the movie, must be seeing the first assembly cut, and watching the magic come together, there was never any time on set to stand back and appreciate the magic that was happening before my eyes, and it’s still hard to accept that I’ve been able to make a feature length movie, as it’s something that’s been my dream, ever since I was a six years old kid, renting horror movies from my local video shop.

Who is attending the showing ?

I’ll be attending the premiere along with co-star Laurence R. Harvey from The Human Centipede sequels, who plays Clyde Toulon in Banjo, along with cast & crew of the movie.

 

Warm thanks to all the directors,writers,producers and distributors who’s time and energy helped me write this piece.The kindness that resides within the heart of the horror genre never ceases to amaze me.

One day tickets for these films and many others go on sale here on July 25th 2015.

There will be a pop-up box office open at the event for last minute and walk-in ticket sales.

Bradley Hadcroft

 

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