Every year a horror festival by the name of Film 4 Frightfest takes place on August Bank Holiday weekend in London in the UK. It's a haven for British horror film fans, featuring some of the latest and greatest of what the horror genre has to offer that are almost always UK, European and World Premieres. The festival returns for it's tenth year in 2009, and we have the scheduled line-up of films for you to have a look at.
For the first time in the Frightfest's history, the films will be shown on two screens: The Main Screen will show the biggest films (the Premieres, the ones with the biggest stars/directors etc), and the Discovery Screen will play some of the more riskier stuff, along with doubling up on some of the bigger stuff to give folks the chance to see them if they missed them on the other screen.
Without further ado, here is the full line-up for the 2009 Film 4 Frightfest (thanks to Frightfest and /Film):
THURSDAY 27 AUGUST
18:30 Triangle - dir. Christopher Smith UK/Australia 200921:15 The Hills Run Red - dir. Red Dave Parker USA 200923:30 Infestation + Deadwalkers - dir. Kyle Rankin 2009
FRIDAY 28 AUGUST11.00 The Horseman - dir. Steven Kastissios Australia 200813.45 Beware the Moon (World Premiere) - dir. Paul Davis UK 200916.10 An American Werewolf in London - dir. John Landis USA 198119.20 Shadow (World Premiere) - dir. Federico Zampaglione Italy 200921.35 The Horde (Special Sneak Preview) - dir. Yannick Dahan & Benjamin Rocher France 200900.00 Macabre (UK Premiere) - dir. The MO Brothers Singapore 2009
SATURDAY 29 AUGUST11.30 Smash Cut (UK Premiere) - dir. Lee Demabre Canada 200913.45 Hierro (UK Premiere) - dir. Gabe Ibanez Spain 200915.45 Millennium: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (UK Premiere) - dir. Niels Arden Oplev Sweden 200919.00 Giallo (London Premiere) - dir. Dario Argento USA/Italy 200921.00 Trick'r Treat (UK premiere) - dir. Michael Dougherty USA 200823.15 Vampire Girl Vs. Frankenstein Girl (UK Premiere) - dir. Yoshihiro Nishimura and Naoyuki Tomomatsu Japan 2009
SUNDAY 30 AUGUST11.30 Dead Snow (UK Premiere) - dir. Tommy Wirkola Norway 200913.45 The Human Centipede: First Sequence (World Premiere) - dir. Tom Six Holland 200915.50 Coffin Rock (World Premiere) - dir. Rupert Glasson Australia 200918.45 Night of the Demons (World Premiere) - dir. Adam Gierasch USA 200921.00 Clive Barker's Dread (UK Premiere) - dir. Anthony DiBlasi UK 200923:15 100 Best Deaths - Andy Nyman Presents
MONDAY 31 AUGUST11.00 Zombie Women of Satan (World Premiere) - dir. Warren Speed & Steve O'Brien UK 200913.15 The House of the Devil (UK Premiere) - dir. Ti West USA 200915.30 Case 39 (UK Premiere) - dir. Christian Alvart USA 200918.30 Heartless (World Premiere) - dir. Philip Ridley UK 200921.15 The Descent: Part Two (World Premiere) - dir. Jon Harris UK 2009
FRIDAY 28 AUGUST12.00 Best Worst Movie (UK Premiere) - dir. Michael Stephenson USA 200814.15 I Sell the Dead (London Premiere) - dir. Glenn McQuaid USA 200816.15 I Think We're Alone Now - dir. Sean Donnelly USA 200818.45 Colin (Preview Screening) - dir. Marc Price UK 200821.00 Black (UK Premiere) - dir. Pierre Laffargue France 2008
SATURDAY 29 AUGUST12.00 The Horror of Writing Competition13.45 Evil Things (World Premiere) - dir. Dominic Perez USA 200916.15 Fragment (World Premiere) - dir. Andrew Miles Australia 200918.45 It's Alive (UK Premiere) - dir. Joseph Rusnak USA 200821.00 Pontypool (London Premiere) - dir. Bruce McDonald Canada 2008
SUNDAY 30 AUGUST12.00 Black (UK Premiere) - dir. Pierre Laffargue France 200814.40. Pontypool (London Premiere) - dir. Bruce McDonald Canada 200817.00 I Think We're Alone Now - dir. Sean Donnelly USA, 200819.00 I Sell the Dead (London Premiere) - dir. Glenn McQuaid USA 200821.00 Best Worst Movie (UK Premiere) - dir. Michael Stephenson USA 2008
MONDAY 31 AUGUST11.00 Colin (Preview Screening) - dir. Marc Price UK 200814.15 It's Alive (UK Premiere) - dir. Joseph Rusnak USA 200816.15 Fragment (World Premiere) - dir. Andrew Miles Australia 200918.45 Evil Things (World Premiere) - dir. Dominic Perez USA 2009
To view the information on all the films showing at this year's Frightfest you can head over to the official website.
Probably the biggest film of the Frightfest is The Descent: Part Two, which is of course the sequel to Neil Marshall's horror masterpiece, The Descent. You may remember I vented my anger at them by way of a rant about them making a sequel to The Descent a few months ago - although I have since managed to calm myself down, I'm still not happy about they're being a sequel (admittedly, my love for the first one may have blinded me to any possible positives the sequel may hold).
Also showing is Bruce McDonald's Pontypool, the zombie film with a twist. I don't want to give away what makes it so unique, but if you get a chance to see it, I'd highly recommend making the effort (it was my absolute favorite movie of the Edinburgh International Film Festival recently). Along with The Descent: Part Two and Pontypool, they seem to have a great line-up once again this year. Just some of those I want to check out at some point are: Giallo (the latest from legendary horror director, Dario Argento); I Sell The Dead (a quirky looking horror-comedy that stars Ron Perlman and Lost's Dominic Monaghan); the £45/$70 zombie film that got a lot of attention at Cannes this year called Colin; and the Danish Nazi zombie flick, Dead Snow.
To tease us all for the Frightfest (although you readers from the US most likely won't make it to the UK this August), we have some new images from The Descent: Part Two, along with the poster and first trailer for Argento's Giallo (a film which I'm kicking myself for missing at the EIFF this year).