FrightFest, London's annual three-day horror / sci-fi / genre film festival has begun announcing this year's line-up two days before tickets go on sale, and the organisers have confirmed a major coup with the opening film, as they have now confirmed that George Romero's Land of the Dead will be this year's opening film.
Ok, sure, the film is already out in the US (only $10million opening - what's wrong with you?) as I write this, but this will be the first chance for everyone in the UK to get to see this film, and although it is not confirmed as yet, there may well also be a personal appearance from the main man himself.
If that's not enough for you, FrightFest have also announced a further seven films (out of the final total of 21 films) that will be screened between 26th and the 29th August. First up is the UK premiere of the epic Night Watch, the highest-grossing Russian film of all time. Marebito is the latest award-winner from The Grudge man Takashi Shimizu and it's a tribute to Peeping Tom and H. P. Lovecraft.
Two late night presentations confirmed are 2001 Maniacs (Tim Sullivan's madcap remake of the infamous 1964 Herschell Gordon Lewis Drive-in classic Two Thousand Maniacs) and Jake West's Evil Aliens, currently a huge festival crowd-pleaser.
Christian Alvart's devious German serial killer chiller Antibodies and Ti West's Evil Dead-type no-budgeter The Roost promise to be two as-yet-undiscovered gems, and the final announced film is Born to Fight, a film with the most death-defying and wildly insane action ever seen (apparently!)
This year's August Bank Holiday FrightFest takes place between August 26th - 29th, and is this year moving from the Prince Charles Cinema to the much larger Odeon West End, right in the heart of London's cinema and theatre land.
Weekend passes will be on sale for FrightFest 2005 from 11 a.m. on 1st July. Tickets for the individual films will be on sale from 1st August. Weekend passes this year are priced at £130 with tickets for individual films at £10.00. This year seats for pass holders will be in the front block of the cinema nearest the stage.
31st Jan 05 Peter Cushing appears to have modestly declined from participating in any of this kung fu nonsense although there is a charming battle later on when he gets a little carried away with a big flaming branch...