Day of Romero and full line-up for Frightfest 2005
15th Jul 05
The full line-up for this August’s FrightFest (Fri 26th - Mon 28th) event, has been announced with a list that includes a stunning 22 films, including the long-awaited festival opener, George A. Romero's Land of the Dead, starring Dennis Hopper, John Leguizamo and Asia Argento.
To honour the attendance of the legendary George A. Romero, FrightFest will be showing his entire groundbreaking 'Dead' trilogy prior to the English premiere: including a brand new restored version of Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1977) and Day of the Dead (1985).
To complete the full-day zombiethon, Hollywood special effects and make-up expert Greg Nicotero will explain his dead art in depth
See below for the full list, including the festival-closer - the great indie Australian horror - Wolf Creek (see our review of this film appearing here next week).
Night of the Living Dead Dawn of the Dead Day of the Dead Land of the Dead Wolf Creek Evil Aliens Night Watch P Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist Wild Country Antibodies Born to Fight Do You Like Hitchcock? The Roost Marebito Boo A Bittersweet Life The Neighbour No.13 Day of the Dead 2: Contagium Dead Meat The Collingswood Story 2001 Maniacs
Wolf Creek – the closing night film. Director Greg McLean's much anticipated debut is based on the true story of the 'Back Packer Killer' who held the outback in a grip of early 90s terror. Grisly with a capital 'G'. Greg McLean will be attending.
Evil Aliens - Jaw-dropping late night lunacy comes courtesy of director Jake West's long-awaited follow-up to Razor Blade Smile that has had Cannes preview and San Francisco film festival audiences rolling and gagging in the aisles. Cast includes Jodie Marsh and Emily Booth.
Night Watch - the highest-grossing Russian film of all time. Director Timur Bekmambetov’s epic is based on the first part of Sergei Lukyanenko’s best-selling trilogy. A special effects extravaganza.
P - shot by Brit Paul Spurrier, is as shockingly disturbing as it is tenderly moving. Paul Spurrier will be attending.
Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist - famously shelved, then re-shot with some new cast members and a different script by director Renny Harlin as Exorcist: The Beginning, FrightFest is delighted to give London audiences their only opportunity of seeing Paul Schrader's highly controversial original version on the big screen.
Wild Country - directed by Craig Strachan, this neat lycanthropic chiller from Scotland stars Martin Compston and Peter Capaldi. The cast and crew will be attending the FrightFest world premiere
Antibodies - German director Christian Alvart's heart-stopping psycho thriller Antibodies. Chrisitan Alvart will introduce his film.
Born to Fight - The UK premiere of Thai Panna Rittikrai's follow-up to Ong-Bak, the even more astonishing siege action adventure Born to Fight.
Do You Like Hitchcock? - Dario Argento's subtitled version of his television movie Do You Like Hitchcock? Screening at FrightFest before its Italian premiere.
The Roost - director Ti West's grainy exploitation gem hailed as the genre discovery of the year. Ti West will be in attendance.
Marebito - Shot in just eight days, Marebito combines the talents of director Takashi Shimizu, creator of The Grudge franchise, and Shinya Tsukamoto, cult director of Tetsuo in a charismatic take on the nature of fear.
Boo - Written and directed by Anthony C. Ferrante, ex-Fangoria scribe, and Dog Soldiers producer Davis E. Allen, Boo bursts with goo and gore and neat homage
A Bittersweet Life is a tour de force of noir stylization and South Korean ultra-violence in which an ice-cool enforcer pays a horrendous penalty for a moment of emotional weakness in Kim Jee-Woon's stunning follow-up to A Tale of Two Sisters.
The Neighbour No.13 - video director Inoue Yasuo's gore-drenched suspense shocker is based on the legendary manga by Inoue Santa. A bumper package of surprise and splatter its cult appeal is furthered by a cameo from Audition director Miike Takashi as an angry neighbour and the first victim.
Day of the Dead 2: Contagium - Ana Clavell and James Glenn Dudelson's unofficial prequel and sequel to George A. Romero's Day of the Dead (1985) explains the zombie outbreak to a Russian spy plane that crashed in 1968.
Dead Meat - the first Irish horror film with mad cows and even madder zombies, is the debut feature from rising writer/director Conor McMahon. McMahon covers the Emerald Isle in gushers of blood, and a feeding frenzy of undead movie in-jokes and side-splitting shock.
2001 Maniacs - Tim Sullivan's 'reimagining' of the Herschell Gordon Lewis classic, starring Robert Englund.
The Company of Wolves - Prior to its British DVD launch in October, FrightFest is giving audiences a chance to see Interview with a Vampire director Neil Jordan's sexually symbolic werewolf revision of Little Red Riding Hood back on the big screen.
In addition to the above feature films, there will also be the following shorts:
The Eel (6 mins). Director: Dominic Hailstone. Something fishy is writhing around at the bottom of an electrified aquarium.
The Ten Steps (10 mins) Director: Brendan Muldowney. A young girl, frightened of the dark, calls her parents to help steady her nerves as she descends into the cellar.
The Victim (3 mins). Director: Robert Grieves A trilogy of fun cut-and-paste animatics inspired by various Alfred Hitchcock classics
We all Fall down (13 mins). Director: Jake Kennedy A tragic accident comes back to haunt a group of college kids
Mrs. Davenport’s Throat (18 mins). Director: Keith Claxton. A trip to Lisbon takes a murderous turn when a driver meets his mysterious passenger at the airport. Written and produced by horror icon David McGillivray.
Also, FrightFest and Independent Revolver Entertainment have formed a new DVD label - FrightFest Presents... Malefique and Dead Meat will kick things off at the end of August with two more films due in September followed by theatrical releases in 2006.