The FrightFest empire continues its growth with the addition of a new book to be published in January called The FrighFest Fearbook Volume 1.
Written and edited by FrightFest co-organiser Alan Jones (with guest writers including Book of the Dead contributor Jamie Graham and director Julian Richards), the book contains reviews of every horror and fantasy film released in 2005.
An essential overview of the horror year, the Fearbook also includes DVD information, director / star interviews as well as a look at all the latest trends from Asian horror through to the burgeoning remake frenzy.
FrightFest was set up in 2000 by Alan Jones, Paul McEvoy and Ian Rattray. As well as establishing themselves as perhaps the best European horror festival with their annual 4-day Bank Holiday event in August, FrightFest also set up a DVD distribution label last year FrightFest Presents, which has been termed as 'a horror label for horror fans by horror fans'.
Their first two releases, Dead Meat and Malefique are already available. Other releases include Tears of Kali (Jan 30th), Eyes of Crystal and The Roost (both Feb 27th).
Taken from the back cover of The FrightFest Fearbook Volume I by Alan Jones:
What were the highs, lows and trends in the horror, fantasy and science fiction genres in 2005? You’ll find out here in the first FrightFest Fearbook, an essential over-view for all fans of things that go bump in the night.
FrightFest has been called by the press… “One of the world’s best fantasy horror film festivals.” Taking place very August Bank Holiday weekend in London, it attracts stellar premieres, massive audience attendance figures and starry on stage interviews. Starting in 2000 at the Prince Charles Cinema in the heart of London’s glittering West End, FrightFest has steadily grown into the must-see event for all horror aficionados. Now based at the Odeon West End in Leicester Square, it’s growing reputation has been enhanced further by the presentation of one-off world premieres and celebrity screenings, hosting all-day previews, providing themed strands within other suburban film festivals (Cambridge) and mini UK tours (Nottingham, Brighton, Leicester).
The FrightFest Fearbook focuses on just that – the chill thrills, blood spills and fear of the year. With the genre more popular now than at any time in its century-old history, reviews of every UK theatrically released fantasy have been pulled together in an easily accessible, fact-packed guide as viewed through the buff-savvy FrightFest lens. Included are interviews with the stars and directors who made the biggest impact news, alternate opinion to the main reviews, fun trivia and relevant sidebar information. Guest writers include The Last Horror Movie director Julian Richards, Total Film’s Jamie Graham and Giles Edwards.
Designed to be another highly anticipated annual event, the FrightFest Fearbook volumes will build into a valuable reference guide to the world of genre movies.
The FrightFest Fearbook is written and edited by Alan Jones, veteran horror journalist (CFQ, Starburst, Shivers, Fangoria), international festival jury critic, award-winning broadcaster (Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre) and best-selling author of The Rough Guide to Horror Movies, Profondo Argento, Saturday Night Forever: The Story of Disco and Tomb Raider: The Official Companion.