Roll around Bank Holiday August (August 24th-28th), our favourite time of the year primarily because it's the time of the UK's best Horror Festival, FrightFest.
Titles of films screening at this year's event have been leaking out one by one over the last few months, but we thought we'd wait this year, watch the World Cup, and report on the full-line up when all the Rooney, Ronaldo and Zidane dust had settled.
So, all three of us have already got our weekend tickets (a snip at £140 for 23 full-length films and as many short films, quizzes, give-aways, freebies and boozed-up horror chats at the bar as you can handle). We'll see you there, yeah?
Ticket info (for weekend passes, or individual tickets priced at £11) is available at www.frightfest.co.uk.
Oh, and as a teaser, we can already recommend Severance (ticket available seperately on August 1st), The Lost, Hood of Horror and Adrift (all of which we've seen recently), as well as being confident that Pan's Labyrinth is going to be a corker.
Bring on FrightFest 2006...!!
Thursday 24th August
6.30 p.m. SEVERANCE UK, 2006, 90 min.
TICKETS FOR THE PRE-FESTIVAL CHARITY SCREENING WITH DIRECTOR CHRIS SMITH AND CAST WILL GO ON SALE ON THE 1st AUGUST.
Director Chris Smith will introduce his film with Danny Dyer, Andy Nyman and Tim McInnerny
Starring Danny Dyer, Laura Harris, Tim McInnerny and Toby Stephens. With thanks to Pathe.
Friday 25th August
11.45 a.m. - THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES UK, 1959, 83 min.
Thrilling Hammer horror, the fabulous logic of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the peerless direction of Terence Fisher make for an atmospheric tour-de-force.
1.40 p.m. - COUNTESS DRACULA UK, 1970, 89 min.
Ingrid Pitt, the first lady of chick Brit horror, excels in director Peter Sasdy’s well-upholstered fabulous hokum based on the legend of the notorious Hungarian countess Elisabeth Bathory.
3.40 p.m. - TWINS OF EVIL UK, 1971, 83 min.
Heaving bosoms, blood red lipstick lesbianism and gory decapitations make the ethereal, and funeral, flamboyancy fly.
6.30 p.m. - PAN'S LABRINTH SP/MEX, 2006, 119 min.
Guillermo del Toro’s superlative companion piece to The Devil’s Backbone represents his finest work, and his grim spin on ‘Alice in Wonderland’ received a 25-minute standing ovation when shown in competition at Cannes 2006.
Director Guillermo del Toro will introduce his film.
Starring Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Sergi López, Ariadna Gil and Maribel Verdú www.panslabyrinth.com
9.30 p.m. - HATCHET USA, 2006, 90 min.
The hit of the Tribeca Film Festival, director Adam Green’s jaw-dropping gory throwback to the Golden Age of slasher shockers delivers a genuinely funny script, standout performances and ace diversionary tactics for consistent jumpy scares.
Director Adam Green will introduce his film.
Starring Joel Moore, Tamare Feldman, Deon Richmond and Mercedes McNab www.hatchetmovie.com
Are you ready for Sweden’s first vampire movie? Meet the Lost Girls of Lapland in director Anders Banke’s black comedy horror with polar bite.
Directed by Anders Banke.
Starring Petra Nielsen, Grete Havnseskold, Emma Aberg and Jonas Karlstrom http://www.frostbiten.se/
Saturday 26th August
11.00 a.m. – ISOLATION UK/IR, 2005, 95 min.
Irish farmer Dan Reilly allows a genetic scientist to carry out accelerated growth experiments on his cows for much needed cash. However something goes terribly wrong and a calf is born already pregnant with six monstrous mutations.
Director Billy O'Brien will introduce his film.
Starring Essie Davis, Sean Harris, Marcel Iures, Crispin Letts and John Lynch
1.25 p.m. - EARTHLINGS: UGLY BAGS OF MOSTLY WATER + Out Of The Darkness
USA, 2005, 75 min.
In Alexandre O. Philippe’s truly astonishing documentary, filmed at the 2003 Qep’a (conference to the uninitiated), we meet the super fans for who Klingon has become an obsession.
Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe.
Starring Michael Dorn, Marc Okrand, Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen and Rich ‘Captain Krankor’ Yampell www.earthlings-movie.com
3.30 p.m. - THE MARSH + CUTS SHORT FILM SHOWCASE
USA, 2006, 93 min.
Claire Holloway (Gabrielle Anwar) is one of the world’s most popular writers of bestselling children’s books. However recent nightmares about a young girl’s death have stressed her out to such an extent she needs a well-deserved holiday.
Directed by Jordan Barker.
Starring Gabrielle Anwar, Justin Louis and Forest Whitaker
6.45 p.m. - SEE NO EVIL + FRIGHTEST QUIZ
USA, 2006, 83 min.
Throats are ripped out, heads are crushed and limbs are severed by hook, chain and axe in former erotic thriller maestro Gregory Dark’s bloody brew of inventive stalk and slash.
Directed by Gregory Dark.
Kane, actor and wrestler will introduce the film (tbc)
Starring Glen Jacobs, Christina Vidal, Michael J. Paga, Steven Vidler and Samantha Noble www.seenoevilthemovie.com
Re-titled Open Water 2 in practically every country in the world apart from Great Britain, director Hans Horn’s deceptively simple seafaring thriller doesn’t have a ravenous shark in sight.
Directed by Hans Horn.
Starring Susan May Pratt, Richard Speight Jr., Niklaus Lange, Ali Hillis, Cameron Richardson and Eric Dane
11.30 p.m. - SNOOP DOGG'S HOOD OF HORROR USA, 2006, 90 min.
Rap superstar Snoop Dogg is your ghoulish guide through three terrifying morality tales involving the residents of his very violent hood.
Directed by Stacy Title.
Starring Snoop Dogg, Ernie Hudson, Danny Trejo, Pooch Hall, Anson Mount and Daniella Alonso
Sunday 27th August
11.15 a.m. – BROKEN + Snatching Time
UK, 2006, 98 min.
A girl awakes in a coffin. Terrified, she manages to claw off the nailed lid. A rifle butt in the face tells her she isn’t free or out of danger. Regaining consciousness she finds herself tied to a tree by her neck, balanced on a precarious ledge.
Director Adam Mason will introduce his film with Nadja Brand
Starring Nadja Brand, Eric Colvin and Abbey Stirling www.brandmason.co.uk
1.40 p.m. - THE LIVING AND THE DEAD + Out of the Darkness
UK, 2006, 83 min.
One of the darkest films ever to come out of England is writer/director Simon Rumley’s tragi-horror The Living and the Dead - a powerfully provoking blend of European art house horror and Asian style violent sensibilities.
Director Simon Rumley will introduce his film with Leo Bill and Roger Lloyd-Pack (tbc)
Starring Sarah Ball, Leo Bill, Neil Conrich, Kate Fahy and Roger Lloyd-Pack
4.10 p.m. - THEM + In The Place Of The Dead
Fr, 2006, 80 min.
From Irreversible producer Richard Grandpierre comes another provocative and controversial jolt to the system. Them outfits social moral malaise in horror visual finery to ramped-up creepy effect.
Directed by David Moreau and Xavier Palud.
Starring Olivia Bonamy and Michaël Cohen
6.45 p.m. - GRIMM LOVE + TRAILER TRASH 2
Gr, 2006, 90 min.
Banned in its home country of Germany, FrightFest is honoured and delighted to host the World Premiere of Grimm Love.
Director Martin Weisz will introduce the film
Starring Thomas Kretschmann, Keri Russell, Thomas Huber, Rainier Meissner and Angelika Bartsch
9.10 p.m. - THE LOST USA, 2006, 115 min.
From producer Lucky McKee and director Chris Sivertson (his editor on May) comes a slice of brutalizing, raw and visceral horror based on the cult novel by Jack Ketchum. Excellent.
Director Chris Sivertson will introduce the film (tbc)
Starring Marc Senter, Shay Astar, Alex Frost, Megan Henning, Robin Sydney and Michael Bowen www.thelostmovie.net/
11.30 p.m. – SHEITAN Fr, 2005, 94 min.
A foxy young temptress, a trio of horny guys, a creepy rural mansion and a slightly demonic caretaker. Gallic-style feature debut.
Directed by Kim Chapiron
Producer and actor Vincent Cassel will introduce the film (tbc)
Starring Vincent Cassel, Olivier Bartélémy, Roxane Mesquida, Nico Le Phat Tan and Leïla Bekhti
Monday 28th August
11.15 a.m. - H6: DIARY OF A SERIAL KILLER + Missed Call
Sp, 2006, 92 min.
Journey if you dare into the psychopathic mind of Antonio Frau (Fernando Acaso) set free after serving a 15-year jail sentence for the cold-blooded rage murder of his girlfriend.
Director Martín Garrido Barón will introduce the film (tbc)
Starring Fernando Acaso, Angel Alarcon, Raquel Arenas, Ruperto Ares, María José Bausá and Ramón Del Pomar
1st Nov 04 Above all though, it is the relationship between John and Laura Baxter which is the film’s central focus throughout, and the gradual disintegration of their relationship amidst a haze of grief.