Full line-up for Frightfest's Halloween events in London
8th Oct 06
If you're going to be in London around Halloween this year you might want to put two FrightFest events in your diary, one being a double-bill retro screening of two classics, followed a week later by an all-nighter event with five films.
The first event (both of which are to take place at the ICA on The Mall) kicks off on Halloween (Oct 31st) at 7.00pm with a double-bill retrospective screening of Peter Jackson's Meet The Feebles and George A. Romero's Creepshow. All tickets are £12 (£10 concession) available from the box-office in person or by phone on 020 7930 3647.
The best event though, takes place a week later on November 4th with an all-night extravaganza, from 9.30pm on Saturday night right through until 8.00am Sunday morning, featuring four great previews and a classic revival screening.
First up is Ringan Ledwige’s tourist trip nightmare Gone, followed at midnight by more of a similar vein in John Stockwell's Turistas. The Pang Bros. Re-Cycle is up next at 2.10am with Roger Corman’s classic The Raven following at 4.20am. The last film of the day (er.. night) is the slasher film Heartstopper which starts at 6.15am. The film's director and SFX hero Bob Keen will be on hand for the night for signing and chatting etc.
As usual your FrightFest hosts will be there to meet and greet you for what will be another great communal occasion. Tickets are on sale now at £35 for the entire show from the box-office in person or by phone on 020 7930 3647.
By the way there will be loads of time betwwen the films to rest up and stock up on coffee/beer. The bar is open untill 5.00a.m.
Film descriptions (thanks to Alan Jones)
Meet The Feebles Before Team America and Avenue Q, and in a gore guffaw galaxy far, far before The Lord of the Rings, the maverick director crafted this shocking, sick and sidesplitting Sesame Street affair where a cast of fluffy characters indulge every debauched vice. How great to thrill along again to Trevor, the drug pushing, porno filmmaking, Sewer Rat, cuckolded Heidi the Hippo, manic-depressive Sid the Elephant, and the marvelous duckling dancers. If you’ve never seen it, you won’t have seen anything like it. If you have, well, you shouldn’t be ashamed of yourself for dying to review such seminal bad taste from the Bad Taste fiend himself.
Creepshow In the Creepshow anthology, zombie fathers, space fungus, caged creatures, walking dead and cockroach phobia are amongst the shockers in a terrific tribute to the ghoulish EC Comics of the 1950s. With Romero now back in the limelight at last with Land of the Dead and the upcoming Diary of the Dead, it’s a fitting revival for one of FrightFest 2005’s best-loved guest director’s most interesting works.
Gone A young British couple fall under the influence of a mysterious American while travelling through the Outback. A tense new thriller from the producers of Shaun of the Dead
Turistas In this shocker from the Saw mob, a group of backpackers travel deep into the jungles of Brazil and uncover a terrifying secret. Think The Beach meets Hostel.
Re-Cycle One of the most startling and exciting Asian horror fantasy films of the year, directors Danny and Oxide Pang return with Re-Cycle, a tale of a famous writer who enters the dark realm of her own imagination, with no clear idea how she's going to get back out. A visual-effects phantasmagoria and a showcase for some delirious camerawork, the Pangs deliver a string of show-stopping scenes and images that add up to a scary, dazzling and surprisingly touching whole.
The Raven It’s a stand out entry in the budget maestro’s 1960s Edgar Allan Poe adaptations. Horror icons. Vincent Price, Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre send up their screen images, with young Jack Nicholson on hand to help, in a superior Gothic romp complete with sensational one-liners and visual finery.
Heartstopper Special-effects supremo Bob Keen (Hellraiser) delivers gory slasher fun in this tale of a serial-killer who keeps on slaughtering despite being electrocuted, searching for a new body into which he can transfer his blackened soul. A role-reversal finds Elm Street stalwart Robert Englund as the Sheriff out to stop the heart-ripping, stomach-rending, face-melting carnage.
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