Details of the Film4 FrightFest event at the 27th Cambridge Film Festival
27th Jun 07
If you can't wait until August Bank Holiday for the main Frightfest event (line-up to be announced on 29th June - bookmark this site for the full details), then make your way to the 27th Cambridge Film Festival on Saturday 7th July for a special Film4 FrightFest one day event, featuring some great new (and old) horror films.
Now in its eighth year, Film4 Frightfest has grown to become “the premiere event of the year for horror fans” (Time Out), so it's great news that the 27th Cambridge Film Festival welcomes another special programme of frightful delights.
With five films running over one day into the late night, including the UK Premiere of All The Boys Love Mandy Lane at the Cambridge Cineworld on Saturday 7 July, fans of guts, gore, thrills and chills will be able to get a substantial fix, if they’re not too scared.
Tickets are now on sale - Telephone bookings (9.30am-8.30pm) 08707 551242 - or for online bookings, visit www.picturehouses.co.uk.
All five Frightfest films can be booked for £20.00
Full line-up below;
Saturday 7 July
End of the Line (18) 1.00pm
Occasionally, movies come along which surpass their limitations with aplomb, and End of the Line is one such gem. When a patient on a psychiatric ward jumps under a subway train she leaves behind some disturbing drawings. Later a nurse from the ward is stranded on a train that stops dead in the tunnel. She and the passengers have unknowingly entered an underground world of cultists and monsters intent on murder - it is a time of reckoning for these unfortunate commuters.
Shot over a few days on a tiny budget, End of the Line is an original and ambitious take on the survival horror genre which plays on modern paranoia about religious extremism.
Hell’s Ground (18) 4.00pm UK Premiere
Hell’s Ground is the first modern horror film to be shot in Pakistan. It breaks all of the rules of local productions and was made entirely independently with no film industry or government assistance.
In the spirit of the EC horror comics of old, the film tells the story of five teens who get lost on their way to a rock concert, are menaced by flesh eating mutations and then fall into the clutches of a family of backwoods killers. Hell’s Ground’s blend of copious gore and social commentary make it a highly unique experience, a tribute to the likes of Lucio Fulci, George Romero and Tobe Hooper, but viewed from a distinctly Pakistani perspective.
The Abandoned (18) 6.30pm
Spanish director Nacho Cerdá made a name for himself with his trilogy of horror shorts, so shocking that American retailers refused to stock them on DVD. The Abandoned marks Cerdá's long-awaited debut feature and is a beautifully horrific nightmare about history coming back to haunt a young woman.
Adopted in America following her mother’s mysterious death, Marie (Anastaia Hill) returns to Russia to follows reports of inherited property. But this is no luxury mansion, rather a remote ramshackle place and when Marie’s driver disappears, she has no choice but to explore it alone, with terrifying results.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane 9.00pm UK Premiere
Just when it seems the teen slasher flick has been done to death, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane comes along and aims a bit higher – and succeeds. Mandy is sweet, sexy and nice to everyone, so when she’s invited away with friends from school she grasps the opportunity to step down from her pedestal and be a normal girl, except things get a bit tricky when an extra guest turns up who’s intent on ruining the party.
True-blue horror all the way, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is a sick, slick and funny throwback to the mid-80s slasher boom.
Motel Hell (18) 11.15pm
Film4 FrightFest Xtra rounds off this day of horrors with a revival of Motel Hell, a gem from the archives which emerged briefly in UK cinemas back in the early 80s but to this day remains unavailable on DVD.
Farmer Vincent (Rory Calhoun) is a friendly motel owner with his own special take hospitality. He likes to make sure his guests are well fed, only he buries them up to their necks first. Unable to escape, his victims are fattened up and then slaughtered to provide meat for his popular roadside sausage stall. "It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent's fritters." Bon appetit!
The 27th Cambridge Film Festival takes place from 5-15 July 2007 at the Arts Picturehouse, 38/39 St Andrews Street, Cambridge, CB2 3AR with additional screenings at Cineworld and The Junction.