Magazine article Screen International

Film4 FrightFest Unveils 2014 Line-Up

Magazine article Screen International

Film4 FrightFest Unveils 2014 Line-Up

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Genre festival to close with UK premiere of The Signal; 64 films will be screened, with 38 UK or European premieres and 11 world premieres.

Film4 FrightFest has unveiled the full line-up for its 15th edition, taking place in the new home of Vue West End in Leicester Square from Aug 21-25.

This year's festival will screen 64 films and 20 shorts, with a record-breaking 38 UK or European premieres and 11 world premieres.

The UK premiere of William Eubank's sci-fi thriller The Signal, starring Screen Star of Tomorrow Olivia Cooke and Brenton Thwaites, will close the festival.

As previously announced, Adam Wingard's The Guest will receive its UK premiere as the opening film of this year's FrightFest.

World premieres at this year's edition include Jay Weisman's Shockwave Darkside 3D [pictured], Luke Hyam's X Moor, Matthew A. Brown's Julia, Simeon Halligan's White Settlers and John Shackleton's The Sleeping Room.

Jordan Rubin's Zombeavers, Tommy Wirkola's Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead, Jennifer Kent's The Babadook, Nacho Vigalondo's Open Windows, Jerome Sable's Stage Fright and Fabrice du Welz' Alleluia are among the notable UK premieres in the main programme.

As in previous years, the Discovery Strand will highlight new talent from across the globe, including Alejandro Hidalgo's The House at the End of Time (the first ever horror film from Venezuela), Jason Bognacki's Another, Lowell Dean's WolfCop and David Campbell's Lemon Tree Passage.

Well-known genre names feature across both sections with the likes of Eli Roth's The Green Inferno, Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Nacho Vigalondo's Open Windows and Adam Green's Digging Up the Marrow screening at FrightFest.

This year's festival will also screen three documentaries: Alexandre O. Philippe's Doc of the Dead; Erik Sharkey's Drew: The Man Behind the Poster; and David Gregory's Lost Soul - The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau.

In addition, Kim Newman will present retrospectives of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street, Jorg Buttgereit's Nekromantik and Giulio Paradisi's The Visitor.

Alan Jones, festival co-director, commented: ""Everything genre-wise you've been hearing about - and a whole lot you haven't yet - has been included in the programme to ensure our move to the Vue will be the most exciting and game-changing genre event of the year."

"It's fantastic to be back for our eighth year of fear as headline sponsors of Film4 FrightFest," added Julia Wrigley, head of Film4 Channel. "We can't wait to settle into a new venue to see what the team has in store for us. …

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