Magazine article Screen International

FrightFest 2018 to Open with 'The Ranger', First Female-Directed Opener in Event's History

Magazine article Screen International

FrightFest 2018 to Open with 'The Ranger', First Female-Directed Opener in Event's History

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UK premiere of Jenn Wexler’s punk rock-soundtracked slasher to open the festival.

Jenn Wexler’s ‘The Ranger’ opens the festival.

FrightFest, the annual UK horror and fantasy film festival held in London, has unveiled the lineup for its 19th edition this summer (August 23-27).

The festival, which takes place this year at Cineworld Leicester Square and the Prince Charles Cinema, will open with the UK premiere of punk rock-soundtracked slasher The Ranger.

It is the directorial debut of Jenn Wexler, who will be the first female director to open FrightFest and will be in attendance at the event. The film premiered at SXSW earlier this year.

Closing the festival is the UK premiere of Gaspar Noé’s Climax, which premiered at Cannes last month. Screen’s review described it as “a blazingly original, extremely disturbing film - a psychotropic street dance movie that turns into an orgiastic horror trip.”

This year’s event includes 70 films, of which 20 are world premieres.

Amongst the latter are Paul Hyett’s 17th century period horror Heretiks, set in a priory; Padraig Reynolds’ neo-slasher Open 24 Hours; and Jon Knautz’s The Cleaning Lady, starring Alexis Kendra (Goddess Of Love).

The festival also has its first South African film with the world premiere of Jerome Pikwane’s supernatural horror Tolkoloshe; plus the UK premiere of Mike Mort’s stop-motion animated feature Chuck Steel: Night Of The Trampires following the film’s debut at Annecy earlier this month.

Returning to the festival programme this year is French director Pascal Laugier with Incident In A Ghost Land. …

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