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Film4 FrightFest FrightFest unveils biggest ever line-up

The 14th edition of London-based genre festival to screen record 51 films across August Bank Holiday weekend (Aug 22-26) with ten world premieres; UK premieres include Jim Mickle’s We Are What We Are [pictured].

Film4 FrightFest has announced its biggest ever lineup for its upcoming 14th edition, taking place at the Empire Cinema in London’s Leicester Square from Aug 22-26.

In total, this year’s edition will screen 51 films across three screens, while the new FrightFest Xtra strand will allow fans to catch up with sold-out performances of the festival’s most popular films. Eleven countries are represented from five continents with a record-breaking 33 UK or European premieres and ten world premieres.

Alongside the previously announced opening film The Dead 2: India, other world premieres at this year’s FrightFest include Blair Erickson’s Banshee Chapter (produced by Zachary Quinto), Kit Ryan’s Dementamania, Cody Calahan’s Antisocial and Juanra Fernández’s For Elisa.

European premieres include Don Mancini’s Curse of Chucky (which plays on the opening night), Anthony Di Blasi’s Missionary and Steven R. Monroe’s I Spit On Your Grave 2.

Jim Mickle’s well-received remake We Are What We Are, Vincenzo Natali’s Haunter, Lasse Hallstrom’s The Hypnotist, VHS documentary and SXSW buzz title Rewind This!, Adam Green’s Hatchet III and anthology sequel V/H/S/2 are among the UK premieres announced, alongside the previously revealed closing film Big Bad Wolves, directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado.

Other titles announced for this year’s festival include Jeremy Lovering’s acclaimed British chiller In Fear, Farren Blackburn’s Hammer of the Gods, Adam Wingard’s festival smash You’re Next, E.L. Katz’s SXSW hit Cheap Thrills and Robert Schwentke’s R.I.P.D., starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges.

As with last year, two of FrightFest Glasgow’s selection will receive screenings in London: Ernesto Díaz Espinoza’s Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman and Michael’s Stephenson’s documentary The American Scream.

Retrospective screenings at this year’s festival include Ted Kotcheff’s Wake in Fright (AKA Outback) and Robert Hartford-Davis’ Corruption, in tribute to Hammer Horror icon Peter Cushing.

Alan Jones, festival co-director, commented: Fourteen years down the line from our seminal start in 2000, the ambitions of the Film4 FrightFest remain exactly the same: to promote horror and fantasy in all its rich and varied ways, to foster the latest in world genre cinema, to highlight our vibrant home-grown independent sector and to invite an international array of directors, actors and filmmakers to discuss their work. For that reason we have remained at the vanguard of the genre.”

“We are thrilled to return for the 7th year in a row as the headline sponsors of Film4 FrightFest. Once again, the lineup includes a great range of British films, including the relentlessly terrifying Film4 Production In Fear,” added Julia Wrigley, head of Film4 Channel 4.

Guest lineup and 2013 short film selections for FrightFest 2013 will be announced soon. Festival and day passes are on sale from tomorrow [June 29], with tickets for individual films on sale from July 27.

For the full line-up, visit Film4 FrightFest’s website.

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