Guillermo Del Toro, Julian Gilbey thrillers bookend London horror festival

Guillermo Del Toro-produced Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark, starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce and directed by comic book artist Troy Nixey, will get its UK premiere on the opening night of this year’s Film4 Frightfest event in London.

Based on the 1973 US TV movie first-time director Nixey explores a demonic tooth fairy myth.

The festival will close with the European premiere of Julian Gilbey’s A Lonely Place To Die, starring Melissa George.

Set in the Scottish Highlands, the thriller follows a group of mountaineers who discover a young Serbian girl buried alive in the wilderness. In their attempt to get the girl to safety they become caught up in a terrifying game of cat and mouse.

The horror festival runs August 25 - 29 at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square, London, with the full line up announced on July 1.