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Source: FrightFest

‘Doctor Jekyll’

Joe Stephenson’s Doctor Jekyll starring Eddie Izzard will have its world premiere at the UK’s horror and fantasy film festival FrightFest (August 24-28) as the full line-up is unveiled.

Izzard will play Nina Jekyll, the infamous scientist with a dark alter-ego, in a modern adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s book by placing a woman in the titular role. 

Doctor Jekyll is one of 25 world premieres screening at the festival, which takes place at Cineworld Leicester Square in London.

Opening FrightFest will be the European premiere of Joe Lynch’s Suitable Flesh which first screened at Tribeca last month. It stars Heather Graham with genre star Barbara Compton and follows a psychiatrist who becomes obsessed with one of her patients.

Jenn Wexler’s The Sacrifice Game will close the festival, following its world premiere at Fantasia. The story centres around two boarding schoolgirls who must spend Christmas break with one of their teachers. Mena Massoud and Olivia Scott Welch are among the cast.

The Main Screen strand is presenting seven world premieres alongside notable titles including Paris Zarcilla’s SXSW award-winner Raging Grace; Anthony Waller’s Piper starring Elizabeth Hurley, and Samuel Bodin’s Cobweb starring Lizzy Caplan.

FrightFest 2023 line-up

Suitable Flesh (opening film)
Dir: Joe Lynch 

The Sacrifice Game (closing film)
Dir: Jenn Wexler

The Blue Rose* 
Dir: George Baron

T Blockers
Dir: Alice Maio Mackay

Doctor Jekyll*
Dir:  Joe Stephenson 

Dir: Xavier Gens

Founders Day
Dirs:  Erik and Carson Bloomquist

Where The Devil Roams
Dir: The Adams Family 

That’s A Wrap
Dir: Marcel Walz

Dir:  Alex Kahuam

Dir: Andy Edwards

A Million Days 
Dir: Mitch Jenkins

How To Kill Monsters
Dir: Stuart Sparke

Werewolf Santa
Dir: Airell Anthony Hayles

To Fire You Come At Last 
Dir: Sean Hogan

I Am Monsters!
Dir: Nicholas Vince 

Hostile Dimensions
Dir: Graham Hughes

Mancunian Man: The Legendary Life Of Cliff Twemlow*
Dir: Jake West

dir. James Bushe

Main Screen

Dir: Nick Psinakis

Creeping Death*
Dir:  Matt Sampere

Faceless After Dark*
Dir: Raymond Wood

Dir: Steven Pierce

Dir: Michael J. Hurst

Cold Meat*
Dir:  Sébastien Drouin

Home Sweet Home: Where Evil Lives*
Dir: Thomas Sieben

Raging Grace
Dir: Paris Zarcilla

It Lives Inside
Dir: Bishal Dutta

Dir:  Anthony Waller

The Dive, New Life
Dir: John Rosman

Dir: Quarxx

Dir: Mark Vesely

The Seeding
Dir: Barnaby Clay

Dir: Samuel Bodin