The UK’s biggest and best film festival for all things horror is bringing back the scares for another year this August bank holiday.
FrightFest returns with a line-up as monstrous as it is magnificent, with Cineworld Leicester Square as the hunting ground for all things spooky. London’s West End will be home to 63 films over the four day event, including 17 World, 20 European, and 17 UK premieres in total. With five continents represented and a massive 14 countries with submissions, weird is definitely going worldwide in 2017’s festival.
As for the films – horror fans can rejoice at the first night’s spectacular opening, kicking the event off with Cult of Chucky, film number seven in the Child’s Play franchise. Not only will the ‘criminally entertaining’ film set the tone for the rest of the event, but director Don Mancini, actors Jennifer Tilly and Fiona Dourif, and Chucky himself will be in attendance to watch the bloodshed unfold.
Not the only icon to be making waves in 2017, Victor Crowley of Hatchet and Leatherface of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre will be gracing the screens once more. With the former, Adam Green will be offering a version never before seen by fans, an exciting-but-mysterious turn of events for the popular film. Leatherface on the other hand is starring in his own self-named title, which acts as a prequel to the cult phenomenon that brought him to life. Even Jason Voorhees will be making an appearance – but not as we currently know him – in To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story.
Another big name to hit the books is Adam Wingard’s filmic adaptation of the popular manga, Death Note, which has racked up controversy in the build up to its release – of which the world premiere will be at FrightFest. Another world premiere comes in the form of Tragedy Girls, described as Heathers-meets-Screamand set to be a hit with two strong female leads in Alexandra Shipp and Brianna Hildebrand.
Game of Throne’s own Emilia Clarke will be making waves of her own in Voice From the Stone, a period drama that runs in the same vein as The Others and The Woman in Black. Also screening at this year’s festival will be the usual mix of comedy-horrors in the form of Top Knot Detective, Dead Shack, and others. Fanged Up will also be receiving a screening, of which we managed to get a glimpse of filming on set last year.
There’s plenty more on offer that can be seen on the FrightFest website, with a cultivation of home-grown talent, newbies, and returning talent thrown into the bloody mix. With each year getting bigger, better, and beastier – we can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store.
Festival and day pass sales will go on sale Sat 1 July at noon and will only be available to buy online at www.frightfest.co.uk/tickets. Single tickets will go on sale on Sat 29 July from 9am.
This article was originally posted on The National Student.