Signature Entertainment proudly announces 10 films for FrightFest 2019 which takes place in London from 22th – 26th August at Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema.
The impressive spread of scarers includes 5 Signature Entertainment releases and 5 titles Signature will release under the FrightFest Presents (“FFP”) banner in conjunction with the festival’s team. Before those releases, all the films can be seen first at the festival. These include the inventive and gory Opening Film ‘Come to Daddy’ starring Elijah Wood and powerful Closing Film ‘A Good Woman Is Hard to Find’ which is a brilliant and shocking revenge thriller. Other significant actors in the line-up include Alice Lowe (Prevenge) in ‘Dark Encounter’, Luke Goss (Blade II) in ‘Extracurricular’ and Eddie Marsan (The World’s End) in ‘Feedback’. Expect suspense, terror and stand-out performances from the best new genre features around. More details for all 10 films below. See you there! (sadly I cant be there due to not being able to get the time off my night job.but I will be remote covering the event and the films from my desktop at home)
The full list of films (including a little bit about each of them can be found here.
COME TO DADDY (FFP)
22nd August, 6pm at Cineworld Leicester Square (OPENING FILM)
UK PREMIERE. Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) stars in this offbeat dark comedy from the writer of The Greasy Strangler. After thirty years of no contact, Norval (Wood) visits his estranged father (Stephen McHattie) at his remote cabin by the sea. He quickly discovers that not only is his dad a disapproving alcoholic, he also has a shady past that is rushing to catch up with him. Also starring Martin Donovan and Michael Smiley. “Smart, uncompromising, inventive and just downright hilarious. 10/10” Film Threat
23rd August, 10:30am at Cineworld Leicester Square
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE. An alien-abduction thriller set in a small rural town. A year after the mysterious disappearance of an 8-year-old girl, her grieving family spot strange lights in the forest nearby their home. Starring Laura Fraser, Alice Lowe and Mel Raido.
THE WIND (FFP)
23rd August, 10:45pm at Prince Charles Cinema
A critically acclaimed supernatural chiller set in the late 1800’s Western frontier, Lizzy (Caitlin Gerard, Insidious: The Last Key), a plainswoman coping with the recent loss of a child. Isolated and lonely while her husband is away, she is driven mad by the harshness of the farmland terrain and begins to wonder if the constant wind is a sign of an evil presence. Also starring Ashley Zuckerman. “Indie horror at its best” San Francisco Chronicle
24th August, 3:20pm at Cineworld Leicester Square
UK PREMIERE. Eddie Marsan (The World’s End) stars in this nail-biting thriller from the producers of REC and The Shallows. Jarvis Dolan (Marsan) is the host of ‘The Grim Reality’, a successful late-night radio show. When two armed masked men burst in and hold the entire studio hostage, they want Jarvis to confess to a scandal that could ruin his career. However, he has no clue what they are talking about. And when the murdering stars, he finally discovers what his grim reality truly means. Also starring Paul Anderson and Ivana Baquero.
THE DARK RED (FFP)
24th August, 3:45pm at Prince Charles Cinema
EUROPEAN PREMIERE. An edge-of-your-seat twisted shocker from cult director Dan Bush (The Signal). Sybil (April Billingsley) is held against her will in a psychiatric ward as she claims that her new-born was stolen by a dark cult. “Lo-fi scorcher. The Dark Red isn’t afraid to get a little bloody, and it’s all the more entertaining for it.” Austin Chronicle
24th August, 3:45pm at Cineworld Leicester Square
EUROPEAN PREMIERE. An entertaining blast of mean-spirited and nasty genre thrills. Four high school seniors feel their day-to-day lives at school are getting a little dull. They make a pact to execute a series of perfect murders and get some thrills behind them before heading off to college. However, when their latest murder hits some unexpected speed bumps, the situation turns deadly, violent and bloody. Starring Luke Goss (Bros: After the Screaming Stops).
I TRAPPED THE DEVIL (FFP)
24th August, 11:00pm at Prince Charles Cinema
UK PREMIERE. A clever claustrophobic Christmas horror. When a family show up unannounced at the home of their estranged brother Steve (Scott Poythress, TV’s Sleepy Hollow) to celebrate the holidays, they are instead greeted with a horrifying surprise. Steve has trapped a man in his dark, dusty basement. But not just any old man. For he truly believes that his hostage is none other than the devil himself. Also starring AJ Bowen and Susan Burke.
25th August, 10:45am at Cineworld Leicester Square
An elaborate and gory Ozploitation slasher. Rebellious high school student Kayla (Airlie Dodds) and her friend Maddie are abducted while out graffitiing their neighbourhood. Waking up in a forest, an axe-wielding masked man is hellbent on her murder. But she’s not alone. There are six more female victims each assigned a maniac stalker, implanted with retinal cameras so every moment of their terror can be streamed online for paying viewers. However, Kayla’s killer instinct is now unleashed and she does whatever it takes to survive and seek bloody revenge on her kidnappers.
HERE COMES HELL (FFP)
26th August, 6:15pm at Prince Charles Cinema
Downton Abbey meets Evil Dead in this supernatural murder mystery. With cut-glass British accents and a dodgy American in the cocktail party mix, a sophisticated 1930s soiree at an isolated country mansion descends into carnage, gore and demonic possession as rivalries and old friendships are put to the test when a gateway to Hell opens up without warning. Here Comes Hell is the critically-acclaimed, genre-clashing debut from wunderkind writer-director Jack McHenry.
A GOOD WOMAN IS HARD TO FIND
26th August, 8:45pm at Cineworld Leicester Square (CLOSING FILM)
WORLD PREMIERE. This crowd-pleasing and violent “kitchen-sink” revenge thriller is a dark and daring journey through Northern Ireland’s criminal underbelly. Recently widowed mother of two Sarah (a tour-de-force Sarah Bolger, The Spiderwick Chronicles) is desperate to know who murdered her husband in front of their young son, rendering him mute. Coerced into helping a low-life drug-dealer, she’s forced to go beyond her humanity to protect her children and learn the truth.”…a breakout performance by Sarah Bolger … an unmissable crime thriller from a new director to watch.” Screen Anarchy
Dubbed “the Woodstock of Gore” by director Guillermo Del Toro, FrightFest, set up 20 years ago, has grown in size and stature since its cult roots at the Prince Charles Cinema and today is internationally renowned for discovering exciting and original horror fantasy genre films and for supporting the talent behind them. Over the years the festival directors, Greg Day, Alan Jones, Paul McEvoy and Ian Rattray, have developed FrightFest into a brand leader for horror film, expanding its footprint in the UK by hosting special events throughout the year and joining forces with the Glasgow Film Festival, where they run an established three-day event. It has helped launch the careers of directors such as Simon Rumley, Christopher Smith, Eli Roth, Neil Marshall and Simon Hunter and recently teamed by with FAB Press to publish a series of ‘The FrightFest Guide To…” books.