FrightFest 2016: The Full Line Up – Main Screens

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From grindhouse to art-house, feel-good to squeal-good, blockbuster to ghostbuster FrightFest returns in all its gory glory, now housed at the 12-screen Vue Cinema at Shepherd’s Bush, West London, from Aug 25 – Aug 29 and we have the rundown on whats on when right here!

In its 17th year, the world renowned genre film festival will present 62 new feature films, embracing sixteen countries and bringing together established filmmakers, British first-timers and emerging international visionaries from six continents.

Single tickets, Festival and day pass all available to buy online: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/tickets.html
Read all about the movies below and watch the trailers too!

THURSDAY 25TH AUGUST 2016
THURSDAY 25TH – EUROPEAN PREMIERE – MY FATHER DIE
Horror Channel Screen 6.00pm – Arrow Screen 6.15pm – Splice Media Screen 6.30pm.
Director: Sean Brosnan. Cast: Joe Anderson, John Schneider, Kevin Gage, Candace Smith, Gary Stretch. USA 2016. 102 mins.
The Southern Gothic progeny of CAPE FEAR, NIGHT OF THE HUNTER and OLDBOY, director Sean Brosnan’s powerful feature debut is a brutal and beautiful revenge thriller. Asher loses both his speech and hearing during an attack that leaves his brother dead. The assassin? Asher’s own father, Ivan, a tattooed monster showing no remorse. Jailed for the assault, but released two decades later due to prison overcrowding, pumped-up Asher wastes no time in seeking the ultimate retribution.

THURSDAY 25TH – UK PREMIERE – CELL
Horror Channel Screen 8.30pm – Arrow Screen 8.45pm – Splice Media Screen 9.00pm.
Director: Tod Williams. Cast: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman, Stacy Keach, Joshua Mikel. USA 2016. 98 mins.
Best-selling horror author Stephen King brings his acclaimed apocalyptic nightmare to the big screen. When a powerful signal is broadcast across mobile networks worldwide, every cell phone user’s mind is re-programmed turning them all into instant zombie killers. With civilization crumbling as the bloodthirsty ‘phoners’ take over, artist Clay Riddell heads north through New England in search of his family. Joined by a group of survivors hoping to fend off the hyper-connected horde amidst the total chaos, they learn of The Raggedy Man and his sinister flock in their desperation to discover why the world is going violently insane.

THURSDAY 25TH – WORLD PREMIERE – LET HER OUT
Horror Channel Screen 10.45pm – Arrow Screen 11.00pm – Splice Media Screen 11.15pm.
Director: Cody Calahan. Cast: Alanna LeVierge, Nina Kiri, Adam Christie, Kate Fenton, Michael Lipka. Canada 2016. 89 mins.
Twenty-three years after her hooker mother tried to kill her in the womb Helen remains damaged psychological goods. A mindset that gets worse when she suffers a traumatic head injury in an accident. Awakening in hospital, it’s discovered Helen has a tumour growth in her brain causing her to experience dark visions, disembodied voices and the omnipresence of a strange young woman. Soon, lost in a walking nightmare, in which nothing is what it seems, and her vicious actions barely remembered, it becomes crystal clear that whatever is inside her cracked psyche will stop at nothing to get out.
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FRIDAY 26TH AUGUST 2016
FRIDAY 26TH – WORLD PREMIERE – FROM A HOUSE ON WILLOW STREET
Horror Channel Screen 11.00am – Arrow Screen 1.45pm – Splice Media Screen 4.30pm.
Director: Alastair Orr. Cast: Sharni Vinson, Carlyn Burchell, Steve John Ward, Zino Ventura. South Africa 2016. 90 mins.
Kidnappers abduct the daughter of a wealthy diamond distributor in Cape Town. But when they have her locked up in their hideout and prepare to issue their ransom demands, they realise too late that she’s been possessed by a sinister and very powerful demon. A stylish supernatural suspense, directed with clear genre assurance and featuring a killer role by Australian scream queen Sharni Vinson, a past FrightFest guest with YOU’RE NEXT and PATRICK.
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FRIDAY 26TH – WORLD PREMIERE – THE CHAMBER
Horror Channel Screen 1.30pm – Arrow Screen 4.15pm – Splice Media Screen 11.30am.
Director: Ben Parker. Cast: Charlotte Salt, Johannes Kuhnke, Christian Hillborg, Elliot Levey, James McArdle. UK 2016. 88 mins.
The impressive feature debut from rising British star Ben Parker, director of the acclaimed short SHIFTER. A special ops unit commandeer a commercial research vessel and it’s submersible, The Aurora, under the command of Captain Mats (FORCE MAJEURE star Johannes Kuhnke) to locate a mysterious item at the bottom of the Yellow Sea off the dangerous shores of the Korean Peninusla. When an explosion causes the sub to overturn and take on water, the four-man crew enter a pressure cooker situation. And when the stark horror dawns that not all of them will escape, a desperate fight for survival ensues.
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FRIDAY 26TH – EUROPEAN PREMIERE – MERCY
Horror Channel Screen 4.00pm – Arrow Screen 11.15am – Splice Media Screen 2.00pm.
Some family ties are meant to be broken. From Chris Sparling, writer of BURIED and director of THE ATTICUS INSTITUTE, an unbearably tense home invasion chiller with a killer twist. Two sets of estranged half-brothers return to their childhood home to say a last goodbye to their mother on her deathbed. Soon hidden motives are revealed fuelled by old hurts and current relationship strains that get tested further when shocking secrets from their mother’s past are revealed. And so begins a restless, stressful, edgy night that goes terribly awry when everyone is suddenly thrust into a fight for survival.
Director Chris Sparling. Cast: James Wolk, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Tom Lipinski, Dan Ziskie, Michael Godere. USA 2016. 90 mins.
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FRIDAY 26TH – PREVIEW – THEY CALL ME JEEG ROBOT
Horror Channel Screen 6.15pm – Arrow Screen 9.15pm – Splice Media Screen 11.30pm.
Director: Gabriele Mainetti. Cast: Claudio Santamaria, Luca Marinelli, Ilenia Pastorelli, Stefano Ambrogi, Aurizio Tesei. Italy 2016. 118 mins.
The fantasy genre returned to the top of the Italian box-office this year with director Gabriele Mainetti’s wonderful combo of DEADPOOL and THE TOXIC AVENGER creating a splendid Spaghetti superhero. Small-time crook Enzo uses the superpowers gained after falling in the contaminated River Tiber to take revenge on The Gypsy, a deranged gangster causing criminal chaos in Rome. When he falls in love with unstable Alessia, who brightens her dark world with vintage episodes of the Japanese anime TV series ‘Jeeg Robot’, Enzo learns the value of what it means to help others and become a cosmopolitan role model.

FRIDAY 26TH – UK PREMIERE – PET
Horror Channel Screen 9.00pm – Arrow Screen 11.55pm – Splice Media Screen 6.45pm.
Director: Carles Torrens. Cast: Dominic Monaghan, Ksenia Solo, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Parsons, Gary J. Tunnicliffe. USA/Spain 2016. 90 mins
A darkly unpredictable psychological thriller, PET is bound to stir up strong un-caged emotions. Socially awkward Seth (LORD OF THE RINGS star Dominic Monaghan) works diligently at an animal shelter. One day he sees old schoolmate Holly on a bus and tries to rekindle the acquaintance. But the waitress is just coming off a failed relationship and isn’t remotely interested. Realising his feelings will never be reciprocated the stalker takes drastic action to find a new way of showing his crush how much she needs him in her life. A twisted tale of obsession and complexities of the human condition.
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FRIDAY 26TH – UK PREMIERE – WHITE COFFIN
Horror Channel Screen 11.15pm – Arrow Screen 6.30pm – Splice Media Scree 9.30pm.
Director: Daniel de la Vega. Cast: Julieta Cardinali, Rafael Ferro, Eleonora Wexler, Damián Dreizik. Argentina 2016. 75 mins
Argentine horror steps into a bold new dimension with Daniel de la Vega’s grisly supernatural shocker. Scripted by Latin American genre pioneers Adrian and Ramiro Garcia Bogliano, lift the lid of WHITE COFFIN for a thrilling combo of deft Hammer homage, potent Roger Corman references and nostalgic WICKER MAN chills. When Virginia’s young daughter is abducted on a stressful road trip, a sinister car accident grants her one more day to intervene with fate. But on her momentous path she finds out there are worse things than death in a seat-edged tale of after-death resurrection, occult ritualism and unspeakable purpose.

SATURDAY 27TH AUGUST 2016
SATURDAY 27TH – ENGLISH PREMIERE – THE REZORT
Horror Channel Screen 10.45am – Arrow Screen 1.30pm – Splice Media Screen 4.15pm.
‘The Walking Dead’ meets JURASSIC WORLD in a fast-paced, gory horror from OUTPOST franchise director Steve Barker. In the aftermath of an apocalyptic zombie outbreak, rich holidaymakers can visit a luxury theme park where every paying guest has a license to kill the captive undead in organised Zombie Safaris. Such Zafaris are the ultimate blood sport experience and for many much-needed therapeutic revenge for suffering horrendous family losses. When the security system crashes at The ReZort, unleashing hordes of bloodthirsty Zee’s on the unprepared holiday makers, it’s up to enigmatic, former zombie hunter Archer (square-jawed Dougray Scott) to save the day.
Director: Steve Barker. Cast: Dougray Scott, Jessica De Gouw, Martin McCann, Bentley Kalu, Jass Ahluwalia. Spain/UK 2016. 93 mins.

SATURDAY 27TH – EUROPEAN PREMIERE – ABATTOIR
Horror Channel Screen 1.15pm – Arrow Screen 4.00pm – Splice Media Screen 11.30am.
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman. Cast: Joe Anderson, Jessica Lowndes, Michael Paré, Lin Shaye, Bryan Batt. USA 2016. 98 mins.
The director of REPO: THE GENETIC OPERA and SAW II-IV returns with a nightmarish mystery based on the popular series of graphic novels haunting the netherworlds between bloody supernatural horror and hardboiled neo-Noir. After the death of her sister and nephew, real-estate investigative reporter Julia uncovers the sinister truth behind a series of gruesome murders where the entire killing rooms have been dismantled and pulled from their foundations. It seems a strange man has been buying up locations where such tragedies have occurred – but why? The answers lead Julia and tough cop Grady on a search into unimaginable horror.

SATURDAY 27TH – EUROPEAN PREMIERE – THE MASTER CLEANSE
Horror Channel Screen 3.45pm – Arrow Screen 11.00am – Splice Media Screen 1.45pm.
Director: Bobby Miller. Cast: Johnny Galecki, Anjelica Houston, Oliver Platt, Anna Friel, Kevin J. O’Connor. USA 2016. 81 mins.
A soulful and darkly humorous blend of David Cronenberg-style body horror and freewheeling Amblin satire, this beguiling and highly unusual fantasy asks the all-important question: can we kill our demons before they kill us? After holding on to romantic heartbreak for several years, Paul (‘The Big Bang Theory’ star Johnny Galecki) decides to reboot his life, joining a spiritual mountain retreat designed to cleanse debilitating toxins and emotional baggage from his body. But events go from hippie dippy to ultra weird when Paul and his fellow patients discover the repulsive cleansing process releases something far greater than traumatic experiences.

SATURDAY 27TH – EUROPEAN PREMIERE – SADAKO VS. KAYAKO
Horror Channel Screen 6.00pm – Arrow Screen 8.30pm – Splice Media Screen 11.15pm.
Director: Koji Shiraishi. Cast: Mizuki Yamamoto, Aimi Satsukawa, Tina Tamashiro, Masanobu Ando, Misato Tanaka. Japan 2016. 98 mins.
THE RING meets THE GRUDGE as two legendary icons of Japanese horror clash for the supernatural battle of the year to decide which worst fear is truly the worst. Yuri discovers a dusty videotape stuck in an old VCR and watching it with her friend Natsumi realise they are doomed to die by Sadako’s hand after the dreaded phone call. In another part of town Suzuka has wandered into the haunted Saeki house making her the target of the cursed Kayako. Can the students combine their predicaments to finally ghostbust into oblivion the infamous spectres? The ultimate face-off exorcism begins.

SATURDAY 27TH – EUROPEAN PREMIERE – BEYOND THE GATES
Horror Channel Screen 8.15pm – Arrow Screen 11.00pm – Splice Media Screen 6.30pm.
Director: Jackson Stewart. Cast: Graham Skipper, Sara Malakul Lane, Brea Grant, Justin Welborn, Barbara Crampton. USA 2016. 86 mins.
Following their father’s mysterious disappearance, two estranged brothers reunite to liquidate his business, a video store specialising in horror movies. Digging through all the fire sale stock, they find an old VCR board game entitled ‘Beyond the Gates’. Deciding to play the obscure game for a laugh, they soon realise it holds the connection to their father’s vanishing and the deadliest of consequences for anyone who dares fool around with it. The highly anticipated debut from Jackson Stewart, former assistant to Stuart Gordon, and co-written with Stephen Scarlata (JODOROWSKY’S DUNE), this throwback paranormal fantasy also features horror legend Barbara Crampton.
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SATURDAY 27TH – WORLD PREMIERE – BLOOD FEAST
Horror Channel Screen 10.45pm – Arrow Screen 6.15pm – Splice Media Screen 9.00pm.
Director: Marcel Walz. Cast: Robert Rusler, Sophie Monk, Caroline Williams, Sadie Katz, Liliana Nova. USA 2016. 90 mins.
Nothing so appalling in the annals of horror. Again! Prepare to be totally shocked by the even more gruesomely gory remake of the landmark 1963 original. Fuad Ramses and his family have moved to France where they run an American diner. Since business is not going too well, Fuad also works night shifts at the Museum of Ancient Egyptian culture. During the long, lonely nights he is drawn to a statue of the goddess Ishtar, which soon speaks to him in visions sending him on a rampage of murder and cannibalism and the preparation of another ritual blood feast.

SUNDAY 28TH AUGUST 2016
SUNDAY 28TH – UK PREMIERE – DOWNHILL
Horror Channel Screen 10.45am – Arrow Screen 1.15pm – Splice Media Screen 4.00pm.
Director: Patricio Valladres. Cast: Natalie Burn, Ignacia Allamand, Ariel Levy, Bryce Draper, Luke Massy. Chile 2016. 85 mins.
From the director of the hugely controversial HIDDEN IN THE WOODS duo comes a new supernatural shocker. BMX BANDITS meets H.P. Lovecraft in Patricio Valladares latest chiller from Chile. After his best friend dies in a racing accident, retired biker star Joe agrees to get back on two-wheels for an exhibition contest. On a test run with his girlfriend Stephanie, they stumble upon a badly injured man dying from a mysterious virus, and they become the target of a group of relentless killers ready to do anything to keep their demonic sect a secret from the rest of the world.

SUNDAY 28TH – EUROPEAN PREMIERE – JOHNNY FRANK GARRET’S LAST WORD
Horror Channel Screen 1.00pm – Arrow Screen 3.45pm – Splice Media Screen 11.15am.
Director: Simon Rumley. Cast: Mike Doyle, Erin Cummings, Sean Patrick Flanery, Devin Bonnee, Dodge Prince. USA 2016. 95 mins.
In 1992, the State of Texas executed Johnny Frank Garrett for the rape murder of a nun. Some believed he was innocent; others felt that, given his mental illness, the death penalty was unjust. At his execution a decade later, a bitter Johnny cast a curse on those who convicted him – and almost immediately the premature deaths of those involved started happening. Coincidence? Or supernatural revenge from beyond the grave? An ex-juror, convinced the wrong man was punished, sets out to posthumously exonerate Johnny and hopefully halt the unexplained demises in another uniquely eerie frisson from British visionary Simon Rumley.

SUNDAY 28TH – WORLD PREMIERE – BROKEN
Horror Channel Screen 3.30pm – Arrow Screen 11.00am – Splice Media Screen 1.45pm.
Director: Shaun Robert Smith. Cast: Morjana Alaoui, Mel Raido, Craig Conway, Patrick Toomey, Stephanie Thomas. UK 2016. 98 mins.
A stunning tour-de-force by director Shaun Robert Smith featuring brilliantly fearless performances, especially from MARTYRS star Morjana Alaoui this unique thriller is a 2016 highlight. In England to make a fresh start after a harrowing childhood, Evie takes a job as an agency carer and is quickly placed with tetraplegic patient John. But looking after the bitter former rock star and his excessive demands is emotionally and physically draining. Forced to go beyond the call of duty and tormented by her past shame, an explosive clash of personalities ensues and it’s only a matter of time before someone terrifyingly snaps.
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SUNDAY 28TH – EUROPEAN PREMIERE – REALIVE
Horror Channel Screen 6.15pm – Arrow Screen 6.30pm – Splice Media Screen 6.45pm.
Director: Mateo Gil. Cast: Tom Hughes, Charlotte Le Bon, Oona Chaplin, Barry Ward, Julio Perillan. Spain/France 2016. 112 mins.
From the extraordinary mind of acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Mateo Gil, screenwriter of VANILLA SKY, THE SEA INSIDE, THESIS and director of BLACKTHORN, comes a provocative reflection on immortality where the emphasis rests on the emotional and psychological ramifications of reanimating the dead. Seventy years after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Marc becomes the first resuscitated cryogenic body in history as part of Project Lazarus. But readjusting to life as a human lab rat in an alien and antiseptic future proves difficult and the idyllic existence he dreamed of before dying seems unattainable in this modern and heartfelt spin on FRANKENSTEIN.
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SUNDAY 28TH – UK PREMIERE – 31
Horror Channel Screen 8.45pm – Arrow Screen 8.30pm – Splice Media Screen 9.00pm.
Director: Rob Zombie. Cast: Sheri Moon Zombie, Malcolm McDowell, Richard Brake, Torsten Vosges, Meg Foster. USA 2016. 104 mins.
Horror icon and hard rocker Rob Zombie returns with an ultra-violent grindhouse infused slasher directed with his inimitable balls-to-the-wall style and extreme fan-boy sensibility. A camper van of carnival workers are kidnapped in the middle of nowhere by a trio of debauched decadents. Set loose in a derelict factory compound full of creepy passages containing nasty traps, the abductors led by Father Murder place bets on who will survive the longest in a 12-hour period of pain and maim against an array of sadistic clowns with such clear-cut nicknames as Psycho-Head, Sick-Head, Death-Head and Sex-Head. You have been warned!

MONDAY 29TH AUGUST 2016
MONDAY 29TH – WORLD PREMIERE – THE WINDMILL MASSACRE
Horror Channel Screen 10.45am – Arrow Screen 1.30pm – Splice Media Screen 4.15pm.
Director: Nick Jongerius. Cast: Noah Taylor, Charlotte Beaumont, Patrick Baladi, Tanroh Ishida, Fiona Hampton, Ben Batt. The Netherlands 2016. 85 mins.
A group of unsuspecting tourists awaken a mysterious evil whilst on a trip through the Dutch countryside in a nostalgia-tinged shocker from the FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY creative team. FRIDAY THE 13TH goes Amicus when a coach party embark on a tour of Holland’s windmills. When the bus breaks down, the strangers are forced to seek shelter in a disused barn beside a sinister windmill where, legend has it, a Devil-worshipping miller once ground the bones of locals instead of grain. As members of the group start disappearing, secrets are revealed that seem to mark them all for doom.

MONDAY 29TH – WORLD PREMIERE – MONOLITH
Horror Channel Screen 1.05pm – Arrow Screen 4.00pm – Splice Media Screen 11.15am.
Director: Ivan Silvestrini. Cast: Katrina Bowden, Damon Dayoub, Brandon Jones, Jason Hayden. Italy/USA 2016. 83 mins.
Sandra is test-driving her new car through the desert. It’s the hi-tech, computer controlled, sci-fi sleek, safest SUV ever created – the Monolith. Then a call casts suspicion on her philandering husband and she heads home to Los Angeles with her two-year-old child Daniel strapped into the back seat playing games on her smartphone. When she hits a deer in the road, and checks for damage, Daniel accidentally touches the mobile app locking her outside and trapping him inside the impenetrable vehicle. Fasten your seat belts for a nerve-shredding suspense ride as Sandra’s anxiety mounts and the nightmare scenario escalates.
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MONDAY 29TH – EUROPEAN PREMIERE – DIRECTOR’S CUT
Horror Channel Screen 3.30pm – Arrow Screen 11.00am – Splice Media Screen 1.45pm.
Director: Adam Rifkin. Cast: Missi Pyle, Penn Jillette, Harry Hamlin, Lin Shaye, Nestor Carbonell. USA 2016. 90 mins.
The cleverest, funniest, sharpest most Meta horror ever is a continual genre buff’s delight. Watch in gleeful shock as delusional crowd-funder Herbert Blount (an extraordinary Penn Jillette) creates his own ‘Director’s Cut’ out of KNOCKED OFF, the Adam Rifkin crime thriller you never saw. By recutting, splicing newly shot amateur scenes into the narrative with kidnapped star Missi Pyle, making up another plot and commenting on other actors and scenes in voiceover, the madman thinks he’s creating a unique masterpiece. Which director Rifkin has with this stunning tour-de-force that becomes a hugely enjoyable sly satire of the entire entertainment industry.

MONDAY 29TH – EUROPEAN PREMIERE – RED CHRISTMAS
Horror Channel Screen 6.30pm – Arrow Screen 6.45pm – Splice Media Screen7.00pm.
Director: Craig Anderson. Cast: Dee Wallace, Sarah Bishop, Geoff Morrell, Janis McGavin, Sam Campbell. Australia 2016. 82 mins.
You’ll be dreaming of a Fright Christmas with this seasonal shocker, the feature debut from acclaimed Australian comic actor/director Craig Anderson. Matriarch Diane (genre veteran Dee Wallace) has invited her adult children to celebrate one last Christmas in their family home before she sells up and heads to Europe. Amid all the celebrations and domestic dramas, a mysterious stranger calls. Disfigured and cloaked, they invite him in until his extreme religious motives and anti-abortion message launches a rollercoaster of splatter and unearths shattering secrets. With a Silent Night setting, SUSPIRIA-style technicolors and socio-political underpinnings, this is one helluva Christmas cracker.

MONDAY 29TH – UK PREMIERE – TRAIN TO BUSAN
Horror Channel Screen 8.45pm – Arrow Screen 9.00pm – Splice Media Screen 9.15pm.
Director: Yeon Sang-Ho. Cast: Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-Mi, Ma Dong Seok, Kim Su-An, Sohee. South Korea. 118 mins
All aboard the horror express as the Cannes 2016 Midnight Movie sensation pulls into FrightFest! An action-packed zombie thrill-ride with social bite, a mysterious viral outbreak pushes Korea into a state of emergency. The government declares martial law just as divorced Seok-woo and his daughter catch the KTX from Seoul Station to Busan to see her mother. But someone on the journey has been recently infected sending the hurtling carriages into complete chaos. As the living dead transform the voyage into a nightmare excursion, father and daughter must fight for survival if they are to make it out alive.

Single tickets, Festival and day pass all available to buy online: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/tickets.html

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