After 18 months of redevelopment work, the new-look Square opens this week with Lawn of The Dead, a series of relaunch events that includes a celebration of Film4 FrightFest, which has haunted the Square for the last 12 years – and returns for its fourth year at the Empire Cinema on August 23rd with Film4 FrightFest the 13th.
On the afternoon of Sunday 27th May, Alan Jones, co-director of FrightFest, will appear live on stage in conversation with film journalist Chris Tilly and take part in a Q&A to discuss his ‘life in horror’ and also to talk about what really goes on behind-the-scenes at the UK’s most popular genre festival.
Horror fans will also enjoy the FDA’S Summer Horror Film Quiz hosted by Alex Zane which will feature trailers from the Summer’s most frightening releases. Plus, zombies will rise all over London and shuffle into the West End, invading the Leicester Square gardens from 12.00 noon – heralding the start of Lawn of the Dead. And you don’t have to miss a second of the action. Come as a zombie or get a special make-over in the Square. And as it’s lunchtime, why not bring your own packed flesh, or sink your teeth into one of the juicy catering options in and around the Square.
Also top illustrator Graham Humphreys and designer Paul Johnstone have come up with this stunning poster to help Frightfest launch our 13th event in August and here it is.
Graham said today: “This year’s 13th FrightFest illustration took it’s obvious reference point and gave it a Royal Jubilee, Tower Of London beheading. It is an affirmation of who is top dog in fearstakes – and a medal winning gesture.”
Paul added: We’ve taken Graham’s fantastic illustration and framed it within the FrightFest template so that it’s instantly recognisable to fans of the festival. Also we’ve started to number the posters this year to create a ‘collectable’ of the posters for FrightFest fans”.
Don’t forget. This year’s opening and closing night films will be announced on Friday June 8 and the full-line up on Friday June 2 so watch out for more news soon.