UK News: Line-up for FrightFest’s Halloween All-Nighter
by Ben Bussey
Stock up on your Pro-Plus, Red Bull and espresso, UK horror fans. No, Freddy isn’t back (as far as I know), but FrightFest have a Halloween all-nighter coming up, for which they’ve just announced the line-up. With the first movie starting at 6.30pm and the last at 5.45am, this one’s going to seperate the men from the boys. And – er – the women from the girls as well, I suppose.
Direct from the press release:
The FrightFest Halloween All-nighter returns to the Vue in London’s Leicester Square on Saturday October 27 for another helping of choice shock around the clock horror. And this year horror fans around the country can join in the fearful fun as, on Saturday November 3, the event travels to the Picturehouse Cambridge, the GFT Glasgow, the Empires in Sunderland and Newcastle and The Watershed Bristol.
EDIT: unfortunately we’ve just been informed that the Glasgow event is no longer happening.
6.30pm EXCISION (UK Premiere)
Alienated and mentally unhinged teen Pauline struggles with the pressures of high school, pleasing her demanding mother and loosing her virginity. With a grotesque curiosity for the darker side of life, Pauline retreats into her fantasy world of becoming a great surgeon. Be prepared for a central performance by Annalynne McCord that will move, challenge and ultimately creep you out.
81 mins Director: Richard Bates USA 2012 Cast: Annalynne McCord – Pauline, Traci Lords – Phyllis, Roger Bart – Bob, John Waters – William, Marlee Matlin – Amber, Malcolm McDowell – Mr. Cooper
9.00pm SURPRISE FILM (UK Premiere)
11.45pm THE TALL MAN (UK Premiere)
Director Pascal Laugier’s follow-up to his classic MARTYRS is another sensational thriller of astonishing depth. In the depressed Canadian town of Cold Rock, children are disappearing, Witnesses say they have seen a Tall Man at the scenes of the crimes, When this ‘tall man’ kidnaps the son of Julia Denning (Jessica Biel), the town nurse, Julia finds herself at the centre of an unravelling legend.
99 mins Director: Pascal Laugier USA 2012 Cast: Jessica Biel – Julia Denning, Jodelle Ferland – Jenny, Stephen McHattie – Lt. Dodd, Eve Harlow – Christine, Jakob Davies – David
2.15am BAIT 3D (UK Premiere)
From CUT director Kimble Rendall comes a new dimension in deep sea terror as shoppers at an Australian underground Oceania supermarket are under attack by a crazed bandit. Suddenly, the unimaginable happens. A monster freak tsunami swallows up the town Now trapped, with rushing waves threatening to entomb them in a watery grave, the survivors discover they are not alone…
90 mins Director: Kimble Rendall Australia 2012 Cast: Xavier Samuel – Josh, Julian McMahon – Doyle, Phoebe Tomkin – Jaimie, Sharni Vinson – Tina, Cariba Heine – Heather
4.00am ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS – Retrospective Spotlight
To celebrate the launch of the restored version by Arrow Films (the DVD features a commentary by FrightFest’s Alan Jones), the Italian godfather of gore Lucio Fulci’s classic as you’ve never seen it before. It’s all here: the underwater shark vs. zombie face off, the splinter-in-the-eye sequence, the cannibalistic disembowelling and completely superfluous nudity. What more could anyone want?
89 mins Director Lucio Fulci Italy 1979 Cast: Richard Johnson – Dr. David Menard, Ian McCulloch – Peter West, Tisa Farrow – Anne Bowles, Al Cliver – Brian Hull, Olga Karlatos – Paola Menard
5.45am THE HELPERS (UK Premiere)
Seven friends on a road trip to Las Vegas break down in the desert. They find help at a nearby Motel and it seems like they’ve lucked out with a group of good Samaritans. Yet when they wake in their rooms the next day, they are bound up, tied down and posed in several different weird scenarios. Each ending only one way – painful, gruesome death. Who is responsible for such fiendishly clever bloody terror?
82 mins Director: Christopher B. Stokes USA 2012 Cast: Kristen Quintrall – Claire, Christopher Jones – Ryan, JoJo Wright – Phil, Black Thomas – Jordan, Rachel Sterling – Anna
Tickets for the London event cost £50 and go on sale on Monday Ist October. To book call 08712 240 240 or go online http://www.myvue.com/latest-movies/info/film/frightfest-all-nighter - Tickets can also be bought at the cinema
For details of regional screenings please visit www.frightfest.co.uk - Note that the regional venues will not be playing all of the titles screening at the London event so please check local listings.
PS – Check out Marc’s review of The Tall Man, and be on the lookout for our review of Excision soon.