U.K.’s FrightFest Genre Festival Unveils Biggest Ever Lineup

The Hallow
Courtesy of Sundance International Film Festival

Seven-six films are set to screen over five days at the London event.

For its 16th year, the U.K.’s premier genre film event FrightFest has revealed a record haul of titles, with 76 films screening over five days.

The festival – taking place mostly at London’s Vue West End cinema in Leicester Square – also features 20 world premieres and 16 European premieres, with 18 countries represented.

Opening with David Keating’s modern-day witch coven horror Cherry Tree, FrightFest is set to screen the world premiere of comedy shocker Aaaaaaaah! by Steve Oram, star and co-writer of Ben Wheatley’s 2012 comedy Sightseers, Corin Hardy’s Irish chiller and Sundance hit The Hallow and “gorious” festive anthology A Christmas Horror Story. There’s also a special screening of Paul Goodwin’s comic book doc Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD.

Julia Wrigley, head of British digital TV channel Film4 , which came aboard as FrightFest’s main sponsor in 2007, claimed that the festival was “extremely important” to the network, owned by broadcaster Channel 4.

“The channel has always been committed to bringing our audience the very best in horror, so joining forces with such a major genre event keeps up connected to the fans and filmmakers who generate all the excitement,” she said.

FrightFest is due to take place Aug. 27-31.