Film4 FrightFest Unveils Record Number Of Films
The full line up of Film4 FrightFest 2012 has been announced, with a record number of films to be shown and a large selection of international features amongst them.
The horror festival – dubbed “FrightFest the 13th“– takes place from Thursday 23rd to Monday 27th August 2012 across three screens at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square, London. 48 Films representing eleven countries will be screened, of which fifteen are world premieres and twenty three are UK or European premieres.
Once again, Spain proves itself to be one of the world leaders in quality horror with the UK premiere of Paco Plaza’s highly anticipated [•REC]³: Genesis and Sleep Tight, Jaume Balaguero’s tense thriller about obsession. European chills continue with the Dutch comedy horror Kill Zombie!, and Germany’s Errors Of The Human Body, featuring hard science fiction and genetic engineering, and We Are The Night, featuring police, vampires and unrequited love.
Rounding off the continental fare is a heavy showing from Italy. Two features from The Manetti Bros come in the shape of Paura, about a group of musicians who come into possession of the keys to a luxurious villa only to uncover a shocking secret about its owner; and The Arrival Of Wang, about a Chinese translator whose strange new job might very well put the future of the world in her hands. Also showing is Federico Zampaglione’s highly anticipated and controversial neo-giallo Tulpa, which we have previously reported on, and the documentary Eurocrime, or to give it its full and somewhat self-explanatory title: Eurocrime! The Italian Cop And Gangster Films That Ruled The ’70s. Finally, Total Film magazine’s guest Icon this year is none other than the legendary Dario Argento.
From over the Atlantic is Maniac, a French/US remake of the trashy 1980 movie of the same name which sees a serial killer with a fondness for scalping victims stalk a selection of young women. Being helmed by P2 director Franck Khalfoun and co-written by Alexandre Aja and Grégory Levasseur – the duo responsible for the demented Switchblade Romance and the remakes of The Hills Have Eyes and Into The Mirror – will likely give the film a distinctly Gallic overhaul.
Canadian film American Mary sees Katherine Isabelle’s eponymous medical student descend into the world of underground surgery and body modification. Isabelle’s pedigree as the titular character in the seminal Ginger Snaps trio promises much, although the writer/director combo of Jen & Sylvia Soska, responsible for the somewhat underwhelming Dead Hooker In A Trunk, may not. Perhaps it’ll balance out to distinctly average. Also from Canada is the documentary Nightmare Factory, focusing on the work of make-up genius Greg Nicotero and the development of his visual effects studio KNB.
Moving south we have Hidden In The Woods, a thriller from Chile about two girls who face the wrath of their drug kingpin uncle after they report their abusive dealer father to the police; then hopping over the Pacific there is the Australian Crawl, featuring murder, double-crossing, hostage taking and violent desperation; and finally the Japanese Dead Sushi from Noboru Iguchi (famous for such slices of insanity as Machine Girl and RoboGeisha), featuring a kung fu sushi chef battling flying undead fish.
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