Frightfest the 13th – Poster Revealed!

Frightfest is awesome.

For those who don’t know, Frightfest is an annual horror film festival held in central London over the August bank holiday weekend and brings together some of the newest, freshest horror films to hordes of ravenous horror fans.

Originally conceived in 2000 by Paul McEvoy, Ian Rattray and Alan Jones, it was initially held at everyone’s favourite cinema The Prince Charles on Leicester Square. It has moved home twice in a decade and is now held in the absolutely massive Empire Leicester Square.

Each year they have an awesome poster designed and today they REVEAL their poster for FRIGHTFEST THE 13TH (see what they did there?).

Check out the poster below:

Which is quite frankly fucking awesome.

Created by top illustrator Graham Humphreys and designer Paul Johnstone, they should be damn proud.

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”.

Can’t wait to slap a copy up on my living room wall. Great work.

There’s also a number of Frightfest-related things you should be aware of:

Sunday 27th May:

After 18 months of redevelopment work (and annoying barriers and drilling), the new-look Leicester 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 over a decade!

On the afternoon of Sunday 27th May, co-director of FrightFest and general all-round nice bloke Alan Jones will appear live on stage in conversation with film journalist Chris Tilly. He’ll be taking 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 (which could be informative or horrifying, depending on what he reveals…).

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.

Insane fun awaits!

Friday 8th June:

The good people of Frightfest will reveal the opening and closing films for Frightfest the 13th – so keep watching for news on that! Personally I’m hoping for Cockneys vs. Zombies… but only because I was an extra in it…

Friday 29th June:

The FULL film list for Frightfest will be announced on the website at 2pm – whack it in your calendar!

Saturday 30th June:


They’ll be available from the Empire Cinema’s box office at 11am. Then the online and telephone sales commence one hour later at noon.

As usual the ticketing for the event is broken down into three ticket types. The festival pass, which entitles holders to watch every film playing in the Festival, day passes, which entitle holders to see any film playing on the day that the ticket is purchased for and finally, individual tickets, for single films and events.

There’s also a special film event for anyone who joins the ‘sleepy queue’ in Leicester Square… details still TBC.

23rd – 27th August:

The festival. Go to it. It’ll be good.

Gorepress will be representin’ at Frightfest this year, with hotels booked and promises made, so we’ll see you there in August!

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