Frightfest – Decisions, Decisions…

Frightfest isn’t just about the big name films, the opening and closing World Premieres and mingling with the creators of some fantastic horror films.

It’s about discovery.

Or at least, it should be. Those non-pass holders going for the safe options of sequels, zombie-flicks and big name horrors should also consider going a ‘little wild’ this year and randomly plucking some films out of the air.

Gorepress has decided to give a (slightly) in-depth look at Frightfest 2012 for anyone who still looking to get tickets for the weekend, but also for those lucky bastards with festival passes, who might not know what to watch quite yet (or when to have dinner instead of growing more arse-blisters).

We look at the short film showcase, the quiz, the ‘other screens’ and finally pull apart what’s on; not by judging them or making suggestions at what to see, but by looking at what is truly exclusive and unmissable and what is coming out on DVD two days later…

THE SHORT FILM SHOWCASE

Short films. They get a bad name. Some people think they can’t evoke the same feelings as 90 minutes of feature film, but that’s just bollocks.

The Frightfest Short Film Showcase is genuinely superb. From the subtle and beautiful to the bat-shit mental and horrifically violent, these short films will deliver buckets of blood, character and provide an insight into the horror writers / directors / filmmakers of the future.

Anyone who saw last year’s Short Film Showcase will remember (fondly) the mad insanity of Banana Motherfucker and Brutal Relax alongside the bittersweet likes of The Last Post.

Attack of the Killer Bananas

This year sees short films from Spain, Canada, France and the UK, which include titles like The Halloween Kid, Metal Creepers and My Brother’s Keeper (or how not to survive the apocalypse).

To rip the words right out of Frightfest’s bloodied maw – “Maniacs, monsters, demons, creepy kids, apocalyptic visions, phobias, heavy metal meltdown and snails… Welcome to this year’s wild and eclectic mix of cutting edge short films from the global arena of the fantasy and horror genre.”

90 minutes of superb entertainment, which you might not ever be allowed to see again. I still want a copy of Brutal Relax from last year. What an exceptional short film.

Short films? Easily dismissed? Not here. They’re essential viewing.

And how much?!  12 of your English pounds. Is that expensive? No. Especially considering it gains you entry to the Quiz from Hell.

The WHAT?!

THE QUIZ FROM HELL

This was one of my favourite parts of last year’s Frightfest as I finally joined in with ANDY NYMAN’S QUIZ FROM HELL and certainly wasn’t disappointed. I was made to feel like a total moron, but I definitely was not disappointed!

Andy Nyman in Abigail’s Party. Maybe.

Running for the third year and destined to provide some of the hardest fucking questions you’ve ever been asked about horror, Quiz From Hell 3 is all part of the Short Film Showcase package and 100% worth the £12 entry fee.

Fuck prizes. Fuck winning. Managing to answer 25% of the questions without your brain bleeding out of your nose will be impressive enough. Last year they had poster mash-ups, general knowledge and the most absurd ‘music round’ you’ve EVER HEARD OF.

All hosted by the actor, genius and gentleman Andy Nyman.

Brilliant fun.

So don’t dismiss Sunday’s SHORT FILM SHOWCASE + ANDY NYMAN’S QUIZ FROM HELL 3.

In fact, go and buy a ticket.

NOW!

THE DISCOVERY SCREEN

Discover this!

Man, this is tough. Frightfest has THREE screens this year. Read ‘em. THREE. This makes your decisions even tougher than last year, with the Main Screen and Discovery Screen now in competition with the Re-Discovery Screen. Who will win?! The Main Screen… right?

Right?

And this!

I completely dismissed the Discovery Screen last year. Why? Because I’m an idiot. I just presumed it was full of films not quite as good as the Main Screen. On hindsight, that is a bastardly-dumb and naive approach, but one unfortunately shared by a lot of people.

So you have a choice.

And this!

If you haven’t got a festival pass and found the Main Screen films have sold out, don’t look at the other screens with sadness. They’ve got World Premieres, exclusives and some soon-to-be-classic offerings. Cast and crew will be there, there’s even a live commentary of Inbred on the Re-discover screen, a film that split audiences in two (like an incredibly-violent jar of Marmite)!

Festival pass holders can choose the Discovery Screen / Re-Discovery over the Main Screen by picking up their tickets on the morning of the screening. You can’t just stroll into the Discovery Screen like the Main Screen – even festival pass holders need tickets!!

So what do you choose? Well, there are a LOT of factors involved… and Gorepress want to help you out (or confuse you further).

Let’s go.

CHOOSING YOUR FILMS

One big pull for horror fans (and movie fans in general) with film festivals such as Frightfest is the preview aspect.

Frightfest has delivered us horror films that don’t get UK release dates for months and years (and sometimes NEVER). There are previews, UK premieres, European premieres and World Premieres on offer here and sometimes you’ll find yourself in a room with the cast and crew, watching the final edit of their film for the very first time. Some edits are finished a week before! Even the cast are surprised / shocked / crying with shame!

However, there’s something a little gutting after watching something – with this feeling of exclusivity – and finding it on DVD the following Monday, or at the cinema two weeks later!

Now, that’s not to say the films are somehow magically unenjoyable just because they’re released into the wild a few days later… but it does lose some of the ‘exclusiveness’, especially to those who have Cineworld cards (see what you like, whenever you like!) or realize the DVD is available to buy for cheaper than the cinema ticket.

This is especially pertinent when you’ve missed the world exclusive of a film on the Discovery Screen in order to watch something released on DVD two days later (Outpost II, I’m looking at you)!!

Bloody undead Nazis…

Gorepress has decided to wheedle this information down into one useful little post. Use it how you will! If the fact Wrong Turn 4 is out on DVD two days after its Frightfest screening puts you off, then so be it, much like Nightmare Factory’s lack of release date might make you buy a ticket instantly because you may never have a chance to see it, ever again…

Below is a list of each film showing on every screen (the Main Screen, Discovery Screen and Re-Discovery Screen). Crazily the Re-discovery Screen has some films repeated from the Discovery Screen – so when you’ve discovered it, you can go back and re-discover it the next day!! This is brilliant for word-of-mouth films like last year’s surprise discover-screen hit Rabies.

In the list below we will only mention the films once!

Gorepress’s release dates are selfishly only based on UK release dates. Europe, Japan, USA etc… may have already had these released or might never see these, ever. They might be available on import (some are!) but we’re only looking at actual UK release dates. This list is good for Brits, but maybe a little inaccurate for our foreign friends (sorry!).

To make it easier to read, we’ve colour-coded it!

  • Imminent Release (within 1 month)
  • Released 2012
  • No release date information available

MAIN SCREEN



Thursday 23rd August

  • THE SEASONING HOUSE WORLD PREMIERE
  • COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIESWORLD PREMIERE
  • (Released in cinemas 31st August 2012)
  • GRABBERS - PREVIEW
  • (Currently out in Ireland, no concrete information on its release in England…)

Friday 24th August

  • NIGHTBREED: THE CABAL CUTUK PREMIERE
  • TOTAL FILM ICON: DARIO ARGENTOWORLD EXCLUSIVE
  • HIDDEN IN THE WOODSUK PREMIERE
  • V/H/SUK PREMIERE
  • [REC]3UK PREMIERE
  • (released on DVD 3rd September 2012)
  • STITCHESUK PREMIERE
  • (in cinemas October 26th 2012)

Saturday 25th August

  • EUROCRIME - UK PREMIERE
  • OUTPOST II: BLACK SUNUK PREMIERE
  • (released on DVD 27th August 2012)
  • PAURA 3D - UK PREMIERE
  • UNDER THE BEDEUROPEAN PREMIERE
  • TULPA WORLD PREMIERE
  • MANIACUK PREMIERE

Sunday 26th August

  • THE THOMPSONS - UK PREMIERE
  • SHORT FILM SHOWCASE & QUIZ FROM HELL 3 UNIVERSE EXCLUSIVE!
  • SLEEP TIGHT - UK PREMIERE
  • BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIOPREVIEW
  • (in cinemas 31st August 2012 (on limited release))
  • SINISTER - UK PREMIERE
  • (in cinemas 5th October 2012)
  • DEAD SUSHIEUROPEAN PREMIERE

Monday 27th August

  • AMERICAN MARY - PREVIEW
  • AFTER UK PREMIERE
  • CHAINEDUK PREMIERE
  • THE POSSESSIONEUROPEAN PREMIERE
  • (in cinemas 31st August 2012)
  • TOWER BLOCK WORLD PREMIERE
  • (in cinemas 21st September 2012)

DISCOVERY SCREEN


Friday 24th August

  • GUINEA PIGS - PREVIEW
  • THE VICTIM - UK PREMIERE
  • (released on DVD 24th September)
  • ELEVATORUK PREMIERE
  • (released on DVD 3rd September)
  • A NIGHT OF NIGHTMARESEUROPEAN PREMIERE
  • SAWNEY: FLESH OF MANWORLD PREMIERE
  • ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODYUK PREMIERE

Saturday 25th August

  • MAY I KILL U?UK PREMIERE
  • KILL ZOMBIE!UK PREMIERE
  • (released on DVD 17th September)
  • NIGHTMARE FACTORYPREVIEW
  • BEFORE DAWNWORLD PREMIERE
  • REMNANTS WORLD PREMIERE
  • WRONG TURN 4UK PREMIERE
  • (released on DVD 27th August 2012)

Sunday 26th August

  • WE ARE THE NIGHT PREVIEW
  • (released on DVD 15th October 2012)
  • THE INSIDE WORLD PREMIERE
  • COMMUNITY WORLD PREMIERE

RE-DISCOVERY SCREEN


  • INBRED – live DVD commentary! WORLD EXCLUSIVE
  • THE ARRIVAL OF WANG PREVIEW
  • (released on DVD 8th October 2012)
  • CRAWL - PREVIEW
  • THE MUMMY’S SHROUDRESTORED VERSION
  • (released on DVD / Blu Ray 22nd October 2012)
  • RASPUTIN THE MAD MONK - RESTORED VERSION
  • (released on DVD / Blu Ray 22nd October 2012)
  • THE DEVIL RIDES OUT - RESTORED VERSION
  • (released on DVD / Blu Ray 22nd October 2012)
  • THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEINRESTORED VERSION
  • (released Blu Ray 1st October 2012)

Things of note here – there are more world premieres on the Discovery Screen than the Main Screen, which is certainly intriguing.

The RED titles currently don’t have a UK release date (that we can find!) but they could appear immediately, all depending on distribution / critical success etc… They might also never been seen again in the country.

Give Sennentuntschi a UK release! You bastards!

I’m still waiting for Sennentuntschi: Curse of the Alps to get a UK release, but so far it’s only available in German on DVD / Blu Ray!

MORE AUGUST FRIGHTFEST!

One thing that totally surprised me was the Chichester Fright Fest! What’s that?! Exactly!! Taking place from the 27th – 31st August, this mini-Frightfest is showing Berberian Sound Studio, Grabbers, Elevator, REC3 Genesis and V/H/S!

Check it out HERE

If you’re missing any of these films at Frightfest (Leicester Square) or desperately want to see them again, then get your arse to Chichester Cineworld – £7.50 a ticket!! Bloody bargain!

DECISIONS, DECISIONS

So what do you watch this Frightfest? That’s entirely up to you. Gorepress aren’t going to tell you what they think is the perfect selection of films or what to avoid – Frightfest is all about discovery!!

Personally I would choose to watch Kill Zombie! over Outpost II, for example. Both released on DVD within a month, it’s just Kill Zombie! comes out later… I’ve also seen it, and it’s great fun! Review HERE.

But will you choose Sawney: Flesh of Man over [REC]3? Will the Short Film Showcase drag you away from the World Premiere of The Inside? Will I watch Nightmare Factory or Paura 3D? I still don’t know!! Dammit!

So much choice.

Good luck.

[Gorepress’s final Frightfest preview will be on Wednesday when we look at the social aspects of the festival. Good times await!]

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