Frightfest All-Nighter 2012

It only feels like yesterday when we were sitting down to watch The Seasoning House after hearing Ross Noble talking about skull-f*cking an orphaned child… but Film4 Frightfest the 13th ended over a month ago and we’ve been fighting the withdrawal symptoms since…

Luckily the fine people of Frightfest started the Halloween All-nighter, crashing into the Vue Cinema on Leicester Square (before travelling the country) and this is it’s seventh year.

Now, I would bumble on about how awesome it is and what’s one, but Frightfest’s awesome marketing guru Greg Day can say it for me (much more eloquently and with far less swearing. Fuck yeah).

Check out this awesome line-up below, with some blurby stuff too:

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 Empires in Sunderland and Newcastle and The Watershed Bristol.

London line-up:

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

Writer: Richard Bates

Cast: Annalynne McCord, Traci Lords, Roger Bart, John Waters, Marlee Matlin, Malcolm McDowell


(UK Premiere)

Could be anything. Hopefully not Tulpa 2 [this is a Haverhill edit. Greg loved Tulpa… probably]

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

Writer: Pascal Laugier

Cast: Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, Stephen McHattie, Eve Harlow, Jakob Davies

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

Writer: Six people – Shayne Armstrong, Duncan Kennedy, John Kim, Shane Krause, Justin Monjo, Russell Mulcahy

Cast: Xavier Samuel, Julian McMaho, Phoebe Tomkin, Sharni Vinson, Cariba Heine


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

Writer: Elisa Briganti, Dardano Sacchetti

Cast: Richard Johnson, Ian McCulloch, Tisa Farrow, Al Cliver, Olga Karlatos


(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

Cast: Kristen Quintrall, Christopher Jones, JoJo Wright, Black Thomas, Rachel Sterling


Tickets for the London event cost £50 and go on sale on Monday Ist October. To book call 08712 240 240 or go online  Tickets can also be bought at the cinema

For details of regional screenings please visit

Note that the regional venues will not be playing all of the titles screening at the London event so please check local listings

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