Frightfest to Stage Two World Premieres for Opening and Closing Night

Film4 FrightFest has announced The 13th FrightFest opening and closing night films and excitingly they’ll be world premieres.

On the opening night, Paul Hyett’s claustrophobic, psychological horror, The Seasoning House will open this year’s festival on Thursday 23rd August. Starring Sean Pertwee, Kevin Howarth and Rosie Day, this hard-hitting exploration of war-time sexploitation, set in a Balkan brothel, marks special-effects guru Hyett’s directorial debut.

The Tower Block

Closing the festival will be the world premiere of Lionsgate’s The Tower Block. Directed by James Nunn and Ronnie Thompson, the film has been called a stunning suspense shocker. Trapped on the top floor of their run down East End home, a disparate group of neighbours are being targeted by a mystery sniper. This taut gripper stars Sheridan Smith, Jack O’Connell and Russell Tovey.

“Both films are works of quality, sensitivity and bloody-minded bravado and the directors deserve to follow in the footsteps of such other talents we have promoted early in their careers, Christopher Nolan, Neil Marshall, Chris Smith and James Watkins”.  – Film4 FrightFest Co-director Alan Jones

The premiere’s don’t stop there, among some of the films in the line up for the festival include the UK premiere of  [REC]³ Génesis, director Paco Plaza presents a second sequel in the Spanish zombie franchise.

Dubbed “the Woodstock of Gore” by director Guillermo Del Toro, Film4 FrightFest is the UK’s biggest genre film festival and this year it will run from Thursday 23 August to Monday 27 August at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square. The full line up will be announced on 29th June so stay tuned and you’ll be able to buy festival & day passes from 30 June. Tickets for Individual films are on sale from 28th July.

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