THIRTEEN may be unlucky for some, but not for those who attended the 13th FrightFest films festival this August Bank Holiday at London’s Empire, Leicester Sq.
With a record 48 films, the horror event dubbed “the Woodstock of Gore” by Guillermo de Toro had something for every taste and boasted a talent line-up to die for, including Italian horror legend Dario Argento.
Almost 50 films, 15 world premieres, 23 UK or European premieres, a new third screen, 11 countries represented and dozens of celebs in attendance, for fear fans there really was no other place to be this Bank Holiday.
Master horror director Dario Argento was in attendance to discuss an extraordinary career that includes such masterpieces as Suspiria and Deep Red.
Legendary special effects and make-up artist Greg Nicotero received the inaugural Variety award for a career boasting spectacular effects for everything from The Walking Dead, to The Pacific, Kill Bill, Misery, Drag Me To Hell, The Mist and er, The Chronicles of Narnia! None other than Blighty's own Simon Pegg presented the great man with the award.
Elsewhere, the audience was treated to a Q&A with Dredd writer Alex Garland on the upcoming comic book action extravaganza and Berberian Sound Studio director Peter Strickland discussed his excellent and outlandish horror.
The Soska Sisters were also kicking up a storm at a Bank Holiday Monday 11am showing of their bizarre horror, American Mary. Joined onstage by star Katherine Isabelle afterward they are geek princesses of body horror cinema and charmed the horrorheads in attendance.
The great films on show ranged from the aforementioned Berberian Sound Studio to Ethan Hawke's terrific haunted house shocker Sinister to anthology gem V/H/S.
Which all begs the question, what surprises have the FrightFest team got up their sleeve for number 14?
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