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Fright Fest 2009


FrightFest first hit the scene in August 2000 and right from the start the festival set out its stall with the World Premiere of Ed Gein and UK premieres of Scary Movie, Pitch Black and Audition. Then based at the world famous London grindhouse cinema The Prince Charles, the annual 4-day festival has grown to become, in the words of Time Out, “the premiere event of the year for horror fans”, in the process helping to launch the careers of directors Christopher Smith (Creep, Severance) and Simon Hunter (Mutant Chronicles) plus hosting many first UK screenings including Shaun of the Dead and Eli Roth’s Hostel.

Always held over the August Bank Holiday weekend, FrightFest has become a hip alternative to the usual Bank Holiday offerings. The festival attracts predominantly young audiences, many of whom travel from all over the UK and beyond to attend. Over 85% of the films shown at FrightFest over the years have been World, European or UK premieres. These have included Scary Movie (1 & 2), Donnie Dark, Dark Water. Insomnia, One Hour Photo, My Little Eye, Battle Royal, Jeerers Creepers, Brotherhood of the Wolf, The Devil’s Backbone, Texas Chains Massacre 2, Cabin Fever, House of a 1000 Corpses, Bellboy, Switchblade Romance, Old Boy, Land of the Dead, 2001 Maniacs, Night Watch, Seed, Eden Lake, Feakdog, Wolf Creek, Autopsy and Martyrs.

Now in its 10th year FrightFest has grown to become one of the genre's most vibrant, credible and recognisable brands, with plans for more nation-wide events, a DVD label and online content services. FILM4 have retuned to head sponsor for a third year.

Fright Fest is being held at the Empire Cinema, 5-6 Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7NA.

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