From the Sam Raimi produced The Possession and the much anticipated horror anthology V/H/S to Paco Plaza’s [REC]3 Genesis and The Butcher Brother’s The Thompsons, the line-up for this year’s Film4 FrightFest at the Empire Cinema in London’s Leicester Square is shaping up to be the best yet with 48 films, 15 of which will be world premieres, showing on three screens from Thursday 23 August to Holiday Monday, 27 August.

So what are we most looking forward to? Well, all of it actually, but we’re chuffed at the amount of homegrown British talent that will be on display. These include SFX make-up artist Paul Hyett’s harrowing directorial debut The Seasoning House; black comedy May I Kill You?, starring Kevin Bishop as a psycho cycle cop; Yorkshire zombie-fest Before Dawn from Dominic Brunt (aka Emmerdale‘s Paddy Kirk); the Irish supernatural chiller The Inside from Merlin‘s Eoin Macken; and the living dead romp Cockneys vs Zombies, starring veteran actors Honor Blackman and Richard Briers. But the closing film, Tower Block, could be THE festival highlight – especially as Legally Blonde – The Musical‘s Sheridan Smith and Being Human‘s Russell Tovey are the main stars of the suspense thriller.

But FrightFest isn’t just about new blood, because this year they are dipping into the archives to bring horror fans some newly restored versions of The Bride of Frankenstein, three vintage Hammer Horrors, and a new cut of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed to the big screen.

The big news is that Dario Argento is Total Film magazine’s guest Icon this year. But will Italy’s master of horror make an appearance? Let’s hope so. Not surprising, festival passes have already sold out, but day passes are still available. Tickets for individual films, meanwhile, go on sale from 28 July.

For bookings call 08-714-714-714 or check out the website www.empirecinemas.co.uk