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Described by visionary director Guillermo del Toro as ‘The Woodstock of Gore’, the Film4 Frightfest 2009 is back serving up a bloody mix of must-see and yet-to-be discovered genre movies. This year, the UK’s leading horror and fantasy film festival takes place in the dead heart of London’s Leicester Square.

From Thursday 27 August to Monday 31 August, 35 films, from 12 countries, will be unveiled – including 11 world premieres and 15 UK debuts.

British horror scores heavily with the world premieres of Christopher Smith’s shocker Triangle, which opens the festival, and Descent: Part Two, the closing night finale. There’s also Philip Ridley’s unique horror fantasy Heartless, and a chance to see the Cannes headline grabber Colin, reputedly made for £45.

Internationally, the festival strikes gold with the UK premiere of Millennium: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, based on the best selling novel by Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson. Then there’s Dario Argento’s latest thriller Giallo; Hierro, from the producers of Pan’s Labyrinth; the slasher tribute The Hills Run Red; Christian Alvart’s disturbing Case 39; Ti West’s occult chiller The House of the Devil; the UK premiere of Clive Barker’s Dread, starring Twilight’s Jackson Rathbone; and from the producers of Wolf Creek, an Aussie chiller – Coffin Rock.

For fans of An American Werewolf in London, there’s also a chance to meet the legendary John Landis and the cast of the classic, and see a fully-restored version of the classic, as well as a never-seen-before documentary feature.

 

Are you looking forward to this year’s festival? Then let us know, and watch this space for more previews and reviews of the UK’s bloodiest horror and fantasy festival.

For ticket information call 08 714 714 714 or go online to: www.empirecinemas.co.uk

Log onto www.frightfest.co.uk for full programme & timetable.

To win a copy of Smash Cut, one of this year’s screenings, see our FrightFest DVD Competition