HORROR FILM NEWS: FrightFest and Icon to release seven deadly titles

The UK’s leading horror festival FrightFest, which kicks off this Thursday, have announced the first set of films to be released under their FrightFest Presents banner from Icon Film Distribution, who are best known for releasing the frightening Aussie horror The Babadook and the chilling It Follows.

The first batch of seven features will premiere first at Frightfest then make their online debut between Halloween 2015 and February next year through  iTunes, Virgin Movies, Sky, Google  Amazon, Xbox , Blinkbox, Google, Wuaki, TalkTalk and Volta.

From Sightseers actor-writer Steve Oram comes the surreal ‘monkey comedy’ Aaaaaaaah!, out in October. Oram stars alongside Noel Fielding , Alice Lowe, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Julian Barratt and Toyah Willcox in the story of a tribe of warring ‘monkeys’.

Creature feature The Sand follows a group of hungover twentysomethings who wake up on a carnivorous beach that devours anything with a heartbeat.
Mitchel Musso (Monster House), Brooke Butler (All Cheerleaders Die), Jamie Kennedy (Scream) and Meagan Holder (Jersey Boys) star.

Thriller Landmine Goes Click follows the tense fallout when a man stands on a landmine while hiking in Georgia, while home-invasion horror Emelie, from director Michael Thelin (Matisyahu: Run + Return), stars Sarah Bolger (The Lazarus Effect) as a psychologically disturbed babysitter.

In sci-fi-horror Afterdeath five young people who wake up dead on a beach are attacked by a demonic shadow creature. Miranda Raison (24: Another Day, Silk), Sam Keeley (Monsters: Dark Continent) and Daniella Ketesz (World War Z) star.

Executive produced by Steven Schneider (Insidious), Estranged stars Amy Manson (Atlantis), James Cosmo (The Legend of Barney Thomson) and James Lance (Northern Soul) in a sinister thriller about a wheelchair-bound daughter who discovers that her family might not be as loving as they seem.

Finally, there’s the thriller The Lesson, about a teacher who enacts punishment on two students.

Film4 FrightFest 2015 lands in London this Thursday (27 August). Check out the website for more information