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Now in its 11th year, London’s premier event for horror fans returns to the Empire Cinema in London’s Leicester Square, unleashing 36 terrifying films, starting this Thursday (26 August).

Over five frightening days, enter the gates of Hell (the Empire Cinema, that is) where nine world premieres will be screamed, as well as 20 UK/European premieres.

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Eight British films take pride of place, including Monsters, Gareth Edwards’ sensational post-apocalyptic debut; The Ford Brothers’ Cannes-hyped African zombie flick The Dead; and Johannes Roberts’s F, in which a school gets a lesson in terror. Other homegrown horrors include Dead Cert, Isle of Dogs (starring Blood River‘s Andrew Howard) and Cherry Tree Lane.

Never fearful of a bit of controversy FrightFest also welcomes director Srdjan Spasojevic and his deeply disturbing movie, A Serbian Film, plus there’s the European premiere of the I Spit on Your Grave remake to mull over. Other dead cert shockers include the psychosexual drama Red, White & Blue, the horror western Red Hill (starring True Blood hottie Ryan Kwanten), and the Oz horrors Primal and The Loved Ones.

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In collaboration with Total Film magazine, the festival will also be celebrating the career of Tobe Hooper (who will be present during the festival) with a screening of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, plus his rarely seen 1969 debut Eggshells. There’s also a chance for horror fans to meet and greet the cast and crew of many of the films featured, including Kane Hodder and Tony Todd who will also be in attendance.

From Adam Green’s Hatchet II to Daniel Stamm’s The Last Exorcism, by way of Maxime Alexandre’s Christopher Roth and James Nesbitt in Outcast, horror fans will certainly be spoilt for choice this August Bank Holiday. Bring it on.

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To book tickets call 08-714-714-714 or visit the Empire Cinemas website.

For full programme log onto the Film4 FrightFest website.