It's far too long to wait for the main event in August, but thankfully the team over at Frightfest (Alan Jones, Ian Rattray and Paul McEvoy) know this, and have managed to slip in a special one-day event for us at the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square, London on March 18th.
Featuring a total of six films (including two old classics both being screened on new pristine 35mm prints), the day will centre around a special advance UK screening of Eli Roth's Hostel, featuring a exclusive video introduction by the director himself, recorded specially for the event on his recent visit to London.
The full schedule for the day is as follows;
11.00 a.m - Death Trance (Jap)
1:15 p.m. Wicker Man (UK) + intro by Eli Roth.
3:45 p.m. Mortuary (US)
6:30 p.m. Reeker (US) + Bad Seed 9.00 p.m. Hostel (US) + intro by Eli Roth
11:10 p.m. Theatre of Blood (UK) (New 35 mm print)
Tickets go on sale from the Prince Charles cinema's box office on Saturday 4th March. As usual, there is a choice of individual film tickets, or a day pass fro all six films. Day passes cost £37.50, whilst tickets for individual films are £9.00 each.
The box office and telephone sales (0870 811 2559) will be open for ticket sales at 1.30pm.
FrightFest organisers Alan Jones, Paul McEvoy and Ian Rattray will once again be your hosts. ‘FrightFest Fearbooks’ and other prizes will be available too. So make a date for March 18, 2006. Trust us, you won’t want to miss out.
Death Trance Currently a huge festival crowd-pleaser around the world, this supernatural samurai adventure stars Tak Sakaguchi from Versus with stunning action choreography by Ryuhei Kitamura from the same cult hit. In an unknown place and unknown time, a master Samurai known only by the name of Grave (Tak Sakaguchi) searches for the ultimate battle. Never showing fear for any fight, Grave is the one and only swordsman able to steal the mysterious and legendary coffin from the holy Tougan Temple. In this world without reason, a young girl from the temple grounds follows Grave and the coffin wherever they may go. And so begins the deadly race to recapture the coffin and its hidden power from Grave for good or evil.
Wicker Man Eli Roth’s choice. Director Robin Hardy’s fascinating mixture of horror, eroticism and religion stars Edward Woodward as a cop finding his beliefs tested to the limit when he investigates the disappearance of a young girl on the pagan shores of Summerisle. With its literate Anthony Shaffer script and memorable Scottish folk score, it contains Christopher Lee’s finest performance as lord of the remote island, and is currently being remade by Neil LaBute and Nicolas Cage.
Mortuary Tobe Hooper’s back with a script by Jace Anderson and Adam Gierasch, the duo currently helping Dario Argento pen the second sequel to Suspiria. Mortuary stars Denise Crosby (Pet Sematary), Stephanie Patton and rising star Dan Byrd (The Hills Have Eyes)
Reeker The English premiere ahead of it's July release from Pathe, director Dave Payne’s Reeker tells the terrifying tale of five strangers on their way to a rave trapped at an eerie desert motel. There they must unravel the mystery behind their visions of bloody death and the mutilated dying while being preyed upon by a decaying creature announcing its ominous arrival by the stench of rotting flesh.
Hostel Hostel is about as graphic, twisted and disturbing as the genre gets. It charts the terrifying nightmare scenario American backpackers Jay Hernandez and Derek Richardson (also a Reeker star) find themselves in when they head for Slovakia lured by the promise of easy sex with Eastern European girls. For the girls drug the naïve jocks and sell them to an organisation that caters to jaded millionaires’ sick fantasies.
Theatre of Blood Douglas Hickox’s 1973 film Theatre of Blood was the magnum opus of horror icon Vincent Price’s career. Stylish, witty and boasting an irresistible premise - a ham actor paying back critics dismissive of his talents by killing them using deaths from Shakespeare plays it features an inspired ensemble cast, fabulous music and terrific horror set pieces.