This year’s Film4 FrightFest will get off to a nerve-shredding start with the UK premiere of Adam Wingard’s killer thriller The Guest, starring Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) and rising star Maika Monroe (The Bling Ring, It Follows).
The Guest is a cool homage to '80s action / stalker flicks, and features a charismatic central turn from Downtown's Dan Stevens. With a hip soundtrack that wouldn't sound out of place on Drive's car stereo, and tons of set pieces, it'll go down a treat with the FrightFest faithful.
Director Wingard said today: "FrightFest movie goers are some of the most diehard genre enthusiasts in the world. Naturally I am delighted that The Guest will be opening this year’s festival."
Alan Jones, co-director of FrightFest added: "Film4FrightFest has a grand tradition of always opening its banner August event with a forward-looking and directional attraction. So we couldn't be more delighted to showcase Adam Wingard's dazzling horror thriller The Guest to put the stamp of approval on our move to the Vue cinema in Leicester Square."
The film is written by Simon Barrett (You’re Next, A Horrible Way To Die), and also stars Sheila Kelley (Matchstick Men), Leland Orser (Taken), Lance Reddick (The Wire) and Brendan Meyer. It is being distributed in the UK by Icon Film Distribution.
Film4 FrightFest 2014 has moved to the prestigious Vue West End and the full-line up will be jointly announced on Friday 27 June, along with details on when and how to buy Festival passes and individual tickets.
But that's not all!
FrightFest has also announced Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin will be performing live scores for George Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead and Dario Argento’s Suspiria on consecutive nights at the Union Chapel, Islington, London N1 2XD.
On Monday 18th August they will be scoring Dawn of the Dead - accompanying the NMS Records, German, English Language version of the film, and on Tues 19th August, Suspiria – accompanying the CDE, Italian, English Language version. Doors open at 7pm. Audiences must be aged 18 and over.
You can buy tickets here: http://www.seetickets.com/artist/goblin/321495
FrightFest pass holders have been offered a special discount. The code can be found on the FrightFest website www.frightfest.co.uk
All we can say to all of the above is, WOW. This really is special news for FrightFest fans.
And the surprises are only just beginning…
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