Film4 FrightFest has announced the opening and closing films of the 13th edition.
Paul Hyett’s claustrophobic, psychological horror, The Seasoning House is set to open the festival on August 23. Starring Sean Pertwee, Kevin Howarth and Rosie Day, the film is described as "a hard-hitting exploration of war-time sexploitation, set in a Balkan brothel", and marks special-effects guru Hyett’s (The Woman In Black, Attack The Block) directorial debut.
The festival will close with the world premiere of Lionsgate’s Tower Block. Directed by James Nunn and Ronnie Thompson, the festival descirbe it as "a stunning suspense shocker". Trapped on the top floor of their run down East End home, a disparate group of neighbours are being targeted by a mystery sniper. This taut gripper stars Sheridan Smith, Jack O’Connell and Russell Tovey.
Festival co-director Alan Jones said today: “Once more Film4 FrightFest is delighted to be showcasing the key British talent of the future with our opening choice of The Seasoning House, and our closing film, Tower Block. Both films are works of quality, sensitivity and bloody-minded bravado and the directors deserve to follow in the footsteps of such other talents we have promoted early in their careers, Christopher Nolan, Neil Marshall, Chris Smith and James Watkins”.
The line-up will also include the UK premiere of [REC]³ Génesis. Both Paco and his leading lady Leticia Dolera will be attending the screening.
The festival runs from Thursday, August 23 to Monday, August 27 at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square. The full line up will be announced on June 29. Festival & day passes go on sale from June 30. Tickets for individual films are on sale from July 28.