Chucky is back, ready to look up an old friend Chucky is back, ready to look up an old friend

Frightfest, sponsored by the Horror Channel, turns 18 this year, although it's been showing 18-rated films for a long time. This year's crop includes some real chillers, with opening title Cult Of Chucky seeing a return to full on shrieks and gore for the iconic Child's Play doll. There are 20 world premières and 18 UK premières among the 64 films scheduled to screen, as well as the usual participation events, quizzes and giveaways that contribute to the festival's popularity. Guests include Jennifer Tilly, Kane Hodder and Barbara Crampton.

The festival runs from 24 to 28 August.

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Mountain Fever
Mountain Fever
When a fatal flu virus devastates Europe, city boy Jack takes refuge in the Alps but he’s ill-equipped to survive the harsh winter. Things only get worse when renegade Kara breaks into his house and commandeers his dwindling food supplies.
Our Evil
Our Evil
A man with spiritualist powers is told by his mentor that a demonic entity is returning to destroy his daughter's soul and that he should take drastic measures to prevent this from happening.
Devil's Gate
Devil's Gate
Struggling to overcome a recent professional tragedy, an FBI agent relocates to a small town to investigate the disappearance of a woman and her young son.
Voice From The Stone
Voice From The Stone
Verena is a young nurse hired to help a mute young heir in an isolated castle in 1950s Tuscany. She must persuade him that “the dead do not speak”.
Where The Skin Lies
Where The Skin Lies
Six people bound together by a traumatic experience travel to the Scottish Lowlands for a relaxing reunion weekend. Soon a number of mysterious and horrifying events start to expose the cracks in their relationships.
A lawyer betrayed by a colleague fights his way up the building to try and see the boss while it's under quarantine due to a virus that makes everybody lose their inhibitions.
For Mary, the joy of her son Adam’s birth is overshadowed by the stillborn death of his twin brother. Now she can't shake the feeling that something is coming for Adam too.
Bad Match
Bad Match
A playboy's life spirals out of control after he meets a woman through internet dating.
Ruin Me
Ruin Me
Welcome to Slasher Sleepout: The Ultimate Horror Movie Experience combining camping, haunted house, and an escape room into one extreme 36-hour event. Six strangers are hooded, dropped in the middle of the woods, and must survive a simulated horror movie. But then people start dying for real.
After being accused of beating up his wife, Freddy finds himself in the biggest crisis of his life. No one will believe that the real culprit is Eddy, who looks just like him.
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FrightFest Features

Making a connection
David Chirchirillo on Bad Match, online dating and the legacy of Fatal Attraction
Behind the mask
Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo on taking on the legacy of Leatherface
Wild ideas
Travis Stevens on 68 Kill, music, pulp fiction and the terrors of Louisiana
The skin she lives in, part two
Norbert Keil on gore scenes and the incredible visuals in Replace.
The skin she lives in, part one
Norbert Keil on the terror of ageing, memory loss and working with Rebecca Forsythe on Replace
Into the woods
Damien Power on the trials and tribulations of making Killing Ground
Dominic Bridges and Mim Shaikh on pigeons, scary movies and Freehold
Skin deep
Joy Harrison on a tale of tattoos and fractured friendships in Where The Skin Lies
Alpine retreat
Hendrik Faller on dangerous terrain, shooting in snow, and Mountain Fever

FrightFest News

Frightfest guest list announced
Barbara Crampton, Kane Hodder and Jennifer Tilly among those attending.
Frightfest launches search for new horror screenwriters
Barbara Crampton, Dominic Brunt and Travis Stevens will discuss shortlisted work
Cult Of Chucky to open Frightfest
Death Note and Leatherface among the big names in a bumper line-up.

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