This year's Frightfest opens with Neil Marshall's The Lair and features contributions from 17 countries, presenting some of the very best horror cinema from around the world. It will be held in its traditional home at London’s Cineworld Leicester Square and the Prince Charles Cinema, and accompanied by a virtual edition.

The festival runs from 25 to 29 August.

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Everyone Will Burn
Everyone Will Burn
In a small village in Leon, Spain, María José prepares to end her life after failing to get over the suicide of her bullied son years before. Everything changes when she receives a visit from Lucía, a strange little girl who could be connected to a local legend about stopping an impending apocalypse.
The Lair
The Lair
When Royal Air Force pilot Lt. Kate Sinclair is shot down over Afghanistan, she finds refuge in an abandoned underground bunker where deadly man-made biological weapons - half human, half alien - are awakened.
Mad Heidi
Mad Heidi
In a dystopian Switzerland under the rule of a fascist cheese magnate, Heidi lives a simple life in the mountains protected by her grandfather. Her longing for personal freedom leads to her abduction by brutal government storm troopers, sparking a revolution.
She Came From The Woods
She Came From The Woods
In 1987, a group of counsellors accidentally unleash a decades' old evil on the last night of summer camp.
Valeria has long dreamed about becoming a mother. After learning that she’s pregnant, she expects to feel happy, yet something’s off. Nightmarish visions and an unshakeable paranoia have her questioning what she wants, and an ancient evil spirit may be the cause.
Candy Land
Candy Land
A seemingly naïve and devout young woman finds her way in the underground world of truck stop sex workers a.k.a. 'lot lizards'.
Deep in the English countryside, Lisa and George prepare for their wedding at a Tudor mansion. But an angry crocodile lies in wait, determined to ruin their big day.
The Offering
The Offering
Saul works as the undertaker for the local Hasidic community, and a corpse carries a Jewish demon with plans for his unborn child. His family must dive into Kabbalah lore to ward off the entity and protect their future.
Living With Chucky
Living With Chucky
A filmmaker who grew up alongside Chucky the killer doll seeks out the other families surrounding the Child's Play films as they recount their experiences working on the ongoing franchise and what it means to be a part of the Chucky family.
Raven's Hollow
Raven's Hollow
West Point cadet Edgar Allan Poe and four other cadets on a training exercise in upstate New York are drawn by a gruesome discovery into a forgotten community.
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FrightFest Features

Off the beaten path
Rodrigo Gudiño on special effects, scoring with Slash, and The Breach
Elise Finnerty on finding magic in the elements for The Ones You Didn’t Burn
Family life
Corey Deshon on exploring archetypes in Daughter
Out of nightmare
Oliver Park on Jewish horror, taking it slowly, and The Offering
Bringing the lot lizards to life
John Swab and Sam Quartin on making magic in Candy Land
Divine fury
Travis Stevens on artistic collaboration in A Wounded Fawn
The collaborator
Andy Edwards on Midnight Peepshow, The Ghosts Of Monday, Punch and the future of British horror
A unexpected turning
Rahul Kohli on working with Mali Elfman and Katie Parker on Next Exit
Open season
Tommy Boulding on class politics and shooting in the great outdoors for Hounded
A friend till the end
Kyra Elise Gardner on growing up with a killer doll and making Living With Chucky
The violence we don't see
Carlota Pereda on bullying, normalised violence and Piggy
Eye For Books
Crazy Old Ladies: The Story Of Hag Horror, The Lost Adventures Of James Bond, and The Frightfest Guide To Vampire Movies
Digging up the past
Ben Parker and Charlotte Vega on the importance of remembering history, and Burial
Shooting on a shoestring
Patrick Rea on low budget filmmaking and They Wait In The Dark
Between life and death
Keishi Kondo on eternity, the loss of boundaries, and New Religion
Down the rabbit hole
Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead on Something In The Dirt
Laughter in dark places
Steve Oram talks characters, comedies, science fiction and Cerebrum
Frightfest films you shouldn’t miss
Highlights of this year’s festival
Cinema with bite
Nathaniel Thompson discusses The Frightfest Guide To Vampire Movies
Getting the bug
Carter Smith on queering horror in Swallowed
Best friends forever?
Hannah Barlow and Kane Senes on friendship, trauma and Sissy
The stuff that dreams are made of
Andy Mitton on Covid, nightmares, infectious ideas and The Harbinger
Inside his head
Addison Heimann on experiencing a breakdown and making Hypochondriac
That timeless fairy-tale quality
Peter Hengl on Hansel and Gretel, the need to control, and Family Dinner
Bejo’s caring skills lead to zombie role
Actress turned up the pressure on director during Covid
Mysteries and mazes
Alexis Bruchon on the complexity of keeping it simple in The Eyes Below
Trainspotting star gets teeth Into Scottish werewolf movie
A tale of a group of soldiers doing battle with wild dogs in the Scottish highlands could be the best British horror in years. Brian Pendreigh meets the director and star.

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