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Frightfest delivers screams and a howler

The UK’s Frightfest has announced its 2014 programme, including a couple of NZ titles, but dropped a clanger by using a promo from a film it’s not screening as a feature image in online promotion.

Gerard Johnstone’s highly-praised SXSW-premiered Escalator feature Housebound, soon to play here in the NZIFF, will be one of Frightfest’s opening night features, along with Adam Wingard’s Sundance-premiered The Guest and Jordan Rubi’s Tribeca-premiered Zombeavers.

Gerard Johnstone's Housebound: So shall I drop the light and break it or wander around down here until the batteries crap out?

Gerard Johnstone’s Housebound: So shall I drop the light and break it or wander around down here until the batteries crap out?

Another Escalator title, Guy Pigden’s I Survived a Zombie Holocaust, is also selected for Frightfest. I Survived producer Zoe Hobson was earlier in the week named one of the NZFC’s PITA recipients, supported to attend Melbourne’s 37º South Market where the film will screen in the Breakthru Screenings showcase.

I Survived A Zombie Holocaust trailer

Among the 64 features on offer a pair of Aussie titles, The Babadook and Wolf Creek 2, screen along with several high-profile 2014 releases including Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and Alexander Philippe’s Doc of the Dead, recently seen here as part of the Doc Edge Festival.

Modelled on the successful genre festivals of Sitges and Brussels, Frightfest has been scaring up punters in the UK since 2000. It’s settled into a calendar spot of the last weekend in August (a holiday weekend in England) but never found a regular physical home, as the festival keeps outgrowing venues.

The festival used this image to promote Hitoshi Matsumoto’s R100 as well as using it as the header image for the festival’s “Films” page.


Unfortunately the image, featuring Fumi Nikaidô, is a promo still for Sion Sono’s Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, which isn’t on the Frightfest line-up – although you can catch it much closer to home in this year’s NZIFF.

Frightfest runs in London 21 – 25 August.

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