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The UK’s premiere film festival, Film4 FrightFest, has revealed the opening and closing night films for this year’s event, which is running from the 23rd to 27th of August, 2012, at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square, London. Read on for details!

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Paul Hyett’s claustrophobic psychological horror THE SEASONING HOUSE is set to open this year’s Film4 FrightFest. Starring Sean Pertwee, Kevin Howarth and Rosie Day, this hard-hitting exploration of war-time sexploitation, set in a Balkan brothel, marks special-effects guru Hyett’s directorial debut. Hyett and the cast will be attending the premiere on Thursday, August 23rd.

Film4 FrightFest Announces Opening and Closing Night Films

Film4 FrightFest will close with the world premiere of Lionsgate’s TOWER BLOCK. Directed by James Nunn and Ronnie Thompson, this is a stunning suspense shocker. Trapped on the top floor of their rundown 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. The directors and the cast will attend this fabulous finale to FrightFest the 13th.

Film4 FrightFest Announces Opening and Closing Night Films

Film4 FrightFest 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”.

Film4 FrightFest is pleased to announce the line-up will also include the UK premiere of [REC] 3: Génesis, in which the [REC] myth gets brilliantly expanded by director Paco Plaza in this gruesomely hilarious second sequel in the groundbreaking Spanish zombie franchise. Both Paco and his leading lady, Leticia Dolera, will be attending the screening.

Film4 FrightFest Announces Opening and Closing Night Films

Film4 FrightFest, the UK’s biggest genre film festival, runs from Thursday, 23rd August, to Monday, 27th August at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square. The full lineup will be announced on 29th June. Festival and day passes go on sale from 30th June. Tickets for individual films are on sale from 28th July.

Film4 FrightFest Announces Opening and Closing Night Films

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