Not content with dishing out just one of the premier events on every horror fan’s calendar year after year, the guys behind the Film4 FrightFest also run the Halloween All-Nighter – and we’ve got this year’s lineup right here for you, if you have the stamina to last it out!
From the Press Release:
The FrightFest Halloween All-nighter returns to the Vue in London’s Leicester Square on Saturday, October 27 for another helping of choice shock-around-the-clock horror. And this year horror fans around the country can join in the fearful fun as, on Saturday, November 3, the event travels to the Picturehouse Cambridge, the Empires in Sunderland and Newcastle, and The Watershed Bristol.
Here’s the London line-up:
6.30pm – EXCISION (UK Premiere)
Alienated and mentally unhinged teen Pauline struggles with the pressures of high school, pleasing her demanding mother and losing her virginity. With a grotesque curiosity for the darker side of life, Pauline retreats into her fantasy world of becoming a great surgeon. Be prepared for a central performance by Annalynne McCord that will move, challenge and ultimately creep you out.
81 mins Director: Richard Bates USA 2012 Cast: Annalynne McCord – Pauline,
Traci Lords – Phyllis, Roger Bart – Bob, John Waters – William, Marlee Matlin – Amber, Malcolm McDowell – Mr. Cooper
9.00pm – SURPRISE FILM (UK Premiere)
11.45pm – THE TALL MAN (UK Premiere)
Director Pascal Laugier’s follow-up to his classic MARTYRS is another sensational thriller of astonishing depth. In the depressed Canadian town of Cold Rock, children are disappearing, Witnesses say they have seen a tall man at the scenes of the crimes, When this ‘tall man’ kidnaps the son of Julia Denning (Jessica Biel), the town nurse, Julia finds herself at the centre of an unraveling legend.
99 mins Director: Pascal Laugier USA 2012 Cast: Jessica Biel – Julia Denning, Jodelle Ferland – Jenny, Stephen McHattie – Lt. Dodd, Eve Harlow – Christine, Jakob Davies – David
2.15am – BAIT 3D (UK Premiere)
From CUT director Kimble Rendall comes a new dimension in deep sea terror as shoppers at an Australian underground Oceania supermarket are under attack by a crazed bandit. Suddenly, the unimaginable happens. A monster freak tsunami swallows up the town. Now trapped, with rushing waves threatening to entomb them in a watery grave, the survivors discover they are not alone…
90 mins Director: Kimble Rendall Australia 2012 Cast: Xavier Samuel – Josh, Julian McMahon – Doyle, Phoebe Tomkin – Jaimie, Sharni Vinson – Tina, Cariba Heine – Heather
4.00am – ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS (Retrospective Spotlight)
To celebrate the launch of the restored version by Arrow Films (the DVD features a commentary by FrightFest’s Alan Jones), see the Italian godfather of gore Lucio Fulci’s classic as you’ve never seen it before. It’s all here: the underwater shark vs. zombie face off, the splinter-in-the-eye sequence, the cannibalistic disemboweling and completely superfluous nudity. What more could anyone want?
89 mins Director Lucio Fulci Italy 1979 Cast: Richard Johnson – Dr. David Menard, Ian McCulloch – Peter West, Tisa Farrow – Anne Bowles, Al Cliver – Brian Hull, Olga Karlatos – Paola Menard
5.45am – THE HELPERS (UK Premiere)
Seven friends on a road trip to Las Vegas break down in the desert. They find help at a nearby motel, and it seems like they’ve lucked out with a group of good Samaritans. Yet, when they wake in their rooms the next day, they are bound up, tied down and posed in several different weird scenarios, each ending only one way – painful, gruesome death. Who is responsible for such fiendishly clever bloody terror?
82 mins Director: Christopher B. Stokes USA 2012 Cast: Kristen Quintrall – Claire, Christopher Jones – Ryan, JoJo Wright – Phil, Black Thomas – Jordan, Rachel Sterling – Anna
For details on the films screening at the other regional events, check out the official Film4 FrightFest website in order to avoid disappointment, as not all titles screening in London will be making an appearance elsewhere.
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