Event Report: Film4 FrightFest 2010
Another August Bank Holiday weekend has just left us, and along with it so too has this year’s Film4 FrightFest. The UK’s premier horror film festival continues to go from strength to strength and this year was certainly no different – filled with thrills, chills, spills, controversy, legendary guest appearances and more. Dread Central was on the scene for the five days of the fest, braving malnutrition, sleep deprivation and impaired liver function to bring you all the pics, news and reviews we know you crave!
Of course, if you’re a regular follower of the site, you’ll already be aware that the opening film was the world premiere of Adam Green’s excellent Hatchet II (review here). Along with him, Green brought stars Tony Todd, Danielle Harris and Kane Hodder to give the audience a well received Q&A session after the screening as well as a poster signing. Kane also stayed around the entire weekend to mingle with the fans, strangle a few folks (this reporter included) and generally be the all-round amazing guy that he is. It would also be prudent to mention our very own Uncle Creepy getting a round of applause as soon as he showed up on screen in Hatchet II. A punter was also spied sporting Rotten Cotton’s “DEAD” t-shirt, featuring our beloved editor’s rotting mug from Survival of the Dead. Congratulations, Creepy! You’ve made it to the UK!
Once the buzz of Hatchet II’s successful screening was under way, we were then treated to the quite frankly horrid (and not in the good way) Primal (review here) and the underwhelming Brit flick Dead Cert.
FrightFest always kicks off in earnest on the second day (the first of an entire full day of films), and this year did it in truly grand fashion. Appearing at the festival was the one and only Tobe Hooper – here to view his early work and a screening of the seminal The Texas Chain Saw Massacre; however, the centrepiece of his appearance came in the form of Total Icon – a 45-minute moderated Q&A with the man himself presented by UK magazine Total Film.
Festival organizer Alan Jones informed us that Total Icon is set to become a yearly thing for the fest with an iconic horror filmmaker being invited every year to screen a piece of his or her work and engage the audience in discussion. It’s a breathtaking idea and truly deserves to take off. Here’s looking to John Carpenter!
Once this was complete, Tobe was gracious enough to stick around for an exceptionally busy signing session.