The full schedule of screenings for London's premiere horror film festival, FrightFest, has been announced.
The event, which takes place at the Empire in Leicester Square, will present four days of blood-soaked terror to keen audiences. No fewer than six world premieres are planned, including first showings for Adam Green's Hatchet II, Aussie director Josh Reed's Primal and Brit horror flick Dead Cert from Steve Lawson.
An unmissable retrospective sees director Tobe Hooper come to the city for the first time in almost 20 years to present a screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and participate in an on-stage interview after the film.
British directors are well represented, with seven titles at the event. Highlights include Gareth Edwards's incredibly impressive feature debut Monsters(pictured), which had its world premiere at SXSW, and Paul Andrew Williams's latest chiller, Cherry Tree Lane, fresh from its debut at the Edinburgh Film Festival.
FrightFest, set up by Greg Day, Paul McEvoy, Ian Rattray and Alan Jones in 2000, has become one of the greatest celebrations of horror cinema in the world and will take place over the August UK bank holiday, 26th-30th August.
"With the Hollywood mindset focused on safe bets and creative bankruptcy, Team FrightFest has gone back to the independent roots of what true horror fantasy should be about," the team said, announcing the programme on the FrightFest website. "That's exploring daring ideas with an innovative flair, using fresh avenues of shock, and highlighting major new exciting talent."
In the past, the festival has given UK audiences their first chance to see films like Shaun of the Dead, Hostel and Pan's Labyrinth. In fact, Guillermo del Toro is such a fan of the event that he chose to premiere at FrightFest rather than accept an offer from the much larger London Film Festival.
Tickets for individual screenings are £11. But if you've a handy £150 knocking around you can buy a pass that'll let you in for the whole weekend, and that's undoubtedly the best way to do it! Head over to the FrightFest website for the full programme and more booking info.