Film4 FrightFest 2014 has moved to the prestigious Vue West End for its annual five-day horror extravaganza, allowing it to showcase even more films and special events whilst still retaining its famed communal spirit in the heart of London.
Alan Jones, FrightFest co-director, said today: “Re-locating to Vue Leicester Square for this year’s event will allow us to be even more creative and ambitious, whilst still retaining our unique blend of inclusiveness and great value for money. The beauty of the horror fantasy genre is it consistently reinvents itself to stay a fresh and vital part of the cinema-going experience. Event festivals like ours that are now an acknowledged part of the global genre fabric must lead by example to stay relevant and ahead of the game”.
Joanne Webb, Marketing & Sales Director at Vue Entertainment said: “We are delighted to be hosting this year’s popular FrightFest at Vue Leicester Square and are looking forward to offering the fans even more choice for FrightFest’s 15th year.
Our state-of-the-art audio-visual technology, fully digital screens and comfortable seating, will no doubt provide FrightFest fans with the perfect atmosphere to enjoy the festival”.
The festival has enjoyed nine successful years in Leicester Square, four at the Odeon West End and the last five at the Empire Cinema.
Ian Rattray, FrightFest co-director, commented: “We’re looking forward to a new era in FrightFest’s colourful history, and working alongside Daniel Goodwin and his enthusiastic team at Vue. FrightFest is no stranger to Vue, having hosted its last three Halloween all-nighter events there, so we’re delighted to be working with Vue even more closely now”.
This year’s event will be spread over a larger number of screens, but the popular festival and day passes plus individual tickets will remain in place. In addition, there are planned special events in the West End in the days leading up to the start of the festival, which begins on Thursday August 21st.
More information and updates can be found on the festival’s website and via FrightFest’s regular newsletters. www.frightfest.co.uk
Dubbed “the Woodstock of Gore” by director Guillermo Del Toro, FrightFest was created in 2000 by film producer Paul McEvoy, journalist and broadcaster Alan Jones and film distributor/booker Ian Rattray. Greg Day, the festival’s long standing PR, became a joint director in 2007. From its cult roots at the Prince Charles Cinema it has grown to become one of the genre’s most vibrant, credible and recognisable brands, helping to launch the careers of directors such as Simon Rumley, Christopher Smith, Eli Roth, Neil Marshall and Simon Hunter. Apart from the annual 5-day event in London, FrightFest has a three-day strand at the Glasgow Film Festival and hosts a Halloween horrorthon, which is screened across a number of regional cinemas.