What To Watch At Frightfest: The MTV Edit
From the classic horrors to brand new scares, we've picked our highlights of this year's Frightfest programme so you can get your tickets now...
By Gary Ogden
There's a heck of a lot going on this August bank holiday weekend, but there's one thing you might not know about, and that’s Frightfest. Yes, on August 21st, Leicester Square will hold the UK's biggest and best horror film festival over five days. We're going to be there, but are you? To help you decide, here's our pick of the scares this year…
If you like the ’80s, go and see… The Guest
The '80s is all the rage nowadays and this year's throwback appears to be The Guest. It's a strange, creepy and atmospheric stalker thriller with a pulsing soundtrack, and we're putting our money on the table that it'll be the strongest film this year. Also, The Guest rhymes with Frightfest, which is great.
If you like stupid things and animals, go and see... Zombeavers or Wolfcop
Beavers are nice and cute aren't they? Not when they're ripping your guts out through your bum they're not. Wolves are majestic creatures aren't they? Not when they're pulling your head off and eating your brain they're not. So you may like animals, but you won't necessarily like these animals. Hey, but you said you like stupid things too, so maybe you'll be alright with these flicks.
If you like zombies and laughing, go and see… Dead Snow: Red Vs. Dead or Life After Beth
Everyone likes zombies, so we shouldn't really have asked that question – it's a given. Same goes for laughing (unless it's when you're being tickled, because in that case it's agony), so you're in safe hands with these two movies. One is a sequel to a very good (and funny) film about Nazi zombies, and the other stars Aubrey Plaza, who is also very good (and funny). We've run that data through our supercomputer and the little piece of paper that comes out the end reads: “THESE FILMS WILL BE GOOD.” So there.
If you like comic books, go and see… Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
It's a well-known fact of life that the first Sin City movie was very good indeed. Nearly everyone is back on board this time, so why shouldn't they be able to recreate the magic? Also, there are loads of sexy people in it and who doesn't like looking at sexy people all the time?
If you like scary things, go and see… The Babadook
Supposedly this is the scariest thing since sliced DEAD. Or something. Is that a joke? Who knows? One thing we know isn't a joke is The Babadook, because, like we said before, it's the scariest thing since sliced dead. We're not really sure what it's about, but watch the trailer below and then go and put your pants in the bin.
If you like Glee, go and see… Stage Fright
Another thing that seems to be all the rage at the moment is singing. What with Glee and Pitch Perfect and all that jazz, some enterprising youngster has decided to make a horror version. And so Stage Fright was born. It looks really fun if you ask us.
If you like giant cats, go and see… Xmoor
The good thing about Frightfest is they always rep a nice chunk of UK horror. This year one of the most interesting ones appears to be Xmoor, about a bunch of people who go looking for the legendary Beast of Exmoor. Then we assume they all get their arms scratched when they try to stroke its belly or it wees on their tent or something.
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If you like the classics, go and see… A Nightmare On Elm Street
Another great thing about Frightfest is they often show classic movies in remastered prints. It's awesome to see your favourite horror films on the big screen, especially if you didn't get the chance to when they first came around.
If you like documentaries, go and see… Doc Of The Dead
Hey, it's not all mindless slaughter – there are some intellectual films on show this year. There are a number of documentaries this time around, but this one sounds right up our street. It'll answer every question you've ever had about zombie movies, which we're sure is a lot. You know, like “Why am I sitting in my living room watching a zombie movie while all my friends are outside playing football?” That kind of stuff.
There's obviously LOADS more to see and do over the five days, but these are just a few of our top picks, and you can get your tickets here.