Frightfest (27-31 August 2015)


Cherry Tree opens the 2015 Frightfest film festival in London

Cherry Tree opens the 2015 Frightfest film festival in London


VUE West End and Prince Charles Cinema

Tickets and full line up here.


London's premiere horror festival returns with the addition of a second venue in the shape of the venerable Prince Charles Cinema, slightly different ticketing systems, and the expected medley of horror films, star and director appearances, and even the Duke Mitchell Film Club programme and party!

FrightFest 2015 will be the second year that London's premiere horror festival operates out of it's new home in the VUE West End. For festival goers, that meant ticketing changes, and there are some changes again this year (no sleepy queue this year). On the other hand, things should be smoother overall when getting tickets and passes and there are more screens in use for the festival at the VUE. See online for details.

The 16th edition of London's premiere horror film festival, Film4 FrightFest, will kick off with David Keating’s CHERRY TREE, starring Anna Walton (Hellboy 2, Soulmate) and rising star Naomi Battrick (Down Dog, Waterloo Road).

Keating directed the horror film Wake Wood for the revamped Hammer label, and his latest film is billed as "a provocative and compelling twist on the pagan cult chiller, in which a young girl, Faith (Naomi Battrick), in an attempt to save her father’s life, makes a fateful pact with Sissy Young (Anna Walton) head of a sinister black magic coven."

Closing Film4 FrightFest is the European premiere of the anthology TALES OF HALLOWEEN, a celebration of the October holiday. It promises viewers: "Ten tales of terror ... in a sleepy American suburb on All Hallows Eve as ghouls, imps, aliens, goblins, demons, axe murderers and serial killers roam the witching hour."

Directing talent includes: Neil Marshall, Darren Lynn Bousman, Axelle Carolyn, Adam Gierasch, Lucky McKee, Dave Parker, Paul Solet, Ryan Schifrin, John Skipp & Mike Mendez.

Both film screenings will be supported by cast and crew appearances.

See details below from Frightfest:

The festival will be using six screens at the VUE, West End, one more than last year. Expect to see north of 80 films and events in the programme. A festival pass this year will cost £185. Day passes are Thursday - £30, Friday and Saturday £60, Sunday and Monday £50.

Single tickets this year will be £13.25.

Festival and day pass sales will commence on July 4 at 10 AM and will only be available online.  Single tickets will go on sale on July 18 through the VUE website, call centre and at the cinema for personal callers.

By only making festival and day passes available online there will be no sleepy queue this year. This has been one of the hardest decisions that we had to make in the 16 years that FrightFest has been in existence. If you've been following the ticketing thread on the FrightFest Forum, you will know how difficult this process has been. The location where the queue would normally form is no more. It has been barricaded off due to the building work that's going on along the bottom of Leicester Square. So why not just queue up outside the VUE itself I hear you ask. We feel this isn't safe. The top end of Leicester Square on a Friday night is a zoo. We would worry about people having to spend the night there to get tickets.

The people who will be handling the online sales for us look after many of the large outdoor summer festivals, so we're confident there shouldn't be the meltdown of previous years. There will be a queueing system in place that allows a limited amount of people to be buying tickets at one time. As you wait, you be given an indication of how long it will be before you can get access to tickets.  For those of you who wish to sit together, the system has been set up to allow a maximum of 10 tickets to be bought at any one time and the credit card limit has been set accordingly.

A bonus of the new system is that you will be able to get your Discovery Screen tickets before you leave home. We will be opening up the ticketing on August 24. This will allow FrightFesters to browse the screens, choose seats and print tickets at home.

We are looking forward to letting you all know about our line-up and guests this year. It's looking good with a fantastic line up.