FrightFest begins this week in London, offering an eclectic range of horror and fantasy films for fans across the UK.
To prepare you for the ghoulish treats on offer, we’ve taken a look at some of the directors showcasing new titles at FrightFest and have spotlighted some of their other well-known films. So that you can familiarise yourselves with their catalogue before deciding what to watch at the festival.
We’ve also included the age ratings, ratings information, and details on what day you can watch their film during FrightFest.
strong supernatural threat
The Witch In The Window is a horror film in which a man and his son encounter a malicious spirit.
There are scenes of sustained supernatural threat in which a malicious spirit threatens a man and his son.
There is also infrequent strong language ('f**k'), as well as milder terms (for example, 'shit', 'bullshit', 'crappy', 'balls', 'asshole', 'screw', 'damn', 'hell', 'goddamn', 'Jesus Christ', 'God').
Andy Mitton returns to FrightFest following the success of The Witch In The Window with his latest supernatural horror The Harbinger premiering on Friday 26 August.
strong bloody violence, sex, language
Jakob's Wife is a US horror film in which a woman married to a Christian minister yearns for a different life.
There is strong language ('motherf**ker', 'f**k'), a middle-finger gesture, as well as other bad terms including 'bitch', 'shit', 'bullshit', 'piss', 'crap', 'God', 'damn' and 'hell'.
A brief sex scene features breast and male buttock nudity.
There are scenes of bloody violence including throat slashings. There are scenes in which people's flesh burns and tears from their body. There is sight of severed heads, peoples' limbs being torn from their bodies and images of vampires drinking blood. There are also 'jump scares'.
There are brief scenes of cannabis smoking. Although sequences feature gun and knife threat, the violence occurs within a fantastical context. There is a passing verbal reverence to sexual abuse perpetrated. A husband is controlling towards his wife.
Travis Stevens’ A Wounded Fawn premieres at FrightFest on Friday 26 August.
strong bloody violence, threat, sexual assault, sex, very strong language
Ten Minutes To Midnight is a US horror film in which a late-night radio host slowly turns into a vampire during her last shift before retirement.
There is infrequent use of very strong language ('c**t') and use of milder terms ('motherf**ker', 'f**k').
A woman undoes a man's belt and moves towards his crotch as though she is about to perform fellatio on him.
sexual violence and sexual threat
There is a scenes of sexual assault where a woman's boss moves his hand along her leg and crotch without her consent.
There are scenes of strong violence where people are bitten by vampires causing large amounts of blood splatter. Some of these moments of violence are intercut with scenes of sexual threat which include a man moving his hand across a woman's crotch.
threat and horror
There is a scene of strong horror where characters appear with rotting faces, stretched grins and a woman places her face on a hot burner in a bid to wake from a dream but sustains no injuries.
There are scenes of strong injury detail after a man picks at the blisters on his hand after accidently burning it on a kettle.
Erik Bloomquist’s coming-of-age horror movie She Came From The Woods is having its world premiere at FrightFest on Friday 26 August.
strong violence, language
Final Score is a British action thriller in which an Eastern Europe terrorist group target a football match in London.
Strong violence includes shootings, stabbings and heavy beatings in fast-moving fighting and chase scenes, which are accompanied by bloodshed and aftermath injury detail. In one scene, a man is stabbed as part of an interrogation and in another scene men are set on fire or are burnt with cooking oil, all without unduly gruesome detail.
There is strong language ('f**k'); milder bad language includes uses of 'bitch', 'dick', 'prick', 'slag', 'bloody', 'bastard', 'shit', 'bullshit', 'smartass', 'arse', 'tosser', 'Jesus', 'Christ' and 'dammit'.
Discriminatory language is used against a South Asian man, but the film does not endorse such language or discriminatory attitudes. There are also moderate sex references.
Following releases such as Final Score and Heist, Scott Mann’s highly anticipated Fall will see its European premiere at the festival, acting as the closing film on Monday 29 August.
contains strong violence
Suspiria is a 1977 horror film in which an American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy comes to realise that the school is a front for something sinister amid a series of grisly murders.
Dark Glasses marks the horror master Dario Argento‘s return to horror after a ten-year absence. You can watch it on Saturday 27 August at FrightFest.
contains strong bloody horror
The Descent is a horror film in which when a caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.
Neil Marshall has described his latest film, The Lair, as “The Dirty Half Dozen meets The Thing”. Watch The Lair at its world premiere on Thursday 25 August at FrightFest.