Update: The latest round of covid lockdown restrictions, particularly 10pm closing, have led to the cancellation of the physical film festival. An online version will now be organised.
Due to the continuing COVID-19
restrictions and the recommended social distancing rules currently in place in the UK, the Arrow FrightFest's traditional five-day event in August has been rescheduled to Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th October 2020
The need to keep FrightFesters and
filmmakers safe in these unprecedented times plus the atmosphere reducing capacity restrictions in cinemas once they reopen has been the main driving force behind the decision. Details are still being finalised, but the plan is to extend the traditional
FrightFest Halloween one day event to multiple days.
Alan Jones, co-director, said Sadly, we won't be able to come together and celebrate our 21st year in the summer but rest assured, we will make our London Halloween event one to remember.
FrightFest has always been about the genre community joining together, not just to embrace films but to demonstrate our unique spirit of supportive closeness.
Details on dates, venues, films and ticketing for the Halloween event will be made
available in due course.
Update: Opening with Peninsular
13th September 2020.
Four years after TRAIN TO BUSAN was voted the most popular FrightFest Closing Night film ever, comes the hotly anticipated stand-alone
sequel, TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS: PENINSULA , which will open this year's Arrow Video FrightFest October event, courtesy of STUDIOCANAL.
The film will play on Thurs Oct 22, 6pm, across three screens at the Cineworld, Leicester Square.
Update: Line up
19th September 2020.
Alien On Stage (UK) Dirs. Danielle Kummer & Lucy Harvey
Archive (UK) Dir. Gavin Rothery
Benny Loves You (UK) Dir. Karl Holt
Bianca: Phase 1 (It) Dir. Federico Zampaglione
Phase 2 (It) Dir. Federico Zampaglione
Blood Harvest (Can) Dir. Thomas Robert Lee
Broil (Can) Dir. Edward Drake
Butchers (Can) Dir. Adrian Langley
Caveat (UK) Dir. Damian McCarthy
Concrete Plans (UK) Dir. Will Jewell
Dead (NZ) Dir. Hayden J. Weal
Don't Look Back (US) Dir. Jeffrey Reddick
Dune Drifter (UK) Dir. Marc Price
For The Sake Of Vicious (Can) Dirs.
Gabriel Carrer and Reese Eveneshen
Held (US) closing film Dirs. Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff
Honeydew (US) Dir. Devereux Milburn.
Hosts (UK) Dirs. Adam Leader and Richard Oakes
(US) Dir. John Berardo
Let's Scare Julie (US) Dir. Jud Cremata
Ravage (US) Dir. Teddy Grennan
Redwood Massacre: Annihilation (UK) Dir. David Ryan Keith
Relic (Aus) Dir. Natalie Erika
Skylin3s (Fr) Dir. Liam O'Donnell
Slaxx (Can) Dir. Elza Kephart
Spare Parts (Can) Dir. Andrew Thomas Hunt
Tailgate (Neth) Dir. Lodewijk Crijns
The Banishing (UK) Dir.
The Dark And The Wicked (US) Dir. Bryan Bertino
The Last Rite (UK) Dir. Leroy Kincaide
The Owners (UK) Dir. Julius Berg
The Pale Door (US) Dir. Aaron B. Koont
Reckoning (UK) Dir. Neil Marshall
The Sinners (US) Dir. Courtney Paige
The Stylist (US) Dir. Jill Gevargizian
Train To Busan Presents: Peninsula (S Kor) opening film Dir. Yeon Sang-ho.
Woman Of The Photographs (Jp) Dir. Takeshi Kushida
A four-part TV series set inside the British porn industry is now expected to see its premiere in October.
Adult Material, had originally been set to debut on Britain's commercial Channel 4 network in March. However it seems that viewers at
that time were more interested in watching coronavirus news than late night erotic fare, so the programme was postponed.
The series stars British actress Hayley Squires as Jolene Dollar, who is a mother of three and seasoned pro in the sex movie
According to The Sun , the series reveals that due to an abundance of free sex content now found on the internet, the creators of the films need to deliver increasingly extreme images to persuade people to pay. And Adult Material does not
shy away from depicting such graphic images.
Adult Material begins Monday 5th October at 10pm on Channel 4.
October boasts eleven premieres on Horror Channel , including a hellish Halloween night double-bill of Corin Hardy's impressive Irish monster movie debut The Hallow and Ante Novakovic's rampant Halloween slasher Fright Fest .
Both channel premieres will be broadcast on Saturday 31 October, at 9pm and 10.55pm respectively.
There are also four prime-time UK premieres: Demon chiller Firstborn , with Misfits star Antonia Laura Thomas, hashtag horror
Selfie From Hell , the haunting, award-winning Echoes Of Fear and the pint-sized gold-digger is back in the sequel, Leprechaun Returns .
There are five further channel premieres: Pet , a twisted tale of
obsession and complexities of the human condition, starring Dominic Monaghan, David Cronenberg's cult classic body horror The Brood , British director Tom Paton's giddy nerve-shredder, The Ascent , psychological thriller The Resident
, starring Hilary Swank and featuring Christopher Lee in his final movie performance and finally, killer crocodiles and giant anacondas clash big-time in Lake Placid Vs Anaconda .
Saturday nights in November belong to the vice-like grip of Possessed Season on Horror Channel , with Channel premieres for Exorcist: The Beginning , the prequel to The Exorcist, starring Stellan Skarsgard as Father Merrin, the
demon-beleaguered priest, and The Exorcist III , written and directed by William Peter Blatty.
There is also a UK TV premiere for Chad Archibald's chilling occult fantasy The Heretics , and Scott Derrickson's supernatural chiller Deliver Us From Evil
completes the devilish line-up.