FrightFest Halloween event moves online
Staff Reporter | On 23, Sep 2020
FrightFest has cancelled its planned Halloween celebration at Cineworld Leicester Square, instead moving the event online.
For the second time this year, the horror fest will go virtual, after coronavirus restrictions made the event “socially, practically and commercially untenable”.
The weekender was going to run from 22nd to 25th October in London, kicking off with Yeon-Sang-ho’s follow-up to Train to Busan and closing with Chris Lofting and Travis Cluff’s Held. The plan was then to hold the digital event the following weekend, with some of the 34 Cineworld films streaming, along with additional titles.
Now, those two events are being combined instead, with the digital event set to run on the same dates – from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th October.
Ian Rattray, co-director, said: “It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of the Cineworld event. Although cinemas are not affected by the new hospitality rules, it was the tipping point in terms of what kind of event we were comfortable in presenting to the fans. And with the threat of further London lockdown rules being imposed, it was felt the best plan was to move everything online.”
The digital line-up will include more than 40 films and will be announced on Thursday 1st October, with tickets going on sale the same day. As with the August online event, passes as well as individual tickets will be available. Prices for the summer event were £60 for a pass and £5 for a single ticket, with each film streaming once at a specified time. Stay tuned for more details on how the Halloween event will work.
Train to Busan: Peninsula to open FrightFest Halloween event
10th September 2020
Train to Busan is docking into FrightFest’s station this October, opening the horror festival’s Halloween event.
FrightFest went online last month for its first digital festival over its usual August Bank Holiday weekend, a five-day virtual event that kept the festival’s spooky spirit alive during a global pandemic. This October, FrightFest is expanding its normal Halloween event into a full-on weekend affair, running from Thursday 22nd October to Sunday 25th October. The event will have an online component, as well as taking place at the Cineworld Leicester Square, and if there were any doubts that FrightFest wasn’t meaning business, its opening film makes it clear that it will be taking no prisoners, with Train to Busan: Peninsula opening the Halloween weekender.
Four years after Train to Busan was voted the most popular FrightFest Closing Night film to date, the standalone sequel picks up four years after South Korea’s total decimation in Train to Busan. Director Yeon Sang-ho catches up with Jung-seok (Gang Dong-won), a soldier who previously escaped the diseased wasteland but relives the horror when assigned to a covert operation on the quarantined peninsula with two simple objectives: retrieve and survive. When his team unexpectedly stumbles upon survivors, their lives will depend on whether the best— or worst — of human nature prevails in the direst of circumstances.
The film co-stars Lee Jung-hyun, Lee Re and Kwon Hae-hyo and will later be released in cinemas nationwide on 6th November, before it heads to digital and disc on 30th November.
FrightFest co-director Alan Jones commented: ”Ask any die-hard FrightFester what their favourite ever Closing Night film was and they will say the fabulous Train to Busan. The continuous standing ovations, cheers and applause engendered by our sell-out screenings of that instant genre classic has become the stuff of FrightFest legend. So we are delighted Studiocanal is granting us the opportunity of opening our Arrow Video FrightFest October event with the epic stand-alone sequel. The FrightFest audience really connects with Korean director Yeon Sang-ho’s stellar work and we have no doubt his latest Asian blockbuster will raise the roof once more with his resonant brand of turbo-driven, fantasy action entertainment.”
The full-line up for the October event, and how the digital element will work, will be announced on Thursday 17th September.