Stuart Wright , July 31st, 2012 08:25
Event co-founder Alan Jones chats to Stuart Wright about this year's bountiful offerings. Poster by Graham Humphreys and Paul Johnstone
FrightFest is back and this year it's the unlucky for some 13th edition of London's annual 'Woodstock of gore' (copyright Guillermo Del Toro). The five-day bonanza of blood, guts and scares was created in 2000 by producer Paul McEvoy, journalist and broadcaster Alan Jones and distributor/booker Ian Rattray. During that time it has outgrown the Prince Charles Cinema (2000-2004) and Odeon West End (2005-2008) to finally settle down, for the time being, at the Empire in Leicester Square.
Other surprisingly recognisable names and faces at FrightFest include the Elijah Wood-starring remake of Joe Spinell and William Lustig's 1980 video nasty Maniac, plus Jennifer Lynch's purportedly unsettling Chained. Hailed by Jones as the "best film I've seen in years", the latter stars Vincent D'Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, TV's Law & Order: Criminal Intent) as a cab-driving serial killer who raises a kidnapped child to be his sidekick.