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Frightfest London’s Best Horror Movies

A festival that has grown steadily over the years is Frightfest, which in 2017 has come of age (it turns eighteen). This time around sees a host of screenings of fantasy films and horror movies. From 24 to 28 August, Cineworld and The Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square will turn London into the world capital of the genre. The two cinemas are five minutes’ walk away from each other, located in the heart of the city. And, the great thing about it is that the location of both festival venues, plus the screening times of the films, means you can stroll around the centre of London and have ample time to enjoy the movies just after lunch time.

The programme for this year’s Frightfest is a veritable wet dream for horror movie fans, with a stack of European and worldwide premieres that make a trip to London worth your while. Here, then, are some of the highlights – the world premiere of “Cult Of Chucky”, a new instalment featuring the dreaded killer doll; the long-awaited American version of the manga “Death Note”, directed by Adam Wingard, the planetary premiere of “Leatherface”, based on the famous character from “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, and Spanish genre movies like “El bar”, by Alex de la Iglesia and “Verónica”, by Paco Plaza, in addition to gems of the independent horror genre like “Psychopaths”, “Freehold”, “Tragedy Girls”, “Game Of Death” and “Redwood”. But, apart from new releases, the festival also intends to pay tribute to some legendary figures of the genre. In this respect, be sure to highlight in red the screening of “King Cohen”,a documentary on Larry Cohen, one of the heroes of independent Yankee horror and fantasy films, as well as modern classics such as "Hatchet” and “Return Of The Living Dead III”. Take note – many of these movies will be presented by their protagonists (film stars, directors and producers), so you might as well take along a marker pen if you want to score some autographs.

As for tickets, Frightfest offers three options – single tickets for each session, day passes and a festival pass for the whole festival. Tickets can be purchased online at both official venues. Getting to the cinemas is a cinch. The Underground stop is Leicester Square,which is in Zone 1 on the Travelcard (the cheapest one) and you can take two lines to get there – theNorthern andPiccadilly lines.

As intimated earlier, the Frightfest programme is concentrated mainly in the afternoons, which means you’ve got the mornings free. Here are some ideas about rounding off the festival experience:

– Drop in on the Forbidden Planet stores, specialised in comics, collector figures and all kinds of products related to the sci-fi, fantasy and horror genres.

– Visit the Tower of London, one of the places with the darkest, gloomiest history in the city. It was there that Henry VIII committed all kinds of murders and torture, and it is also the scene of a number of famous ghost stories. Clearly a must-visit spot for devotees of Gothic horror.

– See the Grant Museum of Zoology, by way of a Victorian time capsule, where you will feel as though you’re a character in the “Penny Dreadful” series. The Grant Museum transports the visitor to the second half of the 19th century, featuring a collection of animals in jars filled with formol, both known and rare species, some of them extinct. It also has a collection of skeletons which will make your hair stand up.

Don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy this exceptional festival of horror and fantasy films – book your Vueling now!

Text by Xavi Sánchez Pons