Arrow Video FrightFest 2021 announces first wave of twenty-five films for August Cineworld event

Arrow Video FrightFest, the UK’s biggest horror and fantasy film festival, is back at the Cineworld Leicester Square from Thurs August 27 – Monday 30 August, 2021 for five days of the very best of global genre cinema. 

The internationally renowned event leads the way in attesting to the versatility of the genre and, despite the interruptions caused by the pandemic, this year is no exception as the twenty-five films to be presented in the main screens are revealed. They include four world premieres and eight International / European premieres. 

Global events over the past sixteen months have not only altered most people’s lives but have had a profoundly influential effect on a lot of genre filmmakers and both the opening and closing films this year reflect that. 

The festival opens with the European premiere of DEMONIC, the latest, highly anticipated and petrifying new vision from artist Neill Blomkamp, director of DISTRICT 9. Shot in secret last summer in British Columbia, Blomkamp takes us on a unique voyage into a world terrifyingly similar to our own as he expertly juggles a thought-provoking crossover between forward thinking science fiction and hi-tech horror.  

The Closing night film is the UK premiere of Rob Jabbaz’s feature debut, THE SADNESS, an instant cult classic that’s relentless, merciless and already being hailed as a bloody masterpiece. After a year of combating a pandemic with relatively benign symptoms, a frustrated nation finally lets its guard down. This is when the virus spontaneously mutates, giving rise to a mind-altering plague. The age of civility and order is no more. There is only ‘The Sadness’. 

Over the next weeks Arrow Video FrightFest will be revealing the line-up for their pioneering Discovery and ‘First Blood’ strands, when passes and tickets go on sale, plus the much much-loved Short Film Showcases, special events, this year’s guest list, and the make-up of our Digital event, which takes place from Wed 1 – Sun 5 September. 

The full list of films annouced can be found HERE.

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