I have been writing about international film for various print and online publications for the past decade, and currently edit bi-monthly UK film mag movieScope. Dedicated to the craft of filmmaking and the art of cinema, it's a must-read whether you're a movie maker or film fan.
I have loved films ever since I saw Gone With the Wind on TV one Sunday morning, and while studying cinema at Leicester University I became a reviewer for the student paper, Ripple, taking over as Film Editor in my final year.
After graduating I got a job at the UK's longest running movie mag Film Review where I worked my way up from producation assistant to becoming the first female Editor in its history. I have written about film and culture for a variety of magazines and websites, including BBC Online, Little White Lies, Filmstar and Kodak's In Camera, and am a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and British Society of Magazine Editors.
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Written by Nikki Baughan Friday, 02 July 2010 16:06
The full line-up for FrightFest 2010 promises enough thrills and chills to please the most hardened horror fan...
There's less than two months to go until the 2010 Film4 FrightFest turns London's Leicester Square into a four-day orgy of horror heaven, and today the official line-up has been revealed. With a stonking 36 films playing across two screens at the famous Empire Cinema (including 20 European premieres) and a clutch of special guest appearances, the festival is a highlight in the calendar of any genre fan - read on for more...
Kicking off proceedings in style is Adam Green's Hatchet II, the long-awaited sequel to his 2006 backwoods slasher homage Hatchet, and Green - a big fan of the festival - will be in attendance along with his cast.
And the film closing the festival is equally as exciting; Daniel Stamm's The Last Exorcism. Stamm will be at the screening, along with producer Eli Roth.
In between there is a smorgasbord of splatter, chills and spine-tinglers, including Tammi Sutton's Brit gangland horror Isle of Dogs, Paul Andrew Williams' harrowing Cherry Tree Lane and horror Western Red Hill (starring True Blood's Ryan Kwanten). Other highlights will surely be the Cannes-hyped African zombie shocker The Dead and Aussie chiller The Loved Ones (right).
Unmissable, too, will be the celebration of horror icon Tobe Hooper. Not only will there be a screening of Hooper's seminal The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on the big screen, alongside his little seen 1969 debut Eggshells, but Hooper himself will be making his first visit to the UK for 18 years to be interviewed on the FrightFest stage.
And alongside all the major players, you can also check out some up and comers and newly discovered gems on the Discovery Screen, including Colm McCarthy's Outcast (starring James Nesbitt), the Christina Ricci-starrer After.Life and Kyle Newman's Star Wars horror pastiche Fanboys.
"The Film4 FrightFest line-up this year is stronger, pioneering and more relevant to our core followers than ever before," says Alan Jones, co-director of FrightFest. "With the Hollywood mindset focused on safe bets and creative bankruptcy, we've gone back to the roots of what true horror fantasy should be about - exploring daring ideas with innovation using new conjugations of shock from exciting new talent. There's something for everyone in Film4 FrightFest 2010, if you dare look!"
Simply put, if you're a fan of exciting, groundbreaking and genuine horror, you absolutely have to be at FrightFest. For a full lineup and ticket information - be warned, it sells out fast - visit the Official FrightFest Website.
And watch this space for the dedicated Roll Credits FrightFest page, that will be live until the end of the festival for news, reviews and more!