Wednesday, August 29, 2007

FrightFest 2007 - Day 1 (Thursday)

Joe Lynch and Adam Green being interviewed by Zone Horror's Emily Booth

The biggest and most ambitious FrightFest to date kicked off on Thursday evening at the Odeon West End, London. Steve and I arrived in town early afternoon and checked in to our B&B in Kings Cross after a torturous journey across the city. Dodging the showers we made it to the OWE around 6pm ready for the opening night. It was great seeing so many of the regular FrightFest faces. Thurein and I grabbed a quick chat with Adam Green and Rob was interviewed by Emily Booth for Zone Horror who were covering the festival again this year. NZ sheep-shocker Black Sheep was the opening film, with director Jonathan King present to introduce the screening. A funny comedy-horror, it was the perfect introduction to our weekend of horrors...

Gia and Me at the 28 Weeks Later promo

In the break I managed to say hello to Neil Marshall and his fiancee Axelle, then met up with newbies Sheena & Ashley and got them into the Black Water screening, courtesy of Gia who was there for the 28 Weeks Later promo event. Producer Allon Reich was on hand to show a deleted scene, plus some other tidbits from the upcoming DVD release. Black Water was okay but rather painted itself into a corner once the main characters were stuck up a tree. After the main feature we had another treat in store as Neil Marshall presented his new Doomsday trailer, albeit in black & white after some technical difficulties. Since it was a relatively early finish it was on to the Phoenix to introduce Sheena & Ashley to the real FrightFest experience. The bar was soon packed out and I caught up with Simon Rumley who introduced me to Ant Timpson, the producer of The Devil Dared Me To, and we also grabbed Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2) for a chat. No drunken karaoke or trying to sleep on pavements this time... a good start then!

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