You know that summer is on the way, when details – and official artwork – for the year’s Film4 FrightFest horror film festival are made public.  With this in mind the poster that will form the basis for this year’s advertising campaign has just gone live – and it is as chillingly gruesome as ever.


The basis for the design – as Graham Humphrey, the artist behind the work, explained – came from the popular Victorian ‘Magic Lantern’ device.  “While I was looking for a theme for this year’s poster, I ran with the idea of Magic”, said Graham.  “At a recent visit to the incredible Cinema Museum in Kennington (one of my favourite haunts) I was admiring their extensive collection, among which I noticed a number of Victorian ‘Magic Lanterns’.  This formed the basis of my concept, the idea of magical projection through one of these exotic devices.  Running with the theme, I took the application of Aleister Crowley’s ‘Magik’ rituals and placed our regular FrightFest monster posed in the distinctive manner of one of the best known photographs of ‘The Beast’.  Using the projection device, a legion of demons is unleashed, surround by magical symbols. They – just as we will – are enjoying the shared spectacle generated by the satanic lamp.”  A disturbing concept indeed, and one which will have those looking forward to the festival salivating at the prospect of what ghoulish delights the organisers have got in store for them this year.


This year the festival will be be taking over the VUE cinema – their new home in London’s West End – to show over 80 films between Thursday 27th and Monday 31st, August, with festival passes costing £185, day passes, Thursday – £30, Friday and Saturday £60, Sunday and Monday £50, and single tickets £13.25.  Festival and day passes go on sale from 4th July at 10.00 am, but will only be available online.  Single tickets go on sale on July 18 through the VUE website, call centre and at the cinema for personal callers.  Further details are available from the official FrightFest website at:






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