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The best of FrightFest 2013

Five FrightFest flicks that are guaranteed to make you squeal like a newborn

1/5

A heady, terrifying mix of 1960s counterculture paranoia, mind-warping hallucinogens, Hunter S Thompson-style gonzo mania and Lovecraftian weirdness.

2/5

The Israeli creators of ‘Rabies’, describe their follow-up as: ‘[A] Dirty Harry movie meets Korean revenge thriller written by the Brothers Grimm.’ Who can resist that?

3/5

A woman, her fiancé-to-be and his best mate fall foul of two fertiliser-making brothers in need of a special ingredient. A gory, witty, surprising Australian horror-comedy.

4/5

Stake Land’ director Jim Mickle’s radical, female-centric re-fashioning of Mexican filmmaker Jorge Michel Grau’s film about a family of ritualistic cannibals.

5/5

A teacher trapped in a mining town descends into an alcoholic hell. Ted Kotcheff’s nightmarish 1971 film of Kenneth Cook’s novel guts the myth of Australian male friendship.

Read the Time Out review of 'Wake in Fright'


FrightFest is at the Empire Cinema Leicester Square, Aug 22-26. See www.frightfest.co.uk for more.

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