The best of FrightFest 2013

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

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  • The Banshee Chapter

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

    The Banshee Chapter
  • Big Bad Wolves

    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?

    Big Bad Wolves
  • 100 Bloody Acres

    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.

    100 Bloody Acres
  • We Are What We Are

    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.

    We Are What We Are
  • Wake in Fright (aka Outback)

    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'

    Wake in Fright (aka Outback)

The Banshee Chapter

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

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

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The best films now showing

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

  • Rated as: 4/5

The sequel to the prequel is a knockout

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Boyhood

  • Rated as: 5/5

A near-perfect film about growing up from Richard Linklater

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Begin Again

  • Rated as: 4/5

Keira Knightley is newly dumped and singing her heart out

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