Film festival of the week: FrightFest the 13th, Empire Leicester Square, London WC2

 

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It started with a trickle in 2000, but this friendly festival has become a bloodbath, yielding fresh horrors from around the globe annually.

British films sandwich its 13th jittery run, with mock-shocker Cockneys vs Zombies spilling slangy splatter over Thursday night and sniper thriller Tower Block testing Sheridan Smith's nerve to close.

In between, big draws include Jennifer Lynch's Chained; the Sam Raimi-backed The Possession; stealth-scarer Sinister, starring Ethan Hawke; found-footage anthology piece V/H/S, directed by a Who's Who of horror; and a real treat for long-haul genre fans – a director's cut of Clive Barker's studio-butchered Nightbreed.

Italy gets some respect in the giallo homage Berberian Sound Studio and an onstage interview with Dario Argento, conducted by Total Film's Jamie Graham. So does Spain, with [REC3] Genesis taking the demon virus to a wedding and [REC] co-director Jaume Balagueró spinning twists in Sleep Tight. Which, hopefully, you won't after this lot.

(0871 471 4714; frightfest.co.uk) Thur to 27 Aug

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