LONDON — “Scream Queen” Barbara Crampton, best known for cult horror movie “Re-Animator,” is the special guest at London genre film festival Film4 FrightFest, where she will appear in four films. The festival runs Aug. 27-31.
Crampton stars in the festival’s “We Are Still Here,” “Road Games” and “Sun Choke,” plus she makes a cameo appearance in “Tales of Halloween.” As well as introducing her films, she will talk about her career during an onstage interview. FrightFest also celebrates the work of artist Graham Humphreys, who will be talking about his career designing posters. The festival will also host Bernard Rose, the director of the cult horrors “Paperhouse” and “Candyman,” who returns to the fear front with his “Frankenstein” reboot.
There will be a stellar lineup for the opening and closing films. In attendance for “Cherry Tree” will be director David Keating, and leading cast members Anna Walton, Naomi Battrick, Sam Hazeldine, Patrick Gibson and Minnie Phipps. For “Tales of Halloween” there will be three of its directors, Neil Marshall, Axelle Carolyn and Mike Mendez.
The eclectic mix of guests includes “Aaaaaaaah!” debut director and actor Steve Oram, and his co-stars Toyah Willcox, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Noel Fielding and Alice Lowe; director Corin Hardy will be taking time out of prepping his reboot of “The Crow” to present “The Hallow”; director Dominic Brunt will be with his thriller “Bait,” alongside leading cast members Joanne Mitchell and Rula Lenska; and Paul Hyett will be introducing the world premiere of his creature feature “Howl,” with cast members including Rosie Day and Ed Speelers. The fest also has “Hawk the Slayer” director Terry Marcel with star Ray Charleson and composer Rick Wakeman, and for “Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter,” Brian Clemens’ sons, Sam and George Clemens, will attend, alongside Hammer Horror legend Caroline Munro.
Directors will be out in force. Joining the throng will be “Nina Forever” directors Ben and Chris Blaine, “Curve” director Iain Softley, “Road Games” director Abner Pastoll, “Deathgasm” director-writer Jason Lei Howden, “Jeruzalem” directors Doran and Yoav Paz, “Night Fare” director Julien Seri, “Some Kind of Hate” director Adam Egypt Mortimer, “The Diabolical” director Alistair Legrand and “We Are Still Here” director Ted Geoghegan.
The stars of the films attending include Diana Vickers (“Awaiting”), Abigail Hardingham and Cian Barry (“Nina Forever”), Andrew Simpson (“Road Games”), James Cosmo, Amy Manson and Nora-Jane Noone (“Estranged”), J. LaRose and Castille Landon (“Wind Walkers”), Laurence R. Harvey and Dan Palmer (“Banjo”), Angela Dixon (“Never Let Go”), Robert Hands, Evan Bendall, Martin Pryca and Michaela Prchalova (“The Lesson”) and “Goddess of Love” star, co-writer and producer Alexis Kendra.