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The central star of our recent A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET look back, Robert Englund, has confirmed that he will be attending this year’s annual FrightFest. The event which takes place each August Bank Holiday and this year finds a new home at the VUE West End.

We had the honour of being in the great man’s presence once before and can confirm that he’s always an incredibly polite and articulate fella. Englund will be at the festival to launch his latest production THE LAST SHOWING as well as celebrating the 30th anniversary of the film that catapulted him to the status a horror icon. For those lucky enough to have tickets to the event the master of menace will not only be introducing each of the three screening of his latest venture, but also returning post credits for a Q&A session.

The guests don’t stop at Freddy Krueger’s alter-ego as a whole heap of cast and crew from the films on show will be there to join in with the festivities. Other guests of note include HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER director John McNaughton who is promoting new thriller THE HARVEST, as well as the mind behind both V for Vendetta and Watchmen Alan Moore. Director Nacho Vigalondo will be taking over the festival with three films screening; OPEN WINDOWS, VHS: VIRAL and EXTRATERRESTRIAL (Our review here).

The full line-up is below:

JULIA director Matthew A. Brown, and star Ashley C. Williams.

Essie Davis, star of THE BABADOOK.

Belgian filmmaker Fabrice Du Welz who is screening Cannes 2014 favourite ALLELUIA.

Director Till Kleinert of THE SAMURAI. Headlining actors Pit Bukowski and Michel Diercks will also be in attendance.

Director Adam Green returns to the festival with new offering DIGGING UP THE MARROW.

Argentine director Adrian Garcia Bogliano launches LATE PHASES.

Director Alejandro Hidalgo who is bringing THE HOUSE AT THE END OF TIME.

Directing duo Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer will be introducing STARRY EYES.

NYMPH  director Milan Todorovic and writer Barry Keating.

XMOOR director Luke Hyams and stars Nick Blood and Mark Bonnar.

THE CANAL director Ivan Kavanagh and star Rupert Evans.

Joining Robert Englund for THE LAST SHOWING are director Phil Hawkins, producer Alex Baranska and stars Emily Berrington, Finn Jones and Malachi Kirby.

SHOCKWAVE DARKSIDE 3D producer Christian Arnold-Beutel.

I SURVIVED A ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST executive producer Gallien Chanalet-Quercy.

DEAD WITHIN director Ben Wagner.

LEMON TREE PASSAGE director David Campbell and producer Jeremy Irvine.

DEADLY VIRTUES director Ate De Jong, producers Elliot Grove and Suzanne Ballantyne and star Edward Akrout.

LOST SOULS director David Gregory.

THE SLEEPING ROOM director John Shackleton.

BLOOD MOON director Jeremy Wooding and star Shaun Dooley.

TRUTH OR DARE director Jessica Cameron and star Ryan Kiser. (With the special visit of @FilmTruthOrDare star Ryan’s mom Barb Kiser from Minneapolis to watch her sons film!)

DOC OF THE DEAD director Alexandre O Philippe.

THE FORGOTTEN director Ollie Frampton and producer Jen Handorff.

THE MIRROR director Ed Boase.

THE EXPEDITION director Adam Spinks.

WHITE SETTLERS director Simeon Halligan.

NEKROMANTIK director Jorg Buttgereit.

REMEMBER director Federico Zampaglione.

SELKIE director Emily Booth.

THE SHINING producer Jan Harlan.

As you can see pretty much anyone who is anyone if the world of the subversive will be there mingling with the fans. With all these guests in attendance don’t forget to actually go watch some films!

The event takes place from the 22nd August and will run over the entire Bank Holiday weekend in new venue VUE West End.