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Screams and scares as horror festival FrightFest gets underway

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 01:39

The annual horror festival FrightFest gets underway in London with rising Hollywood star Maika Monroe talking her love for the horror genre and her new film 'The Guest'. Francis Maguire reports.

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It's not every day you see people dressed as Freddie Krueger hanging out in London. But the opening of horror festival FrightFest was enough to draw them out. The psychological thriller 'The Guest' got things underway at the annual event. It stars former 'Downton Abbey' man Dan Stevens and one of Hollywood's rising stars Maika Monroe. It's the second horror Monroe's starred in recently - following her turn in 'It Follows'. SOUNDBITE: Actress, Maika Monroe, saying (English): "I mean, yeah, I -- kind of grew up with horror films, so I kind of always had a special place in my heart. My dad started me watching 'The Shining' and then got me into 'Nightmare on Elm Street'. There was something so unique in these horror films that I thought, I don't know, that it would be really fun to, kind of, play with" Monroe plays Anna Peterson. She's the sister of a soldier who died in Afghanistan, and she gets suspicious when Dan Stevens' 'David' turns up to say he has a message for the family. But sinister goings-on are linked to David's appearance. The film's director Adam Wingard says 'The Guest' isn't just a homage to classic horrors by Hitchcock and John Carpenter. SOUNDBITE: Director, Adam Wingard, saying (English): "We try to make movies that more or less exist in the same headspace as, let's say, an 80s (John) Carpenter film as opposed to trying to copy it or directly referencing it and I think, you know, there is a big difference to that, you know." It's the 15th annual FrightFest. It began in 2000, and it's drawn A-listers like Danny Boyle and Guillermo del Toro in the past. FrightFest promises more scares and screams from films like 'The Guest' until it ends on Monday 25th.

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Screams and scares as horror festival FrightFest gets underway

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 01:39