For those of us who live in old London town, the legendary Leicester Square has resembled a building site for a good eighteen months or so. Last year, at Film4 FrightFest, there was congestion and general clusters of people around the Empire theatre entrance because, well, the square was being re-built by workers for a relaunch in 2012. Leicester Square is a fevered nightmare at the best of the times but blocking it off, creating small walkways, made it even more claustrophobic. So it’s nice to announce – finally – the bloody thing is re-opening and being celebrated by horror peeps with Lawn of the Dead…
FrightFest has been based in Leicester Square since it started twelve years ago, first at PCC then Empire. On Sunday 27th FrightFest co-director and critic Alan Jones is taking part in a live-on-stage conversation discussing his ‘life in horror’. Sounds fun.
There is also the FDA’S Summer Horror Film Quiz (hosted by Alex Zane) which will feature trailers from the Summer’s most frightening releases.
So if you’re in London and the weather turns out to be nice and you love horror films with all your heart. Head out to Leicester Square for a bit of celebration and fun. Roll on Film4 FrightFest in August!
for the past eighteen months:
A vision of the future: