The voting for which of the eight films in Fangoria's FrightFest lineup would make it to the big screen has closed, with Darin Scott's Dark House taking away the top prize. What's the prize, you ask? A week long theatrical run in New York City, Dallas and San Fransisco starting this July 30th. Live outside one of those three cities? Don't worry, you'll be able to rent this "high-tech take on the traditional 'haunted house,' featuring a charismatically maniacal performance by horror legend Jeffrey Combs" starting August 6th from any Blockbuster location in the US. Yes, Blockbuster's do indeed still exist.
The once-great movie rental giant has an exclusive window on all eight of the FrightFest films beginning on the 6th of August and ending on the 28th of September. Once that barrier is gone, however, you should be able to buy or rent the entire FrightFest lineup at your leisure. If you've forgotten what that lineup consists of, here's a reminder (plot descriptions courteous of Fango):
Pig Hunt - A young man and his pals embark on a guys' weekend to hunt wild boars on his late uncle's remote ranch. But as the group treks deeper into the forest, the awful truth is revealed about his uncle's demise and the hunters become the hunted. Called "Enjoyably offbeat hybrid horror" by Variety, this quirky action/thriller is directed by James Isaac (Skinwalkers, Jason X)
Dark House - Directed by writer/producer Darin Scott (Tales From the Hood), this thriller is a high-tech take on the traditional "haunted house," featuring a charismatically maniacal performance by horror legend Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator, The Frighteners, Star Trek).
The Tomb - Director Michael Staininger's updated adaptation of the classic Edgar Allan Poe tale The Tomb of Ligeia. Successful writer and scholar Jonathan Merrick (Wes Bentley, American Beauty, Ghost Rider) falls under the spell of the bewitching beauty Ligeia, who is fighting a fatal illness. Willing to stop at nothing in a quest for immortality, Ligeia plots to steal souls ... beginning with Jonathan's. Co-starring Michael Madsen (Kill Bill) and Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight) and produced by Jeff Most (The Crow).
Grimm Love - In this fact-based thriller, German graduate student Katie Armstrong (Keri Russell, Waitress, TV's Felicity) is researching cannibalistic killer Oliver Hartwin.
Hunger - Steven Hentges' shocker stars Lori Heuring (Wicked Little Things, The In Crowd) in a physically and psychologically demanding role. Five strangers (including Heuring) find themselves trapped in an underground dungeon. Realizing they are the subjects of a sadistic experiment to test the depths of a human being's will to survive, their hunger increases as their humanity fades.
Fragile - Amy Nicholls (Calista Flockhart, Brothers & Sisters), the new night nurse at a soon-to-be-abandoned children's hospital, readies the last group of orphans to leave. But it becomes increasingly clear that these are not normal children. An atmospheric ghost story from Spanish director Jaume Balagueró (the [REC] trilogy, Darkness).
Road Kill - An Australian surprise starring emerging heartthrob Xavier Samuel (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and festival favorite The Loved Ones). In this supernatural thriller, a group of teenagers (including Samuel) embark on a road trip and find themselves menaced by a driver-less truck in the Australian outback.
The Haunting - This Spanish chiller from director Elio Quiroga (Fotos, La Hora Fria) was inspired by the Catholic Church's documentation of actual, unexplained supernatural phenomena in the '40s and stars Ana Torrent (Tesis) as a new mother driven to the brink of madness.