Get ready to grab a big tub of popcorn to hide behind, because Fright Fest is back and it’s bigger and badder than ever. If you love a terrifying thriller or a hilarious gore-fest, there’ll be something for you at the annual scream-a-thon at the Empire Leicester Square from August 23-27. With a full celebration of cinema’s bloodiest offerings, make sure to re-discover old favourites or experience new surges of adrenaline. If you’re spoilt for choice, we’ve put together the top five must-sees from this year’s gruesome selection. Carly-Ann Clements
American Mary (pictured above)
‘Ginger Snaps’ star Katharine Isabelle moonlights as a body-modification surgeon.
Berberian Sound Studio
Toby Jones’s sound engineer experiences a psychic feedback loop while working on a ’70s Italian ‘slasher’ movie.
Jennifer Lynch’s unflinching study of a serial killer and the nine-year-old boy he enslaves and makes his protégé.
Cockneys vs Zombies
Subtle as a brick in the gob, but zimmer frames and zombies make for funny, gory fun.
Jaume Balagueró’s insidious thriller is a Hitchcockian tale of loneliness and twisted obsession.