August is a wicked month on Horror Channel , as the UK's most popular small-screen destination for genre fans presents six summer weekend shockers, five FrightFest hits including the UK TV premieres of Julian Richards, Reborn , a
Carrie for the Z Generation, starring horror icon Barbara Crampton, Jordan Barker's Witches In The Woods , an unrelenting assault of pure terror, Alistair Legrand's highly unusual genre-blending chiller, The Diabolical and Milan Todorovic's
sharp-teethed, seductive Killer Mermaids . All these films received FrightFest premiere screenings.
There is also a channel premiere for another FrightFest title, The Windmill Massacre , where Friday The 13th goes
Amicus in the Dutch countryside. Plus the mind-bending, twisty thriller Identity gets a first showing on the channel.
Expo Erotica, the UK consumer show that was scheduled to take place in Telford in May, and was moved to August due to the current coronavirus situation. It has now been
In a letter to exhibitors, organiser Inger Stevenson said:
We have done this to ensure that we can deliver the event and necessary footfall that [exhibitors] deserve, which may currently prove
difficult due to this highly unprecedented situation. I personally feel that the media has hyped the whole situation up beyond what is necessary, however, my job is to protect the show and those who have supported the show.
Due to the continuing COVID-19 restrictions and the recommended social distancing rules currently in place in the UK, the Arrow FrightFest's traditional five-day event in August has been rescheduled to the end of October 2020.
The need to keep
FrightFesters and filmmakers safe in these unprecedented times plus the atmosphere reducing capacity restrictions in cinemas once they reopen has been the main driving force behind the decision. Details are still being finalised, but the plan is to
extend the traditional FrightFest Halloween one day event to multiple days.
Alan Jones, co-director, said Sadly, we won't be able to come together and celebrate our 21st year in the summer but rest assured, we will make our London Halloween event
one to remember. FrightFest has always been about the genre community joining together, not just to embrace films but to demonstrate our unique spirit of supportive closeness.
Details on dates, venues, films and ticketing for the Halloween event
will be made available in due course.
The 2020 ETO Show which was due to take place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry this weekend has been postponed until September 13th and 14th. Organiser Jonathan Kirk said the escalating situation surrounding the coronavirus has
made the decision inevitable:
I am heartbroken that we are announcing this at such short notice, but nothing is more important than the safety of our exhibitors and visitors. We have a moral obligation to them.