Category: Film Fests

Abertoir 2014 promises zombies, trains, and much depravity and corruption!

Posted on 07/21/14 by Ben
dead snow red vs dead

By Ben Bussey I’m going to come right out and say it: Abertoir Horror Festival is our favourite event of the year here at Brutal As Hell. Yes, there might be just a smidgen of nepotism there given the festival co-director is our very own Nia Edwards-Behi – plus the 80s disco event mentioned below [...]

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FrightFest reveal short films line-up

Posted on 07/11/14 by Ben
She - Fiona Dourif

By Ben Bussey You may have seen the features lined up for this year’s Film4 FrightFest – now they’ve let us know about the short films that will also be screened in their 14th annual shindig, and their first in new venue Vue West End. And, as much as shorts tends to be the arena [...]

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Film4 FrightFest 2014 – Full Line-up Revealed

Posted on 06/27/14 by Ben

By Ben Bussey So here it is boys and girls – the news you’ve been waiting for. Here are the films that will be screening at Film4 FrightFest in its new venue of Vue West End this August Bank Holiday weekend, and it’s as enticing a selection as ever. Engaging cut & paste mode… Are [...]

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FrightFest, Horror Channel and TheHorrorshow.TV unite for Shortcuts To Hell 2

Posted on 06/23/14 by Ben

By Ben Bussey They’re three of the biggest players on the UK horror scene, and their teaming up Monster Squad-style to get the contenders of this year’s Shortcuts To Hell short film competition out there to the viewing public. Sounds like a very cool thing for the promotion of up-and-coming horror filmmakers, and for the [...]

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Adam Wingard’s The Guest to open Film4 FrightFest 2014

Posted on 06/20/14 by Ben

By Ben Bussey The fifteenth annual Film4 FrightFest is almost upon us, and as is their custom they’re giving us just a sneak peak at their schedule early. Fresh from the success of You’re Next which I hear went down well at last year’s event, director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett’s latest movie The [...]

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A little update on Dead By Dawn Edinburgh 2014

Posted on 04/08/14 by Ben
Oculus - Karen Gillan

By Ben Bussey We just recieved a new press release from our friends at Edinburgh’s Dead By Dawn, the first major event on Britain’s horror festival calendar. If you caught our news item on the festival last week then you already know the lion’s share of what’s coming to Edinburgh’s Filmhouse Cinema between April 24th [...]

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Early word on Abertoir 2014: video nasties and terror on a train!

Posted on 04/06/14 by Ben
Horror Express

By Ben Bussey How did I miss this? Our friends from Abertoir, Aberystwyth’s annual festival of horror, have dropped their first hints of what we can expect from this year’s event. Sure, it isn’t until November, but it’s never too early to start planning ahead for this sort of thing – and this all sounds [...]

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Dead By Dawn Edinburgh Announces Line-up

Posted on 04/01/14 by Keri

By Keri O’Shea It’s not as if you need an excuse to visit the wonderful city of Edinburgh, but just in case you did, you might be interested to know that the (almost) full Dead By Dawn line-up has been announced – and it’s a good one already, bearing in mind the fact that one [...]

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FrightFest announce line-up for Glasgow Film Festival 2014

Posted on 01/21/14 by Ben
FrightFest Glasgow 2014

By Ben Bussey Is it that time of year already? Apparently so. Getting the 2014 UK festival circuit off to an early start, the FrightFest team have announced what they’ll be showing this year in their annual sojourn at the Glasgow Film Festival, and as ever it includes at least a few of the movies [...]

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Festival Report: Abertoir 2013 (Part 2 – Ben’s take)

Posted on 11/16/13 by Ben

By Ben Bussey Click here to read Tristan’s report on Abertoir Horror Festival from Monday 5th -Thursday 8th November 2013. So here I pick up where Tristan left off – more or less. See, while I did indeed arrive on Friday 9th November for my second year at Abertoir, I didn’t get there until mid-afternoon. [...]

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Festival Report: Abertoir 2013 (Part 1 – Tristan’s take)

Posted on 11/15/13 by Ben
Abertoir 2013

By Tristan Bishop Anyone who has been to Abertoir will tell you it isn’t like other film festivals. In fact I lost count this year of the amount of people I overheard talking about this. Why? Well some of the newcomers were praising the non-commercialism of the event. There are no corporate sponsors here, for [...]

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Abertoir 2013 Review: Bad Milo (2013)

Posted on 11/14/13 by Ben

Review by Tristan Bishop I bet you’ve never really considered having a demon living up your arse, have you? Or if you have, your thinking probably went along the lines of ‘I really don’t fancy having a demon living up my arse’. Well, it’s a tough concept to sell, I’ll admit it, but Bad Milo [...]

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Festival Report: Bram Stoker International Film Festival 2013 (Part 2)

Posted on 11/14/13 by Ben

By Kit Rathenar Read Part 1 of Kit’s BSIFF report here. SATURDAY, 26 October Halfway through the festival, and this morning took an academic turn with one of the lectures that BSIFF likes to sprinkle into their programme. This one, entitled “Crucifixes, Cadavers and Demons”, was presented by freelance horror lecturer and journalist Dr Karen [...]

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Festival Report: Bram Stoker International Film Festival 2013 (Part 1)

Posted on 11/13/13 by Ben

By Kit Rathenar You’d think it wouldn’t be that difficult to review a film festival when you’ve got a reviewer actually living in the right town and another one available a mere hour up the road. However, apparently the gods had a grudge against Brutal As Hell when it came to this year’s Bram Stoker [...]

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Abertoir 2013 Review: Motivational Growth (2012)

Posted on 11/12/13 by Ben
Motivational Growth

Review by Ben Bussey If you’ll forgive me for opening on something of a negative note: one rather noticeable problem on the horror festival scene this year – and I do mean across the board, not just at Abertoir - is the absence of any one film that’s well and truly set the (mimes quotation marks) horror [...]

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Abertoir 2013 Review: All Cheerleaders Die (2013)

Posted on 11/12/13 by Ben

Review by Tristan Bishop The horror remake machine trundles along with no sign of slowing down, but as much as the horror fan’s learned reaction to the word ‘remake’ is the same as that of the term ‘found footage’ to a Brutal As Hell writer, remakes are not always a bad thing. Before you crucify [...]

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Abertoir 2013 Review: The Borderlands (2013)

Posted on 11/12/13 by Ben
The Borderlands

Review by Ben Bussey 2013 is well on its way to becoming the year I start liking found footage again. I’ve never been particularly enamoured with the format – I always disliked The Blair Witch Project, for one thing – but there have indubitably been at least a few truly great horror movies made in [...]

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