Category: Film Fests

Abertoir 2014 Review: The Forgotten (2014)

Posted on 12/03/14 by Ben
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Review by Tristan Bishop If there’s one thing we Brits excel at, it’s a good ghost story. From MR James (arguably the master of the form) to the 1945 Ealing studios spooky portmanteau tale Dead Of Night, to the blockbusting Woman In Black, we’ve got the restless dead covered. The reasons for this are debatable, […]

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Abertoir 2014 Review: Noboru Iguchi’s Live (Raivu) (2014)

Posted on 11/26/14 by Ben
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Review by Tristan Bishop The advance word on Noboru Iguchi’s Live, which received its UK premiere at this year’s Abertoir Horror Festival, was that the scatalogically-obsessed manchild of Japanese cinema was toning it down a bit – unsurprising really, as it might prove a little difficult to top the excesses of Dead Sushi (2012) and […]

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Abertoir 2014 Review: Over Your Dead Body (2014)

Posted on 11/25/14 by Ben
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Review by Karolina Gruschka Takashi Miike is a Japanese auteur known for his strange films: take Visitor Q (2001), for instance, a bizarre movie about a highly dysfunctional family or the surreal zombie musical The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001). However, Miike is probably most (in)famous for the disturbing Audition (1999) and the ultraviolent Ichi […]

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Abertoir 2014: Ben and Keri talk Tusk

Posted on 11/20/14 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey and Keri O’Shea After seeing Kevin Smith’s Tusk at Abertoir Horror Festival 2014, your illustrious editors reflect on the experience. In case you haven’t heard about it, in a nutshell it’s about sleazy podcaster Wallace Bryton (Justin Long) who goes to interview wacky old seafarer Howard Howe (Michael Parks) about his life […]

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Abertoir 2014 Theatre Review: The Temple

Posted on 11/18/14 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea The literary works of HP Lovecraft have long been a source of temptation for horror filmmakers keen to take on the challenge of rendering visible all of those unspeakable, unknowable and unnameable terrors. It’s something of an irony, given that Lovecraft himself wasn’t keen on the silver screen as a medium, and […]

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Abertoir 2014 Review: The Pool (2014)

Posted on 11/17/14 by Keri

Abertoir 2014 Review: Faults (2014)

Posted on 11/17/14 by Ben

Celluloid Screams 2014 Review: Housebound (2014)

Posted on 11/02/14 by Ben
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Review by Nia Edwards-Behi Kylie Bucknall (Morgana O’Reilly) is not having a good time. Arrested following a botched smash-and-grab, the surly young woman is sentenced to a lengthy period of house arrest, forcing her to return to her family home with her over-bearing but well-meaning mother, Miriam (Rima Te Wiata) and quiet step-dad Graeme (Ross […]

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Celluloid Screams 2014 Review: Spring (2014)

Posted on 10/28/14 by Keri

Celluloid Screams 2014 Review: The Editor (2014)

Posted on 10/28/14 by Ben
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Review by Nia Edwards-Behi Astron-6 are modern genre filmmaking’s renaissance men, writing, directing, editing, SFXing and scoring their immensely popular short films and their first two features, Manborg and Father’s Day. All their films demonstrate a love for the golden era of the VHS, as much children of the early 1990s as the 1980s, which […]

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Celluloid Screams 2014 Review: Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla (2013)

Posted on 10/27/14 by Ben
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Review by Ben Bussey Stuart Simpson would appear to be a filmmaker for whom “start as you mean to go on” was never the maxim. After breaking through internationally with 2010’s gleefully trashy neo-grindhouse movie Monstro! (AKA El Monstro del Mar), the Australian indie director has taken a rather different path for his next movie […]

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Festival News – Details of Melbourne’s Monster Fest 2014

Posted on 10/20/14 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey Ever since us Brits/limeys/pommie bastards pretty much took over at Brutal As Hell (look, we’ve lost our empire, excuse us being a bit grabby), I realise the site’s focus has narrowed somewhat to UK-specific goings-on. Well, allow me to redress that balance by letting you know about an awesome-looking event which none […]

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Sitges 2014 Review: Maps to the Stars (2014)

Posted on 10/17/14 by Ben
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Review by Tristan Bishop In the pantheon of Great Horror Directors, David Cronenberg still reigns supreme. Even though he’s moved outside of the genre in the past 25 years or so, every film he’s made has been possessed of a dark, unsettling core. Even A Dangerous Method (2011), ostensibly a historical drama about the relationship […]

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Sitges 2014 Review: The World of Kanako (2014)

Posted on 10/16/14 by Ben
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Review by Tristan Bishop Over the past decade Tetsuya Nakashima has emerged as one of the most interesting names in Japanese cinema. I first encountered the delightful, surreal comedy Kamikaze Girls (2004) and the devastating elegiac drama Memories Of Matsuko (2006) when they were screened on Film Four in the UK some years ago, and […]

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A Nice’n’gory trailer for Celluloid Screams 2014

Posted on 10/16/14 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey In a week and a day, Sheffield’s annual horror fest Celluloid Screams kicks off at the Showroom cinema, and the team have just released a sweet little promo previewing a mere handful of highlights from top genre movies new and old which will be screened during the event. It’s a good-looking line-up, […]

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Sitges 2014 Review: Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon (2013)

Posted on 10/14/14 by Ben

UK Festival News – Full Line-Up Announced for Abertoir 2014

Posted on 10/14/14 by Ben
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