Category: FrightFest UK

FrightFest 2013 Preview: Bring Me The Head Of The Machine Gun Woman (2012)

Posted on 08/07/13 by Keri
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By Tristan Bishop Grindhouse. It seems to be becoming as reviled a term in horror/cult circles as ‘found footage’. Much has been written on the co-opting of the term from the original meaning (24 hour theatres showing everything from second-run commercial releases to kung fu to XXX films) to the current usage to denote 70s [...]

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FrightFest Preview: The Dyatlov Pass Incident (2013)

Posted on 08/07/13 by Keri
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By Stephanie Scaife Yawn… yup, you’ve guessed it, here we have yet another straight to DVD found footage horror film. This alone should be good enough reason to avoid The Dyatlov Pass Incident (or Devil’s Pass, as it is now known) but for my sins, I’ve sat through it and can confirm that there are [...]

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Review: No One Lives (2012)

Posted on 08/01/13 by Ben
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Review by Tristan Bishop Ryuhei Kitamura is a talented chap. His breakthrough film Versus rocked international audiences back in 2000, blending Yakuza, zombies and breakneck action sequences, and a couple of years later he made Azumi, a wonderfully entertaining ‘female ninja’ story with quirky characters and breathtaking sword fighting. Unfortunately, when handed Godzilla : Final [...]

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Full Line-up for FrightFest 2013 Announced

Posted on 06/28/13 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey The headline says it all. Read on for the rest, straight from the press release… *** Film4 FrightFest 2013, returning for its 4teenth year, is delighted to unveil its biggest line-up in history. From Thurs 22 August to Monday 26 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the [...]

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Graham Humphreys Artwork for FrightFest 2013 Revealed

Posted on 06/19/13 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey We’ve already learned that The Dead 2: India and Big Bad Wolves will be topping and tailing this year’s FrightFest, and it won’t be long until we get the full line-up of films screening at London’s Empire Leicester Square between Thursday 22nd August to Monday 26th August. Now, here’s another FrightFest annual [...]

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FrightFest 2013 – Opening & Closing Films Announced

Posted on 06/14/13 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey It’s a little over two months until Leicester Square is overrun by sweaty miscreants in black, pit-stained Zombi 2 T-shirts… and alas, this writer will not be one of them this year. Never fear though, for while your intrepid UK editor has to miss FrightFest this year, Brutal As Hell will have representation in [...]

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FrightFest announce line-up for Glasgow Weekender

Posted on 01/17/13 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey FrightFest’s February weekend event in Glasgow is typically the first major horror festival event of the year, and this year’s line-up has now been announced. And it’s pretty damn enticing. Scroll on down for the skinny, direct from the press release… *** From Friday Feb 22nd to Saturday Feb 23, the UK’s [...]

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UK News: Line-up for FrightFest’s Halloween All-Nighter

Posted on 09/28/12 by Ben
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by Ben Bussey Stock up on your Pro-Plus, Red Bull and espresso, UK horror fans. No, Freddy isn’t back (as far as I know), but FrightFest have a Halloween all-nighter coming up, for which they’ve just announced the line-up. With the first movie starting at 6.30pm and the last at 5.45am, this one’s going to seperate the [...]

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FrightFest 2012 Review: Chained

Posted on 08/30/12 by Ben
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Review by Stephanie Scaife Okay, so I have a confession to make and I may be entirely alone in this but I actually kind of like Boxing Helena. There, I said it. Of course I mean in a so-bad-it’s-good sort of a way, but I certainly don’t regard it as one of the worst films [...]

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FrightFest 2012 Review: Cockneys vs Zombies

Posted on 08/30/12 by Ben
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Review by Tristan Bishop Cockneys vs Zombies screened as the second film of Frightfest 2012, following the grim but stunning The Seasoning House, and what a change of pace and mood that was. Cockneys vs Zombies is a film that very much sells itself on its title, and that which it promises it delivers, although [...]

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FrightFest 2012 Review: The Seasoning House

Posted on 08/29/12 by Ben
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Review by Tristan Bishop Special effects artists occupy a strange place in the world of film. Often all but ignored by the mainstream (especially in these days of overdone CGI), the best of them are lauded as heroes by the horror (and sci-fi) communities.  Witness, for example, Gregory Nicotero being (rightly) honoured at this years [...]

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FrightFest 2012 Review: American Mary (Nia’s take)

Posted on 08/28/12 by Ben
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Review by Nia Edwards-Behi Editor’s note: following on from Steph’s review, here’s another look at the film from Nia. Two reviews of the same film back-to-back might seem like overkill, but Nia has so much to say on the subject, how could we decline? Just call us the Soskas Appreciation Society – and beware of [...]

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FrightFest 2012 Review: American Mary

Posted on 08/28/12 by Ben
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Review by Stephanie Scaife Although my time at FrightFest was brief this year, I did manage to catch Jen and Sylvia Soska’s eagerly anticipated follow up to their cult debut Dead Hooker in a Trunk (2009), American Mary. This time they’ve forgone the B-movie aesthetic and produced something altogether more polished and unusual: a surreal [...]

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FrightFest 2012 Review: Berberian Sound Studio

Posted on 08/27/12 by Ben
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Review by Ben Bussey Film is a powerful and mysterious thing. No wonder it becomes an obsession for so many of us, as it affects us in ways we do not completely understand, by means that are often completely unknown to us. For this reason, there can be a particuar potency to films which centre [...]

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FrightFest 2012 – Ben’s Weekend Report

Posted on 08/27/12 by Ben
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Festival Report by Ben Bussey FrightFest the 13th: unlucky for some? For this writer, perhaps so, I’m afraid. This was my third visit to the festival, but this time around circumstances dictated I couldn’t attend the full five days, having to instead make do with the bulk of the middle three. As such, I had [...]

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FrightFest 2012 Review: Maniac (2012)

Posted on 08/26/12 by Ben
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Review by Ben Bussey Remember a time when we didn’t instinctively hate every remake that came along the second it was announced? I’m guessing that’s going to be a stretch for many of us, given it’s been near enough a full decade since some bunch of upstarts thought they could make a bit of money [...]

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FrightFest 2012 Review: Stitches

Posted on 08/24/12 by Ben
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Review by Ben Bussey Send in the clowns. They’re a classic for creeping you out, aren’t they? Be they killers from outer space, phantoms that live in the drains or weird old guys carrying the dubious title of Captain, those red-nosed, white-faced bastards with painted-on smiles have been putting the shits up us all, young [...]

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