Category: FrightFest UK

FrightFest 2013: Round up, Part 2

Posted on 09/02/13 by Ben No Comments

By Stephanie Scaife Read part 1 of Steph’s FrightFest round up here. Day three of FrightFest started with The Hypnotist, a Swedish crime thriller directed by Lasse Hallström (Safe Haven, Dear John) and based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Lars Kepler (husband and wife duo Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril). […]

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FrightFest 2013 Review: We Are What We Are (2013)

Posted on 09/01/13 by Ben No Comments
We Are What We Are 2013

Review by Stephanie Scaife I was pretty surprised when I read that Jim Mickle (Mulberry Street, Stake Land) was working on a remake of Jorge Michel Grau’s film of the same name. But as an admirer of Mickle’s previous work I went in with an open mind, happily to discover that We Are What We Are […]

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FrightFest 2013 Review: The Desert (2013)

Posted on 08/29/13 by Ben No Comments

Review by Stephanie Scaife The Desert is the first feature from German/Argentinean documentary filmmaker Christoph Behl and it has its world premiere at FrightFest last weekend. I went in knowing almost nothing about the film other than it being set in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. Being a particular genre-weakness of mine, I decided […]

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FrightFest 2013: Round-Up, Part 1

Posted on 08/28/13 by Keri No Comments

By Stephanie Scaife It’s that time of the year again: FrightFest is back and it is bigger than ever, screening a massive line-up of 51 films across 3 screens at London’s iconic Empire Leicester Square cinema. After sadly managing to miss the world première of The Dead 2: India, FrightFest 2013 began for me with […]

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FrightFest 2013 Review: Cheap Thrills

Posted on 08/25/13 by Ben No Comments
Cheap Thrills - David Koechner

Review by Stephanie Scaife There is always at least one of the late night screenings at FrightFest that brings the house down and ultimately proves to be one of the highlights of the festival, and this year I wholly anticipate it being E.L. Katz’s directorial debut Cheap Thrills. It’s a blackly comic, gross-out morality tale that examines […]

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FrightFest 2013 Review: Willow Creek (2013)

Posted on 08/24/13 by Keri No Comments
Willow Creek movie

By Stephanie Scaife You may be familiar with Bobcat Goldthwait through the likes of his pitch black comedies World’s Greatest Dad (2009) and God Bless America (2011), or as Zed in the Police Academy movies, so it may come as a surprise to find out that his newest picture as a writer and director is […]

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Review: Frankenstein’s Army (2013)

Posted on 08/22/13 by Ben No Comments
Frankenstein's Army

Review by Ben Bussey Damn you, found footage. I told you last time, never again. Every time you show up uninvited in the wee small hours, you worm your way in with your seductive wiles, and somehow I keep letting you in just because, even though you’ve hurt me time and again, there’s a small […]

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The best & worst of FrightFest over the years

Posted on 08/21/13 by Ben No Comments

By Stephanie Scaife Oftentimes when people ask me what I’m doing for the August bank holiday weekend and I say that I’m going to FrightFest, I get a puzzled look; then when I actually explain what it is, the look of bafflement is replaced with one of disdain. Essentially this is because most people would […]

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Review: You’re Next (2011)

Posted on 08/10/13 by Ben No Comments

Review by Dustin Hall You’re Next is one of those films I almost hate to review, because I liked it a great deal, but that was aided by the fact that I had no idea what I was walking into. In fact, the trailer for this film advertises something completely different than what is actually […]

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

Posted on 08/07/13 by Keri No Comments

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 2 Comments

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 1 Comment
No One Lives

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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FrightFest 2012 Review: Chained

Posted on 08/30/12 by Ben No Comments

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 No Comments

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 1 Comment
The Seasoning House

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 No Comments

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 No Comments

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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