FrightFest 2009

28 August 2009

So, that was a long rest I had.

Thought I might as well post from FrightFest – the annual horror film festval in Leicester Square.  It actually started yesterday evening but I didn’t have a chance to write anything.  Too busy drinking to be honest.


I’m not going to go on about it in too much detail (though I’m sureyou may want to avoid my tweets for a few days if horror films aren’t your thing.

Me and @moviegirlghost have been coming to bit of FrightFest for several years, initially just the odd film, then full days, and this year is the first time we’re here for the full thing (four and a half days).

There’s always a great mix of slightly crappy and really good films from a whole range of sub-genres, from slashers to ghost stories, and gore to just plain WEIRD.

Anyway, I’m currently sat on the floor, kind of right in front of the exit to the main screen in The Empire – Leicester Square and people have just started streaming out of it so I should probable hit “Publish” and get out of the way.

I’ll post laster or tomorrow with a few ill-observed and poorly written thoughts on some of the more notable films.  If you want some real comment, you could do much worse than go over to Total Film‘s coverage or keep an eye on their tweets.

SLIGHT WARNING: Though I’ll try not to throw in any spoilers, inevitably I’ll give something away just by mentioning what sort of film some things are.


Upon reflection…

4 December 2008

There was a new Kiefer Sutherland film out a month or so ago* called Mirrors.  Like a lot of recent, samey, fairly sub-standard horror it’s a remake (yes it is, ignore anyone who says it isn’t) of a 2003 Korean film called Geoul Sokeuro (English title: “Into The Mirror”).

The film was okay but not really worth bothering with.  To be honest, the best thing I’ve seen about it is an advert in our local pub.

You know those advert-mirrors?  They’re in a few pubs’ toilets.  It looks a bit like a bad mirror (or some one-way glass) but then a light goes on inside and shows up an advertising image of some sort.  They generally look like something out of Phoenix Nights but in this case, because of the subject matter, it actually kind of works:

* I wrote this about 2 months ago but never got round to publising it.

Short, sharp shock

5 September 2008

Just a quick post to highlight a couple of very good short horror films I’ve seen in the last week or two.  (I’m too busy to do more but I’ll do a bigger round up later)

First up is probably easily the most simple but effective short I saw at the Frightfest over August Bank Holiday weekend.  It’s called He Dies At The End and I think it’s a brilliant example of what you can do with a simple, well executed idea – regardless of the money or resources you can get your hands on.

I met these guys (including writter/producer/director Damian McCarthy) in the bar after FrightFest and they were a little surprised (I think, I was drunk) at the overwhelmingly positive reaction but I wasn’t.

The second is quite different but no less brilliant at executing a simple and effective idea in a very short space of time.  I don’t even know what it’s called of who it’s by (poor research on my part, I’ll update when I’ve got time to look into it) but it’s the trailer for this year’s Raindance Film Festival (1-12 October, London).

Unfortunately, Raindance have (perhaps unintentionally?) not made this available to embed so here’s a link:

Really Raindance, sort it the fuck out. You should know better.

Anyway, as I said, no time to go into any more detail on any of this now but I’ll be posting a review of the 2 days I was at FrightFest soon, plus (hopefully) a bigger post on some short/low-budget film stuff.