FrightFest 2010 Post-Mortem

First published by EmpireOnline (link now dead) Now that the blood has been spilt, the killing is done and the screaming has finally stopped ringing in the ears, it is time to assess the state of horror as  incarnated at this year’s Film4 FrightFest. Over the course of an extended August Bank Holiday weekend, viewers…

The Film4 FrightFest 2011 Post Mortem

First published by EmpireOnline (no longer live) Year on year, the Film4 FrightFest seems to grow in size and scale, and this August bank holiday weekend’s was no exception, as the UK’s best genre festival boasted a staggering 37 new features, as well as trailers, short films, Q&As, a live directors’ commentary (on The Dead),…

Season of the Banned

Piece originally published in 2011 by EmpireOnline (but since taken down – banned perhaps?) Patience, they say, is a virtue. On 6th June, 2011, the BBFC published its decision to deny a certificate to Tom Six’s The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), effectively banning the film for allegedly posing “a real, as opposed to a fanciful, risk…