FrightFest 2015 Dispatch #4

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch #4 first published by Twitch (now ScreenAnarchy) Titles featured: Summer Camp, The Lazarus Effect, Banjo (aka My Bloody Banjo), Hostile, Awaiting, Goddess of Love, Suspension, Bite Summer Camp (world première) There must be something in the Andalusian water to explain the ability of Spanish filmmakers to create so much genre cinema of the…

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch #3

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch #3 first published by Twitch (now ScreenAnarchy) Titles featured: Frankenstein, Another Me, Inner Demon, Road Games, Farhope Tower, Scherzo Diabolico, These Final Hours Four days in, and FrightFest has entered that bleary-eyed state of exhaustion where everything, on or off screen, seems hallucinatory, and conversations outside the cinema take on a rambling, incoherent…

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch #2

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch #2 first published by Twitch (now ScreenAnarchy) Titles featured: Bait, Some Kind of Hate, Deathgasm, Future Shock!The Story of 2000AD, Night of the Living Deb, Contracted: Phase II FrightFest has finally achieved the greatest accolade that can ever be conferred on a genre festival: it was picketed by politely determined Christian fundamentalists,…

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch 1

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch #1

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch #1 first published by Twitch (now ScreenAnarchy) (titles featured: Cherry Tree, Stung, The Unfolding, Never Let Go, Jeruzalem, Bloodsucking Bastards, The Entity, The Sand, Zombie Fight Club) So here we go again. 76 features (and sundry shorts and special events) spread over six screens in four and a half days. The very best – and some of the…

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Never Let Go (2015)

First published by Twitch (now known as Screen Anarchy) Bereaved, pill-popping Lisa Brennan (Angela Dixon) is taking a much-needed holiday in an unnamed North African country when a gang of Eastern European men abducts her baby girl, not realising that the mother they have targeted comes with a special set of skills – and so…

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Road Games (Fausse Route) (2015)

Road Games first published by Twitch (now Screen Anarchy) After a prologue shows a human corpse removed from a car boot to be sawn into pieces and buried in the woods, English tourist Jack (Andrew Simpson) appears trying – and failing – to hitch a ride home from the South of France, his fingernails bloodied and…

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Summer Camp (2015)

First published by Twitch (now known as Screen Anarchy) There must be something in the Andalusian water to explain the ability of Spanish filmmakers to create so much genre cinema of the very highest order. Alberto Martini has long been in the background of this tendency, playing a role in the production of Iberian stunners…

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Mixing it up: the FrightFest Halloween All-Dayer 2015

First published by Sight & Sound 24 October 2015  |  London Includes: Lazer Team; Momentum; The Vatican Tapes; The Unspoken; I Spit On Your Grave 3: Vengeances Is Mine; Belly of the Bulldog (aka Tank 432) Even though October 31 actually falls on a Saturday this year, the FrightFest Halloween All-Nighter took place a week earlier, and was an All-Dayer instead, beginning…

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The Unfolding (2015)

First published by TwitchFilm Against a backdrop of impending global nuclear war, graduate paranormal investigator Tam (Lachlan Nieboer) and his girlfriend Rose (Lisa Kerr) head to an isolated fourteenth-century property in Dartmoor. Their aim is to stay one night and detect any unusual activity with a panoply of cameras and other devices, but as things…

These Final Hours (2013)

First published by TwitchFilm If one thing is certain in life, it is that none of us will survive it. With the end already written into every breath we take, who we are is defined by what we do with our brief time here. Such ethical and eschatological concerns are presented in intensified form by…

Goddess of Love (2015)

First published by TwitchFilm “You have to keep it all in fantasy,” Chanel (Monda Scott) advises new pole/lap dancer Venus (Alexis Kendra). “You just have to be dripping with sex.” Chanel (not her real name) is instructing the novice in how best to fleece male clients of their money, but in fact it is love…