10 Traumatic Treats from FrightFest 2022

10 Traumatic Treats from FrightFest 2022

10 Traumatic Treats from FrightFest 2022 first published by BFI, 23 Aug 2022 Includes capsules of: The Last Client, Sissy, New Religion, Control, Cerebrum, Hypochondriac, A Wounded Fawn, The Ones You Didn’t Burn, The Leech, The Harbinger Now, perhaps more than ever, we live in traumatic times. For as we see Roe v. Wade exploding…

Barbarian

Barbarian (2022)

Barbarian first published by SciFiNow The title of writer/director Zach Cregger’s superlative thriller, Barbarian, is – at least at first – a bit of a puzzler, even though its associations and implications cast their shadow over the rest of the film. ‘Barbarian’ derives originally from an onomatopoeic word (βάρβαρος, barbaros) used by the Greeks for…

Terrifier 2

Terrifier 2 (2022)

Terrifier 2 first published by VODzilla.co Near the beginning of writer/director Damien Leone’s Terrifier (2016), Art the Clown (David Howard Thornton) wrote his name on the wall of a pizzeria’s toilet using his own excrement for ink – and near the beginning of Leone’s Terrifier 2, Art again writes his name, and again spreads the…

Fall

Fall (2022)

Fall first published by SciFiNow The opening title credit for Scott Mann’s Fall is written vertically, with the initial ‘f’ at the top of the screen and the final ‘l’ at the bottom. Indeed, much of the film operates on the vertical plane. The prologue – also the primal scene of the heroine’s trauma –…

Sorry About The Demon

Sorry About The Demon (2022)

Sorry About The Demon first published by VODzilla.co When writer/director Emily Hagins presented the world première of My Sucky Teen Romance (2011) at FrightFest, she was barely old enough to attend the festival – but extraordinarily it was not her first or even second feature. In fact she debuted with Pathogen (2006) when she was…

Burial

Burial (2022)

Burial first published by SciFiNow Burial opens in London, during the Christmas of 1991, at a particularly momentous turn of global events. For as the TV news reports Mikhail Gorbachev’s resignation as the President of the Soviet Union in what appears to be the end of the Cold War and even the end of history…

The Ghosts of Monday

The Ghosts of Monday (2022)

The Ghosts of Monday first published by VODzilla.co “Look, over three seasons, we never found any evidence of paranormal activity,” TV presenter Bruce (Julian Sands) tells his director Eric (Mark Huberman) in Francesco Cinquemani’s The Ghosts of Monday. “It’s time to find something different.” Eric and Bruce are with a small crew, including Eric’s estranged…

Control

Control (2022)

Control first published by VODzilla.co Control opens on a beach. “Life is but a dream,” sings little Eve (Evie Loiselle), playing in the sand – and the bright light and narrow, slightly woozy focus seem to validate her words. As Eileen (Sara Mitich) watches her daughter in this hyperreal space, the idyll is repeatedly shattered…

Torn Hearts

Torn Hearts (2022)

Torn Hearts first published by SciFiNow “We’re like sisters,” says Leigh Blackhouse (Alexxis Lemire) about herself and her best friend/bandmate Jordan Wilder (Abby Quinn). Their country band Torn Hearts is starting to gain traction in Nashville’s bar circuit, but not nearly fast enough to match their aspirations. Jordan has the talent, Leigh has the star…

Wolf Manor

Wolf Manor (aka Scream of the Wolf) (2022)

Wolf Manor (aka Scream of the Wolf) first published by SciFiNow Those expecting the film that they are watching to be Dominic Brunt’s Wolf Manor (aka Scream of the Wolf) might be surprised to see a title at the beginning for Crimson Manor, directed by Derrick Francis. There is a blood moon, and lightning over…

She Came From The Woods

She Came From The Woods (2022)

She Came From The Woods first published by VODzilla.co “This isn’t The Burning,” Ashley (Sienna Hubert-Ross) tells her friend and fellow camp counsellor Ben (Dan Leahy) as he hears things and gets the jitters on their nocturnal walk through the woods. Sure enough She Came From The Woods is not Camp Blackfoot from Tony Maylam’s…