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by Stephen with ph
Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:26 pm
Forum: Glasgow 2016
Topic: Frightfest Glasgow 2016 Reviews
Replies: 28
Views: 7700

Re: Frightfest Glasgow 2016 Reviews

Anguish A tough one to score as it is a hard film to love in some ways due to the weighty themes and the slow-burning pace of the first two-thirds of the movie, but personally I enjoyed the depth and serious tone. For a moment I thought it was going to go down the route of a full-on Linda Blair-sty...
by Stephen with ph
Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:23 pm
Forum: Glasgow 2016
Topic: Frightfest Glasgow 2016 Reviews
Replies: 28
Views: 7700

Re: Frightfest Glasgow 2016 Reviews

The Devil's Candy This starts off with a pretty absurd tone, but don't let that put you off as it gets progressively darker as the film goes on. Despite being the late showing this maintained my interest, with likeable characters (and some deliberately not so likeable!) and humour offsetting some o...
by Stephen with ph
Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:21 pm
Forum: Glasgow 2016
Topic: Frightfest Glasgow 2016 Reviews
Replies: 28
Views: 7700

Re: Frightfest Glasgow 2016 Reviews

Pandemic I nearly skipped this one as I suffer from motion sickness and I can't play FPS video games as a result, but I'm glad I didn't as it is a pretty good viral outbreak action film and I just about coped with the first-person sequences. The edgy interplay between the main characters helped kee...
by Stephen with ph
Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:19 pm
Forum: Glasgow 2016
Topic: Frightfest Glasgow 2016 Reviews
Replies: 28
Views: 7700

Re: Frightfest Glasgow 2016 Reviews

The Wave A Norwegian disaster movie is possibly an odd choice for Frightfest, but this was a solid enough inclusion, with a human story anchoring the action sequences. Only quibble was that the wave took a long time in coming and swiftly receded, but this was possibly due to budget constraints. Nev...
by Stephen with ph
Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:17 pm
Forum: Glasgow 2016
Topic: Frightfest Glasgow 2016 Reviews
Replies: 28
Views: 7700

Re: Frightfest Glasgow 2016 Reviews

I skipped SPL2, so no review for this one sorry, as I needed time for a break, leg stretch, food etc. Maybe I'm getting old, but would have preferred to have moved one of the films to the Friday, with Friday starting around 11.30am, meaning that Saturday could have had a later start, earlier finish...
by Stephen with ph
Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:08 pm
Forum: Glasgow 2016
Topic: Frightfest Glasgow 2016 Reviews
Replies: 28
Views: 7700

Re: Frightfest Glasgow 2016 Reviews

Southbound An anthology in the vein of the V/H/S franchise. I really liked this one and I thought the stories worked well together. My favourite segment was probably The Accident , but I also liked the creatures from the opening tale and hopefully we'll see more of these again. 8.5 / 10 Ditto in ev...
by Stephen with ph
Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:08 pm
Forum: Glasgow 2016
Topic: Frightfest Glasgow 2016 Reviews
Replies: 28
Views: 7700

Re: Frightfest Glasgow 2016 Reviews

The Hexecutioners I liked the offbeat quirkiness of this one, even if it didn't always make sense. I also liked some of the imagery and humour, but ultimately I felt it didn't hang together that well and more could have been made of the opportunities available. 6.5 / 10 An unsettling plot which mad...
by Stephen with ph
Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:05 pm
Forum: Glasgow 2016
Topic: Frightfest Glasgow 2016 Reviews
Replies: 28
Views: 7700

Re: Frightfest Glasgow 2016 Reviews

Patchwork Funny, engaging and with some suitably schlocky and gory scenes. I mentally groaned when the 3 characters patched together had an internal debate for the first time, but this mechanism actually worked quite effectively and helped establish both the characters and the character of the film...
by Stephen with ph
Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Glasgow 2016
Topic: Frightfest Glasgow 2016 Reviews
Replies: 28
Views: 7700

Re: Frightfest Glasgow 2016 Reviews

The Mind's Eye An entertaining throwback to the 1980's, even if it was set between 1990-91. On the negative side the plot was pretty basic and didn't add a lot to what Scanners did all those years ago. On the positive side the story and characters were interesting enough, with a suitably villainous...
by Stephen with ph
Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:59 pm
Forum: Glasgow 2016
Topic: Frightfest Glasgow 2016 Reviews
Replies: 28
Views: 7700

Re: Frightfest Glasgow 2016 Reviews

Baskin I had been looking forward to this one ever since I saw the short at Frightfest a few years ago, so perhaps I had unrealistically high hopes going into this, while the film went off on different tangents to what I had been expecting. I normally like weird films and there's plenty here to enj...
by Stephen with ph
Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:58 pm
Forum: Glasgow 2016
Topic: Frightfest Glasgow 2016 Reviews
Replies: 28
Views: 7700

Re: Frightfest Glasgow 2016 Reviews

The Other Side Of The Door The latest spin on The Monkey's Paw hence not terribly original, but certainly not terrible either. Sarah Wayne Callies makes for an engaging lead, while the Indian setting makes for an interesting and unusual backdrop. I'm keen to see Johannes Roberts' next feature as hi...
by Stephen with ph
Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:55 pm
Forum: Glasgow 2016
Topic: Frightfest Glasgow 2016 Reviews
Replies: 28
Views: 7700

Re: Frightfest Glasgow 2016 Reviews

Martyrs Probably best not to read this review if you haven't seen the original as this may spoil it for you. The detractors are correct in saying that this remake lacks the rawness, brutality, originality, tension and classic skinned victim scene of Laugier's masterpiece, but the story is powerful ...
by Stephen with ph
Thu Sep 03, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: FF 2015
Topic: Cherry Tree
Replies: 16
Views: 5185

Re: Cherry Tree

I found myself wondering what this movie was even doing at Frightfest, let alone opening the festival....
by Stephen with ph
Thu Sep 03, 2015 6:15 pm
Forum: FF 2015
Topic: Inner Demon
Replies: 13
Views: 3727

Re: Inner Demon

Without wanting to get too technical, this movie didn't have enough stuff in it.

You're welcome.
by Stephen with ph
Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:38 pm
Forum: FF 2015
Topic: Nina Forever
Replies: 8
Views: 3601

Re: Nina Forever

My favourite movie of the festival!

It didn't rely on contrivance to drive the narrative forward - instead, it took something genuine (bereavement), employed a grotesque/absurd metaphor and let the story play out with black humour and insight.

10/10