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by Alex J
Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2020
Topic: Top Selections
Replies: 4
Views: 273

Top Selections

An opportunity to list your top 3, 5 or however many you wish!

My top 5:

1. Av The Hunt
Joint 2nd (in no particular order!):
The Columnist
Playhouse
Dark Stories
Short Film Showcase 2
by Alex J
Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2020
Topic: Thanks for the Nightmares!
Replies: 1
Views: 138

Re: Thanks for the Nightmares!

Indeed! A massive thank you to Ian, Greg, Alan and Paul, and to the very helpful Helen, Shelagh and everyone else involved in making the event happen! Thank you to the virtual guests who made the effort to make videos for us, and to the sponsors and the technology providers too. I did bite the bulle...
by Alex J
Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2020
Topic: Dark Stories
Replies: 0
Views: 89

Dark Stories

Well, I think I made a booboo not watching The Swerve given the great feedback it has had, but Dark Stories is one of the better anthologies I have seen - some of the segments are a tad silly, but when you have some neat twists, some creepiness and some feeling of "off-ness" you know you're onto a w...
by Alex J
Mon Aug 31, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2020
Topic: Av The Hunt
Replies: 1
Views: 145

Av The Hunt

So, from one chase film to another, albeit this was more grounded and gritty than Enhanced , with a chilling insight into one of Turkey's "traditions." I could quibble with some minor plot points, but these can be overlooked in favour of the tension and gripping storyline. Presumably the ending was ...
by Alex J
Mon Aug 31, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2020
Topic: Enhanced
Replies: 5
Views: 175

Re: Enhanced

Action-packed sci-fi thriller with plenty of violence, albeit not particularly graphic. The plot is fairly straightforward and is largely an elongated chase. There are elements such as discrimination and persecution, but these are only explored superficially. So nothing sophisticated, but if you par...
by Alex J
Mon Aug 31, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Frightfest 2020
Topic: Aquaslash
Replies: 1
Views: 154

Re: Aquaslash

Likeable enough trashy teen slasher set at a water park, but unfortunately the main setpiece was a tad spoiled by the artwork. Still, a slight giallo flavouring combined with a splash of Friday the 13th makes for a good basis, while the humour is scattershot but occasionally hits the mark. Maybe one...
by Alex J
Sun Aug 30, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2020
Topic: Hall
Replies: 7
Views: 346

Re: Hall

Agree with much of what has been said already - after a good set-up and the establishment of some interesting character dynamics this seemed to run out of steam, becoming slow and feeling underdeveloped. It wasn't helped by some parts and character decisions not adding up as outlined above. Nor the ...
by Alex J
Sun Aug 30, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2020
Topic: Short Film Showcase 1
Replies: 0
Views: 89

Short Film Showcase 1

I didn't enjoy this showcase quite as much as the second one, but the Guest segment was pretty effective and creepy.

My ratings for the individual shorts ranged from 5.5 to 7.5, with an average of 6.5 out of 10.
by Alex J
Sun Aug 30, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2020
Topic: Skull: The Mask
Replies: 4
Views: 191

Re: Skull: The Mask

I wasn't sure what to expect from this film, but I'm glad I watched it as it is pretty entertaining - a supernatural slasher with plenty of gore. It's a bit of a throwback to the 1980s but without the homages and references. Some of the action scenes lacked a little finesse, probably due to budget o...
by Alex J
Sat Aug 29, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2020
Topic: Dark Place
Replies: 5
Views: 167

Re: Dark Place

As is usually the case with anthologies this is a bit of a mixed bag, but nevertheless it maintains a decent standard throughout. Some of the segments would have benefitted from a little more explanation though. My favourite segment was probably Scout , with the weakest Killer Native despite some fu...
by Alex J
Sat Aug 29, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2020
Topic: Blind
Replies: 3
Views: 211

Re: Blind

A big improvement on the director's Blood Feast , a more mature and creepy tale. At times it does veer more into melodrama, but generally it does a good job, particularly of showing how the main character tries to adapt to her 'disadvantaged' situation. Perhaps a little more could have been made of ...
by Alex J
Sat Aug 29, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2020
Topic: Playhouse
Replies: 3
Views: 181

Re: Playhouse

This latest addition to the burgeoning Scottish horror scene features plenty of tortured souls in a Gothic tale with a suitably bleak setting. I thoroughly enjoyed this, with its elements of mystery, plus it gave me my first spine-chilling moment of the fest.

7.5 / 10
by Alex J
Sat Aug 29, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2020
Topic: The Columnist
Replies: 3
Views: 193

Re: The Columnist

A whimsical suburban black comedy, a tale of revenge for the Internet generation. Engaging and humorous, although gore fans may be disappointed by some of the kills being skipped over all too quickly. Still, some of the scenes are nonetheless effective and the characters are interesting enough, with...
by Alex J
Sat Aug 29, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2020
Topic: Triggered
Replies: 1
Views: 127

Re: Triggered

Yep, in many ways it is a typical teen horror movie, but its fast pace and knowing and pop culture referencing script propel this along very nicely, ensuring I had a lot of fun along the way. I particularly appreciated playing the two-way final girl guessing game. Despite its teen trappings it was g...
by Alex J
Sat Aug 29, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: Frightfest 2020
Topic: I Am Lisa
Replies: 2
Views: 141

I Am Lisa

I thoroughly enjoyed the set-up and the little details like the fantastic bookstore, but I found the third act a little underpowered and predictable, which was a shame as there was a lot of potential here for something really good. However, I imagine budget limitations probably prevented it from rea...