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by Alex J
Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: FrightFest 2019
Topic: Bliss
Replies: 8
Views: 1111

Re: Bliss

An hallucinogenic and loud
Spoiler:
vampire
flick. The actual plot is fairly simple, but there is a strong lead performance and plenty of good visuals, ramped up with gore as the movie progresses. Probably one to watch again to see how well it stands up to repeat viewings. 7.5 / 10
by Alex J
Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: FrightFest 2019
Topic: Kindred Spirits
Replies: 5
Views: 871

Re: Kindred Spirits

An enjoyable fun ride as each devious plot unfolds. Caitlin Stasey is as watchable as ever, while I like the dynamics of the central trio - there are some good supporting characters too. 7.5. / 10
by Alex J
Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: FrightFest 2019
Topic: Knives and Skin
Replies: 12
Views: 1393

Re: Knives and Skin

I wanted to like this more than I actually did - maybe I just didn't engage enough with any of the characters who were clearly deliberately designed to be flawed and have problems relating to others. Lots of emotional exploration around the central mystery of a missing girl, which will appeal to man...
by Alex J
Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: FrightFest 2019
Topic: Cut Off
Replies: 8
Views: 1098

Re: Cut Off

An enjoyable Euro mystery thriller that is implausible in places, but is very slickly made with a "ticking clock" device deployed to ensure that it unfolds at a good pace. 7.5 / 10
by Alex J
Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: FrightFest 2019
Topic: Dark Encounter
Replies: 2
Views: 597

Re: Dark Encounter

Some suspenseful and effectively bewildering scenes and in some ways I appreciated the twist, but I felt the ending was overlong and the film was too mawkish at times. So some good elements, but overall the film didn't hang together as well as I would have liked. 6 / 10
by Alex J
Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: FrightFest 2019
Topic: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Replies: 6
Views: 986

Re: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

I loved the impending sense of doom in this, particularly effective given the backdrop of the Vietnam War. I enjoyed the story, but some of the CGI isn't always that successful. The young leads do well, while the ending is very poignant. I loved the version of the "Season of the Witch" over the clos...
by Alex J
Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: FrightFest 2019
Topic: Crawl
Replies: 10
Views: 1329

Re: Crawl

A fun romp of a creature feature. Generally predictable, but very well executed. A decent enough story for this type of movie and a good lead performance. Some of the hurricane scenes are very effective and most of the special effects are good, albeit with a few exceptions. 7.5 / 10
by Alex J
Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: FrightFest 2019
Topic: Come to Daddy
Replies: 8
Views: 1117

Re: Come to Daddy

One of those films that starts off as one type before shifting into something different. I found the tone to be a little uneven in this blend of humour, thrills and some darker elements. One kill in particular stands out. All in all, a number of positives, but I thought they didn't entirely gel toge...
by Alex J
Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: FrightFest 2019
Topic: FrightFest Glasgow 2019 (Glasgow Film Festival)
Replies: 22
Views: 8149

Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2019 (Glasgow Film Festival)

Given there were some technical difficulties (well, I assumed that was what they were), I wonder if there will be a means of watching the shorts again? I did feel sorry for the film makers who were affected. Indeed the quality of them was so good I'm sure there will be people who will want to see th...
by Alex J
Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: FrightFest 2019
Topic: FrightFest Glasgow 2019 (Glasgow Film Festival)
Replies: 22
Views: 8149

Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2019 (Glasgow Film Festival)

My top 4 of the festival (in order):

1st Black Circle
Joint 2nd The Witch Part I and Freaks
4th Level 16
by Alex J
Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: FrightFest 2019
Topic: FrightFest Glasgow 2019 (Glasgow Film Festival)
Replies: 22
Views: 8149

Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2019 (Glasgow Film Festival)

Freaks Another film with plenty of heart, revolving around a young girl (the actress is terrific) and her bizarre relationship with her father. I'm not sure about the programming of two superhero type of movies back-to-back, but fortunately it didn't really harm either. I liked the ambiguity of who...
by Alex J
Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: FrightFest 2019
Topic: FrightFest Glasgow 2019 (Glasgow Film Festival)
Replies: 22
Views: 8149

Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2019 (Glasgow Film Festival)

The Witch, Part I: The Subversion More of a superhero origin flick than a horror, but there is no shortage of gore. After a blood-splattered opening it changes into a teen movie with heart, before shifting gears to the violent, action-filled second half, including a rug-pulling reveal that our hero...
by Alex J
Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: FrightFest 2019
Topic: FrightFest Glasgow 2019 (Glasgow Film Festival)
Replies: 22
Views: 8149

Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2019 (Glasgow Film Festival)

Finale A good old-fashioned stalk and torture flick that didn't really live up to its confrontational billing beforehand but nevertheless had some suitably horrific moments. The latest in a long line to have an absurdist, "comic" villain and I'm still yet to be convinced this really works in this t...
by Alex J
Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: FrightFest 2019
Topic: FrightFest Glasgow 2019 (Glasgow Film Festival)
Replies: 22
Views: 8149

Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2019 (Glasgow Film Festival)

Automata

A bit of a Gothic curio this one. I loved the mythology and the Infernal Princess herself but at times it seems a bit like a children's programme from 30 years ago, albeit one with some very uncomfortable sexualised scenes! 7 / 10
by Alex J
Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: FrightFest 2019
Topic: FrightFest Glasgow 2019 (Glasgow Film Festival)
Replies: 22
Views: 8149

Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2019 (Glasgow Film Festival)

The Rusalka

A limited amount of horror sequences in this one, but it is a very well told tale of love and loss. I'm not sure about the name change to The Siren though when there are already a number of horror films released with that title - I thought the original name stood out more. 7.5 / 10