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by Alex J
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: The Laplace's Demon
Replies: 2
Views: 286

The Laplace's Demon

This wouldn't normally be my cup of tea - a black and white arthouse movie with a very old-fashioned feel, even though it is actually set in the present day - but I really liked it! Whilst mathematical formulae have featured in other genre movies, this felt fresh, while chess references were also we...
by Alex J
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Heretiks
Replies: 15
Views: 1636

Re: Heretiks

I was looking forward to this, the latest nun-based chiller, but came away disappointed. It took too long to cut to the chase, although I did like the last 20 minutes when it became Evil Dead in a convent - we just needed more of it and sooner! I thought the lead actress did well though and helped t...
by Alex J
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Book of Monsters
Replies: 3
Views: 454

Book of Monsters

Full disclosure - I was one of the Kickstarter backers (so I won't score this one), but I'm glad I was, because this is a terrific, old school, practical effects driven British horror that is full of charm. I'd definitely be interested in a sequel or spin-off - great characters, super monsters and I...
by Alex J
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: What happen to the hygiene guy?
Replies: 17
Views: 2017

Re: What happen to the hygiene guy?

I assumed he was the guy led against the cinema doors the other night - he wasn't moving...
by Alex J
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Boar
Replies: 8
Views: 1089

Re: Boar

The latest Oz creature feature - the expected mix of humour and gore, although the former does dry up as the plot gets a little darker in the final act. A good mix of characters helps to maintain viewer interest, but overall it is solid, but not spectacular. One to watch if you're in the mood for a ...
by Alex J
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Incident in a Ghostland
Replies: 10
Views: 1287

Re: Incident in a Ghostland

Superb! Loved the intensity, which was reminiscent of Dean Koontz's novel Intensity . Brutal, grim and very dark, exactly what I wanted from the Martyrs director. An interesting twist halfway through works well, while it's been a while since I have been so profoundly affected by a Frightfest film, b...
by Alex J
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: The Most Assassinated Woman in the World
Replies: 6
Views: 873

Re: The Most Assassinated Woman in the World

A little overlong as it dragged a bit in the middle, but it redeemed itself with a good finale, even if it was somewhat predictable. Appreciate that the focus was on the grand guignol theatre, but the story may have benefitted from a few more of the killings being included on-screen to liven it up. ...
by Alex J
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: St Agatha
Replies: 0
Views: 254

St Agatha

A little slow to get going, with too many flashbacks, but eventually it migrated into more horrifying territory. The Goblinesque score was reasonably effective and the tale came to a satisfying conclusion. 7.5 / 10
by Alex J
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Braid
Replies: 9
Views: 945

Re: Braid

Where do I begin with this delirious, visually striking cornucopia of drug-induced and dreamlike sequences? Lots to like in this exploration of the descent into madness, and the leads do well in their roles too. The plot is engaging, although the film does get too pretentious at times. Not sure if I...
by Alex J
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: The Cleaning Lady
Replies: 6
Views: 869

Re: The Cleaning Lady

Takes a bit of time to get going, but this tale of obsession and how the characters are trapped in different ways becomes deliciously dark and twisted in a cracking opening to day 2. I loved the ending too,
Spoiler:
even if it was another bleak one!
8.5 / 10
by Alex J
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Halloween
Replies: 2
Views: 362

Halloween

A bona-fide, hugely influential classic. Sadly now showing its age, possibly due to it being on the big screen or maybe after watching a couple of news films immediately beforehand. It is also difficult to ignore the sequels, rip-offs, homages and parodies that have followed, but nonetheless it is a...
by Alex J
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Summer of 84
Replies: 9
Views: 1060

Re: Summer of 84

Another film I had a few minor quibbles about whether some of the references were appropriate for the time setting, but that aside, I really enjoyed this one. Yes, it is a little like The Goonies , but the mystery is engaging and the characters likeable. The ending does get very dark and bleak, but ...
by Alex J
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: The Ranger
Replies: 5
Views: 856

Re: The Ranger

A reasonable opener for the festival, a mix of punk, gore and humour, although the latter of which didn't always come off or devalued some of the more horrific scenes. I wondered whether it would play better without some of the "cheap" one-liners? Nevertheless, I did enjoy the film overall and the e...
by Alex J
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: The Horror Forum
Topic: Kickstarter Projects
Replies: 3
Views: 817

Re: Kickstarter Projects

Two more projects that may be of interest, including a sequel to a film that played at Frightfest a few years ago: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1739869879/knucklebones-2-skeleton-crew-feature-film?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=knucklebones and: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/10356...
by Alex J
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: 2018 Lineup Announced
Replies: 51
Views: 4823

Re: 2018 Lineup Announced

Thanks for the replies on The Devil's Doorway - it sounds like it might be OK in terms of not too much wobblycam. Crystal Eyes sounds interesting, although I am a bit concerned that it could end up being silly like some other recent neo-giallo films - has anyone seen it already?