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by Alex J
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: Frightfest Thanks
Replies: 3
Views: 1413

Frightfest Thanks

A big thank you to Alan, Ian, Paul and Greg for another fantastic event! I know it's a lot of work and there are doubtless plenty of pains in the ass before and over the weekend, so I just hope the organisers get as much out of it as we all do. Thank you too to everyone else involved, the cinema sta...
by Alex J
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: Best 5 of the festival
Replies: 24
Views: 9379

Re: Best 5 of the festival

My top 5:
1. Tigers Are Not Afraid
2. Incident In A Ghostland
3. Summer of '84
4. Upgrade
5. Several joint fifth.

Special mentions to Book of Monsters and Halloween that I have excluded from my list for different reasons.

Worst film: Fright Fest sorry to say!
by Alex J
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: Climax
Replies: 20
Views: 7322

Re: Climax

Unfortunately the camera work (which some viewers will love) gave me motion sickness, although thankfully not actually sick! The visuals and soundtrack do impress, but I felt shortchanged about the limited plot development and it was nowhere near as graphic, extreme or controversial as some of the d...
by Alex J
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: The Golem
Replies: 6
Views: 3072

The Golem

A little slow-going and also predictable in some ways, but nonetheless a well-told tale with some satisfying action and kill scenes. Just would have like a longer, gorier ending sequence with a few more exploding heads! Some nice imagery and good to see the old plague masks being used to good effect...
by Alex J
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: Possum
Replies: 4
Views: 2361


A slow-burner that deals with very real world problems sensitively, albeit suitably uncomfortably for the audience. A very minimalistic style is used, with little dialogue and some sparse, empty, abandoned environments which are used to great effect. Reminiscent of Spider from a number of years ago....
by Alex J
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: The Witch in the Window
Replies: 0
Views: 1268

The Witch in the Window

A very effective slow-burning chiller that made the hairs on my neck stand on end multiple times - the only film to consistently do this. I thought the relationship between the father and son was exceptional (even down to the parts where the son copies his father's mannerisms), while the witch herse...
by Alex J
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: Open 24 Hours
Replies: 4
Views: 2281

Re: Open 24 Hours

Entertaining old school slasher, making good use of a limited number of locations, and uses the paranoia of the central character well. There are plenty of tense, suspenseful scenes and some satisfying levels of gore. Vanessa Grasse does well in the lead role, and the villain is also good value when...
by Alex J
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: Tigers Are Not Afraid
Replies: 7
Views: 3112

Re: Tigers Are Not Afraid

It seems that films leaving me an emotional wreck are like buses, because after waiting a few festivals for such a film this was the second of the weekend for me! In some ways there are no great surprises in the movie and I have seen more brutal and nihilistic films on similar subjects, but somethin...
by Alex J
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: Terrified
Replies: 11
Views: 4238

Re: Terrified

Not as scary as hyped, but does have some good scenes of tension, creepiness and jump scares. It felt a bit like a better episode of the early The X-Files seasons at times and it was good to see a mythology being established even if it could be developed further. A very decent effort. 8 / 10
by Alex J
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: He's Out There
Replies: 10
Views: 4061

Re: He's Out There

A fairly formulaic home invasion thriller where the best bits were the book, the string, the tea parties and the wood carvings, which helped to add some much needed individuality to proceedings. 7 / 10
by Alex J
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: Luciferina
Replies: 15
Views: 5970

Re: Luciferina

I got a little confused about what was going on with this one, but maybe that's because I was battling to stay awake most of the movie! The lead actress was engaging enough and there were a few other interesting characters, but ultimately it seemed to be a fairly standard battle against demonic forc...
by Alex J
Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: Hell Is Where The Home Is
Replies: 7
Views: 3218

Re: Hell Is Where The Home Is

Decent home invasion thriller, that didn't initially grab me as I didn't warm to the characters, but it did grow on me, offering enough brutal action and twists to make it a worthwhile watch. The sound design was good too. I did wonder whether the film was going to have a demonic twist at the end, s...
by Alex J
Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: Fright Fest
Replies: 5
Views: 1776

Re: Fright Fest

:s Some potentially interesting ideas, but ultimately poorly executed, coming over as one of those cheapo horrors on the Sy-Fy channel. Could've been a fun slasher, could've been a dark one played entirely straight, but instead it failed on both counts, with mostly forgettable characters. 5 / 10
by Alex J
Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: Upgrade
Replies: 15
Views: 5859

Re: Upgrade

Excellent sci-fi actioner - highly entertaining and a great popcorn flick that should cross over to the masses. Reminiscent of Robocop, Existenz and The Terminator. Plenty of great fight sequences and a few twists at the end - some of which you may see coming, some not. 8.5 / 10
by Alex J
Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: What Keeps You Alive
Replies: 12
Views: 4397

Re: What Keeps You Alive

A twisting thrillride with two female leads that goes to some suitably dark places - as others have mentioned there are some niggles over a few bits that seemed a bit stupid or predictable, whereas other parts were quite clever and well done. Very watchable and plenty of tense sequences. 8.5 / 10