24th Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘Another’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Ana Paula Redding, David Landry, Lillian Pennypacker, Michael St. Michaels, Nancy Wolfe | Written and Directed by Jason Bognacki There’s a joke in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, the under-seen but superlative comedy about the making of a fictional eighties horror programme, that is too good not to repeat at any given opportunity. In it, the show’s […]

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24th Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘The Samurai’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Michel Diercks, Pit Bukowski, Uwe Preuss, Kaja Blachnik, Christopher Kane | Written and Directed by Till Kleinert The Samurai is the latest horror film to come out of Germany, and unlike it’s splatter brethren to which I am more accustomed, this is less of a typical plot-led story and more a fantastical, metaphorical fairytale that […]

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24th Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘Stage Fright’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Minnie Driver, Meat Loaf, Allie MacDonald, Douglas Smith, Kent Nolan, Brandon Uranowitz, Ephraim Ellis, Melanie Leishman, Thomas Alderson, James McGowan | Written and Directed by Jerome Sable Billed as Friday the 13th meets Glee, Stage Fright is a new take on the classic slasher formula which sees Kylie Swanson (Driver) brutally murdered after her star-making […]

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24th Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘Lost Soul’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Featuring: Richard Stanley, Fairuza Balk, Marco Hofschneider, Robert Shaye, Graham Humphreys | Directed by David Gregory We’ve heard all the insane rumours and scandals attached to the ill-fated 1996 remake of H.G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau. How director Richard Stanley spent four years developing the project only to be fired after four days […]

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24th Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘The Harvest’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Michael Shannon, Samantha Morton, Peter Fonda, Natasha Calis, Charlie Tahan, Peter Fonda, Leslie Lyles | Written by Stephen Lancellotti | Directed by John McNaughton John McNaughton, enfante-terrible of the BBFC thanks to his stunning 1986 debut feature Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, returns to genre film making after two decades away from horror (his […]

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24th Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘Doc of the Dead’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Featuring: Charlie Adlard, Joanna Angel, Steven Barton, Bruce Campbell, Simon Pegg, George A. Romero, Robert Kirkman, Sid Haig, Tom Savini, Max Brooks | Written by Alexandre O. Philippe, Chad Herschberger | Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe Alexandre O. Philippe (The People vs. George Lucas) brings us another documentary, but this time turning his focus on the […]

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24th Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘Faults’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lance Reddick, Beth Grant, Leland Orser, Jon Gries, David Chandler, Kellie Matteson, Amanda Saunders, Suzan Averitt | Written and Directed by Riley Stearns This is one of the films that, upon reading the cast-listing and the synopsis that I could find online regarding it, peaked my interest and was one I was excited about sitting down […]

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24th Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘The Expedition’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Daniel Caren, Sarah Mac, Ben Loyd-Holmes, Neil Newbon, Emma Lillie Lees, Simon Burbage, Dolores Reynals, Ross O’Hennessey, Ernesto Cantu, Angela Peters | Written by Adam Spinks, Ben Loyd-Holmes | Directed by Adam Spinks Yet again the cheap, occasionally effective but utterly done to death format of the found footage film finds its way onto our screens once […]

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24th Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘The Forgotten’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Clem Tibber, Shaun Dingwall, Elarica Gallacher, Lyndsey Marshal, Isaura Barbé-Brown, James Capel, James Doherty, Carys Lewis | Written by Oliver Frampton, James Hall | Directed by Oliver Frampton There has been, over the past few years, a growing trend in British horror for setting movies in abandoned housing estates and tower blocks. Joining the […]

23rd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘The Drownsman’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Michelle Mylett, Caroline Korycki, Gemma Bird Matheson, Sydney Kondruss, Clare Bastable, Ry Barrett, JoAnn Nordstrom | Written by Chad Archibald, Cody Calahan | Directed by Chad Archibald Chad Archibald, producer of Antisocial (a personal fave) turns his hand to directing with a film which, whilst not a patch on Black Fawn Films previous effort, […]

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23rd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘I Survived a Zombie Holocaust’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Harley Neville, Jocelyn Christian, Ben Baker, Mike Edward, Andrew Laing, Reanin Johannink, Simon Ward, Mark Neilson, Patrick Davies, Harry Love | Written and Directed by Guy Pigden It’s the third day of shooting the low budget horror ‘Tonight They Come’ on location in the wilds of New Zealand. The director is already beside himself […]

23rd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘Starry Eyes’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Alex Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Noah Segan, Fabianne Therese, Shane Coffey, Natalie Castillo, Pat Healy, Nick Simmons, Maria Olsen, Marc Senter, Louis Dezseran | Written and Directed by Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer Determined to make it in Hollywood, reluctant waitress Sarah Walker (Essoe) goes on countless casting calls in hope of getting her big break. […]

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23rd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘White Settlers’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Lee Williams, Pollyanna McIntosh, Joanne Mitchell, James McCreadie, Dominic Kay | Written by Ian Fenton | Directed by Simeon Halligan White Settlers is the new film from West Midlands born director Simeon Halligan (Splintered); which begins with an English couple, Ed (Lee Williams) and Sarah (Pollyanna McIntosh), who are making a change in their life, leaving […]

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23rd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘All Cheerleaders Die’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Brooke Butler, Tom Williamson | Written and Directed by Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson Lucky McKee is a director I have been familiar with since I saw his 2002 film, May, starring horror mainstay Angela Bettis. McKee went on to direct an excellent episode of the short-lived Masters of Horror television […]

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22nd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘WolfCop’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, Sarah Lind, Aidan Devine | Written by Lowell Dean, Bannister Bergen | Directed by Lowell Dean I remember seeing the bright neon 80’s style action-movie poster for WolfCop a few months ago and I immediately, without knowing any details, wanted to see the film, and I finally had the […]

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22nd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘Shockwave Darkside 3D’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Bill Sage, Mei Melançon, Sonequa Martin-Green, Rich Ceraulo, Alexander Cendese | Written and Directed by Jay Weisman Earth. 2013. Some guy sits in his basement flat in a proverbial state of unemployment. His only goal? To perfect his game of Halo. Mission completed. So what next? Earth. 2014. Said unemployed guy has pumped all his […]

22nd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘Wrong Turn 6′ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Sadie Katz, Anthony Ilott, Aqueela Zoll, Rollo Skinner, Roxanne Pallett, Chris Jarvis, Luke Cousins, Rhys Coiro, Asen Asenov, Danko Jordanov, Billy Ashworth | Written by Frank H. Woodward | Directed by Valeri Milev Who knew that some 11 years after the series started Wrong Turn 6 would come along to cement the franchise as […]

22nd Aug2014

FrightFest 2014: ‘The Canal’ Review

by Ian Loring

Stars: Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Rupert Evans, Steve Oram, Hannah Hoekstra, Anthony Murphy, Kelly Byrne, Anneke Blok, Calum Heath, Conor Horgan, Carl Shaaban, Sinead Watters, Alicja Ayres, Paddy Curan | Written and Directed by Ivan Kavanagh The quiet brutality some people can suffer in everyday life is an aspect the horror genre doesn’t play up all too […]

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22nd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘The Den’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Melanie Papalia, David Schlachtenhaufen, Matt Riedy, Adam Shapiro, Victoria Hanlin, Matt Lasky, Brian Bell | Written by Zachary Donohue, Lauren Thompson | Directed by Zachary Donohue It may seem, given my past reviews of found footage movies, that all I do is spew bile and vitriol when it comes to a lot of these […]

22nd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘Housebound’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru, Cameron Rhodes, Millen Baird | Written and Directed by Gerard Johnstone Permanently pissed-off Kylie Bucknell is, after a bungled robbery, forced by the courts to return to her family home when she’s given an eight-month home detention sentence. Her punishment for a botched ATM raid is made […]

22nd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘The Last Showing’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Robert Englund, Finn Jones, Emily Berrington, Keith Allen, Malachi Kirby, Chris Geere | Written and Directed by Phil Hawkins Shot right here in good old Blighty, The Last Showing is the latest in a relatively small line of horror movies set in the cinema, films such as Popcorn, Midnight Movie and Demons, films that […]

22nd Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘R100′ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Nao Ômori, Lindsay Hayward, Mao Daichi, Hairi Katagiri, Gin Maeda, Suzuki Matsuo, Hitoshi Matsumoto, Eriko Satô, Shinobu Terajima, Ai Tominaga | Written by Hitoshi Matsumoto, Mitsuyoshi Takasu, Tomoji Hasegawa, Kôji Ema, Mitsuru Kuramoto | Directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto Hitoshi Matsumoto is a director who, though I can’t say I know a great deal about, only […]

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