30th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘Slumlord’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: PJ McCabe, Sean Carrigan, Sarah Baldwin, Brianne Moncrief, Neville Archambault | Written and Directed by Victor Zarcoff Every year at Frightfest it seems as if there has to be one or two surprises in the film line-up, be they good or bad; this year it looks like the big surprise of the festival is […]

30th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘Most Likely to Die’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Heather Morris, Ryan Doom, Perez Hilton, Chad Addison, Tess Christiansen, Tatum Miranda, Skyler Vallo, Jason Tobias, Marci Miller, Johnny Ramey | Written by Laura Brennan | Directed by Anthony DiBlasi I thought that writer/director Anthony DiBlasi had given up on the horror genre after he chose to helm Wuthering High School – a teen […]

30th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘Road Games’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Barbara Crampton, Andrew Simpson, Joséphine de La Baume, Frédéric Pierrot, Lou Castel | Written and Directed by Abner Pastoll Set in rural France (but shot for the most part here in the UK) Road Games sees hitchhiker Jack rescues Véronique from a road rage altercation. Alone on the road the twosome decide to travel together […]

30th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘Rabid Dogs’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: François Arnaud, Franck Gastambide, Guillaume Gouix, Lambert Wilson, Gabrielle Lazure, Pierre Lebeau, Virginie Ledoyen, Nicolas Paquin, Hedi Rian, Nathaly Thibault, Gisèle Trépanier, Christopher Tyson | Written by Yannick Dahan, Éric Hannezo, Benjamin Rataud | Directed by Éric Hannezo I’m not ashamed to admit that, as a die-hard horror fan, there are still some gaps […]

29th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘Frankenstein’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Xavier Samuel, Danny Huston, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tony Todd, Maya Erskine, Mckenna Grace, Carol Anne Watts, James Lew, John Lacy | Written and Directed by Bernard Rose Helmed by Bernard Rose, still best known for Candyman, this new take on Frankenstein explores the classic tale from the perspective of the monster rather than the scientist […]

29th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘Some Kind of Hate’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Grace Phipps, Spencer Breslin, Lexi Atkins, Sierra McCormick, Ronen Rubinstein, Brando Eaton, Andrew Bryniarski, Noah Segan, Michael Polish, Maestro Harrell, Justin Prentice, Audrey Ellis Fox, Jasper Polish, Josh Ethier | Written by Adam Egypt Mortimer, Brian DeLeeuw | Directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer If there’s one thing I will take away from this years […]

29th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘The Hallow’ Review

by Guest

Stars: Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton, Gary Lydon, Stuart Graham, Conor Craig Stephens, Joss Wyre, Sean Tyrell, James Meryk, Billie Traynor, Alan Archbold, Luc Walsh, Gerard Flatherty, Padraig Mac Cathmhaoil, Seamus Mac Cathmhaoil | Written by Corin Hardy, Felipe Marino | Directed by Corin Hardy Review by Andrew McArthur In what has been a […]

29th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘The Nightmare’ Review

by Guest

Stars: Yatoya Toy, Siegfried Peters, Steven Yvette, Age Wilson | Written and Directed by Rodney Ascher Review by Scott Clark Rodney Ascher impressed with his insightful Kubrick excavation Room 237, but for his next documentary The Nightmare, Ascher points the camera at 8 individuals haunted by the terrors of sleep paralysis. These experiences are relayed […]

29th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘Future Shock!’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Featuring: Pat Mills, Grant Morrison, Neil Gaiman, Kevin O’Neill, David Bishop, John Wagner, Dave Gibbons, Dan Abnett, Alan Grant | Directed by Paul Goodwin The latest in a long-line of pop-culture documentaries that capture the zeitgeist of their particular subject matter, Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD tells the story of the UK science-fiction comic […]

29th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘The Diabolical’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Ali Larter, Patrick Fischler, Arjun Gupta, Tom Wright, Chloe Perrin | Written by Alistair Legrand, Luke Harvis | Directed by Alistair Legrand Single mother Madison and her two children keep being awoken nightly by an increasingly strange and intense presence. Seeking help from her scientist boyfriend, they embark on a hunt to destroy the […]

29th Aug2015

‘Review 2×05: Catfish, Haunted House’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“There is one final capstone to place on this monument of dishonesty.” ‘Catfish, Haunted House’ is relatively low-key for an episode of Review. It’s not because Forrest somehow has a normal set of experiences. In fact, he loses his life’s savings, perpetrates fraud on his ex wife, and is stabbed and knocked down the stairs by the […]

28th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘The Shelter’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Michael Paré, Lauren Alexandra, Rachel G. Whittle, Amy Wickenheiser, Gayle James | Written and Directed by John Fallon They often say those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach. In the blogosphere its often those who can make movies do, and those who can’t rip them to pieces online in reviews. So what […]

28th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘Worry Dolls’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Christopher Wiehl, Kym Jackson, Tina Lifford, Samantha Smith, Yohance Myles, Kennedy Brice, Brea Grant, R. Brandon Johnson | Written by Danny Kolker, Christopher Wiehl | Directed by Padraig Reynolds It’s been quite some time since I saw Padraig Reynolds’ debut feature Rites of Spring back at Glasgow Frightfest 2012 and since then Reynolds has […]

28th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘Aaaaaaaah!’ Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: Steve Oram, Lucy Honigman, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Alice Lowe, Holli Dempsey, Julian Barratt, Toyah Wilcox, Noel Fielding, Tom Meeten | Written and Directed by Steve Oram Two men step over a fallen branch in a damp, overgrown wood. The larger of the two  stops to examine a framed picture of a woman in a wedding dress before the […]

28th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘Body’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Helen Rogers, Alexandra Turshen, Lauren Molina, Adam Cornelius, Larry Fessenden | Written and Directed by Dan Berk, Robert Olsen Body sees three girlfriends head out for a wild night during the Christmas holidays, but their jaunt is about to turn deadly. Cali suggests they crash her rich uncle’s mansion since he’s out of town […]

28th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘Demonic’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Maria Bello, Frank Grillo, Cody Horn, Dustin Milligan, Megan Park, Scott Mechlowicz, Aaron Yoo, Alex Goode, Ashton Leigh, Terence Rosemore, Griff Furst, Jesse Steccato, Meyer DeLeeuw | Written by Max La Bella | Directed by Will Canon James Wan, the man behind Saw, Dead Silence (a personal favourite), Insidious and The Conjuring, dons producer […]

28th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘III’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Polina Davydova, Lyubov Ignatushko, Evgeniy Gagarin | Written by Aleksandra Khvaleeva | Directed by Pavel Khvaleev III is the second feature film by Russian director Pavel Khvaleev. Khvaleev is also a member of the trance act Moonbeam and the aesthetic of the film holds true to this background, at times reminiscent of some high-concept […]

28th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘The Entity’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Daniella Mendoza, Rodrigo Fala, Carlos Casella, Mario Gaviria, Diego Seminario | Written by Eduardo Schuldt, Sandro Ventura | Directed by Eduardo Schuldt I don’t know whay i punish myself sometimes… You probably all know I’m not a fan of found-footage horror movies, usually because filmmakers use the concept as a lazy way of generating […]

28th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘Wind Walkers’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Zane Holtz, Glen Powell, Kiowa Gordon, Philip Burke, Johnny Sequoyah, J. LaRose, Rudy Youngblood, Castille Landon, Christopher Kriesa | Written and Directed by Russell Friedenberg From the films from actor/writer/director Russell Friedenberg that I have seen, it seems – at least to me – like he has a fascination with three things: Native American […]

28th Aug2015

FrightFest 2015: ‘Landmine Goes Click’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Sterling Knight, Spencer Locke, Dean Geyer, Kote Tolordava, Giorgi Tsaava, Helen Nelson, Nana Kiknadze, Nika Apriashvili | Written by Levan Bakhia, Adrian Colussi, Lloyd S. Wagner | Directed by Levan Bakhia Generally speaking, I’m a fan of the ‘protagonist(s) are trapped in a single location’ sub-genre of the thriller. I have previously enjoyed a […]

28th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘Hellions’ Review

by Guest

Stars: Luke Bilyk, Nicholas Craig, Sydney Cross, Peter DaCunha, Robert Patrick, Chloe Rose | Written by Pascal Trottier | Directed by Bruce McDonald Review by Scott Clark Hellions, the latest from Canadian director Bruce McDonald is overwhelmingly disappointing considering how impressive his 2008 horror venture Pontypool was. On Halloween night, Dora Vogel (Chloe Rose) is a fraught pregnant […]

28th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘Pod’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Lauren Ashley Carter, Larry Fessenden, Dean Cates, Brian Morvant, John Weselcouch, Forrest McClain | Written and Directed by Mickey Keating Ed and Lyla are so worried about their psychologically unstable brother Martin they head to the family cabin in the woods to stage an intervention. What greets them is a raving paranoid individual rambling […]

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