04th Sep2013

Film4 Frightfest 2013 in Review – Part 3

by Jack Kirby

Monday The fifth and final day of Frightfest mercifully began a little later than the preceding days, a boon to many now slightly flagging and delirious film fans. Unfortunately, the first film on the main screen was the single worst feature I caught at the festival. Dark Touch (Marina De Van) features a French crew […]

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02nd Sep2013

Film4 Frightfest 2013 in Review – Part 2

by Jack Kirby

Sunday Despite a late night, I rolled up to the Empire at early o clock in order to make sure I got a seat for the midnight movie Willow Creek, which had sold out the day before. Fortunately, the organisers had the wherewithal to move the film into a bigger auditorium for Sunday. Being there […]

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30th Aug2013

Film4 Frightfest 2013 in Review – Part 1

by Jack Kirby

Opening Night and Saturday Frightfest 2013 opened on Thursday evening with Howard and John Ford’s The Dead 2: India, a sequel to their previous Africa-set zombie flick. To be honest, it wasn’t the most auspicious start to the weekend. A zombie epidemic reaches the Asian subcontinent and American engineer Nicholas (Joseph Millson) attempts to cross […]

25th Aug2013

‘Missionary’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Mitch Ryan, Connor Christie, Dawn Olivieri, Jesse Malinowski, Kip Pardue | Written by Bruce Wood, Scott Poiley | Directed by Anthony DiBlasi Despite having seen both of Anthony DiBlasi’s previous films, Dread and Cassadaga, on the big screen at Frightfest, it’s safe to say I’m not the biggest fan of his work – his two […]

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25th Aug2013

‘The Desert’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Lautaro Delgado, Victoria Almeida, William Prociuk, Lucas Lagre, Maria Figueras | Written and Directed by Christoph Behl Axel, Jonathan and Ana live together in a fortified house, a safe haven bunker after a global catastrophe. Outside is a threatening apocalyptic landscape – inside was once a perfect three-way bond of supportive friendship. Now that […]

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22nd Aug2013

‘Daylight’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jennifer Bacon, David McCracken, Josh Riedford, Sydney Morris, Jeanine Cameron | Written by David McCracken, Joel Townsend | Directed by David McCracken, Joel Townsend, Kaidan Tremain Remember the Satanic abuse panic that originated in the United States in the 1980s, spreading throughout the country and eventually to many parts of the world? Reports proliferated about […]

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22nd Aug2013

Frightfest competition: Win ‘The Dyatlov Pass Incident’ on DVD

by Phil Wheat

To celebrate the release of the captivating return of acclaimed Hollywood director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2; Cliffhanger; Deep Blue Sea) with his conspiracy theory horror The Dyatlov Pass Incident – out on DVD and Blu-ray 26th August 2013 – we have a copy to give away to one lucky winner! Based on the bizarre […]

22nd Aug2013

‘Cannon Fodder’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Emos Ayeno, Erez Eisenstein, Liron Levo, Roi Miller, Omer Ninyo, Gome Sarig, Yafit Shalev | Written and Directed by Eitan Gafny Three years ago Israel exploded on to the horror scene with Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado’s Rabies (Kalevet). The success of that film has seemingly opened the flood gates for filmmakers in the […]

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19th Aug2013

‘The Last Days’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Quim Guttierez, Jose Coronado, Marta Etura, Leticia Dolera, Isak Ferriz | Written and Directed by Alex & David Pastor The directing duo behind the underrated Carriers, Alex and David Pastor, return for yet another slice of post-apocalyptic horror with The Last Days, which sees a mysterious epidemic known as The Panic spread across the planet […]

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18th Aug2013

‘The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Michael Bartlett, Kevin Gates, Craig Stovin, Criselda Cabitac, Mark Jeavons | Written by Kevin Gates | Directed by Michael Bartlett, Kevin Gates In March 1963, a black mass was held at a ruined church in Clophill, Bedfordshire by a coven of dark witches. Tombs were looted, animals sacrificed and human bones arranged during a […]

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18th Aug2013

‘Painless’ Review

by Ian Loring

Stars: Tomas Lemarquis, Alex Brendemuhl, Juan Diego, Ramon Fonsere, Derek De Lint | Written by Juan Carlos Medina, Luiso Berdejo | Directed by Juan Carlos Medina In the 1930s, a group of Spanish children are found to have somehow contracted a disease which makes them unable to feel pain. For the safety of the general […]

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27th Jul2013

‘The Banshee Chapter’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Katia Winder, Michael McMillian, Ted Levine | Written and Directed by Blair Erickson Much like the recently reviewed The Dyatlov Pass Incident, The Banshee Chapter (though the title is just Banshee Chapter on screen)is a blend of fact and fiction – this time based on real documents, actual test subject testimony and uncovered secrets […]

27th Jul2013

‘Antisocial’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Michelle Mylett, Cody Thompson, Adam Christie, Ana Alic, Romaine Waite | Written by Cody Calahan, Chad Archibald | Directed by Cody Calahan It’s often been said that people today wander about the streets in a zombie-like state – with their faces buried in their phones texting their friends, tweeting and checking out who likes what on Facebook […]

21st Jul2013

‘The Dyatlov Pass Incident’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Richard Reid, Gemma Atkinson, Matt Stokoe, Luke Albright, Holly Goss | Written by Vikram Weet | Directed by Renny Harlin Based on a true story: In February, 1959, nine Russians hikers ventured into the Ural Mountains on a trip that should have been manageable for a group with their vast experience. Two weeks later, […]

19th Jun2013

Official poster for Film4 Frightfest 2013 revealed!

by Phil Wheat

Top illustrator Graham Humphreys, who has been FrightFest’s poster designer since the very beginning in 2000, has revealed the artwork for FrightFest 2013. Graham said today: This year’s image plays with the skull of Yorick, in a parody of Hamlet and all the attendant themes of revenge, murder, ghosts and corruption. The death of celluloid […]

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17th Jun2013

Film4 Frightfest 2013 announce opening and closing films

by Phil Wheat

Big Bad Wolves from Israel and Indian Zombies signal global horror invasion at this year’s FrightFest. This year’s festival opens with the world premiere of The Ford Brothers The Dead 2: India – the first-ever international production of a zombie film shot in India. Howard and Jon Ford, the British director, writer and producer team […]

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