Frightfest 2013 Review: THE DESERT is an Intense Post-Apocalypse Love Story

To paraphrase Jean-Paul Sartre, post-zombie-apocalypse hell is other people. This is the situation that three people find themselves in Christoph Behl's fiction feature debut The Desert. But unlike most horror film, the zombies rarely make an appearance. This is about... More »

Frightfest 2013 Review: THE HYPNOTIST, Cold Crime And Heated Tempers Collide

Swedish thiller The Hypnotist has some good pedigree behind it. It is based on a novel by Lars Kepler, one of the stars of the new wave of Scandinavian crime fiction; it's directed by Lasse Hallström, whose previous films include... More »

I Have Seen Footage From THE RAID 2. And It Is Awesome.

The audience at last night's Frightfest screening of V/H/S 2 got a special surprise. Gareth Huw Evans (as co-director of one of the segments) came in for the screening, and he brought with him a world exclusive clip from The... More »

Frightfest 2013 Review: DEMENTAMANIA Brings Good Laughs And Scares

Poor Ed Arkham is not having a good day. He steps on a strange wasp that somehow found its way into his flat, causing Ed to bleed. His neighbour, with whom he has sex occassionally, doesn't seem to understand that... More »

Frightfest 2013 Review: Renny Harlin's THE DYATLOV PASS INCIDENT Is A Pass

I want to declare a moratorium on found footage films. Ever since The Blair Witch Project (the success of which had as much to do with marketing as its format), everyone thinks that all they have to do is have... More »

Frighfest 2013 Review: THE DEAD 2: INDIA Is A Visually Stunning Zombie Road Movie That Goes Nowhere New

I have not seen Howard Ford and Jon Ford's The Dead, and I wasn't sure going in to the sequel if that would hinder my understanding or enjoyment of it. I was informed that The Dead 2: India bears no... More »

Frightfest 2013 Preview: BIG BAD WOLVES, THE AMERICAN SCREAM, Ident Competition Winners & More!

The August bank holiday is almost upon us here in old London town, which of course means that Film4 Frightfest is almost here as well! At the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square, from Thursday August 22nd to Monday August 26th,... More »

FrightFest 2013 Announces Opening and Closing Films

Ahead of the full programme announcement on 28 June, Film4 FrightFest has announced its opening and closing night films. Following its tradition to put a British film front and centre on opening night, FrightFest has announced that Howard and Jon... More »
By Simon de Bruyn   

Film4 FrightFest Invites New Filmmakers to TURN OFF YOUR BLOODY PHONE!

Last year's Film4 FrightFest, the UK's biggest genre film festival, caused something of a frenzy with a series of idents produced by a select group of young, upcoming filmmakers. Over the course of the weekend, festival-goers were repeatedly reminded to... More »
By James Marsh   

Film4 FrightFest 2013 Glasgow Announces Line-Up

FrightFest returns to Glasgow this February with another weekend of scares, including UK premieres of Neil Jordan's Byzantium, Eli Roth's Aftershock and much talked of anthology The ABCs Of Death. There's also a retrospective screening of a restored edition of... More »
By James Dennis   

Grimmfest 2012 Review: You'll Be Dozing Off Long BEFORE DAWN

Very few zombie movies are actually about the zombies. Whatever their scope and scale, these are generally stories about troubled people trying to keep on doing what they do even while the world's coming to an end. And the idea... More »
By Matthew Lee   

Frightfest Halloween All-Nighter Line-Up Revealed

Hot on the heels of Frightfest 13th comes the full line-up announcement for the Frightfest Halloween all-nighter, taking place on 27 October in central London. It's a typically juicy line-up, as anyone who has checked out James Marsh's fantastic coverage will have... More »
By James Dennis   

FrightFest 2012: The Whole Bloody Affair - Part Two

And so continues my blow-by-blow account of Film4 FrightFest the 13th at the Empire Leicester Square (23-27 August, 2012). Click here to read Part One.Day 3 - Saturday, 25th August Eurocrime! The Italian Cop And Gangster Films That Ruled The... More »
By James Marsh   

FrightFest 2012: The Whole Bloody Affair - Part One

Now that the blood has had time to curdle, the ominous shadows have retreated from whence they came and the screams of terror finally ceased ringing in my ears, it seems an opportune moment to look back over the... More »
By James Marsh   

Have Your Say: Should Horror Have Limits? Did FrightFest Ident Go Too Far? (NSFW)

Last month, at the UK's foremost horror festival, Film 4 FrightFest, a debate began to rage between critics, general festival-goers, and the organisers, over the suitability of some of their content. However it was not a confrontational feature film that... More »
By James Marsh   

FrightFest 2012 Review: HIDDEN IN THE WOODS Is Bloody Disgusting

The first (but certainly not the last) film to rub audiences the wrong way at this year's FrightFest was Hidden In The Woods, the latest effort from Chilean director Patricio Valladares. A relentlessly rough, misogynistic and amoral story of brutality... More »
By James Marsh   

FrightFest 2012 Review: God Bless AMERICAN MARY

Jen and Sylvia Soska's (aka "Twisted Twins") latest effort, American Mary, was dripping with an added layer of anticipation in advance of its world premier at FrightFest on Monday, as news of the film being acquired by Universal Pictures International... More »
By Rachel Fox   

FrightFest 2012 Interview: [VIDEO] Eoin Macken & Brian Fortune On THE INSIDE

This year's Film4 FrightFest boasted more movies and more guests than any year in the festival's history, with someone in attendence to represent and discuss almost every film being screened throughout the 5-day horror extravaganza. Besides the in-theatre Q&As, and... More »
By James Marsh   

FrightFest 2012 Review: COCKNEYS VS. ZOMBIES Is All Cheek, No Teeth

After the critical and commercial success of his big screen debut, Severance, it comes as no surprise that screenwriter James Moran would continue to introduce East London geezers into recognisable horror movie settings. Cockneys Vs. Zombies, however, proves as over-reliant... More »
By James Marsh   

FrightFest 2012 Review: THE POSSESSION Fails To Compel

The latest English language film from Danish director Ole Bornedal (Nightwatch, Deliver Us From Evil) attempts to put a new spin on the familiar demonic possession yarn, replacing the more common Catholic setting with themes from Judaism. The script,... More »
By James Marsh   
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