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   

She's So Unusual: Directors Jen and Sylvia Soska Dish on AMERICAN MARY

The buzz surrounding Canadian identical twin horror directors Jen and Sylvia Soska is growing increasingly loud, despite the fact that their second feature film, American Mary, has yet to even premiere. Following the unlikely success of their ultra-low-budget grindhouse flick... More »
By Rachel Fox   

FrightFest 2012 Review: THE SEASONING HOUSE Promises Atmosphere and Blood

Make-up and special effects maestro Paul Hyett (Citadel, The Woman In Black, everything from Neil Marshall) delivers an impressive directorial debut in this assured and atmospheric thriller that is only let down by a script that never capitalises on... More »
By James Marsh   

FrightFest 2012 Preview: Twitch Reveals Its Top Picks

The wait is over. The UK's premier horror film festival, Film4 FrightFest, returns tomorrow for a five-day orgy of fear-inducing, nerve-shredding, blood-soaked horror from the four corners of the globe. Frightfest the 13th will be taking over the Empire... More »
By James Marsh   

FrightFest 2012: Trailer for Irish Horror THE INSIDE Promises More Than Screaming Teens

Statistics about missing persons flash across the screen as teens head out for some good times, but soon enough the crying and the screaming begin. Eoin C Macken's The Inside will have its world premiere at FrightFest this coming weekend,... More »
By Peter Martin   

Sinister Reflections In ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY Poster!

Eron Sheean's debut feature Errors of the Human Body is having a dream genre festival run. After having its world premiere at the Fantasia Festival in July, the film is due to play Fantastic Fest, Film 4 FrightFest, plus a... More »
By Simon de Bruyn   

FILM4 FrightFest Unveils Biggest Line-Up To-Date!

This August Bank Holiday weekend, the UK's foremost horror film festival reconvenes for its 13th incarnation, titled what else but FILM 4 FrightFest the 13th! Boasting three screens for the first time in its history, the festival has unveiled its... More »
By James Marsh   

HOFF 2011: JULIA'S EYES Review

Seldom has a film with as many impressive moments as the Guillermo Del Toro produced, Guillem Morales directed Julia's Eyes struggled so mightily to link them together in any sort of meaningful way. Designed as an atmospheric throwback to... More »
By Todd Brown   


(A quick explanation: for my viewing of Optimum Home Entertainment's UK release of Bedevilled - available to buy on DVD and BluRay from 28th February 2011 - I've reprinted my earlier review from Manchester's Grimm Up North festival, slightly edited,... More »
By Matthew Lee   

Room for one more? It's Eight Rooks' TOP TEN FOR 2010

And to think I thought it would be a dull year. I might not have been able to join in the fun on the other side of the Atlantic, but the IFFR in Rotterdam (thanks to fellow Twitcher Ard... More »
By Matthew Lee   

LIFF 2010: THE DEAD review

The unique selling point (can we call it that?) for John and Howard Ford's The Dead - the zombie apocalypse hits Africa - is both its biggest strength and greatest weakness. It's a gorgeous, visually distinctive, creepy little road... More »
By Matthew Lee   

Fantastic Fest 2010: RED HILL Review

Red Hill is a straightforward modern revenge western that provides plenty of slick thrills and pacey action, with racial undertones and perhaps the most startling animal appearance of the year...if that's even a category. Police officer Shane Cooper (True... More »
By James Dennis   

TIFF 2010: MONSTERS review

Gareth Edwards' Monsters is a low-budget science fiction production with big ideas, shot in some of the poorest parts of the world, and a story that revolves around a catalysmic event that's changed the planet as we know it.... More »
By Matthew Lee   
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