Film 4 Frightfest – Day 5 Review

2 Sep
Film 4 Frightfest – Day 5 Review

Damn! Slept in again :( Rage! Getting up is an absolute nightmare, so sleepy, lucky I got up at all. Rush to get ready and down in time but miss the whole zombie walk and zombie olympics :( Still make it in plenty of time to get decent tickets at the Discovery Screen.

First film of the day is ZOMBIE WOMEN OF SATAN starring @marysiak. Expecting this to be cheap but wasn’t quite expecting what it was. The return of Emma, who hadn’t returned since the showing of TRIANGLE, meant my bag no longer had a seat :(

Zombie Women of Satan Movie

ZOMBIE WOMEN OF SATAN

The movie tells the tale of rock singer Skye Brannigan’s quest to find her missing sister who has been abducted by a strange cult. Skye is helped / hindered by bizarre freakshow burlesque troupe Flesharama who get caught up in her quest, as they are attacked left, right and centre by a vicious gang of marauding sexy zombie women and the crazy Zander family who created them!

Initial Thoughts – By far the trashiest film at the festival but a lot of good fun. Made in 6 months from conception to release here and was done by putting people together that had never met before. To be fair it is a bit rubbish and could have done with a bit longer gauging it’s jokes and story but I didn’t mind it first thing Monday morning.

I had a long stretch of time between movies so made my way to HMV to pick up DEAD SNOW and then put a Twitter bounty on my head for 28 Days and 28 Weeks later boxset for the first person to find me. Unfortunately I then spent the day hiding outside in Leicester Square leaving the occasional rubbish clue as to where I was and the prize actually went unclaimed. Nobody loves me :(

Next up was IT’S ALIVE which was so bad that I’m not even giving it a full synopsis.

It's Alive Movie

IT’S ALIVE

After attempting to abort baby using drugs bought online ridiculous puppet baby goes on murderous rampage.

Initial Thoughts – Worst film of Frightfest. Pointless remake, hated every second of it. The usher did warn me before I went in and it turns out he was right.

I stayed in the Discovery Screen and was joined by David, who was seeing his first film in it, for FRAGMENT.

Fragment Movie

FRAGMENT

When Lloyd, a photographer slowly dying of a brain tumor, realises the growth killing him is breathing life into the recently dead, he uses his camera lens as the conduit to reanimation. After discovering a disturbing snuff film of a beautiful naked woman being tortured and murdered, he is compelled to bring her back to life. Enchanted by her grace and charm he resurrects her night after night and gradually falls in love. However, each night Lloyd also unwittingly resurrects her killer.

Initial Thoughts – Really good ghost story. Not quite scary but by Day 5 the ennui had set in, so that could have something to do with it. Certainly worth a watch.

To end Day 5 there’s two world premieres HEATRLESS and THE DESCENT: PART 2. Was quite looking forward to HEARTLESS but couldn’t really remember what happened in the original Descent. These premieres certainly brought out the ladies, with the cinema becoming packed with women in dresses!

As it turns out the soundtrack was also written by director Philip Pullman and performed by the star of HEARTLESS, Jim Sturgess. The main stage was set up with guitars and keyboard and Jim Sturgess performed a couple of the songs from the movie, which were actually quite good.

Heartless Movie

HEARTLESS

Jamie Morgan’s life has always been blighted by the large, heart-shaped birthmark on his face. He lives in an urban world dominated by a terrifying gang culture, whose random violence has convinced Jamie that the world is meaningless and ugly. Then Jamie meets someone who tells him the truth; the violence is not random, it’s far from chaotic, there is a reason for everything. Once Jamie accepts this the world reveals itself as a thing of great beauty… and that’s when his real nightmare start.

Initial Thoughts – Really good modern fantasy horror but does come across as slightly sub-Gaiman in it’s telling with some ideas not fully formed or explained. I saw the ‘twist’ coming miles off but as it wasn’t really the point of the movie it wasn’t necessary for a payoff. Warrants a repeat viewing and could become a favourite along the lines of Stardust.

Still ridiculously packed in the foyer but made it back to my seat for THE DESCENT 2, which I wasn’t so bothered about but figured I’d make it to the end. It was horribly warm and I’d gone through 2 bottles of water already.

The Descent Part 2 Movie

THE DESCENT: PART 2

Shauna Macdonald returns as Sarah, continuing the story of the first entry in which a group of young women disappear during a caving trip in the Appalachian Mountains.
Emerging from the cave system alone, distraught and covered in the blood of her missing companions, Sarah is incoherent and half-wild with fear. Skeptical about her account of events and convinced Sarah’s psychosis hides far darker secrets, Sheriff Vaines (Gavan O’Herlihy) doesn’t waste time. Along with his partner Rios (Krysten Cummings), and their cave rescue team Dan (Douglas Hodge), Greg (Joshua Dallas), and Cath (Anna Skellern), Vaines forces Sarah back into the caves to help the rescuers find her friends.

Initial Thoughts – More of the same but ups the action and the blood. If you liked the first you should quite like the second, even if you didn’t think they should make a sequel. To be fair the amnesia plot device is a bit of lazy writing and if you have to rely on it you probably shouldn’t be doing it but as I didn’t care so much for the first I didn’t mind.

And it was over! I said my goodbyes and skipped the trip to The Phoenix Bar as I was in desperate need of a shower and some sleep. Oh and as for the sigle greatest thing in the world, well, maybe that was an exaggeration but it was certainly the best thing of the weekend.

Frightfest Planner

With 2 screens this was absolutely invaluable in planning my weekend, as simply knowing the start times isnt good enough. If I could remember the name of the girl that gave it to me they’d get a huge thank you. If anybody is going next year I heartily recommend you make one yourself.

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