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 2018 08 23 frightfest 2018 day two

FRIGHTFEST 2018 - Day Two Roundup

Written by Ryan Holloway

Before we get into the round up, first a stand out movie moment from the day. Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich has probably the most grotesque movie kill of the festival so far, maybe even of all time. All we’ll say is that apparently pregnant women are not off limits when it comes to Puppet based kills... THAT scene will never leave us. Ever. Check it out when you can and we’ll see you in therapy.

So, moving on, some highlights from Day 2! Deep breath and here we go.

The coffee is stronger, the smiles are still there and things are ramping up as films are coming thick and fast like slow-motion blood gushing from a hotel elevator.

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On the main screen we start with the aptly titled The Cleaning Lady, and if you’ve seen the state of those cinema floors after us horror fans have been though you’d understand why. Getting its World Premiere, the film from director Jon Knautz (The Shrine) delivers a nasty little tale of a women befriending her facially scarred cleaning lady, Shelley. It’s a dark start to the day, just the way we like it.

Up next, the European Premiere of Braid, a Gothic fairytale about drug-dealing best friends Petula and Tilda, who flee town and hide at the mansion of a childhood friend... suffice to say the friend, Daphne, is a little on the disturbed side and things go bloody, and fast! Check this one out if you can.

The hotly anticipated Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich was up next and we got an intro from the one and only Barbara Crampton who plays a retired cop in the film now giving tours of the Mansion where the puppet-based murders took place back in the 80s. A convention is holding an auction of the now infamous puppets who are reanimated and go on a killing spree. The deaths are inventive and jaw dropping, especially when one of the puppets is awakened in the room of a pregnant woman who apparently is also fair game. It takes the line of decency and torches it. Good fun but you’ll feel properly dirty afterwards.

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The Most Assassinated Woman in the World was a welcome change of pace. Based on historical events the film is about Paula Maxa who during her heyday in the 30’s was the star of Grand Guignol Theatre in Paris and was graphically ‘murdered’ more than 10,000 times in over 60 different ways. It is an atmospheric piece that is one of the more thought provoking films of the festival, well worth a watch.

The director of Martyrs Pascal Laugier returns to the festival with Incident in a Ghostland, a gross-out home invasion movie. A Fantasy author returns to the house that 16 years earlier saw herself and her daughters confronted by intruders. It’s a rampantly tense film that will keep you in knots from start to finish.

Boar closes the day on the main screen. It’s about a goddamn massive bloodthirsty Boar! That’s all you or anyone else needs to know, go see it, its funny and ridiculous in all the best ways and comes from director Chris Sun. Becoming Boar food is a cast made up of names from Wolf Creek and Mad Max in this Australian creature feature. Hopefully there will be a sequel... can we suggest the title Boar(s)?

Meanwhile on the Discovery Screen, Our House kicks things off with its European Premiere. This sci-fi mystery is based on Ghost From the Machine and sees a man finding a way to bring his parents back to life but his experiments bring forth sinister things from a dark universe. Following that is A Bluebird in my Heart; an interesting thriller that sees a man leaving prison and planning to get his life back on track. Things go a little John Wick when a girl he has befriended is assaulted. Then we were treated to the first Short Film showcase, which had a deliciously eclectic bunch of films with summoned Demons, body horror, vampires and home invasion. It’s a great addition to the day and fantastic to see so much new talent that we’ll keep our eyes on.

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Pimped is the next feature on the bill from director David barker, about a sexual game gone wrong, followed by another Barbara Crampton title (she’s everywhere and we’d have it no other way) Dead Night, about a family who go to a cabin the woods (obvs) and take in a woman who they find passed out in the snow, things quickly go all cabiny and woodsy and bloody…yay!

Closing the day on the Discovery screen is Crystal Eyes, a pretty special film about a Fashion Editor of a magazine honouring a dead supermodel on the anniversary of her death. The night before the cover photo, people start dying. Looks like the model is back and no one is going to take her spotlight!

The Prince Charles Screen started in introspective fashion with the behind the scenes doc; Frightfest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema, traversing the 19 years of the festival since its humble beginnings to the safe haven for horror fans that it is today. Expect to see the Frightfest team as you’ve never seen them before with archive pics and film clips. It’s a really welcome glimpse behind the curtain to make us laugh and further appreciate the hard work involved. No wonder they always look stressed! ;)

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Next up something a little different. Final Stop, a short film sponsored by Sennheiser and shot completely on an android phone with sound recorded using full binaural audio. The film was viewed using headphones to give the best sound experience. At 10mins long it was rather standard fair with a girl on a bus being stalked, with a twist at the end. The shame was that the ‘3D sound’ didn’t really have the desired effect and felt like we were watching a film on our laptops, and when you’re in a cinema with actual surround sound it feels a little out of place. But hopefully as the technology progresses it could be worth looking out for. It was certainly an interesting addition to the programme.

Another highlight at the Prince Charles was Owen Long’s Seeds. This dark but thoughtful horror delves deep into desire and dangerous temptation. Its themes are difficult to watch but this is one of the more important films of the festival. We were lucky enough to speak to Owen about the film, expect the interview to hit the site soon.

So Day 2 is done... it's all happening so fast! But fear not, or fear as much as you want, as we still have 3 days of to keep you updated on. Coffee is slowly changing to beer, which will inevitably turn to coffee again, not literally, we’re not alchemists.

Day 3 gives us Upgrade, which has been getting some great pre-festival vibes. Also Halloween is playing again so we’re off to get some workmen’s overalls and kitchen knives…totally unrelated but they’ll be handy.

About The Author
Ryan Holloway
Staff Reviewer
As far back as he can remember Ryan has always had an obsession with films, and horror in particular. 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' and ‘Alien’ were the first films that really stuck in the psyche and rather than scarring his tiny mind and running up a huge therapy bill, those films created a fascination with the dark side of life and art. Brought up by Freddy, Jason and Michael Myers (not literally), horror will always fascinate him no matter how absurd, dark, twisted, barmy or just plain wrong. Horror DNA gives him the opportunity, and excuse, to legitimise his macabre tastes and watch whatever strangeness comes his way.
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