Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Some ruminations on the event that was Frightfest.
Watching 23 films across 5 days was nowhere near as brain boiling as I thought it would be, there wasn't too many real clunkers in there and some of it was just incredible. A vast majority of the films had directors and cast in attendance for Q&A's which were mostly interesting and occasionally enlightening. Although there were some daft questions, including this gem from the Kill List Q&A: "The violence in that scene was quite intense, did you mean to put it in?", Director (with massive sarcasm): "No. I was as surprised as you when I watched that".
Before the main evening films there were sometimes short presentations of forthcoming films, often introduced by the filmmakers, the most interesting being one called Cockneys Vs Zombies with Richard Briers and an Uzi. Seriously.
Sometimes there were short film tributes/homages to John Carpenter. The best of these was They Live where two friends violently disagree over 3D cinema culminating in a massive alleyway fight, one chap constantly brandishing a pair of 3D specs and demanding "Put on the glasses!".
There was also a selection of 'Grindhouse' trailers from a forthcoming compilation. They provided some of the weirdest moments of the whole event and featured a film titled "The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here!", King.
We only missed 2 films (Chillerama & Detention), we got some quiz answers right but not enough to win so good thing we didn't actually enter, we missed the interview (Larry something?), we ate an absurd amount of pizza and saw Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet. Here's a couple of lists:
1. Kill List
2. Troll Hunter
3. The Innkeepers
4. The Woman
5. The Glass Man
5 not favourites:
1. A Night In The Woods
2. Panic Button
3. The Holding
Thanks to Joe for being Hardcore To The Max. His words, not mine.
Monday, 29 August 2011
Sunday, 28 August 2011
Saturday, 27 August 2011
Friday, 26 August 2011
(Frightfest Day 1)
6 stories, and roughly 3 too long.
1. A man searches for Lovecraft's Necronomicon but ends up having sex with a giant toad that has four breasts.
2. A man reacts extremely calmly to his wife's confession of massive sexual indiscretion (except he doesn't).
3. A man repeatedly dreams of getting his dick cut off. Features the dialogue "Lovecraftian vagina".
4. A man crashes into a moose prompting a childs first musings on mortality.
5. No men.
6. A man gets upset that he's being dumped so his lady friend eats his heart.
Thursday, 25 August 2011
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
Monday, 22 August 2011
Sunday, 21 August 2011
Friday, 19 August 2011
Saturday, 13 August 2011
Thursday, 11 August 2011
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Monday, 8 August 2011
Sunday, 7 August 2011
Friday, 5 August 2011
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
Tuesday, 2 August 2011
I didn't want to watch this but Lovefilm obviously had a different outlook on events.
So I watched some of the most outrageously convoluted cat and mouse activities ever portrayed on screen, so complex they require a rulebook (shown at the start) to understand and follow. Ridiculous.