Directed by: Justin P. Lange, Klemens Hufnagl
Starring: Nadia Alexander, Toby Nicholas
The last film I saw at this year’s ‘Frightfest’ was an Austrian/British film called The Dark. The film is mainly set in one location and follows Mina, an undead girl who lives in the woods and feeds off human flesh. After meeting a blind abused boy called Alex that she decides to care for, she starts regaining human emotions, causing her to question herself.
I want to bring this up now before I continue the review: the plot details I was given before the film were a little misleading. I think, if I had gone in blind, I probably would have different opinions on it. Therefore, my review has been affected by this factor. The details I was given was that Mina is a ghoul that is cursed to haunt her childhood home. However, as you’ll see in the film, this isn’t necessarily the case.
Overall, I thought ‘The Dark’ was ok. The two main actors carried the film very well and they had good on-screen chemistry for the most part (although their acting was a little unbelievable in a couple of scenes). From the details I was given, I expected the film to be a fast-paced monster-esque movie. However, this film is a very slow paced, art-house style film. This works for the majority of the time, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that this would’ve worked better as a fast-paced adventure. There were also a lot of shots that overstayed their welcome on the big screen, and this got tiring very quickly.
The Dark was an interesting idea that unfortunately didn’t completely work in its execution. The cinematography was beautiful but the shots stayed on-screen for far too long most of the time. This would be great to watch on the big screen, just for the cinematography, but that’s about it.
Directed by: Ben Kent
Starring: Mark Heap, Sean Verey, Danny Kirrane, David Mumeni, Timothy
Renouf, Ewen MacIntosh
Picture this: A weekend spent at a zombie-themed survival adventure with your best friends (and your Father-in-law) for your Stag do. Sounds great right? Nothing is going to go wrong at all…well, in Ben Kent’s new horror-comedy F.U.B.A.R (a military acronym for ‘F*cked Up Beyond All Recognition/Repair’), everything goes wrong!
This British film was fantastic and very funny; it has the humour and tone of Shaun of the Dead, which blends perfectly with the film’s premise. The cast were all great and they had fantastic on-screen chemistry. They also all had their own personalities and story arcs, making the film consistently entertaining and interesting, as we watched each character react and deal with the quickly unravelling situation differently. Mark Heap, who plays the straight-faced Father-in-Law and supposed ex-Navy veteran Gerald, was a standout, as well as Sean Verey, who plays the slightly awkward Groom-to-be Sam.
This scenario did unravel in a fairly fast-paced and humorous fashion, which worked to the film’s advantage, as it matched the crazy and on-going problems that the main characters faced.
The final act was where it started to falter a little, as the scenario became a little unbelievable, and the running time could’ve been cut by about 10-20 minutes. However, this film overall was a fun and hilarious ride into complete mayhem that echoes an Edgar Wright film. Make sure to check this one out when it is released.
“After returning to his childhood home, a disgraced children’s puppeteer is forced to confront his wicked stepfather and the secrets that have tortured his entire life.”
Directed by: Matthew Holness
Cast: Sean Harris, Alun Armstrong, Simon Bubb
Release Date: October 26th, 2018
“A teenage Leatherface escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnapping a young nurse and taking her on a road trip from hell while being pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge.”
A brand new trailer for ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ prequel, ‘Leatherface’, has been released ahead of it’s Frightfest debut later this month. The trailer doesn’t offer anything promising if I’m honest, and the fact that it’s premiering first on TV in the US and then releasing on DVD, is definitely a sign that this isn’t going to be on the same level as the ‘Halloween’ film Danny McBride is currently writing.
The trailer and film itself are likely to appeal to fans of the ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ franchise, who will learn the origins of the chainsaw wielding Leatherface as they witness the events that lead up to his first killing spree…
Directed By: Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury
Cast: Finn Jones, Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, James Bloor, Nicole Andrews
Release Date: 25th August (FrightFest), 20th October 2017 (USA, DVD Release)