The forth day of Frightfest started a little later for us, descending on the discovery screen rather than the main one for Outcast, a movie that turned out to be nothing like my expectation. This shakily shot movie has been given far more thought than many of the other movies at Frightfest combined. Starring James Nesbitt, Claire Catterson and Karen Gillen this strange witches and werewolf’s combo movie held back no punches. If your sick of Gillen who plays Amy in Doctor Who always surviving, feel safe in the knowledge there is no survival for her here. Despite some obvious flaws, and a mixture of good and bad special effects this really deserved to be on the Frightfest main screen, rather than being relegated to a smaller screen.
Back to the main screen and there was a brief Q & A with Mark Hearn about his recent and popular Hammer books, The Art Of Hammer, The Hammer Story and Hammer Glamour.
Next up was We Are What We Are, a Spanish tale of cannibalism which started with great promise then slowly became quite a laboured piece of work. There were some wonderful bits, but some that really never made much sense at all. The biggest issue was that it never really got started, the movie began with the death of a father, and the story played out about how his remaining family tried to live their cannibal lifestyle without him, the source of their food.
Adam & Joe returned with part four of The Road To Frightfest, I’d been wondering who the third person on the journey had been and today got the answer, it was not who I expected.
Damned By Dawn was the next movie offering, and while providing two of the best scares of the festival so far, it proved on the whole to be the least popular movie. This tired, dreary low budget Australian horror movie ran out of fizz very early on, and the last 30 minutes were so slow, painful, and generic of the old 80’s style horror it was frustrating to watch, not dissimilar in a lot of ways to someone dragging there nails down a blackboard.
The festivals most controversial movie A Serbian Film was pulled at the 11th hour so to speak when Westminster Council demanded it be classified by the BBFC, who in turn demanded 40 odd cuts adding up to about 4 minutes. The organisers said it was better to pull the movie than show it heavily censored. So for days they have been dangling a carrot above our heads, what would the replacement be?
Well today we found out, Ryan Reynolds stars in the one handed feature Buried, in which his character Paul awakes buried in a coffin somewhere in Iraq. Luckily left with a cell phone and some supplies Paul makes a series of phone calls to various people in order to secure his survival. Buried has received great reviews across the globe, and I’m not going to ruin that praise, it was the best movie of the day and one of the best of the festival. It’s a truly heartbreaking piece that proves if anyone has doubts, that Ryan Reynolds is one of the most talented multi-functional actors working in the film industry.
Before we departed for the evening we saw a 20 minute excerpt from the top secret Adam Green/Joe Lynch project Chillerama, an anthology movie based on the popularity of the American drive-in. Adam showed his section The Diary Of Anne Frankenstein in full, and was incredibly well received, it was simply hysterical. The story revolves around a raid on a secret house containing Anne Frank (shortened from Frankenstein) and her family. Having executed the family, Hitler steals the instructions on how to create a fearless creature. Some will regard it as poor taste, but it really works rather well; it’s stars Joel Moore as Hitler, and Kane Hodder (of Friday the 13th and the Hatchet movies) as the monster. After the screening Adam explained for those that had not realised that the German spoke in the movie was just nonsense, and the only real German was lude humour aimed at the person saying the lines. Other excerpts set to feature in the movie is a zombie story in which zombies have sex with the living, and a terrible accident involving sperm.
What started badly on many levels, ended fantastically had it not been for the last two offerings this would have been a very poor day indeed.