Frightfest 2018 - Day Four Roundup
Written by Ryan Holloway
As we enter the penultimate day, the heavens have opened. But hell will take care of us as we are in for some real treats today and a few surprises.
Guests at the festival today included Aidan Turner who was in town for the European Premiere of The Man Who Killed Hitler and then the Bigfoot, and Shauna MacDonald, chatting about her new film on the Prince Charles screen – White Chamber.
Tired eyes were well and truly opened with the first film on the main screen, Hell is Where the Home Is. Getting its World Premiere here it’s an interesting twist on the home invasion film that really fleshes out its characters, a solid start to Day 4.
Surely the winner of best title of the festival is the much-anticipated The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot. This film is something of a surprise, as instead of being an action packed slice of comedy-horror it is in fact a slow-burning romantic tale of loss and the sorrow that comes with a life not lived. Sam Elliot is on Academy Award-winning form as he broods through the film. Aidan Turner is also on fine form and adds even more gravitas to a film that is definitely one to see but not for the reasons we all thought.
Not easy to follow that one but He’s Out There was unfortunate to be up next. It’s pretty standard stuff as a man stalks a mother and her two daughters at a Canadian lake house. Nah.
Terrified director Demian Rugna was kind enough to record a message for us on his phone, he’s a funny man, ‘You will scare’ he proclaims. Let’s see. Although it has some nightmarish imagery and some genuine scares, it was somewhat incoherent with characters who lacked any real substance. Creepy rather than terrifying.
Den of Geek presented the final film on the main screen, Anna and the Apocalypse. More toe tapping than toe curling, this zombie-musical is a genuine delight with wonderful performances from its central characters.
Highlights on the Discovery Screen included the UK premiere of Dominique Rocher’s The Night Eats the World, a quiet but effective zombie feature that follows a man who has survived a zombie outbreak and sets up home in an apartment building. Think Castaway with zombies.
Hammer Horror: The Warner Brothers Years is an interesting documentary about the WB years of the Hammer House of Horror and its arguably underrated entries. With unseen footage and pictures it’s a must see for any fan of this classic British horror institution.
There is another slice of 80s nostalgia with Videoman a film about a VHS collector who could save himself from eviction when he finds a very valuable tape. When it gets stolen he goes on a mission to get it back. Swedish genre cinema at its finest.
The Night Sitter closed the screen and you can read our review here. It’s a silly but often fun film about a trio of witches stalking a babysitter and her friends who were in the process of robbing a house - pretty good security system.
Over on the Prince Charles cinema highlights included Lifechanger from director Justin McConnell who we were lucky enough to speak to – expect that interview very soon. Its about a shape-shifter who tries to make things right with a woman he has fallen in love with whilst forming a bond with her over the years in the guise of many different men and women.
Tigers Are Not Afraid closed the day, a Mexican masterpiece on all accounts about a group of children orphaned by an ongoing drug war that has taken so many lives in the city. It’s a stunning fairytale that beautifully flicks from the harsh reality of a ravaged city and the beauty of children’s imaginations.
Only one day left! Noooooooo! Tomorrow we’re looking forward to The Dark, about a flesh eating ghoul and the closing film, Climax, from Irreversible director Gaspar Noe, it's sure to be eye opening!