Frightfest is back… not quite where you were looking! This year with new headline sponsor The Horror Channel, Frightfest took over the entire of the West 12 Vue in Shepherds Bush, and offered a 67-film lineup over main and discovery screens.
If you’re looking for some 4th of July fireworks you might want to check out the latest Steven Seagal move: Asian Connection. Following the lives of two small time crooks Jack (John Edward Lee) and Sam (Byron Gibson), who pick the wrong mark and unwittingly steal cash from drug lord Gan Sirankiri (played by Seagal). Their only chance is to rob Thai banks and recoup Gan Sirankiri’s cash, a tactic that can only lead to an explosive conclusion.
Asian Connection is release to DVD on the 4th of July.
There’s something about the story of Victor Frankenstein and his creation that has endured particularly in film, which makes it somewhat ironic that several of the most recognised elements aren’t from Mary Shelley’s novel. Most notably, of course, the whole stitching of body parts, lightning and “It’s alive!” owe more to James Whale’s 1931 movie than Shelley’s writing.
Recently in particular the rate of Frankensteinian (yes it is a word!) films seems to have increased, and the first four months of 2016 alone are seeing three movies and a TV series released on UK DVD/BluRay – and that’s without including any rereleases (or Hotel Transylvania 2, because, well, just because!) – so it takes something a bit different to stand out.
We spoke recently to Matthew Jacobs and Vanessa Yuille about their current project, a documentary about American Doctor Who Fans called ‘Doctor Who Am I’. (listen here). You can also watch them tell you about their film below.
Matt was the writer of the Doctor Who TV Movie but kept some distance between himself and fandom after the movies critical reception with some fans. Recently he was invited to a fan convention and this documentary charts him being reintroduced to Doctor Who fandom. It also looks in detail at American fans of the show, something that’s not been looked at this way before.
If you want to find out more about ‘Doctor Who Am I’ you can read more on it’s website: http://www.doctorwhoami.com/
You can also help crowd found the document via their Indigogo campaign.
Filming began in February 2015 at the Gallifrey One Convention in Los Angeles with additional interviews with fans shot over the summer and at the Long Island Who Convention in November. It’s due for release next year to tie in with the 20th anniversary of the TV movie.
August Bank Holiday weekend, and putting excitement for Series 9 on the back burner for a few days, it was time for the annual visit to the Dark Heart of Cinema that is Film4 Frightfest 2015.
To commemorate the spooky time of year, here’s the first Skaro Awards ceremony for Frightfest. The main focus is on summer, but there is reference to Glasgow and all-nighter films seen too.
Top 5 films – Sleep Tight, Sinister, American Mary, Maniac, Cockneys vs Zombies/Tower Block (tie)
Best actress – Katherine Isabelle (American Mary). Runner up – Rosie Day (The Seasoning House)
Best actor – Luis Tosar (Sleep Tight). Runner up – Ethan Hawke (Sinister)
Best newcomer – Ross Noble (Stitches). Runner up – Rosie Day (The Seasoning House)
Best writer/s – The Soska twins (American Mary). Runners up – Scott Derricksen & C Robert Cargill (Sinister)
Best director/s – The Soska Twins (American Mary). Runner up – Scott Derricksen (Sinister)
Best short – The Halloween Kid. Runner up – The Captured Bird
Best Turn Off Your Bloody Phone short – Mr Ian Rattray. Runners up – Mr James Moran, Daddy Cross
Best acting by someone only seen indirectly for 95% of the film – Elijah Wood (Maniac)
Best kill – Stitches (umbrella). Runner up – Cockneys vs Zombies (Richard Briers lets rip)
Best action sequences – The Raid. Runner up – Cockneys vs Zombies
Scariest film – Sinister. Runner up – V/H/S
Funniest film – Dead Sushi. Runners up – Stitches, Cockneys vs Zombies
Best twist/s – The Tall Man. Runners up – Chained, Sinister
Best event – Seeing Nightbreed as Clive Barker originally wanted it. Runner up – Dario Argento’s eloquent interview
Best monster/s – Nightbreed. Runner up – After
Grossest monster when you think about it – Under the Bed (really, ew)
Best world design – Nightbreed. Runner up – Under the Bed
Most unfortunate line (English) – “Sorry I blew you off on the bus”, After. Runner up – “I don’t want you touching [my box]”, The Possession (said to her father!)
Most unfortunate line (dubbed/subtitled) – “Noone really knows anything about him, except they say he’s a hermaphrodite”, Tulpa. Runner up – most of Hidden in the Woods
Worst subtitles – Hidden in the Woods
Most unnecessary nudity – Paura 3D
Best interview moment – Dario Argento’s anecdote about Rutger Hauer not showing up on set (it involved a bush and a Russian…)
Biggest facepalm of the festival – ungrateful SOB decides to spoil the Q&A for The Seasoning House. Runner up – the kiss, After
The Dick van Dyke Award for worst accent – Richard Coyle (Outpost II especially)
Special award for making less sense than the Swedish Chef on LSD – Berberian Sound Studio. Runner up – Under the Bed
Special award for usage of common mythology in an interesting/new way – The Thompsons (vampires). Runner up – The Possession (Jewish exorcism)
The Regeneration award for varied yet consistent excellence across different films by the same person – James Moran (Cockneys vs Zombies, Tower Block and Turn Off Your Bloody Phone shorts). Runner up – Vincent D’Onofrio (Chained and Sinister)