Mark Bartlett at Close-Up Film interviewed FrightFest Festival founder Alan Jones, who has just launched the new FrightFest Presents distribution label to VOD. The initial six titles (AAAAH!, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEB, SAND, AFTERDEATH, SOME KIND OF HATE and ESTRANGED) are on on itunes now and have been carefully created to appeal to horror aficionados.
With the Halloween weekend approaching and all those scary movies being dug out from dark places, we delve into the madness of horror remakes and why Hollywood can’t stop making (or should that be remaking) them.
The Devil’s Woods is the first feature film from writer/director Anthony White. Visceral and violent, this independent film is a homage to the Italian horror films of the 1970’s from director Mario Bava and classics such as The Wicker Man.
After years of being annually demoralised by Paranormal Activity sequels, I’ve become quite prejudiced against found footage as a format. Houses of Halloween (Known stateside as The Houses October Built) makes me want to reevaluate that stance a little bit, while still being guilty of several unforgivable flaws.
Dir. Dominic Brunt, UK, 2015, 83 mins Cast: Victoria Smurfit, Joanne Mitchell, Jonathan Slinger Bait, also known in some territories as The Taking (in my opinion the more appropriate title) is the second feature from supremely talented director Dominic Brunt, who most would recognise as Paddy, a staple from the long-running British soap Emmerdale. Bex and Dawn, two good friends played by Victoria Smurfit and (Brunt’s real...