Month: August 2020

  • FrightFest 2020: The Swerve review

    ★★★★☆ In Dean Kapsalis’ impressive psychological drama The Swerve a suburbanite loses her grip on reality, the catalyst for the descent into madness is a bite from a rodent and a recurring nightmare involving a car crash, which may or may not have happened in waking life. On the surface, Holly (Azura Skye) has a nice…

    FrightFest 2020: The Swerve review
  • FrightFest 2020: Dark Place review

    ★★★☆☆ Anthologies are typically a mixed bag, and so it goes with this Australian collection of horror yarns directed and mostly starring indigenous filmmakers and actors. Dark Place’s mix of post-colonialist commentary and genre storytelling lends a fascinating perspective to a people outcast in their own land.  Commissioned to promote First Australian talent, Dark Place is an anthology…

    FrightFest 2020: Dark Place review
  • FrightFest 2020: Aquaslash review

    ★★☆☆☆ Slashers have used all manner of holiday celebrations and location gimmicks in their bid to deliver greater chills and spills. Aquaslash, which unfortunately isn’t Canadian slang for peeing in the pool, unfolds in a water park with a suitably tragic heritage.  This French-Canadian production is so committed to being retrograde, so much an unreconstructed…

    FrightFest 2020: Aquaslash review
  • FrightFest 2020: A Ghost Waits review

    ★★★★☆ In Adam Stovall’s necromantic horror film, a lonely blue-collar worker at the end of his tether meets and falls in love with a ghost haunting a property he’s overseeing for renovation. A Ghost Waits is an unexpectedly heartfelt gem of micro-budgeted filmmaking.   No matter how many tenants the landlord gets, they don’t last long.…

    FrightFest 2020: A Ghost Waits review
  • FrightFest 2020: Hall review

    ★★★★☆ Francesco Giannini’s chiller pits a mum and her young child in a fight for their lives after an airborne virus turns their hotel into a gauntlet of diseased, violent fellow occupants. The resulting saga delivers more on its generic-sounding scenario than meets the eye.  With Amy Seimetz’s She Dies Tomorrow and Rob Savage’s Host tapping into coronavirus…

    FrightFest 2020: Hall review
  • FrightFest 2020: The Clapboard Jungle review

    ★★★☆☆ Justin McConnell’s The Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business is an eye-opening and informative documentary all about the rough road countless artists travel on to get films made and seen by audiences. For making a movie is just half the battle.  We’ve long known movie making is a brutal, cynical, exploitative business run by those…

    FrightFest 2020: The Clapboard Jungle review
  • FrightFest 2020: Skull: The Mask review

    ★★☆☆☆ An inventive setup unfortunately cannot save Skull: The Mask from its poor attributions. Confusing editing, disjointed storytelling, too many subplots which appear to be from completely different films, only the delightfully gruesome special effects and vivid cityscape location shooting leave a positive impression.   Horror is all about execution. Aesthetics and craft as much as victims for…

    FrightFest 2020: Skull: The Mask review
  • FrightFest 2020: 12 Hour Shift review

    ★★★★☆ In Brea Grant’s ghoulish US healthcare farce, 12 Hour Shift, a junkie nurse and her accomplices run a body parts scam for the local mob, only for their secretive operation to come crashing down, when an unreliable courier enters the fray.   Mandy (Angela Bettis) works long hours at the local hospital, somewhere in Arkansas. She’s…

    FrightFest 2020: 12 Hour Shift review

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