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FrightFest 2011: ‘Panic Button’ review

★★★☆☆ UK director Chris Crow follows up his debut feature Devil’s Bridge (2010) with Panic Button (2011), which screened at this year’s Film4 FrightFest. When four strangers meet for the first time at an airport, they […]

FrightFest 2011: ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ review

★★★☆☆ Apparently, Guillermo del Toro has been itching to make this one for years. In his youth, John Newland’s 1973 haunted house tale became a by-word for ‘creepy’ between himself and friends. Having secured the rights […]

FrightFest 2011: ‘Rabies’ review

★★★★☆ In Latin, the word rabies translates literally as ‘madness’; something the pretty girls and boys visiting this deserted woodland could never have imagined. Aharon Keshales’ Rabies (Kalevet, 2010) violently breaks all the conventions of the slasher […]

FrightFest 2011: ‘Troll Hunter’ review

★★☆☆☆ In the run-up to its Saturday screening at this year’s Film4 FrightFest, I can exclusively reveal that Norwegian mockumentary Troll Hunter (2010) revolves around the act of…troll hunting. It really is that simple – and […]

Venice Film Festival 2011: Preview

The 68th Venice Film Festival kicks off at the end of this month (31 August) with a whole host of world premieres including Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (read our preview here), Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering […]

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011: Alternative roundup

It has been little over half a year since the last Sheffield Doc/Fest, and while the impetus for the move to June was somewhat undermined by the sodden outdoor screenings, the sheer breadth of films and […]

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011: Festival roundup

Sheffield Doc/Fest has rightly won a reputation for being one of the most important aspects of the documentary film calendar for industry professionals and fans of the form alike. This year it had moved its slot […]