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RABID - Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 Film Review.

Written by John Serge, Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska Directed by The Soska Sisters… Jen Soska & Sylvia Soska As the poster artwork tells you, RABID is a re-imagining of David Cronenberg’s classic plastic surgery disaster/contagion movie from 1977. Where once you had the porn star Marilyn Chambers (BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR) as Rose Miller, today the Soska Sisters – Jen and Sylvia – lend the name to their lead star Laura Vandervoort (Anna in JIGSAW). The first of many subtle nods the body h...

August 28, 2019

THE BARGE PEOPLE - Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 Film Review.

Written by Christopher Lombard Directed by Charlie Steeds Who knew the glorious British countryside could be so life-threatening? Google it. You’ll find nothing more to fear than an adder biting you or ticks to make you itch. For THE BARGE PEOPLE, director Charlie Steeds pits two sisters and their boyfriends up against angry, resentful locals, but the real threat to their weekend break, are the flesh-eating fish mutants lurking in the water. Genre folk know the score. This is the classic explo...

August 28, 2019

TALES FROM THE LODGE - Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 Film Review.

Written and directed by Abigail Blackmore As the title suggests, with its respectful nod to TALES FROM THE CRYPT, this film is a portmanteau. Stories are shared of an anonymous killer, a future zombie apocalypse, ghost hunts and an absurdly horrific heart transplant performed in front a trash rock band. All the while we keep returning to the place writer/director Abigail Blackmore starts her debut feature - an isolated lodge by a lake. It is here you spend most of the film watching and waiting a...

August 28, 2019

THE PERISHED - Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 Film Review.

Written and directed by Paddy Murphy THE PERISHED focuses on a happy go lucky Irish student called Sarah Dekker and her discovery she’s pregnant – out of wedlock. Her misery starts before she even gets the chance to announce it, when her boyfriend unceremoniously dumps her. It doesn’t take long for the ‘bad’ news to reach her Catholic zealot mother, played with wicked and cruel fervour by Noelle Clarke. In a wonderful display of religious hypocrisy she rages at Sarah for the shame she ...

August 28, 2019

SATANIC PANIC - Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 Film Review.

Written by Grady Hendrix; Story by Ted Geoghegan Directed by Chelsea Stardust Comedy/horror SATANIC PANIC is like being hit in the face by a beautiful, strawberry-scented baseball bat. It hurts your eyes, but the smell is so good you want to go back and experience more. In this case it isn’t the smell, of course, but the absurdly funny – but by no means tame – violence you repeatedly witness. Innocent pizza-delivery driver (Hayley Griffith) is sent to a rich neighbourhood, but somehow beco...

August 28, 2019

Documentary LIFE'S A BEACH Now Free To View On Amazon Prime In UK, US, AU, Canada & NZ.

BritFlicks is delighted to share the news that our indie documentary LIFE'S A BEACH, is now FREE to view on Amazon Prime in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  THE GUARDIAN "A picture-perfect documentary detailing a threat to the idyll of an English eccentric." LIFE'S A BEACH was an official selection at the Glasgow Film Festival, East End Film Festival and Toronto beaches Film Festival. Featuring the music of Rudy, Zenon & Shane Warman, LIFE'S A BEACH follows the life...

August 27, 2019

BULLETS OF JUSTICE - Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 Film Review

Written by Valeri Milev and Timur Turisbekov Directed by Valeri Milev Writer/director Valeri Milev takes you on a wild ride into a dark dystopia, where world war three rages. But this is no ordinary version of ‘wild’, this revolves around a secret military project – code name ‘Army Bacon’. This absurd side bar about inbreeding between humans and pigs in order to create a super soldier has led to hybrids, known as Muzzies. They are now farming humans like animals. The last hope for mank...

August 27, 2019

THE MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION OF MICHAEL REEVES - Arrow Video Frightfest Film Review.

Written by Kat Ellinger Directed by Dima Ballin Regular listeners to the Britflicks.com #5GreatBritishHorrorFilms podcast series will know what high regard WITCHFINDER GENERAL (1968) is held. It’s a genuine masterpiece of the genre form, by Michael Reeves, a promising director born in Sutton, Surrey. It was his third feature film, but just twelve months after it was released he was dead, aged just 25, from an accidental overdose of pills he was taking to curb his depression and insomnia. Howev...

August 26, 2019

EAT BRAINS LOVE - Arrow Video Frightfest Review.

Written by Mike Herro, David Strauss; adapted from the original novel UNDEAD WITH BENEFITS by Jeff Hart Directed by Rodman Flender This zombie rom-com throws together the unlikely pairing of stoner, lazy good-for-nothing dreamer Jake Stephens and the hottest – in his opinion - girl in school, Amanda Blake on a flesh-eating road trip. Like IT FOLLOWS the danger comes from having sex with a carrier, but instead of cursing you with the dilemma of whether to pass it further on, EAT, BRAINS, LOVE...

August 26, 2019

DANIEL ISN’T REAL - Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 Film Review.

Written by Brian DeLeeuw & Adam Egypt Mortimer; adapted from Brian DeLeeuw’s novel IN THIS WAY I WAS SAVED Directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer When Luke was six years-old, he escaped the shouts and smashing crockery of his bickering parents to wander the calm midtown Manhattan streets near his home. Unfortunately, this innocent child inadvertently witnesses the aftermath of a mass shooting in a café. Staring into the dead eyes of a blood soaked victim flopped out on the street, he meets Daniel, a...

August 26, 2019

SPIRAL - Arrow Video Frightfest Review.

Written by Colin Minihan & John PoliquinDirected by Kurtis David HarderSPIRAL starts with a – literal – cold opening of a queer-bashing scene in a 1985 snowy parking lot before leaping ten years into the future. In 1995 it’s the gentle drive in to small town USA by gay dads – Aaron and Malik - and their sixteen year old daughter Kayla. Malik, played by Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, is the former big city, club kid, drag queen, who has stole the heart of much older Aaron – the natur...

August 26, 2019

HAPPY FACE - Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 Film Review.

Written by Joelle Bourjoy, Alexandre Franchi Directed by Alexandre Franchi Overweight Vanessa heads up a group therapy session for people with extreme and visual facial/medical scars – the kind that, sadly, make too many people stop and stare. Among them is Augustine, his hood up, face contorted behind bandages pulled taut across his face. Everyone is worried about leaving their comfort zone. Every day tasks like walking into a bar and ordering a round of drinks are mountains to climb for thes...

August 25, 2019

THE DRONE - Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 Film Review.

Written by Al Kaplan, Jon Kaplan and Jordan Rubin Directed by Jordan Rubin THE DRONE is a weird, tongue-in-cheek film from ZOMBEAVERS director, Jordan Rubin. It’s full of ridiculous contrivances that just about enable the film to chug on like a rusty jeep with three flat tyres, but lets be honest, no one is coming here for the subtext or raw emotion, are they? It’s a film where a drone propeller lacerates an old man’s arse in the bath. You’re watching THE DRONE for the laughs. A newlywed...

August 25, 2019

FEEDBACK - Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 Film Review.

Written by Pedro C Alonso and Alberto Marini Directed by Pedro C Alonso Jarvis Dolan is a popular, but notorious talk radio show host. He’s championed for being the foe of the right wing and the bigots a la LBC’s James O’Brien. His job does come at considerable cost to his welfare. You join him as he’s returning to the mic after surviving a kidnapping and his car being torched. Jarvis, played by Eddie Marson is dead behind the eyes in terms of fear – he has a calling and no scare tacti...

August 25, 2019

VOLITION - Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 Film Review.

Written by Tony Dean Smith, Ryan W Smith Directed by Tony Dean Smith VOLITION throws you into the nightmare world of James. His gift of clairvoyance is more of a curse given he discovered his magic powers when he had a vision of his mother’s death and did nothing about it - that’s naturally led to a lifetime of regret. He’s cooped up in his apartment, one wall, inexplicably covered in notes and reminders like Guy Pierce’s body in MEMENTO. He’s late with his rent and his landlord is bus...

August 25, 2019

A SERIAL KILLER'S GUIDE TO LIFE - Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 Film Review.

Written and directed by Staten Cousins Roe Lou Farnt (Katie Brayben) is a self-help addict. In particular, Chuck Knoah’s mellifluous tones and anodyne wisdom float around her cloudy head. It’s not done her much good to date. She still lives in the sleepy seaside town she was raised, works a dead end job and endures the wrath and passive aggressive bile of her resentful mother. She loathes her daughter, but clearly needs her in equal measure. When Lou meets spiky life coach Val Stone (Poppy R...

August 25, 2019

DEATH OF A VLOGGER - Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 Film Review

Written and directed by Graham Hughes. Graham Hughes’s debut feature film is on the surface a spooky mockumentary investigation into a haunting at his namesakes apartment. Any seasoned viewer of this style of film will know this means apparitions and weird happenings occurring in frame for the audience’s benefit as the hapless protagonist blithely talks into the lens about nothing happening. However, just beneath that veneer of our expectations DEATH OF A VLOGGER reveals itself to be a reall...

August 25, 2019

I TRAPPED THE DEVIL - Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 Film Review

Written and directed by Josh Lobo The title tells you everything you need to know, but to unravel the presupposition, writer/director Josh Lobo first takes an estranged brother, Matt, egged on by his well-meaning wife, Karen. They turn up, unannounced, at Steve’s home to celebrate the holidays together. Rather than be pleased to see his brother and sister-in-law, Steve point blank tells them they can’t stay. Matt refuses to leave and over dinner you discover this is more a mercy mission to b...

August 25, 2019

FINGERS - Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 Film Review & Teaser Trailer.

Written and directed by Juan Ortiz Office manager Amanda goes on a perverse road to recovery of her hang-ups about other people’s body imperfections when one of her team, Walter, arrives in work with his pinky missing. Naturally, it freaks her out, but when he comes in the next day, seemingly accepting of his other pinky being lopped off, she’s more curious than appalled. Sabina Friedman-Seitz’s portrayal of Amanda’s irrational fear is A1. Her search for answers sees her wander into the ...

August 25, 2019

THE DEEPER YOU DIG - Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 Film Review

Written by Toby Poser & John Adams Directed by Toby Poser, John Adams & Zelda Adams Kurt has had a few too many drinks with dinner and he’s driving home as the snow falls. Echo is a teenage girl who disobeys her mother to go sledging after dark. She skids out onto the road into the path of Kurt’s truck. What he does next is unforgivable. Ivy, the mother, lost her gift of second sight years ago, but is naturally grief stricken, like the customers she cons with fake tarot readings and séances...

August 24, 2019

THE WIND - Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 Film Review.

Written by Teresa Sutherland Directed by Emma Tammi This horror/western starts with Lizzy Mackin, played to absolute perfection by Caitlin Gerard, shuffling out of her isolated homestead, white dress stained in blood, handing a baby over to the distraught, waiting father. This cold opening is a culmination of many tragic events and sets off a back and forth through a time that eventually unpicks the horrifying truth of Lizzy’s circumstances. Director Emma Tammi, with her cinematographer Lyn Mo...

August 24, 2019

CUT OFF - Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 Film Review

Written and director by Christian Alvart Following the success of 2005’s serial killer puzzle movie, ANTIBODIES, German director, Christian Alvart, has flourished in both TV and film. CUT OFF is a return to that murky, murderous storytelling world. The central narrative concerns fastidious pathologist who stumbles upon a clue in a corpse that sends him on a race against time to save his teenage daughter from a psychopath. Leading man Moritz Bleibtreu (RUN LOLA RUN) excels as Paul Herzfeld, the...

August 24, 2019

KNIVES AND SKIN - Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 Film Review

Written and directed by Jennifer Reeder Set in the rural Midwest, KNIVES AND SKIN centres on the disappearance of a young girl, Caroline Harper. From the ripples that emanate from this unprovoked, grim tragedy Jennifer Reeder resists the need to dive into a singular tale of finding the girl and solving the crime. Instead she takes a looking glass to the whole town. Surviving friends and the mother get the most attention, but KNIVES AND SKIN’s story reach reveals a cold-hearted truth no one wan...

August 24, 2019

PORNO - Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 Film Review

Written by Matt Black & Laurence Vannicelli Directed by Keola Racela In a deeply Christian corner of 1992 USA is a mom and pop movie theatre showing FIELD OF DREAMS and ENCINO MAN. It’s run by the kind-hearted, but God-fearing manager Mr Pike. He leaves his Bible loving quintet of employees to have the run of the place after closing time, but a drunk hobo spoils their fun and in the eschewing chaos reveals a secret flea pit porno cinema beneath the one they work in. Down there the walls are li...

August 24, 2019

SADISTIC INTENTIONS - Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 Film Review

Written and directed by Eric Pennycoff Outliers of music drift into the mainstream unnoticed by those who never knew the form when it was drifting in obscurity. Grindcore and extreme metal are not something I’d ever associated with Christina Applegate. Now DEAD TO ME has aired on Netflix, she will be forever be the grieving character of Jen Harding seeking solace from a cruel world to the oblique, hard sounds of blast beats and guttural screaming. Stu, played by Jeremy Gardner, is a man who tr...

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