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2017’s London Film Festival Walks On The Wild Side

For movie lovers, October is London Film Festival time. Specifically, Wednesday 4th to Sunday 15th October this year.

Now in its 61st year, organisers have ditched including the number in the name, favouring the trendier sounding BFI London Film Festival 2017.

Whatever the moniker, the festival is guaranteed to deliver first rate films over 12 celluloid (and digital format) stuffed days.

While there are big hitters amongst the 242 films screening from a whopping 67 different countries, this year we’re most excited by the darker end of the festival.

Still present are the typical galas and strands. Andy Serkis’ directorial debut, Breathe, is the Opening Night Gala...

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FrightFest 2017 Round-Up

Horror Channel FrightFest 2017 has come and gone. Like any good horror icon, it will be back. But, let us take time to reflect upon a suitably wild eighteenth year for the festival. For the first time we have decided to round-up FrightFest with a series of awards. Awards which we hope will provide a flavour of what FF 2017 was like. So, until FrightFest 2018…


BEST “INTRO & Q&A” AWARD– Jennifer Tilly, Cult of Chucky

“I’m here now, bitches!” If we learnt one thing at FrightFest 2017, it’s that an intro to a movie and said movie’s Q&A will go insane if Jennifer Tilly is in the room. A force of nature, when director Don Mancini was late announcing her she burst onstage with, “I have a thing about people starting without me. But, I’m here now, so continue Don, I would love ...

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It Stains the Sands Red

Director: Colin Minihan

Writer: Colin Minihan, Stuart Ortiz

Cast: Brittany Allen, Juan Riedinger, Merwin Mondesir

Cert: (18 tbc)

Running time: 92mins

Year: 2016



What’s the story: A woman is forced to flee across the Nevada desert when she attracts the unwanted attention of a doggedly persistent zombie.

What’s the verdict: The zombie apocalypse has happened and the undead won. They’ve conquered movies, TV, books, comics, games, charity events, and the happiest day of your life.

And devoured any scrap of originality left on the picked clean carcass of George A. Romero’s classic, The Night of the Living Dead.

Meaning Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz’s It Stains the Sands Red is cause for celebration. Seemingly having ditched their previous nom de cinema, The Vicious Brothers, the ...

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Train to Busan

train-to-busan-posterDirector: Yeon Sang-ho

Writer: Yeon Sang-ho

Cast: Gong Yoo, Kim Soo-an, Ma Dong-seok, Jeong Yu-mi, Choi Woo-sik, Ahn So-hee, Kim Eui-sung

Cert: 15

Running time: 118mins

Year: 2016



What’s the story: Seok-woo and his estranged daughter Soo-an take the KTX fast train from Seoul to Busan and soon discover they must fight for their lives during a zombie outbreak.

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What’s the verdict: It is not as scary as the British rail service when a single flake of snow falls from the sky. But, Yeon Sang-ho’s Train to Busan joins such locomotive nailbiters as Runaway Train, The Taking of Pelham 123 and Horror Express as a first class example of how to keep excitement and tension on the right track.

A zombie film by way of a disaster movie, main characters are efficiently set up while the undead apo...

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Life After Beth

Life After Beth - poster - Aubrey PlazaDirector: Jeff Baena

Writer: Jeff Baena

Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Paul Reiser, Cheryl Hines, Matthew Gray Gubler, Anna Kendrick, Molly Shannon

Cert: 15

Running time: 91mins

Year: 2014


The lowdown: The “ambulant deceased” genre gets a (love) heart transplant in Jeff Baena’s gruesome romzomcom starring soon-to-be-hot Dane DeHaan and Aubrey Plaza. She is Beth, recently dead from a snakebite. He is Zach, her grieving boyfriend who wonders why Beth’s family have suddenly shut him out. And realises it is because his expired amour may not be as gone as he first thought. Indie filmmaking is wed to zombie traits in a perfect double bill movie with Shaun of the Dead.

Life After Beth - Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaanLife After Beth - Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, Anna Kendrick

The full verdict: Best known as cuddly goth April in Parks & Recreation, Aubrey Plaza’s two-parts Bu...

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The Dead 2: India

The Dead 2 India - Ford Brothers posterDirector: Howard J. Ford & Jonathan Ford

Cast: Joseph Millson, Anand Goyal, Meenu Mishra

Cert: 18

Running time: 92mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: The Ford Brothers return with this follow-up to their 2010 sleeper hit The Dead. Relocating the action from Africa to India, they offer another zombie movie to sink your teeth into. Blending Indian locations and culture into a classic odyssey story, like its predecessor this once more offers a fresh take on an overpopulated genre.

The Dead 2 India - paraglide Joseph MillsonThe Dead 2 India - Joseph Millson, zombie, train track

The full verdict: Despite having made two previous movies, Howard and Jonathan Ford broke through with The Dead. An unusual, dreamlike take on zombie lore, part Nicolas Roeg, part Lucio Fulci, it was the first zombie movie to be shot in North Africa.

The Fords clearly like their firsts – The Dead 2: India is the first fo...

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Ford Focus – Howard & Jon Ford On The Dead 2: India

Striking zombie horror movie The Dead 2: India is released on DVD on Monday 13th July. A follow-up to the original shocker, The Dead, part 2 transports the action from Africa to India, but keeps the imagination and unique flavour for a sequel that surpasses the first instalment.

The Dead 2 opened 2013’s FrightFest, joining the likes of Pan’s Labyrinth, Oldboy and The Guest as films to launch the premiere horror and fantastic film festival.

We caught up with the sibling team behind The Dead 2: India, Howard and Jon Ford, at the festival to discuss how they brought their memorable zombie action screaming and biting to the big screen.

[Click here for our four star review of The Dead 2: India.]

“We knew we’d have problems...

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V/H/S/2

VHS2 posterDirectors: Jason Eisener, Adam Wingard, Gareth Evans, Eduardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto

Cast: Adam Wingard, Jay Sanders, Fachry Albar, Hannah Al Rashid, Zack Ford

Cert: 18

Running time: 96mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: Follow-up to the hit anthology original that retains the same structure but loses some of the surprise and scares that made V/H/S a winner.  The Raid director Gareth Evans delivers the best episode, with other instalments coming from Jason (Hobo with a Shotgun) Eisener and Eduardo (The Blair Witch Project) Sanchez, plus You’re Next’s Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, who previously contributed to V/H/S.

VHS2 - Adam Wingard, eyeVHS2 - Eduardo Sanchez

The full verdict: It is fitting Eduardo Sanchez contributes to V/H/S2 (aka S-VHS) as he practically invented the found footage genre as co-director of The Blai...

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