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BFI London Film Festival 2018 Preview, BlackkKlansman & FrightFest 2018 Round-Up

Episode 49 is a bumper edition of The Electric Shadows Podcast. Robs Daniel and Wallis round-up FrightFest 2018; Rob D waxes enthusiastic about Pascal Laugier’s Incident in a Ghostland and Sam Ashurst’s Frankenstein’s Creature and Rob Wallis is impressed with Gaspar Noe’s Climax… so to speak.

Read Electric Shadow’s FrightFest 2018 coverage here

As this is the first podcast since July, the pair capsule review Spike Lee’s excellent BlackkKlansman, they differ over Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Rob W reveals what he thought of The Meg, The Children’s Act, Christopher Robin and more.

Then onto the main course, as the Robs reveal what is getting them excited about the BFI London Film Festival 2018...

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Hidden Stains – Jon Knautz Talks The Cleaning Lady

His 2007 feature debut may have been titled Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, but writer/director Jon Knautz has become a filmmaker notable for movies providing women with complex, meaty roles. Sure, the films he directs and co-writes swim in the more shadowy side of the lake, but works such as The Shrine, Girlhouse and Goddess of Love are notable for their compelling female leads and character driven stories.

This also applies to The Cleaning Lady, Knautz’s latest movie, co-created with regular collaborator Alexis Kendra. As well as performing co-writing and producing duties, Kendra also stars as Alice, a “love addict” feeling trapped in a joyless affair with a married man. To distract herself from this, Alice befriends Rachel Alig’s shy Shelley, the cleaning lady in her building...

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Corvidae

Director: Tom de Ville

Writer: Tom de Ville

Cast: Maisie Williams, Jamie Davis, Archie Duffy, Joe Wolstenholme, Edward Wallace

Cert: 12

Running time: 11mins

Year: 2018



What’s the story: Young ornithophile Jay (Williams) attempts to nurse a crow, injured by local boys. Those boys then set their sights on Jay.

What’s the verdict: No matter how long it takes, some directors must get their story told. Writer/director Tom de Ville fits nicely into that bracket; his memorable, unusual Corvidae spent six years reaching the screen.

The bulk of principal shooting occurred back in December 2012, with editing, scoring, reshoots and FX work filling out the rest of the time (with crowdfunding assistance, presumably for the visual effects shots).

Happily, the result was worth both time and effor...

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Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich

Director: Sonny Laguna, Tommy Wiklund

Writer: S. Craig Zahler (script), Charles Band, Kenneth J. Hall (characters created by)

Cast: Thomas Lennon, Barbara Crampton, Michael Paré, Jenny Pellicer, Nelson Franklin, Udo Kier, Charlyne Yi, Skeeta Jenkins

Cert: 18 (TBC)

Running time: 90mins

Year: 2018



What’s the story: Edgar (Lennon) and friends travel to a small town to auction a puppet belonging to a serial killer murdered there decades before. But, in the hotel Edgar and other puppet bearing guests discover some toys bite back.

What’s the verdict: A bargain bin horror franchise since inception back in 1989, audiences are likely to be drawn to this soft Puppet Master reboot chiefly because it’s scripted by Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99 creator S. Craig Zahler.

Yet, wherea...

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Terrified (2017)

Director: Demián Rugna

Writer: Demián Rugna

Cast: Maximiliano Ghione, George L. Lewis, Elvira Onetto

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 87mins

Year: 2018


 


What’s the story: When supernatural occurrences on a quiet suburban street lead to death, a police detective enlists the help of parapsychologists.

What’s the verdict: Reportedly Argentina’s first foray into paranormal horror, Demián Rugna’s Terrified lives up to its mission-statement title. Exploring territory previously charted by Ju-on, Insidious, Paranormal Activity and dozens of other supernatural shockers, writer/director Rugna nevertheless mines fresh jumps and jolts out of his fiendish little tale.

On a suburban street in a nondescript town something odd is happening...

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Videoman

Director: Kristian A. Söderström

Writer: Kristian A. Söderström

Cast: Stefan Sauk, Lena Nilsson, Amanda Ooms, Martin Wallström, Sven Wollter, Carolin Stoltz

Cert: 18 (TBC)

Running time: 93mins

Year: 2018



What’s the story: Former video store owner Ennio (Sauk) begins to doubt his friends when a valuable VHS that could solve his money problems is stolen.

What’s the verdict: A surprisingly touching examination of late middle-age regret, Videoman is a slippery debut from Swedish writer/director Kristian A. Söderström. Part Ken Loach or Aki Kaurismäki social drama, part giallo thriller, it takes a sensitive look at curdled nostalgia and obsession.

Ennio lives in the basement of a snowy Gothenburg apartment block...

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The Night Sitter

Director: Abiel Bruhn, John Rocco

Writers: Abiel Bruhn, John Rocco

Cast: Elyse Dufour, Jack Champion, Bailey Campbell, Joe Walz

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 88mins

Year: 2018



What’s the story: Christmas time. Amber (Dufour) is hired to babysit Kevin (Champion), the nervy son of wannabe paranormal TV host Ted (Walz). Along with her friends, Amber plans to rob Ted’s house. But, their plans go awry when three vengeful witches are accidentally summoned.

What’s the verdict: Horror film babysitters typically endure a rough ride to the end credits. If they reach them at all.

The Night Sitter’s Amber, spiritedly played by Elyse Dufour, also must run a gauntlet of mayhem and bloodshed. But, she faces her tormentors with the punk sass of someone who begins the film believing they are the...

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Ghost Mask – Scar

Director: Takeshi Sone

Writer: Etsuo Hiratani

Cast: Yurika Akane, Lee Yuha, Yurisa, Choi Yona, Miya Sakimoto, Lee Eun-woo, Sou Hirosawa

Cert: 18 (TBC)

Running time: 81mins

Year: 2018


 


What’s the story: Japanese woman Miyu (Akane) travels to Seoul to find her sister and right a past wrong. While in Seoul she meets brilliant plastic surgeon Hana and her female lover Hyoshin.

What’s the verdict: Director Takeshi Sone acted as cinematographer on Shinichiro Ueda’s wild Japanese horror-comedy One Cut of the Dead, and is his own cinematographer on Ghost Mask – Scar.

But, the rough n’ tumble hand-held visuals of Ueda’s movie are here replaced with a restrained style that coolly records the tragi-horror events of Etsuo Hiratani’s script.

Taking its cue from Takashi Miike’s classi...

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Incident in a Ghostland

Director: Pascal Laugier

Writer: Pascal Laugier

Cast: Crystal Reed, Anastasia Phillips, Mylène Farmer, Emilia Jones, Taylor Hickson, Kevin Power, Rob Archer

Cert: 18

Running time: 91mins

Year: 2018


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What’s the story: Years after a violent home invasion, successful horror writer Beth returns to the house where her mother and traumatised sister still live. But, the pain and horror lingers on.

What’s the verdict: Six years have past since Pascal Laugier’s criminally underseen The Tall Man snuck out straight-to-DVD. With Incident in a Ghostland he returns to the themes and screams of his brutal sophomore feature Martyrs for another astonishing five-star experience.

As with Martyrs this centers on two young women, here sisters Beth and Vera, trapped in a large mysterious house with ...

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Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires

Director: Mike Mort

Writer: Mike Mort

Cast: Mike Mort, Jennifer Saunders, Paul Whitehouse

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 85mins

Year: 2018



What’s the story: Maverick cop Chuck Steel, haunted by the death of his wife, finds himself protecting the city from wino vampires… or trampires!

What’s the verdict: Cinematic success or failure often boils down to timing. With the current obsession for 80s nostalgia, Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires arrives right on time to crest that wave.

Yet, this infectiously fun mash-up of 80s action clichés and horror tropes has been a pet-project years in the making. Chuck Steel himself (imagine Dirty Harry without the sensitivity training) has been percolating with Welsh writer/director Mike Mort since his teens.

14-minute short Chuck Steel: Raging ...

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