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FrightFest Round-Up and The 63rd London Film Festival – The Electric Shadows Podcast


Episode 68 of The Electric Shadows Podcast sees Robs Daniel & Wallis look back at the Arrow Video FrightFest’s twentieth anniversary festival and run-down their top 10 films. Gems such as Rabid, The Dark Red, Ready or Not and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark all get warm words.

As do the two five star films to play the festival, The Wind and A Good Woman is Hard to Find.

Then, in a bumper episode, the Robs move on to what is getting them revved up at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival.

Expect discussion of opening film, The Personal History of David Copperfield, closing film The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorsese, and in between such appetite whetting movies as Jojo Rabbit, Bad Education, Le Mans 66, Vivarium, The Cave, The Painted Bird and The King.

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Spiral (2019)

Director: Kurtis David Harder

Writers: Colin Minihan, John Poliquin

Cast: Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Ari Cohen, Jennifer Laporte, Lochlyn Munro, Chandra West

Producers: Chris Ball, Kurtis David Harder, Colin Minihan, John Poliquin

Cinematography: Bradley Stuckel

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 90mins

Year: 2019



What’s the story: Same-sex couple Malik (Bowyer-Chapman) and Aaron (Cohen) move to a small town to raise their 16 year-old daughter Kayla (Laporte). But, is the supposed idyll hiding something ominous?

What’s the verdict: Spiral walks a narrowing line in hinting at the insidious attitudes that subsist in small town America, and as a character study of a man with more reason than most to fear them.

It’s 1995, and freelance ghost...

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Salt in the Wound: Rob Grant talks Harpoon

Jean-Paul Sartre famously wrote, Hell is other people. In Rob Grant’s Harpoon, they are also your closest friends.

A gleefully caustic, witty and violent film about three pals self-destructing when accidentally stuck in a boat out on the ocean, it was a highlight at this year’s Arrow Video FrightFest. Snide remarks soon turn darker as resentments and long-held secrets begin to surface, while an omniscient narrator keeps tabs on their predicament.

We were lucky enough to catch up with Rob to discuss how Harpoon came to be and the challenges he had in funding and shooting. Plus, how he attracted the fantastic cast of Emily Tyra, Christopher Gray and Munro Chambers as the three frenemies, literally all at sea.

The result is a compelling insight into the practicalities, dif...

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Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 Round-Up

The Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 came, delighted and went. Let us take time to reflect upon a fantastic 20th anniversary weekend for the UK’s premiere horror film festival. Indulge us as we run through memorable moments from the weekend and the movies that played.


THE BUCKET LIST MOMENT – Dario Argento Interview and Signing

For FrightFest’s 20th anniversary, it was fitting that undisputed maestro of terror Dario Argento was in attendance. Watching an Argento movie at a formative age is the reason many of us have dedicated so much time to the genre. For the record, my movie was Suspiria, viewed age 14 when I should have been revising. I regret nothing…

Dario Argento joined the festival for a one-day appointment on Friday 23rd, supporting the English langu...

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Will Power: Tony Dean Smith Talks Volition

A standout movie at the 2019 Arrow Video FrightFest was Tony Dean Smith’s Volition. Co-written with Smith’s brother Ryan, this cerebral sci-fi thriller has reviewers drawing parallels with Looper, Inception and Black Mirror. We rather enjoyed it too..

Adrian Glynn McMorran of TV’s Arrow is James, a man afflicted with clairvoyance. Believing destiny is fated so there is no point in trying to be better, he gets by using his ability to scam sports bets. But, after becoming involved in an illegal diamond exchange, James begins to see visions of his own murder.

Together with Magda Apanowicz’s Angela, a woman who has burst into his world, he must discover the identity of the unknown killer. A journey that will reveal to him his affliction is not quite how he understands it…

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Tales from the Lodge

Director: Abigail Blackmore

Writer: Abigail Blackmore

Cast: Laura Fraser, Johnny Vegas, Mackenzie Crook, Dustin Demri-Burns, Sophie Thompson, Kelly Wenham

Producers: Ed Barratt, Richard Wylie

Music: Warren Bennett

Cinematographer: David Mackie

Editor: Agnieszka Liggett, Edel McDonnell

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 93mins

Year: 2019



What’s the story: A group of people gather at a dead friend’s lakeside lodge to scatter his ashes. To pass the time they tell spooky stories.

What’s the verdict: Like a middle-class Tales from the Crypt, Tales from the Lodge is an anthology movie containing six stories ranging from the comic to the creepy...

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The Wretched (2019)

Director: Brett Pierce, Drew T. Pierce

Writers: Brett Pierce, Drew T. Pierce

Cast: John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Jamison Jones, Zarah Mahler, Azie Tesfai, Blane Cockarell

Producers: Ed Polgardy, Chang Tseng

Music: Devin Burrows

Cinematography: Conor Murphy

Editor: Terry Yates

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 95mins

Year: 2019



What’s the story: A troubled teen (Howard) living with his dad believes a malevolent tree-demon has invaded his neighbours’ house and stolen their child.

What’s the verdict: The Pierce Brothers debuted in 2011 with zombie comedy Dead Heads. This spiritedly entertaining sophomore movie is polished and energetic enough to suggest film no.3 won’t be so long coming.

A slice of small-town American horror, ...

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The Legend of the Stardust Brothers

Director: Macoto Tezuka

Writer: Macoto Tezuka

Cast: Kan Takagi, Shingo Kubota, Kyôko Togawa, Kiyohiko Ozaki, ISSAY

Cert: 15

Producers: Katsunori Haruta, Takashige Ichise, Katsuichi Takagi

Music: Haruo Chicada (musical director)

Cinematography: Eiichi Ôsawa

Editors: Mara Kishi, Macoto Tezuka

Running time: 101mins

Year: 1985



What’s the story: Through the magic of song and music videos, a Japanese pop duo recount their rise and fall.

What’s the verdict: You can always rely on Third Window to deliver the most cult of cult items from Asia. The Legend of the Stardust Brothers disappeared virtually unnoticed upon its 1985 release in Japan, and never saw distribution outside the country.

A shame it languished so long in obscuri...

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The Magnificent Obsession of Michael Reeves

Director: Dima Ballin

Writers: Kat Ellinger

Cast: Ian Ogilvy, Tom Baker, Kat Ellinger, Benjamin Halligan

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Producers: Dima Ballin, Kat Ellinger

Editor: Dima Ballin

Cinematographers: Jim Kunz, Constantine Nasr, Jon Robertson

Running time: 86mins

Year: 2019



What’s the story: A documentary recounting the short, eventful life of British director Michael Reeves.

What’s the verdict: For most who have even heard of Michael Reeves, it is likely their knowledge extends to him directing Witchfinder General, dying young and delivering one of film history’s great put-downs...

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Madness in the Method

Director: Jason Mewes

Writers: Dominic Burns, Chris Anastasi

Cast: Jason Mewes, Gina Carano, Vinnie Jones, Zach Galligan, Brian O’Halloran, Kevin Smith, Teri Hatcher, Dean Cain, Caspar Van Dien, Danny Trejo

Producers: Jason Mewes, Mickey Gooch Jr.

Music: Si Begg

Cinematography: Vince Knight

Editor: Adam Sykes

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 99mins

Year: 2019


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What’s the story: Jason Mewes, desperate to be taken seriously as an actor, discovers life becomes dangerously complicated when he is given a mysterious method acting manual.

What’s the verdict: We wish we’d liked Jason Mewes’ directorial debut...

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