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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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Ghost Killers vs. Bloody Mary

Director: Fabrício Bittar

Writers: Fabrício Bittar, Danilo Gentili, Andre Catarinacho

Cast: Danilo Gentili, Léo Lins, Murilo Cuoto, Dani Calabresa

Producers: Fabrício Bittar, Danilo Gentili

Music: David Menezes

Cinematography: Marcos Ribas

Editors: Nicholas Fettback, Bruno Nunes

Cert: 18 (TBC)

Running time: 103mins

Year: 2018



What’s the story: After a supposed possession in a local school, four online paranormal investigators are brought into perform a sham exorcism to dispel the spirit. But, Jack (Gentili), Fred (Lins), Tulio (Cuoto) and Caroline (Calabresa) are in for a night full of surprises.

What’s the verdict: If early career Peter Jackson made Ghostbusters, it might resemble this Brazilian blast of bad-taste horror...

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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

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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One Cut of the Dead

Director: Shinichiro Ueda

Writer: Shinichiro Ueda

Cast: Takayuki Hamatsu, Yuzuki Akiyama, Kazuaki Nagaya, Harumi Shuhama

Cert: 15

Running time: 96mins

Year: 2017


 


What’s the story: When an undead outbreak interrupts filming on a low-budget zombie movie, the director insists on working it all in. But, that’s just the beginning of the story…

What’s the verdict: Large budgeted zombie fests on screens big and small are content to feast on ideas George A. Romero coined 50 years ago. True zombie smarts are now found in the indie sector. A place where pocket money budgets are surpassed by ingenuity and ambition.

Shinichiro Ueda’s One Cut of the Dead may be this trend’s ne plus ultra movie...

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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.

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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.

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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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