Review: Heckle ‘A Slow Burn Turns Slasher’ (FrightFest 2020)

Review by Paul Grammatico


Many people in the entertainment industry get dragged on various social media channels. Being an almost unknown entity in this realm, I wouldn’t know what it would mean to be a target of such malice nor would I want to as I have been either a witness or an accidental bystander of such bashing on these platforms. I think that the worse verbal beating would be standing on a stage in front of an audience. Many stand-up comedians have been heckled by audience members during their acts. Most comedians, being experts in their craft of verbal stylings, can brush aside most instigators, but there are times where their retorts can go too far and end a career (channeling Michael Richards). Being a comic can be a brutal and fleeting business.

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Review: Don’t Look Back from writer/director Jeffrey Reddick (FRIGHTFEST 2020)

Review by Paul Grammatico


In the current climate we witness actions and; more often, inactions with certain incidents and events. As a result of these actions or inactions, there can be severe consequences. Hood River Entertainment’s latest offering Don’t Look Back is a stark, dark, and excellent exploration of the very essence of karma.

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Review – The Horror Crowd (FRIGHTFEST 2020)

Fear…the most primal of human emotions. Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman… The Exorcist, Jaws, Alien. What made the creators of these films dream up the nightmares that kept us up at night? Were they as strange and twisted as their creations? And what about today’s creators of horror? Who are the minds behind the macabre of present day?

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Review: ‘Hail To The Deadites’ – Evil Dead fandom documentary (FrightFest/FantasiaFest 2020)

Directed by Steven Villenueve (Under The Scares), ‘HAIL TO THE DEADITES’ is a brand-new documentary about the fans of the EVIL DEAD films and explores the classic franchise’s undying and ever-growing popularity. The film features interviews with ‘Evil Dead’ franchise cast/crew including Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Tom Sullivan, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley DePaiva, Sarah Berry, Rick Domeier & Bill Moseley; although the film centres on a group of hardcore ‘deadites’ from around the world.

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Review: Clapboard Jungle (FrightFest 2020)

Clapboard Jungle is a new documentary about the life and struggles of today’s indie film-makers, told by & from the perspective of film-maker Justin McConnell (Lifechanger) as we follow his personal film journey and struggles as well as a series of insighful ‘talking heads’ from a variety industry figures including Guillermo Del Toro, Richard Stanley, Barbara Crampton, Paul Schrader, Tom Savini, George A. Romero, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Michael Biehn, Frank Henenlotter & Lloyd Kaufmann. Continue reading

Arrow Video FrightFest going virtual in August for ‘digital edition’

Following the news that Arrow Video FrightFest annual genre film festival in London was postponed for 2020 due to Covid19; the organisers have now announced that an event will go ahead; albeit virtually over the August Bank Holiday weekend, presenting up-to twenty-five films from Friday 28th to Mon 31st August inclusive. Continue reading

FRIGHTFEST POSTPONES AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY EVENT

Due to the continuing COVID-19 restrictions on social distancing, Arrow FrightFest’s traditional five day event in August has been regretfully put on hold. Instead, the organisers are planning to expand their traditional all-day Halloween event at the end of October.

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