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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Interview with horror actress Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, From Beyond, You’re Next)

Ahead of Horror Channel’s UK TV premiere of Julian Richards’ REBORN, on Sat 22 August, actress, producer and genre icon Barbara Crampton reflects on how You’re Next changed the direction of her career, the joy of discovering new talent and the possibility of directing one day…

“…..I can easily say I’m more excited about this business than ever! I don’t intend to slow down.”

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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

Interview with Film-maker Paul Hyett (Peripheral)

Ahead of the Digital release on August 3rd of his latest film PERIPHERAL, director Paul Hyett talks about the importance of creative freedom, the lockdown and future project

“I always think you can take any story, any experience and turn it into an interesting, entertaining movie.”

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Review – FrightFest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema

FrightFest is an internationally renowned genre film festival that takes place in London each year; but what is the secret of its success? That’s the subject of this documentary from director Chris Collier.

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Adam Green unveils surprise Hatchet sequel!

Last night at Hollywood’s ArcLight Cinema at an event billed as a ’10th Anniversary’ fan screening of his 2006 slasher masterpiece ‘Hatchet‘ writer/director Adam Green took everyone by surprise and premiered an unannounced new instalment to the franchise titled ‘VICTOR CROWLEY‘!

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Interview with film-maker Patrick Rea – FrightFest 2016

Interview by Jay Kay (Host of Horror Happens radio show).


With the latest incarnation of HORROR CHANNEL’S FRIGHTFEST ready to consume and infect on London August 25th through 29th , the DISCOVERY STAGE will showcase a variety of genre features that continue to rule the film festival circuit! A part of that group of selected films and filmmakers is Kansas City madman Patrick Rea! Known for his short film work around the world including PILLOW FIGHT, A HOWL OF A GOOD TIME, COUNTER PARTS as well as the 2013 thriller NAILBITER; Rea will be presenting his latest feature called ENCLOSURE. This tense and supernatural tale of isolation focuses on a married couple and the choices that they must make as their camping trip falls under siege by a variation of what could be called monsters. We grabbed Rea in between film projects to talk about ENCLOSURE, micro filmmaking, connecting casting and of course playing at FRIGHTFEST!patrick

“I think the ‘container’ horror film really gets my creative juices flowing, because we have to really work hard to keep things interesting for the audience. It’s not easy making a film like this, despite not having many locations. It actually becomes way more challenging to find ways to keep the audience engaged while being in primarily one place.”

 

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