REVIEW: Dark Place (2019) – FrightFest 2020 Digital Edition

dir. Kodie Bedford, Liam Phillips, Robert Braslin, Perun Bonser & Bjorn Stewart. Anthology films tend to hit and miss, but this collection – focusing on the post-colonial experiences of Aboriginal Australians – is all killer, no filler. Unified under a single thematic banner the stories branch off into numerous sub-genres, from revenger to supernatural andContinue reading “REVIEW: Dark Place (2019) – FrightFest 2020 Digital Edition”

REVIEW: They’re Outside (2020) – FrightFest 2020 Digital Edition

dir. Sam Casserly & Airell Anthony Hayles. YouTube psychologist Max Spencer (Tom Wheatley) specialises in “fixing” broken people. Though derided by professionals in his field, this does little to dissuade his self-confidence as he promotes his invasive brand of pop miracle cures in search of an ever greater number of clicks. The most recent vulnerableContinue reading “REVIEW: They’re Outside (2020) – FrightFest 2020 Digital Edition”

REVIEW: The Horror Crowd (2020) – FrightFest 2020 Digital Edition

dir. Ruben Pla. In many ways The Horror Crowd is the perfect festival film: not because it’s flawless or breaks new ground but because it so accurately captures the camaraderie of the horror community it’s guaranteed to invoke a glow of affection in any genre fan, particularly at a time when many will be seeingContinue reading “REVIEW: The Horror Crowd (2020) – FrightFest 2020 Digital Edition”

REVIEW: The Honeymoon Phase (2019) – FrightFest 2020 Digital Edition

dir. Phillip G. Carroll Jr. Deep in the woods there’s an experiment going on. Tom (Jim Shubin) and Eve (Chloe Carroll), isolated in a high-tech cabin filled with surveillance equipment, are participating in a scientific investigation of what makes couples feel that giddy elation of when they first fell in love. For 30 days theyContinue reading “REVIEW: The Honeymoon Phase (2019) – FrightFest 2020 Digital Edition”

REVIEW: The Columnist (2019) – FrightFest 2020 Digital Edition

dir. Ivo van Aart. Anyone who spends any amount of time on social media is familiar with trolling. The perceived anonymity the internet brings, the sense of removal between one’s words and their consequences and the frequent, casual hatred of other people are all too familiar, and despite real-world suicides, ongoing. The appalling insight intoContinue reading “REVIEW: The Columnist (2019) – FrightFest 2020 Digital Edition”

REVIEW: Triggered (2020) – FrightFest 2020 Digital Edition

dir. Alastair Orr. A group of nine ex-high-schoolers reunite for a camping trip in the woods: but after waking up strapped to suicide vests – with varying amounts of time on their countdown clocks – they realise they can either work together to find out why… or steal more time from another player by killingContinue reading “REVIEW: Triggered (2020) – FrightFest 2020 Digital Edition”

REVIEW: I Am Lisa (2020) – FrightFest 2020 Digital Edition

dir. Patrick Rea. In small town America, Lisa (Kristen Vaganos) returns home to run the family bookstore after her grandma passes away. However when she resists the sexual advances of local bully – and Sheriff’s daughter – Jessica (Carmen Anello), she is tortured, raped and dumped in the woods to be eaten by wolves. AsContinue reading “REVIEW: I Am Lisa (2020) – FrightFest 2020 Digital Edition”

REVIEW: There’s No Such Thing As Vampires (2020) – FrightFest 2020 Digital Edition

dir. Logan Thomas. In a darkened cinema, Joshua (Josh Plasse) crashes into a late night screening of Nosferatu (1922). Half-naked, splashed in blood and pursued by some barely seen presence, he hysterically claws his way onto stage to warn the baying crowds, but they only laugh and jeer at him. If this moment recalls bothContinue reading “REVIEW: There’s No Such Thing As Vampires (2020) – FrightFest 2020 Digital Edition”

REVIEW: Sky Sharks (2020) – FrightFest 2020 Digital Edition

dir. Marc Fehse. There’s a moment in Sky Sharks where a character is reading Time magazine, the cover featuring Donald Trump’s face and the publication title changed to read “Mine”. Moments later the plane on which she’s travelling is attacked by undead flying Nazis who pilot airborne super-sharks in a daring mid-air assault. It’s notContinue reading “REVIEW: Sky Sharks (2020) – FrightFest 2020 Digital Edition”

REVIEW: Hagazussa – A Heathen’s Curse (2017)

dir. Lukas Feigelfeld. Martha (Claudia Martini) and her pre-teen daughter Albrun (Celina Peter) carve out an austere existence amidst the snow and ice of their 15th century Alpine village. But when Martha becomes sick it falls to her child to look after her, and the layers of their relationship – and perceived beliefs – startContinue reading “REVIEW: Hagazussa – A Heathen’s Curse (2017)”