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Of yeah, and today is of course the day my 4k discs of Maniac and Zombie have been delivered. I very much want to watch those but 13 films in four days is already going to be a bit of a marathon..

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The Honeymoon Phase was better shot and acted than the films I’ve watched so far but has a big clue in the title I can’t believe I missed. There are 2 parallels I can draw with other films but it would give too much away.

 

short summary - a couple agree to take part in a 30 day isolation study a month after getting married. Things get predictably weird 

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I watched Uncle Peckerhead earlier tonight. A comedy-horror about a punk band who need a van and a driver at short notice for a tour. They hook up with a random old guy and hit the road - it turns out this guy is a monster who eats people when midnight comes.

 

This was pretty decent, if totally predictable. It's violent and grisly with some decent practical effects. The 4 main actors are good, Chet Siegel in particular. The music is class, it's funny and it's only 90 minutes long. It's entirely unoriginal and it just kind of ends but I quite enjoyed it.

 

3.5/5

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So thinking about what I watched yesterday ...

 

The Playhouse - Nice idea and reasonably competently acted. It was coherent although the very last scene was a bit of an abrupt ending.

They're outside - I liked this one. Generally creepy vibe and winding in some of the more pagan elements was a nice touch.

Dark Place - I'd forgotten how terrifying and bleak Australian horror can be. I know it doesn't work for some but I find that the absence of hope which seems to permeate horror coming out of Australia really gets to me. 

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1 hour ago, DirkCrisis said:

So thinking about what I watched yesterday ...

 

The Playhouse - Nice idea and reasonably competently acted. It was coherent although the very last scene was a bit of an abrupt ending.

They're outside - I liked this one. Generally creepy vibe and winding in some of the more pagan elements was a nice touch.

Dark Place - I'd forgotten how terrifying and bleak Australian horror can be. I know it doesn't work for some but I find that the absence of hope which seems to permeate horror coming out of Australia really gets to me. 

 

 

I thought They're Outside was OK but would have liked it a lot more had it properly delved into the paganism as there was potential for a lot of creepiness and quiet horror there rather than just resorting to becoming a Blair Witch clone as it did  towards the end.  It was also let down by having so much set in the really harshly lit room of Sarah's house as that just made it look cheap and nasty (even allowing for it being found footage).

 

Totally agree on the very enjoyable Dark Place. That first segment was grim but all of them were good in there own way. I thought the suburban witch segment was especially great. It was refreshing to see a few ideas that were mostly outside of my favourite type of Aus horror - the likes of Wake In Fright, Wolf Creek, Killing Ground and so on in which the hostile environment is as much a character as the hostile locals. I wonder if, given the indigenous involvement, the fear and threat of the outback is nothing like that of their colonisers.

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You did well picking Dark Place. Don't Click was not great, it was trying to make a point about torture porn but failed due to pacing and, ironically, the torture porn bits which dragged on. Should have stayed a short film.

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18 minutes ago, Vimster said:

You did well picking Dark Place. Don't Click was not great, it was trying to make a point about torture porn but failed due to pacing and, ironically, the torture porn bits which dragged on. Should have stayed a short film.

 

 

Aside from I  Am Lisa, I've been pretty lucky with all of my picks so far. 

 

Just made a large espresso martini to see me into Two Heads Creek so fingers crossed that decent film run continues. Later I think I'll watch Hall but have no enthusiasm for it and then A Ghost Awaits.

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Two Heads Creek was pretty good. Not the funniest horror comedy but it went at a decent clip, had tons of blood, goofy characters and a quality gory ending.

 

Also watching Hall and A Ghost Waits. Hall I'm not exactly up for but there you go. A Ghost Waits sounds interesting, we'll see.

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2 hours ago, Vimster said:

Two Heads Creek was pretty good. Not the funniest horror comedy but it went at a decent clip, had tons of blood, goofy characters and a quality gory ending.

 

Also watching Hall and A Ghost Waits. Hall I'm not exactly up for but there you go. A Ghost Waits sounds interesting, we'll see.

 

I also enjoyed Two Heads Creek. Pretty good fun.

 

Hall was decent too although, if I'm honest,  it wasn't getting my full attention as I was distracted not helped by the sound quality  being a bit poor. I was also somewhat confused by the half hour short that played initially as i thought it was the main feature and wondered when it would change location...

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1 minute ago, Mike S said:

 

I also enjoyed Two Heads Creek. Pretty good fun.

 

Hall was decent too although, if I'm honest,  it wasn't getting my full attention as I was distracted not helped by the sound quality  being a bit poor. I was also somewhat confused by the half hour short that played initially as i thought it was the main feature and wondered when it would change location...

Yeah that caused a lot of confusion on the FrightFest FB group.

 

Hall, honestly I wasn't super-pumped for it and it really wasn't for me. Slow as you like and I really lost interest. Some were saying it was poorly-encoded 5.1 that was the issue, and it did take away from the film. May have been a decent half-hour short but jeez did it drag at 80-odd minutes.

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1 minute ago, Vimster said:

Hall, honestly I wasn't super-pumped for it and it really wasn't for me. Slow as you like and I really lost interest. Some were saying it was poorly-encoded 5.1 that was the issue, and it did take away from the film. May have been a decent half-hour short but jeez did it drag at 80-odd minutes.

 

Yeah, that's fair. As I said it only had half my attention - I missed how the outbreak started, didn't know what the dude with the radioactive syringes was up to too as I missed that bit. It was well acted and shot though so maybe another writer/director/wahatever to look out for in the future.

 

I've found the streaming quality to be pretty poor overall really but the sound has been off in every film so far - always being thin and a bit vocal forward. I'm not expecting 4k and Atmos but a decent 1080p and 5.1 stream without the low quality sound, awful macro blocking, and fuzziness would be welcome. Low quality streams are why I gave up on Shudder. Their American Werewolf encoding was shocking...

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That short was pretty good the first time although it was a bit annoying to have to watch it twice in the same day.

 

Yesterday was pretty quiet for me. I saw Hall which I thought was decent if a little short and hinted at the social commentary of something like Society although it never seemed to go there and maybe I was just inferring something which wasn't there.

 

I then watched Aquaslash in the hope it would be funny. It wasn't and in fact it was a bog standard teen dickheads film until the last 10 minutes. Not worth it.

 

I can't remember why we only picked two for yesterday. Maybe there were either a lot of panels or clashes.

 

Up today

 

Enhanced

Blinders

The Swerve

 

The steams have been variable. Fridays and Sunday's were pretty bad but Saturday was decent. Sound has been fine, the picture was a bit blocky in the dark bits.

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Well these three had significantly higher production vlues than some of the other stuff I saw over the weekend.

 

Enhanced - Not really horror. More straight to Syfy fare - sort of X Men super lite. There were at least 5 dudes in combat gear with the same beard and hairstyle who all looked the same.

Blinders - Was actually really good. It felt like Nightcrawler to an extent.

The Swerve - Kitchen sink drama rather than horror about a woman under appreciated by her family slowly cracking under the pressure. Decent and had an important message but I don't know how much I'd revisit it.

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Last night I watched After Midnight, I wont say much at all about this other than to say that this is for me one of the highlights of my movie-watching year and is part romance, part horror that for some reason ends up working far better than it probably should.

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On 03/09/2020 at 23:00, squirtle said:

Just watching The Bridge Curse on Netflix. Typical Japanese (even though it's from Taiwan) ghost shenanigans. S'alright.

 

I just finished watching this and yeah I didn't enjoy this, just dragged on and by the end I just wanted it to end. 

 

Instead watch Goedam,  a Korean series dedicated to folk tales, urban legends, and the usual spooky stories you'll find in the average high school or workplace. Personally, I find it just the slightest bit over the top, but at an average of 5-10 minutes apiece its a perfect slice of horror.

 

The gore is excellent, as is the tension leading to the big reveal, and theres plenty of new takes on old stories- and if you don't like one episode, you can skip to the next with little consequence. Any lover of short films, Korean horror, or just good old gore will find something worth watching in Goedam.

 

 

Rest of the episodes here

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9l5wjs0dfUtoJENeyTk7mQ/videos

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On 12/09/2020 at 12:54, yakumo said:

 

Finally the sequel is out. Classic "penance paid for sin" type horror, with effective gore. It's like an Indonesian take on Evil Dead.

 

Also this was fucking rad, Alfie is the best.

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On 12/09/2020 at 12:54, yakumo said:

 

Finally the sequel is out. Classic "penance paid for sin" type horror, with effective gore. It's like an Indonesian take on Evil Dead.

ooh did you see this at the cinema? Enjoyed the first one a fair bit, room for improvement but loads better than I expected going into it. 

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Watched one tonight called The Wretched. A mix of folk-horror and teen-horror. A teenage boy comes to stay with his father for the Summer but he soon realises something is wrong in their small town.

 

This was decent enough but with a weird tone that kept shifting between YA horror and something more grisley - there's also a bizarre Amblin-esq score that felt out of place. It's quite short and the monster has a clever gimmick but I wanted more lore and background on the town instead of boring teen-age hijinks. 

 

3.5/5

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Thanks for the recommendation!

I didn't enjoy it, to be honest. I'm usually pretty ruthless when I think a film has wasted my time, but I think it might be rude going into any sort of detail, I wouldn't want you taking it personally.
I wanted to say though, have you seen "Valhalla Rising"? If not, I think you'd really like that, this film felt like it was reaching for that sort of vibe at times.

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Another Frightfest is on 21st to 25th of October, online only again. 45 features this time, passes are going to be £66.66. Line-up announcement Thursday 1st at 2pm, tickets on sale 6pm. 

 

Can I do this again? Really enjoyed the one in August, great fun and a pretty high strike rate, only a couple of duffers. 

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Just watched Koko-di Koko-da.

 

From IMDB:

 

As a couple goes on a trip to find their way back to each other, a sideshow artist and his shady entourage emerge from the woods, terrorizing them, luring them deeper into a maelstrom of psychological terror and humiliating slapstick.

 

I found this to be incredibly effective and unnerving. Well worth a watch if you like surreal, nightmarish stuff. On BFI Player via Prime.

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Saint Maud

 

From IMDB:

 

Follows a pious nurse who becomes dangerously obsessed with saving the soul of her dying patient.

 

Wow. I thought this was amazing. Easily the best horror of 2020 so far for me. Dark, incredibly tense, great soundtrack and compact at less than an hour and a half. Knockout performances from Morfydd Clark and Jennifer Ehle.

 

More psychological thriller than all out horror, but highly recommended. Can’t wait to see what Rose Glass has up her sleeve in the future.

 

 

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