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By James Whittington, Friday 9th October 2020
The first full day of Grimmfest 2020 is here and with it comes a prime selection of top shockers. The first part of the day has three movies which take often used tropes but gives them a smart and cool twist.
Ropes from director Jose Luis Montesinos is a movie that has plenty of tension thanks to cool direction. With the sorrow for her sister's death still very recent, Elena, a young quadriplegic, has retired to a country house along with her father. There she has the help of Athos, a Belgian shepherd specially trained to help her. But the creature who is supposed to be her best friend has contracted a strange disease... and has turned into her worst enemy. Paula del Rio who plays Elena is perfectly cast here in a duel role which mixes paranormal incidents and being stalked by a crazed animal.
On a totally different note is The Oak Room from Cody Calahan. During a raging snowstorm, a mysterious drifter returns to a bar in his hometown to settle an old debt with a grizzled bartender. For fans of The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror this is the movie for you. A superb, dialogue driven piece, the film slowly unfolds to a climax which isn't the most obvious you can think of. A true Grimmfest 2020 gem of a movie.
If you want a movie where "the beautiful people" get their comeuppance then H.P. Lovecraft's The Deep Ones is the Grimmfest movie for you. A married couple rents a beach side Airbnb only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbours and occurrences. They soon discover to be in the grips of a mysterious cult and their ancient sea god. I great piece of creature feature fun done totally straight, if you like your Lovecraft stories with a 21st century twist, this one is for you.
We'll chat more from Friday's Grimmfest a bit later.
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