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Posted on Wednesday 27th August 2008 Emily Booth rounds up the last day of FrightFest 2008 with her final video diary.
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Posted on Wednesday 27th August 2008 Well FrightFest 2008 has come and gone, but wasn’t it a killer? Seriously, wasn’t that the best fright-filled five days of your life, ever? It was for me and here are my personal highlights of the event. For starters there was a huge range of horror movie styles and genres to enjoy, from the polished Hollywood scares of Mirrors and The Strangers to the gritty and bloody territory of low budget gems such as Bubba’s Chili Parlor and The Dead Outside. There were some emotional pieces too, you can’t tell me that you weren’t moved by the vampire movie, Let the Right One In. Controv...
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Posted on Tuesday 26th August 2008 FrightFest 2008 came to a noisy and spectacular end last night, not because of all the revelry that went on (though we all did add to the noise pollution last night!) but what I mean is the last two movies, Mirrors and Death Race. Both did exactly what they said on the tin, as it were and delivered exactly what their trailers promised, lots of loud shocks, polished special effects and car chases! Biggest cheer of the night went to the final Adam and Joe movie which was just amazing. You had to be there to get the jokes but one thing is for sure, these guys have been taken to the hearts of a...
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Posted on Monday 25th August 2008 Our Diva of the Darkside, Emily Booth stalks the stars through Day 4 of FrightFest 2008.
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Posted on Monday 25th August 2008 The FrightFest Short Film Showcase contained another fine selection of horror quickies, the best one surely had to be Total Fury. This over-the-top gorefest was incredible and told the story of a young girl who has to combat a large collection of bad guys to escape graphic torture. She takes inspiration from Arnold Schwarzenegger movies circa 1980 unleashing a parade of violence that turned the whole screen red. The audience lapped it all up (bad turn of phrase I know) and really got them in the mood for Norman J Warren Presents: Horrorshow. Presented by the great man himself this anthology...
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Posted on Monday 25th August 2008 Well we all came out of Martyrs a bit stunned last night as it lived up to the ever growing hype of being a really strong piece of work. The imagery and content was controversial to say the least and the powerful ending caused a lot of debate. Deliberately oblique in places it gave the viewer a story of hope against everything that is evil; well that’s how I saw it anyway! We chatted to director Pascal Laugier just before the screening and afterwards wondered how this quiet talking Frenchman could produce such a compelling yet brutal movie. But back to today and unbelievably we’ve arriv...
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Posted on Sunday 24th August 2008 Zone Horror's Emily Booth brings you the choicest cuts from day 3 of FrightFest 2008
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Posted on Sunday 24th August 2008 If there’s one thing that FrightFest does so well and that is choosing an eclectic mix of movies, a bit like Zone Horror really. This was illustrated perfectly with the UK premiere of the Sean Ellis movie The Broken. This smart and clever supernatural shocker concerns a woman who follows her doppelganger home, thus creating a chain of events that will change her life and her family forever. With a dynamic soundtrack that really did emphasis the scarier moments, it was an incredible experience and the oblique and twisting plot created much discussion from the crowd when the titles began to ru...
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Posted on Sunday 24th August 2008 Sorry about that tabloid style heading but wanted to grab your attention as I’ve just watched one of the most amazing vampire movies ever! Let the Right One In tells the story of young Oskar, a school boy who suffers at the hands of bullies on a daily basis. One day Eli moves next door and his whole existence takes on a new meaning. Eli is a vampire who needs fresh blood and her guardian is becoming too old to fetch her blood to drink. And that’s all you need to know. Adapted by John Ajvide Linquist from his own book, this is a haunting movie, gritty but beautifully shot. Each frame o...
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Posted on Sunday 24th August 2008 It was a busy night last night at FrightFest for Zone Horror, not only was the winner of Cut! 2008 announced but we also sponsored the screening of one of the most amazing independent movies of recent times, Bubba’s Chili Parlor directed by Joey Evans. This movie delivered on shocks, scares and laughs and was a huge hit with the crowd. Look out for an interview with Joey on the Zone Horror site very soon. Another anticipated shocker was The Midnight Meat Train, a movie based on one of Clive Barker’s Books of Blood pieces. It’s had a bit of a rough ride in the US but if the packed cine...
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Posted on Sunday 24th August 2008 Last night at FrightFest 2008, Emily Booth and Bubba's Chili Parlor director Joey Evans announced the winners of Zone Horror's CUT! 2008 Short Film Competition to a packed auditorium. In 3rd place came Karl Holt’s grim and very scary piece, Half Way with 2nd place going to Brett Harvey’s gruesome and blood drenched shocker, Bandages. The overall winner was Paul Shrimpton (pictured standing to the right of Emily) who bagged the £5000 prize with Hung Up, a very dark and sinister piece that really gave the crowd the shivers. You can vew these and other CUT! entries on this site and ...
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Posted on Saturday 23rd August 2008 She’s the nocturnal MC from the twilight world of scary, Emily Booth reports from Day 2 of FrightFest 2008.
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Posted on Saturday 23rd August 2008 OK, that could win the award for worst Blog title yet but that’s what Dance of the Dead could have been if it wasn’t for all the fantastic gore, violence and bad language and had a few more songs! Seriously though this was a great zombie piece that really took the genre in another direction. You don’t hear the word “refreshing” very much when watching a zombie movie, do you? This was followed by Patrik Syversen’s Manhunt the polar opposite of what had gone on before. Billed as the goriest movie to come out of Scandinavia, it did deliver. We met the director, after the screening ...
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Posted on Saturday 23rd August 2008 Well, Frank Henenlotter’s Bad Biology didn’t disappoint last night. This was his first movie in over 15 years and it was packed with his trademark humour and gross-out latex effects. Needless to say the FrightFest crowd loved every blood soaked minute. Looking ahead it’s a big night for Zone Horror. Our Siren of Sinema Emily Booth will be onstage to present the winner of our CUT! 2008 Competition a cheque for £5000! Joining her on stage will be Joey Evans, director of Bubba’s Chili Parlor. This is one of the most talked about, independently produced movies in years and Zone Horror ...
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Posted on Friday 22nd August 2008 Our Diva of the Darkside, Emily Booth hammers a stake through Day 1 of FrightFest 2008.
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Posted on Friday 22nd August 2008 It’s been a bit of a mad rush today, apart from the FrightFest attendees being exposed to a fine selection of brand new horror movies (more on those later) the individuals who bought full Festival Passes received their goodie bags. Now these are stuff of legend, packed with loads of goodies that money can’t buy! These festival goers are really well looked after by the FrightFest boys. This was followed by a totally different affair, Steven Goldman’s Trailer Park Of Terror a movie based on the Imperium Comic series. Those expecting an anthology movie were in for a surprise, this may t...
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Posted on Friday 22nd August 2008 Well the clouds may have emptied this morning but it hasn’t deterred the FrightFest crowd who are waiting patiently for Friday’s line up to begin. But will it be as scary as seeing Ian Rattray in a kilt? Well, we can only hope! The day is kicking off in fine style with a Spanish shocker, Time Crimes or Crono Crimenes to those of you who can speak Spanish! We love Spanish films at Zone Horror; did you manage to see Hipnos the other month? If not look out for it because we’ll be showing it again very soon. Anyway, the crew will be around all day with Emily, we’ve shot some amazing ...
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Posted on Thursday 21st August 2008 Well we're making our way into the lower screen here at the Odeon, Leicester Square. The atmosphere is electric, so much so you could power a small village from the vibes we're giving off. So we're diving into a bucket of popcorn and getting ready for the horrorothon! As we say on Zone Horror, "Let The Nightmare Begin"
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Posted on Thursday 21st August 2008 Well FrighFest 2008 has begun and it kicked off with an amazing surprise. Top directors Adam Green and Joe Lynch produced a 5-minute piece of film that can only be described as horribly wonderful. We are promised four more shorts from these guys so we can't wait. The first full length movie was Eden Lake, a solid and uncrompromising movie that had the audience on the edge of their seats. This strong piece of survival style horror will do well when it's released later in the year. Up next its I Know How Many Runs You Scored Last Summer and Scar 3D. It's going to be a late but fun night!
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Posted on Thursday 21st August 2008 With the first movie only hours away the Zone Horror crew are sorting their gear ready to bring you the very best FrightFest 2008 has to offer. This also means we want to hear from you. Yes folks, we want to know your opinions of the event as well as taking your picture to post on this Blog. If you see us running around, don’t shy away, come up to us and say, “Hi”.
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Posted on Thursday 21st August 2008 Finally, FrightFest 2008 is here! The gruesome fun kicks off at 6.30pm with the "hoodie" horror of Eden Lake which is followed by the the worlds first horror comedy based on the game of cricket! I Know How Many Runs You Scored Last Summer is at 9pm. The day ends with FrightFest's first 3D movie, Scar 3D is at 11.15pm. Not a bad start, don't you agree?
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Posted on Wednesday 20th August 2008 At Frightfest, attendees have the chance to meet many of the top directors that the horror genre has to offer. Two of the most popular have been Adam Green and Joe Lynch. Both will be coming along to this years event so if you want to meet two rising stars get yourself to FrightFest.
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Posted on Wednesday 20th August 2008 Well, with only hours to go to the start of FrightFest 2008 I thought I'd tell you a few things Zone Horror will be doing at this hotly anticipated event. First up our very own Mistress of the Dark Emily Booth will be recording special video reports everyday of the festival, giving you the very latest news from the world of horror. These will be available via this blog. Talking of which this very Blog will be updated throughout the festival several times a day so keep coming back to see what you're missing. Emily will also be recording special continuity links which you'll be able to wat...
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Posted on Tuesday 19th August 2008 This year, FrightFest is showing 28 movies over the five days. You'll find more variety than ever before, including Hollywood blockbusters such as Mirrors, low budget shockers like Trailer Park of Terror and cult favourites in the making and I think you know what I'm aiming at, yep Midnight Meat Train. There's also a bit of a first this year, on Thursday night attendees are getting the chance to see a much anticipated shocker, Scar 3D. Now that's one movie I can't wait to see.
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Posted on Tuesday 19th August 2008 Last year at FrightFest we premiered Joe Lynch’s stunning shocker Wrong Turn 2. For FrightFest 2008 Zone Horror is backing one of the most talked about independent productions in a long time, Bubba’s Chili Parlor. Bubba runs a respectable chilli parlour in rural Texas. Everything is fine until he receives some free government meat. Little does he know this special delivery is tainted with a mutated strain of virulent Mad Cow disease. With infected zombies already on the loose, anyone who tastes his new batch of world famous chilli will soon join the army of the undead. Anarchy begins, ...
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Posted on Friday 15th August 2008 Frightfest is the UK's premiere fantasy and horror film festival. Now in it's ninth year, each August thousands of genre fans gather together in the heart of London's West End at the prodigious Odeon West End cinema for five packed days of premieres, previews, personal appearances, signings and surprises. Frightfest is at the London Odeon West end from Thursday 21st August to Monday 25th August 2008 The official site is here. A test clip is here
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Posted on Friday 8th August 2008 There was a hush in the auditorium this afternoon when Steven Sheil’s Mum & Dad played to an unsuspecting crowd. Dark, sinister and harrowing the film is about a dysfunctional family that have some really serious problems. The titular parents kidnap torture and kill innocent immigrants in the most brutal ways possible. Director Sheil constantly pushes the boundaries of taste and tests the audiences staying power for such strong material. It was hard going but the satisfying ending was welcomed by the crowd. In total contrast Bryan Bertino’s The Strangers was a psychological shocker ...
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