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FrightFest Day 4: No more camping holidays for me!
By James Whittington, Monday 28th August 2017

Sunday is traditionally a more quiet day at Horror Channel FrightFest as the attendees gear up for a fourth day of cutting edge horror cinema.

This wasn't the case as the event packed as much violence, blood, gore, tension, skin-crawling and gory programme of movies yet!

Killing Ground, an Australian bushland nerve shredder is an exceptionally tight piece of work that tells a story retrospectively and then brings everything up to date in one, nail-biting conclusion. It's strange to find a movie set in the open claustrophobic but this truly is. It's also incredibly heartfelt and honest, no one is safe in this movie believe me.

We were back in Blightly for the next premiere which was the very well receive horror comedy Double Date. Here a man, terrified of girls goes on a reluctant quest to prove his manhood the night before he turns 30. He and his cocky friend Alex think they've hit the jackpot when they meet the beautiful sisters Kitty and Lulu, who seem up for anything on a wild party-fuelled night. How wrong can you be? Very funny and bloody this had the FrightFesters getting in the party mood and ready for one of the wildest films of the event, Joe Lynch's Mayhem.

Lawyer Derek Cho is a driven employee at Towers and Smythe Consulting. He's worked his way up the corporate ladder, but suddenly finds himself without a job after being stabbed in the back by a colleague. Enraged, Derek marches to his boss' office - just as ID7, a virus causing the infected to lose their inhibitions, starts spreading through the entire building. Doors are locked, the government shows up and an 8-hour countdown begins until the viral contagion subsides. Time for Derek to finally get some real work done battling his way to the executive level before time runs out. Any fan of Joe's work knows what to expect and this didn't fail on any level. Intelligent, tense and at times brutal, the movie cements his reputation as one of the most exciting filmmakers around.

Then came The Villainess, a no-holds barred, breath taking piece of Korean cinema that is so astonishing in its delivery and camera work it should come with an oxygen bottle! Sook-Hee is a trained assassin who was born to kill. She was just a little girl when the training started in China. And after the death of her mentor, when the chance of starting a new life was given to her, she came to South Korea as a government agent. The National Intelligence Service promised her freedom after ten years of active assignments. So begins her new double life as a theatre actress-cum-hit-woman until the dark secrets from her past start to reappear. Then she gets a new mission and it changes everything. Bloody and violent with a heart as big as a bus, the film was perfect to help keep you awake after four days of non-stop movies.


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