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By James Whittington, Sunday 11th October 2020
The final day of Grimmfest 2020 holds five movies which will truly satisfy the horror needs of every genre fan out there.
Death Ranch from prolific film maker Charlie Steeds takes us right back to the days of Blaxploitation movies and ups the violence and gore to its limit. 1970s USA, Three African American siblings on the run from the police take refuge at an abandoned Tennessee Ranch, unaware their hideout is on the hunting grounds of a cannibalistic Ku Klux Klan cult...Trapped and tortured, the three must fight tooth and nail to escape alive and take down the bloodthirsty Klan. Incredibly strong and incredibly violent the film doesn't stray from its goal and that's to revive a genre in the most brutal way possible.
Urubu is a Spanish shocker and a remake of the controversial and notorious movie Who Could Kill A Child and its vision is a family event as the son of the original director is behind this one. Tomas, a photographer and ornithologist, takes his wife Eva and his daughter Andrea to the Amazon jungle in search of a mysterious bird: the albino urubu. The trip turns into a nightmare when Andrea disappears... Taking the essence of the first movie and twisting it into a more polished telling of the story, this is a fitting tribute to the original.
One movie that can only be described as "you've never seen anything like this before" is Ryan Kruger's senses shattering debut, Fried Barry. While out on yet another bender, drug-addled abusive bastard Barry is abducted by aliens, who assume control of his body and take it for a joyride through the seedier parts of Cape Town. What follows is an onslaught of drugs, sex and violence as our extraterrestrial tourist enters the weird and wonderful world of humankind. For a film that deliberately provokes a reaction, Fried Barry is far more than just about an alien learning about the dark side of human existence. Looking beyond the neon lit imagery is a story about loss and longing and will no doubt become a true cult hit.
Ten Minutes To Midnight is a retro style chiller with a cracking performance from Caroline Williams. On the eve of her forced retirement, veteran late-night radio host Amy Marlowe and her uneasy staff are trapped inside WLST Radio station by a violent hurricane, while a mysterious new replacement shadows her every move. Horror movies which take us back to the classics of the 80s are nearly always good fun and this one taps directly into that.
Revenge Ride completes the 2020 line-up and stars Grimmfest favourite Pollyanna McIntosh. Maggie is a tough and ruthless member of the all-female Dark Moon biker gang led by the merciless Trigga. After Maggie's cousin is drugged and raped at a party, the gang rides out for revenge. If you like the biker movies from the 50s through to the 70s then this is perfect for you. Packed with kick-ass, leather-clad bikers and colourful dialogue, the movie revs up the tension whilst also kissing its inspiration from the past.
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Posted on Thursday 8th October 2020
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