The Pre FrightFest Warm-Up 2009

So it is the morning of FrightFest and before I stick on my glad rags for the opening night’s festivities I thought I would talk a little bit about the six movies I am most excited about. So as I stick on my suit and decide whether to go for the dickie bow or the skull tie, you should sit back and see what is buttering my muffins and resulting in dribble in my beard.

An American Werewolf In London

An American Werewolf In London

This is an obvious one really; it’s always great to see the movies that influenced you towards adoring horror flicks in the first place, on a massive screen with an audience made up entirely of gore-hounds and horror freaks. The FrightFest audience can help make poor movies appear great and excellent movies nearly perfect, so coupling that with the presence of Mr. Landis and the brand new feature length documentary, Beware The Moon, I am salivating like a big wolfy creature watching Jenny Agutter in Walkabout.

Night Of The Demons

Night Of The Demons

If you read my review of Autopsy then you’ll aready know how much I dig the double threat that is Adam Gierasch and his hetero life partner Jace Anderson. If you know me at all, you will also know I am a massive slut for anything Troma related. To see erstwhile Super Tromette Bulimia (more commonly know as Tiffany Shepis) in a team up with one of horrors more exciting tag teams just makes me wetter than a fish. The original movie holds a special place in my heart and is one of my favourite flicks from way-back-when, and if anyone can correctly referee the comedy and horror balance I think it is this pair. If Shepis makes an appearance, then this will have to be pretty fucking awful for me not to dig it.

The Descent: Part 2

The Descent : Part 2

Sure, a sequel is completely unnecessary, and there wasn’t an awful lot of input from original director/scribe Neil Marshall, but new director Jon Harris has cut his teeth as editor on some of the strongest Brit-flicks in recent memory so I haven‘t lost all hope yet. Working as an editor should provide Harris with the vision and the skills to pace D2 excellently and with some real flair. Eden Lake writer/director, James Watkins, had a hand in the writing too, so things aren’t looking too bad.
The most prominent reason that I am so excited though, is to see how they manage to credit all the original leads again. Lets see how that goes, eh?

Trick ‘R Treat

Trick ‘R Treat

I’ve followed this film’s tumultuous journey, which included several meanders down Postponed Release Alley, since it was announced last week, and its cast list includes some stellar talent. I love Brian Cox, I think Dylan Baker is awesome and Anna Paquin is pretty cool too. I’ve not seen an awful lot that was directed by Michael Dougherty other than an animated horror short a few years back, which I liked, but he wrote X2 and Urban Legends: Bloody Mary which were both less than amazing. I have it on good authority that this will be the new quintessential Halloween flick, which is a position currently held by Satan’s Little Helper, for me at least. I just hope it is better than Halloween 2.

Smash Cut

Sasha Grey in Smash Cut

David Hess is a legend. Seeing him star in a movie after so long out of the spotlight is going to be incredible. Especially in a movie that has apparently been sanctioned by gore-overlord Herschell Gordon Lewis. Throw in some shots of gorgeous porn siren, Sasha Grey getting her kit off and this could be the break out smash of the festival. I am expecting silly fun, and I hope I get it.

The Horde

La Horde

I love post apocalyptic movies. I have a stack of over thirty DVDs of pure post apocalyptic joy, so I am so excited to see this French take on the end of the world. With zombies. And Gangsters. I have little knowledge of the pedigree of the writers, directors or stars but that doesn’t worry me. Martyrs this may not be, but I reckon this will still be a festival smash.

This has the potential to be the best FrightFest yet, hopefully the excellent choice of flicks and guests will negate the dual-screen-time-overlap debacle of years past.

Tune in soon for a rundown of Thursday nights entertainment.

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