Directed by Richard Bates Jr.
Adore this movie. Annalynne Mc Cord is absolutely incredible.
Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
After being bored, and annoyed, by its predecessor, my hopes weren’t particularly high for the daftly-named Insidious: Chapter 2. My mindset wasn’t helped by being surrounded by one of the worst crowds I could’ve possibly imagined (Frightfest really does spoil a person’s moviegoing experience forevermore). Once again, there were scarcely few original ideas on show here, and the premise was even flimsier than previously. Neither of these films could hold a candle (pun intended) to The Conjuring, and it is perhaps more worrying that Wan did so well with that picture, and yet scuppered these two. Check out my review, for Gorepress, right over here.
This is one of the most perfunctory, unappealing, obnoxiously derivative horror movies I’ve ever seen - even the great Patrick Wilson cannot save it. There are so few original ideas, it’s almost impossible to judge it as its own film. It wants to be Poltergeist, but it fails miserably because there can really be only one. Alas, I reviewed it for Blood Guts, and my editor disagreed with me, but suffice to say, this is not worth your time or attention. James Wan, you have been warned. Check out my review (with ed’s note!) right here.
Motionless In White @ The Academy, Dublin, 12/09/13
This day last week, I was thrilled to attend the opening night of Motionless In White's UK and Ireland tour, right here in The Academy, Dublin. It was an awesome show, even though I was, quite literally, the oldest non-parent there. I'm so happy to see them back headlining so soon, especially after their show-stealing performance supporting Asking Alexandria back in January. I worked this show, because I was reviewing it for my buddies over at UK Horror Scene, but I’m heading to London to see them again this Saturday, where I will be free to dance, scream and drool over Chris Cerulli. Check out my gig review right here.
Hatchet 3 (2013)
I am a MASSIVE fan of the Hatchet series, and Adam Green (whom I fell madly in love with after interviewing him at Frightfest - look out for that soon) so to say that Hatchet 3 was one of my most anticipated films at the festival would be a serious understatement. For me, this is a series that gets better with every new instalment, and, though it definitely has its detractors, there is something undeniably endearing about Hatchet, and Victor Crowley. I was confident, after interviewing Green, that Hatchet 3 would be a fitting ending, and it more than delivered. I could gush for hours about it, but in the meantime, check out my review, for Zombie Hamster, right here.
One of my favourite parts of Frightfest, this year, was getting to meet, and interview the adorable, and brilliantly-named, Bobcat Goldthwaite, whom was so sweet and friendly, I just wanted to give him cuddles (but I didn’t). Check out the interview above, for my buddies over at Zombie Hamster,and try not to fall in love with him too much. His movie, Willow Creek, was a highlight of the festival for me, mainly because I didn’t think he could ever make Bigfoot scary.
Curse Of Chucky (2013)
I’m not exactly what one might call a diehard Chucky fan, nor can I claim to be particularly well-versed in his many adventures, so when I settled down to watch his latest exploits at Frightfest, my hopes weren’t particularly high. However, somewhat shockingly, Curse Of Chucky was on of the coolest, most enjoyable horror movies I’ve seen in a long time. It’s spooky, funny, exciting, inventive and the doll looks bloody good for once, which is something I wasn’t expecting when I originally watched the trailer, not to mention that he’s been practically realised, and isn’t a CGI mess as I’d originally assumed. This is definitely one to look out for, Chucky fan or otherwise. Check out my review, for Zombie Hamster, right here.
I was incredibly lucky to cover Frightfest for the wonderful people over at Zombie Hamster, and not only did I get to see lots of great movies, but I had the opportunity to interview some amazing people, too. This is my interview with Anthony Di Blasi, director of the incredible Missionary, which was also one of my festival picks. He was a lovely guy, the film was great and I expect amazing things from him in the future. Check it out above!
Episode 10: FrightFest Is Up!
We folded up Joey and Richard in two stamped, addressed envelopes and sent them off (thanks An Post!) to foggy London-town! Why? For Channel 4’s Frightfest of course! Join Peter, Joey, Richard and special guest Ally "The Scarf" Scarff as they discuss the sights, sounds and SCARES (OH!) of Frightfest! Check out episode 10 right here!
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The latest episode, of the awesome podcast I do with two of my bestest buddies, Horror Lives, is now up! Listen to Rich and I talk aaaaall about our exciting adventure at Frightfest a couple of weeks ago - what was the scariest film? Which one had us nodding off? Why do we love Adam Green so damn much? You’ll have to listen to find out!