FrightFest 2011 Wrap Up
Five days of back-to-back horror films does indeed go quickly; far too quickly—FrightFest is now in its 12th year and I’ve been coming for a little over eight years.
It’s an experience I’m grateful for, though. I get a chance to see films I would have never seen or heard of, while discovering hidden gems which remind you just how good horror can be. Yeah, there are some bloody awful films too, but when you see that one brilliant one that blows your socks off, it more than makes up for it.
A prominent theme among the horror films this year was the return to the slow-burn formula. Films took more time setting-up their characters, building dread and menace rather than delivering quickfire blood and guts. This went hand in hand with there being more suspense-based horror—plotlines setting up when something will happen rather than why.
That said, a lot of films—not just the bad ones—did feel overly long. From talking to my Frightfest neighbours throughout the festival, all of us felt that a lot of the stories had been hindered by trying to reach a 90-95 minute run time and would have worked better at the 60 minute mark.
The standout film had to be The Woman, which proved just how effective horror can be at getting to the truth of something. Final Destination 5 3D and Tucker and Dale vs Evil deserved kudos for injecting a healthy dose of fun and excitement into the programme, which was a much needed counterpoint to some of the grim fare on offer. The Glass Man was also a well-observed and timely piece of social horror while Kill List reminded you that British horror films can chill your nerves.
Genre pieces like Saint, Sennentuntschi and Don’t be Afraid of the Dark looked tired and old, while some of the horror-comedies could have used a bit more restraint.
My overall feeling was that the films which did the best had a point, while the ones that didn’t do so well simply fell back on lazy horror conventions.
Anyway, it’s late in the day and I’m off for coffee. Below are the reviews for the FrightFest 2011.
FrightFest 2011 Horror Movie Reviews
- Festival starts with Jake West’s Escape from London—FrightFest 2011 Day 1
- Don’t be Afraid of the Dark Movie Review—FrightFest 2011 Day 1
- Cockneys vs. Zombies World Exclusive Footage—FrightFest 2011 Day 1
- Final Destination 5 3D Movie Review—FrightFest 2011 Day 1
- The Theatre Bizarre Movie Review European Premiere—FrightFest 2011 Day 1
- Rogue River Movie Review European Premiere—FrightFest 2011 Day 2
- The Holding Movie Review World Premiere—FrightFest 2011 Day 2
- Urban Explorers Movie Review —FrightFest 2011 Day 2
- The Glass Man Movie Review —FrightFest 2011 Day 2
- Tucker and Dale vs. Evil Movie Review —FrightFest 2011 Day 2
- Troll Hunter Movie Review —FrightFest 2011 Day 3
- The Wicker Tree Movie Review —FrightFest 2011 Day 3
- Panic Button Movie Review —FrightFest 2011 Day 3
- Fright Night 3D Movie Review —FrightFest 2011 Day 3
- FrightFest 2011 Day 2 and Day 3 Photos
- Video: The Wicker Tree Robin Hardy FrightFest 2011 Intro
- The Woman Movie Review FrightFest 2011
- Chillerama Movie Review —FrightFest 2011 Day 3
- The Innkeepers Movie Review —FrightFest 2011 Day 4
- Saint Movie Review —FrightFest 2011 Day 4
- Kill List Movie Review UK Premiere with Video—FrightFest 2011 Day 4
- Top four films from FrightFest 2011—FrightFest 2011 Day 5
- Deadheads Movie Review – FrightFest 2011 Day 5
- Sennentuntschi: Curse of the Alps – FrightFest 2011 Day 5
- Inbred – FrightFest 2011 Day 5
- A Lonely Place to Die Movie Review- FrightFest 2011 Day 5