FrightFest 2010 Wrap Up

FrightFest 2010 Wrap Up

Five days of watching horror films goes quickly, but it is enough time to sample what’s out there and upcoming and where horror films are heading in the next six months.

Full marks go the movie F, which was a successful horror and suspense film, made in the style of John Carpenter.

Loads of past British films screened at the FrgihtFest have attempted to copy Carpenter’s minimalist style, but have failed to provide any story. Kudos goes to writer-director Johannes Roberts for fulfilling both his duties.

The performances by the actors were top notch. Lead actor David Schofield moves between being depressed, angry and genuinely scared and remains convincing throughout.

Rodrigo Cortés’ Buried was proof positive that all you need is a good idea, a good script and a good actor to make an amazing picture.

The claustrophobic tale of one man trapped in a coffin the entire film may sound boring after the first 20 minutes, but rest assured you will remain gripped. Buried turned the tables on many of the independent films here at the FrightFest 2010.

Many independent films on show here had clearly spent money on special effects and posh locations but failed miserably to deliver anything compelling.

A special mention has to go to Primal. If you can get through the first standard 20 minutes, it actually becomes this wry Australian comedy with some really good scares.

Also, the short film Rise of the Appliances was one of the best things of the FrightFest 2010 – the trailer is at the end of this post.

Sadly, there was nothing that really blew me away. In previous years, films like The Orphanage delivered something genuinely new, delivered a good scare and made you think.

Although the jewel at FrightFest 2010, A Serbian Film, was pulled at the last minute, I was surprised that no other film really attempted to do something different.

Films like F and Buried were excellent, but F is ultimately Assault on Precinct 13 and Buried is the ending of the Vanishing played out over 90 minutes.

There was a higher than average ratio of bad-to-good films, too. In previous years it’s been 50-50, this year I felt it was more 75-25.

Given that it takes a year or two to produce a feature, it’s certainly possible that the credit crunch has hit film production and that maybe more ambitious films have taken a back seat to cash cow franchisees such as Saw and US homogenised horror crap.

This would normally not be a bad thing if funding was then pumped back in to searching and supporting new horror development, but I suspect it isn’t.

Overall, there was a feeling of having seen it all before with the films on show. This is a shame because I think when approached properly, the horror genre is the most fertile ground for seeing new ideas placed on screen.

Anyway, the sun is shining in London and I’m freed from the responsibility of sitting in a darkened cinema for 12 plus hours. Time for some much needed feet stretching. Below are the reviews for the FrightFest 2010.

FrightFest 2010 Horror Movie Reviews

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