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Frightfest reviews continued: 2

I was going to add this to the earlier Frighfest reviews post but wordpress.com broke last night so I couldn’t, so to carry on:

Monday’s first film was

Colin

Another zombie film. Set in London. Allegedly made for only £45 though the film-makers looked a bit shifty at this. I scent spin. Anyhow, the film was effective, probably more so because it was low budget. It followed a young man, Colin, as a zombie, through a devastated London. Around him small scenes unfolded involving survivors, his family, and other victims through which he shambled, uncomprehending. In parts it was quite moving. Worth seeing I think.

The last film was

It’s Alive

This was about a baby serial killer. That is, a baby who was a serial killer, not a serial killer who killed babies which would be bad (hmm) and not, as misheard by a friend of mine, a baby seal killer which would be sad (or Norwegian; sorry Glio).

What we all want for Christmas

What we all want for Christmas

There were a few choice moments in the film. One, at the baby’s birth when the camera flickered back and forth between a scene of bloody devastation in the delivery theatre with the medical team torn limb from limb and a small baby in a blanket, was particularly of merit. Another was when mum picked up baby from chewed corpse of dead rabbit on doorstep with a gentle and slightly disappointed tsk. Maternal denial I suppose. However all in all, I would advise people to wait to enjoy It’s Alive on cable or satellite rather than pay good money.

Frightfest reviews continued: 1

After yesterday’s poetic interlude, it’s back to the Berath posse at Frightfest and more film reviews

First up. A Norwegian film.

Dead Snow

Zombie Nazis (or Nazi zombies). Can’t get better than that. Actually I  went to a zombie convention last year, ZombieCon, where the sub-genre of nazi zombies in films was discussed (incidently I gleaned a lot of very useful information at the convention which of course went straight into my Zombie Uprising Contingency Plan). The final conclusion reached by the panel regarding the popularity of such films was that 1) zombies are bad and scary, 2) nazis are evil and scary..combine the two and you get nazi zombies which are bad, evil and doubly scary!!!!! Very true. Oh and the film was pretty good by the way.

Pontypool Changes Everything

I think this was my favourite film at Frightfest (horror film festival linked earlier, film description below)

PONTYPOOL

Most of the film took place in a radio recording studio, the significance of the violent events taking place outside only gradually emerging. Slowly the central premise of the film was pieced together by the besieged radio crew; a virus was spreading through the local town, the method of transmission, the English language.

Nice.

I found out afterwards that it was based on a book by Tony Burgess so of course I had to read up on it. First stop was Amazon, of course, where they had a copy for £139. This was perhaps a little more than I wanted to pay but further nosing about dug out a copy for around £15. I know what I’m going to be reading over the next couple of weeks! It might not be an easy read, one of the reviews said that it’s extremely dense, surreal, and at times requires intense concentration to grasp certain meanings and concepts but I love the idea that from time to time he writes from the viewpoint of the infected as their cognitive processes start to deteriorate and their sense of language slips. I’m off to Paris with my Mum at the end of the month. I might take it with me to read in the Parisian cafes whilst sipping coffee and eating cake.

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