CHAINED (UK premiere) Released 2013
‘A harrowing study of psychological manipulation and sadistic control’
Following the brutal murder of his mother, a young boy is held as a slave by a serial killer and forced to clean up after each killing, burying the bodies of the victims in shallow graves beneath the remote house where he is kept chained up in. When he reaches maturity, his captor – who has serious daddy issues – gives him the chance at gaining his freedom, but only if he turns killer himself… Jennifer Chambers Lynch got a critical mauling for her first film, 1993’s Boxing Helena, about a doctor who kidnaps a woman and amputates her arms and legs in order to control her. Having licked her wounds, Lynch returned after a 15-year absence with a couple of forgettable thrillers, but with Chained she may have got her mojo back – even if she is treading familiar territory. Vincent D’Onofrio is totally engaging as the psycho taxi driver Bob, and his Jekyll & Hyde act of repellent sadistic monster, tortured soul and concerned father figure is quite frightening, which only makes watching Eamonn Farren’s brooding emaciated captive teen all the more poignant. But the twist at the end does look a bit tacked on.
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POSSESSION (European premiere) In UK cinemas 31 August
‘Slickly-executed Jewish Exorcist horror hokum’
From Drag Me to Hell producer Sam Raimi and Nightwatch director Ole Bornedal comes this Exorcist-styled thriller about a divorced couple fighting to save one of their daughters from supernatural forces. Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie (Kyra Sedgwick) become concerned for younger daughter Emily when she starts exhibiting strange behaviour after she purchases an antique box at a yard sale. It soon dawns on them that Emily has unleashed a dibbuk, a demon from Jewish folklore that inhabits and ultimately devours its host. This slickly-made big budget horror has some neat jump-in-your-seat scares, good performances from the younger members of the cast, and some ace visuals. Basically, its just good scary fun.
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TOWER BLOCK (World premiere)
A group of tenants in a run-down London tower block that is scheduled to be demolished team up to take on a killer who is picking them off one by one. This indie British thriller boasts a young cast of familiar faces including Russell Tovey (Being Human), West End star Sheridan Smith and Jack O’Connell (Skins), and a script from James Moran, who has penned episodes of Doctor Who, Torchwood and the Frightfest zom-com Cockneys Vz Zombies. A taunt, tense little thriller, and the perfect end to Frightfest.
Also shown today
American Mary – view trailer
Remnants – view trailer
We Are The Night – view trailer
After – view trailer
Before Dawn – view trailer
Guinea Pigs – view trailer
May I Kill U? – view trailer
The Inside – view trailer
Elevator – view trailer
Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings – view trailer