Without doubt the big draw of day two was the Total Film Icon Interview with the king of Italian horror Dario Argento, but there was also a host of horror – both old and new – to savour. Here’s two that caught my eye, plus my review of the Argento Q & A.
V/H/S (UK premiere) Released 2013
‘Finally a found footage film worth the price of admission’
From the collective minds of Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg and Radio Silence come six twisted tales of terror featuring a walking corpse, a vampire ghoul girl, ill-fated honeymooners, a serial killer that can’t be filmed, creepy ghost kids, and a very real haunted house. This ghoulish compendium sickens and delights in equal measure and gives the found footage genre a darn good kicking thanks to a brat pack of genre film makers who most assuredly have their bloodied fingers firmly on the pulse of modern horror.
• Official website
• view trailer 1 • view trailer 2
[REC]3: Genesis (UK premiere) Released 3 September on Blu-ray and DVD
‘Love never dies in this Demons meets Spanish telenovela spoof that takes the [REC] franchise to a whole new level’
‘You are cordially invited to celebrate the wedding of Clara and Koldo. Please bring your own chainsaws, shotguns, etc. Drinks and the flesh-eating infected provided.’ After two seriously scary instalments, director Paco Plaza takes the [REC] franchise down the same comedic path that Sam Raimi took his third Evil Dead film. This pre-sequel takes place entirely in a grand mansion where Clara and Koldo’s wedding reception is in full swing. But when the guests suddenly turn into demonically-possessed zombies, all Hell breaks loose. Separated during the flesh-eating fracas, Clara and Koldo will stop at nothing to reunite. Shot and scripted with a big nod to Spain’s popular telenovellas and their overly-dramatic scenes, [REC]3: Genesis is a riot of laughs and bloody good fun.
• Official website
• view trailer • view behind-the-scenes footage
TOTAL FILM ICON INTERVIEW – DARIO ARGENTO
During the 1970s and 1980s, Italian director Dario Argento created some of cinemas most visually arresting films, including the giallo classic The Bird with the Crystal Plumage and the surreal shock horror Suspiria, and his influence can be seen in modern-day films like Black Swan. The FrightFest interview found the iconic director talking about his film legacy, and speaking out about how horror has found a new home in countries like South Korea and Japan, which favours imagination and inventiveness, while American cinema is all about turning a profit by remaking old classics like Suspiria, which begins filming in October. Argento’s attendance also coincided with the publication of Alan Jones’ definitive book about the director’s career: Dario Argento: The Man, the Myth & the Magic, which has been re-issued and updated to include Argento’s latest effort, Dracula 3D, which has yet to arrive in the UK.
Also shown today
Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut – view trailer
Guinea Pigs – view trailer
The Victim – view trailer – Official website
Elevator – view trailer
Hidden in the Woods – view trailer
A Night of Nightmares – Buddy Giovinazzo interview
Sawney: Flesh Of Man – view trailer
Stitches – Behind the Scenes Teaser
Errors of the Human Body – view trailer