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Horror Blog Update

Posted in Horror Blog, Horror Festivals, Love Horror, Women in Horror Recognition Month with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 11, 2018 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

Hey Horror Hounds, it’s been a long time since I have posted on my main reviewing blog; so just to update you, I’m going to post the relevant links to all my latest pieces of work.

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On Love Horror; my current mainstay for reviews, I have covered giallo mania and more with the Abertoir Horror Festival 2017, explored female status in the genre for Women in Horror Month 2018, interviewed Dave Jackson (Dir. Cat Sick Blues) of Phantasmes Video on his latest project, Gacha, Gacha and most recently reviewed the gore-drenched, killer clown slasher, Terrifier. All my recent written work is available via this link: http://lovehorror.co.uk/author/welsh-demoness/

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I’m also building a small Youtube Channel featuring all kinds of #horror content from festival/convention vlogs to reviews of cult genre movies. You can see all of that through this link,  https://www.youtube.com/user/mshayleyr1989Be sure to subscribe.

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Back in November 2017, I made my acting debut in a spooky short film, directed by Independent Welsh filmmaker, Tom Hughes, entitled, Widower, the movie can be viewed here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIPi-dWTNgE

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Image Credit: Tom Hughes

You can also find regular updates on:

https://en-gb.facebook.com/HayleysHorrorReviews/

https://www.instagram.com/welshdemoness/

As always, thank you for all your support.

Stay Scary.

Hayley Alice Roberts

Hayley’s Horror Reviews. 

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Hayley’s Top 5 Feature Films of Celluloid Screams 2017

Posted in Horror Blog, Horror Festivals, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2017 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

Celluloid Screams 2017 presented festival attendees with one of their strongest line-ups to date. With classic anniversary screenings of Suspiria (1977) and Hellreaiser (1987) and an Inside No. 9 showcase with both its creators, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith present, the ninth edition of the festival proved fantastic. As well as familiar films for fans to rediscover on the big screen, Celluloid Screams also programmed a diverse selection of feature films from all over the world. The common thread between them all was that most of them contained a tongue-in-cheek flair to them, allowing the audience to experience laughs and scares and an equal amount of tension.

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This list has sure been a tough one to compile as each film managed to bring its own identity to the table however these were the movies that struck a chord with me. So, without further ado, here are my top five feature films of Celluloid Screams 2017.

5. The Endless (2017)

  • Directed by Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson
  • USA

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Celluloid Screams 2017 launched on a high note, which therefore set the tone for the remainder of the festival. Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson are staples of Celluloid having screened both their previous feature films, Resolution in 2012 and Spring in 2014, respectively. They have hit a hat-trick with their latest flick, The Endless. Moorhead and Benson not only write and direct but this time around they both star in the film. Their unique flair for filmmaking is present yet again as they stray away from convention bringing something surreal and intriguing to the table. In The Endless, Aaron and Justin play two brothers who happen to be former cult members. After ten years and undergoing deprogramming, the two are invited to revisit their old way of life when a mysterious videotape arrives on their doorstep. What follows is a mind-bending journey of intrigue that leads the viewer into unknown territory. Established fans will already know to expect the unexpected with their instantaneously captivating style of storytelling. The film looks beautiful which is aided by the picturesque cinematography, the open outdoors setting signifies the vastness of how the plot is essentially bigger than what is initially thought. Moorhead and Benson continue to grow within their craft, creating films that are not pigeonholed to one specific genre. The Endless is a mesmerizing film experience that is best going into without knowing too much. It will be exciting to see what these multi-talented filmmakers come up with next.

4. Creep 2 (2017)

  • Directed by Patrick Brice
  • USA

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Creep 2 is the highly anticipated sequel from director Patrick Brice. Mark Duplass makes a delicious return to his role as the batshit insane, serial killer that he made popular in the first one. This time around, he lures ambitious journalist, Sara (Desiree Akhavan) into his lair (home!). Disillusioned with his life as he approaches 40, he puts out an online ad for a videographer which draws in the disenfranchised young woman who is struggling to make a success of her obscure web series. Following an initial meeting with Aaron, the bizarre encounter provides her with enough scope for her next video. Feeling galvanized by the experience, will Sara bite off more than she can chew or will she hold her own against the unpredictable psychopath? Creep 2 is equally as superb as its predecessor, but manages to venture into even darker territory. It is nerve shredding from the outset while containing an unnerving sense of humour. Erratic and unpredictable just like its core antagonist; Creep 2 is a nail-biting, unique cinematic experience that works excellently among a festival audience. It is gasp-inducing madness and proves to be one of the most effective found footage entries within the genre right now. Between them, Brice and Duplass have created an exhilarating sequel which remains consistent to the original while challenging audience expectations which is highly ingenious to see.

3. M.F.A (2017)

  • Directed By Natalia Leite
  • USA

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M.F.A is certainly a revelation in light of the recent Hollywood sexual assault scandal. This film is both timely and imperative as it fearlessly tackles a subject that still faces a taboo outlook surrounding it. Introverted art student, Noelle begins to embrace college life when she is invited to a party by a pretentious yet charming classmate named Luke. The party takes a harrowing turn when Luke shockingly rapes Noelle and plays it down in the aftermath. Traumatized and violated, Noelle reports her ordeal to the appropriate channels to no avail. She then decides to take matters into her own hands, heading down a dark route of revenge which heartbreakingly is all she has left. M.F.A is astonishingly brave as it highlights the ignorance and hypocrisy surrounding reported rape and the many women who face suffering in silence. The approach the film takes is bold without being exploitative or highly controversial but strongly gets its message across. Francesca Eastwood gives the performance of the year in a transformative role with layers of character development and a realistic arc, from her vulnerable beginnings to the astounding journey she takes. M.F.A is a prime example of the dynamicity of the genre and how it can successfully display a very real but disturbing issue and glare a light on that. It is wholly frustrating but will hopefully spark a conversation that society absolutely needs to have. Uncompromising, confrontational and powerful in its execution, M.F.A needs to be seen and spoken about.

2. 68 Kill (2017)

  • Directed By Trent Haaga
  • USA

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Annalynne McCord stars as the baddest bitch of them all in this fast-paced, high octane, comedic thriller. Soaked in exploitation, 68 Kill delivers the “perfect midnight movie” and then some. Perfectly placed in the 12am slot on the first night of the festival, 68 Kill fought any festival jet lag away as its thrilling nature keeps the audience engrossed from start to finish. Featuring a slew of reprehensible characters that will kill, maim and mangle to get their hands on cold hard cash, 68 Kill ensures edge of the seat action until those end credits roll. The cast gel exceptionally well together, with Matthew Gray Gubler’s sweet-natured Chip finding himself in a bizarre, unexpected situation, torn between two crazed beauties with more outrageousness to come. A surprise performance is delivered from Sheila Vand, from the mid-way point as a ruthless, gothic store clerk. 68 Kill is a movie Tarantino could be proud of and thematically it has all the ingredients in place to homage his brand of filmmaking. Tasteless, indulgent, unapologetically trashy and completely in your face, 68 Kill is one of 2017’s and Celluloid Screams most exciting offerings.

1. Better Watch Out (2017)

  • Directed by Chris Peckover
  • USA/Australia 

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Christmas has come early with this fantastic, festive fright flick. Better Watch Out encompasses all the components of the killer Christmas movie while embodying its own unique capability. This is a home invasion like no other that supplies nerve-shredding suspense with darkly thought out humour. The plot centers on hormonally-charged twelve-year-old Luke (Levi Miller), a regular Suburban kid who anticipates an evening alone with his babysitter, Ashley (Olivia DeJonge). Having already established a comfortable rapport with each other, Luke’s chances of finally confessing his feelings don’t go quite to plan when they are targeted by an unknown assailant, subsequently becoming embroiled in a twisted cat and mouse game with shocking consequences. Better Watch Out incorporates delightful twists and turns that will supply shocks and surprises for its audience. It is advisable to enter this film totally blind to experience the punch it packs! The bright, festive aesthetic the film displays provides a welcome contrast to the more darker themes. It’s a crowd-pleaser from start to finish with exceptional performances from its young cast. Much like Andrew Muschetti’s IT (2017), kid-cast led horror films are proving to be a hit right now and this is no exception. If you enjoyed Netflix favourite, The Babysitter (2017) then you’re going to love, Better Watch Out.

Well, there we have it, my top five personal outstanding feature films of Celluloid Screams 2017. Comment below if you agree or disagree with my choices and let me know which films hit the right note with you at the sensational Sheffield festival.

Hayley Alice Roberts

Hayley’s Horror Reviews

 

David Naughton to attend Horror Con 2016

Posted in Horror Attractions, Horror Festivals, Love Horror with tags , , , , , , , on March 22, 2016 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

The Bad Moon will be Rising at Horror Con 2016! Its already shaping to be a fantastic line-up this year, not only do we have Kane Hodder and Doug Bradley in attendance, the genre dedicated organizers have recently announced that the American Werewolf in London himself, David Naughton is also joining the two masters of horror at Sheffield’s blood-splattered Summer Event.

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Naughton famously played the lead role of David Kessler in John Landis’s 1981 Cult Comedy Horror. While visiting the idyllic Yorkshire Moors, David and his friend Jack (Griffin Dunne) fail to heed the warnings of the locals at The Slaughtered Lamb pub and are attacked by a viscous beast. Jack is unfortunately ripped to pieces while David is bitten by the creature. After waking up in a London hospital David begins to have sinister and vivid dreams and starts seeing Jack (now dead) in all stages of decay. He finds love with kind-hearted nurse Alex Price (Jenny Agutter) but soon his trip to the moors comes back to haunt him as David transforms into a blood thirsty werewolf and terrorizes London. An American Werewolf in London features one of the most impressive FX sequences in a horror film ever, it was ahead of its time and remembered for its equal mix of thrills, laughs and scares.

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Naughton consistently worked in films and television following the success of Werewolf and had previously  starred alongside Michael J Fox in his film debut Midnight Madness (1980). To horror fans he will always be remembered as David Kessler, a character who blurred the lines between killer monster and likable guy.

Horror Con 2016 is going to be incredible with three genre legends in the line-up, it’s not every day you get to meet Jason Voorhees/Victor Crowley, Pinhead and David Kessler. I can’t wait to see what they will have in store next.

Horror Con 2016 takes place on Saturday July 9th & Sunday July 10th. Save the Date and book your Weekend (or individual day passes) on http://horrorconventions.co.uk/

Check out my review of An American Werewolf in London from last year’s Leeds Horror Festival on Love Horror. http://lovehorror.co.uk/zombies/leeds-horror-festival-full-write-up/

Hayley Alice Roberts

Hayley’s Horror Reviews. 

The Best Feature Films of Celluloid Screams 2015

Posted in Horror Festivals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2015 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

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Celluloid Screams took place from the 23rd-25th October at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield, marking the festival’s seventh spooktacular year! Robert Nevitt and his team Polly Allen and Sarah Williamson offered up a selection of interesting films that again show how versatile the genre can be. There were recurring themes in place with slow-burning, psychological thrillers, creepy kids and crazy black comedies. Below I review the films that stood out the most for me this year. Unfortunately due to being ill mid way through the Saturday schedule I’m unable to consider The Witch, These Final Hours and Darling. If you attended the festival or have seen any of the films listed below, please feel free to comment if you agree or disagree with my choices. 

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1. The Invitation (2015)

  • Directed by Karyn Kusama
  • Country: USA

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From Karyn Kusama (Director of Jennifer’s Body) comes this year’s festivals most outstanding film. The Invitation centers on Will (Logan Marshall Green) who along with his current girlfriend Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi) is invited to his previous home by his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard). Eden is now married to the smarmy David (Michiel Huisman). The couple host a dinner party for a group of their old college friends and also introduce some new faces. If it wasn’t already a tense/awkward situation, events are about to turn even more uncomfortable. Will is uneasy, following a devastating family tragedy that impacted him and Eden but he soon suspects that his ex-wife and her new husband have a more sinister hidden agenda for this spur of the moment gathering than he first thought.

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With secrets and lies threatening to tumble out over the course of the evening, The Invitation will leave you reeling as it builds up tension throughout. A strange, unexplainable tone manifests, keeping the audience on pins. The performances are incredibly naturalistic from the entire cast making it easy to invest in the characters and be constantly concerned about what will happen next. Several characters are introduced at once, which would usually be problematic in terms of development, however writer Matt Manfredi manages to create interesting personalities for each of them, leaving us with intrigue for each of their intentions. The pace is a slow-burner but its all worth it for the gut wrenching pay off. Without revealing too much as The Invitation is certainly a film to go into blind, it plays around with conventional horror tropes and defies typical expectations. Race, gender and sexuality were represented in a refreshing light,distancing itself from the expected stereotypes of the black woman or gay guy in horror. The Invitation breaks new ground, serving up copious amounts of intrigue to keep its audience captivated right until the shocking end.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

2. Deathgasm

  • Directed by Jason Lei Howden
  • Country: New Zealand

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Much like last year’s Housebound and What We Do in the Shadows, Deathgasm is a rip-roaring gory comedy from New Zealand. With a combination of Evil Dead style carnage and heavy metal, Deathgasm will have you rocking out while basking in its gruesome special effects. Self-proclaimed metalhead Brodie (Milo Cawthorne) is sent to live with his closed minded Aunt and Uncle after his hellraiser mother gets into trouble with the law. Summoned to live with his chavvy cousin who beats him up at any given opportunity, Brodie seeks solace in the one thing he can trust, heavy metal music. He teams up with hardcore rocker Zakk and a couple of geeky guys to form the band Deathgasm. However things turn horrible wrong when Brodie accidentally evokes an evil demon through some ancient, ominous sheet music. While the music may rock, the town is no longer safe as the inhabitants become possessed and thirsty for blood!

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Screening as the final recent film of the festival, Deathgasm was a much needed breath of fresh fair. It’s tons of fun, accompanied with a witty script. There’s a sweet love story at its core between the lead character and blonde, girl-next-door Medina (Kimberly Crossman), its a traditional look at when opposites attract but the audience will find themselves rooting for the pair as the film unfolds, with both characters proving they’re equally as badass. James Blake is the breakout performance of the film as moody, metalist Zakk, a mentor of sorts for Brodie. Sarcastic and deadpan, Zakk without a doubt has the best one lines within the film. Zakk attempts to be unlike-able but he’s the kind of character that has a softer side underneath that he’s reluctant to show. The cast have great chemistry and share some pretty outrageous moments. Look out for a small role from Cameron Rhodes who starred in last year’s popular New Zealand genre-bending horror Housebound. While the gore is eye-poppingly insane and holds no barriers, there are some crazily fun visual scenes of the effects of heavy metal when you’re passionate about the genre. Deathgasm is an awesome, thrill ride that’s ideal for a festival audience. If Metallica, The Evil Dead and Superbad had a love child, Deathgasm would be the result!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

3. He Never Died

  • Directed by: Jason Krawczyk
  • Country: USA/Canada

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Henry Rollins gives an incredible performance in the hilariously dry-humored He Never Died. Very much a character driven  piece, Rollins plays Jack, an immortal cannibal who has found himself stuck in a bit of a rut with no care for the humanity around him. Its not until he gets a blast from his past, that he gets the much needed push he requires in order to turn his rather lengthy life around. When someone important in Jack’s life is threatened by a group of thugs, he sets the wheels in motion to seek revenge, providing him with a purpose from his mundane existence. All Jack has to do is resist the urge to eat people and remain sober! Henry Rollins makes the entire movie, playing Jack as a character to root for. He’s completely deadpan and apathetic but we stay with him the entire time due to Rollins entertaining screen presence.

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The supporting female actresses Jordan Todosey as Andrea and Kate Greenhouse as Cara share a natural and believable chemistry with RollinsHe Never Died uses its horror concept as a metaphor for depression which is so intrinsic in today’s society. Jack’s world is bleak and grotty, apart from visits to his local diner and a few games of bingo every week, he hasn’t got much going for him, demonstrating how easy it is for someone to become stuck in a viscous cycle. It also challenges ideas about our own mortality. Jack has been alive for far too long and hasn’t got much to offer the world anymore. The notion of struggling for a purpose to live when you can’t die is a key theme adding an interesting dimension to the comedy elements. The style of black comedy combined with gory violence the film incorporates is appealing for horror fans with a twisted sense of humor. Despite the brutal on-screen violence the comedy ensures that everything remains very tongue in cheek. Parallel’s can be drawn with 2011’s Some Guy Who Kills People in terms of its similar tone themes however both films are their own beasts. He Never Died is one of 2015’s genre cinema highlights that you won’t want to miss.

★ ★ ★ ★

4. Goodnight Mommy

  • Directed By: Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz
  • Country: Austria

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This Oscar nominated chiller has proved to be one of 2015’s most eagerly anticipated films in horror. Nominated for best foreign language film at the 2016 Oscars, Goodnight Mommy isn’t unfamiliar territory for the seasoned horror fan but that doesn’t make it any less gripping. With classic themes of isolation and paranoia, this offering from Austria is another slow burner that uncovers some brutal revelations surrounding innocence and childhood. Goodnight Mommy tells the tale of twin boys Lukas and Elias (played by Lukas and Elias Schwarz) who are sent to live in the reclusive countryside following their TV presenter mothers (Susanne Wuest) life changing cosmetic surgery. The young boys soon suspect that something else is lurking beneath the bandages that is far from their loving mother.

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Goodnight Mommy is a tense piece that shifts the dynamics to a startling effect. For their début film, the Schwarz twins are very convincing allowing us to empathize with them until the film’s direction veers off expectation. Susanne Wuest is the perfect Mommy Dearest, there’s an interesting conflict at play between her attempts at being the disciplined yet loving mother versus her image conscious celebrity status. Much like The Invitation that was screened before it, Goodnight Mommy takes its time to unravel, allowing us to admire the breathtaking cinematography and be gripped by the tension built by the strained relationship between the two boys and their mother. Its certainly a film to enter into without prior expectation, however the pay off does come in as not so new territory. Its final shot is spine-chilling as we absorb in the events that have played out. Goodnight Mommy is a psychological cat and mouse game, its beautifully shot and heart wrenching however don’t expect anything ground breaking so take it for what it is.

★ ★ ★ ★

5. Emelie

  • Directed By Michael Thelin
  • Country: USA

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Since its first UK showing at Frightfest in August, Emelie has generated a lot of hype and was nominated for several awards. The Michael Thelin directed feature takes the over done concept of the domestic thriller, in this case the psycho babysitter however shifts gears and places it from the point of view of the young children rather than the usual paranoid wife/mother. The Thompson family face a dilemma. Its their anniversary and their regular babysitter Megan has made other arrangements. Megan suggests her friend Anna take over her duties for the night. Anna arrives and all is well, the lively Thompson children take to her and the parents go to dinner happy. It soon transpires that something is not quite right with Anna as she starts upsetting Jacob and Sally by tormenting them with unpleasant cruelty and an obscene video. Young Christopher is too young to understand however this bad babysitter has more sinister plans lined up for him!

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Once Upon a Time actress Sarah Bolger plays Emelie, the imposter in charge of the Thompson children and she does the unhinged routine very well, keeping us on edge. Emelie is a tough one to decipher. Its plot is predictable and it just feels like a better crafted lifetime movie with a recognizable storyline but with actors who can act. Without a doubt its the child actors that stand out the most. Joshua Rush plays Jacob at that transitional age between childhood and becoming a teenager, he is on to Emelie, realizing her behavior isn’t the norm, making him her number one antagonist that could blow apart her main goal. Carly Adams acts visibly distressed as Sally, she faces Emelie’s torment the most, her reactions are believable making it heartbreaking to watch. Thomas Bair is completely naturalistic as little Christopher, as a young child actor he’s just being himself and its clear Thelin allowed some improvisation. Emelie is a film that doesn’t quite take the risks it should and could. Once the stakes are raised it fails to push the boundaries and we’re left with something that we’ve seen time and time again. As previously stated its a well-shot and acted version of a typical lifetime movie concluding with an obvious outcome. It gradually builds, keeping up the intrigue but then becomes disappointing when it doesn’t offer up anything remarkable. Maybe an unexplored, wasted opportunity, Emelie is certainly an interesting film that’s worth checking out if you like The Hand that Rocks the Cradle and films with similar unhinged female tropes.

★ ★ ★

6. The Corpse of Anna Fritz 

  • Directed by Hector Hernandez Vicens
  • Country: Spain

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El cadáver de Anna Fritz promised controversy and certainly piqued our curiosity when we were told that there had been walk-outs at the London Film Festival. Going straight for the jugular, if the subject matter makes you queasy, its probably one to avoid however it was nowhere near as offensive as made out to be. Beloved actress Anna Fritz (Alba Ribas) is unexpectedly found dead. As her corpse is wheeled to the morgue snippets are played from the news giving an insight into celebrity culture, of how she was admired and criticized on the red carpet as well as her personal romantic life, it then marks her the news of her shocking and tragic early demise. With the recent deaths of several prolific celebrities its no surprise that a horror film dealing with the subject matter has been made.

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Its a tale of revenge and misogyny when a morgue worker allows his two friends to have an all access pass to Anna’s dead body. These unexplainable vile characters take things one step too far but events take a twisted turn where the three men become embroiled in a cat and mouse game that they never would have imagined. The Corpse of Anna Fritz has some disturbing ideas but the problem is the characters are too underdeveloped, we aren’t given any insight into what triggers these men to be so vile. Their young, attractive and are heading to a party yet decide to partake in a freakishly obscene act. In that case, it seems to be a window into our obsession with celebrity and all that encompasses. As a famous starlet Fritz is untouchable but now she’s dead she’s fair game, is violated and can’t do anything about it, or so they think! With some decent ideas, Anna Fritz just becomes a standard, suspenseful morgue chase. With that said the ending is certainly quite satisfying. The Corpse of Anna Fritz is a well executed idea but lacks character development and becomes a bit too obvious. Much like Emelie, its a shame it didn’t have more to offer.

★ ★ ★

Coming Soon: The Top Short Films of Celluloid Screams. 

Hayley Alice Roberts

Hayley’s Horror Reviews.

Damnationland 2014: Tickle (Bonfire Films).

Posted in Horror Attractions, Horror Festivals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2014 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

On October 17th, the Damnationland Horror Festival located in Maine returns for its fifth fright-tastic year showcasing a selection of innovative and unusual short films. Screening at the State Theatre in Portland, Damnationland’s fifth year will present festival-goers with six shocking shorts on offer. One of those short film’s titled Tickle,comes from awesome, independent genre company Bonfire Films, led by filmmaker Corey Norman. Corey and his team launched a Kickstarter campaign back in August in order to raise funds to make this project possible which was successfully achieved. After viewing several films directed by Corey Norman including ambitious, supernatural feature The Hanover House, I truly believe in this company and admire their ability to create horror movies for true genre fans reminding us what we adore about horror.

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Written by Haley Norman, Tickle is a pure, classic throwback to one of the most exciting times in the genre, the 1980’s; when horror got gorier and anxieties in society were much more prominent. Horror movies used our every day fears as a metaphorical entity to blur the lines between reality and fantasy, Tickle brings this notion back. Part monster movie, part urban legend, Tickle is sure to supply the Damnationland audience with equal amounts of laughs and scares. Haley’s script captures a piece of nostalgia as the tale of the babysitter, a young boy and a scary bedtime story unfolds on screen. Casey Turner (Shannon in The Hanover House) takes on a fun role as Trudy, the semi-responsible babysitter who doesn’t let Charlie (Andrew Lyndaker) stay up and watch scary movies but allows his imagination to run wild with a chilling story about TicTac the Tickle Monster! Turner relishes in a charismatic performance while young Lyndaker is excellent for a young performer and proves he has heaps of potential as an actor. The energetic pop-style score provides the film with a feel for the time period its set in.

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Tickle begins with a light-hearted tone, its tongue is placed firmly in its cheek which creates a well-paced build up for the dark shift in approach the short later takes. Without giving away too much, the make-up and visual effects are done exceptionally well. Its skilfully shot with flawless cinematography that captures the essence of its Halloween night setting.

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Tickle has fun with the codes and conventions of a traditional 80’s slasher and knows exactly what its going for. Its self-referential, look out for the nod to last year’s Damnationland entry, Natal (2013). Damnationland’s slogan indicates that this is the way life should bleed but this year its all about the way life should Tickle!

For more information on Damnationland’s schedule and general info visit: http://www.damnationland.com/films/

Check out the official festival trailer here:

Hayley Alice Roberts.

Hayley’s Horror Reviews.

 

Celluloid Screams 2014, First Announcement.

Posted in Horror Festivals with tags , , , , , on August 8, 2014 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

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October isn’t too far away and other than Halloween the most eagerly anticipated event of the month for me is Celluloid Screams Horror Festival that takes place at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield. It was announced today that the festivals opening film will be Canadian film-maker’s Astron-6’s, The Editor.  Regular attendee’s will remember 2012’s screening of the epic Manborg, from the production company, however this time round they are giving us a twisted take on the giallo genre. It wouldn’t be Celluloid Screams without a giallo homage so what better way to kick off 2014’s phenomenal festival!  What makes it even more ace is American Mary’s Tristan Risk and The Human Centipede 2’s Laurence R. Harvey will be starring in it. The poster for The Editor is enough to generate plenty of excitement with its retro style. The bleeding editing reel perfectly captures exactly what horror festivals are all about!

Celluloid Screams is running from the 24th-26th October.

Visit: http://celluloidscreams.co.uk/firstfilms2014/ for more info on the festival and for The Editor trailer.

Hayley Alice Roberts.

Hayley’s Horror Reviews.

Outcast Productions: Abertoir 2011 Film- Day Three Info

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on January 18, 2012 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

Today’s shoot proved rewarding as we managed to film all the additional footage needed for the Abertoir Film. All the interior shots were filmed in the Aberystwyth Arts Centre (The Home of Abertoir!) featuring myself presenting an introduction to the vox pop’s we’re going to feature, the events that were held and the special guests that attended (meaning I could briefly mention my favourite film INBRED!!). Also  festival director Gaz Bailey kindly allowed us to film inside the cinema which added a fitting atmosphere to my presentation. Overall everything ran smoothly and we had no seagulls to contend with unlike yesterday (result!!). Tomorrow will consist of myself and Elliot going through all our footage before we begin to finally put everything together for the first cut! Exciting stuff! Once more I would like to thank everyone for their support in regards to this project. Also keep an eye out for more updates on facebook and twitter as well as our group’s wordpress blog that will be coming soon….

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