FrightFest All-Nighter 2013

After loving FrightFest, I just had to attend the All-Nighter too. I was already falling asleep during the third film, and I found it amusing watching everyone become more delirious as the night went on. Especially Paul whilst doing the introductions to the films; it was hilarious. None of the films were particularly good, but it was still worth doing. Though, leaving the cinema into daylight felt like the end of Cube.

Soulmate (2013)

A film heavily inspired by The Ghost of Mrs Muir – even to the point that the ghost, Douglas Talbot, looks very similar to Rex Harrison in the film – but lacks the charm. The director introduced the film as a slow-burn ghost story, but I expected a horror film and got a romantic, supernatural drama. This is not necessarily a bad thing – I love The Ghost and Mrs Muir – but it just doesn’t work.

Anna Walton and Tom Wisdom’s performances are decent, but the supporting actors are laughably bad. This is not helped by the poor script, which is full of cheesy and awkward dialogue. It also plays out like a Twilight-style woman’s fantasy; in this case, the lead is the first person in over 30 years who has been able to see or talk to the ‘ghost’, who is a dapper looking gentleman, and they spend the majority of the film talking about how similar they are and how her presence is helping him becoming more ‘real’, and also watches her sleep and basically all the time. For some reason women’s fantasies tend to involve obsessive dudes.

Anyway, whilst altogether not a terrible film – it starts off fairly well before it turns into a romance film – it is quite boring and doesn’t offer a lot.

Patrick (2013)

A modern-day remake of the 1978 film, which I’m not really a fan of, but this doesn’t do much more with the concept.

Charles Dance was great, Sharni Vinson and Rachel Griffiths were good, everyone else was forgettable. Using a more attractive Patrick hurt it a little because the original Patrick was creepy as hell. It couldn’t seem to make its mind up on the tone of the film and whilst the comedic parts worked well, the serious parts felt cheesy and forced. It lacked atmosphere and tension and was rather generic. The CGI was also pain-inducing and there was too much of it for me to let it go.

Hexen bis aufs Blut gequält (1970)

Michael Armstrong gave a long introduction to the film, hyping it up to be something really violent, yet with important messages, and like it was a much better film than it was. Although there is a lot of controversy surrounding it, the torture scenes are pretty tame and there isn’t really that much violence.

This was probably my favourite of the night just because it was so unintentionally (?) funny. The constant zooms, weird dialogue, bad dubbing etc.. It was a pretty cheap and poorly-made film and I’m surprised it’s so highly regarded in a positive way.

Discopath (2013)

It captures the look and feel of the 70s really well and the disco music is really good too. Unfortunately the script and plot is just an incomprehensible mess.

It has a really hammy, cheesy tone and never takes itself too seriously, but it’s boring for the most part and the dialogue is so wooden and strange. It’s not serious enough to be a serious film, but it’s never quite cheesy enough to be a fun bit of cheese. The lead actor is quite good when just being intense though.

The director was quite funny and was either drunk or tired or both, and they were giving out free DVDs and he just started throwing them into the audience. Then during the Q&A, an old guy mentioned he used to breakdance, and he came down and did some breakdancing for everyone.

Blutgletscher (2013)

A rip-off of The Thing – though not necessarily a bad thing – but takes the ‘parasite’ concept a little further and also lacks in tension and suspense. I liked the idea of the concept but unfortunately shaky cam is used whenever a monster is in shot, so we never actually get a good glimpse at them.

Overall it was fine and watchable, but just nothing special. And the ending was just odd. It also was apparently trying for some environmental/climate message thing which didn’t really make sense.

Nothing Left to Fear

This was my most anticipated and I thought it was ok, but also really generic and a bit flat. The characters were annoying overly nice people, although I liked that more than the typical rebellious teenagers that are normally in films. The CGI was bad, but still a little creepy (and it also tended to draw out the scenes rather than a quick jump scare and running away), and I was so tired by this point that I was falling asleep and then jumped during a fake-out scare.

I liked that they stuck with the ‘rules’ and didn’t opt for a a totally tacked on ending. The concept slightly mirrors that of The Cabin in the Woods though, which went the best route and chose the most unlikely ending, and makes this seem fairly predictable and cliche in comparison. I would’ve liked a more fleshed out idea and for it to have been a little less formulaic because it could’ve worked really well.

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