So, FrightFest 2012 is finished for another year and I have to say it flew by.
I don’t normally review films and I know this blog isn’t about film reviews but I’m going to give you a quick run through the films I saw and what I thought of them…
Thursday kicked off with Paul Hyett’s directorial debut with The Seasoning House. I’m pleased to be able to say I really liked it and while it isn’t the type of film you can say you enjoyed (with it being about forced prostitution and all…) it really was one of the highlights of the weekend. It was also beautifully shot and had a really interesting tonal shift towards the latter half of the film that while lots of people (I hear) didn’t like and thought was odd and ill-fitting, I thought it worked really well. Rosie Day was also absolutely brilliant as a young, deaf mute and carried the film without uttering a single line of dialogue – that girl is going to get an Oscar one day! I really look forward to watching again as I went into it at FrightFest not knowing anything about it.
Lightening the mood after The Seasoning House, Cockneys Vs Zombies did exactly what you would expect. While probably slightly biased (I was a zombie extra in this) I really enjoyed it. James Moran’s script was great as expected and the film was only slightly let down by some slightly crummy CGI flames and a fairly obvious plot. It was great fun and it is guaranteed to make you laugh. A great addition to the British Comedy Horror subgenre (I don’t know if that’s an actual thing but I’ve said it anyway) I also made the cut and got a few seconds of screen time so if you want to spot me – I’m the redhead in the hideous dress with sequin shoulders in the docks scene. But still it was a great experience to be on set and even better to see the finished result.
Grabbers was the last film on Thursday and by the time it came on I was very tired – me and Dave had been up since 7.30am and the only food we’d had all day was veggie sausage sandwiches at breakfast – I suspect this is one of the reasons I wasn’t completely won over by Grabbers – being distracted by my rumbling stomach and thoughts of pizza. It was, however a very good film and I thought the effects were quite good and the film was quite funny but felt it was lacking the special something that I felt it needed though as I said this could be due to my distracting hunger and my tiredness.