As the sun rose on a muggy June morning and the horror loving inhabitants of the Frightfest queue started packing their various portable lawn chairs and polyester sleeping bags away, a sombre and tired figure shambled his way zombie-like into the morass of yawning bodies. Somehow the being dragged himself from a torpid crypt to thread a black conveyance across the early morning macadam, often repeating a thought that had long become a compulsion… “ticketttsss.”
The entity found himself briefly perplexed upon seeing the expected multitude of fellow cinema goers wrapped in a different configuration around Leicester Square. As the coffee that powered him began to course it’s way through tired arteries, the random synaptic firings that another time might see him post a snarky comment on twitter resolved into a concrete memory that indeed Frightfest was to be screened at the Vue Leicester Square this year so all was well with the world. After an indeterminate amount of time, the column of people was slowly swallowed by the theatre, and eventually the shape, more caffeine than human, stumbled back into the light, roaring at the brightening sky and waving captured tokens to the gods that would open the illusory gates of hell for another year.
Beware fair creatures, for these are the trailers to the films that this thing with the vaguest shape of a person rose from a moss covered cyclopean sarcophagus to live and breathe a number of months hence. We have enumerated them here so you are forewarned when you encounter it, for this being exists in your midst. Proceed with caution, for the photons and noises that excite it are not for the faint of heart and may contain what the more modern or labile of your species would call “spoilers”.
Looks like 47 Ronins is about to hit… Keanu looks like he is the chosen one again!
Looks like they have remade Oldboy the Park Chan-Wook classic.
A very odd old film based on a book by Harlan Ellison. Was surprised by this when I saw it as a bairn, loved the idea of a talking dog, hated the images of humanity crushed by it’s own past.
Currently working my way through the first season of the Tatami Galaxy anime series. Like a demented Groundhog Day, the main character known only as I (watashi…) tries to make something of his time at University and is lead astray by a demonically visaged Ozu before being forced to relive college life with slight variations across the series. The language flows at a machine gun pace as the show delivers some of the most unique visuals I’ve had the chance to see in anime in many years. Enjoying the small number of episodes that they created, and will try and source some of the other material Madhouse have been releasing to DVD.
My current favourite Anime TV series, Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex, shares the same characters as the Ghost In The Shell Manga but warped through a Heisenberg uncertainty filter whose waveform collapsed at some other juncture than the 1995 movie. Created by Production I.G., the quality was better than most Manga films released at a similar time and due to the serial nature could cover themes touched upon in the original, such as what it means to be a human, in much more depth.
Frightfest is here again, with its 14th incarnation, Frightfest 2013! For your delectation are the films for this years festival in full Boss-Attack mode with attached trailers and extra information where available. From the film list, it looks like its going to be a good batch of movies!
Some forewarning, Frightfest is a horror movie festival, the trailers are full of gore and plenty of spoilers… don’t watch if you aren’t inclined towards either of these…
UPDATE1: Added films from the full frightfest timetable. Looking back over the listings, this looks like one of the best lineups at the festival in years.
UPDATE2: Added a newer Big Bad Wolves spot and a trailer for I Spit On You Grave 2 sourced by Atari from the Frightfest forums.
UPDATE3: Added trailers for Banshee Chapter and Haunter.
New trailer from the guys that worked on Stand Alone Complex. Based on the Manga 009 Re: Cyborg, it looks like they have kept an art style that cleaves quite close to the original, whilst keeping the Production I.G. flourishes that makes their work look so good.
Check out this short called Silicon Bootdrive which some of the guys that are working with Production I.G. have put together. Not the best acting ever, but the effects look decent for a short!