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Frightfest 2012: A Tardy Review

11 Mar 2013 - Nic Ho Chee

Every year since 2000, London during the August bank holiday has been home to a festival of blood and gore as some of the best horror movies of the past and present have been shown at Frightfest.

By some quirk of fate, I was introduced to this somewhere near the start of their amazing adventure, and have been watching films with them on and off since 2001 when a certain ginger ninja I once worked with pointed me towards their immense back-to-back showing of Brotherhood of the Wolf and Battle Royale. There were tickets available which covered the entire festival, but at the time I was remarkably brassic and could only afford to get to a handful of showings. Over the years a number of curious and unpredictable events had prevented me from picking up passes for the entire weekend. Finally in 2012 the stars, planets and galaxies aligned allowing myself and my other half to find ourselves in the sleepy queue on a cold morning. After some queueing and a modicum of panic when we thought we might not get tickets, we left, clutching the printed spoils of victory. Success, the gnarled skeletal gates to the kingdom were ours for a time, we secured some seats for the entire weekend.

As the days and weeks ticked away, the anticipation grew, until, as we walked through the doors on the first night of the 2012 festival, I vowed to write a haiku for each of the films we saw. Six months have passed since that day, and although I'd like to say it was the visceral shock of the images which stayed my hand from writing these passages, it would be disingenuous at best. Time is too short and the number of tasks to complete is too high, so I'm going to have to settle for this less than timely review of some thoroughly enjoyable encounters.

There were some incredible experiences over the weekend:

Thanks to my other half for delivering some of the haiku's for the following reviews. Below are the films we managed to make it down to:

The Seasoning House
Cockney's Vs Zombies

REC 3: Genesis

Outpost: Black Sun

Short Film Showcase,
Quiz From Hell 3
Sleep Tight
Berberian Sound Studio

The Possession

The films will link to reviews as they are completed by my tardy fingers.

Enjoy :).