12 items from 2014
Director/writer Nicolas McCarthy’s 2012 debut The Pact draw favourable notices from horror aficionados for its old-fashioned and prolonged thrills and chills. His follow up, the brooding, apocalyptic-flavoured At the Devil’s Door (on limited release today over in the States) sees McCarthy working within a similar milieu but across a bigger canvas, cranking up the foreboding, dread-filled atmosphere to almost unbearable levels at times.
We had the opportunity to speak with the filmmaker recently to discuss the comparisons between his two features and his carefully-orchestrated bumps in the night.
HeyUGuys: Your first film The Pact seemed to register quite strongly over here in the UK. It felt very reminiscent of the kind of low-key horror film from a couple of decades back which would leave you pleasantly surprised after discovering and renting it from the local video shop.
Nicolas McCarthy: Thank you. I grew up watching lots of »
- Adam Lowes
Well this years Frightfest is over and I’ve had a week to digest everything – it’s safe to say this year was… interesting. The move from the Empire to Vue West End, whilst not without the odd teething problem, was a success. Yes, the atmosphere had changed a little, at least in terms of experiencing a film with hundreds of people instead of thousands, but the positives of the move truly outweighed any negatives. My personal positive? The wide range of films on show this year and that fact there was No problems getting into the Discovery Screens this year – which in my own case, was where I saw some of the best films of the festival.
Speaking of films, whilst there was no outstanding, totally blown me away, movie this year, there overall standard was Very high, with only one real dud of the entire week (and I »
- Phil Wheat
Home tells the story of Leigh, an estate agent, who goes to asses a new property in the highly sought after Greenville area for her portfolio. Little does she know the appalling impact it will have on her entire existence. For the house was once connected to a series of mysterious incidents in 1987 involving teenage runaway Hannah White. But it’s not just Leigh who is affected by the fall-out from a past macabre deal. Her successful artist sister Vera gets unwittingly sucked into the tsunami of shocking happenings attached to the previous tenant who unwittingly welcomed the devil into her life. The problem is, Satan is still looking for a new home…
Each and every year at Frightfest there’s one film that shocks and surprises. This year Home (aka At »
- Phil Wheat
Home (aka At the Devil’s Door), 2014
Written and directed by Nicholas McCarthy
When ambitious young real estate agent Leigh is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed girl whom she learns is the runaway daughter of the couple selling the property. When Leigh tries to intervene and help her, she becomes entangled with a supernatural force that soon pulls Leigh’s artist sister Vera into its web – and has sinister plans for both of them.
Released elsewhere as At the Devil’s Door, Home is a movie that suffers from far too many errors at script level. In fact if it wasn’t so well acted and directed with several flourishes of brilliance, Home would be a bona fide dud.
The first of its issues lays in its story telling of main characters. »
- Luke Owen
Covering Fantasia for the first time was a hectic, enjoyable experience. They give you a badge with your name on it and everything. However, as for this year’s lineup, I have a little trouble being enthusiastic. With some major exceptions like Guardians of Galaxy, not listed here only because it’s appearance at the Festival seemed more coincidental than prestigious, a lot of the hyped up releases played weakly. Also, I’ve been no stranger to openly criticizing Fantasia audiences as a whole, more than willing to behave as sheep (or, in this case, cats) and applaud even the weakest of films due to a genre-note or laugh –however unintentional. So I found respite in some of the quieter films, and maybe a few major ones. No matter; Here are five things that truly deserve to gain wider audiences.
The Top Five Films of Fantasia
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- Kenny Hedges
2012 marked the release of Nicolas McCarthy's film The Pact, which many of us here at Dread were fans of. This Halloween season final girl Annie Barlow returns in The Pact II, which has just been dated for release. Read on!
Directed by Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath, the film stars Camilla Luddington ("True Blood"), Patrick Fischler (Mulholland Drive), Scott Michael Foster ("Californication"), Haley Hudson (The Pact), Mark Steger (The Pact), and Caity Lotz (The Pact).
IFC Midnight has announced a VOD roll-out on September 5th, followed by a limited theatrical outing on October 10th.
The Pact 2 is set just weeks after Annie Barlow's deadly confrontation with the Judas Killer. In this elevated sequel, we meet June, a woman whose carefully constructed life is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life.
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- John Squires
Called “The Woodstock of Gore” by Guillermo Del Toro, otherwise more commonly known to the rest of us as FILM4 FrightFest, has recently announced the line-up of its 15th annual instalment that runs from Thursday 21st to Monday 25th August. This year sees FrightFest relocate to a new home at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, which has become home to the annual FrightFest All-Nighter.
In the year that sees one of the world’s leading genre festivals set down new roots, the programme will take on an international flavour whilst ensuring it embraces both genre features and shorts with “sixty-four films plus twenty shorts across five screens. There are sixteen countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-eight UK or European premieres and eleven world premieres.”
FrightFest organisers are labelling the 15th chapter as an historic moment in the festival’s growth. Are you ready for a monstrous and memorable mayhem of killer claws, »
- Paul Risker
Taking place every August Bank Holiday weekend, has become a staple film festival for those with a taste for the macabre. This year’s event sees a location change from the Empire on Leicester Square, to the Vue on Leicester Square. The reason for this is to give the event more space which as attendance grows each year is very much in demand.
Today the oragnisers has revealed the full line-up for the weekend long festival. See all the info from their press release below:
So what can you look forward to?
For a start the latest works by all your favourite cult directors: Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno, Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s Among The Living, Fabrice Du Welz’s Alleluia, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Nacho Vigalondo’s Open Windows and Extraterrestrial, John McNaughton’s The Harvest, Nicolas McCarthy’s Home, »
- Kat Smith
The line-up for this year's Film4 FrightFest in London has just been announced – and boy, is it a doozy! Sporting a record-breaking 38 UK/European premieres and 11 world premieres, this August is going to be an exciting time in the genre calendar.
Check it all out right here, including lots of new images!
This year Film4 FrightFest will be moving from its previous home at Leicester Square's Empire Cinema to the nearby Vue Cinema (also on Leicester Square), prompting an ingenious reshuffle of the screening arrangements.
All main screen films will be presented at different times across three different screens, with two extra screens reserved for single-slot screenings of the various films hitting this year's Discovery Screens.
Here's the full list of goodies:
Main Screens (5, 6, 7)
Thursday Aug 21
Opening Night Film - The Guest (UK Premiere)
- Gareth Jones
Horror fans take note, the line-up for Film4′s FrightFest is here!
From the press release:
From the opening night turbo-driven thrill-ride The Guest to the UK premiere of the closing night mesmeric sci-fi fantasy The Signal, FrightFest has netted the latest works from genre big-hitters such as Eli Roth (The Green Inferno), Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins (Show Pieces), Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead), Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller (Sin City: A Dame To Kill For), Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Among The Living), Fabrice Du Welz (Alleluia), Nacho Vigalondo (Open Windows and Extraterrestrial), John McNaughton (The Harvest), Adam Green (Digging Up The Marrow), Nicolas McCarthy’ (Home), Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson (All Cheerleaders Die), Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Late Phases), Greg Mclean (Wolf Creek 2), Eduardo Sanchez (Exists) and Milan Todorovic (Nymph)
Plenty of genre movies have been garnering massive critical attention from other signature festivals which FrightFest has embraced, »
- Luke Owen
Film4 FrightFest 2014, returning for its 15th year, unveils its biggest line-up ever. From Thurs 21 August to Monday 25 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, to present sixty-four films plus twenty shorts across five screens. There are sixteen countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-eight UK or European premieres and eleven world premieres.
Are you ready for a monstrous and memorable mayhem of killer claws, cannibalism, cult classics, murderous musicals, chiller thrillers, graphic novel action and sick celluloid masterpieces? Then prepare yourself for the biggest, strongest and most eclectic must-see programme in Film4 FrightFest’s history.
From the opening night turbo-driven thrill-ride The Guest to the UK premiere of the closing night mesmeric sci-fi fantasy The Signal, FrightFest has netted the latest works from genre big-hitters such as Eli Roth (The Green Inferno), Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins (Show »
- Phil Wheat
London — Film4 FrightFest, the U.K.’s leading event for genre fans, has unveiled its biggest line-up ever, with 64 films plus 20 shorts.
There are 16 countries representing five continents with a record-breaking 38 U.K. or European premieres and 11 world premieres.
Returning for its 15th year, the event runs Aug. 21-25 at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, London, across five screens.
The fest, which opens with thriller “The Guest” and closes with sci-fi fantasy “The Signal,” has netted the latest works from genre big-hitters such as Eli Roth (“The Green Inferno”), Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins (“Show Pieces”), Tommy Wirkola (“Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead”), Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller (“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”), Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (“Among the Living”), Fabrice Du Welz (“Alleluia”), Nacho Vigalondo (“Open Windows” and “Extraterrestrial”), John McNaughton (“The Harvest”), Adam Green (“Digging Up the Marrow”), Nicolas McCarthy (“Home”), Lucky McKee »
- Leo Barraclough
12 items from 2014
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