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Published on August 28th, 2009 | by Rob Cumiskey



So, I haven’t said much about this till now, what with that Zombie out-break and all…

But I’m in London this week to catch many a horror film at the annual Empire Cinema run FrightFest. I will be spending a considerable amount of Friday evening and Saturday afternoon/evening watching some of the best upcoming horror films from around the globe.

So here’s a preview of my pick of the weekend and I’ll be back with some full reviews next week 😉




This one’s a Zombie movie, set in London, and allegedly made for an astonishing £45. It has received much positive critique from the festival circuit. It’s about a guy, extra points for guessing his name, who gets bitten and is followed around London as he slowly transforms from living to undead.

The Horde

This French film is about a bunch of corrupt cops who exact revenge on some mobsters who’ve killed one of their gang. They arrive at the mobsters hide-out, at the same time as a horde of rage fuelled Zombies. Noticing a theme to these movies?



Produced by the guys who brought you Pan’s Labyrinth, this Spanish horror features a mother who brings her son for a holiday to the island of Hierro. The boy disappears on the ferry trip, presumed dead, but 6 months later a body turns up. As a DNA test is carried out, the mother begins to go a little cuckoo…

Millenium: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Here’s a Swedish adaptation of the best selling novel written by Stieg Larsson. More of a crime caper than a horror if I understand it correctly, but we shall find out pretty soon.


Based on the novel ‘Pontypool Changes Everything’ by Tony Burgess, this is set in a town in Ontario. A small local station begins to get bizarre reports of people developing strange speech patterns and evoking terrible acts of extreme violence.


Dead Snow

Yet another Zombie movie, but this time it’s about Zombie Nazis in Norway. What’ll they think of next? It’s meant to be really funny: early Peter Jackson/Sam Raimi style.

I Sell The Dead

Ron Perlman and Dominic Monaghan star in this story about a grave robber who is heading for the guillotine. 18th Century macabre fun by the looks of it.



Directed by Philip Ridley, Jim Sturgess acts as a boy born with a heart-shaped birthmark on his face. His mother is murdered by gangs he is told, but all is not as it seems.

The Descent: Part 2

You’ve all probably seen the first one at this stage. Twas a valiant attempt and has stood the test of time. But I really moaned when I heard that they were making a second one. It features the original cast, and takes up where we left off. Should be interesting.

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3 Responses to FrightFest

  1. Pete Sarrah says:

    I can not wait for Heartless… it looks the best film of the year!!

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