Ginger Nuts of Horror
Or: If Ted Bundy made home movies….
From J.M. Stelly director of 'We Knew Him Well' and 'Conjure' (DOWN) comes 'Within Madness', a descent into one man's madness inspired by the real-life video diaries of Ricardo Lopez who is better known as the 'Bjork Stalker'.
In 1996 Lopez had serious mental issues leading to his creation of around 18 hours of home movies in which he chronicled his obsession and his creation of an 'acid bomb' which he sent to the singer's home in London. Believing his work to be done he filmed his own suicide shortly after sending the package.
In 'Within Madness' Matt Story plays 'Donovan Summers', a personal trainer with a similar obsession, albeit for one of his clients 'Brandy' played by Kaci Champion.
Everyone has an opinion, and who is anyone to decide which opinion is correct. So in all fairness Ginger Nuts of Horror presents not one but two reviews of what seems to be this years most decisive film to date.
In Dark Summer, Keir Gilchrist plays Daniel; a teenager under house arrest. His probation officer, Stokes, is keeping an eye on him but so is something else – and it could either be a ghost or hallucinations brought on by the stress of his situation. His friends, Abby and Kevin, sneak in to visit him each day and become increasingly concerned as Daniel seems to be losing his mind, or is just hell-bent on his own self-destruction.
Frightfest Glasgow 2015
It's that time of year again. On Friday afternoon I settled into my seat in GFT 1 to gorge myself on horror for two days along with four hundred other weirdos. I missed the first film because of work, but here's what I saw.
Watching 'The Watermen' is a simple process and so, if I understood it right, was writing it. To call it formulaic is not doing justice to the thousands of hours that the writer must have spent trawling through 1980s low-budget slasher flicks to find the some of the very worst clichés so he could bundle them up and insert them into a film which is so pedestrian there should be a zebra-crossing in it.
I'm a sucker for these kind of 'deep south' American films. The music, the landscape, the accents...absolutely does it for me.
Dir: Kevin Greutert
Jessabelle concerns the young woman of the title, who, following a tragic accident that kills her fiancé, returns to stay with her taciturn father while she regains the use of her legs. Temporarily confined to using a wheelchair, it's not long before the spectres of the past (both real and possibly imagined) come a-haunting...
Considering it's a film that essentially consists of a group of people in one location, shouting at each other as tensions grow and suspicions mount, it is remarkable how captivating it is.
Dir: James Ward Byrkit
On the night a comet is due to pass close to Earth, four couples gather at one of their homes for a dinner party. These people all know each other, are friends for the most part, though it's clear early on there are underlying tensions, secrets and wavering loyalties. The party begins innocuously enough, with conversation revolving naturally around the comet and partly remembered tales from past celestial events. Small, inexplicable events (phones shattering, internet signal no longer available) are passed off as nothing to worry about. Then, the lights go out and that's when the weird shit really starts to happen...
Deliver Us From Evil (2014) Dir: Scott Derrickson
Based on the supposedly true experiences by New York police officer, Ralph Sarchie (make of that what you will), Deliver Us From Evil follows Eric Bana as the detective himself, who seems to have a knack of knowing which of the dispatch calls will result in violence, no matter the innocuous nature of the incident. His partner dubs this his 'Radar'. When one of these calls leads them to a seemingly 'simple' case of domestic violence, it kicks of a spiral of events that increasingly leads to three ex-US Marines and their encounter with something terrible in the wilds of Iraq...
Blamed for the brutal murder of his girlfriend, a man wakes up one day to discover he’s grown horns. Along with the horns, he gains some pretty impressive, if not disturbing powers that make people tell him exactly what they’re thinking. The people the man with the horns comes into contact with tell him the truth and later, don’t remember any of it.
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) stars as Ig Perrish, the man accused of killing his girlfriend, Merrin, played by Juno Temple. Max Minghella plays Ig’s best friend and attorney, Lee Tourneau and Joe Anderson plays his drug-addicted, musician brother, Terry.
“Lucy”: I love Lucy... NOT.
Something of a mashup, part horror, part Sci-Fi, part natural history film or in other words… a bit of a mess.
In Taipei we meet Lucy (Scarlett Johansson); she's an ordinary student whom after meeting up with her somewhat pointless boyfriend Richard is tricked into delivering a briefcase to 'Mr Jang' (Choi Min-Sik, of "Oldboy" fame) who then recruits her against her will as a drug mule. Things go desperately wrong when Lucy gets an accidental overdose of what appears to be Heisenberg's finest Crystal Meth but is actually synthetic 'CPH4', the original biological version of which is what supercharges a human foetus with the ability to become us. In this case however it is allowing Lucy access to parts of the brain we aren't generally using. What follows is a movie which isn't sure what it is as it randomly cuts between boring scenario, over-the-top action to natural history footage and back again.