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FrightFest Interview | Tommy Wirkola, Dead Snow

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 31/08/2009 - 16:23

Dead Snow. It's Nazis. And they're zombies. What more could you want? After the screening at FrightFest 2009, we took Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola aside for a chat about all things undead. Ein! Zwei!! Die!


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Tonight's terrestrial telly tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 31/08/2009 - 10:04

It seems to be the season for self-contained feature-length dramas. Hot on the heels of ITV's Gunrush a week ago, BBC1 is showing Framed (8.30pm). Starring Trevor "Shoestring" Eve and Eve "Torchwood" Myles, the plot centres on the National Gallery's decision to store its collection in a disused slate mine in a remote Welsh village.

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FrightFest Interview | Dave Parker, The Hills Run Red

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 31/08/2009 - 08:42

If you’ve read Phil Wheat's review of The Hills Run Red, you’ll know just how much he loved the film, so it was with great pleasure that he interviewed the film’s director, Dave Parker. They talk Italian cinema, the trouble with making a post modern horror, how he managed to get such a brilliant performance from actress Sophie Monk and plans for a sequel ...

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FrightFest | Day 4 (in brief)

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 31/08/2009 - 00:37

It was a loooooooooong – but incredibly enjoyable day at FrightFest today. And I'm totally and utterly knackered. So just a quick and dirty post, with full details 'n' stuff to come tomorrow.

First up was Dead Snow, a great little Norwegian chiller about Nazi zombies. I'd already seen it on Blu-ray, but caught the final 10 minutes on the big screen before having a brief chat with director Tommy Wirkola (the video of which should be on the site tomorrow).

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FrightFest 2009 | The half-way mark

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 30/08/2009 - 11:16

We're half-way through the Film 4 FrightFest 2009, so how's the festival going so far? Screenjabber catches up with two of the (very tired) organisers, Alan Jones and Greg Day ...


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FrightFest Interview | Michael Dougherty, Trick 'r Treat

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 30/08/2009 - 10:36

Screenjabber managed to grab Michael Dougherty, the writer/director of the brilliant Halloween anthology film Trick 'r Treat, for a chat between films at FrightFest on Saturday. It's a brilliantly funny, scary and creepy film, and it's being released on DVD in the UK on October 26 – just in time for Halloween! Watch the interview below ...

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Armchair Viewing: From Dusk Till Dawn

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 30/08/2009 - 09:31

Want to see something really scary?

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?

Two criminals on the run (George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino) and their hostages (Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis and Ernest Liu) unknowingly seek refuge in a Mexican strip joint that turns out to be populated by vampires.

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FrightFest | Day 3 (part 2)

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 30/08/2009 - 00:19

I get it now, I really do get it. I get why people keep coming back to FrightFest year after year. Because it's just so much fucking fun, that's why.

A great day for me at FrightFest today – and I only watched two films. We had an interview with Trick 'r Treat writer/director Michael Dougherty this afternoon (before even seeing the film!) followed by a chat with The Hills Run Red director Dave Parker. Both are lovely, intelligent and passionate filmmakers with lots to say – and the videos of the interviews should be up on the site later on today.

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FrightFest | Day 3 (part 1)

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sat, 29/08/2009 - 14:33

The Hills Run RedBefore moving on to Saturday's goodies, first a couple of PSs. In my earlier post about Day 2, I neglected to mention an exclusive sneak peak of Splice – put together just for FrightFest – that was shown before The Horde. The new film from Cube writer/director Vincenzo Natali, Splice stars Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley, and is the story of two scientists who are messing around with genetic engineering – splicing together human and animal DNA to create a new organism.

The clip we were shown, after an introduction by Natali himself, was set in the laboratory after the infant creature has managed to escape from its incubator. Both scientists are wearing biosuits and approach the creature with extreme caution, so I guess we can assume that its considered pretty dangerous, even if it is a rather cute little beggar. Judging from just this short scene, Splice is definitely going to be a must-see when it's released in September (in the US; there's no UK release date yet).

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This weekend's terrestrial telly tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sat, 29/08/2009 - 13:30

Music rules the roost for Saturday night. BBC3 is still showing highlights from Reading Festival, with Maximo Park, Ian Brown and the Arctic Monkeys on throughout the evening. And on BBC4 from 7.30pm, It's Folk America Night, with a documentary on Seasick Steve and an exploration of the history of American folk music. Expect clips of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan.

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