FrightFest Diary: 3D-Sound Smartphone Film Wows Crowd

FrightFest — the world-famous celebration of all things horror — hits London’s Leicester Square from August 23-27. And FANDOM’s resident gore-hounds Chris Tilly and Kim Taylor-Foster will be in attendance to cover all the horrible happenings.

That includes news, pictures, trailers and reviews of the likes of The Ranger, Climax, Tigers Are Not Afraid, Ravers, Bodied, Possum, Mega Time Squad, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich and much, much more. We’ll also be presenting the FANDOM screening of Upgrade on Saturday night, with genre king Leigh Whannell in attendance.

So bookmark this page as we’ll be posting everything here, with the most recent updates at the top. And wish us luck as we dive into what Guillermo Del Toro once called “the Woodstock of gore.”

Final Stop: Smartphone-Shot Film Made with 3D Sound Puts You Right In the Terrifying Action

Is there any film genre that depends more on pitch-perfect sound than horror? Consider the most iconic horror films and you’ll remember the chilling score, and sound effects. Think Psycho, think Texas Chainsaw Massacre, think The Exorcist. The list is endless. And now a horror short has been made that makes the most of binaural 3D sound capabilities. Screening at Frightfest, Final Stop is a project financed by headphone manufacturers Sennheiser and makes use of their sound equipment for a fully immersive sound experience. Watched on the big screen while wearing headphones, the soundscape created includes realistic sounds such as the buzz of a streetlight overhead, the engine and brakes of an approaching bus, a rustling newspaper in front and crackling twigs from behind – as well as other sounds to help ramp up the tension.

Directed by Roxanne Benjamin, the short film concerns a woman alone at night who attracts the attention of a hooded stalker – and features a twist ending you won’t see coming. It’s extremely effective — and is exciting for the future of cinema.

Jenn Wexler, director of the festival’s opening film, The Ranger (see below for our review), took part in a panel discussion following the screening, and said she’d never experienced anything quite like it.

“We’re in a room full of people and usually you hear the popcorn and the sucking but these headphones really made me feel like I was in my own space … and it was just me, as the only viewer, watching this movie,” she said. “So it’s a really cool blending of community [and] the solo viewing experience. I don’t know if I’ve ever quite felt like that when I’ve watched a movie before.”

Ravers Review

Think of the blood-drenched club scene at the start of Blade, and that gives you some idea of what to expect from Ravers. In very small part, at least. Ravers charts what happens at a squat party – aka illegal rave – when a batch of contaminated energy drinks turns revellers into murderous mutants. Becky, played by Vikings star Georgia Hirst, is a germophobic journalist trapped in the ensuing chaos attempting to get herself and her friends out alive. Species icon Natasha Henstridge appears in a small role, alongside I, Daniel Blake actor Dave Johns — somewhat bizarrely.

Though director Bernhard Pucher’s intentions were to make a “fun” action film, blending a light tone with the horror upsets the impact of the events. However, it was a good move to set it all to a pulsating techno soundtrack. Stick with the film for your rewards which come in the form of physical special effects. As the film progresses, the assembled ravers crave greater quantities of substances, and the mutations become increasingly gross with one charred party-goer particularly grotesque. A couple of eye-popping moments and a hallucinating Becky are highlights if you like to be grossed out.

PuppetMaster The Littlest Reich Review

The new Puppet Master movie — which stars Thomas Lennon and Barbara Crampton — played to a packed house at FrightFest. If you want to know what we thought, check out FANDOM’s Fantasia Festival review, courtesy of Matt Donato…

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Mega Time Squad Review

There’s a unique and very specific brand of humour that comes out of New Zealand. You see it in Flight of the Conchords and the films of Taika Waititi, and Mega Time Squad shares that sensibility, being a very weird and very funny film about cloning and time travel. Anton Tennet plays “bloody dynamic” John, a low-level gangster who — while endeavouring to steal from his boss – stumbles upon an ancient time travel device. Which he uses to get him out of the tight spots in which all-too-regularly finds himself. And results in increasing numbers of Johns interacting with each other the film progresses.

As funny as it is silly, Mega Time Squad features a scene-stealing turn from What We Do in the Shadows star Jonny Brugh, while Tim van Dammen’s script — which he also directed — takes the high-concept to some very silly places, making Mega Time Squad a blast from start to finish.

Summer of 84 Review

Amid an explosion of 1980s nostalgia-fests comes Summer of 84. But though it shares elements in common with ‘80s throwback series Stranger Things, it fails to create something that successfully captures a convincing retro feel blended with something that also feels fresh. Instead, the film feels derivative and self-aware, suffering from shoehorning in regular references to the decade of lace neon gloves and crimped hair. Add in a group of stereotyped central characters without the individuality to elevate them to the likes of the It or Stand By Me boys and you’ve got a film you want to like more than you’re able. That said, with a tone that see-saws between The Goonies, The ‘Burbs and German series Dark, you’re kept guessing which way it will go before it hits you with a denouement that’s both tense and genuinely alarming.

The Ranger Review

The Ranger kicked off the festival in kick-ass style. Combining slasher with survival horror, the film pits a bunch of dopey punks against a park ranger who proves to be a psychotic stickler for safety regulations. Chloe Levine plays Chelsea, a bad girl with a good heart, who – following serious trouble in the city — flees to her uncle’s cabin in the woods. But the local park ranger — who is somehow connected to Chloe’s past — doesn’t like having idiots on his land, making grandiose statements like “While visiting my mountain, I expect you to abide by the law. The law of mother nature.”

They don’t, predictably, and what follows is a series of gruesome kills, punctuated by some seriously dark humour. Which cause violent shifts in tone that make for a somewhat schizophrenic watch. But it’s directed with style and visual flair by Jenn Wexler — making her feature film debut — and anchored by a couple of grandstanding performances from Jeremy Holm as the deranged ranger in question, and Levine as his plucky pink-haired nemesis.

Exclusive: The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot Poster

The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot Poster.

Feast your eyes on the brand-new FrightFest poster for The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot, which screens on Sunday at the festival. The one-sheet features a first look at the film’s monster. And if you want to more about this intriguing title, here’s the official FrightFest synopsis…

Decades after ending WWII by assassinating Adolf Hitler in an undercover operation so covert it never existed, unsung American hero Calvin Barr is called upon by the secret services to save the day again. Now he must hunt down the fabled Bigfoot, carrier of a deadly plague that could destroy mankind, hidden deep in the Canadian wilderness. Last time he left behind the love of his life. This time his legend, as the ageing veteran confronts the mythological beast as well as his own mythic past. Starring Hollywood royalty Sam Elliott and Poldark star Aidan Turner.

2018 FrightFest Preview

A look ahead to the feature and short films screening at 2018 FrightFest, as well as the many guests in attendance…

UPDATE: FrightFest Shorts and Very Special Guests Announced

2017 FrightFest Diary

To kick things off, check out last year’s diary, featuring coverage of Death Note, Cult of Chucky, Leatherface, Victor Crowley, Tragedy Girls, and much, much more…

FrightFest Diary: Reviews of ‘Tragedy Girls’ and ‘The Terror of Hallow’s Eve’

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My Nicaragua Motorcycle Diary: Racing Through a Revolution

Joe Tustin, 29, quit his job as a software sales executive in the Denver area last October and set out to travel the world. After months in Nepal and Southeast Asia, he left Colorado again in May on a rebuilt motorcycle, hoping to make it to Patagonia by Christmas. Over the last few days he has been traveling through Central America, skirting an erupting volcano in Guatemala, then driving through El Salvador and Honduras, hoping he could race through Nicaragua, where a national uprising against the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega has been met with ferocious violence. To date, some 200 people have been killed and well over 1,000 injured. Many of the roads are blocked, and a national strike has shut the country down. But very little news about the situation has appeared in the U.S. press. And Tustin really had no idea what he was getting into as he crossed from Honduras early last Friday morning. Afterward, he found the detailed article about Nicaragua published last week by The Daily Beast and sent us his first-hand account of what he saw there.

— Christopher Dickey, World News Editor

The Nicaraguan border was a ghost town.  I was the only person there, local or tourist. The final inspector was a nice older guy and after checking my VIN on the paperwork I asked if he wanted to sign the tank.  He was happy to and with a smile on his face I asked him for route suggestions.

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Fantastic Voyage 2018 Diary Day Five

Hey, good people. The Fantastic Voyage sailed on with another fun day at sea heading down from Montego Bay Jamaica to Cozumel, Mexico. Today started with the 8 a.m. Crazy Conditioning Class – I’d love to know who made that one because y’all are the real MVP’s. For the rest of us, sleeping in was the only option.

Well, that’s only if you didn’t mind missing the morning events, which included group photo sessions for cruisers from Philly, Pittsburgh, Canada, Detroit and Kansas City.

The African Headwrap Class was a popular one, as was the Yoni Mysteries class billed for sistahs only and promising to help you reconfigure you sensual energy.

On to the Autograph signing presented by Denny’s, which featured several artists performing on the cruise meeting fans, taking pics and signing autographs, including Eric Roberson, Pastor Marvin Sapp, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Dwele, The Williams Brothers, Eric Roberson, Raheem DeVaughan and more.

If you want to meet a celebrity the Fantastic Voyage is one of the best ways to do so, because many of the artists either perform multiple nights or just stay on the ship and hang out. They’re approachable and friendly, because everyone is in such a good mood on board. Once you get your autograph, it’s time to head to the HBCU Day Party.

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The Teenage Diary — The Original Blog

There are so many reasons I feel lucky to have grown up in the low-tech generation that was the late ’70s/early ’80s.

I love the fact that my music came from vinyl and cassette tapes and that the only thing I was able to do on my telephone was talk on it.

And blogging was done the old-fashioned way, handwritten in one of these relics:


I was a little fanatical about writing in my diary. I got my first (and still my favorite) Hello Kitty Friendly Diary when I was 7, and I talked to it like it was a person. A friend. A confidant.

But it’s the books from my pre-teen/teenage years that tell the best (and worst) stories — love, lust, passion, fashion, music… it’s all there in these volumes.

The books are like little time capsules; open them up and find much more than you ever could from staring at a computer screen. Feel the pages and feel the love (and angst) of childhood.

Here are five reasons I am so grateful that I never pitched these precious books.

1. Handwriting
Childhood scrawl and my big, bubbly handwriting take me screaming back to high school.

2. The Occasional Collage
Jason should feel pretty special that I’ve hung onto this homage to him since 1987.


3. Mementos
Matchbooks, ticket stubs, napkins, notes and photos are all stuffed within these pages.


4. Song Lyrics
I painstakingly wrote out the lyrics to a Richard Marx song — what is more dramatic than that? NOTHING.


5. What I Wore
The outfits! Day after day of all the the outfits!


These are the books of my life. From the mundane, like “today in class we had a “subatoot,” to the major “today we are moving, they are coming to take everything away and I don’t want to be here and Brian asked me to marry him.”

I did not marry Brian.

We were 17 years old.

In retrospect, it was all very sweet.

It’s all there in these pages. If there was a fire, yes, I would grab these.

As I get older, I want to continue to turn the pages, to touch the napkin from my prom night and get all nostalgic.

I want to show the R.E.M. ticket stub to my children and tell them how it was one of the best shows I ever saw and show them the entry where Mom took me out to brunch so we could talk because she knew I was struggling in school and in life. I want to smile, wince, laugh and cry as I remember who I was.

Lori’s website, Drawn to the ’80s, is where her 5-year-old draws the music hits of the 1980’s. Her blog, Once Upon a Product, is where she writes about food, the ’80s, beauty products and her Mick Jagger obsession.

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Bonking Billy’s Thailand Diary

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