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FrightFest review – Await Further Instructions

Originally posted on The Kim Newman Web Site:
My notes on Await Further Instructions A good, old-fashioned, uncomfortable family Christmas turns into a Twilight Zone nightmare in this impressive hothouse horror/science fiction film.  Johnny Kervorkian directed the excellent, low-key council estate ghost/vampire movie The Disappeared (2008), and again melds genre elements with state-of-the-nation business here,…

Film review – First Man

Originally posted on The Kim Newman Web Site:
My notes on First Man. Several film generations have passed since The Right Stuff, Philip Kaufman’s Tom Wolfe-derived account of the Mercury program … this is inevitably a sequel, though only Deke Slayton (Kyle Chandler) and Gus Grissom (Shea Whigham) really carry over, and the tone of…

Fantasia Festival review – The Witch Part 1: The Subversion

Originally posted on The Kim Newman Web Site:
My notes on Manyeo (The Witch Part 1: The Subversion) (2018), which screened at the Fantasia Festival. ? The psychic powers/espionage/conspiracy sub-genre epitomised by The Fury, Scanners and Firestarter – which had outliers like The Power (1968) – had a mushroom growth in the late 1970s and early…

FrightFest review – The Night Eats the World

Originally posted on The Kim Newman Web Site:
My notes on the French zombie movie La Nuit a Devore le Monde (The Night Eats the World) ? There have already been FrightFest-screened zombie apocalypse movies about people trapped in a lift (In un Giorno la Fine/The End?) and a toilet (Stalled), so Sam (Anders Danielsen…

FrightFest review – The Dark

Originally posted on The Kim Newman Web Site:
My notes on The Dark (2018) Co-directed by writer Justin P. Lange and cinematographer Klemens Hufnagl, this fable-like movie follows the relationship between two (literally) damaged children in the dark woods.  Plainly influenced by Let the Right One In, this Austrian film (acted in English and set…