Saturday, September 12, 2009

Frightfest 2008: Day 5 (24.09.08)

Yet another of the fatal pandemic leaving few survivors type, this time set in Scotland. Dour and downbeat, it is probably well done but just did not resonate withme at all.
Set on a London housing estate, the elder of two sons is blamed for the disappearance of his younger btother by his father.
He starts hearing voices, meets a girl living in the next flat who persuades him to visit a clairvoyant. Matters come to a head when his best friend's sister goes missing and he is led to the rather shocking truth. A mix of realism and the supernatural comes off well though, as with the preceding film, I find it hard to relate to the characters.
A Hollywood remake of a Korean horror and it shows - high production values with an in vogue star in Kiefer Sutherland, a nude Amy Smart (is it written into her contracts?) and brilliant special effects. At the end of it all, definitely inferior to the original.
Two outstanding films in 'Let The Right One In' and 'Martyrs', some greatly improved British offerings compared with earlier years and a strgong mix of schlock from the USA made this a solid festival if not quite up to one or two earlier editions.
As you now know ms smart manages to keep her duds on in 'Love 'n' Dancing'(but this is a movie that only completists like me are likely to see)

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