Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Frightfest 2014: Saturday 23 August 2014

The Harvest has a fine central performance by Samantha Morton who is trying to find a cure for a
dying son.   The film is seen through the eyes of a girl who has moved into the neighbouring house
whose curiosity leads her to find a house-bound youngster whom she befriends until warned off by
Morton.   She does not stop and eventually discovers a cellar and the secret it contains, Morton's
actual child.   The denouement is rather hurried but, as one would expect, youth comes out on top.
Starry Eyes is possibly meant as a satire on the film industry.   The lead actress is always going to
auditions without success while holding down a job in a fast food diner until she is offered a lead
role in a new film which involves her becoming involved in a cult.   Although at first repulsed, she
 acquiesces to the demands made of her with the final frame showing her transformed from a pretty
girl to a voluptuous beauty.   Tedious.
Life After Beth sees a young man devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth.   Her
father, played by John C Reilly, consoles him and he seems to spend more time with him than with
his own family until one day he is refused entry to the house - because his girlfriend has come back
to life.   She does, however, start to pong and behave oddly, not surprisingly as she is a zombie.
Very mildly amusing.

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