#100DaysOfHorror (2020) Part 3
#100DaysOfHorror 2020 Part 3
Here’s where my FrightFest coverage starts, with a new South Korean blockbuster thrown in, along with one film from TV and one streamed. All very different… and the creepiest of this lot is surely Dread.
#80 Sky Sharks (dir Mark Fehse, Germany, 2020)
Ludicrously amazing, and what a great opener for FrightFest! Well, I thought so, anyway, but I was surprised to discover a large proportion of FrightFest pass holders did not think so much of it, finding the plot stupid, rather than fun. Oh well.
#79 Peninsula AKA Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (dir Yeon Sang-ho, South Korea, 2020)
Nothing wrong with #Peninsula … Just keep your expectations under control. If you’re a fan of Train to Busan – and most people who’ve seen it seem to be – this follow-up may well disappoint. It’s bigger, but not as original. I would suspect people who have not seen Train will be more likely to rate Peninsula, and all three films in that universe work just fine on their own. Find out more in my full review.
#78 Dread (dir Anthony DiBlasi, UK/USA, 2009)
I’m always nervous about watching an adaptation from a favorite author, but Clive Barker’s malicious vulture tone is right here. Actually liked this a lot more than I expected to: scary, effective, and nightmarish. I do think that adaptations of short stories can be more successful than novels sometimes, purely because it’s more feasible to fit everything into a film. I’d love it if more of the “Books of Blood” were adapted for the big screen.
#77 There’s No Such Thing as Vampires (dir Logan Thomas, USA, 2020)
Fun adventure horror with a retro style and soundtrack to match. Car chases, blood, romance, a snarling baddie, a few genre in-jokes, and a cameo from Meg Foster. A great example of a low-budget film clearly made by horror fans which are neither cheap in appearance nor tries too hard. Find out more in my full review.
#76 Wildling (dir Friedrich Böhm, USA, 2018)
Kicked myself that I hadn’t watched Wildling sooner when I discovered Brad Dourif was in it; not a huge part, but he is involved in setting the scene. An interesting tale of self-discovery and coming of age, with a similar arc to Border. And the acting and cinematography alike were beautiful.
#75 The Honeymoon Phase (dir Philip G. Carroll Jr, USA, 2020)
A sci-fi thriller about how a couple might not know each other as well as they think. Intriguing, and nicely made, for sure, but it was also pretty patchy, with odd plot strands that weren’t explored, and an unsatisfying ending. Can’t win them all. Find out more in my full review.
#74 I Am Lisa (dir Patrick Rea, USA, 2020)
Fun (not funny) fantasy/revenge horror about women and power. That’s not to say all the characters are women, or all the women are good guys: there’s a proper blend. A sneering baddie in this film is a woman, as are most of her thugs. It’s also about bullies and victims, and although the plot is like a twisted fairy tale, there’s actually a lot more nuance here than you’d first expect. Find out more in my full review.
#73 Hail To The Deadites (dir Steve Villeneuve, Canada, 2020)
A love letter to the groupies of the Evil Dead trilogy, known as “Deadites”, this film was fun and affectionate and made me really miss going to comic and horror conventions. Oh and I have over 20 films I must watch in the next couple of weeks, but – thanks to Hail To The Deadites – I only want to watch The Evil Dead. Find out why it grabbed me so much in my full review.
#72 Triggered (dir Alistair Orr, South Africa, 2020)
I liked this film about young people and explosives in the forest a great deal. It wasn’t perfect, but it was entertaining and engaging all the way through, with the right amount of internal logic, explanation, occasional sarcastic wit, and plenty of blood. The kind of film where you’re not really sure if any of them deserve to make it through the night, and so rather than rooting for anyone, you just enjoy the twists and turns. Find out more about this over-the-top, low-budget riot of a film in my full review.
#71 A Ghost Waits (dir Adam Stovall, USA, 2020)
A romantic horror – yes! I love those – about two modest, lonely people, one of whom has been dead for a couple of centuries. I really felt some of the dialogue: “When you don’t want anything, it’s easy to let others tell you what you want.” Definitely one of the best films from this FrightFest. Find out more in my full review.