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💀 The Dead of Night Film Festival Virtual Edition 2020 💀

The Dead of Night Film Festival Virtual Edition 2020

The Dead of Night Film Festival returned this year despite everything happening in the world, proving you can’t keep a good horror hound down. After all, look at how many different ways Christopher Lee died as Dracula. This year’s festival was a free virtual edition!

“27 Short Movies. 4 Filmmaker Q&As. Across 12 Horrific Hours.”

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Teething (2020, Canada) Review

Teething (2020, Canada) Review

A dog’s bark pierces the silence of the night as a man emerges from a car into the shadows wearing a Michel Myers style jumpsuit. We are only a few seconds in and already there is an atmosphere of intrigue and dread. The man is John, a janitor who has arrived to work a shift at an orphanage where strange occurrences are afoot. In an office turned nursing room, a woman holds a baby closely as vintage music pipes its way out of an old radio, adding to the overall sense of foreboding.

“I swear to god, I wanted to throw her right down the stairs earlier. It’s awful, I know. She’s teething…”

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The Dark Room (2020, USA) Review

The Dark Room (2020, USA) Review

Director Adrienne Lovette came to my attention through the release of her 2016 short horror/mystery film Hidden Daylight. A film that almost plays as a companion piece to The Dark Room, as it not only has some of the same cast, but most notably actor John Rice plays a psychic in both. The characters are very different, but Lovette is now carving out a name for herself in the horror genre as a director to definitely keep an eye on. Both films seem very similar in pacing and style and it’s easy to identify it was directed by the same person, which I always believe is a good thing.

“Some things are better left in the dark.”

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An Interview with Director Michael Fausti, The Ingress Tapes, Dead Celebrities, EXIT (Part II: British Filmmaking, Brexit & Social Horror)

An Interview with Director Michael Fausti, The Ingress Tapes, Dead Celebrities, EXIT (Part II: British Filmmaking, Brexit & Social Horror)

Continuing from our previous interview, Attack from Planet B talked with Michael Fausti regarding his first feature film EXIT, and the various influences that have helped shape him as a filmmaker.

“The early stages of writing took place at the same time as the European Referendum, so inevitably this was always going to have an influence. Our original premise for a story set in a single, insular location, seemed the perfect starting point for a Brexit inspired horror film.”

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Living Dolls (1980, USA) Review

Living Dolls (1980, USA) Review

Have you ever looked at a mannequin and swear you seen it move or talk? Variable in size, shape and detail, these human-like but hallow creations have a definite mystique. Filmmakers have included them continually in horror, relying on their presence to create a deep and unnerving effect…

“Oh, Melvin… What are we going to do with you?”

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The Dummy (1982, USA) Review

The Dummy (1982, USA) Review

1982 saw the release of Louis La Vope’s horror short which was broadcast on American television. Entitled simply The Dummy, and running at less than eight minutes, it tells of the eponymous doll who comes to life and inflicts mental and physical torment on an unsuspecting victim.

“I’ve had that since I was eight years old… You can’t throw it out!”

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An Interview with Director Michael Fausti, The Ingress Tapes, Dead Celebrities, EXIT

An Interview with Director Michael Fausti, The Ingress Tapes, Dead Celebrities, EXIT

The Ingress Tapes and Dead Celebrities are both witty, engaging and at times disturbing pieces and are effective for their conciseness. With their tight running times and often dream-like, art house aesthetic, Michael Fausti’s works act like a short sharp adrenaline shot.

“Real life can be truly horrific and a script always needs a strong foundation. Rooting a narrative in real life events or happenings is a good starting point.”

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The Tattooist (2018, USA) Review

The Tattooist (2018, USA) Review

Clocking in at just over one minute twenty seconds (including credits), The Tattooist is the briefest of short films, but has enough visual flair to grab your attention. The story revolves around the murderous exploits of the titular character. Because the film is so brief and quick, it’s barely enough time to fully comprehend how the narrative flows. What we do witness is the kidnapping of multiple people and them being subjected to horrendous torture, that resembles something straight from the Saw or Hostel movies.

“Behind his obsession is a sinister secret.”

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Occurrence at Mills Creek (2019, USA) Review

Occurrence at Mills Creek (2019, USA) Review

When writing reviews I always make a decision of if I want to reveal plot points or spoilers. This isn’t in any way to ruin the experience of the film for people who haven’t seen it, but I like to write as if you, the reader, and me are having a cup of coffee and chatting about a film we’ve just watched together. I find it a lot more engaging and intimate. So I apologise if during my reviews there’s a lot of spoilers, but that’s my process. This won’t be the case with the short film Occurrence at Mills Creek because I’d found it very difficult to fathom anything interesting?

“See me. Hear me.”

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Slumberjack Entertainment’s Dead All Day Horror Film Festival Returns to Cheshire, UK 16th November!

Slumberjack Entertainment's Dead All Day Horror Film Festival Returns to Cheshire, UK 16th November!

The 2nd annual Dead All Day Horror Film Festival brings chills and thrills to the North West of England on Saturday 16th November 2019. Returning once again to The Studio in Widnes, Cheshire, Dead All Day brings a jam packed schedule of short films with one epic headlining movie to fright and delight the audience. Highlights include the multi award winning short film Midnight from UK writer/director Katie Bonham; creature feature Dead Air from director Geoff Harmer; and Trapped, written by Richard Chizmar and the one and only Stephen King!

“Celebrating true independent horror!”

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The Dead of Night Film Festival (Sunday 13th October 2019)

The Dead of Night Film Festival (Sunday 13th October 2019)

The Dead of Night Film Festival returned to Liverpool and this time there were more short films (and a quiz too!), all for the low price of £12 for the day. In total there were three feature films and nine shorts screening on Sunday 13th October.

“Made for horror fans by horror fans.”

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