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Grimmfest 2015 – Day 3

Grimmfest 2015 – Day 3

Day 3 of Grimmfest had an exciting line-up of films for us to see.

Kicking off the set, was Excess Flesh, an uncomfortable body image horror film. Unfortunately for us, we guessed the twist in the first 5 minutes, so we found the pacing quite slow, as we knew what the story would be building up to. We would also recommend that you don’t watch this film just after eating….

On the plus side, the two main actresses, Bethany Orr and Mary Loveless were both excellent, and it was great to see them work so well together.

Next up we had a series of short films. I only managed to see the first four, as I had to dip out for my interview with Paul Hyett and Rosie Day. But out of the ones I saw, the stand out for me was dark_net.

Starring Johnny Vegas it’s hard not to make a funny film. Fast paced, excellent script, brilliant timing and a great ending make dark_net a perfect short film for Grimmfest.

Following the short film showcase was The Nightmare, an unusual addition to the lineup in that it’s a documentary on sleep paralysis, and the hallucinations of the shadow men that are sometimes reported by sufferers. It was a nice way of mixing up the content to throw a documentary into the mix, and we’d love to see this more often, but for The Nightmare, we felt that the ending was a bit of a let down, and wanted something more shocking to finish off the film.

Next up was Howl, our most anticipated film of the day, and we were not disappointed! Finally another decent werewolf film has been created. With great characters, a very creepy looking monster and a solid story line, Howl is the first werewolf film that can stand up to Dog Soldiers. The special effects were outstanding, and for a large core cast, each character was well developed, creating an overall well rounded film.

Our last film of the day was Synchronicity, a strange addition to the bill as it was not really a horror film. A sci-fi noir, reminiscent of  films such as Tron and Blade Runner, but with a feel of confusion such as in Memento, Synchronicity was a nice change of pace from the usual blood and gore of the more regular horror films. We loved how the story unfolded, although were left slightly confused at the end….

This was our breaking point for day three, but as we headed home, the festival continued with screenings of Deathgasm, and We Are Still Here.

We get a strong impression that horror comedy Deathgasm went down rather well with the audience, and that We Are Still Here, an ode to 70’s Italian horror.

Only one more day of Grimmfest left, we can’t believe it’s been 3 days already, I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun 🙂

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