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Grimmfest 2015 – Day 4

Grimmfest 2015 – Day 4

The final day of Grimmfest 2015 has arrived, and it looks like another great lineup.

Opening the final day is Hellions, a Halloween night horror from the director of Pontypool.

Following Hellions was Antisocial 2, while we weren’t overly keen on the first film, we did like the concept behind the virus, and hoped that the sequel would work better. While we enjoyed the film much more than the original, it still didn’t wow us, and we think that the story could have been told in a better way.

I was really looking forward to watching Hellraiser on the big screen, it had been so long since I saw this film, I was excited to see the 2k restoration. Joined by the guys from the Leviathon documentary, and skinless Frank, this was a great classic film to throw into the mix of premieres for the festival.

After Hellraiser we popped out for something to eat, so we missed the beginning of A Christmas Horror Story. Looking at the synopsis I wasn’t as bothered about seeing this one, but after walking in half way through, I wish I had been able to see it all! Walking back in to find Father Christmas fighting a bunch of demonic elves made us realise that we were probably missing out on a really fun film. It’s also really refreshing to find a film with a twist where you don’t guess how it’s going to end in the first 20 minutes, kudos to the writers for this one!

Finishing up the festival was the world premiere of DxM, a highly anticipated sci-fi masterpiece, hoping to be the next Matrix or Inception. The film was beautifully shot, and technology behind the concepts was more science fact than science fiction. Because of this the film had such great potential to produce a thought provoking masterpiece, but despite the best efforts, we just couldn’t get on board with the story being told. We struggled to identify with any of the characters, and their development seemed to suffer at the hands of jumping between realities and trying to create something visually appealing. We’re all for the weird and wonderful, but if the story is too complex to follow, and you can’t get on board with the characters, the film is going to suffer in the long run.

We really wanted to love DxM, but for us, the core of a good film is being entertained while watching, and DxM just didn’t do it for us.

All in all we had a great time at Grimmfest this year, highlights for us include Blood Sucking Bastards, Turbo Kid and Howl, and out of the films we missed, we definitely need to see He Never Died and Deathgasm.

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