I was 14 when the buzz around a film called The Blair Witch Project began. My mate and I quickly became obsessed, reading everything we could find online, buying the film poster and scribbling odes to the “witch” in geography class – we were convinced it was real.
Incredibly I didn’t actually get to see it for over a year, until my best mate stole it from her sister and brought it to a sleepover. And I loved it. Yeah, it’s slow going, not a lot happens and there is a lot of snot, but that final scene… I tell you, it’s stayed with me…
A large part of the success of the film was down to its phenomenal marketing. So many of us thought it was a real witch and a real story (maybe it is?). It also cost less than £1M to make and grossed over £248M – utterly incredible! Now, director Adam Wingard has also pulled off an impressive publicity stunt with Blair Witch by masquerading it as The Woods before the big announcement at Comic Con. I was gobsmacked – what a brilliant surprise.
Written for the London Horror Society, read the full post at http://londonhorrorsociety.co.uk/film-review-blair-witch/.
Video Killer is a 74 minute film, written and directed by Richard Mansfield. It tells the story of Amy, who receives a VHS tape and soon after realises that she is being stalked by a masked figure. We go on to learn that she must track down other victims in order to try and work out who is trying to kill them, and her.
The film itself follows the journey of five different characters who are only connected by the situation they find themselves in. When they are filming themselves, trying to find “it”, you find yourself searching every inch of the frame for a glimpse of the masked figure. Some of the characters’ journeys end quite unexpectedly and you soon realise that it is mainly Amy’s story that’s the focus.
Written for the London Horror Society, read the full post at http://londonhorrorsociety.co.uk/film-review-video-killer/.
After seeing the awesome trailer for Lights Out, I was very excited. Hearing that James Wan is connected to the project made me want to see it even more. So upon its release I headed to the cinema, sat in the dark and waited to jump out of my seat. Unfortunately, I’m still waiting.
Lights Out is about a supernatural being who lurks in the shadows and preys upon a family, forcing the estranged daughter to uncover their terrifying past.
Written for the London Horror Society, read the full post at http://londonhorrorsociety.co.uk/film-review-lights-out/.
Avant-Macabre is a 6-minute black and white, silent(ish) horror film by John H Shelton. It features only a few characters, and its main content is voice-overs reading original poems. I have not watched many short horror films in my life (other than bingeing on BBC3’s The Fear), so did not know what to expect when asked to write a review for this film. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised.
Written for the London Horror Society, read the full post at http://londonhorrorsociety.co.uk/film-review-avant-macabre/.