Exterminate all rational thought.
That is the conclusion I have come to.
Released during the early 80s slasher cycle, The Unseen is more of a throwback to 60s psychodramas, with director Danny Steinmann taking his cues from Hitchcock; Psycho in particular. Barbara Bach is a beautiful woman but only her eyes can act so to put her in the lead role here means you're stuck with her flat affect for the entire film. Fortunately, the inimitable Sydney Lassick is on hand to gnaw through the scenery for all he's worth, in the…
And the twist is... there is no twist!
Even by MNS's boneheaded standards, this is dumber than a bag of hammers. I'm just glad I didn't pay to watch it. Seriously, who keeps giving this guy money to make movies?
An entertaining turn from Dave Bautista as a surprisingly articulate live action He-Man doll is literally the only thing saving it from being a complete plane wreck. The film is essentially one long face palm, but when Dad A turns…
Darkly oblique, low key character study of a damaged mind. Philip is a puppeteer by profession, who is forced to return to his childhood home following his disgrace at his last paying gig. He terrified the kids with his puppet, a macabre arachnid creation with a blank head resembling his own. This is Possum, an alter ego which has haunted him since entering his life in childhood, preventing him from becoming a functioning adult.
Scored by a brooding collection of…
Bloody, brutal, tasteless... fucking loved it obviously. THAT's what I call a pandemic film. THAT'S the way you close out a festival. Shades of Cat III gnarliness in all the glorious practical effects, lunatic grins and dismembered body parts. For anyone who thought Busan was good but too sentimental, this is your jam. First time director Rob Jabbaz, you hit it out the park my man. A proper horror film for proper horror fans.
And that brings FrightFest 2021 to…