Sunday, June 17th, 2012

miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Vinny P)
The Toxic Avenger

Sadly this was the theatrical cut, so all the really schlocky bits had been cut :( It was everything I expected it to be, but would have benefited from having the eight minutes that were cut restored.

Hammer Make-up Archive Tour

The museum holds huge amounts of material from Phil Leakey and Roy Ashton's collections of memorabilia from decades of work at Hammer studios; some of it had been put on display for us to have a nosey at, including Christopher Lee's teeth (from a performance as Dracula) and Tom Baker's mask (I think from Vault of Horror). Even more excitingly, though, apparently the museum lets you have a look at some of the other stuff they have if you book in advance and get a curator to guard you while they show you it, so I think that'll be something we'll be doing at some point in the future.

Captain Clegg

Fabulous performance from Cushing (as usual) and the lovely Michael Ripper. The audience was, to my knowledge, somewhat Lib Dem Heavy... Penny and I were discussing it's applicability to current Cleggs afterwards, and wondering who might be the incomprehensible guy who murders Our Glorious Leader. Prescott, possibly, or Pickles...


This is one I hadn't seen before. It was an enjoyable slice of eighties hokum, and Grace Jones is stunning in it. The comedy bits weren't too over the top, and the horror was fun and bright in that peculiarly eighties way. Also, the vampires had very impractical eighties teeth; it's a weird thing, vampire teeth have trends LOL. I kind of liked it, but I wouldn't say I loved it. Perhaps if I had seen it at the right age...


... was clearly written by someone on some serious drugs. I had seen it before, but [personal profile] magister hadn't, and it was lots of fun watching his reactions. The atmosphere in the audience was jovial and there was much giggling. And then we went for food before...

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Which I had never seen on the big screen before. I wish there had been more people in there. There were a couple of people gamely shouting all the right responses, and a few more of us singing along, but I'd have liked it rowdier. Props to the girl who dressed up as Columbia, and thanks to [personal profile] magister for helping me into me corset and [personal profile] matgb for fetching it in to the museum for me.
miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Yorkshire)
Today was a bit of an odd one because we had to miss a chunk of the middle of the day for Holly's birthday party (probably more on which later) but we still caught a few things:

Red Sonja

Apparently, this film is 89 minutes long. It feels like about 3 days. Ponderous would be a massive, massive understatement. Add to the tedious direction the "quality" of the acting from Schwarzenegger and the rest of the cast (although there's a nice bit part from the guy who does the poisoning bit in the Princess Bride) and the dodgy script, and you come up with something that... well, you come up with something that if it were a horror or scifi film, I'd be raving about, but because it's sword and sorcery... Meh. The best thing in it was the annoying kid, that's how bad this film is. And I now know how [personal profile] matgb feels when I'm forcing him to sit though some obscure Tigon classic...

Doctor Who: The Twin Dilemma

Regular readers will know that [personal profile] magister and I go and see this every year. It was what you could call our first date, going to see the Twin Dilemma while the FFW was on. This year it was odd, because it was actually part of the programme and there were Other People in there with us, so we couldn't shout CRAGGY KNOB and VIOLENT BIOLOGICAL ERUPTION at the requisite moments. On the plus side, though, it was introduced by a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable young man called Matthew, who had a special T-shirt made for being Doctor Who Boy for the weekend (and wouldn't let us steal it). Somebody walked out, which we thought was very amusing.

The Wonderful World of The Brothers Grimm in Cinerama

... was what we should have been watching when we went to Holly's birthday party. I would have loved to see it, and what I heard from other attendees at the festival it was great, and only enhanced by the film breaking and them putting the special cinerama "the film has broken" film on...

Masks (Director's Cut UK PREMIERE)

I don't think I can say I liked this film, or even that I enjoyed it per se, but bloody hell it was good. Intelligent script; stunning lighting and photography; beautiful shot-framing and Argento-esque colour pallette; a majority female cast, with (very refreshingly for a genre film) not just a technical Bechdel pass but most scenes that are not single-character a Bechdel pass; and even though the story had a number of women-traumatised-by-events-in-their-pasts, not one of them had a boringly predictable stranger-rape for her trauma.

But by Cthulhu it was harrowing. The structure of it was brilliant. You can feel the beats of how a traditional horror film goes, and the Andreas Marschall is paying very visible homage to several genre classics (especially Suspiria)... and sometimes the scare comes when you expect it, but mostly it doesn't - there's a lot of wrong-footing in this, sometimes only by a few seconds, but it gets tighter and cleverer as the film goes on, and the ending is a double body blow that left me gasping.

The performances from all the cast are astoundingly good, but especially the girls who play Stella and Cecilia, and... I'm trying really hard not to spoiler, here. Look, if you're a fan of horror films go and see this. Seriously. I quite often say that a film is worth seeing, but this is a must see for anyone who has even a passing geekery about the genre. I can't promise you'll enjoy it, but I can promise you'll admire it.


This year's festival was a bit of an odd fish. It was the first one that wasn't run by Tony Earnshaw, after he left the museum this year, and although the new festival director Sarah Crowther has done a sterling job, I did miss the affable old bugger wandering round. It was also slightly different in the types of films shown - a few more new ones, and more eighties nostalgia than seventies. I missed the annual pilgrimage to Horror Express (and so did a lot of other people, by what was written on the "suggestions for next year" chalk boards in the bar)... BUT. I saw more films I hadn't seen before this year than I have at any of the other FFWs, and I think [personal profile] magister did too. And some of them were really really good. And I loved the zombie-ridden trailer. And the make-up ladies were there, applying wounds to small children.

At the end of the day I had a bloody good time, and I geeked lots with like-minded people, and the films were good. So... it wasn't the same old comforting FFW. But it was still well worth the weekend pass and the time off work, and next year I'll be there with bells on.

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