I had a great trip to Wrexham earlier this month, for the first day of Wales Comic Con. I’ve been lucky enough to attend a couple of times in the past, but this one was particularly exciting as I got to meet the fabulous Denis O’Hare!
- Director: Juan Carlos Medina
- Writer: Jane Goldman, Peter Ackroyd
- Main Cast: Bill Nighy, Olivia Cooke, Daniel Mays, Douglas Booth
‘London’s appetite for horror knows no bounds’
Detective Kildare (Bill Nighy) is investigating a series of grisly murders in late 19th Century London – a seemingly hopeless investigation – and becomes embroiled in the related investigation of a charming woman Lizzie (Olivia Cooke) who has been accused of poisoning her husband. As the case continues, the bodies pile up, the infamy of the suspects grow, and the story becomes all the more complex.
- Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
- Writer: Pete Goldfinger, Josh Stolberg
- Main Cast: Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Hannah Emily Anderson
‘Now the games are simple. Best ones are. You want mercy? Play by the rules.’
Mutilated bodies are being left around the city for the cops to find, and all signs point to the Jigsaw killer John Kramer. Kramer has been dead for ten years though, so do the cops have a copycat on their hands, or did John Kramer somehow manage yet another twist to his tale?
- Director: Christopher Landon
- Writer: Scott Lobdell
- Main Cast: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine
‘You relive the same day over and over again, you kind of start to see who you really are.’
Tree wakes up on the morning of her birthday, after a drunken night out, and stumbles her way through her stereotypical sorority girl day. That is, until she is attacked by a masked assailant on her way to a party, and is murdered. Tree then wakes up, on the morning of her birthday, after a drunken night out, and starts stumbling her way through exactly the same day. Despite her best efforts to avoid the masked assailant, she finds herself murdered again…and again…and again. Tree needs to figure out who is after her and why, or she is doomed to keep reliving the day of her death.
22nd October – The Omen (1976)
A wealthy and well-to-do couple adopt a baby but, as their little Damien grows up, things start to go awry. Is it possible that their son could be the Antichrist? Brilliant film, I’d struggle to find any fault with it actually. A true classic!
I also watched Black Sheep and Rogue on the 22nd, researching for my Top 5 Cheesy Creature Feature list!
15th October – The Shining (1980)
Writer Jack Torrence moves with his wife and son to a remote hotel, where he will be acting as caretaker during the winter months while the hotel is closed. The hotel has a violent past, and soon its dark influence starts to take its toll on Jack and his family. I must admit, I haven’t read the book (it’s on my long to-read list!) but Stephen King’s objections to this film do stick in my mind when watching it. It’s his story after all, and if he hates this adaptation, then I’m disinclined to argue against that. As it happens, two of the main problems that King has with the film are exactly my biggest issues with it: ‘In the book, there’s an actual arc where you see this guy, Jack Torrance, trying to be good, and little by little he moves over to this place where he’s crazy. And as far as I was concerned, when I saw the movie, Jack was crazy from the first scene … And it’s so misogynistic. I mean, Wendy Torrance is just presented as this sort of screaming dishrag.’ Rolling Stone, 31st October 2014
16th October – America Werewolf in London (1981)
Two American backpackers are attacked by someone, or something, while lost on the Yorkshire moors. One of the boys is killed, and the other – David – is seriously wounded. As David recovers, and goes to stay with one of the hospital’s nurses while he recoups, he finds himself having increasingly weird dreams and hallucinations in the run up to the next full moon. This is a great film, the special effects were revolutionary for the time, and I don’t think there’s a dull moment in the whole movie. One of my favourite werewolf features!
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
• Director: Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez
• Writer: Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez
• Cast: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard
Three film students travel to the town of Burkittsville to make a documentary investigating the legend of the Blair Witch – who is believed to stalk the nearby Black Hills Forest. The team set off into the woods, and they’re never seen again…but a year later, their footage is found.
Blair Witch (2016)
• Director: Adam Wingard
• Writer: Simon Barrett
• Cast: James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Corbin Reid
James is the brother of Heather, one of the film students from the first movie. While investigating her disappearance – almost 20 years later – he finds some new footage online, which seems to suggest his sister might be alive. This draws him, and his documentary-making friends, back to the Black Hills Forest. Their footage is later found.
Yeah, some people never bloody learn!