Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fangoria's FrightFest Films - Out Now!

Though they've been available to rent exclusively at Blockbuster stores since early last month, the eight films in this years Fangoria FrightFest line have just hit DVD shelves and video on demand services everywhere today. I made it a personal goal last month to watch and review all eight of the films in time for their big release, so that i'd be able to make this very post tonight and let you guys know which ones to check out and which to avoid - a goal that I narrowly succeeded in by finishing watching the final film just last night. As I expected, the majority of the releases are pretty weak, but there's also a few gems in the bunch. Here's a rundown of each of the films, in order from my favorite to my least favorite, along with brief one sentence summaries of my thoughts on each. For my full thoughts, click any of the eight links below.

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GRIMM LOVE

Totally horrifying and a total must watch - but only for those who can stomach deep dark explorations of the most extreme forms of human depravity.

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DARK HOUSE

As with most films starring Jeffrey Combs, it's a fun watch and stands out as the most entertaining of all the FrightFest films.

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FRAGILE

It's not all good but it's good enough and ultimately rewarding enough to merit a watch.

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ROAD KILL

Interesting premise with interesting elements throughout, but it eventually becomes a frustrating as all hell movie that never goes anywhere and never explains itself.

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PIG HUNT

Not a horrible film, it's just oddly lacking in the giant killer pig that it so promises, making it a deceiving dissapointment of the utmost degree.

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HUNGER

Saw ripoff without any of the things that make the Saw movies good .... AKA a total waste of time.

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THE HAUNTING

Totally generic and by the numbers ghost story the likes of which we've seen a million times before.

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THE TOMB

Amateurish and messy sleep inducer with bad acting, directing, and writing.

So I guess the bottom line here is that I recommend you check out Grimm Love, Dark House and Fragile. Save your money on the rest.

2 comments:

TheGirlWhoLovesHorror said...

If you already knew the story of Armin Meiwes, then Grimm Love was just a huge bore. Still a deeply disturbing topic, but having read a book about all the details and such, there was nothing to shock me with.

Johnny said...

Ya i've gotta say, the fact that I had literally no idea about the story whatseover definitely enhanced my viewing experience. Was totally shocked to look it up afterwards and discover it all actually did happen.

But for those people like me who don't know about the story, I think the movie is a great introduction to it.