Day one: Friday 13th
12.00: Brain DeadNot, unfortunately, the Peter Jackson film that launched his career, but a completely different USian film made in 2007. It was a parody/homage to early 80s horror trash movies, bunch of fools get stuck in woods, gratuitous nudity, obligatory fundamentalist preacher shagging his secretary, lesbian seductrix and escaped cons.
Unfortunately, not even the nudity could really rescue the film from my disappointment at it not being that I was expecting, and I even if I'd known it was supposed to be a parody I don't think I would have thought it an effective one. We'd rushed and rushed to get there on time to collect our tickets and for me to get into the screening, an extra hour in bed then a nice pub lunch waiting at the station would've been much more agreeable. Ah well.
14.15: Vampire DiaryA tale of vampire lesbians set in the morden London goth scene. As I was there already and waiting for SB and friends, it was the least worst option, and besides, I'd likely recognise some of the locations or possibly someone in the background. Didn't quite expect to see darkestinsanity and monolithix front and centre in the first club scene, which appeared to be Inferno, pretty sure it was at the Ballroom anyway.
Low budget, attractive cast (the vampire lead is Anna Walton, playing a main character in Hellboy II apparently), but filmed in documentary style, a la Blair Witch, the conceit being that the main non-vamp is filming a documentary on the London goth scene concentrating on the "weekend vampire" blood fetishists and RPGers. I intensely disliked Blair Witch and am not a fan of the style, combine that with some dodgy plotting and the film is merely meh—very pretty at times, despite the low quality, and great to see locations and people I know on screen, meant I wasn't that impressed. Thus far two in a row I wasn't keen on.
16.00 Black ChristmasBy this time SB and others had arrived so I was no longer alone, and we trooped in to watch Black Christmas. I'd had time to read the programme now so had a better idea what to expect—slasher movie set in a traditional US college sorority house. Good fun, not being shown because it's recent, but because it's actually quite good. Ending a bit weird, and many examples of crass stupidity throughout, but enjoyable nonetheless.
18.15: An American Werewolf in LondonFor some reason, and to the amazement of everyone else present, I'd not actually seen this before. Although I'd heard it was good, given horror isn't really my genre and werewolf movies have had a tendency to annoy me, I'd not actively sought it out. So, if like me you've never seen this film?
Go and watch it. Now.
Very cool, very silly and both scary and funny. Some great acting, effects that still look good today, Jenny Agutter as a nurse, a werewolf wondering around the London tube network. I loved it. Lots.
20.15: The MistUK premiere, it's due out 4th July. An incredibly well made movie, acting and characterisation very good, build up very tense. Despite it not being my sort of thing I did get into it, despite initial reticence as, well, Stephen King story not appealing.
It obviously grabbed the audience, there were cheers in certain key moments, and I thought the characters overall were very believable (and one was so horribly annoying from the beginning but in a way that just seemed right). SB thought the film had an anti-science message, others liked the lovecraftian nature of the monsters, and the bleakness of the ending was shocking, Not a feelgood movie, and distinctly not my sort of thing, but if you like monsters-in-the-dark stuff, or like the sort of stuff King writes, you'll probably enjoy it, but make sure you've got something to cheer yourself up with afterwards.
AftermathAfter that, we went to a local Moroccan restaurant for a meal (hint to the waiter—if you want a decent tip, try to avoid serving the chicken dish to the vegetarian and telling him it's cheese), then onto the Gasworks. I was at this stage utterly exhausted (films tend to tire me anyway, enclosed atmospheres, etc), but it was fun. We eventually rolled home in the early hours.
I'm posting this via the flickr blog this tool from karohemd's picture of yself and snapesbabe in front of pmoodie's poster art, I'll do day two and three later.