Penny Dread­ful

Be afraid. FrightFest’s com­ing and so is Moose Jaws...

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Hor­ror sequels that stink up the first part come out all the time. But is it pos­si­ble it could work the other way? I saw Lights Out this month, and de­spite a slightly dodgy back­story, it’s pretty damn scary. And di­rec­tor David F Sand­berg – a Swedish first-timer who made awe­some shorts and clearly knows what he’s do­ing be­hind the cam­era – is now film­ing

Annabelle 2 . Annabelle is aw­ful – badly plot­ted, hor­ri­bly writ­ten, cyn­i­cal hor­ror-bynum­bers that doesn’t re­spect its au­di­ence. But it made money. Could it be though, that

Annabelle 2 is good? Like, ac­tu­ally good. Sand­berg is just start­ing his stu­dio ca­reer, he’s go­ing to want to toe the line and won’t get free rein from Warn­ers. But maybe he could sneak in some Scandi-sub­text and make scary man­nequin magic from a lame doll.


The FrightFest line-up has been an­nounced and as ever it’s mas­sive, var­ied and prom­ises to be a gore-soaked Au­gust Bank Hol­i­day. FrightFest opens with My Fa­ther, Die – a re­venge movie di­rected by Sean son-of-Pierce Bros­nan, and closes with Korean zom­bie movie

Train To Bu­san (played Cannes, meant to be good). In be­tween that there are 60 fea­tures across the main and dis­cov­ery screens. It’s the usual mix of vi­o­lence, chills, gig­gles and wicked­ness hand-picked from around the world. Hard to know what’ll be the break­out hits but the high-pro­file flicks to look out for are Adam Win­gard’s The Woods , Di­rec­tor’s

Cut (writ­ten by and star­ring Penn Jil­lette of Penn and Teller fame), Rob Zom­bie’s 31 and Dar­ren Lynn Bous­man’s Ab­ba­toir . Early best bets from me though: Si­mon Rum­ley’s Johnny

Frank Gar­rett’s Last Word , which sees a man sen­tenced to death in an un­fair trial curse all those in­volved, and The Mas­ter Cleanse star­ring The Big Bang The­ory’s Johnny Galecki, a char­ac­ter-driven self-help night­mare crea­ture-fea­ture, which is chan­nelling Grem­lins via Eat, Pray, Love.


Hor­ror lost two heroes this month at very dif­fer­ent points in their ca­reers. Robin Hardy , di­rec­tor of The Wicker Man, died aged 86. The Wicker Man was his de­but movie and one of the best and most im­por­tant Brit hor­rors of all time. He made The Wicker Tree in 2011 and had talked about mak­ing a third movie last year. Then there was the frankly Fi­nal Desti­na­tionesque death of 27-year-old ac­tor An­ton Yelchin who was crushed by his car rolling down his drive­way in a freak ac­ci­dent. He’s best known for Star Trek of course but I urge you to check out Odd Thomas, a badly over­looked su­per­nat­u­ral thriller whose re­lease went un­der the radar. Based on the Dean Koontz books, it’s about a guy who be­comes a de­tec­tive for the dead and it’s ex­cel­lent. Give it a watch and have a bit of a cry for a tal­ented ac­tor full of po­ten­tial.


What the hell is a Yoga Hoser ? I’ve seen Kevin Smith’s new­est and frankly I’m still not sure. How­ever, the sort-of-se­quel to man in a wal­rus suit hor­ror Tusk is sur­pris­ingly bet­ter than you might think. It stars Smith’s daugh­ter Har­ley Quinn and Johnny Depp’s daugh­ter Lily-Rose as teenage con­ve­nience store work­ers who have to de­feat an army of tiny Nazis made of bratwurst. Called Bratzis. Dumb fun which might even get dumber with the fi­nal part of the tril­ogy. Yep, Smith has an­nounced it’ll be called Moose Jaws. Which is ex­actly what it’ll be – ie Jaws with a moose. Johnny Depp is set to re­turn as mon­ster hunter Guy La­pointe and Smith is hop­ing shoot­ing will get un­der­way by the end of the year.

Feel­ing blue in the bizarre Yoga Hoser. Lights Out (ex­cept those ones right there). Bri­tish Rail gets a run for its money in Train To Bu­san.

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