WORST FEARS Tales Of The Underfunded
released OUt NOW! 2016 | 18 | dVd
Director Keith Claxton Cast Fenella Fielding, Victor spinetti, rebecca santos, anna Wing There’s an acknowledged
debt to classic Amicus movies in this cheerfully bloody portmanteau of horror shorts.
Produced by screenwriter and journalist David McGillivray, who links the seven tales in the guise of a music hall master of ceremonies, it mixes outright black comedy – middle-class witches dispatch a seaside town’s inhabitants in gruesome fashion – with Dahl-style murder fables.
It’s low-rent stuff but ambitious: In The Place Of The Dead, the most assured entry, is shot on location in Marrakesh, the camcorder aesthetics giving a real immediacy to the location. A final, satanic shocker is filmed in the south of France, its tone recalling McGillivray’s work as Sleazemaster General on such ’70s fare as House Of Whipcord.
It’s all clearly made on the fly for a pittance, but there’s a verve to the storytelling and a wicked, winking relish for an old-school shudder that keeps you entertained.
Extras “Horror Icon”, a caustic mockumentary about McGillivray’s career (with deleted scenes, blooper reel and an intro); “Facing His Fears”, in which McGillivray talks us through the film’s creation; gallery; trailer; booklet. Nick Setchfield
Story six, After Image, is written by Andrew Cartmel, script editor of Doctor Who in the Sylvester McCoy era.
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