After the first fabulous weekend at Horror-On-Sea, the Fausti_Films team set off on Saturday 28th January, for the second weekend of the festival. A smaller event than the previous weekend, the screenings were held in the ’boutique’ screening room, at the Park Inn Hotel. This was a change from the normal venue of the TAP.
Proceedings began in ernest with a selection of short films that were free to all. My personal favourite of these were Thanatopraxy from Spain which they told the story of two women and an autopsy gone wrong.
This was followed by Jason Wilcox’s Dead Perfect. This film had hypnotic properties and features a lot of kettles boiling in seemingly real time!
At 2.30 pm came one of the highlights of the festival, ‘Circus of the Dead’, with a brilliantly intense performance by Bill Oberst Jr. and a set of homicidal clowns … Pure horror magic!!
After this came ‘The Barn’ a homage to 80s horror. Set on Halloween, the protagonists have to follow a set of trick or treat rules to protect themselves and save the town. Great fun stuff!!
‘First Bite’ was the second film of the festival from Eileen Daly. Following the ghost hunting team on a trip to Northampton to meet an elusive count. Some laugh out loud moments in this comedy horror, made it a firm audience favourite.
The final film of the evening was ‘Be my Cat: A Film for Anne’. This follows an obsessive director as he ‘convinces’ his actresses to create the perfect performance in order to convince Anne Hathaway to star in his film. Disturbing and gritty.
Day two saw the return of the free shorts. There were some really great shorts here. ‘Ikal’ was another great short from Spain, telling the story of a coven of witches. Followed by the atmospheric ‘Visor’ from Iran and the fab looking ‘B is for Bath’.
After the shorts was ‘Consumption’, a tale of friends battling evil in the Utah mountains. Then came ‘Video Killer’ where a haunted video tape forces a victim to seek out other victims for help… Or can they?!?!
Finally -for Fausti_Films anyway… Came ‘Creeper’ -A sleazy serial killer movie in the vein of William Lustig’s Maniac.
Well, sadly that’s all from Horror-On-Sea this year… just one question remains… Same time next year?!