It’s hard to say, but having an older brother meant I began watching horror movies sooner than most people. I actually remember tricking my grandmother into taking me to see Gremlins 2 at the cinema when I was eight or nine years old.
This is a final call for all budding John Carpenters or George A. Romeros out there. FrightFest short and feature film submissions are about to close for the Glasgow event that will be held on 25 and 26 February 2012. Submissions close on 1 December 2011 and announcements will be made about the final line-up in mid-January.
However, if that deadline is too short for you don’t worry. The closing date for the main FrightFest in August 2012 is 1 June 2012 and the closing date for submissions for the Halloween All-Nighter is 1 September 2012.
Submission forms and further guidance on dates and formats can be found on the official FrightFest website.
Good luck to all those submitting shorts this year!
In recent years there have been a handful of films which have been either directly influenced by giallo (Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s dazzling Amer) or at least partially pay homage to the subgenre (Aronofsky’s Black Swan). Andreas Marshall’s (Tears of Kali director) new film, Masks, owes a debt to the splatter-opera masters of the sixties and seventies, while also drawing inspiration from Brian De Palma, Italian maestro Mario Bava and Argento.
Meet Felix Gilfedder, he’s an independent filmmaker from Glasgow, Scotland. Having fallen in love with filmmaking at the tender age of eight, he has since gone on to make ten independent short films and picked up a couple of awards along the way. He even managed to find time to study towards a Masters in History.
What really interests See Horror is his passion for horror films and the product of it – an app available on both Android and the iPhone entitled Popcorn Horror. The premise is a simple one, Popcorn Horror showcases horror shorts from around the world. Films range from two to six minutes long. This perfectly reflects the modern lifestyle and embraces mobile technology. Sure, we have the capacity to put Lars von Trier’s The Kingdom, in its entirety, on our smartphone – should we feel the need, but is that really going along with the spirit of things? Mobile distractions are perfect for commuting, or whilst waiting for a friend, but they’re rarely practical for tucking into feature-length films.
This is what Felix Gilfedder had to say about Popcorn Horror, “We didn’t want to try and do too much. The aim is simple – to connect horror/film fans with the very best and most exciting horror films from around the world, ‘on the move’.”
The motivations behind the idea are great, but what of the content and frequency of updates? Felix explains, “We provide a weekly horror kick. We have some really fantastic films coming up. I also wanted the app to be empowering for filmmakers (being one myself) that’s why we pay for content and promote our filmmakers.”
So far, so good and there are plans for growth. Felix, “We want to expand the app over the next six months, to include a free trailer system for independent horror films and we will be asking horror artists to send in their posters, we will then host them on our merchandise store, embed them in our poster page on the app and users will be able to buy the posters with the artists receiving money for their work – I have lots of exciting ideas.”
As passionate horror enthusiasts we were particularly attracted to the ethos of Popcorn Horror, so downloaded a couple of versions for both Android and iPhone. We have primarily tested the app on iPhone and have to say we’re incredibly impressed. Whilst each short won’t be to everybody’s liking there’s enough diversity from short-to-short that there will be something for everybody within the genre. Transit, Incubator and Son of a Dog are particular highlights. Not only is this a great way to pass the time, but it’s a perfect insight into a multitude of filmmakers’ mind. If you find a short you enjoy, then you’ll find you want to delve into the filmmakers’ back catalogue. This both provides the user with a great horror film experience and gives the filmmaker exposure. Indeed, if this were to have a wide enough audience, it would be entirely plausible to envisage bigger projects being commissioned off the strength of the shorts displayed here.
If you enjoy the app, consider becoming a premium member for extra content and to keep the project alive. This is a very impressive addition to the horror community, but the budget isn’t limitless and it won’t continue forever without our support.
So enough of our opinion, please find below one of the shorts from Popcorn Horror – O Risco (The Line) – and let us know in the comment section what you think to this innovative new app? We love it.
I first encountered Amityville II: The Possession when I was a young teenager. I was staying around my grandparents’ house, and at the time already obsessed with all things horror. It was showing on late night television and my parents agreed that I could record it to watch the next day. I’d remembered seeing the videocassette in our local video shop; a horrible, ghoulish image of something half-man half-demon leered from the cover, its mouth twisted into what was either a scream or smile (I could never decide which), the title was in blood red with forked tails coming out of the lettering. Needless to say, to my thirteen year old eyes it looked ‘wicked’.
Michael Varrati is a former producer, editor, public relations consultant, and part-time cult movie actor. He is currently working on a non-fiction book detailing the history and subculture of the late night creature feature host.