FrightFest and Tattoos
Oops, I’ve been a bit lax. To be more precise, I’ve been ridiculously busy with work, as I’ve been reorganising my department and recruiting two new staff members, and in the evenings I’ve been so knackered that the most I can do is lie on the couch and watch Farscape marathons.
I did manage to find time to book my next tattoo for the end of July. It will be my first proper tattoo for about four years (the stars on my feet from last year don’t really count) and I’m getting pretty excited. I decided to go to Into You as I’ve heard good things about them (also, Woody, who did my first few tattoos now works for them, although he’s booked up until forever) so I’ve got Chris Higgins booked, he seemed interested to work up a design for me. I’m planning to get an octopus, stretching from my left buttock up my left side and ribs, and I’ve been assured it will be pretty painful. The longest sitting I’ve had before was two and a half hours for the archaeopteryx on my back, and at four hours for the first session (should be about ten hours in total) it’ll be a challenge, but I like the endurance aspect of it.
Fascinating octopus webcam here
I also managed to book weekend passes for FrightFest at the end of August, which was no mean feat given the stupidity of the Empire Cinema booking system – you can select seats, but they aren’t reserved while you enter your payment details, meaning that if someone books them while you are doing so, you have to go back, choose other seats and input payment details all over again.
The line-up looks interesting, though there are a few too many torture or home invasion and not enough scary supernatural pics for my liking, and I’ve been trying to decide what I’m going to see. I’ll be staying up in London for the weekend and I’m really looking forward to four and a half days of horror films. I’ll try and see as many as I can, but I’m torn between several on the main screen and the second screen. I’m hoping some friends might come up and join us for a film or two and lunch or dinner at one of our many fave restaurants around the area…
So far my top ten awaited, in no particular order, are:
Finale – homage to 60s and 70s Italian horror, with a ‘demonic soul collector’ as the baddie, I can’t resist it!
Amer – Giallo homage which as a fan of gialli, I am keen to see.
The Dead – Zombie film set in Africa.
Monsters – Intriguing-sounding post-apocalyptic road movie.
Red Hill – ‘Horror western’ which has been compared to Assault on Precinct 13 and No Country for Old Men.
Kaboom – Greg Araki does a ‘mix of Buffy, Twin Peaks and Donnie Darko’. If it’s halfway as good as that sounds I’ll be happy.
The Last Exorcism – Docu-style account of an exorcism. I might wet myself if this is as scary as the poster looks.
We Are What We Are - Mexican ‘Let The Right One In’ for cannibals.
Christopher Roth – Switchblade Romance and Crazies cinematographer directs.
Dream Home - Gore-soaked Hong Kong satirical slasher.
The most controversial film of the festival is certain to be ‘A Serbian Film’, reputed to be the most horrible film ever (can’t wait till the Daily Mail finds out about it, they really will have heart attacks), so I’ll decide closer to the time if I’ve the stomach or the inclination to see it. ‘Red White and Blue’ has had good reviews so I might give that a go, though the subject matter (emotionally damaged promiscuity in Austin, Texas) isn’t really grabbing me. Andy Nyman’s film quiz should be lots of fun. One film I will almost certainly be skipping is ‘Dead Cert’, a Danny Dyer/Craig Fairbrass/Dexter Fletcher-starring ‘Brit gangsters vs Vampires’ geezer flick, which sounds like everything rubbish under the sun…
So, I’m off to Scotland for a long weekend and wedding in a castle, I’ve got Picross 3D for the DS to keep me busy, but I’ll take some books and try to get some writing done as well.