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Haunting EIFF 2012: Berberian Sound Studio

Haunting EIFF 2012: Berberian Sound Studio

“I didn’t quite know I’d be working on this sort of film…” British sound engineer Gilderoy (Toby Jones) is flown to Italy to work on sound effects for extreme supernatural horror film ‘Il Vortice Equestra’. In an unfamiliar setting – where not only location and working conditions are uncommon to what he is used to, but...

Haunting EIFF 2012: God Bless America

Haunting EIFF 2012: God Bless America

“No one is shocked by anything anymore.” Bobcat Goldthwait’s God Bless America is a biting backlash against the dumbed down, celebrity obsessed world of reality TV and trashy talk shows. Divorced, diagnosed with a terminal tumour, and fired from his job after a gesture of friendship is misconstrued as sexual harassment, Frank (Joel Murray) is a...

Haunting EIFF 2012: Guinea Pigs

Haunting EIFF 2012: Guinea Pigs

Ian Clark’s Guinea Pigs is a horror with an interesting, and possibly exciting, premise. A group of strangers joining a clinical trial for an experimental drug at an isolated medical facility? Ooh, sounds good. Count me in. Unforseen side effects, you say? Sounds even better. With the medical facility staff nowhere to be found, this could be some crazy...

Haunting EIFF 2012: V/H/S

Haunting EIFF 2012: V/H/S

V/H/S opens on camcorder footage of a group of guys smashing up buildings and forcefully removing the clothes of a young woman they assault in a car park. Hints are made with regards to videoing sexual conquests and girlfriends. It’s quickly made clear they make their money through selling tapes of the women they exploit, and their world revolves around...

Haunting EIFF 2012: The Fourth Dimension

Haunting EIFF 2012: The Fourth Dimension

“We are all babies. We need to cut the umbilical cord and find the right tools. Scrape off the afterbirth and kick it off into the fourth dimension!” Given a briefing by Grolsch Film Works and VICE Films that included rules such as “We must never know the truth” and “It needs to blur the line between what is real and what is fake” The Fourth...

Haunting EIFF 2012: Grabbers

Haunting EIFF 2012: Grabbers

“It’s always the quiet places where the mad shit happens.” Opening with what appears to be an asteroid falling to earth, Jon Wright’s Grabbers doesn’t wait long before unleashing the scares and jumps. From fishermen being attacked at sea, to mutilated whales washing up on shore, it quickly becomes clear that all ain’t quite right with the waves...

Haunting EIFF 2012: First Position

Haunting EIFF 2012: First Position

First Position, Bess Kargman’s documentary delving into the lives of a selected handful of young dancers competing for scholarships, employment and prizes in one of the most prestigious annual ballet competitions, makes for captivating and fascinating viewing. Following a diverse group of aspiring professional dancers as they make their way to the finals of...

Haunting EIFF 2012: Killer Joe

Haunting EIFF 2012: Killer Joe

Based on the stage play by Tracey Letts, William Friedkin’s latest directorial masterpiece is the darkly comical thriller, Killer Joe. When young drug dealer Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) finds himself in debt and hunted by heavies, he hits upon a plan to kill his mother and claim the insurance money. Hearing about detective/hitman for hire, Joe Cooper (Matthew...

Haunting EIFF 2012: The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus

Haunting EIFF 2012: The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus

  On reading this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival press release, one of the highlights I found my eye drawn to was the Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus. In 2010, I was very much caught up in Sky Sports’ love of the prophet El Pulpo Paul and the sense of wonder he brought to the whole South African World Cup tournament, so naturally was rather...

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013 Award Winners Announced‏

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013 Award Winners Announced‏

The winners of this year’s prestigious Edinburgh International Film Festival awards were announced at the Festival’s awards ceremony, held at Filmhouse today and hosted by Grant Lauchlan, producer and presenter of stv’s Moviejuice.  The ceremony took place ahead of Sunday’s Closing Night Gala, NOT ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING, which concludes the 12-day...