Category Horror

FilmFrak’s 20 Halloween Horror Favourites

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FilmFrak’s 20 Great Horror Films for Halloween

It’s Halloween and that means most of us horror fiends are staying up beyond the midnight hour with our unblinking eyeballs weeping blood in a motion picture induced haemolacriao. The juicy marrow of fear, frights and fun that the genre can offer feeding some sick desire for visceral voyeurism and boundary violation.

Seeking ideas about what to watch on the 31st, Jon and Adam have spewed up a random list of horror favourites that quench the thirst for blood around this time of year. Entertaining and frightening some will make you giggle, some will make you gasp but all have celluloid imagery to scar the psyche.

So it is with little fore-thought, here are 10 great horror movies from each of us...

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THE KING COHEN FILMFRAK PODCAST SPECIAL: Starring Larry Cohen & Steve Mitchell

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KING COHEN FILMFRAK PODCAST SPECIAL: Starring Larry Cohen & Steve Mitchell

Dreams like this singular moment are why we got into the podcast game and launched FilmFrak in the first place. Today we are humbled to present our conversation with the filmmaking legend Larry Cohen. In a maverick career that spans decades his writing and Directing credits include cult classics like THE STUFF, IT’S ALIVE, Q: THE WINGED SERPENT, MANIAC COP and many more. Providing ample material for a documentary we also speak to Steve Mitchell Director of current festival circuit darling KING COHEN.

We hope you enjoy listening as we chat with Mr Larry Cohen about his filmmaking career and Steve Mitchell abo...

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HIGH-RISE (2016)

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A Review by Adam Lovett

Director: Ben Wheatley

Starring:  Tom Hiddelston, Elizabeth Moss, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Luke Evans, James Purefoy, Peter Ferdinando

This hallucinatory societal allegory is savage visual poetry sure to repel some viewers. They don’t make them like this anymore. Not in the old fashion storytelling sense but something more cinematically experimental. Bold artistry that pushes the language of genre by connecting on a far more nerve twanging visceral level that abandons traditional narrative. Director Ben Wheatley (KILL LIST, SIGHTSEERS) makes HIGH-RISE a litmus test spiraling into a singular level of chaotic madness that demolishes equilibrium. I left the theatre shell shocked, numb with a feeling comparable to what a film like WAKE IN FRIGHT achieved.

The fi...

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THE WITCH (2016)

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Writer/Director: Robert Eggers

Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Innerson, Katie Dick, Harvey Crimshaw, Lucas Dawson, Ellie Grainger

  “Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?”

First, let’s realign expectations to alleviate misconceptions. The hype machine packaging the 2015 Sundance hit THE WITCH has focused solely on the horror element of this multi-faceted experience. It’s understandable that in order to gain exposure and profit, a tiny production (the budget was around 3.5 million) must latch onto whatever momentum building advertising is exploitable. When horror master and recognizable brand name Stephen King tweets “The Witch scared the hell out of me. And it’s a real movie, tense and thought-provoking as well as visceral...

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Frakking Favourite 25 Films of 2015

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Frakking Favourite 25 Films of 2015

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The frakker saw 91 films in 2015 and though there were some outright duds (TERMINATOR GENYSIS, SELF-LESS, THE VISIT) and failed to meet expectations disappointments (EVEREST, TALES OF HALLOWEEN, TRAINWRECK) for the most part it was a golden year in cinema. That I had to make a top 25 and then add an additional 20 plus titles to the honorable mentions is proof of the good time that was had in the darkened movie house this past 12 months. Now the preamble is done, there is just one more thing that I need to get out of the way before we can begin….

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Stand alone favourite: STAR WARS; THE FORCE AWAKENS

Let’s be honest here, as a lifelong STAR WARS obsessed nut trying to be “objective” about the film franchise that made me a cinephile is as futi...

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From the Vault: A Scanner Darkly (2006)

Before I was the Fraker I was John Doe and like everything else in this universe all cinema itself is interconnected on a molecular level. Slowly over time I plan to import many of my older reviews over to this new site under the banner of FROM THE VAULT. The format is simple, anytime I review a film here and it can be thematically (actor, Director, narrative etc) linked to a previous critique from the old site I will be sharing. When a review or article can coincide with a real world event like a retro-screening, personal curiosity or current event can be reflected, transfers happen.

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Writer/Director: Richard Linklater

Novel: Phillip K Dick
Cinematography: Shane F Kelly
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Robert Downey Jnr, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, Rory Cochrane

“Alright, I’m gonna give you...

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It Follows (2015)

IT FOLLOWS (2015)

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Writer/Director: David Robert Mitchell

Starring: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Lili Sepe, Jake Weary, Daniel Zovatto

“It could look like someone you know or it could be a stranger in a crowd. Whatever helps it get close to you.”

I can’t get IT FOLLOWS out of my head. It’s a finely crafted horror that creeps under the skin with its high concept narrative hook serving as allegory. Ambiguous enough to inspire speculation without sacrificing narrative cohesion IT FOLLOWS is more of a sustained atmospheric suspense of dread than outright terrifying fear frightener. It’s a campfire yarn that exploits the power of suggestion by manipulating, embracing and subverting the tropes of the genre.

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Where I went in completely blind aside from the positive buzz of lasts...

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The 87th Academy Awards: 2015 Oscar Selections

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The 87th Academy Awards: The Official Fraker 2015 Oscar Selections

 

The 87th Academy Awards Predictions

The 87th Academy Awards Predictions

It’s that time again where the Academy Awards buffer up against my obsessive cinematic addiction. It’s a date where my own adoration and love for the medium sees negativity hit its apex. It’s also a night where my own masochistic tendencies are in full view as a misguided sense of obligation to arguably the most meaningless and superficial of all the political awards shows sees me tuning in for inevitable torture.

As hard as I have tried since 1997 (the year I finally realized how little quality had to do with prize winners) I can never make it to the Best Picture announcement as the gossip magazine style approach just reaches unbearable levels...

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Top 30 Most Fraking Anticipated Films of 2015

Top 30 Most Fraking Anticipated Films of 2015

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2014 was a banner year in the Bender house in cinema and 2015 shows a James Leer level of promise. After some Lebowski like investigation (read into that what you will) I’ve managed to detect 54 attractions that put a twinkle in my eye of varied brightness. Of those discoveries, 24 could be labeled wild card’s which leaves the magic 30 that I now present to you the reader with the proviso that they stimulate my own sensibilities and I hope yours too.

As the calendar year has already begun note worthy omissions from this list include the magnificence that is Paul Thomas Anderson’s detective yarn INHERENT VICE which I’ve been fortunate enough to already experience. (Subtle subtext I know...

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Fraking Favourite 20 Films of 2014

Fraking Favourite 20 Films of 2014

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I’m just going to state it upfront, 2014 has been the best fraking year in cinema in over a decade as far as I’m concerned. Spoilt for choice, the quality enticements have spanned all genres, budgets and distribution methods. That means that in compiling this list I had to make some truly painful, SOPHIE’S CHOICE type sacrifices with many fine achievements omitted.

I managed to see a total of 73 new releases this year, a far cry from the over 100 titles I used to cross off when I was a professional film journalist with all the complimentary VIP perks that entailed. The rub is that a handful of potential highlights have not been screened at the time of publication. (BOYHOOD, WHIPLASH and INTERSTELLAR being the big 3 I have yet to see)...

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