Five days and 37 movies later, FrightFest 2011 is over.
The line-up this year was solid-to-strong, with a marked decrease in torture porn movies and an injection of fun thanks to movies like Final Destination 5, Saint, Fright Night, Troll Hunter and Deadheads.
As ever, FrightFest brought us all the genre’s staples – vampires, zombies, serial killers, rednecks, ghosts, the Grim Reaper, Satanism, paganism, imaginary friends/fiends – from around the globe, but some of the best films (Kill List, The Woman) took unexpected turns and came at established themes from unusual angles to surprise and brutalise.
So, here is Total Film’s annual awards, celebrating the best (and worst) of the fest.
1. Kill List (Ben Wheatley)
2. The Innkeepers (Ti West)
3. The Woman (Lucky McKee)
4. Detention (Joseph Kahn)
5. A Lonely Place To Die (Julian Gilbey)
Ti West (The Innkeepers)
Michael Smiley (Kill List)/AJ Bowen (A Horrible Way To Die)
Polly McIntosh (The Woman)/Sara Paxton (The Innkeepers)
Ben Wheatley (Kill List)
It’s hammer time… (Kill List)
Slitting a man’s throat with the lid of a baked beans can (The Divide)
Most fun kill
The dismount (Final Destination 5)/The Woodchipper (Tucker & Dale Vs Evil)
The bride (The Innkeepers)
Bees and chainsaws (Tucker & Dale Vs Evil)
The 10-years-too-late-but-still-pretty-creepy ‘found footage’ award
The 10-years-too-late-and-very-little-to-recommend-it ‘found footage’ award
A Night In The Woods
The 10-years-too-late-but-hey-it’s-got-awesome-trolls-in-it ‘found footage’ award
The five-years-too-late torture porn film award
Urban Explorers/Vile (we suggest the filmmakers pull out each others’ fingernails to find a winner)
The Wicker Tree
Best Question and Answer
Audience member: “The head scene was very graphic. Did you mean to leave it in?”
Ben Wheatley, director of Kill List: No. I was as surprised as you to see it in there. I thought, ‘There goes my 15…’”
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