Posted by: Peter Hall
Sorry I haven’t been posting. Busy, busy, busy, but more on that later. In the mean time, this press release for Vue Cinemas caught my eye. It applies to UK folks only (or anyone willing to hop on a plane, I suppose), and most of my readers are in the States, but I wanted to share it all the same because one of the free screenings in question is for MANHUNT, which is also known as ROVDYR, which is also known as one of my favorite horror films of 2008.
The other two films are ONE EYED MONSTER and the controversial DEADGIRL, but all I can offer is an excerpt for my ROVDYR review right now, full press release after the break.
ROVDYR is brutal. Very, very, brutal in the best, chase through the woods, heart pounding kind of way. But, aside from the admirable absence of rape, what makes this horror film better than other backwoods chasers is that all 78 minutes of its lean running time take place in gorgeous daylight. I have always been and will always be the biggest proponent there can be of horror with the lights on. Anyone can make night scary, but it takes a specific talent to make illumination threatening. ROVDYR helmer Patrik Syversen shows off just what that talent is.
Posted by: Peter Hall
Part 1: January to March.
Part 2: April to June.
Part 3: July to September.
Part 4: October to December.
Part 5: Events.
Part 6: Awards. (coming)
This was fun. I set off to do a roundup of 2008’s horror output, good and bad, and ended up with a rather nice guide, a work in progress to be broken into 6 sections: One for each quarter’s theatrical and DVD releases, one for major news and obituaries, and a final for a Top 10 of 2008.
The criteria rests that a film must be uniquely relevant to 2008. That is not to say that a title must be mutually exclusive to ’08, just that it be important. For example, ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE premiered in 2006, but wasn’t made available to paying customers outside of a film festival until earlier this year in the UK.
As for the date framing to follow, these are not ironclad. All US titles should fall within their respective releases. It is tougher to place something like MANDY LANE or ROVDYR, which having no US release could go either by their foreign theater or DVD runs. So don’t complain too much about where a film lies, this will all be on one page once all parts are done, but if I’ve left something off entirely – and I am sure I have – please let me know.