Next up, following the very informative Q&A session with Robin Hardy was a locally filmed short, directed by Mat Johns, entitled Radio Silence.
Judging by the way the cinema filled up shortly before the film started and the noise made when the opening titles started to roll, its obvious that this film has a big following from his supporters and very rightfully so.
I had read a little about this film in the program before the festival and was not expecting for that much from the film, but I was pleasantly surprised.
The synopsis of the film is that the lead (and only) character is Elaine Barrett, who has survived a Zombie Apocalypse who has the same daily routine, getting up at the same time each morning, eating the same food, following the same exercise routine and then sending out a daily communication to the outside world in the hope that someone else has survived.
I won’t say any more than that about the plot for risk of spoiling the ending, but the end was something i did not see coming at all.
All in all a very well shot film and hopefully not the last thing I will see from what appears to be a great up and coming director.
Now was the time for the film I was most looking forward to seeing on Preview Night, Curse of Chucky as I was excited to see what they had done with the classic franchise from back in the 80’s.
Sadly I was left a little disappointed, maybe its because times have moved on from when the first three films were released or its just because I was a lot younger back when I was a kid watching the originals.
Plot summary is that a Mother (Sarah) and her daughter (Nica) live in an old (supposedly creepy, although I found it to be a really nice looking) house, the Nica is disabled, but in a twist of fortunes, its the daughter who cares for the mother, who has not been the same since the death of her husband.
Nica’s sister and family join Nica at the house (I assume for the funeral but its never actually reported) which is when the fun starts, Chucky starts to move around the house before finally being ‘adopted’ by Alice (the daughter).
This is pretty much where the film starts to get going (after what seems like an overly stretched out opening three quarters of an hour) and Chucky gets down to what he does best…killing people in random and often comical ways.
There is an interesting twist at the end of the film, which I wont’ reveal here, but in order to understand it, you do really need to have seen the other Childsplay films.
Overall, although this film was never going to be a horror game-changer, its good to see Chucky back, even if its just for his one-liners which still crack me up, just as they did all those years ago.
Overall, not the worst film I have seen and worth a watch if you are at a lose end.