Sunday, 22 October 2017

MAYHEM FESTIVAL - So long till next year Sunday.

It was the final day of MAYHEM and it had flown by for all of us, A breezy Sunday morning and we all needed something to blow away the cobwebs and the hangovers, So we headed to the bar for a strong coffee (I had 3 sugars in mine!) and then back upstairs to screen 1 for the first film of the day....

That film was Top Knot Detective and if anything could wake us up this certainly was it! Personally i am a HUGE fan of the Baby Cart series, Sonny Chiba, Lady Snowblood  etc.and i can honestly say the makers of Top Knot Detective most certainly must be as well. Done in a documentary style a tells the story of a failed Japanese TV series from the 90's. It has it all, The squirting blood, Dodgy sets, Laughable special FX, Some of the jokes may be lost on a few people but there is more than enough other material to make anyone laugh and we certainly did. I had to bite my lip after to stop myself having a gushing geek ramble. I personally can't wait to watch it again.Loved it!

RIFT was the next movie of the day, A slow burn creepy if slightly predictable film. There was a great video message from the director to the audience at MAYHEM before the film as well. The main premise of the movie is with main main character Gunner gets a call in the middle of the night from his ex boyfriend Einar. Worried about the state of his mind he decides to drive to Einar's parents remote cabin to see if all is well but it certainly is not. Like i said it certainly is a very slow burn and may not be to everyone's taste but it's beautifully shot and the acting was top notch.  I was especially impressed by the lead guy Gunner played by Bjorn Stefansson.

Next up was the quiz, The Flinterrogation, We usually have ago, We usally come nowhere! we were 50/50 to play or not then we thought ah sod it lets do it and we came 3rd! Got a great prize bag full of Blu-Rays and a TAG poster! We split the prizes and headed off for dinner and a couple of pints to celebrate Mikes birthday as we had pre-planned weeks before. This means we missed the reading of unmade hammer script ZEPPLIN VS PTERODACTYLS but by all accounts it was stunning as was last years unquenchable thirst of Dracula, Events like the reading really make MAYHEM stand out for me. I wonder what they will have planned for next year? Great news by the way on last years reading is that BBC Radio 4 and Mark Gattis have picked up on it and will be doing there own version, I would highly recommend that you keep your ears out for that as it was a fantastic story and fingers crossed one day it and Zepplin VS Pterodactyls will get finally made into full length movies.

We headed back for the next movie MAYHEM showing at MAYHEM! Starring Steven Yeun (Glen off of The Walking Dead) it tells the story of a world wide virus "Red Eye" that temporarily makes you lose your mind, There was a recent case where someone literally got away with murder because the were  red eyed up! MAYHEM is a non stop gore filled fun ride from start to finish, Honestly it never lets up, it's great! If you've ever had a bad day at work and would like to get back at your bosses this is your perfect fantasy movie. For me, One of the best of the festival. Like last years Dolph Lundgren film "Don't Kill It" i wasn't expecting that much was massively surprised how good it was.One you really must see.

Last but by no means least we had DEAD SHACK, Another great comedy horror to finish MAYHEM just as Double Date started it. Basic story of a Dad and his new lady decide to rent a Shack in the middle of nowhere so they and the kids can have a bit of bonding time, On arrival the kids decide to have a walk through the woods and discover another shack where they find and see all manner of gory oddness, Freaked out they run back to their place to get the Dad and prove to him whats going on, He's had a few beers to say the least but agrees to go with them.........
Its a fun ride of a movie with once again plenty of gore, No spoilers but the final kill was brilliant!

So with the final film done we said our goodbyes and jump in the taxi, yet again this year MAYHEM was superb, Weird and twisted but all in all a four day fun filled ride, I was off on the Monday, I woke up early made myself a cup of tea and thought sod it i'll put a film on! Thank you to all involved in MAYHEM, Keep up the great work and see you all again next year,
Big Love,
Jonny T x

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