I'm back, alive, more or less in one piece. Seems like ages since FrightFest started, but it was only last Thursday. A packed 5 days, involving movies, booze, food, sweets, mad people, and many intense conversations. Met loads of cool people, some the usual gang of ne'er-do-wells, some new ones, and had a fantastic time. Me and Jo stayed in a hotel to avoid night buses and early starts, so it was a bit of a luxury weekend, but well worth it - especially the food, oh my God, the hotel food was amazing. Ate my own weight in food, I think. Slept in and missed the zombie walk, but apparently it went brilliantly, and I think they actually broke the record. Saw lots of zombies when we arrived though, some really freaky looking (Phil, Steve, Mike). Got to properly meet Kim Newman, my fellow judge in the 2 Days Later compo, met Adam Green again (met him before in Austin, top bloke and really inspiring), Joe Lynch (a dirty, dirty man, he's great), and even got to meet Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, The Descent), while loads of us were drinking in the bar having walked out of a particularly dodgy movie. Yay for drinking!
Movie highlights: Black Water (excellent, tense croc attack thriller), The Signal (electronic pulse drives people crazy), 1408 (haunted hotel room, I can relate to that), All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (arty 60s-style slasher), Shrooms (trippy Irish ghost rampage madness), Cold Prey (likeable characters stalked by madman in snowy Norwegian mountains), Wrong Turn 2 (ignores the overly serious approach of the bad first movie, and goes for hilarious splatter, brilliant fun), Disturbia (sure, it's a Rear Window ripoff, but very stylish and fun), Botched (possibly the most random movie ever, couldn't begin to describe it), Waz (excellent twisty serial killer thriller with a moving message), The Zombie Diaries (top notch low budget Brit zombie flick), Spiral (heartrending surreal thriller), and The Orphanage (beautiful supernatural drama). Yay for movies!
Overall, it was a superb time, and I can't wait for next August. Yay for next August!
New blogger, new danger - yes, Sir Stephen of Gallaghershire has sneakily got himself a blog, so get over there immediately and admire the way he sticks words together to make sentences. Welcome to the scribobloggythingy, sir. Your fellow procrastiscribes are at your service. Yay for the G-man!
In other news, I've been tagged by Jason, so expect a blog post addressing that fact very soon. I have some pitch documents and outlines to do by Friday, so this is the perfect way to avoid working on them. Yay for laziness!