Supernatural horror tropes come thick and fast in Don’t Knock Twice, a disappointingly shopworn demonic yarn from director Caradog W. James.
While the title might imply a tale of some unknown creatures lurking underground and waiting to strike, the monsters in David Farr’s The Ones Below are of an entirely different kind.
Adapting short films to feature length can be risky business. What can work effectively in ten minutes is never guaranteed to work over eighty, and sometimes a core idea that was succinctly powerful as a short can feel stretched too thin in feature form. There’s an element of that at play here, as David F. Sandberg’s acclaimed 2013 short Lights Out gets the feature treatment, with Sandberg himself at the helm.
It’s just a matter of weeks until horror comes home: from August 25th-29th, London’s Vue Shepherd’s Bush will be taken over by what Guillermo del Toro once described as “the Woodstock of gore”. Horror Channel FrightFest is back, and with 66 film premieres from all around the world, as well as a full programme of shorts, panel events and more, it’s looking like a great year for the festival and its organisers Ian Rattray, Paul McEvoy, Alan Jones and Greg Day.