Valhalla Rising (DVD)


Set in the desolate wilderness of Scotland, in 1000 AD, Danish director Winding Refn’s film focuses on the aptly names One Eye (Mikkelsen) a mute and unbeaten warrior of supernatural strength. Murdering his clan captors, and aided by young boy Are (Stevenson), One Eye makes his escape; encountering a group of Christian crusaders, the pair boards a longboat headed to the Holy Lands but, after they lose their way in fog, ends up on unknown shores. Without food or water, and preyed on by the locals, the group search desperately for a way home, led by One Eye whose vision mark him out as a prophet of sorts. As madness descends, an hellish battle for survival ensues.

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FrightFest 2009: Opening Night!

triangle2_largeThe 10th Film4 FrightFest kicked off in its new home at London’s mammoth Empire Leicester Square cinema in suitable style, with the screening of a short American Werewolf in London spoof starring directors Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2) and Adam Green (Hatchet). The hilarious vignette both introduced the audience to this year’s festival and reminded everyone that one of the highlights of this year’s proceedings would be the premiere screening of the remastered American Werewolf. Both Lynch and Green were in the audience as the FrightFest team of Alan Jones, Ian Rattray, Paul McEvoy and Greg Day introduced the opening night film, Triangle.

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