Just as he did with the Samurai genre in 1999’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, writer/director Jim Jarmusch now gives us an entirely different perspective on the vampire movie. A sparkling script and charismatic cast injects a new burst of life into a genre that’s become pallid and toothless thanks to blood-sucking franchises and adolescent fantasies and, together with Neil Marshall’s recent Byzantium, resurrects the vampire as an entirely adult anti-hero.
Neil Marshall may have handed over directorial duties to film-editor-turned-film-maker Jon Harris, but he maintains a presence as executive producer on this horror sequel to his 2005 subterranean horror. And as sequels go it doesn’t get much more immediate; The Descent: Part 2 carries on directly where the first film left off. So we see lone survivor Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) emerge, bloody and terrified, from the cave system which claimed the lives of her potholing friends. Unfortunately for her, however, she is unable to explain what happened, and so is forced to return to the dark depths with the rescue team. It’s only when they see for themselves the terrifying, hideously deformed cannibalistic Crawlers who lurk therein that the officials realise exactly what they are dealing with – but by then, of course, it’s far too late.
The fifth and final day of FrightFest 2009 was the most exciting of the whole weekend, with so many great films to choose from showing across both screens that it proved very difficult to come up with a plan of viewing action. We decided to start the day in the Discovery Screen with Colin, the much-hyped debut from British newcomer Marc Price and were glad we did. Although we very much doubt that the movie cost just £45, a figure that’s been bandied around by the press, it was still an effective foray into low-budget horror film-making.