Director: Gez Medinger, Robin Schmidt
Screenplay: Andrew Ellard
Starring: Miranda Raison, Sam Keeley, Daniella Kertesz, Elarica Gallacher, Lorna Nickson Brown
Running Time: 97 min
BBFC Certificate: 18
October is upon us, which can mean only one thing to film bloggers. A month full of horror movies! My month probably won’t be ‘full’ of horror as I’m going to be hitting my usual mix of classic and cult titles from the glut of screeners I’ve greedily requested. However, for my first review of the month I thought I’d better join the early halloween celebrations my fellow writers revel in.
On October 19th, Icon Film Distribution and FrightFest, the UK’s leading genre film festival, team up to launch FrightFest Presents, an all-new expert driven social community-building label ready to deliver true shocks and scares straight into your home just in time for Halloween and beyond. FrightFest Presents will bring you the most unsettling feature films from the festival; a series of movies that wowed and earned critical acclaim, hand-picked by FrightFest directors Alan Jones and Paul McEvoy. Blueprint: Review plan to review the first six films being released on the label, starting with this, After Death
After Death (sometimes titled AfterDeath) sees five young adults wake up on a beach at night next to a small cabin. They soon realise they are actually dead after all being killed in a nightclub disaster. They’re now being held in purgatory or possibly even hell itself as it certainly isn’t heaven. They are regularly harassed by some sort of demon made of smoke and the harsh light of a neighbouring lighthouse triggers disturbing visions and pain in the entrapped group. Robyn (Miranda Raison), the last of the group to arrive, is convinced she can escape and get back to the world of the living so she tries to get to the bottom of what sins could have caused the five to be destined to hell and whether they can harness Onie’s (Daniella Kertesz) ability to randomly disappear. This investigation causes rifts amongst the group though, particularly with regards the one man, Seb (Sam Keeley), who is revealed to be a violent sexual predator.