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Vicky Knill 13th of June 2013 by editor 13th of June 2013
Charm, Resolution and A Little Bit Zombie

Vicky Knill’s popcorn trembles as she reviews three movies from the recent Nocturna Festival

Charm

Malcolm (Ashley Cahill) is a man on a mission: to clean up the streets—or at least the Lower East Side—and go back to the way things were. How is he going to do this? The answer is murder. This film-loving serial killer’s victims include pretentious idiots, people who text at the cinema, taxi drivers who go too slow and those who dare to criticise his cooking. Let’s face it, most of us can identify with those choices, with the proviso that the cooking is ours and not Malcolm’s. To help get his message across, Malcolm and a group of friends decide to get together and make a fly-on-the-wall documentary about his “revolution” (which will be televised, without commercials).

This is a gritty and violent movie, written and directed by Cahill too, but it is also quirky and funny, and a warning to us all to be even more wary of hipsters; they were probably into serial killing before it became so mainstream anyway.

Resolution

Deep in a rural backwater, in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, Michael (Peter Cilella) tracks down his meth-addicted best friend Chris (Vinny Curran) and makes him a deal; get clean for a week and if he still rejects Michael’s help, he will leave him alone forever. But this is no ‘bromance’ flick. In the week that follows, Michael starts to find strange pictures and videos; eerie stories which all end in death. Where did they come from? And does someone want the two men to find them?

            Spooky, suspense-ridden and original, this film contrasts the everyday poignancy of seeing a friend slip away into drug abuse with the creeping tension of unfolding supernatural horror. Recommended.

A Little Bit Zombie

What is true love? Is it finding that special someone with whom you can laugh and smile, and who will see you through the good times and the bad? Or is it finding someone who can turn round and say “Hey, so what if you want to eat brains and your ear’s just fallen off? You’re my fiancé and I love you!”? As we all know, the course of true love never does run smooth, but for Steve (Kristopher Turner) it’s rougher than usual. His fiancée has turned into Bridezilla. Neither his best friend nor his sister like her, and to top it all he’s developed a mild case of zombie-itis.

            Between zombie-hunters trying to kill him and resisting the urge to sink his teeth into every human skull and feast on the delicious brainy goodness within, Steve also has to ensure his bride and sister don’t kill each other. A Little Bit Zombie is 87 fun-filled minutes of silliness, combining the spine-chilling horror of zombies and, strangely, wedding planning.

Release dates for Charm, Resolution, and A Little Bit Zombie are still to be confirmed

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