You could say that I’m a bit of a horror fan. Yes, horror movies scare the absolute bejesus out of me, but I still absolutely adore them! But for some reason, the fact that Dundee has its very own horror film festival every year, had completely passed me by until this year! So when I found out that Dundead was taking place at Dundee Contemporary Arts last weekend – I was determined to get along there and make the most of it.
This year’s festival included a number of new film releases along with a Stephen King retrospective which included movies such as Salem’s Lot and Firestarter. Armed with a six pass ticket, I chose my movies somewhat randomly to get a good feel of what the festival was all about. My six were: The Autopsy of Jane Doe, The Chamber, The Shining, The Eyes of My Mother, Always Shine and Pet Semetary. All of the movies were good in their own way and I especially enjoyed the insight of the festival organiser Christopher O’Neill, who spoke before each film, explaining the background of the movie and why it had been chosen.
My favourite movie out of the six was predictably The Shining, which looked so amazing on the big screen. The fact that it was the extended edition of the film that was shown, and that it was accompanied by a bacon roll and a cup of tea (something that comes with every Sunday morning screening at the DCA), probably swung it somewhat! It’s a movie I’ve watched about ten times, but I’d never experienced the intensity of seeing it at the cinema before. On the 11th watch, I can confirm that the Grady Twins were even more terrifying than ever.
My second favourite was gruesomely good Autopsy of Jane Doe, starring Dundee’s own Brian Cox, closely followed by Always Shine which is a compelling psychological horror starring Caitlin FitzGerald and Mackenzie Davis. I was worried that after seeing six movies in two days, I might be a bit horrored out, but I’m pleased to report that I definitely wasn’t, although I can’t say that I slept particularly well for a few days! Despite the sleep deprivation, my trip to Dundead was most definitely a success, and I’m already planning a return visit next year.
For further information about the DCA and their upcoming events, visit: www.dca.org.uk
For more information about Dundead, visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dundead/
*Disclaimer – I was provided with a six pass ticket for Dundead in exchange for this fair and honest review.