Film Review: Kurban Bayrami (short film) (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: Coming back to the ‘brave’, one can imagine the main problem with the inexistence of a serious Turkish horror film can be traced back to the freedom of speech, influence of Islam and Turkish society codes. “The attraction of horror can be understood in essentially three ways: (1) as the counter phobia or the satisfaction of overcoming objects of fear; (2) as ‘the return of the repressed’ or the compulsive projection of objects of … Continue reading

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Film Review: My Grandmother (short film) (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: A girl visits her grandmother’s grave, haunted by morbid feelings at heart. REVIEW: A young red headed girl heads out to visit her grandmother’s grave and offer up a bouquet of flowers. Later she finds herself locked in the family’s mansion bathroom assumed by the same grandmother. The grandmother proceeds to eventually visit and assumingly release this young girl. Though the grandmother  who is accompanied by their family butler takes a different course of … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Pencil ‘mobile ident’ (short film) (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: One of the 12 idents created for Film4 Frightfest 2012, which played before the feature films to remind people to switch their phones off! REVIEW: This “really” short film was used as a impact commercial in response to the idea of “turning off one’s cell phone” during a film presentation. In fact it only runs about 33 seconds, though I had to mention it as it encompasses the idea of extreme cinema AND with … Continue reading

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Film Review: Sandik (The Chest) (short film) (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: Freakish blitzkrieg that opens with a young boy terrorizing villagers with a mysterious chest and closes with one of the most spectacularly outlandish set pieces you’ll see anywhere this year!” REVIEW: Sandik (translated as “The Chest) is a nasty 6 minute short film by Can Evrenol which breaks the mold for bad taste. While seeing a gory short or 2 is becoming (unfortunately) quite common in the world of extreme cinema (ok, well depending … Continue reading

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