Who needs the weekend, eh? Not when you’ve got a joyful week of work, work, inertia and intellectual paralysis ahead of you, right? Alright fine, Mondays suck, but it’s our job to seek out solace. This week it’s Edinburgh’s spectacular Dead By Dawn – a horror festival like no other. Well, maybe like other horror festivals, a bit. But still. TGIM!
Based on the infamous Burke And Hare murders of 1827, Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis provide a darkly silly romp through Edinburgh town aided by every British celebrity you can think of. Go on, think of one. Was it Michael Winner, or Paul Whitehouse? It doesn’t matter, they’re both in there. Though it doesn’t have the cult brilliance of Shaun Of The Dead or the gloriously bizarre sting of The League Of Gentlemen, it’s nevertheless gorily enjoyable stuff and if nothing else, it’s lovely to see Jessica Hynes (neé Stevenson) back on our screens. Not so much good writing as canny use of cameos, Burke and Hare will nevertheless just about satisfy most comedy-loving Brits. After all, who doesn’t love seeing Ronnie Corbett in a funny hat, eh?
October is, of course, a time dominated by ghouls, zombies and good ol’ fashioned frightfulness. But with All Hallow’s Eve not falling until the last day of the month, what on Earth are you supposed to do until then? Well you can stop fearing death by boredom and leave your demise to the demons, because here at Best For Film we’ve leapt on the case and compiled some of our favourite film events happening this month. After all, if you’re going to get shocked by skeletons and mauled by monsters, you might as well have some fun first.
It’s becoming a week of career changes for high-profile stars. First Madonna announces that she’s trying her hand (bless her) at writing and directing, and today Antony Hopkins first collection of paintings opens in London. Maybe being ridiculously famous singers and actors is just more boring than we thought.