SGIFF 2017: Spooks and Thrills at Midnight Mayhem
24th November, 11.55PM, Filmgarde Bugis+
Winning praise for its fresh take on the post-horror genre, Trey Edward Shults opens SGIFF’s Midnight Mayhem with It Comes At Night. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, a nuclear family finds security in a house in the middle of nowhere. But when a young couple and their young child come knocking to seek refuge, panic and mistrust sets in as all hell threatens to break loose. Starring Joel Edgerton as a man on the edge of insanity, Shults delivers minimalist claustrophobic terror in this film where the greatest danger of all just might come from within.
Jailbreak by Jimmy Henderson
25th November, 11.55PM, Filmgarde Bugis+
Cambodian action-thriller film Jailbreak joins the ranks of similar extreme action flicks like Ong Bak and The Raid. The first of its kind and scale shot in Cambodia, the budget film is a quality piece of work, and introduces the world to the savage Cambodian martial artform of Bokator. A criminal plot to apprehend the notorious Playboy quickly goes out of hand when the facility goes into lockdown, and a bloody mass deathmatch ensues, sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats as they witness the ultraviolence that breaks out in the tight prison facility.
Salvage: Malay Wild by Sherad Anthony Sanchez (International Premiere)
1st December, 11.55PM, Filmgarde Bugis+
Sherad Anthony Sanchez’s latest film continues his exploration of the Mindanao region through film, this time through the medium of found footage. Within a forest in Mindanao, a news crew investigates a series of gruesome deaths attributed to mythical creatures known as “aswangs”. But when the military interferes, the news crew finds themselves in danger as they’re pursued by a violent supernatural force hell bent on revenge. Sanchez brings found footage horror to new heights as he cranks up the emotions and sensory dimensions to a hundred, and audiences will practically feel the chills run down their spine in this strange new filmic reality.
Mayhem by Joe Lynch
2nd December, 11.55PM, Filmgarde Bugis+
Appropriately ending off Midnight Mayhem is Joe Lynch’s Mayhem. Steven Yuen (The Walking Dead) stars as the ill-fated attorney Derek Cho, finding himself out of a job after making a costly mistake at work. But things take a turn for the worse when a contagious airborne virus sweeps through the building and everyone turns into a homicidal maniac. Cho of course, has plenty of rage within him, and he will stop at nothing to get his job back. Here, Joe Lynch literalizes the idea of a “cut- throat corporate culture” with macabre humour and over-the-top action scenes to satirize the absurd realities of the dog-eat-dog, corporate world.
Offering up both supernatural chills and bloody, action-packed thrills, SGIFF’s inaugural Midnight Mayhem selection of films is certainly not for the faint of heart. Promising quality works best enjoyed while in the semi-conscious state of mind one enters at midnight, horror has found a new home, and the SGIFF extends a bony hand to invite all who dare enter to come learn the true meaning of terror over these two weekends.