26 Aug - 'The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot' European Premiere

August 26th, 2018.

Last year, I attempted one "premiere" at London's Frightfest, and left in disgust wondering how they called what they did for "The Cult of Chucky" a World Premiere (which I'd now like to apologise for...) But since then, the likes of Disney/Marvel and any number of other studios have completely warped and subverted the definition of words like "Premiere", "Gala", "Screening", "Q & A" and "launch" and so I found myself back for a second attempt at cracking the nut that is FrightFest.

And this time I had a plan. Here's how it went down.

It's Frightfest ! And when I went past on Friday and photographed nuffin' and nobody, I decided I'd come back on Sunday having committed to buying an ACTUAL ticket to see an ACTUAL movie at the festival, in exchange for maybe photographing an ACTUAL premiere.

It's Frightfest ! And when I went past on Friday and photographed nuffin' and nobody, I decided I'd come back on Sunday having committed to buying an ACTUAL ticket to see an ACTUAL movie at the festival, in exchange for maybe photographing an ACTUAL premiere.

I call it art, but others might call it the reflective floor of the London Cineworld (nee Empire). It's probably worth pointing out that although I am at Frightfest, I am *NOT* actually a fan of horror, or gore. Unless it involves zombies and high production values a la World War Z or the Dawn of the Dead (remake). 

I call it art, but others might call it the reflective floor of the London Cineworld (nee Empire). It's probably worth pointing out that although I am at Frightfest, I am *NOT* actually a fan of horror, or gore. Unless it involves zombies and high production values a la World War Z or the Dawn of the Dead (remake). 

Meanwhile, outside.... creepy. And consistent and heavy rain.

Meanwhile, outside.... creepy. And consistent and heavy rain.

"Am at FF. Wear R U?"   Other than the title of the movie (!) the main reason I felt like this movie was one I'd like to actually see was that the composer of the movie is somebody I have heard of : Joe Kraemer - who composed the music for the Tom Cruise movies "Jack Reacher" and "Mission Impossible Rogue Nation".

"Am at FF. Wear R U?" Other than the title of the movie (!) the main reason I felt like this movie was one I'd like to actually see was that the composer of the movie is somebody I have heard of : Joe Kraemer - who composed the music for the Tom Cruise movies "Jack Reacher" and "Mission Impossible Rogue Nation".

Richard Krzykowski (Seated) is the director of this movie : prior to this his only writing/directing credit has been "Elsie Hooper" whose movie poster is... well,    head on over to imdb.com and take a look   . Tell 'em I sent ya.

Richard Krzykowski (Seated) is the director of this movie : prior to this his only writing/directing credit has been "Elsie Hooper" whose movie poster is... well, head on over to imdb.com and take a look. Tell 'em I sent ya.

Given I knew only one person for certain (and hypothesised as to the director) my strategy for photography (due to lack of red carpet and dealers) was to stay around the posing board, protected by my ticket for the movie's 1:30pm session. This, it turns out, is Caitlin Fitzgerald. Who is in this movie.

Given I knew only one person for certain (and hypothesised as to the director) my strategy for photography (due to lack of red carpet and dealers) was to stay around the posing board, protected by my ticket for the movie's 1:30pm session. This, it turns out, is Caitlin Fitzgerald. Who is in this movie.

The reason why there were at least some autograph dealers (and slightly more non-horror/non-gore movie fans) in attendance is the guy on the left of the posing board : Aidan Turner, of mostly TV show fame (Poldark, Being Human) - he was also one of between... I can't remember but probably between twelve and twenty dwarves in Peter Jackson's    "The Hobbit"

The reason why there were at least some autograph dealers (and slightly more non-horror/non-gore movie fans) in attendance is the guy on the left of the posing board : Aidan Turner, of mostly TV show fame (Poldark, Being Human) - he was also one of between... I can't remember but probably between twelve and twenty dwarves in Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit"

"That thing you've got on your camera. The cone thing. Can that be used for veterinary purposes if your dog is hurt? I'm asking for a friend"

"That thing you've got on your camera. The cone thing. Can that be used for veterinary purposes if your dog is hurt? I'm asking for a friend"

"You're only photographing me 'cause I'm prettier than Aidan, right? Well make sure you tell him that."  - Caitlin Fitzgerald's imdb entry is mainly TV shows I haven't heard of ("Masters of Sex" which she was in every episode of) and a couple I have (three episodes of "Gossip Girl"? I think I can admit to having heard of that!)

"You're only photographing me 'cause I'm prettier than Aidan, right? Well make sure you tell him that." - Caitlin Fitzgerald's imdb entry is mainly TV shows I haven't heard of ("Masters of Sex" which she was in every episode of) and a couple I have (three episodes of "Gossip Girl"? I think I can admit to having heard of that!)

"Is the movie a comedy? A horror? A subversive treatise on the oversimplistic expectations of moviegoers in the early 21st Century?"  - weirdly, I know the answer, and my clue is : it's not the first two.

"Is the movie a comedy? A horror? A subversive treatise on the oversimplistic expectations of moviegoers in the early 21st Century?" - weirdly, I know the answer, and my clue is : it's not the first two.

Richard Krzykowski and Caitlin Fitzgerald and Aidan Turner.... and having now watched the movie I think their expressions are all  "just watch the movie, then tell us what you think".    Or they're:

Richard Krzykowski and Caitlin Fitzgerald and Aidan Turner.... and having now watched the movie I think their expressions are all "just watch the movie, then tell us what you think".

Or they're:

.

.

"Seriously. My dog keeps scratching at it. Can I borrow it and give it to you next week?"

"Seriously. My dog keeps scratching at it. Can I borrow it and give it to you next week?"

"It's the longest movie title since "  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society"  . I have no idea how they're going to abbreviate it..."

"It's the longest movie title since "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society". I have no idea how they're going to abbreviate it..."

"They sure do like that Aidan Turner...."

"They sure do like that Aidan Turner...."

I really like this photo, but it won't work on twitter because the middle is the biggest part where nothing happens. These are my concerns as a photographer... until I remember I'm not really into twitter.

I really like this photo, but it won't work on twitter because the middle is the biggest part where nothing happens. These are my concerns as a photographer... until I remember I'm not really into twitter.

Given the choice, I'd go with this crop. You know... bring in that sweet, sweet, Aidan Turner twitter traffic.

Given the choice, I'd go with this crop. You know... bring in that sweet, sweet, Aidan Turner twitter traffic.

Then again... that dress Caitlin Fitzgerald is wearing is kind of quirky....

Then again... that dress Caitlin Fitzgerald is wearing is kind of quirky....

Robert Krzykowski. After the movie finished, I actually sought him out to tell him how much I genuinely liked the movie... and that's not something I was thinking when I was taking this photo.

Robert Krzykowski. After the movie finished, I actually sought him out to tell him how much I genuinely liked the movie... and that's not something I was thinking when I was taking this photo.

"This movie needs to be in the top four, frankly".  Composer Joe Kraemer is aghast that imdb.com currently has (1) Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, (2) Jack Reacher, (3) Way of the Gun, and (4) Kingpin as his four most notable scores.

"This movie needs to be in the top four, frankly". Composer Joe Kraemer is aghast that imdb.com currently has (1) Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, (2) Jack Reacher, (3) Way of the Gun, and (4) Kingpin as his four most notable scores.

"Drop Kingpin to make room for this movie, keep the Tom Cruise films.... maybe drop 'Way of the Gun' and elevate "We Run Sh*t". There. That's my new Top Four, imdb."

"Drop Kingpin to make room for this movie, keep the Tom Cruise films.... maybe drop 'Way of the Gun' and elevate "We Run Sh*t". There. That's my new Top Four, imdb."

"Well.... all I can say is that you should totally watch the movie. You certainly won't forget the title even if you don't watch it... so you might as well watch it"

"Well.... all I can say is that you should totally watch the movie. You certainly won't forget the title even if you don't watch it... so you might as well watch it"

"You really think the title should have been shorter? Well... okay, sure, the second "the" in the title is probably superfluous.. but it's a bit late now"

"You really think the title should have been shorter? Well... okay, sure, the second "the" in the title is probably superfluous.. but it's a bit late now"

"So here you are, all in a cinema... about to watch this movie. Good luck guys"

"So here you are, all in a cinema... about to watch this movie. Good luck guys"

And so... here I am, in the front row of a cinema with no idea what to expect.... but with a delicious Pepsi and nourishing Popcorn to console myself with if it all goes wrong.

And so... here I am, in the front row of a cinema with no idea what to expect.... but with a delicious Pepsi and nourishing Popcorn to console myself with if it all goes wrong.

And then I watched the movie...

and I can not articulate how surprising it was. I don't actually want to spoil it, except to say that if you look at the title, and the fact that it's premiering at London Frightfest, and pretty much think you know exactly what the movie is (a) about (b) going to be like.... you will be surprised! I absolutely and without hesitation endorse it, and told the director how much I loved it after the screening. I even gave it its own mini-quote for "Quotes for the Poster"

Go and see this movie and pretend you're watching it with a couple hundred fans of gore and horror. It'll make it even better.

Until next time! (which is... erm... the next two journals, as I was able to take more photos of another premiere before my 1:30pm session, and I came back at 5:00pm for another premiere). Feel free to follow me for more (or typically less) madness when I post one of these journals, on facebook at premieresdotco, or on twitter at berndt2_photo