26 Aug 2019 - The 'Rabid' Frightfest / World Premiere

August 26th, 2019

The previous record for most premieres I’ve photographed in one day was THREE, and today without even meaning to I’ve seemingly managed SIX! Yes, admittedly they came to me, rather than the other way around (so to speak)… so it was a bit easier than rushing from venue to venue. And in this case it was indoors, in one location, over the course of about 6 hours… and even included a quick pub/cider break! (Well…. it was hot!).

Anyway, for the last time today, a premiere! Here’s how it went down:

“Help! My plan to kidnap the Soska Sisters has backfired horribly somehow!”  General notice : don’t kidnap Canadians.

“Help! My plan to kidnap the Soska Sisters has backfired horribly somehow!”
General notice : don’t kidnap Canadians.

It’s late as I’m typing this, but I’ve got a 50-50 chance of guessing correctly that this is Sylvia Soska, one of the Soska Sisters who co-directed this film, which is a modern reimagination of the 1970s David Cronenberg film.

It’s late as I’m typing this, but I’ve got a 50-50 chance of guessing correctly that this is Sylvia Soska, one of the Soska Sisters who co-directed this film, which is a modern reimagination of the 1970s David Cronenberg film.

“I swear you said you’d wear blue, and I’D wear red”  I’ve actually previously photographed Jen and Sylvia Soska, all the way back in 2013 for    the premiere of “American Mary”   , one of the first movies in the “you went to the premiere, so commit to eventually watching the movie” movies that genuinely gave me pause… but you know what? It’s a pretty damn stylish movie.

“I swear you said you’d wear blue, and I’D wear red”
I’ve actually previously photographed Jen and Sylvia Soska, all the way back in 2013 for the premiere of “American Mary”, one of the first movies in the “you went to the premiere, so commit to eventually watching the movie” movies that genuinely gave me pause… but you know what? It’s a pretty damn stylish movie.

“Maybe if one of us stays in the light and one of us stays in the shadow, the similarity in our dresses won’t be as apparent…?” ”Let me guess. You want to be in the light, and you want me to stand in the dark….” ”Well now that you put it that way, Yes?”

“Maybe if one of us stays in the light and one of us stays in the shadow, the similarity in our dresses won’t be as apparent…?”
”Let me guess. You want to be in the light, and you want me to stand in the dark….”
”Well now that you put it that way, Yes?”

“Blue jeans and black teeshirts… come on people… raise the bar! We saw a dude dressed as a FISH CREATURE earlier today”  Yeah… but I also saw a pair of dudes dressed as schoolgirls. Sometimes jeans-and-a-black-t-shirt IS raising the bar. (Me? What was I wearing today? Erm… jeans… and a black t-shirt…)

“Blue jeans and black teeshirts… come on people… raise the bar! We saw a dude dressed as a FISH CREATURE earlier today”
Yeah… but I also saw a pair of dudes dressed as schoolgirls. Sometimes jeans-and-a-black-t-shirt IS raising the bar. (Me? What was I wearing today? Erm… jeans… and a black t-shirt…)

“You! Over there! Keep doing what you’re doing - it’s all awesome!”  Damnit, Canadians are friendly! And once again I’m going to play to luck and guess that this is Sylvia rather than Jen Soska… (…?)

“You! Over there! Keep doing what you’re doing - it’s all awesome!”
Damnit, Canadians are friendly! And once again I’m going to play to luck and guess that this is Sylvia rather than Jen Soska… (…?)

“Let me guess. You’re doing my makeup to ensure sure I look terrible” ”Well… obviously. And I’m surprised you fell for it so easily”  The Soska Sisters, along with writing/directing movies, have even branched out and written Marvel Comics - including Black Widow #1 (which I own, in part because of the Stan Lee tribute). I probably should have brought it with me for them to sign, but you know those rumours about how rude Canadians are….. And how false they are….

“Let me guess. You’re doing my makeup to ensure sure I look terrible”
”Well… obviously. And I’m surprised you fell for it so easily”

The Soska Sisters, along with writing/directing movies, have even branched out and written Marvel Comics - including Black Widow #1 (which I own, in part because of the Stan Lee tribute). I probably should have brought it with me for them to sign, but you know those rumours about how rude Canadians are….. And how false they are….

“Should we tell them about the third sister we swore we’d never tell anyone about?” ”Not yet….”

“Should we tell them about the third sister we swore we’d never tell anyone about?”
”Not yet….”

I like the Soska Sisters. They are the ideal unofficial ambassadors for Frightfest - relentlessly enthusiastic, cheerful and happy, and demons on social media!

I like the Soska Sisters. They are the ideal unofficial ambassadors for Frightfest - relentlessly enthusiastic, cheerful and happy, and demons on social media!

“I know we always tell everyone they’re our favourite…. but you know what? You’re our favourite!”

“I know we always tell everyone they’re our favourite…. but you know what? You’re our favourite!”

“She keeps hounding me about us doing a faithful Dickens adaptation one of these days…. and I keep asking if we can make it R-Rated. So … let’s just say for now it’s a “maybe” “ ’ Bleak House’ as an R-Rated reimagining by the Soskas? I can see it.

“She keeps hounding me about us doing a faithful Dickens adaptation one of these days…. and I keep asking if we can make it R-Rated. So … let’s just say for now it’s a “maybe” “
Bleak House’ as an R-Rated reimagining by the Soskas? I can see it.

So…. that was that, then. 12 premieres in 4 days plus 2 additional events (one not yet journalised due to what I’m calling “confusion”). They might have been small by the standards of The Big Premieres, but don’t let size be a substitute for value and entertainment. The more I’ve gone to Frightfest, the more I’m pleased that it exists, and that fans for it exist. I’m kind of on the outskirts, a bit, but I was really pleased I was allowed to take photos - I tried not to get in the way, and did it for fun, I even ended up watching two films, getting a signed Dario Argento autobiography, and walking away with no less then TEN soundtracks … and a DVD of a weird German black’n’white “Vampyr” movie from the 1930s.

And that’s not something I do every long weekend… but it certainly adds a lot to the Archive of Premieres.

So with the last word, it’s back to The Twisted Sisters:

“WE LOVE YOU DARK HEART OF CINEMA! GOODNIGHT!!!”

“WE LOVE YOU DARK HEART OF CINEMA! GOODNIGHT!!!”

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