22 Aug 2019 - The "Crawl" Frightfest Premiere

August 22nd, 2019.

It’s taken me several years to figure out the gist of Frightfest, for example how a mainly indoor event with the smallest of posing boards can claim to host some 70+ “Premieres” (ranging from “UK” to “World”) in just five days. But last year was a bit of a watershed, and thanks to the likes of Disney I’ve become a lot more comfortable with the ‘fluid’ nature of what a premiere can, rather than should, be.

So, last year I actually bought a ticket to see a film, and had a pretty decent time. This year… three tickets.

The first one - the opening night premiere of “Crawl”

Here’s how it went down:

Surprisingly this is NOT a custom Frightfest marquee on the exterior of the Prince Charles Cinema, one of two cinemas hosting part of Frightfest 2019.

Surprisingly this is NOT a custom Frightfest marquee on the exterior of the Prince Charles Cinema, one of two cinemas hosting part of Frightfest 2019.

“Damnit… again? This happens every Frightfest, damnit! No… no…. just leave it. It’s too perfect to wipe up, yet again”

“Damnit… again? This happens every Frightfest, damnit! No… no…. just leave it. It’s too perfect to wipe up, yet again”

Not shown : how cramped it was that I couldn’t simply shift position to photograph this digital poster from front on before the display changed again…

Not shown : how cramped it was that I couldn’t simply shift position to photograph this digital poster from front on before the display changed again…

“We’ll stop posing when we stop looking fantastic, and that’s certainly not happening anytime soon”  It’s Kaya Scodelario (actress, left) and Alexandre Aja (director, right)

“We’ll stop posing when we stop looking fantastic, and that’s certainly not happening anytime soon”
It’s Kaya Scodelario (actress, left) and Alexandre Aja (director, right)

“The pose has got a certain prom-vibe to it, and I have to be honest, I’m kinda loving it…..”  Kaya Scodelario is best known for    Maze Runner    and the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and Alexandre Aja for the similarly water-themed Piranha 3D and the odd Daniel Radcliffe movie    ‘Horns’.

“The pose has got a certain prom-vibe to it, and I have to be honest, I’m kinda loving it…..”
Kaya Scodelario is best known for Maze Runner and the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and Alexandre Aja for the similarly water-themed Piranha 3D and the odd Daniel Radcliffe movie ‘Horns’.

“Those freakishly large hands pointing at you aren’t mine, just so you know…”

“Those freakishly large hands pointing at you aren’t mine, just so you know…”

“Well, I could tell you the story about how we were all standing in cold water and how it suddenly became warm water…. and he’s standing right there but I really want to make sure he hears….”  Those of us “lucky” enough to watch the movie and stay for the Q&A ended up hearing that story.

“Well, I could tell you the story about how we were all standing in cold water and how it suddenly became warm water…. and he’s standing right there but I really want to make sure he hears….”
Those of us “lucky” enough to watch the movie and stay for the Q&A ended up hearing that story.

“There’s this one story she always tells about how the cold water turned warm, but…. well, I’ll let her tell it”

“There’s this one story she always tells about how the cold water turned warm, but…. well, I’ll let her tell it”

“So if you could just sign this arm, I’ll erase these tattoos and have yours tattooed instead…?”

“So if you could just sign this arm, I’ll erase these tattoos and have yours tattooed instead…?”

“I hadn’t thought of it that way. And now I wish I hadn’t”  Not sure what’s going on here, but I’m sure it’s somewhat profound.

“I hadn’t thought of it that way. And now I wish I hadn’t”
Not sure what’s going on here, but I’m sure it’s somewhat profound.

“Are the alligators a metaphor? Well… kind of. If you live in the southern hemisphere, I would say they’re a metaphor for crocodiles…”

“Are the alligators a metaphor? Well… kind of. If you live in the southern hemisphere, I would say they’re a metaphor for crocodiles…”

Kinda love the messy disorganised near-perfection of this shot.

Kinda love the messy disorganised near-perfection of this shot.

“It’s furry and it moved. Instead of photographing me you could be a gentleman and have it killed outside.”  Yeah. I could… but live and let live-and-be-terrified-by, I always say.

“It’s furry and it moved. Instead of photographing me you could be a gentleman and have it killed outside.”
Yeah. I could… but live and let live-and-be-terrified-by, I always say.

PRE-SCRENING INTERVAL

“I’m not going to do the ‘O’ with a slash through it if you don’t mind. It’s a nominal but not insubstantial efficiency gain”  André Øvredal is the director of “Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark” (showcased at this Frightfest) and also the relatively well-known 2010 movie “Troll Hunter”

“I’m not going to do the ‘O’ with a slash through it if you don’t mind. It’s a nominal but not insubstantial efficiency gain”
André Øvredal is the director of “Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark” (showcased at this Frightfest) and also the relatively well-known 2010 movie “Troll Hunter”

“I could sign it left-handed if you want. That would certainly make it somewhat unique…”

“I could sign it left-handed if you want. That would certainly make it somewhat unique…”

ICED PEPSI IN TOW, WE RESUME WITH ‘CRAWL’….

“Just because it walks upright and has a lanyard doesn’t mean it’s friendly, or that it likes you….”

“Just because it walks upright and has a lanyard doesn’t mean it’s friendly, or that it likes you….”

Having introduced the 8:30pm screening, Kaya Scodelario nimbly weaves to the next cinema, sidestepping distracted autograph dealers with considerable skill. I had my mobile handy…

Having introduced the 8:30pm screening, Kaya Scodelario nimbly weaves to the next cinema, sidestepping distracted autograph dealers with considerable skill. I had my mobile handy…

I finally get my seat… and the movie starts, with Q&A to follow.

I finally get my seat… and the movie starts, with Q&A to follow.

The Movie? I liked it! I’m a bit of a fan of any kind of creature-feature, whether crocodile-, shark-, piranha-, giant-ape-, giant-lizard- or if need be xenomorph-based. And this was pretty effective for what it was - I liked it!

“We’d paid for the full rights to “Never Smile At A Crocodile” until somebody pointed out that… well… this movie wasn’t about crocodiles…. always employ a reptileologist, people”  (edited to add : yes. I know. Herpetologist.)

“We’d paid for the full rights to “Never Smile At A Crocodile” until somebody pointed out that… well… this movie wasn’t about crocodiles…. always employ a reptileologist, people”
(edited to add : yes. I know. Herpetologist.)

“Alright everybody, cross your legs and put down your drinks… she’s going to tell the Warm Water story…”

“Alright everybody, cross your legs and put down your drinks… she’s going to tell the Warm Water story…”

And that? Was that. Back at the station by 11:08 just in time to miss my train by 30seconds, back at The Homestead by 23:49, “Come To Daddy” done by about 1:15am… this journal done by <checks> 2:29am. Fortunately I’ve taken tomorrow off work….

Until then!

“So… you just want me to hang here? Okay… I’ll just hang here…”

“So… you just want me to hang here? Okay… I’ll just hang here…”

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