Southsea Screams Presents The Final Stand – 48 Hour Film Challenge Review


DJ Devereux


Southsea Screams Horror Club recently hosted The Final Stand – 48 Hour Film Challenge, we came together and wanted to put each of our own DNA and Philosophy within this Film Festival/Competition in Southsea in Hampshire, UK on 23rd – 25th November 2018.

My main goal, as both a Cult Film maker, Commercial Director in Advertising and also as a film theorist as well as a Stand Up Comedian was to simply have one goal in mind, which was to help build a community and a network of fellow film makers who can all meet in one place, get each other contacts and get a better chance at achieving the goal which is making films with fellow film lovers and film makers and creating a total hub; or family almost, where everyone stands a better chance at collaborating to make the films with the scale and craft that they so desire.

Do I feel that was achieved? Yes. Was it worth it? Absolutely. Have we ended the ego of certain so-called visionaries within the film industry? Never. But this my personal own goal.


I went down and met every film team who entered and tried to talk to every team member to hopefully give encouragement and the reassurance that you are not alone in this impossible dream called film making.


One of the prizes was that I as a published film journalist in both Clash, Fangoria and Delirium Magazine would give the teams and their hand-crafted films an official published review, to help their career with some official press clippings for their films.




Gabriel Hunt, Dylan Qu, Mico Mon, Mollie Winter & Nabeel Renaaz



Natasha Cope stars as the damsel in distress of her own evil subconscious. With a Tim Burton aesthetic to match, this film has a very promising career for those lovers of a ambient chiller with a heavy sound design in its film spine. This film reminded me of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with its almost Svengalian approach to its narrative. Who is the puppet, who is pulling the strings, who, what, and ultimately… What next?


“Aperture 5”


Callum Barnes, Edward Headon, James McLead, Daniel McTaggart & Tom White



The Film pays such a homage to the German Expressionist greats like F.w. Murnau, Pabst, Lang and Weine. The budget is low but the lust and respect of silent cinema is high! With minimal time and funds the film has achieved a great cinematic atmosphere with minimalism. Possibly a too open ending that I fear some would see as anti-climactic. But nonetheless, greatly executed. I am sure FW Murnau popped a boner or a spinal column somewhere in his casket.




Emir Cat, Alina Panarina, Bartosz Struzyna, Cristian Lonut Necula & Roxanne Bordeaux



With such European and international craftsmanship, its incredible to see how much the film makers captured a perfect British aesthetic within their labyrinth they created on screen. With an opening that made me taste the tones of Dogme95 Von Trier-esque on ones palette. This film has a great subtle use of camera movement from an incredible dolly shot at the 15 sec mark by promising cinematographer Cristian Lonut Necula. The film also holds a debt with its general tone and demonic sense of doom aesthetic to the eclectic Roxanne Bordeaux whom gave the film the “Savini” treatment. Great writing, pacing and won the best film by the Judges at The Final Stand 48 Hour Film Challenge




Riyadh Haque, Russell Simpson, Angelina Kopyrina



The cinematic masterworks of internationally acclaimed cinematographer and master craftsman of light Riyadh Haque need no introduction. The film has the cinematic landscape with its incredible use of Aspect Ratio, that has a pace of a David Fincher film and technique to match in the director’s chair and edit suite. Riyadh and fellow team member Russell Simpson did an amazing job, the film picked up best editing, screenplay and performance. Russell and Riyadh did incredibly well considering there was an on set accident with the anamorphic camera lens, which broke! Thankfully they were able to finish the film and what a wonderful piece it is with a kaleidoscopic feel, reminding me of the Radiohead music video to Karma Police.


“How Hard Can It Be?”


Isaac Lawrence, Massimo Matraxia, Oli Rayfield, Sam Senior, Roxanne Bordeaux & Beth Cook (Not With An E 😉 )



This film won best female performance and had a deeper impact on me than the rest of these films made by others, Beth Cook delivers a stellar performance! I thought in this Giallo infused love letter to Argento’s, Bava & Winding Refn’s work; armed with a 80’s influence in both style and sound courtesy of the mistress of mood Roxanne Bordeaux. Director Isaac Lawrence shows that he is noble enough to sit on the Thrown claimed by Gaspar Noe. A great showcase of Zeitgeist, mood and aesthetic all in one neatly wrapped into a 90 second piece of Nostalgia. Finally, Shout out to Oli Rayfield & Massimo Matraxia for what looks like a perfect collaboration of lighting and cinematography as they were both DOP’s, helping bring Sam Seniors intriguing story to life!


“Film Club”


Corey Kitchen, Phoebe Wellstead, Samuel Murphy & April Parker



No Time, No Budget and first-time film makers! To make something out of nothing is the phenomena we all as film makers try to achieve. This film team had never made a film before, they were our youngest contributors of only 16 years of age and plus. To look at this film without taking that into mind would be criminal. I look at the film as the future and what the philosophy of true film making should be about. They not only achieved a film in 48 hours, but they as a team created a real RAW film that had low budget but high concept.


What needs to be mentioned about this film is the almost Werner Herzog-ian approach to film making.


They managed to get a great location, which I will assume was without permission in a grand looking Church. Gorilla film making at its finest, Punk Anarchic cinema is alive and in the words of Herzog himself, “There is never a excuse not to finish a film, there is nothing wrong with spending a night in a jail cell if it means getting the shot you need and always carry bolt-cutters with you”

Film Club, I am your fan girl, keep making films, but please ditch the plastic machete! ❤️



“What Is Camera?”


Samuel Birmingham,  Charley Petty, Kerrie Petty, Charlotte Philips & Lawrence Rowe



I hope Jason Blum of Blumhouse discovers this film and the cinematic team behind it! This film should be called Snap’d’Neck Chat, never before have I seen a film that I could visualize scrolling by on Netflix before. This team have such a promising career within the horror genre. The film takes the new format of Cyber Horror like films such as Unfriended, Lights Out, #Horror and even FearDotCom and uses the subgenre to give the film an icy cool, which reminded of a late 90s Fincher and Joel Schumacher in threat and tone.


“Two Ryan’s And The Rest”


Ryan Lackenby, Ryan Tout, Oliver Greenham, Cameron Simmons, James Betts & Joseph Lewis



Joseph Lewis gives a great cold performance of the poetic talking psycho voyeur similar to Robin William’s performance in One Hour Photo that caries the films poetic almost Dante-esque sonnet of homicide written by Writer/Director Ryan Lackenby. The film has such a coldness, it could have almost been a raw Scandinavian horror piece like the works of Tomas Alfredson or even Thomas Vinterberg. I believe the two Ryan’s may have just started a “ScandiShire” movement here in the Hampshire film scene with this Chiller.


“Things Thats Go Trump In The Night”


Nichols Adamson, Eli Dexter & Georgie Adamson



Leeds. The North of England, not the most likely of places to see the most beautiful love letter to the sunny Californian works of Spielberg’s child-like Amblin production house. But yet, Dare I say Auteur Nicholas Adamson has made the greatest film, Amblin never made.

The year is 201..1983 and youngster Eli Dexter stole the show as the one kid army against the paranormal. The film gives such a nostalgic vibe, you could just imagine a Joe Dante, or Richard Donner name appear on the films open credits.


The film expertly turns the threat and fear, into child like fun and adventure.


Complete with a pulsating 80’s synth soundtrack, and the most beautiful unsubtle nor unapologetic reference shot of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. This is a true film, made by film lovers, for film lovers! Home Alone meets Poltergeist and it’s well worth your time.



Myself and Southsea Screams want to personally thank all of the brave and daring film makers who entered the competition and wish them the very best in the future!

If any of you the guests as well as contributors as well as the amazing companies such as Huis, Express FM, Two Doors Down, 60z Burgers, CoastGuard Studios, No6 Cinemas, Pie And Vinyl, Lord John Russel and Raindance, as well as the wonderful CLASH who sponsored our film event. We have only been running Southsea Screams Horror Club for 4 months now, and we have Grown and Grown and want to continue growing so we can through bigger and better creature feature shows for our fellow horror enthusiasts not just in Portsmouth, Southsea, but around the world we hope!

Please join us and follow us on our Facebook and come to our events that we do every month, we have some KILLER Guests coming up who are icons or doing things to change the horror genre and industry in general, from Horror Directors, to Horror Authors, to even Horror Artists and even one or two Horror Icons.

As long as you love film, Love horror and LOVE JAWS (Its a deal breaker), then any and all are welcome to our events and we will continue to our dead cold fingers on the pulsing heart of what Portsmouth film community is and should be about.

Our whole manifesto is make every single day of the year like Halloween.


Left: Matthew K Harrison as Southsea Screams Mascot, DJ Devereux as The Zodiac Killer and James Secker. The Southsea Scream’s Horror Club Founders.



D.J. Devereux , Born in the North-East of England in Newcastle Upon Tyne. As a writer/director D.J. has achieved a cult status for his “Genre” short films, His film Starlet won an award in Texas and achieved acclaim by Fangoria Magazine who reviewed his film as “Stylish, Surreal, Sinister, Ambiguous and unsettling”. Devereux got his break in Advertising in 2013 when he became a Commercial Director for Povey and directed National Campaigns for Percol Coffee, Kopiko Sweets Co. & Bear Snack Food. The Advertising Agency went into liquidation and Devereux went back to freelancing within the film industry. D.J. Devereux is also a Freelance Film Journalist for Clash Magazine in Boston, Massachusetts and also Delirium Magazine in Canada. Devereux also is a freelance Minimalist illustrator, and regularly makes minimalist versions of movie posters, His contributions can be seen for AMER (2009) and ROOM 237 (2012). He lives in the South Coast of England, whilst freelancing on various film productions and now is a Stand Up Comedian. He is one of the Three Co Founders of Southsea Screams Horror Club.

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