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by The Soapmaker
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Frightfest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema
Replies: 17
Views: 692

Re: Frightfest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema

Thanks! A fairly limited list of films, as you say. The first couple of those, I can't remember if I saw tham at FF or elsewhere. Pretty sure I saw Donnie Darko at the London Film Festival, but my memory is hazy. It would've been interesting to look at more of the films and the changes over the year...
by The Soapmaker
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Frightfest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema
Replies: 17
Views: 692

Re: Frightfest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema

I'm a little sorry I didn't watch this.

Does it go much into the year-by-year history - the changing venues, additional screens, particular films - or is it mainly recently-shot talking heads saying how great everything is?
by The Soapmaker
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: BRING BACK THE Q & As
Replies: 21
Views: 1007

Re: BRING BACK THE Q & As

I don't really understand the rationale for dumping the Q&As. The extended intros "wasted" almost as much time - we barely had time to eat on any of the four main days - and were, by necessity, much less informative. As for the argument of people walking out in front of guests, I'm sure they've been...
by The Soapmaker
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Best 5 of the festival
Replies: 24
Views: 936

Re: Best 5 of the festival

What Keeps You Alive
The Dark
Summer of 84
Tigers Are Not Afraid
Incident in a Ghostland

Bubbling under: Upgrade and Killing God. And I'll mention Braid because nobody seemed to like it.
by The Soapmaker
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Mega Time Squad
Replies: 4
Views: 413

Re: Mega Time Squad

I'm not sure the time travel paradoxes really made any sense - and I certainly can't be bothered to think about it - but I did enjoy it a lot. At times I thought the leading man wasn't quite up to carrying the film, but the guy playing the main villain was superb.
by The Soapmaker
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Tigers Are Not Afraid
Replies: 7
Views: 392

Re: Tigers Are Not Afraid

I thought it was very good indeed... but at the same time I didn't totally connect with it. I certainly couldn't call it one of the top 10 FrightFest films of all time, as Mr McEvoy was telling us. The (spoilerised) final scene referred to above felt rather cheesy, I knew it would end just like that...
by The Soapmaker
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Heretiks
Replies: 15
Views: 751

Re: Heretiks

bad acting (yes, even Claire Higgins' overcooked performance, although she's better than the blocks of wood that populate the rest of the film) You reminded me to check if Hannah Arterton is related to Gemma Arterton - turns out she's her sister. Without wishing to be too unkind, one of those sibli...
by The Soapmaker
Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: The Cleaning Lady
Replies: 6
Views: 470

Re: The Cleaning Lady

I enjoyed this one at the time, but it seems to be fading in my memory pretty fast.... I think the filmmakers thought they were making something dark and serious and it did indeed start promisingly, but it all got pretty silly by the end. Shelly's motivations and intentions were all a bit vague, per...
by The Soapmaker
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Upgrade
Replies: 15
Views: 564

Re: Upgrade

I enjoyed it, but - ignoring the more extreme violence and the ending - I saw it as the pilot for a Six Million Dollar Man meets Knight Rider TV series. With a bit of Batman and Daredevil thrown in. His mum - as a sort of Alfred - and the cop who suspects him of being a crimefighter, but can never p...
by The Soapmaker
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot
Replies: 9
Views: 610

Re: The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot

Quite well done, and I understand the gentle, slow pace because it was ultimately the tale of a sad, regretful, lonely old man, not an action hero. But it needed a bit more incident. Not wall-to-wall action, just hints that he'd done something between the 1940s and the 1980s. I did wonder if it was ...
by The Soapmaker
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Summer of 84
Replies: 9
Views: 578

Re: Summer of 84

I liked it a lot. My brother told me it tapped into the Stranger Things feel but I haven't seen that, so for me it was Rear Window, Fright Night, Stand By Me and the Goonies. It could've been tightened up a little - a few less jokes about wanking in the first half hour, perhaps - but it didn't betra...
by The Soapmaker
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Anna and the Apocalypse
Replies: 6
Views: 352

Re: Anna and the Apocalypse

We skipped this to watch Tigers Are Not Afraid but it seems to have gone down fairly well.
by The Soapmaker
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Hell Is Where The Home Is
Replies: 7
Views: 391

Re: Hell Is Where The Home Is

I really didn't like this one at all, although it was directed with some style (that said, the Italian opening and closing theme music trying to make it seem like a '70s thriller was just inappropriate showing off). Hateful characters and a plot which made no sense. I'd completely missed the fact th...
by The Soapmaker
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: What Keeps You Alive
Replies: 12
Views: 554

Re: What Keeps You Alive

Probably my favourite of the weekend. Definitely the best of the several "bad shit happens at a holiday home" efforts. I loved all the twists and turns, didn't find anything too predictable although maybe that one plot device, already mentioned, could've been a little less awkward. I've tried to ima...
by The Soapmaker
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Braid
Replies: 9
Views: 511

Re: Braid

Although it was incomprehensible, other than a feeling that nothing was real and this was a game they were doomed to play over and over again, it was imaginative and full of striking, beautiful images. Definitely a film I would like to see again.