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by ChrisReynolds
Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Best and worst film?
Replies: 19
Views: 1803

Re: Best and worst film?

Best - Better Watch Out
Worst - Sequence Break
by ChrisReynolds
Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: How come horror cinema is still 50 years behind horror literature?
Replies: 6
Views: 821

Re: How come horror cinema is still 50 years behind horror literature?

There's always a lot of retreads and remixes going on in most genres. There is indeed a lot of great horror untapped horror literature around that could be effectively adapted, but it's safer to copy something that worked before than take a risk on something new. This applies both to film-makers who...
by ChrisReynolds
Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Best deaths of the festival?
Replies: 6
Views: 712

Re: Best deaths of the festival?

My pick is the guy who gut his penis sliced off by a descending mile-high glass bell jar in Meatball Machine Kodoku. 2. Swinging onto the circular saw in Tragedy Girls 3. Felissa Rose getting her arm and mobile phone pushed through her alimentary canal in Victor Crowley 4. The woman getting her limb...
by ChrisReynolds
Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Tragedy Girls
Replies: 14
Views: 1251

Re: Tragedy Girls

I don't know what you folks are complaining about. This was blast to watch. I have to admit that I watched 2.5 seasons of Hannibal so my threshold for the whole things-are-too-easy-for -the-killer and all-the-good-guys-are-idiots is really high. There's no comparison. Hannibal was supposed to be ge...
by ChrisReynolds
Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Top Five FF17 Films
Replies: 26
Views: 1892

Re: Top Five FF17 Films

Better Watch Out Lowlife Killing Ground The Bar Ruin Me 6. To Hell and Back 7. The Villainess 8. Death Note 9. Tragedy Girls 10. Meatball Machine Kodoku 11. Mayhem 12. Victor Crowley 13. Game of Death 14. Radius 15. Cult of Chucky 16. Our Evil 17. Dead Shack 18. Double Date 19. Fanged Up 20. The En...
by ChrisReynolds
Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Overall Thoughts
Replies: 36
Views: 2907

Re: Overall Thoughts

I don't think there was any difference in the quality of the films from last year: my average score this year was 4.45 whereas last year it was 4.43, but I think the way the films were spread out was much better, with more of the best films going to the Main Screen whereas last year they tended to a...
by ChrisReynolds
Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Tragedy Girls
Replies: 14
Views: 1251

Re: Tragedy Girls

I enjoyed MacIntyre's still unreleased Patchwork at Glasgow, but this wasn't as good. It's a film that follows the villains so there's a difficult balance between making them likeable enough and yet evil enough that you still care about the victims and get the resulting tension between wanting them ...
by ChrisReynolds
Sat Sep 02, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Meatball Machine Koduko
Replies: 2
Views: 357

Re: Meatball Machine Koduko

If you've seen any of these Japanese gorefests you know exactly what to expect. Lots of gore, lots of action, and his trademark mix of hideous body horror and goofy humour. It actually has quite a relatively slow start establishing the characters, with a downbeat story of a middle aged debt-collecto...
by ChrisReynolds
Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Double Date
Replies: 2
Views: 419

Re: Double Date

I thought this was extremely funny when it was starting out, but gradually got worse as went along. I think the two problems were firstly that they didn't have enough material for a full feature, so there are long excursions from the main plotline when I wanted the film to get on with it, and second...
by ChrisReynolds
Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Killing Ground
Replies: 12
Views: 1042

Re: Killing Ground

One of the best of the festival. This was an intense thriller that went down well with the crowd. It doesn't do anything new, so that might be a problem in its memorability, but the way it tells its story, with its dual timelines and gradually rising level of intensity helps to fix the viewer's atte...
by ChrisReynolds
Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Better Watch Out
Replies: 10
Views: 857

Re: Better Watch Out

Excellent Christmas horror with some great twists, rising tension and a lot of interesting psychological interplay between the killer and the victim. I could feel the Frightfest audience getting into this a lot, laughing at the beginning and then gasping at the shocking moments later on in the film....
by ChrisReynolds
Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:24 am
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Lowlife
Replies: 6
Views: 514

Re: Lowlife

This felt a lot like Pulp Fiction with its cast of colourful criminals and interlocking achronological storytelling. There were a lot of these Pulp Fiction knockoffs in the nineties, so Lowlife feels like its coming late to the party but it justifies its existence through strong characterisation and...
by ChrisReynolds
Sat Sep 02, 2017 3:10 am
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Mayhem
Replies: 7
Views: 743

Re: Mayhem

It feels cartoonish and videogame-like throughout, in the same way that Lynch's previous film Everly did, but here it focusses on humour more than horror. There's not much gore: the violence tends to be a slapstick sort, and the film generally cuts away just before the bloody demises of the villains...
by ChrisReynolds
Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Fanged Up
Replies: 1
Views: 247

Fanged Up

Did anybody else go and see this? A bit of disclosure: I hate Dapper Laughs and everything he stands for, but I went to see this because I had friends involved in its making. On the plus side the film isn't offensive or misogynistic in the same manner as British laddish horror comedies like Lesbian ...
by ChrisReynolds
Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Our Evil
Replies: 8
Views: 853

Re: Our Evil

To say too much about this will give the plot away, and one of the main pleasures is to watch the unexpected directions it takes. It starts off very well with some harshly brutal but compelling scenes that are effectively disturbing, but the second half of the movie is told through flashback, and be...