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by ChrisReynolds
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Mega Time Squad
Replies: 4
Views: 413

Re: Mega Time Squad

The time travel paradoxes made enough sense for me to go with them. This is a spin on the ontological paradox, albeit a messy one that can be resolved by the paradoxical duplicate going back in time. The comedy is typical quirky Kiwi humour and sold well by the actors, with another great turn from J...
by ChrisReynolds
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Boar
Replies: 8
Views: 576

Re: Boar

Generic monster movie with a giant boar. Lots of the film was people arguing in what felt like padded scenes. One of the worst films I saw over the weekend.
by ChrisReynolds
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Frightfest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema
Replies: 17
Views: 704

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? Probably 50:50. The different venue changes are all described and form a bi...
by ChrisReynolds
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Summer of 84
Replies: 9
Views: 582

Re: Summer of 84

This one has fairly obvious precedents: it's an 80s kid's coming-of-age adventure typified Stand by Me and The Goonies but it closely follows the plot of Hitchcock's Rear Window , with a bit of Shadow of a Doubt thrown in there too (one of my friends said it reminded him of Disturbia which horrified...
by ChrisReynolds
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich
Replies: 9
Views: 712

Re: Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich

I never thought the original puppet master films were any good, so this reimagining had a low bar to clear. The script is much better than the direction and camerawork, but they at least do what they need to do; setting up the situations and allowing the special effects guys to deliver the gory murd...
by ChrisReynolds
Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: The Ranger
Replies: 5
Views: 459

Re: The Ranger

A middle-of-the-road slasher. The Ranger himself was quite a fun slasher villain. Him quoting park regulations before killing people was a fun slasher quirk. Other than that it's standard stuff, with a typical final girl, some decent gory kills and doomed teenagers. The teenagers were absolutely rev...
by ChrisReynolds
Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Frightfest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema
Replies: 17
Views: 704

Re: Frightfest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema

2012 was also the year of the Tulpa screening, which the documentary has a significant amount about. While that was fun for the audience it must have been embarrassing for the organisers (especially Alan, who championed the film) to have to deal with the cast and crew after that, large numbers of wh...
by ChrisReynolds
Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Frightfest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema
Replies: 17
Views: 704

Re: Frightfest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema

For those of us who didn't see the doc, dare we ask what was going on in 2012? Looking back at the line-up there were some good films on that year, so presumably it was more of a behind the scenes kind of thing... I think the gist of it was, the festival was getting bigger and bigger, and their rol...
by ChrisReynolds
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Dead Night
Replies: 0
Views: 123

Dead Night

Whatever they were going for in this it didn't work. There's a standard set-up about a family going out to a cabin in the woods to be butchered, then a meta-narrative that is a crime show talking about the events, and that somehow ties into a story that people are getting possessed there are witches...
by ChrisReynolds
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Book of Monsters
Replies: 3
Views: 215

Re: Book of Monsters

I enjoyed this quite a bit, as it gave me exactly what I was hoping for: low-budget monster-packed fun full of practical effects. I wish something fun and colourful like this could have been on the main screen to shake things up rather than one of the numerous dimly-lit slow-burn horrors. The limita...
by ChrisReynolds
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot
Replies: 9
Views: 615

Re: The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot

There is a lot to like about this movie: Sam Elliott is fantastic in it, giving possibly the best performance I saw at the festival, and Aidan Turner is good too though his screen time turned out to be surprisingly limited. The score is also very good as well. I'm pleased the composer was there to p...
by ChrisReynolds
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: He's Out There
Replies: 10
Views: 428

Re: He's Out There

Not much to say about this one other than it was an especially generic home invasion movie and it looked like every frame had been run through a Instagram filter to make it look extra dark and brown. Yvonne Strahovski deserves better roles than this.
by ChrisReynolds
Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Heretiks
Replies: 15
Views: 756

Re: Heretiks

The worst film I saw at this year's festival, made even more disappointing because the period setting and promise of demonic nuns seemed exciting. Bad cinematography of people shuffling in darkened rooms, bad writing that rarely captured a period-appropriate tone and gave us a repetitious and confus...
by ChrisReynolds
Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: What happen to the hygiene guy?
Replies: 17
Views: 1179

Re: What happen to the hygiene guy?

But how difficult is it to go back to his hotel or hostel room, have a shower and change clothes? He can't be paying £200 for a Frightfest pass and be sleeping on the streets, right?

Sometimes, public confrontations like this are needed pour encourager les autres.
by ChrisReynolds
Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Frightfest Awards
Replies: 5
Views: 245

Re: Frightfest Awards

The trouble with having audience voting is that the audience won't have seen every film, whereas people on the organising team have. I can't say for sure, but I would put money on not one of the organising team having seen every film. Some films (e.g. this year's The Golem ) are not even completed ...