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by Jon H
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Heretiks
Replies: 15
Views: 1665

Re: Heretiks

I suppose the question is just how many Paul Hyett films are we going to sit through at Frightfest before the conclusion is arrived at that *whisper it* - they are not very good?
by Jon H
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Strong Year?
Replies: 16
Views: 1374

Re: Strong Year?

Overall, I though the overall quality of films was no better or worse than recent years. There were probably fewer real stinkers. In common with the last few years, the films that caused the real buzz were in Discovery. I did feel the atmosphere in the Arrow Screen was a bit flat this year. I don't ...
by Jon H
Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: Terrified
Replies: 11
Views: 1115

Re: Terrified

Lots of effective moments here, but that doesn't make a film and for me, this ended up being a mess. It's always a risk to keep changing which character is the focus of the narrative and there wasn't enough here, the Director just wasn't adept enough to pull it off. There ended up being a lack of in...
by Jon H
Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Frightfest 2018
Topic: BRING BACK THE Q & As
Replies: 23
Views: 2407

Re: BRING BACK THE Q & As

Don't know if this is connected to the extended intros instead of Q&A's, but is anyone else noticing there seems to be more latecomers to screenings this year? In the Arrow screen especially, we seem to have quite a few people wandering in 5, 10 even 20 mins after the film has started. Wonder if peo...
by Jon H
Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: 3rd Night
Replies: 5
Views: 2104

Re: 3rd Night

What I really liked about this was the subversion (deliberate or otherwise) of the Aussie Horror genre format. We've seen so many "couple in remote location" movies with archetypal woodsman villain (and don't get me wrong - we saw a REALLY good one in Killing Ground), it was refreshing to see this t...
by Jon H
Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Redwood
Replies: 5
Views: 2130

Re: Redwood

No-one replied to this. I don't want to be overly critical of an indie director - particularly given the presence of big budget nonsense like Jackals and Still Born showing - but be interested to get others thoughts. I was disappointed. In the Q&A the director let slip that the script was written in...
by Jon H
Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Victor Crowley
Replies: 16
Views: 3729

Re: Victor Crowley

He's a clever, talented guy, I just wish he'd make a really great film one day.
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This. A thousand times this.
by Jon H
Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Top Five FF17 Films
Replies: 26
Views: 5871

Re: Top Five FF17 Films

5. Tragedy girls
4. 68 Kill
3. Killing Ground
2. Imitation Girl
1. Better Watch Out

Really strong line up this year and there are some cracking films in numbers 6-10 too. Also didn't see Ruin Me or Cold Hell which I'll try and catch up on soon
by Jon H
Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: The Bar
Replies: 9
Views: 3029

Re: The Bar

This was smart. The contrast between the unknown terror outside the bar against the human weaknesses on display inside it made for a very effective and tense film. Very good, very Spanish. 8/10
by Jon H
Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Jackals
Replies: 5
Views: 1552

Re: Jackals

A home invasion movie that would have benefited from rather more home invasion and less of the world's stupidest family taking a inordinate amount of time to argue/cry/work through their neurosis. A genuinely unnerving first 20 mins gets Jackals 5/10 but it sadly fell apart after that.
by Jon H
Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: 68 Kill
Replies: 5
Views: 2106

Re: 68 Kill

Now that was a film! Brilliant modern day exploitation movie, lifted from from the risk of puriance by a smarty script, fantastic performances what brought the characters to life and made you care. All helmed by direction that instinctly understood genre and how to generate depth and worth where man...
by Jon H
Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Radius
Replies: 6
Views: 1747

Re: Radius

Decent sci-fi. It gets there in the end - a very strong final act is the pay off you need and deserve for sticking with some clunky dialogue and improbable plot turns. 7/10
by Jon H
Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Sequence Break
Replies: 8
Views: 2273

Re: Sequence Break

Suffered from the same problem that Beyond the Gates had - a much better idea and the film ended up executing. Numerous problems - not least with the two dimensional characters (identikit geek guy and girl) - but most of all it was that you ended up thinking 'why is any of this happening?' (Never ex...
by Jon H
Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Death Note
Replies: 9
Views: 2524

Re: Death Note

This has a sort of 'Odd Thomas' feel to it didn't it? - maybe helped by the presence of Willam Defoe -and as an old school fantastical thriller it did a great job. I've not seen or read the orginal material - I did get the sense of the last 15 mins trying to pack a lot of plot in - but as a stand al...
by Jon H
Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Cult of Chucky
Replies: 12
Views: 2957

Re: Cult of Chucky

I enjoyed the film - but it felt a little disappointing after Curse of Chucky. For me, the balance between self referential humour and genuine plot driven scares wasn't right. That said; it was a lot of fun. Jennifer Tilly and Fiona Dourif were fabulous and there was some great set pieces with Chuck...