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by Jon H
Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: 3rd Night
Replies: 5
Views: 1628

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: 1348

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: 2660

Re: Victor Crowley

He's a clever, talented guy, I just wish he'd make a really great film one day.

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: 4423

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: 2117

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: 1132

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: 1550

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: 1270

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: 1793

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: 1827

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: 2232

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...
by Jon H
Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Discovery Screen Tickets
Replies: 91
Views: 14184

Re: Discovery Screen Tickets

I agree with The Duke Abides and Chris Reynolds – in the end it worked out OK. It was a little unnerving to begin with, but once I had managed to buy for two films it was clear that there were seats available and it would be just a matter of sitting through the incredibly slow system. I know there w...
by Jon H
Thu Sep 01, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: FF 2016
Topic: Quality of films this year
Replies: 65
Views: 15478

Re: Quality of films this year

We have this conversation every year – not sure what that says other than it clearly is a genuine concern of FF-goers, but it also might mean we have selective memories. There are always average / mediocre films at Frightfest. I think people just forget about them. It’s obvious why just a few days a...
by Jon H
Mon Aug 29, 2016 11:08 pm
Forum: FF 2016
Topic: Monolith
Replies: 8
Views: 2803

Re: Monolith

One of the surprises of the festival for me. Considering the unpromising premise (that must have been some pitch meeting -"it's about a woman who gets locked out of her car") - it really was much more than the sum of its parts. Built tension very effectively and made you care - a terrific central pe...
by Jon H
Sun Aug 28, 2016 12:34 pm
Forum: FF 2016
Topic: Downhill
Replies: 19
Views: 5253

Re: Downhill

Awful. I think the Director was trying to retrive the woefully derivative and uninteresting first 70 min by throwing the kitchen sink at the last 20 mins. It just ended up being a mess. I also feel Valladares is problematic in his portrayal of female characters. Hidden In The Woods suffered from thi...