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by The Soapmaker
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: Best 5 of the festival
Replies: 24
Views: 13604

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: FF 2018
Topic: Mega Time Squad
Replies: 4
Views: 3552

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: FF 2018
Topic: Tigers Are Not Afraid
Replies: 7
Views: 4484

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: FF 2018
Topic: Heretiks
Replies: 15
Views: 9069

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: FF 2018
Topic: The Cleaning Lady
Replies: 6
Views: 4252

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: FF 2018
Topic: Upgrade
Replies: 15
Views: 8457

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: FF 2018
Topic: The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot
Replies: 12
Views: 6906

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: FF 2018
Topic: Summer of 84
Replies: 9
Views: 5253

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: FF 2018
Topic: Anna and the Apocalypse
Replies: 6
Views: 4179

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: FF 2018
Topic: Hell Is Where The Home Is
Replies: 7
Views: 4756

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: FF 2018
Topic: What Keeps You Alive
Replies: 12
Views: 6321

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: FF 2018
Topic: Braid
Replies: 9
Views: 5131

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.
by The Soapmaker
Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: Heretiks
Replies: 15
Views: 9069

Re: Heretiks

It was awful. No build-up, no tension, no atmosphere, no light and shade, no story. Just chuck some young girls in a convent and bounce them around between nasty nuns, the plague and some ropey-looking spooks until there's only one left. And just in case anyone actually cares about the "plot", have ...
by The Soapmaker
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: Boar
Replies: 8
Views: 5244

Re: Boar

I thought it was pretty dull and it doesn't seem like giant boar FX have progressed much, if at all, since the days of Razorback. The boar seemed to be everywhere at once and, despite being the size of a house, it apparently had the ability to sneak around in absolute silence. The "big names" in the...
by The Soapmaker
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: Climax
Replies: 20
Views: 10989

Re: Climax

I usually like (if like is the right word) Gaspar Noe's films so I had some idea what to expect, at least stylistically. But I don't like to read too much in advance so all I knew was that it was largely improvised and starred 21 dancers. Dance is not close to my heart. After 10 minutes I was thinki...