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by Alex J
Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: FF 2019
Topic: The Barge People
Replies: 0
Views: 1564

The Barge People

A low budget British horror that proudly displays its Halloween influences. The limitations of the project do show at times (e.g. variable acting and effects etc) with some of the action scenes suffering in particular (e.g. in a stabbing the knife clearly misses the victim). With the negatives out o...
by Alex J
Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: FF 2019
Topic: The Wretched
Replies: 0
Views: 1528

The Wretched

A teen horror like the ones that get a run at the multiplexes, which is a little light on the strong stuff, but does have its moments. An element of paranoia and guessing games of whether the protagonist is going crazy or if the supernatural is real and who may or may not be possessed by the hag hel...
by Alex J
Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: FF 2019
Topic: The Black String
Replies: 3
Views: 1185

Re: The Black String

A nightmarish unravelling of the protagonist's life that likes to keep you guessing
Spoiler:
right up to the closing credits.
Very nicely played without going into OTT territory, but it perhaps could have been a bit creepier. 7.5 / 10
by Alex J
Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: FF 2019
Topic: Bloodline
Replies: 0
Views: 1336

Bloodline

An intriguing psychothriller influenced by De Palma, Mann and gialli that will also appeal to fans of Dexter. I loved the soundtrack, visuals and the unapologetically graphic scenes. I enjoyed the twisting tale and the games of cat and mouse very much. 8 / 10
by Alex J
Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: FF 2019
Topic: Ready Or Not
Replies: 6
Views: 1540

Re: Ready Or Not

Funnily enough I thought there were lots of comedic films this year, but little of the way of spine chillers or dread inducing movies! Anyway, onto my brief review of this film: Riotous fun with plenty of laughs and gore. Yes, the premise is absurd and there are some niggling continuity issues where...
by Alex J
Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: FF 2019
Topic: Daniel Isn't Real
Replies: 3
Views: 1159

Re: Daniel Isn't Real

I thought the same as jonbly's spoilery comment. Still, lots to like in this one, including the mythology, the battles with mental health and the last 20 minutes, but there was a spell about three quarters of the way through that for me got a little too silly and tiresome, which prevented me from fu...
by Alex J
Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: FF 2019
Topic: Witches In The Woods
Replies: 1
Views: 742

Witches In The Woods

Fairly standard supernatural teen slasher. Some nice moments, but nothing you haven't seen before. Some laughs help to maintain interest between the horror scenes. 6.5 / 10
by Alex J
Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: FF 2019
Topic: Spiral
Replies: 6
Views: 1678

Re: Spiral

An intriguing descent into paranoia and madness, with some twists and turns along the way - some predictable, some less so. I enjoyed the full-on ending - I just wish it could have been a little longer. One of the best of the fest. 8 / 10
by Alex J
Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: FF 2019
Topic: Volition
Replies: 0
Views: 1313

Volition

A twisty sci-if thriller that just about stays the right side of not being too convoluted or techy. An engrossing thriller with a noirish tinge. At one point I thought it was going to jump the shark, but it just about stays grounded enough to avoid becoming too daft. Lots of good ideas in this one. ...
by Alex J
Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: FF 2019
Topic: Halloween Party
Replies: 0
Views: 1320

Halloween Party

A blend of The Ring , Halloween and even The Collingswood Story , which mixes humour, the creepy and the freaky to great effect. The first film of the fest to set my hairs on end. A heady cocktail of a mystery that creates a very effective mythos which I would love to see more of. A cracker of a par...
by Alex J
Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: FF 2019
Topic: Feedback
Replies: 4
Views: 1246

Feedback

A tense thriller, mainly using a single room, punctuated by bursts of ultra-violence and gore. I love the guessing game of
Spoiler:
who is telling the truth and who isn't.
8 / 10
by Alex J
Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: FF 2019
Topic: True Fiction
Replies: 0
Views: 1261

True Fiction

A twisted ride blurring the edges of reality that asks the question - how far would you go for your art? A little implausible in places, including the naivety of the Avery character, and I would have preferred a bleaker ending, but overall I had a lot of fun with this one, including trying to second...
by Alex J
Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: FF 2019
Topic: I'll Take Your Dead
Replies: 0
Views: 1302

I'll Take Your Dead

Engrossing and with an excellent set of interactions between the three leads. Perhaps a tad predictable and I'm not sure that the supernatural elements - although they did serve some purpose - really needed to be there, as I think the story was good enough without them. A little reminiscent of We Ar...
by Alex J
Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: FF 2019
Topic: Porno
Replies: 3
Views: 1037

Re: Porno

A little like the setup in Demons but with a lower budget and it's a bit more twee. There is one particularly graphic scene, as well as some good imagery in the "lost" film, which help to boost the score. I'll be a little generous with the rating as I was very tired by this point and I struggled to ...
by Alex J
Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: FF 2019
Topic: Bliss
Replies: 8
Views: 1605

Re: Bliss

An hallucinogenic and loud
Spoiler:
vampire
flick. The actual plot is fairly simple, but there is a strong lead performance and plenty of good visuals, ramped up with gore as the movie progresses. Probably one to watch again to see how well it stands up to repeat viewings. 7.5 / 10