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by Alex J
Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:41 pm
Forum: FF2011
Topic: The Holding
Replies: 20
Views: 11727

Re: The Holding

*** Spoilers *** 'Emmerdale' meets 'Isle of Dogs' as a mysterious stranger arrives at the farm, leading to an intense escalation of terror. I loved the rural setting, the strong yet flawed female lead and the stranger, played by a Russell Crowe-alike. Perhaps a little predictable, and, as others hav...
by Alex J
Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:22 pm
Forum: FF2011
Topic: Rogue River
Replies: 17
Views: 11793

Re: Rogue River

Reminiscent of 'Frontiers', this is a strong entry in the wilderness captive sub-genre. Some good twists and solid acting by Page and Moseley enhanced the impact this film made on me. However, some silly decisions by the characters and the very familiar overarching storyline prevent the film from sc...
by Alex J
Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:35 pm
Forum: FF2011
Topic: The Theatre Bizarre
Replies: 15
Views: 10014

Re: The Theatre Bizarre

Some segments were weak, while the wraparound story was naff. Some segments were interesting, if underdeveloped, and I liked some of the weirdness on show. The eyeball story was the most intriguing for me. However, too much was too predictable and some of the segments were too much the same. I was e...
by Alex J
Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:21 pm
Forum: FF2011
Topic: Final Destination 5 - 3D
Replies: 19
Views: 11612

Re: Final Destination 5 - 3D

A big improvement on the poor previous instalment and a good addition to the franchise. Does what we expect - a string of inventive deaths - well and with humour. I liked how it played with how the victims were going to die and the links to the previous films. However, to state the obvious, not a lo...
by Alex J
Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:02 pm
Forum: FF2011
Topic: Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark
Replies: 24
Views: 14136

Re: Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark

I can see why they thought it could be a PG13, but I can also see why it has been rated 'R'. More horror content than I expected given the warning before the movie. Reminded me a little of 'Drag Me To Hell', while there were some effective and sustained sequences of suspense and atmosphere. However,...
by Alex J
Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:01 pm
Forum: The Horror Forum
Topic: Hobo with a Shotgun @FrightFest Glasgow
Replies: 11
Views: 4243

Re: Hobo with a Shotgun @FrightFest Glasgow

If you love trashy '80s horrors with a sense of humour, you'll probably lap this up. I wasn't always sure whether some of the dialogue was intentionally funny, or just plain bad, while some of the performances were manically over the top. This film reminded me of Mad Max , Caligula and Tokyo Gore Po...
by Alex J
Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:41 pm
Forum: The Horror Forum
Topic: 'Spit it out or I'll cut it out': Machete Maidens Unleashed
Replies: 8
Views: 3894

Re: 'Spit it out or I'll cut it out': Machete Maidens Unleas

An entertaining look at the Filipino film industry from the '60s to the early '80s. The documentary covers the horror, sci-fi, exploitation, action and war genres. I preferred the first half of the doc to the second, although it was good to see Apocalyse Now featured alongside the lesser known grind...
by Alex J
Thu Mar 24, 2011 12:55 pm
Forum: The Horror Forum
Topic: Little Deaths, Lots of Horror!
Replies: 25
Views: 9530

Re: Little Deaths, Lots of Horror!

Bizarre British sex and death anthology with some interesting ideas, even if some of the endings were a little too predictable. Certainly different to the usual multiplex fare - and I somehow doubt that this film will turn up at the multiplexes due to the strong content. Some memorable scenes help c...
by Alex J
Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:17 pm
Forum: FF2010
Topic: Thank You!
Replies: 22
Views: 12813

Re: Thank You!

Thank you to the organisers, the empire staff, the other helpers, the guests and the fans!

Another very good year with plenty of decent films and a nice range of them too.

I did try to thank Ian post-Eli Roth signing, but I didn't really express it very well - a bit tired by that point!
by Alex J
Wed Sep 08, 2010 1:38 pm
Forum: FF2010
Topic: Isle of Dogs
Replies: 27
Views: 14063

Re: Isle of Dogs

Really surprised about some of the criticisms of this film, as I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be buying the DVD when it comes out. Still, everyone is entitled to their opinion. However, some of the (implied or otherwise) criticism of why this film was selected for FF as it is not "horror" enough i...
by Alex J
Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:29 pm
Forum: FF2010
Topic: Outcast
Replies: 4
Views: 4089

Re: Outcast

An intriguing fable, mixing fantasy with a council estate, a hunt and a monster on the prowl. A good performance by the young female lead, and the story was a little different to usual, but the identity of the beast was no surprise and not all will appreciate the fantasy elements. I liked it though....
by Alex J
Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:27 pm
Forum: FF2010
Topic: Finale
Replies: 4
Views: 4213

Re: Finale

Agree that this wasn't that bad. A supernatural devil-worshipping tale that had some interesting ideas and some good scenes, but overall it didn't really hang together. Intriguing and with some good deaths, but it was somewhat predictable and there was some really stupid behaviour on display by the ...
by Alex J
Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:24 pm
Forum: FF2010
Topic: Last Exorcism
Replies: 26
Views: 13802

Re: Last Exorcism

***Spoilers*** I thought there was a demon in the flames, but maybe I imagined it as well....! One of the best of the fest for me, with some unnerving and jumpy moments and a well-sustained mystery of whether Nell was really possessed, acting or had a mental illness. I thought the ending will divide...
by Alex J
Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:21 pm
Forum: FF2010
Topic: Red White & Blue
Replies: 29
Views: 15434

Re: Red White & Blue

***Spoilers*** A gritty film dealing with a number of weighty issues (HIV, cancer, social outcasts etc) that builds slowly to the incendiary climax. I loved the realistic, dark tone of the movie and the way that the events spiralled out of control. However, the mid-film cut to the band's story was j...
by Alex J
Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:16 pm
Forum: FF2010
Topic: Bedevilled
Replies: 15
Views: 9692

Re: Bedevilled

***Spoilers*** A slow burner examining the events leading up to the bloody vengeance in the second half of the film. I liked how it explored themes such as the abusive husband and the indifference of the other relatives as this added a bit of meat and realism to the story. However, it did seem to ta...