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by ChrisReynolds
Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Game of Death
Replies: 4
Views: 1817

Re: Game of Death

Lots of fun gore in this one, but has problems preventing it from being a fulfilling story. It gets the plot moving very quickly but then it's just a succession of gory deaths and that means there's almost no characterisation (some characters' personalities seem to change over the course of the film...
by ChrisReynolds
Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Victor Crowley
Replies: 16
Views: 3975

Re: Victor Crowley

I got a bit teary at the start with Adam Greens tale about his hardships and his relationship with Wes and Romero and I wish him all the best (plus Adams cute as a button), but I hope for a little more innovation in future endeavors. I missed the intro because I got confused about the starting time...
by ChrisReynolds
Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Ruin Me
Replies: 3
Views: 1556

Re: Ruin Me

If you've seen The Game or the recent Fear, Inc. you have a good idea what to expect, with a constant barrage of twists trying to confuse the viewer as to whether things are really happening or not. With these sorts of movies there's always a tension between how many of the reversal twists can be pi...
by ChrisReynolds
Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Dead Shack
Replies: 7
Views: 1868

Re: Dead Shack

Underwhelming horror comedy. Neither the horror or comedy is as successful as it could have been, with the horror often soft-pedalled and shot in darkness, and the comedy having more misses than hits, with most of the humour being based around the characters getting drunk and insulting one another r...
by ChrisReynolds
Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Cult of Chucky
Replies: 12
Views: 3116

Re: Cult of Chucky

I thought Curse of Chucky was a reasonable return to form and surprisingly good for a sixth entry, however Cult of Chucky , while retaining some of the fun, is a definite step down. Don Mancini introduced the film saying that the "cult" of the title was meant to represent the fans and that it was ma...
by ChrisReynolds
Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: The Bar
Replies: 9
Views: 3178

Re: The Bar

The acting and characterisation is good and sells the rising tension, anger and desparation. A lot of the time in these limited location movies, things can get boring and repetitive, but the compelling performances and direction hold interest all the time. It just seems to lack something: there isn'...
by ChrisReynolds
Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: The End?
Replies: 6
Views: 1681

Re: The End?

I found this to be rather boring. Single location films can work well, but this one isn't able to generate much interest due to the plain brushed metal walls of the lift looking dull and there being a lack of threat throughout the movie: essentially the main character is safe from the zombies in the...
by ChrisReynolds
Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Radius
Replies: 6
Views: 1868

Re: Radius

This isn't so much a horror film as a sci-fi, and could easily have been the concept for an X-Files episode (it reminded me of the Soft Light episode where Tony Shalhoub's shadow killed everyone it touched). It's perfectly watchable but it often feels a bit plodding; there are lots of scenes of char...
by ChrisReynolds
Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Victor Crowley
Replies: 16
Views: 3975

Re: Victor Crowley

This was a prime example of how the atmosphere and communal experience of Frightfest can make films seem better than they really are, because I don't think this would work without the Frightfest experience. To be fair it's definitely better than Hatchet III and probably somewhere between the first t...
by ChrisReynolds
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: The Villainess
Replies: 8
Views: 2159

Re: The Villainess

This one had amazing action scenes but bad storytelling. The extended opening sequence throws down the gauntlet with what is probably the best first-person POV action sequence ever. It puts anything in Hardcore Henry to shame, not least because it achieves it with no visible cuts. However, the film ...
by ChrisReynolds
Sat Aug 26, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Death Note
Replies: 9
Views: 2671

Re: Death Note

It definitely benefited from being on the cinema screen so that we could get he full effect of Wingard's pop and electronica soundtrack and the stylish primary colour lighting that pervades the film. It's a clear refining of his style that was so prominent in The Guest but wasn't able to be present ...
by ChrisReynolds
Sat Aug 26, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Sequence Break
Replies: 8
Views: 2370

Re: Sequence Break

Hopefully this will be the worst film I see at Frightfest this year. People keep describing it as being like Videodrome. Yeah, that's because it's ripping off Videodrome with an arcade game instead of violent movies. However where Videodrome had interesting things to say about violence and the media...
by ChrisReynolds
Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Discovery Screen Tickets
Replies: 91
Views: 18561

Re: Discovery Screen Tickets

As well as needing to make some money from the discovery screen sales there's also a concern that the organisers wouldn't want the main screens emptying during some of the films. The split seems to be around 40% of the tickets go to passholders which seems reasonable to me. It was only the problems ...
by ChrisReynolds
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Buying disco tickets
Replies: 7
Views: 2131

Re: Buying disco tickets

We're using the same ticketing site as last year, so if it's the same again here's last year's thread on how buying discovery tickets works: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=69&t=7127 I remember it being quite a slow process with all the demand and the more in-demand films sell out ...
by ChrisReynolds
Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Film clash dissapointments.
Replies: 14
Views: 3659

Re: Film clash dissapointments.

I'm really disappointed I don't appear to get a second chance to see Redwood. It looks really fun and self-aware, but is going up against Wingard's next film, and likely the only opportunity I will have to see it on the big screen, what with it being Netflix funded / acquired. That's the only one I...