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by ChrisReynolds
Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:55 pm
Forum: FF 2016
Topic: Did anyone else feel that the film descriptions in the guide are often misleading?
Replies: 6
Views: 1776

Re: Did anyone else feel that the film descriptions in the guide are often misleading?

It's a shame we can't also have Ian's review in there to cut through the crap- at least one film he introduced this year he described as "It could be the biggest pile of shite ever" before clarifying "It's not, it's really not..." :lol: :lol: Brilliant! Which film was that? I believe it was Attack ...
by ChrisReynolds
Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:55 pm
Forum: FF 2016
Topic: Frightfest Thanks
Replies: 11
Views: 2515

Re: Frightfest Thanks

Thanks Alan, Paul, Ian and Greg and all others who work so hard to make Frightfest happen. It seems to run more smoothly every year and the move to Shepherd's Bush was well-handled. I know I can moan about some of the films shown, but the two Frightfests are highlights of my year and some of the fil...
by ChrisReynolds
Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:44 pm
Forum: FF 2016
Topic: Quality of films this year
Replies: 65
Views: 14921

Re: Quality of films this year

Last year was bad with Shockwave Darkside and others, Shockwave Darkside was 2014. Yup you're right, I'm still damaged by it. But my point still stands, last year and this year were poor. Both 2014 and 2015 had poor lineups in my opinion. I definitely think this year was an improvement on 2015, mos...
by ChrisReynolds
Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:19 pm
Forum: FF 2016
Topic: Quality of films this year
Replies: 65
Views: 14921

Re: Quality of films this year

I don't think there was any problem with the quality of films, just where they were shown. With lots of the best films shown on the Discovery Screen, a lot of them will be missed due to preferring to stay in the main screen. Conversely a good main screen film will be missed because of a clash with a...
by ChrisReynolds
Wed Aug 31, 2016 6:13 pm
Forum: FF 2016
Topic: No more phone warnings?
Replies: 9
Views: 1833

Re: No more phone warnings?

They could easily just replay some of the "turn your bloody phone off" idents from previous years. The "Boo" ident was underwhelming and easy to ignore. There is literally nothing more distracting in a cinema than a phone screen being turned on because the light draws people's eye away from the scre...
by ChrisReynolds
Tue Aug 30, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: FF 2016
Topic: Night of Something Strange
Replies: 2
Views: 1756

Night of Something Strange

I'm surprised there isn't a thread for this yet. Low-budget but entertaining, this would have been perfect for a Midnight Screening slot if we still had them anymore. Not everything in this film makes sense, particularly the timeline of where everybody is before they arrive at the central motel loca...
by ChrisReynolds
Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: FF 2016
Topic: Vue West 12 vs Vue West End
Replies: 41
Views: 9153

Re: Vue West 12 vs Vue West End

As a cinema, Vue West 12 is much better than Vue Leicester Square, other than in the small toilet facilities. The additional space is convenient and makes it more pleasant to move around between films. Two things that should be improved: 1. A proper location for the after party. The Ibis hotel bar c...
by ChrisReynolds
Tue Aug 30, 2016 6:10 pm
Forum: FF 2016
Topic: Best and Worst Films of 2016
Replies: 34
Views: 7243

Best and Worst Films of 2016

Post your favourite and least favourite films of the festival. My top 5: 1. Train to Busan 2. They Call Me Jeeg Robot 3. Night of Something Strange 4. We are the Flesh 5. The Love Witch (hard to choose between this and Girl with all the Gifts ) Bottom 5: 1. Abbatoir 2. Cell 3. Broken 4. Let Her Out ...
by ChrisReynolds
Tue Aug 30, 2016 5:38 pm
Forum: FF 2016
Topic: Train to Busan
Replies: 21
Views: 6383

Re: Train to Busan

The best film of the festival by miles and better than anything at Frightfest for the past couple of years. The action is stunning, rising and falling with masterful precision and with some remarkable set pieces that get as much mileage as possible from the "zombies on train" concept. Even with all ...
by ChrisReynolds
Tue Aug 30, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: FF 2016
Topic: We are the flesh
Replies: 7
Views: 1995

Re: We are the flesh

One of the most interesting films and genuinely good films at Frightfest. It seemed to combine the surrealism of Jodorowsky with the transgressiveness of Pasolini's 120 Days of Sodom and uses it as a sort of metaphor for the political situation in Mexico. The direction throughout is good, with evoca...
by ChrisReynolds
Tue Aug 30, 2016 5:03 pm
Forum: FF 2016
Topic: Red Christmas
Replies: 8
Views: 3135

Re: Red Christmas

The second mediocre but acceptable slasher of the day. I liked how nasty and uncompromising it was, there was some decent tension and some gruesome deaths. In some ways it was so nasty and uncompromising that the emotional portrayals weren't able to keep up, with the characters not always acting lik...
by ChrisReynolds
Tue Aug 30, 2016 5:01 pm
Forum: FF 2016
Topic: 31
Replies: 9
Views: 3037

Re: 31

In some ways Rob Zombie seems to be going backwards as director, cannibalising his own work for ideas (white trash, evil clowns, 70s grindhouse aesthetic, Nazis) and doubling down on things that don't work, particularly the bad dialogue and giving his wife increasingly prominent parts, so that she's...
by ChrisReynolds
Tue Aug 30, 2016 4:39 pm
Forum: FF 2016
Topic: Broken
Replies: 10
Views: 3075

Re: Broken

I disagree with Alan Jones about the film's title. I can't remember the original, but much wordier, title, but at least it was unique. There are dozens of films called "Broken" and unfortunately that title choice will help to drag it into obscurity. It was originally called The Myth of Hopelessness...
by ChrisReynolds
Tue Aug 30, 2016 4:07 pm
Forum: FF 2016
Topic: Broken
Replies: 10
Views: 3075

Re: Broken

Good performances, but this was slow and boring to me. Initially the controlled depressing tone got to me and I was prepared for something really awful to start happening. When the film seemed to imply supernatural visions I thought they might be going for some sort of body swap narrative where Alao...
by ChrisReynolds
Tue Aug 30, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: FF 2016
Topic: The Windmill Massacre
Replies: 12
Views: 3254

Re: The Windmill Massacre

The deaths were the best part of this with some inventive and gory ways of dispatching the victims. It felt too mechanical, with a set of introductions, then the gradual reveal of each character's past as they get picked off. There's not enough tension in between killings, with the killer suddenly a...