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by WraithApe
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: Ghost Mask: Scar
Replies: 1
Views: 2167

Ghost Mask: Scar

2/10. The nadir of what was a pretty poor Sunday (things did pick up after this one!) From the poster and brief synopsis, I was hoping for South East Asia's answer to American Mary, but was instead treated to a faintly ludicrous melodrama with a bit of horror tacked on at the end - and when I say th...
by WraithApe
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot
Replies: 12
Views: 6946

Re: The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot

3/10. The more I think about this film, the more it annoys me. The title looks like it's gunning for classic B movie territory, with a lot of trashy fun to be had along the way, but what you actually get is a cloyingly sentimental story of love, loss and regret with a barely a passing nod to those e...
by WraithApe
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: Hell Is Where The Home Is
Replies: 7
Views: 4782

Re: Hell Is Where The Home Is

4/10. Home invasion movie that twists and turns in an attempt to hold your interest but finally pisses credibility up the wall when the police turn up in the last act. This also involves a real bugbear of mine: characters who have shown no previous inclination for violence suddenly becoming seasoned...
by WraithApe
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: Fright Fest
Replies: 5
Views: 2593

Re: Fright Fest

2/10. Made Rob Zombie's 31 look like a cinematic masterpiece. A darkly lit, shoddily edited mess with undifferentiated characters, uninspired kills and nothing resembling a plot that I could discern. It's like the filmmakers threw a bunch of slasher ingredients into a location and shut the doors hop...
by WraithApe
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: Upgrade
Replies: 15
Views: 8503

Re: Upgrade

8/10. Tightly scripted, well-made sci fi that makes the absolute most of its limited resources to create a dark, compelling future world. Not exactly groundbreaking - it plays a lot like an extended episode of Black Mirror - but what it does, it does just right. It's fast paced, with immersive sound...
by WraithApe
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: Halloween
Replies: 2
Views: 1667

Re: Halloween

9/10. New restoration of arguably the most influential slasher of all time. Great to finally see this genuine classic on the big screen, where it was meant to be seen.
by WraithApe
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: One Cut of the Dead
Replies: 12
Views: 6445

Re: One Cut of the Dead

7/10. Genuinely funny, multi-layered zombie joint from Japan that shows just how much you can do with a very limited budget when the core idea is rock solid. It's clever, in that it makes you think about what you're seeing (and not seeing) when you watch a movie, but never gets bogged down by its fr...
by WraithApe
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: Ravers
Replies: 7
Views: 4587

Re: Ravers

6/10. Contrary to expectations, loved the soundtrack to Ravers. Not the kind of mainstream trance techno you normally get in club scenes in movies but full of authentic big room bangers; proper dark techno. The downside of having such a thumping soundtrack is that I actually wanted less talking so I...
by WraithApe
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: Boar
Replies: 8
Views: 5282

Re: Boar

3/10. Not the outrageously schlocky throwback creature feature promised by the poster, but a dull litany of killings, perpetrated by a large, but oddly static boar. This was was a grind. I'll skip the obvious pun, but safe to say Boar didn't offer much assistance in the fight against sleep.
by WraithApe
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: Incident in a Ghostland
Replies: 10
Views: 6496

Re: Incident in a Ghostland

4/10. A one and a half hour brawl involving two girls, a fat baby man and a cross dressing witch.
by WraithApe
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: The Most Assassinated Woman in the World
Replies: 6
Views: 4206

Re: The Most Assassinated Woman in the World

4/10. The recreation of the old school fx of the time, with inventive prosthetics and copious amounts of fake blood is cool, but Paula's story is bogged down by dodgy flashback sequences and misplaced romance. There's a good film to be made about the Grand Guignol and its place in the history of hor...
by WraithApe
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: Piercing
Replies: 0
Views: 2667

Piercing

6/10. Offbeat cine-literate two-hander about a man who checks into a hotel with the intention of murdering a prostitute and a woman who's infinitely more fucked up than he is who ruins his meticulous planning. Based on a novel by Audition writer Ryu Murukami, this is always unpredictable, if a littl...
by WraithApe
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: Braid
Replies: 9
Views: 5181

Re: Braid

2/10. Histrionic bollocks about three sisters - three strands of the braid - who for no apparent reason, come together every few years to play out a mildly sadomasochistic game of doctor in an old mansion. It's not terribly shot but I couldn't stand the stylistic choices - turning the camera upside ...
by WraithApe
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: The Cleaning Lady
Replies: 6
Views: 4276

Re: The Cleaning Lady

7/10. Slow burn (no pun intended) psychological horror that goes to some pretty dark places. Definitely my kind of jam, even at 11.30 in the AM - there's nothing like mouse smoothie for breakfast. It's a bit one dimensional in terms of the way the characters are written and the whole thing feels sli...
by WraithApe
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: FF 2018
Topic: Mega Time Squad
Replies: 4
Views: 3577

Re: Mega Time Squad

7/10. Imagine if early in his career, Peter Jackson had made Primer instead of Bad Taste and you'll have a good idea of what's in store here. This is the kind of quirky, irreverent slacker comedy the Kiwis do so well, bringing together time travel and low level heist tropes in a film that mines the ...