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by WraithApe
Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Devil's Gate
Replies: 2
Views: 3473

Re: Devil's Gate

Blasphemy to even mention HPL in the same breath as this sack o' shite.

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by WraithApe
Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Top Knot Detective
Replies: 4
Views: 4083

Re: Top Knot Detective

More of a chuckle than laugh out loud funny, but a good idea well executed. The old footage felt authentic and interviews with cast and crew reminded me of the DVD extras I've watched for many a cult Japanese film. The sub-plot which emerged elevated it above a simple spoof. 7/10
by WraithApe
Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: The Terror of Hallow's Eve
Replies: 5
Views: 4637

Re: The Terror of Hallow's Eve

Kind of like the first five minutes of Halloween re-imagined and stretched out to feature length. 80s homage and nice practical effects are all very well but it requires a little bit more than that to make a decent film. There's zero tension and it's not scary in the slightest. It's not even much fu...
by WraithApe
Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Death Laid an Egg
Replies: 0
Views: 2841

Death Laid an Egg

In among the premieres, it's good to see something old once in a while. This is a bizarre curio of Italian genre cinema, maybe a proto-giallo, but more of a satire/thriller/not sure what the hell to call it... how to balance running a chicken farm with a sideline in prostitute slaying. The plot is a...
by WraithApe
Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Diane
Replies: 0
Views: 2080

Diane

Less a ghost story, more a human interest story with a vaguely supernatural backdrop - not even a particularly good human interest story either; it just came across as cheesy, unconvincing and dull. The age old cliche of the helpful daemonology book which just happens to tie into exactly what the pr...
by WraithApe
Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Tragedy Girls
Replies: 14
Views: 10990

Re: Tragedy Girls

Not going to rate this one as it would reflect more on how much I hated every second of its gratingly millenial, hashtagging duration rather than the actual quality of the film-making. I didn't so much as crack a smile. Not the worst film of the festival, but certainly my worst experience. Don't ev...
by WraithApe
Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Dream Demon
Replies: 0
Views: 2481

Dream Demon

Another golden oldie, that was apparently billed at the time as Britain's answer to Elm Street. While that's seriously over-selling it, it's not without its charms. It actually put me more in mind of another film from the same era called Paperhouse , but like that one, it hasn't dated particularly w...
by WraithApe
Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: The End?
Replies: 6
Views: 4756

The End?

If The Bar was a great example of how to do a predominantly single location film, The End? is anything but. This one tries to find a fresh angle (literally) on the zombie apocalypse thing by having a guy trapped in a lift throughout, watching his co-workers go feral through a small gap in the lift d...
by WraithApe
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Veronica
Replies: 2
Views: 2301

Re: Veronica

Yep, very nicely done. Just edged out of my personal top 5 by Freehold. Obviously a nod to Hitchcock as you say, and does keep you guessing, even when you think you have it sussed. 7/10
by WraithApe
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: The Glass Coffin
Replies: 6
Views: 5505

Re: The Glass Coffin

MrsBBC wrote:
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:54 pm
Please put the reveal under spoiler.
I had to walk out and film ruined my festival.
I don't get it - why would one bad film experience ruin your festival? I didn't catch this one myself, but doesn't sound like I missed much from the reviews I've read.
by WraithApe
Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Top Five FF17 Films
Replies: 26
Views: 16455

Re: Top Five FF17 Films

Top 5: 1. Mayhem 2. The Bar 3. Lowlife 4. Replace 5. Freehold Bottom 5: 1. Tragedy Girls 2. Psychopaths 3. Boots on the Ground 4. The Terror of Hallow's Eve 5. Diane I'm with Wolfshade (but apparently no-one else) on Tragedy Girls. Hated it. Objectively speaking though, Psychopaths was a worse film.
by WraithApe
Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Replace
Replies: 1
Views: 3377

Replace

Body horror about a girl with a skin condition. To say shades of Cronenberg would be a massive understatement, but this one just about holds its own. As an allegory of society's obsession with youth and beauty, it works pretty well, despite a few dubious plot turns. It's very nicely shot and the all...
by WraithApe
Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Devil's Gate
Replies: 2
Views: 3473

Devil's Gate

The X-Files for dummies, with fake Scully leading the investigation. This alien invasion story is so full of cliches, it's straining at the seams; absolutely nothing you haven't seen a hundred times before. The effects are actually OK, but the script... wow. One choice quote: "my grandfather used to...
by WraithApe
Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Dhogs
Replies: 4
Views: 4599

Dhogs

A film where the audience is implicated in the act of viewing. Haneke-lite. Some clever ideas, but it doesn't quite pull it off for me. It lacks the subtlety of something like Cache, and feels too disjointed (though in fairness, there is a good reason for this.) 6/10
by WraithApe
Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: FF 2017
Topic: Tragedy Girls
Replies: 14
Views: 10990

Re: Tragedy Girls

Not going to rate this one as it would reflect more on how much I hated every second of its gratingly millenial, hashtagging duration rather than the actual quality of the film-making. I didn't so much as crack a smile. Not the worst film of the festival, but certainly my worst experience.