I Think We're Alone Now

Relive the horror of Frightfest 2009
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I Think We're Alone Now

Post by lisy-babe » Sun Aug 30, 2009 1:40 pm

Reading the blurb before the film I couldn't quite get why this was included in the fest. Unless at the end either Jeff or Kelly cannibalised Tiffany.

Having seen it, I'm even more miffed. The only reason I can really see for including this is that: Disabled = different = freaky and scary.

It's a portrait of two disabled people who've been treated horribly by a discriminatory world and have gone beyond fandom an into an obsession with Tiffany, I guess as kind of a coping mechanism. Kelly's "best friend" describes her as "hideous" and "embarrassing to be seen with" which gives you some idea as to how cruel life has been to these two people.

I thought it was very sad and at times quite sweet. When the film ended I heard the woman in the seat next to me say to the bloke she was with "that was really sad, it wasn't scary."

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Re: I Think We're Alone Now

Post by MaxRenn » Mon Aug 31, 2009 4:01 pm

lisy-babe wrote: The only reason I can really see for including this is that: Disabled = different = freaky and scary.
I have to disagree, I think it was entirely appropriate for the Discovery screen at the fest which is intended (as I understand it) to showcase films that would appeal to a more niche audience.

ITWAN is probably the most left-field of the selections being clearly outside the genre, but what I found very interesting about in the the context of FrightFest was how the basic building blocks for a traditional slasher-type film were there. The obsessed loners, a victim figure, mental and physical disabilities which are often used in genre terms to denote "otherness".

In fact I thought the film was rather an indictment of the US healthcare system as neither of the films subjects seemed to be getting any kind of support to deal with their very obvious issues (excepting Jeff's disability cheques).

For me it was both frightening, disturbing and sad that these two individuals were clearly crossing a line from excessive fandom into genuine stalker behaviour in a society seemingly oblivious and uncaring.

Also it said something to me about the trap of z-list celerity with Tiffany being complicit in (particularly) Jeff's downward spiral of obsession by her need to press the flesh with fans to keep the very weak flame of her celebrity alive.

There were a few moments in the film that felt uncomfortably voyeuristic, but overall I thought it was a really strong piece of work that I probably wouldn't have seen if it hadn't been in the fest.
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Post by Spencer » Mon Aug 31, 2009 10:53 pm

I thought this was excellent.
I would rather see this at frighfest than some generic hollywood remake to be honest.
Thought it was very sad and moving and actually quite horrifying that these guys are given money by the goverment but not really offered help.
great stuff and fantastic to be given the oppurtunity to see it on a big (ish) screen :D
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Post by AnotherSchmuck » Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:32 pm

Spencer wrote:I thought this was excellent.
I would rather see this at frighfest than some generic hollywood remake to be honest.
Thought it was very sad and moving and actually quite horrifying that these guys are given money by the goverment but not really offered help.
great stuff and fantastic to be given the oppurtunity to see it on a big (ish) screen :D
Spencer I totally agree with you, this film is a gem, whilst it could do with a polish and the music rights sorting out and whole other list of problems it could be a real insight into the fan and deserves a great deal of credit. Like "Best Worst Movie" this film delivered such a range of emotions from within me and I totally reacted and emoted with this film. Well done for having the balls to screen this at a Horror Festival guys, I think it was great and totally appropiate.
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Post by Reanimator » Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:44 pm

Enjoyed watching this albeit thought it was sad rather than scary.

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