Dread

Relive the horror of Frightfest 2009
Stark
Walking Dead
Walking Dead
Posts: 64
Joined: Mon Jun 30, 2008 8:53 pm

Post by Stark » Wed Sep 02, 2009 10:11 am

Dissapointing and a little boring.

Well shot and cohesive, but I felt Quaid was too ridiculous to be taken seriously and I spent the whole moving waiting for him to meet the axe only to see him skip away happy and untouced at the end.

I have no idea why the ending was changed from the short, I felt it ruined what was an ok movie. I did like the addition of birthmark girl though... thought she was a very nice touch.
They're coming for you Barbara...

fd
Twitching Corpse
Twitching Corpse
Posts: 32
Joined: Tue Jun 30, 2009 11:00 pm

Post by fd » Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:00 pm

I really liked this. Well worth including and I made sure that I went up to the director to tell him that I thought it was the best straight horror in the festival so far.

I can appreciate why people didn't engage with it, but thought it was good concept and was well implemented, particularly the use of sound with the axe banging and the deaf guy's "re-deafening".

macready
Twitching Corpse
Twitching Corpse
Posts: 40
Joined: Sun Aug 05, 2007 11:09 pm
Location: Duquesa, Spain
Contact:

Post by macready » Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:27 am

Meh. I remember loving the short story but this just dragged and didn't seem to be going anywhere for a long time. Not the worst Barker adaptation, but a long way from the best.

zoltan
Running Zombie
Running Zombie
Posts: 178
Joined: Sun Jun 12, 2005 12:12 pm
Location: portsmouth

Post by zoltan » Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:24 am

Another one of my faves of the weekend.
Not knowing what to expect having not read the short story or hearing that much about the film i found myself completley engrossed in it.
Fascinating subject matter as well.

krispyg
Frightfest Hardcore
Frightfest Hardcore
Posts: 780
Joined: Fri Mar 21, 2008 8:24 am
Location: Failsworth - it's midway between Oldham and Manchester

Post by krispyg » Thu Sep 03, 2009 1:04 pm

I really did not like this at all
"With all your superstitions
And empty lines
I could be just like you
Withdrawn but alive"

Alex J
Undead Horde
Undead Horde
Posts: 461
Joined: Wed Aug 27, 2008 1:30 pm
Location: The Back Of The Beyond

Post by Alex J » Fri Sep 04, 2009 5:25 pm

*** Possible spoilers ***

Dark and grim - so it went down well with me. However, if the director thought the "villain" had redeeming features that enabled the audience to empathise with him, then I didn't notice them. I would have tried to kill him long before the nominal hero attempted to, but maybe that's just me! 9 / 10
No tears, please. It's a waste of good suffering.

odishon
Running Zombie
Running Zombie
Posts: 220
Joined: Fri Jul 06, 2007 10:16 am
Location: London

Post by odishon » Sun Sep 06, 2009 4:10 pm

Left me feeling underwhelmed as did last year's Book Of Blood.

Agree with others that it didn't feel realistic that anyone would continue participating in anything with such an obviously psychotic guy.

AndyJWS
Undead Horde
Undead Horde
Posts: 478
Joined: Wed Aug 11, 2004 12:41 pm

Post by AndyJWS » Tue Sep 08, 2009 9:21 pm

Can see how it's divisive, but personally loved it.

Was gripped throughout and found myself really connected to some of the characters - the culmination of the story of the girl with the birthmark was one of the most affecting scenes of the weekend for me.

Ironically, the short story seems almost more Hollywood in its happy(ish) ending!

The really scary thing, though, is how much further than that people will go in cooperating with psychological experiments - the Milgram experiment is probably the most well-known example...
"There is no Good, there is no Evil... There is only flesh..."

Jim Fear
Walking Dead
Walking Dead
Posts: 81
Joined: Sat Apr 12, 2008 3:30 pm

Post by Jim Fear » Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:38 pm

AndyJWS wrote:Can see how it's divisive, but personally loved it.
I agree with you there. Not having read the short story, I didn't know what to expect, but was intrigued throughout as to where it would end. Although, I must agree with the other postings about why the other characters concerns weren't raised by such on obvious psychopath as Quaid.

Goggs
Fresh Meat
Fresh Meat
Posts: 8
Joined: Sun Jun 29, 2008 8:35 am
Location: Edinburgh

Post by Goggs » Thu Sep 17, 2009 10:07 pm

Help!!

I'm not going to comment about how awesome this film was (face it - it was :-) ) but can anyone remember what the piece of music over the final scene was?

I've been arguing over this for a while and just need someone to back me up please.

Thanks!

Post Reply