Tulpa

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Post by DavieT » Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:10 am

Was very much looking forward to this one and thought it would be my highlight of the weekend. Well it was and I did very much enjoy the movie - unfortunately for the wrong reasons. I thought the visuals were excellent but let down by the acting and script. True gems as the hermaphrodite line and the for your information I work in IT and so Stefan have you ever bought books on the occult? Now I know giallos never were really known for great acting but the quality in Tulpa was really really not good.

I'd happily watch it again and buy on DVD for the sheer entertainment value and unintentional humour - 30% soft porn, 30% unintentional comedy, 20% poor script/acting ,20% great visuals. Giallo is back - but I think it was called Amer.

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Post by MaxRenn » Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:53 am

A hideous disappointment, comes over like it's taking the piss out of Giallo.
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Re: Tulpa

Post by STun » Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:02 am

Giallo is back!

What's not to like?

A hermaphrodite, a prolonged chase scene by a trannie doorman, the pov of a rattlesnake, and Stefan who's into the occult and oriental rights.

Awesome!
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Re: Tulpa

Post by djwoody » Sun Aug 26, 2012 2:10 pm

Utter and complete shite. At least it gave us a few laughs. If Alan wasn't such a big Giallo fan I doubt it would have made the cut. But looking at the quality of the films before it, I'm not too sure.

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Post by Dom » Sun Aug 26, 2012 5:59 pm

It was completed a week ago and it showed. Really poor. The fact that there were no questions from the audience and that non of the cast appeared on stage afterwards screamed volumes.

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Post by birminghamcity » Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:17 pm

It was shite ..... im sorry !!!

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Post by Kris » Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:44 pm

Bailed on this one
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Re: Tulpa

Post by thesavageintruder » Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:23 pm

It was overlong and weighed down by absurd dialogue turning it into a laugh riot in front of a crowd...but the same could be said for many very good gialli of the 70's. I thought TULPA was a stylish and fabulously brutal homage to the sub-genre : imperfect for sure but captured the look, violence, seediness and sound of the giallo rather nicely.

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Re: Tulpa

Post by gazadams » Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:55 pm

Quite liked this . But found it dragged in places and yes some of the dialog was bad . But this could be beacuse of the translation . otherwise 6/10

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Re: Tulpa

Post by Stephen with ph » Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:55 pm

"Three words: giallo is bollocks."

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Re: Tulpa

Post by bernal316 » Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:25 am

Was this intentionally supposed to be this funny?? I hope to god it was, if not it must of been the most crushing 90 minutes of the directors life. Nice visuals and soundtrack though :D
Ultimately really really disappointing as the first 5 minutes ( previewed at previous FF event ) are really impressive.

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Re: Tulpa

Post by Stephen with ph » Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:37 am

The opening scene is of a heavily-restrained woman, who is presented with some recently severed genitals by an unconvincing and faintly absurd figure dressed entirely in black.

It’s a sight she did not expect, clearly did not appreciate and, no doubt, wishes she’d never seen. You might argue that she only had herself to blame – after all, nobody forced her to enter that room in the first place. However, you’d need a heart of stone to believe that she deserved to be subjected to such a wretched and unedifying experience.

By the end of this movie, I understood how she felt.

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Re: Tulpa

Post by thesavageintruder » Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:44 am

I don't know about anyone else but had I not already seen Tulpa, you would have just sold it to me on the promise of a heavily restrained woman being presented with recently severed genitals...is it too late to put that on the posters?

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Re: Tulpa

Post by morralex » Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:03 am

This was supremely disappointing. I'm a big giallo fan and I found this to be deeply problematic. Aside from the awful script and hideously wooden acting this film's main downfall was its complete lack of style. The setting was awful (some ugly suburb, not Venice or on the side of a massive cliff over looking the ocean), all the interiors of people's houses looked decked out by ikea. Even the clothes worn by characters were uninspired. One of the main features of a giallo is styling and this film missed that completely.


This film did feature the themes of death and sex very prevalentky, but even the sex in this film seemed contrived, ugly and lacking sensuality.

A huge and upsetting disappointment.
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Re: Tulpa

Post by damatotomato » Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:48 am

No giallo, or few, have ever really featured stunning dialogue and wonderful scripts.

This was no exception.

But the scenes in the s&m club, the odd occult barman, doorman (or door hermaphrodite) and general sense of unease were rewarding. Set in the world of big corporate business, someone is bumping off the boardroom at unnerving frequency. The manner of the deaths of the sharp-suited girls and boys, is dreadful - strung up on a merry-go ride with barbed wire hanging at the edges or locked in a box cut and bruised with a few hungry rats to gnaw away the hours with (in a lovely touch, the unseen man in the box is forgotten about until the end credits, when we go back to him as if we have just remembered there's someone left to save).

The film has a witty edge that could be mistaken for being entirely serious - hence some laughs in the audience at FrightFest. Giallo, as a genre, is often at its best when playful and painful in equal measure. This film clearly riffs on classic Italian horror director Dario Argento's work. Interestingly, Argento himself at the start of the festival in an onstage Q&A mentioned that many directors copy his style, sometimes good (as in Black Swan), sometimes really bad. Tulpa I think does reference classic Italian giallo with reverence and good effect, although few crime films are ever much good set in a corporate environment. When Tulpa breaks free from this environment, there's a lot more fun to be had, especially in the warren-like red light-bathed sex club or just escaping up trees in the Italian countryside in the dark.

I liked the way the killer grew more and more unhinged like their world was crumbling, about to be found out. I never would have guessed who the killer was. But then, I was having too much fun with the killer's nice (if a little weird) side to suspect.

Giallos have featured the occult before, but this one was still a refreshing homage to Hitchcock and Argento and everyone else inbetween - and the cheer when you know who (the odd chap) saved you know who (the pretty one) from you know who (the killer) - wow! That strange bloke needs his own show..

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