Was browsing the Postcards from Cannes 2014 to see how many of the films mentioned there eventually ended up at last year's FrightFest when I read something that bothered me...
http://frightfest.co.uk/postcards/frigh ... -2014.html
In the Day 4 postcard, Alan wrote this about 'Honeymoon' (starring Rose Leslie) which went on to show at FrightFest a few months later.......
Now that was a bit negative to say the least. I very much enjoyed 'Honeymoon', in fact it was one of my favourites last year."Paul and I are dividing the titles between us to be more time efficient as there are just so many. Yesterday began with Leigh Janiak's HONEYMOON, which turned out sadly to be another naff riff on INVASION OF THE BODYSNATCHERS but on the tightest of budgets. You know the style type I mean; beam of intense white light sweeping through the bedroom as newlyweds Harry Treadaway and Rose Leslie sleep; the latter acting weirdly Stepford Wife and the former doofus not understanding why she's standing in front of the mirror after a sleepwalk through the woods memorising how to say her name; the long rubber tentacled thing that's crept between her legs. The problem here is this HONEYMOON is over in 20 minutes and then the audience has to remain three steps ahead of the characters until the foregone conclusion. Apparently an Edinburgh Festival attraction, frankly they are welcome to it."
Saying things like the Edinburgh Festival are welcome to it and slagging it off as a poor Invasion of the Body Snatchers then selecting it for FrightFest a month or two later is a bit....hypocritical? Ironic? Sour?
I want to have faith that the films chosen are selected on merit, that they are chosen by the lads for being something special and good enough for us paying festival goers.
Surely a breif opinion of it like that should have meant it shouldn't have been selected? I am glad it was as it was a good watch but this doesn't sit right with me. After last year's "Shockwave Darkside" and now a film that wasn't favoured by the organisers being shown, my faith that a vast proportion of the selected films aren't shoehorned in due to marketing/sponsors/contracts is quickly diminishing.
Alan or anyone else care to chime in on this one?