Cherry Tree

Taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend, August 27th - 31st 2015
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Cherry Tree

Post by jonbly » Fri Aug 28, 2015 9:49 am

4/10 - Emotionally flat. Didn't engage with this one at all... which seemed a shame as some of the ingredients seemed OK. Music was poor. Perked up a bit in the final act, but too little and too late.
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Re: Cherry Tree

Post by ChrisReynolds » Fri Aug 28, 2015 10:00 am

Complete rubbish, but sometimes enjoyably so. It opened with unnecessary text that gives away most of the plot; witches from the town of Orchard wanting a woman to bear the child of Satan, and proceeds as a weird version of Rosemary's Baby, filled with lots of imagery of cherries and centipedes, and a nonsenical script which rides roughshod over logic to allow its story to proceed. I wasn't too impressed by Wake Wood by the same writer/director team, but it was well-made, so it surprises me that this was so poor - there's dodgy editing, absurd atttempts at scares, and the director seems to have no control over performances, resulting in actors who are mostly wooden, apart from the more experienced Anna Walton, who chews the scenery without hindrance. At first it's boring, but as it goes on the risible dialogue and illogical twists add entertainment, especially a crazy ending that goes all over the place.

4/10

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Re: Cherry Tree

Post by HeadOnAStick » Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:51 am

I couldn't get over the terrible sound, ridiculous editing and painfully slow characters. The weakest of the festival for me.

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Re: Cherry Tree

Post by Alex J » Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:41 am

I tried hard to like this but quibbles with the plot and how characters behaved, along with underpowered sequences and some absurdities meant this one fell some way short of a classic cult horror. One of the weakest of the festival for me 6.5 / 10
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Re: Cherry Tree

Post by The Soapmaker » Tue Sep 01, 2015 6:34 pm

Complete and utter shite.

But in some ways it brought back happy memories of early Frightfest opening nights.... terrible British/Irish films introduced by uncomfortable-looking directors accompanied by a couple of girls who you eventually realised had bit-parts in the film. It was a tradition which possibly only existed in my mind... but it was part of the fun.

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Re: Cherry Tree

Post by danthsmith » Tue Sep 01, 2015 6:56 pm

FF often seems to start with a real turkey

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Re: Cherry Tree

Post by jonbly » Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:46 pm

...and when you realise that the centipedes are stealing the show, you know you're in trouble...

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Re: Cherry Tree

Post by Jekyll » Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:20 pm

Complete garbage and a really poor choice for the film to open the festival.

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Re: Cherry Tree

Post by AndyJWS » Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:01 pm

Have to confess that I did enjoy watching it, but not for it being good... It did look very nice though!
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Re: Cherry Tree

Post by mamawaldi » Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:13 pm

Had high hopes for this after enjoying Wake Wood but as everyone else has described, it was a big letdown. Dodgy script, dodgy acting and lacking in horror and suspense. Great centipedes though, I hope this doesn't spell the end of their burgeoning careers.

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Re: Cherry Tree

Post by TheDukeAbides » Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:16 pm

I thought the use of the colour red was OK...

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Re: Cherry Tree

Post by Scrofulous Peasant » Thu Sep 03, 2015 10:59 am

A very, very bad choice for the opening movie. The first scenes made it look quite promising but it quickly descended into an incoherent mess.
Should have been buried in one of the Discovery screens late at night. 4 / 10

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Re: Cherry Tree

Post by FranksWildYears » Thu Sep 03, 2015 2:06 pm

Woeful, although I did think some of the close ups of the centipedes were pretty good.

I used to work in Cork, so I quite enjoyed picking out the locations. It's also bought me a two hour break at Grimmfest to go and have a big dinner and a pint, so I can thank it for that. Otherwise just dumb as fuck, and not in a good way.

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Re: Cherry Tree

Post by Stephen with ph » Thu Sep 03, 2015 6:17 pm

I found myself wondering what this movie was even doing at Frightfest, let alone opening the festival....

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Re: Cherry Tree

Post by ChrisReynolds » Thu Sep 03, 2015 6:31 pm

So many hilarious bits in this:

The devil-child scare at the end.
"You fucking bitch" after being impaled through the chest, delivered in a tone more appropriate to finding out that someone had been saying mean things about her behind her back.
The petrol station attack that the special effects aren't up to, so they just jump-cut to a dummy's face on fire.
The witches trying to burn Faith in the car and then they've all gone off somewhere by the time she escapes.

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