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8 Festival Favorites We Can’t Wait For You to See in 2017!

Raw

A coming-of-age via cannibalism tale, Raw is a unique little body horror film, though it is surprisingly tame considering its subject matter (or maybe I’m just a jaded horror fan who has seen one too many gore-fests). Still, the acting is top notch and the story will always have you wondering where it’s going to go next. While I didn’t love the film as much as others seemed to, I still enjoyed it quite a bit. The final moments of Raw are simply delightful so it’s no wonder that audiences voted Raw the 3rd best film of the festival.

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Another WolfCop

The original WolfCop (review) got bogged down with an origin story that took up too much of the film. It also tried a little too hard to be a cult film, Another WolfCop (read my review)succeeds at having no goal other than to entertain. It’s a total blast of a film that is a significant step up from the original and should be seen with a large group of friends and a lot of drinks. The jokes come fast and furious, with almost all of them landing (except one gag involving an anthropomorphic penis that gets stale after two minutes). This isn’t high art here, it’s Another WolfCop!

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Colossal

Nacho Vigalondo’s (Timecrimes, Open WindowsColossal (review) is a pleasant surprise. Billed as the “Anne Hathaway kaiju movie,” it actually has a lot more on its mind than monster mayhem. While it’s hardly a horror film (it’s more of a comedy with dramatic elements), I couldn’t resist including it on this list. The first half of the film is near perfect as Hathaway (who is outstanding) learns that a giant monster attacking Seoul is directly linked to her. The film earns plenty of laughs before some abrupt shifts in tone during its second half. These tonal shifts don’t always work, but the ending is so perfect that it’s almost enough to excuse the film’s flaws. Colossal may be too quirky to get a wide release, but this could easily turn into the feel-good movie of the year. If it ends up in a theater near you make it a point to seek it out.

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The Invisible Guest

The Invisible Guest isn’t really a horror film but it’s too good not to include on this list (it even made it on Kalyn’s Top 10 list this year). It is a thrilling locked room mystery that finds a man on trial for murder after waking up in a hotel room next to the body of his lover. The majority of the film is told via flashback (or a flashback within a flashback, in some cases) as the characters try to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together. Director Oriol Paulo squeezes every bit of tension that he can out of his premise. The plot may rely a bit too much on coincidences, but they’re easily forgivable when the film is this entertaining. It’s a deliberately paced potboiler of a film that builds up to its totally insane and satisfying ending.

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Which festival favorite are you looking forward to (hopefully) seeing this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • sliceanddice

    What about the void?

    • JoeInTheBox

      I’m still eager to see it as I backed it as well but after it’s premiere at Fantastic Fest, it seems like the reception was just mediocre.

      • sliceanddice

        pity. i thought some folk had liked it. looked brilliant i thought. surely we’ll see it some day.

        • JoeInTheBox

          I can’t find an article but I thought it had gotten picked up for distribution. Never the less, I’m sure it’ll be released sooner rather than later.

  • Mamet006

    ‘8 Films That Won’t Live Up To Festival Hype And Will Be Forgotten Immediately’

    • BloodyDisgusted

      I’ll respond to your pointless and subjective comment with a pointless and subjective comment of my own, “wrong.”

    • mR_BuNgLe

      Can’t speak for all 8, but RAW will be remembered.

    • Elizabeth

      Hype would be if the author was listing movies other people and/or advertising told him were good. These are movies he personally watched and thought were worth our time. That’s a pretty big difference in definitions.

      • Mamet006

        It certainly contributes to hype. What, Brad’s multiple Blair Witch orgasms can’t be considered hype either? It’s not a big difference at all.

  • J Jett

    i literally just got through watching BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER 10 minutes ago and….it’s um….what did i just watch? LOL. the story i guess went over my head because i found it confusing (who Emma’s character may or may not be in relation to the other character(s), etc. etc.). i don’t know what i feel about that film.
    i’m going to watch (hopefully tonight) I AM THE PRETTY THING tonight and then i can know for sure if i like Oz Perkins’s directing/writing or not.

    oh and i definitely want to check out SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD.

    • Spoilers….

      Emma’s character is the same character as Kiernan Shipkas’. (It’s simply 8 years later. Same character, different actresses, 8 years in between).

      • ScriptGiverTJ

        You’re an asshole.

      • J Jett

        thanx for the help you guys! i figured that that was what it was but i wasn’t 100% sure. also, the other part that i thought was overly pushing any and all credulity was the “serendipitous” crossing paths of **** and Rose’s parents all those years later. i don’t mean to sound like i’m trashing this movie. it is kind of creepy/haunting (the freaky as fuck body movements/summoning in front of the furnace as well as the VERY well done body contortion scene were perfect). once i watch I AM THE PRETTY THING from the director, i’ll have a better idea if BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER’s directing style/cinematography, etc. is how Oz directs all his films or if it was intentionally sparse/artsy-ish/etc. (i don’t mean those terms in a bad way). 🙂

        • Honestly what stuck with me about the film is this:

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          She didn’t finish her ritual while she was in school and was institutionalized. Then the demon (devil?), who was essentially her only father figure, abandoned her. She spent all of those years waiting for the chance to escape to go back and finish her ritual in the hopes that the entity would return to her. When she finally completes the ritual and it doesn’t come back, she is crushed. Those final moments with Roberts sobbing in the snow hit me hard (especially once I understood the twist). She is now alone and nothing she does will ever fix it. Her guardian is gone forever. It’s so affecting. I do agree that the coincidence of her running into Boynton’s parents is TOO much of a coincidence, but I’ll let it slide.

          • JoeInTheBox

            Precisely why I loved the movie after giving it some consideration. The true horror of the piece is the abandonment and her hopeless chances of that kind of connection with anyone or anything else. Also, ultimately, what that means in the grand scheme of things.

            A really unique approach without being exploitative, given the subject matter.

    • JoeInTheBox

      Exactly what Borgman said, and once I made that connection, the movie kind of haunted me for days. I was a bit cold towards it up until the third act where it laid all it cards out one by one.

      Not for everyone, but it blew me away.

    • What they said below. If you read my review you’ll see I included a spoiler section where I mentioned that the vagueness of that twist was my main gripe with the film. It’s not made clear at all (sans the bullet wound on both girls), but once you realize that’s what happened it’s truly haunting. I don’t want to go into any more spoilers but if you have any questions you can DM me on Twitter or Facebook. =)

      • J Jett

        thanx Trace! 🙂

    • AkumajoBelmont

      Blackcoat was awesome, I loved it. I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House though… amazing atmosphere, great writing and great performances, but sooooooooo boring. I love slow burns, but IATPTTLITH was just an exercise in nothing. I really dig Oz and his style, and IATPTTLITH was definitely a valiant attempt at something different, but it missed the mark completely. At least for me.

    • diapers

      Yeah, I just finished Blackcoat’s as well. I really dug it, but am also confused as hell, and plan on watching a few more times. Remember the film Lost Highway, and the big switcheroo that happens? Reminded me of Blackcoat’s, but this time it is even more frenetic.

  • mR_BuNgLe

    Colossal was okay. Raw is where it’s at. A damn masterpiece.

    • See, I ADORED Colossal, but thought Raw was just alright. Most people feel the opposite and I accept that.

      • mR_BuNgLe

        Did you review both? I’d like to read them.

        I loved Colossal to a point, but then it just took a turn and lost me. Raw on the other was totally effective and tense throughout. It really landed for me. Can’t wait to see it again.

        • I did not. By the time I saw them other BD writers had already reviewed them. I’m a sucker for the quirky humor present in Colossal. And I know people similar to the main characters. It just resonated with me.

  • Erik The Red

    Thanks for revealing there is a twist in Safe Neighborhood. I’m sure you’ll ruin more of the movie as the year advances.

    • Sorry! =(

      • Elizabeth

        Don’t sweat it. You can’t win in these types of situations. I think the best way to do it is to tell people to avoid spoilers like the plague and trust that they’ll punch anyone who tries to tell them about twists. (related story: I was in line to see Seven at the movie theater and some guys I went to school with came out and shouted the ending to everyone)

        • Chaybee

          Before seeing The Sixth Sense, one of my friends said “You’ll never guess the ending”. UGH…I guessed it before I even got to see the film.

      • Erik The Red

        It’s cool. It happens. It just takes the fun out of a twist when it’s revealed there is a twist. When and if I watch the movie the whole time I’m going to be waiting for a twist. It’s my fault for reading too much. Next time I’ll just read the names of the movies and call it a day. 🙂

    • sailor monsoon

      That’s exactly what i thought too
      “…don’t let anyone ruin the twist!”
      But then you reveal there’s a twist
      And now my mind is automatically thinking of Every single possibility it can be

      • The Fucked Up

        Usually it’s the overly explaining trailer that spoils the whole thing.
        And nowadays every movie has some form of twist, so I just (try to) forget about it and go into the theater with a blank mind (and expression) – I’ve been accused of this being my 24/7 default though 😉

        • Erik The Red

          It’s a competition between the internet media and the trailers to ruin as much of a movie as possible. I actually miss the days before the internet when movies could actually maintain surprises and twists.

          • The Fucked Up

            Yeah but then you had to actually go outside to stumble upon a movie poster. Now you can just sit at your computer and scream at stupid trailers and never have to leave the house cause the trailer spoiled the movie for you. Where’s my Vicodin?

    • Hash-Slinging Slasher

      Spoiler alert: There’s a twist in every movie.

      • Erik The Red

        No.

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