Over the past few weeks we’ve been keeping you updated on all of the films that premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. You’ve seen tons of images, trailers, stills and enjoyed quite a few interviews. In the end it all comes down to the quality of films, which is why reviews are the most important aspect of any festival. Below you’ll find the full round-up with reviews for Suck, Loved Ones, Tucker & Dale vs Evil, Wake, Amer, A Serbian Film, Red White & Blue, American Grindhouse, Outcast and Jimmy Tupper VS. The Goatman of Bowie. Click here for all of our SXSW coverage.
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Jimmy Tupper VS. The Goatman of Bowie, “I’d venture to guess by the production quality that this was a feature film shot for well under the catering expenses on even a super-low budget film. For that I commend the filmmakers for fighting to get their vision across. I wanted to like Jimmy Tupper vs. The Goatman of Bowie but in the end it just left me wanting a better made film with a better told story.”
Outcast, “Perhaps not completely successful, Outcast is still an interesting experiment in bending a genre story to suite the needs of the characters at the center of it.”
American Grindhouse, “American Grindhouse is less exploration and more academic introduction to the history of this subsection of cinematic culture. Think of it as Exploitation 101.”
Red White & Blue, “Red, White & Blue is duplicitous in its design. By placing its horrors against a wide blue yonder of the infinite Texas sky Rumley purposed the bright sun shiny day as the ultimate juxtaposition to the grim realities of his characters fate. It’s a masterful piece of storytelling from a filmmaker on the rise.”
A Serbian Film, “Hyperbole that I couldn’t even argue as I sat in stunned silence with 250 other people as the credits closed.”
Amer, “In many ways it’s more arthouse than an actual horrorfilm, but whatever Amer goes for in a standalone sequence, more often than not it hits with impressive accuracy.”
Wake, “At moments Wake is stylish, creepy and downright bizarre (don’t miss the wonderful sequence in the 24/7 diner). Even though Wake falls short at the end, Feehan still puts on display his ability to craft a well-rounded film and will be on my radar from here on out.”
Tucker & Dale vs Evil, “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is s seriously one-note flick, but into that single solitary comedy of errors-set up is delivered every possible fulfilled promise. There are boatloads of bloodshed, but it’s almost all punctuated with a slapstick smack of silliness. The stunts that you can see coming are still hilarious and the ones you don’t anticipate detonate like a smart bomb against your funny bone.”
Suck, “ In the end, Suck just can’t completely overcome tone problems and it can’t seem to manage to bring the funny exactly where and when it needs to. The music is fine, the band is somewhat likeable and the journey is peppered with a few moments of hope But in the end, the parts that work pale in comparison to the ones that don’t. This one is late night cable fare at best. ”
The Loved Ones, “For all it’s derivation and homage, The Loved Ones still feels like a wholly original film. A sick and twisted fairy tale inhabited by real flesh and blood people. The film works on several levels, but the key success is in the filmmakers ability to make these people much more true to life than the usual meat puppets that play on the horror film stage.“
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