Premiering at the TIFF before screening this past weekend at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, I was a mediocre fan (yet enjoyed it quite a bit) for Inside directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s follow-up nightmare Livid, which went with atmosphere over gore.
Bloody D stringer Brad McHargue reports in from FF where he stands firm with the opposing crowd: The film fails to overcome the weak script.
Inside you’ll find McHargue’s thoughts on the horror fairytale that’s set during Halloween night when three youths decide to burglarize an old lady’s desolate house, but what awaits them is no ordinary house…
It looks like I’m in the minority on this one, but I thought Tom Six’s The Human Centipede (Full Sequence) was a hilarious jab at the critics that have condemned him since the first film back in 2009. While it does come off as beating a dead horse to no end, it’s still a piece of art that one shouldn’t be taking too seriously. Yet, all the things I admire about the Franken-film, are all of the things critics appear to be slamming. To each their own, I guess.
You’ll find my positive review here, with David Harley joining the likes of Brad McHargue with his highly negative review beyond the break. I seriously cannot wait until October 7 to see what you, dear Bloody Disgusting readers, have to say! – Mr. Disgusting.
Screening at the ongoing Fantastic Film Festival in Austin, Texas, David Harley write in with his thoughts on Filmax’s Sleep Tight, a new thriller from Spaniard Jaume Balagueró, best known for co-directing REC and REC 2, along with Darkness, Fragile and Nameless.
In the film: The residents of the building where Cesar works as a doorman are not aware of the overtime he has been putting in. Apparently, he is at their service both day and night.
“Marini’s script might be built upon a simple, familiar premise but the characterization is excellent, giving Tosar the ammunition needed to create one hell of a creepy villain.”
Click the title to read Harley’s entire review.
*Update: Read two more reviews on Bloody.
Reviews have begun pouring online so I figured we may as well post our first in a series hitting Bloody Disgusting. Brad McHargue (@BradMcHargue) reports in from Fantastic Fest following the world premiere of Tom Six’s The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence). Much like the reviews I’ve seen thus far, McHargue was NOT a fan, which actually makes me even more excited to see it myself.
You can watch the intro to the screening at Corey Mitchell’s online blog, with the first review inside. Watch this spot for David Harley’s thoughts in the coming week, with a potential third review if any of the staff like the film. I love a bit of controversy!! You’ll find the first theatrical listings here.
Fantastic Fast, Austin’s annual celebration of genre greatness, just added seventeen new films to its slate, along with a New York Asian Film Festival that will be comprised of four surprise 35mm screenings of Hong Kong exploitation flicks from the late 80′s and early 90′s!
Melancholia is probably the most high profile addition, but there’s a lot of very impressive films making their way into the line-up, including Nacho Vigalondo’s Extraterrestrial, Jaume Balaguero’s Sleep Tight, and Pastorela: A Christmas Play, which sounds like it could be this year’s feel good holiday event. I’m sure they’ll be at least one or two more waves announced before the fest starts, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for The Thing, The Skin I Live In, The Wicker Tree and The Theatre Bizarre.
Check out the full list beyond the break.
Fantastic Fest, Austin’s genre film festival, has been snatching headlines left and right over the past few years and judging by their initial line-up, looks like they’ll be doing it again. Beyond the Black Rainbow is my most anticipated title in their 2011 slate so far, but there’s a great mix of new and old from around the world including Japan, Belgium, Mexico, Russia, Hong Kong, Korea and the USA as well. There’s two Fulci restorations, a 3D spaghetti western, something that sounds like a Japanese remake of Love Object and a “mondo trasho flick about a yakuza with a machine gun arm and a rocket launcher leg.”
Check past the break for the first twenty films, with a lot more to be announced in the coming weeks. I’m predicting The Wicker Tree and Melancholia to be in the next batch.