Just last week Fred Andrews saw his indie Creature self-distributed by Sid and Jon Sheinberg’s Bubble Factory. Sid was the president of Universal Studios during the release of classics such as Jaws, ET and Jurassic Park, so it’s a shock knowing his new company had faith in this incomplete creature feature. The film grossed only $331,000 opening up in 1,507 U.S. theaters this weekend, making it the worst premiere ever for a film opening in 1,500 locations or more, according to BoxOfficeMojo and Yahoo.
The film flopped. It currently has a 13% on Rotten Tomatoes and was panned by most critics. And while we respect the opinion of those who enjoyed the flick, director Fred Andrews has none for those who hated it. In fact, he sort of implies that the film was made for morons. How so? Read on to see.
Chris Alexander, Fangoria’s newest Editor-in-Chief, explains that the long running magazine – who also gave the film a cover story – is “friends” with Andrews, and offers the director their platform to insult critics who hated the film. We’ll use ours to respond.
“Oh no, the negative reviews have been in no way disappointing; in fact, I am impressed with how many different and creative ways people have been able to express their distaste for the film,” Andrews jokes. “But seriously, of course I anticipated a lot of negative reviews just given the very nature of the film. It’s not a film for critics; I mean, come on, it’s called CREATURE, for God’s sake!”
First, he sarcastically jokes about people slamming the film, and then retracts his light comments by saying, “but seriously.” He then goes on to state he anticipated a lot of negative reviews, which to me implies that he knows how bad his movie is. Furthermore, he continues by stating that it’s not a film for critics, which implies it’s for people of a lesser nature, as if critics are on some sort of f*cking pedestal of power.
“But on the other hand, I was happily surprised when the LA Times gave us a good, honest review; they got it. As have a number of other reputable critics and publications like FANGORIA, Nuke the Fridge, Killer Films and Unwinnable.” Andrews continues implying that because these publications “liked the film” it’s an “honest” review, and that they are “reputable”. By the very nature of his comments, anyone who did not like it is a liar and a joke. Therefore, he’s calling me the same.
He goes on with the baby insults, “Those lowbrow sites that have trashed it and bloggers who harshed on the film were no surprise to me, man. Come on, what kind of critic are you if you use the word “titties” in your review, or you’re still talking about my film when you’re reviewing another one. You can’t take those guys seriously, man; they’re bottom feeders.”
I don’t know what sites he’s referring to but an opinion is an opinion, man. In fact, the “bottom feeders” were the ONLY sites giving his little film attention, man. They were the ones supporting it, giving it press and even acknowledging that they had high hopes for it, man. No horror fan wants to see a bad movie nor do they want to be disappointed, man. Nobody was even rooting for Andrews to fail, man, man.
If anything, he failed the horror community by releasing an *incomplete film that disappointed the majority of people who saw it.
Again, we respect all opinions, which is why we have user reviews for for the flick (there aren’t many, because nobody saw it). But Andrews takes it too far, takes it too personal and insults anyone who has distaste for Creature. Don’t ever forget that if you disliked Creature you’re an idiot and a bottom feeder who doesn’t “get it”.
*Spoiler warning: I’d also like to note that the film does NOT have a third act. The protagonist has the final battle with the Creature OFF camera.