Reviews: TIFF 2011: LOVELY MOLLY Review
Though by focusing so strongly on character over plot while also tackling incredibly thorny subject matter Sanchez has made a film that will likely prove very difficult to market he has also made one of the most mature and engrossing films of his career. Individual viewer response will likely hinge almost entirely on the degree the viewer identifies with Molly herself but, from this perspective, an unnecessary epilogue aside there's virtually nothing I would change.
Livid (Livide) (2011) | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central
Without a doubt Livid is a tightly constructed horror film that furthers the filmmakers’ distinct visionary styles even though it lacks the viciousness of L’interieur. Returning editor Baxter (who also edited this year’s Midnight Madness film The Incident) and cinematographer Laurent Bares also aid Maury and Bustillo’s nightmarish horror film by bringing the terror to life with low-key lighting and quick, jump-cutting film edits that enhance the frightening moments onscreen.
On the other hand, just like in James Wan’s Dead Silence, the directors of Livid focus too much time on recreating the nostalgic feeling of the Hammer films and spend too little time on providing genuine scares and a coherent plot in this supernatural thriller. While the build-up to the impending horror is effective, once the villains rear their ugly faces (don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you), the film is reduced to formulaic restraints and generic boo tactics that seems far too uninspired for the duo that helmed quite possibly one of the scariest movies ever made just a few years before.
Although Livid does not live up to its high expectations, Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo deserve an "A for effort" for taking a huge risk and gamble for sticking to their guns by continuing to create films with originality. While the film has plentiful gore and fun chills, it is nowhere near the genius of the filmmakers’ directorial debut.
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Chillerama (2011) | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central
It’s not perfect by any means, but as a piece of cinematic subversion Chillerama is right on the mark – something that has to be seen to be believed. Interestingly, for the most part it succeeds as a parody or loving lampoonery of the type of grindhouse flicks that populated the golden era of the drive-in rather than the direct emulation it purports to be: a tonal criticism that may find those expecting films quite literally akin to those from the era being sorely disappointed. For complete enjoyment Chillerama also demands a certain frame of mind (read: intoxicated), and the appeal will most certainly be lost on many. Solo viewings will likely prove underwhelming, but a wild success on the party circuit is absolutely assured. For Rifkin, Sullivan, Green and Lynch, then, it’s Mission Accomplished!
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Inbred (2011) | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central
Inbred boils down to its most basic element: A gory body count flick.
On that side of things, it delivers. Big time. Once the killing starts, you’re never too far away from the next twisted death scene as the citizens of Mortlake get together for their favourite type of Cabaret show, complete with protective goggles and designated splash zone, featuring the murder of outsiders as their favourite main attraction. Inbred is gory as hell, and once the remaining teens start fighting back it becomes a literal bloodbath of severed limbs, blown off heads, crushed bodies and all kinds of splashy goodness. Presented with a fitting mix of CG and prosthetic work, the gore effects are well realised if goofy and obvious at times.
The mean streak of this film really ought to be stressed again. The whole affair is presented in extremely poor taste (decide for yourself whether that’s something you’ll appreciate) but its treatment of its characters is nigh-on sadistic. On multiple occasions, help, escape and triumph seems almost in reach, only to be snatched away with the swing of a cleaver, the blast of a shotgun, or the interruption of a ferret. Yes, you read that correctly: a ferret. The presence of one of these creatures should be enough to tell you where Chandon’s coming from in his representation of the people of Mortlake. Hell, it’s quite surprising that a whippet was nowhere to be seen.
Do not go into Inbred looking for a genuinely horrific, or even particularly thrilling or tense, piece of work – you won’t find that here. What you will find, though, is an amusing (if you’re an appreciator of dark/broad humour), deliciously gory, occasionally shocking and decidedly vicious little film. Sure, in a nutshell it’s pretty derivative backwoods stuff and the lack of anybody to truly root for is a serious flaw, but it manages to generate enough of its own energy and strangely unique attitude to be worthwhile. It most certainly will not please everyone, but for an undemanding body count flick Inbred is a decent waste of 90 minutes.
DeadHeads (2011) | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central
Think this is at ScreamfestLA this year...So with the horror elements gradually waning post-setup, DeadHeads also finds itself being more chucklesome than laugh-out-loud funny. Moments involving Mike losing an arm are initially humorous but quickly overplayed, and some of the dialogue’s punch lines fall flat. Not to say that the film isn’t enjoyable – it most certainly is, but it isn’t as consistently hilarious as it seems to think it is. What DeadHeads doesn’t lack, though, is heart. Sentimentality raises its head quite often, but outright schmaltz is skilfully (and thankfully) avoided, and the inclusion, and fate, of Brent’s friendly zombie Cheese is a strong addition. Reminiscent of Day of the Dead’s Bub, Cheese is a fine example of the kind of emotional heart underpinning the proceedings.
Besides its failings DeadHeads is well shot and directed, suitably appealing, and the laughs that it does deliver (if variably) and likable characters will definitely see you through to the end. As long as you’re expecting more of a romantic comedy angle than real zombie mayhem, you should be more than satisfied with what it has to offer. Touted as North America’s answer to Shaun of the Dead, DeadHeads won’t be stealing the former’s crown any time soon but still remains worthwhile -- and with its lack of the more straight horror elements found in Edgar Wright’s film it could, dare I say it, act as the perfect date movie for those zombie-loving guys out there paired with a horror-shunning other half.
Lovely Molly (2011) | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central
Lovely Molly is a well performed slow-burning horror tale that doesn’t jump out at you with a blatant brand of scares, but rather it slowly eats away at the viewer’s sense of refuge with disturbing imagery and grotesque reveals. The ending will frighten some and confuse others, but whatever your reaction is — it is guaranteed to haunt you for hours or possibly days afterward.
Tim Curry Clowning Around Again in New Gingerclown Teaser Trailers | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central
Umm...wow.With Tim Curry voicing the titular Gingerclown and the combination of Brad Dourif, Lance Henriksen, Michael Winslow, and Sean Young providing voices to characters named “Worm Creature, “Braineater”, “Stomachcrumble”, and “Nelly the Spider Woman”, this is one killer clown flick that’s all but guaranteed to be good even if it turns out bad. And now writer/director/producer Balázs Hatvani has sent over word of new teaser trailers for his monstrous 3D clown flick; consider this a downpayment on the full trailer slated to premiere on the web at the end of the month.
"1983: A group of high school students are having a great time near Hollywood Hills at the weekend when they bump into the Loser from their school, Sam, who’s just on his way home. Sam would do anything in order to get Jenny’s attention, one of prettiest girls in school. Unfortunately she’s also the girlfriend of the school’s bully, Biff, the quarterback of the football team.
Biff and his buddies are keen to take Sam to the old abandoned amusement park to make him prove his courage as part of their initiation ceremony. They involve Jenny in their cruel game as the grand prize of the competition. Sam accepts the challenge, but the girl wouldn’t let him go in by himself; she follows him into the amusement park and a night they’ll never forget.
Because in the old park, hidden in the darkness, are frightening and somewhat eccentric monsters who love to torture innocent human beings while intensively annoying each other.”
Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show) voices "Gingerclown," while Brad Dourif (Child’s Play) voices "Worm Creature," Lance Henriksen (Aliens) as "Braineater," Michael Winslow (Police Academy) as "Stomachcrumble," and Sean Young (Blade Runner) as "Nelly the Spiderwoman."
Look for more soon!
Don't Mess With the Best, No New Ash in Evil Dead Redo - ShockTillYouDrop.com
Answering some speculation as to whether "Ash" will be re-interpreted in the upcoming Evil Dead remake, Bruce Campbell took to Twitter today to say, "No Ash character currently," when asked about the redo.
He elaborated in another update, "Last statement: ED remake is a re-telling. All bets are off & all involved love the new approach."
Fede Alvarez is presently developing the remake for Ghost House Pictures. He'll direct from a script that he penned; Diablo Cody (Jennifer's Body) was brought in for revisions.
There you have it, you don't have to worry about "who is going to play Ash?" anymore
Who is Back for The Last Exorcism 2? - ShockTillYouDrop.com
Ashley Bell told B-D she'll be back to reprise her role in The Last Exorcism 2.
Out promoting The Day at the Toronto International Film Festival recently, she confirmed to the site that just signed on to the project. She did not, however, divulge how big of a part she'll have this time. That's the big question for me: Will this be a full-on return for her or a casual turn to simply bridge the two films? Furthermore, if Bell is back...will Patrick Fabian show his face again?
Strike Entertainment hired Damien Chazelle to pen the sequel. That's about all we know at this point, so stay tuned for more!