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May 11th, 2011 by Vomitron

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  12 mini reviews from BIFFF 2011     BIFFF 2011 minilogo thriller reviews sci fi reviews horror fantasy drama comedy action A brief BIFFF 2011 overview

Your devoted viewer attended 12 theatrical screenings during BIFFF 2011. A mixtures of genres and a variety of topics, with the occasional/obligatory vampires & zombies thrown in the mix. An overview starting with Andy Fetscher‘s second feature ‘Urban Explorer’ and ending with John Carpenter‘s newest ‘The Ward’. Find out & read all about the movies that lie in between, below…


URBAN EXPLORER

  12 mini reviews from BIFFF 2011     Urban Explorer 2011 80x120 thriller reviews sci fi reviews horror fantasy drama comedy action Director: Andy Fetscher
Writer:
Martin Thau
Release year:
2011

Andy Fetscher‘s second feature film can be situated somewhere between Coker & Elliot‘s ‘Catacombs’ (2007) and Christopher Smith‘s ‘Creep’ (2004). ‘Urban Explorer’ is tighter than the first, but not as tense as the latter. A group of young, international thrillseekers gets together in Berlin, hire a German guide and descend into the sewer system because they’ve heard of this legendary Nazi-bunker that’s still hidden down below. The crew of five has no idea what they’re in for, as deep down lives a cannibalistic Nazi who’s very pleased with the new meat for his grinder.

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‘Urban Explorer’ is more or less structured like Neil Marshall‘s ‘The Descent’ (2005), only it uses an urban setting as the backdrop and no evolutionary mutants as the antagonist force of the film. In the first half of ‘Urban Explorer’, our crew has to overcome the usual obstacles when performing acts of speleology. One character even has a nasty fall down a shaft and fractures his leg in a very open manner. The second half, has the horror kick in. Aside from some torturing & meat-eating, Fetscher picks up the pace of the movie with cat & mouse games and chasings down the subway system. Focus lies more on tension than sheer brutality, which really was a fine choice of the director. ‘Urban Explorer’ is far from innovating and offers little in terms of originality, but it’s a decent genre effort nonetheless.

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RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE

  12 mini reviews from BIFFF 2011     Rare Exports 2010 84x120 thriller reviews sci fi reviews horror fantasy drama comedy action Director: Jalmari Helander
Writer:
Jalmari Helander, Juuso Helander, Sami Parkkinen and Petri Jokiranta
Release year:
2010

Santa Claus is real and he’s not some friendly chubby old bearded chap that goes “Ho ho ho” when he sees little kiddies he can give presents to. You better believe it, as ‘Rare Exports’ brings us an original and very twisted spin on your average Christmas tale. Little Pietari lives with his father, a deer hunter, in a remote Finnish village. One day Pietari sneaks away from home to go spy on an American expedition. The team is drilling up some hill for something very precious. When the next day all the deer have been slaughtered in the wild and the little kids have vanished from their bedrooms, Pietari is convinced the Americans let loose Santa Claus. And the guy is upto no good, that’s for sure.

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The raw, pitchblack humor works very effectively in ‘Rare Exports’ and the film builds up a great and original story. But at the end of the ride, you can’t shed the feeling that Jalmari Helander missed out on developing all the potential he spread throughout his film. ‘Rare Exports’ even has the grandeur of an early Spielberg crowdpleaser or, say, Joe Dante‘s highly enjoyable ‘Gremlins’ (1984), but still at the end of the ride, it feels as if one ingredient remains missing. Call me shallow, but for some reason I just wanted to see a big boss fight with that humongously huge Santa-Beast at the end of the film. Or at least a glimpse of the monstrosity. But it remains packed in that big chunk of ice. So just don’t get your hopes up, that’s all I’m saying. But as a climax, that wole army of Santa’s Little Helpers worked as well. And that little ‘prepare for export’ epilogue scene was priceless. You’ll know it when you see it.

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EATERS

  12 mini reviews from BIFFF 2011     eaters03 80x120 thriller reviews sci fi reviews horror fantasy drama comedy action Director: Luca Boni and Marco Ristori
Writer:
Germano Tarriconi and Marco Ristori
Release year:
2010

‘Eaters’ just feels too much like two friends having had the oportunity to make their zombie movie. It makes up for an enthusiastic feature and it’s not really badly put together or anything, but sadly it just doesn’t work too well as a whole. Even with only 90 minutes, the film just feels too long. ‘Eaters’ feels most inspired by George A. Romero‘s ‘Day Of The Dead’ (1985), as it tells a similar story of a group of survivors in an abandoned facility, complete with a (mad) scientist experimenting on the dead. It’s yet another post-apocalyptic zombie movie, and honestly, haven’t we had enough of those by now? Granted, this one’s Italian, but it hasn’t got anything to do with reviving the spirit of Fulci’s more dusty zombie efforts. Just in case you were wondering.

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The good thing is that a big part of the screenplay is dedicated to the zombie hunting duo, Igor & Alen, hitting the road, going on a quest to capture zombies in a doomed and desolate world. But to be fair, it doesn’t really lead to many exciting events in the film. Nevertheless, the fact that Luca Boni & Marco Ristori went out and made their film – with producer Uwe Boll‘s money, no less – is commendable. Sheer enthusiasm goes a long way, but sadly not all the way when it comes to making a decent and exciting movie. ‘Eaters’ has its moments and there are a lot worse low budget zombie flicks out there, but also a lot better ones.

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LA PROIE

  12 mini reviews from BIFFF 2011     La Proie 2011 90x120 thriller reviews sci fi reviews horror fantasy drama comedy action Director: Eric Valette
Writer:
Laurent Turner and Luc Bossi
Release year:
2011

Franck Adrien (Albert Dupontel) is doing time for a robbery. The cash remains hidden and he’s the only one who knows where. He has almost served his sentence behind bars and is about to be set free – to return to his loving wife and daughter – when a serious incident with fellow inmates has his sentence prolongued. Things get worse. When another inmate is set free, Franck’s wife and daughter will face serious danger. The only thing left to do for Franck, is flee the prison to try and save them from a malicious faith. Not an easy task when both the authorities and several criminals are out to hunt you down.

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Eric Valette‘s filmography appears to be a hit-&-miss kind of deal at first, but I can’t help but seeing him as a very gifted director ever since I saw his original and claustrophbic supernatural horror debut ‘Malefique’ (2002). Now he returns to the big screen with ‘La Proie’, a tense thriller with very disturbing themes and an exciting chase movie altogether. It’s the second film of him I’ve seen, so as far as I’m concerned he remains the talented filmaker I initially took him for. The plot is clever and the script by Laurent Turner & Luc Bossi is well-constructed. The acting is great and the action sequences are directed with great flair. One might argue that the very ending of the film is just a tad bit too pleasing, but does it really matter when you’ve just seen a great film?

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LOS OJOS DE JULIA

  12 mini reviews from BIFFF 2011     los ojos de julia 2010 80x120 thriller reviews sci fi reviews horror fantasy drama comedy action Director: Guillem Morales
Writer:
Guillem Morales and Oriol Paulo
Release year:
2010
English title:
‘Julia’s Eyes’

I became an instant fan of Guillem Morales ever since I saw his first film ‘El Habitante Incierto’ at BIFFF 2006. Simply put, it was the most promising debut feature I saw that whole year. Now, about 5 years later, Morales holds true to that promise. ‘Los Ojos De Julia’ is a very tense horror-thriller that yet again incorporates superior elements of paranoia, fear of the unknown and the misunderstandings from one’s own, trusted social environment. Together with Eric Valette‘s ‘La Proie’, ‘Los Ojos De Julia’ had the best constructed plot of all 12 films I’ve seen at this year’s BIFFF edition. The premise: When Julia’s blind twinsister commits suicide under mysterious circumstances and she herself starts loosing her eyesight, she begins to fear that an invisible person has entered her life. Convinced that person is there with malicious intent, she starts questioning everybody and everything around her during her temporary blindness.

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With masterful skills, Morales crafts several sequences full of tension and even sheer terror. But he never looses track of the story the movie is telling and every character introduced – even if some of them appear very sudden – is there for a reason. Leading actress Belén Rueda delivers a frightening stellar performance as Julia and the whole supporting cast does excellent too, for that matter. Drama and nailbiting shocks are carefully balanced and the movie takes its time for the viewer to think along. Even the solid climax, holds up to the rest of the movie. I’m already looking forward to Morales‘ next film. He seems the kind of director that takes his time in order to not let anyone – especially the viewer – down with his next project.

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MUTANTS

  12 mini reviews from BIFFF 2011     mutants 2009 90x120 thriller reviews sci fi reviews horror fantasy drama comedy action Director: David Morlet
Writer:
David Morlet and Louis-Paul Desanges
Release year:
2009

Another French genre outing and yet again this film turned out for the better. The premise does sound a bit clichéd, since it’s vaguely reminiscent of all those recent post-apocalyptic zombie movies out there. ‘Mutants’ isn’t exactly a zombie movie, though it likes to act as one. We are introduced to Marco and Sonia, a couple trying to survive in a land where most of the population is wiped out because of a virus turning its victims into flesh-eating mutants. Sonia is pregnant (and has a medical background), while her boyfriend Marco is infected. When their ambulance runs out of gas, they’re forced to hide out in an abandoned building.

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What works for the better, is that we are introduced to a couple that really cares for each other. Hence, the audience cares for them too. But it soon becomes evident that Marco will suffer the same faith as all the other mutants. The first half of the film takes its time to portray their struggles as a couple. In the second half the action increases as the safety of the facility, in which they took refugee, becomes breached by a group of other (unfriendly) survivors. Sonia is – for reasons I will not unveil – the most interesting character in this film, though Marco is the person who ensures some of the film’s brooding tension, as halfway the film it becomes clear that Sonia will have to confront him again in his mutant state of being. In the end, for Sonia, it leads up to a race for survival at which point it remains unclear for a long time if she will be rescued or not. Director David Morlet managed to deliver a realistic genre film and actress Hélène de Fougerolles makes Sonia’s struggles feel genuine.

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PREY

  12 mini reviews from BIFFF 2011     Prey 2010 85x120 thriller reviews sci fi reviews horror fantasy drama comedy action Director: Antoine Blossier
Writer:
Antoine Blossier and Erich Vogel
Release year:
2010
French title:
‘Proie’

‘Prey’ is a tight creature feature, but it really doesn’t bring anything new to the table. Well, except for a vintage eco-horror message sprinkled throughout the plot, just like a good old twist of lemon in your average drink. In this case, the particular ecological problem (chemical polution of the environment) even reminded me of a good old creature feature like ‘Prophecy’ (1979). But ‘Prey’ turned out much more the type of survival-in-the-woods kind of horror that we’ve grown used to nowadays again, due to films like ‘Dying Breed’ (2008) and ‘Humains’ (2009). ‘Prey’ isn’t a bad film, certainly not, but I expected it to bring a bit more original things to the table. Critics saying that the movie references Russell Mulcahy‘s ‘Razorback’ (1984), are just wrong in their description. Director Antoine Blossier wasn’t influenced by this film when he was writing the script for ‘Prey’.

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What does work in favor for a movie like ‘Prey’, is the type of characters it introduces. In this case, it’s a family who built their own empire in the field of farming. Because of them having used a new experimental type of fertilizer, boars in the environment became aggressive and started mutating. When faced with the problem, tension amongst the family members rises, eventhough they’ll have to work together in order to survive the night, while trying to hunt down the ravenous boars. The body of the film basically is yet another race for survival. But the film does end on a harsh note, which leaves you hanging a bit.

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STAKE LAND

  12 mini reviews from BIFFF 2011     stake  and 2010 80x120 thriller reviews sci fi reviews horror fantasy drama comedy action Director: Jim Mickle
Writer:
Nick Damici and Jim Mickle
Release year:
2010

With heir debut ‘Mulbery Street’ (2006), director Jim Mickle & writer Nick Damici did something right from the getgo already: making your characters interesting enough so that they can become the driving force of the entire movie. I use the words ‘driving force’ deliberately, because the duo’s new film ‘Stake Land’ pretty much is a fullblooded roadmovie. And yet again Mickle & Damici didn’t forget about character development. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the vile and bestial vampire population has virtually rendered our civilisation extinct. We follow Mister (played by Nick Damici himself), a veteran vampire fighter & allround survivor, together with Martin (promising young actor Connor Paolo), a teenager who came under Mister’s protective wings after his family was slaughtered by vampires. Together they cross the country by car in search for a place of newfound hope for mankind, called New Eden. The game is far and foremost one of survival, and one question for those who will tag along with the duo remains throughout: Will they survive the journey long enough to reach their destiny?

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Jim Mickle incorporates our common knowledge of the vampire mythos (the stakes, the sunlight) but also intelligently enhances it with other ideas and themes. At one point, later in the movie, even religion comes peaking around the corner. And not in the traditional way you’d expect it to be. Because of the decisions the main characters make, they become more human in this fictuous, hostile world. In that regard, the ending of the movie works fine as well. It’s sad, yet it embodies hope. With the material Mickle & Damici spread out in ‘Stake Land’, it’s safe to say that because of people like them, the nowadays saturated world of horror cinema might become a better, more interesting place again.

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TETSUO: THE BULLET MAN

  12 mini reviews from BIFFF 2011     tetsuo the bullet man 2009 83x120 thriller reviews sci fi reviews horror fantasy drama comedy action Director: Shinya Tsukamoto
Writer:
Shinya Tsukamoto and Hisakatsu Kuroki
Release year:
2009

As if time has stood still for about 17 years, Shinya Tsukamoto returns to his cyberpunk roots, bringing us the third film in the ‘Tetsuo’-franchise. Juiced up for a new generation of fans, ‘Tetsuo: The Bullet Man’ also stays very true to its origines. Yet again, much like in ‘Tetsuo: Body Hammer’ (1992), the main character witnesses the death of his son, hereby triggering metal to emerge from his flesh, mutating him into an unstoppable killing machine out for revenge. For Tsukamoto standards, the plot – just like in the other two ‘Tetsuo’ films – is rather minimalistic. So in that sense, it’s also a faithful second sequel. Or perhaps a re-telling might be a better description, as ‘The Bullet Man’ feels much like a reincarnation of ‘Body Hammer’. Nevertheless, we are offered a background story regarding Anthony (Eric Bossick) and the reason for his raging mutations are explained.

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Perhaps a bit of an unfortunate choice was to shoot the film in English language. Now, the sparse dialogues sound kind of flat, while in Japanese they would have felt more frigid and cold, conform the urban, dehumanizing setting the story takes place in. But I’ll admit this is just a minor gripe. Shinya Tsukamoto himself plays the role of the sadistic antagonist who kills Anthony’s son, turning his revenge this time into a personal vendetta, fueled by the vindictive pleas of his own loving wife. The pounding industrial soundtrack is yet again composed by genius Chu Ishikawa. Even Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) contributed to it, composing ‘The Bullet Man Theme’.

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THE TROLL HUNTER

  12 mini reviews from BIFFF 2011     The Troll Hunter 2010 85x120 thriller reviews sci fi reviews horror fantasy drama comedy action Director: André Øvredal
Writer:
André Øvredal
Release year:
2010
Norwegian title:
‘Trolljegeren’

Those fine filmmakers up there in the Scandinavian regions definitely know how to shake up the rest of the world with original genre movies. After the Finnish ‘Rare Exports’, comes the Norwegian ‘The Troll Hunter‘. Yes, it’s true, trolls exist and this movie provides proof. While being presented as a mockumentary, you won’t have to worry: ‘The Troll Hunter’ plays out like a solidly budgetted work of fiction with wonderful special effects. But what really makes the film work very well, is the dead serious tone it uses to bring us its subtle but often absurd form of comedy. A camera crew is tracking an alledged trollhunter; basically a grumpy loner who lives and travels around in his jeep & trailer. Their efforts of approaching him seem fruitless at first, but after a while the hunter agrees to have them tag alone. Because the truth to the matters, covered up by the government for a long time, has to be told.

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It does take about half an hour before all aspects of the movie fall into place, though. Coincidentally, that’s around the point where the crew gets confronted with the first giant troll and the hunter manages to kill it. Not only those scenes are tense and impressively filmed, from then on the film’s bone-dry humor manifests itself. There are funny bits & pieces of trivia we learn about the various ‘ethnical groups’ amongst the trolls. Writer/director André Øvredal also pokes fun at the Norwegian government at times as well as sharing some more socially relevant inside-jokes. The humorous language the film handles is infectious. During the Q&A after the screening, it became clear that Øvredal is a down-to-earth, humorous kind of guy himself, whome you cannot mistake for anybody else than the man behind ‘The Troll Hunter’. You simply have got to love this guy and what he accomplished with his first film.

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SECONDS APART

  12 mini reviews from BIFFF 2011     Seconds Apart 1 80x120 thriller reviews sci fi reviews horror fantasy drama comedy action Director: Antonio Negret
Writer:
George Richards
Release year:
2011

‘Seconds Apart’ definitely has a lot going for it, especially in the plot department. Jonah and Seth are twin brothers with frightening paranormal abilities. They have the power to influence people’s minds in such a way that they may be tricked into seeing an alternate reality. For some time now, Jonah and Seth have been tormenting & murdering fellow students as well as other people who came to close to figuring out their dark secret. They coldly call their killings ‘experiments’ and document them on video. Police inspector Lampkin – suffering from the loss of his wife in a fire – comes very close to uncovering the truth.

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Director Antonio Negret surely knows how to rise above genre limitations and leave conventions behind. This doesn’t mean you’ll get to see the best film you’ve seen in a while, but originality goes a long way. And by all means, do expect a horror film, because it’s still a genre effort and a pretty scary one while at it. One particular killing was even so inventive, it reminded me of how for instance Freddy Krueger tricked people into getting killed during the 80′s. But this time, without the oneliners. The characters are believable and the love angle with Jonah & Eve, which caused for bad blood to rise between the twins, felt in place. ‘Seconds Apart’ even is an original movie title, as it comes to be explained in the film.

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THE WARD

  12 mini reviews from BIFFF 2011     Ward poster 81x120 thriller reviews sci fi reviews horror fantasy drama comedy action Director: John Carpenter
Writer:
Michael Rasmussen and Shawn Rasmussen
Release year:
2010

Return to form, back to his roots. That’s pretty much the best way to sum up what ‘The Ward’ is all about. The only thing lacking to complete that picture, is a vintage analog synth score from back in the days. But that’s hardly anything to complain about, is it? Fact is that in a world where contemporary genre cinema seems to be dominated by convoluted storylines, hyper-cut editing & grotesquely gory imagery, Carpenter comes up with a steadily paced fright film that takes its time to build up some mood & atmosphere. I won’t even blame it on his so-called stubborness, but more thanks to his experience in the field of horror cinema.

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So in that sense, ‘The Ward’ also isn’t innovating cinema. It’s just a film that slowly draws you in and invites you along for the ride. And Carpenter has not lost his skills. Once again filmed in 2:35:1 scope, every shot is nicely framed & perfectly lit and Carpenter uses simple but effective plot devices to both build in twists and evoke the occasional scares. The plot evolves from a mystery thriller to a straight up horror film. Amber Heard is acting pretty decent and plays Kristen, who gets commited to a women’s hospital at the very beginning of the movie. When her fellow female patients start disappearing mysteriously, she gets convinced the mental institute is haunted by a vengeful spirit. How it all plays out? Find out for yourself. When any of the Masters of Horror makes a new genre movie, every self-respecting fan of the genre owes it to himself to watch it. And preferably: not nag about it.

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