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Fantasy Filmfest Nights 2014

Saturday 22nd March 2014

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OT: Wolf Creek 2
Australia 2013/105 min / English OV
Director: Greg Mclean
Starring: John Jarratt, Shannon Ashlyn, Sarah Robertson, Ryan Corr, Phillipe Klaus
Script: Greg McLean, Aaron Sterns
Producer: Greg Mclean, Helen Leake, Steve Topic
Distribution: KSM

Two German backpackers encounter a nasty serial killer on their trip through Australia ... It's been almost ten years since Mick Taylor raised the Australian hinterland around Wolf Creek Crater to his sadistic playground. Now director Greg McLean has his version of a Freddy Krüger tinkering around there again. Then they cheerfully slaughter to Johann Strauss ‘“ Beautiful Blue Danube ”, whatever it takes, armies of kangaroos are flattened by Taylor's truck and a German tourist couple (who, by the way, don't speak particularly good German in the original version) are professionally dismantled. WOLF CREEK 2 is somewhere between hard slasher movies and comedy. The latter alone because of the strong Aussie accent of the slouch hat wearing serial killer. The technically well-staged film, however, will not have a particularly high priority in the serial killer universe, but is only good as a welcome snack.

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OT: Las Brujas De Zugarramurdi
Spain / France 2013/104 min / Spanish OmeU
Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Actors: Mario Casas, Hugo Silva, Carmen Maura, Terele Pavez, Carolina Bang, Santiago Segura, Secun de la Rosa, Pepon Nieto, Jaime Ordonez
Script: Jorge Guerricaechevarría, Álex de la Iglesia
Producer: Enrique Cerezo
Distribution: Splendid Film

Because he is tired of having to pay alimony all the time, a father commits a robbery. Not only do a few buddies help him, even his little son. The robbers finally flee from the police in a kidnapped taxi and end up in a remote property, not realizing that witches are waiting for them there ... As brilliant as Alex de la Iglesias' jet-black horror show begins, she loses after that, from minute to minute, it accelerates significantly and finally leads to excessive boredom on the way to the end. His parable about the millennia-old battle of the sexes delivers a firework of absurd images, but overwhelms the viewer and ultimately calls on him to surrender. This is all the more sad because the film offers good approaches and is equipped with a fabulous cast. But as the saying goes: not every film can be a masterpiece.

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OT: The Green Inferno
USA 2013/103 min / English OV
Director: Eli Roth
Actors: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, Sky Ferreira, Nicolás Martínez
Script: Guillermo Amoedo, Eli Roth
Producer: Miguel Asensio, Molly Conners, Eli Roth
Distribution: Constantin Film

A group of student activists flies to the Amazon region to protect an indigenous tribe that is threatened by building work. When the plane crashes on the return flight in the middle of the jungle, the crowd of students is soon confronted with cannibals who are anything but averse to a tasty snack ... The dedication at the very end of the credits makes it clear what director Eli Roth is about in this film goes. “Per Ruggero” is capitalized there. What is meant, of course, is none other than Ruggero Deodato, who is particularly valued in fan circles for his cannibal films from the 1970s, for example for NACKT UND ZERFLEISCHT, which is still on the confiscation list in Germany. Even if Roth relocates his film to modern times, the way it is made is reminiscent of those cheap productions that now enjoy cult status and which, by the way, are all neatly listed in the credits of the film. In view of the really blatant scenes of violence in Roth's film, which always holds the camera on when it really hurts, one can already speculate that the film in its unabridged version will possibly make it into the infamous list mentioned above. At the latest when THE GREEN INFERNO is pressed onto silver and blue discs. It is astonishing that FilmVerleih Constantin has actually planned regular theatrical use in Germany. People with weak stomachs should refrain from seeing the film entirely. For die-hard (!) Fans of the Deodato films, Roth's homage might just seem like a small appetizer.

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OT: The Returned
Spain / Canada 2013/98 min / English OV
Director: Manuel Carballo
Starring: Emily Hampshire, Kris Holden-Ried, Claudia Bassolsm, Shawn Doyle
Script: Hatem Khraiche
Producer: George Ayoub, Julio Fernández, Gary Howsam
Distribution: MFA + Filmdistribution

Thanks to a protein, mankind successfully repelled the second great wave of zombies. The only disadvantage: anyone who has ever been a zombie needs one injection every day. Former zombies, known as “The Returned”, are discriminated against and even attacked by society. Alex is one of them - but only his wife, doctor Kate, knows. She secretly procures urgently needed medicine in the hospital - for expensive money. But drugs are becoming scarce because they cannot be produced synthetically. A struggle for survival begins for Alex and Kate, which soon puts their friendship with Alex ‘best friend to the test ... Manuel Carballo is a name that should be remembered. Because he actually succeeded in staging a zombie film that not only gains new aspects from the entire genre, but also functions as a metaphor. Using the example of those who have returned, the film addresses discrimination (the zombies kept in check with medication are marginalized) as well as friendship and love and how these are put to the test by an extreme situation. The rule here is: everyone is next to himself! What is zombiism in the film can be transferred to any other disease that depends on medication (e.g. AIDS). Carballo uses the zombies to exercise the drug shortage and what it means for society. His film remains exciting from start to finish and leaves no room for boredom. A convincing cast, good camera work, the sophisticated sound design and a successful film music leave the other films of the Fantasy Filmfest Nights far behind - at least as far as the first day is concerned.

Sunday 23rd March 2014

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OT: In Fear
England 2012/85 min / English OV
Actors: Iain De Caestecker, Alice Englert, Allen Leech
Screenplay: Jeremy Lovering
Producer: James Biddle, Nira Park
Distribution: Studiocanal

The young couple has only known each other for two weeks, but they are already driving together to a music festival in Ireland. Before the festival, the two want to spend a night in a remote hotel. But that's not that easy to find. It seems as if all the signs in the forest are constantly leading the couple around in a circle. Very gradually, fear and panic break their way. Night is falling ... Three is often one too many. In Jeremy Lovering's thriller, at least, that's exactly the case. The film begins as a two-person piece. Using unusual camera perspectives and a sophisticated sound design, the director succeeds in making the uncanny threat lurking outside perceptible and in breathing immense tension into the film. But that is abruptly wiped out well over half of the film when suddenly a third person comes into play. From then on, the script leaves a lot to be desired, the whole story gets out of hand and leaves the viewer relatively unsatisfied from the cinema. This is all the more annoying because the film shows real skill with its eerie atmosphere. It'll be better next time.

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OT: Goeng Si
HongKong 2013/105 min / Cantonese OmeU
Director: Juno Mak
Cast: Siu-Ho Chin, Kara Hui, Antony Chan, Hoi-Pang Lo, Richard Ng
Script: Jill Leung, Philip Yung
Producer: Juno Mak, Takashi Shimizu
Distributor: Ascot Elite Home Entertainment

A successful actor rents a run-down tenement in order to commit suicide in peace. But he is prevented at the last second and suddenly finds himself confronted with all kinds of supernatural ... Typically Asian elegiac and with the usual liter of blood, Juno Mak celebrates his ghost story, in which vampires also have their place. The pictures are terrific, almost colorless, but always gripping. Unfortunately, the story isn't. And so in the end the film is just bored. Too bad.

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OT: Enemy
Canada / Spain 2013/90 min / English subtitles
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini, Jane Moffat, Joshua Peace
Screenplay: Javier Gullón, José Saramago (author of the book)
Producer: M.A. Faura, Niv Fichman
Distributor: Capelight Pictures

Adam is a history professor at a university in Toronto. He leads a rather spartan life between lectures, corrections and sex with his girlfriend. One day he accidentally discovers an actor who is exactly like him in a video film. The doppelganger becomes his obsession: he researches until he finally tracks him down. The meeting between Adam and his doppelganger Anthony throws both men off track - with dangerous consequences. A lesson in suspense - that's how you could describe Denis Villeneuve's latest film. The film, with an outstanding Jake Gyllenhaal in a double role, perfectly knows how to create the greatest possible tension with minimal resources. Camera work, film music, editing and sound design condense into an intense thriller about identities. Are Adam and Anthony one and the same person? In his film, Villeneuve gives us many small pieces of the puzzle that we as viewers have to assemble ourselves in order to get to the bottom of the story. But that is exactly what makes the film fascinating from start to finish and tempts you to watch it again.

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OT: Dod Sno 2
Norway 2014/100 min / Norwegian OmeU
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Actors: Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Ørjan Gamst, Martin Starr, Ingrid Haas, Jocelyn DeBoer, Amrita Acharia
Script: Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Tommy Wirkola
Producer: Terje Stroemstad, Kjetil Omberg
Distribution: Splendid Film

It's kind of stupid if you accidentally get an operation on the right arm of a Nazi zombie instead of your own sawed off right arm! At least that's what happens to Martin when he wakes up again after the great zombie massacre in the hospital. And nobody believes the story with the Nazi zombies anyway. So it's a good thing that help comes from the USA: the Zombie Squad (three nerds!) Knows. Together they want to defend themselves with Martin against the resurrected Nazi brood ... Tommy Wirkola is Norwegian. And only he can allow himself to stage his splatter fun film in such a politically incorrect way that it hurts - at least the laugh muscles. Whether children who suddenly turn their innermost inside out during a heart massage or wheelchair users who are too slow for the running Nazi zombies and pay with their lives - a German film would have been resented by something like that. And so we are glad that it is a Norwegian who serves us this meat platter. DEAD SNOW 2 picks up exactly where part 1 left off and proves with aplomb that the last word (or the last arm) in this subgenre is far from being said. Bravo!

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OT: The Sacrament
USA 2013/95 min / English OV
Director: Ti West
Cast: Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Kentucker Audley, Amy Seimetz, Gene Jones
Screenplay: Ti West
Producer: Eli Roth, Jacob Jaffke, Peter Phok
Distribution: Constantin Film

Because he is afraid for his sister, who two years ago decided to live in a mysterious community, a photographer sets out to visit her with a reporter and his cameraman. Upon their arrival, the hermetically sealed community gives the impression of paradise on earth. The almost 200 souls pay homage to their leader, whom they all just call “Father” and who takes good care of everyone. But not everything that glitters is gold. The newcomers will have to find out soon too ... Ti West's THE SACRAMENT is a small, unspectacular film, but its subject is always explosive. Formally, the director, who was also responsible for the script, opted for a “fake documentary”. In contrast to the “Found Footage” films, this is a broadcast-ready documentary in which the camera shake is pretty limited. Gene Jones in the role of "Father", reminiscent of John Goodman, is particularly impressive.