Rabitto horâ 3D [Rabbit Horror aka Tormented] (2011)

Rabitto horâ 3D
Director: Takashi Shimizu
Writer: Takashi Shimizu, Sôtarô Hayashi, Daisuke Hosaka
Cast: Hikari Mitsushima, Takeru Shibuya, Teruyuki Kagawa
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Kiriko (Hikari Misushima) and Daigo (Takeru Shibuya) live with their withdrawn father. The two of them are really close, despite the fact that Kiriko is about ten years older than Daigo and doesn’t speak at all. One day when the two of them go to the cinema, a stuffed rabbit flies out of the screen and into Daigo’s arms. That rabbit drags Daigo into another world and opens a door into their family’s past.

The movie starts off promising but then it switches gears and suddenly becomes another movie entirely. A movie I didn’t care for at all and that didn’t make sense.


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Bad Milo! (2013)

Bad Milo!
Director: Jacob Vaughan
Writer: Jacob Vaughan, Benjamin Hayes
Cast: Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Mary Kay Place, Claudia Choi, Patrick Warburton, Peter Stormare
Part of: /slash Filmfestival [Though I got so drunk during Sharknado that during the Festival proper I barely saw anything of the film and had to re-watch it later.]

Duncan (Ken Marino) has stomach issues which are only made worse by an unwanted promotion, his family’s pressure to have kids with his wife Sarah (Gillian Jacobs) for which he feels entirely unready and the therapist (Peter Stormare) Sarah mostly talked him into seeing. But the stress really only starts when he finds out that his stomach issues are actually a demon living in his bowels.

Bad Milo! was nice but it didn’t blow me away. It had some funny moments but mostly it just kind of ambled along and didn’t move me much in any direction.


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Sharknado (2013)

Director: Anthony C. Ferrante
Writer: Thunder Levin
Cast: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, John Heard, Cassie Scerbo
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

When a freak tornado filled with sharks hits LA, former pro surfer turned bar owner Fin (Ian Ziering) flees the coast with his waitress/girlfriend Nova (Cassie Scerbo). They drive inland to check on Fin’s ex-wife April (Tara Reid) and their kids. But the sharks are everywhere.

Sharknado is a made-for-TV D-movie that uses this fact as license to do whatever the hell it wants, with the worst possible special effects, acting or writing. And that’s exactly what makes it absolutely awesome. It’s the perfect movie to get drunk to and laugh until you cry. Which is exactly what I did.


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Big Ass Spider (2013)

Big Ass Spider
Director: Mike Mendez
Writer: Gregory Gieras
Cast: Greg Grunberg, Clare Kramer, Lombardo Boyar, Ray Wise
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Alex (Greg Grunberg) is an exterminator barely scraping by. During one of his jobs, he gets bitten and has to go to the hospital. While he’s there, he hears that they have a spider problem and sees the perfect opportunity not to have to pay the hospital bill. Little does he know, though, that the spider he’s hunting is not a normal spider. So he doesn’t even back down when the military gets involved.

Big Ass Spider is fun. It doesn’t take anything seriously but rather jokes its way through the plot (that could be potentially horrifying if you’d play it straight). It’s not a problem-free experience, but Greg Grunberg is charming enough that you almost don’t notice.


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Antiviral (2012)

Director: Brandon Cronenberg
Writer: Brandon Cronenberg
Cast: Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Douglas Smith, Joe Pingue, Nicholas Campbell, Sheila McCarthy, Malcolm McDowell, Lara Jean Chorostecki
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Syd (Caleb Landry Jones) works for a clinic that specializes in infecting people with the diseases popular stars have, straight from their bodies. Syd himself is rather partial to model/actress Hannah Geist (Sarah Gadon) and makes a bit of an extra profit by smuggling the diseases out of the clinic by infecting himself and selling them on the black market. When Hannah gets sick from a mysterious disease, it’s Syd who is sent to pick up the virus. Of course, he also injects himself, only to find that Hannah died from the disease – and nobody knows how to cure it.

Antiviral was a fascinating, stylish movie that explores its core concepts right down to the very last detail. I really don’t know what to be more excited about with this film – the content or the amazing performance by Caleb Landry Jones.


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Haunter (2013)

Director: Vincenzo Natali
Writer: Brian King
Cast: Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie, David Hewlett, Michelle Nolden, Peter Outerbridge, Peter DaCunha, Eleanor Zichy
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

On the surface Lisa (Abigail Breslin) has a normal life with her parents (Peter Outerbridge, Michelle Nolden) and her brother (Peter DaCunha). But actually they all died years ago and have been reliving the same Sunday ever since. Only Lisa finally woke up and noticed the repetition. And with that, shadows start to appear, voices can be heard and things become more and more off. And through all that, Lisa finds a connection to other girls.

Haunter wasn’t always perfectly logical but I thought that the concept was interesting, the movie atmospheric and I was generally entertained.


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A Field in England (2013)

A Field in England
Director: Ben Wheatley
Writer: Ben Wheatley, Amy Jump
Cast: Reece Shearsmith, Michael Smiley, Julian Barratt, Richard Glover, Peter Ferdinando, Ryan Pope, Sara Dee
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

A group of soldiers, among them alchemist Whitehead (Reece Shearsmith), flee from a battle in the English Civil War into a seemingly empty field where they are captured by O’Neil (Michael Smiley) who is looking for gold and wants to use Whitehead for that. But things are not at all simple in that field.

Ben Wheatley’s movies and I, we don’t have a very loving relationship. But I think that I might have likes A Field in England even less than Kill List. I didn’t think that was possible but this movie was just crappy.


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Kiss of the Damned (2012)

Kiss of the Damned
Director: Xan Cassavetes
Writer: Xan Cassavetes
Cast: Joséphine de La Baume, Milo Ventimiglia, Roxane Mesquida, Anna Mouglalis, Michael Rapaport, Riley Keough, Ching Valdes-Aran
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Djuna (Joséphine de La Baume) is a vampire, but one who’s lying low: she spends her nights at a friend’s luxurious home watching videos. When she brings the videos back to the rental place, she meets Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia). At first she rebukes his advances, but then she does give in after all and the two of them become very close very quickly. But then Djuna’s sister Mimi (Roxane Mesquida) shows up, who thinks nothing of lying low, and disrupts their lives severly.

The movie really started off on my wrong side and never managed to leave from there. It’s stylish and has amazing sets but the rest of it was either annoying of infuriating.


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Big Bad Wolves (2013)

Big Bad Wolves
Director: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado
Writer: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado
Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Tzahi Grad, Rotem Keinan, Doval’e Glickman, Kais Nashif
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

The police have been investigating a series of disappearances/murders of little girls. Their main suspect is teacher Dror (Rotem Keinan) but they don’t actually have anything on him. After they attempt to beat information out of him, police man Miki (Lior Ashkenazi) is suspended, but can’t really let it go, so he decides to kidnap Dror – only to find that the father of one of the girls, Gidi (Tzahi Grad), had the same idea.

Big Bad Wolves is freaking fantastic. It has one of the deliciously darkest senses of humor I’ve ever seen, it’s tense, exciting and pretty much perfect. I walked out feeling positively post-orgasmic.


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Hail (2011)

Director: Amiel Courtin-Wilson
Cast: Daniel P. Jones, Leanne Letch
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Danny (Daniel P. Jones) was just released from prison and surprises his girlfriend Leanne (Leanne Letch) who is more than overjoyed that he is free again. They live through a short period of everything going right – with their relationship and Danny finding a job. But it all starts to crumble quickly and ends in quite a mess.

Hail is an artsy film, and if you heard artsy in a deragatory inflection, you heard in the tone I meant it. It’s boring, the camera work is annoying and it just tries way too hard to be deep.


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