Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Director: André Øvredal
Writer: Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman
Based on: Alvin Schwartzbook series
Cast: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Austin Zajur, Natalie Ganzhorn, Lorraine Toussaint
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 28.9.2019
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Plot:
It’s Halloween 1968 and Stella (Zoe Margaret Colletti), Chuck (Austin Zajur) and Auggie (Gabriel Rush) are up to some mischief – more or less enthusiastically. One thing leads to another and the three find themselves on the run together with Ramon (Michael Garza). They end up in the Bellows Mansion that is said to be haunted. There they find a notebook with handwritten stories. Stella – an avid reader and writer herself – takes an interest in the stories. But she quickly realizes that the stories seem to be written just for them. And they start to become real.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark doesn’t have a lot of new things to offer, but it is sweet and charming and just works.

the film poster showing the drawing of a long-haired ghoul with various figures behind it. Below it is a house with four kids in front of it. The house and the kids are standing in an opened book.
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The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

The Autopsy of Jane Doe
Director: André Øvredal
Writer: Ian B. Goldberg, Richard Naing
Cast: Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch, Ophelia Lovibond, Michael McElhatton, Olwen Catherine Kelly
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 6.5.2017
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
Tommy (Brian Cox) and his son Austin (Emile Hirsch) work together as coroners. One night, they get the body of a young woman (Olwen Catherine Kelly) that was just found and suspected to be a homicide victim, although there was no clear indication for the cause of her death. As Tommy and Austin get to work quickly, so the police can face the press with an update in the morning, they realize that something is very strange with that body indeed.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe was tense, effective and well-acted – and had such a stupid ending and was so infuriating in its depiction of women that it almost ruined the film entirely for me. But up until those last 20 minutes, I really enjoyed it.

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Trolljegeren [Troll Hunter] (2010)

[One of the films of the /slash Filmfestival‘s special European evening.]

Troll Hunter is a mockumentary by André Øvredal, starring Glenn Erland Tosterud, Johanna Mørck, Tomas Alf Larsen and Otto Jespersen.

Plot:
Tomas (Glenn Erland Tosterud), Kalle (Tomas Alf Larsen) and Johanna (Johanna Mørck) want to interview the poacher Hans (Otto Jespersen) for a school film project. Hans doesn’t really let them get close, but they’re insistent and follow him around. It doesn’t take long until they discover that Hans isn’t actually hunting bears – but trolls.

Troll Hunter works from a very simple but pretty cool idea. It doesn’t overdo the mockumentary format (thank goodness), tells its story with a nice sense of humor and the Troll special effects are really good. Unfortunately it does have some lengths around the middle.

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