Posted in Horror Movies, Movie Reviews

Found Footage 3D Review

 

  • August 20th, 2016
  • Horror
  • 1 Hour 48 Minute Run Time

 

The big world premiere for Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Fest was Found Footage 3D, a film years in the making that had gained quite a bit of traction online. Does this film live up to the hype it has created or fall into the same tropes most films of this genre have?

Found Footage 3D follows a small group of people wanting to make the first ever 3D found footage film, to make their place in the genre. When arriving at their film site which is a old cabin with a shady past they soon start to realize that there is something actually happening in that cabin to them turning their movie shoot into a actual horror found footage film.

It’s a simple enough premise and not something I’d call truly groundbreaking but what this film tries to do is almost spoof the found footage genre. They constantly call out the tropes of the genre in a joking or mocking fashion. The problem is that then the film falls right back into said tropes they previously had went after. You can’t mock something so much then make the same mistake the films you are going at do. It’s the case of being too meta for it’s own good. It doesn’t help either that so much of the film is just set ups, character developments, and a good amount of dialog that by the end when the events finally unfold that everything just goes to waste and feels rushed. Now I am not saying character development is a bad thing as this is a very character driven film. It is bad however when most of the characters you are trying to progress towards the film hit the end point where everything decides to go full speed (like most found footage films do) makes it feel a little less worthwhile.

Another big problem is like most 3D films I feel like this was just added so they could claim it as 3D. Only at the beginning when the characters were first toying with their new 3D cameras did any of it actually have a 3D feel to it. Otherwise it just gave the normal 3D effect of giving the film a more circular view instead of looking at it on a flat surface. The film will be able to claim itself as the first 3D film but I feel like it wasn’t truly worth it. I will say as well that this is the only 3D movie ever to make me feel a little nauseous in a few scenes. The shakey cam along with 3D effects can be hard to take in as well as the few scenes involving two go pros.

I will give it to the film however for having a few good gore scenes along with some very funny dialog. The characters banter between each other can be quite entertaining and is by far the biggest highlight of the film. It is humorous to hear them go on about the horrible things other films do and how to make their own better even if you only end up disappointed in the actions they take. I’ll also give them credit for making me truly hate a character that being Derek (played by Carter Roy). (Also bonus points for Scott Weinberg).

Unrelated to the review before the film director Steven DeGennaro did come and speak to a nearly sold out theater for the world premiere of his first full length film. After the movie a full Q&A was held by the director and full cast for the audience to ask about the making of the film.

Overall I really went into this film with high hopes and instead left feeling like this was no better than all the other found footage films being released today. It just boiled down to unnecessary 3D, slow pacing, and being too meta for it’s own good. Not something I could truly recommend.

 

Score : 3/10

 

Film reviewed as part of Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Fest with passes provided by Wizard World and Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Fest.

Posted in Horror Movies, Movie Reviews

Don’t Breathe Review

 

  • August 26th, 2016
  • Horror
  • 1 Hour 28 Minute Runtime

 

As the opening to the 2016 Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Fest a nearly sold out Rosemont, IL theater was treated to the Chicago premiere of Don’t Breathe, a film coming from director Fede Alvarez hot off the success of his Evil Dead reboot. Thankfully just like Evil Dead Fede knocked it out of the park with Don’t Breathe.

Don’t Breathe follows a simple concept, three people break into a house that they know is owned by a blind old war vet who supposedly is sitting on a huge sum of money. The plan is simple, go in, get the money, and get out. Once they are in however it quickly sprawls out of control and they discover the house and the man inside aren’t who they think.

Now one thing that really makes this story so impressive is that while it’s simple enough the intensity of the situations they get into inside that house drive the film forward. For 90% of this taking place inside one house the film never feels like it’s trapped inside a small place. Once the film really gets going it just doesn’t give in. With unrelenting intensity, suspense, and thrills Don’t Breathe really gets you in and takes you for a ride. Just as you think you know what will happen the film throws a huge twist at you never letting you fully know what is going to happen. It ignores the common tropes films like this would give instead giving you a fresh new taste.

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One must give a huge amount of credit to the three stars of the film who single handedly carry Don’t Breathe. Stephen Lang as the unnamed Blind Man, a person who can easily be seen as the victim at times while a brutal villain other times. What is truly amazing though for him is that even at his darkest times you find yourself slightly emphasizing with him for what he had to go through in life that lead him to the predicament he is currently finding himself in. Meanwhile Jane Levy and Dylan Minnette play the roles of thieves who are simply stealing to try to provide for a better life for themselves and loved ones. They have no intent on hurting and even go as far to keep limits (though for criminal reasons). Jane Levy once again (after her leading role in Evil Dead) proves that she has the potential and skills to the be one of / if not the new leading lady in horror while Dylan Minnette proves he can carry his own weight.

Unrelated to the film prior to the screening Bruce Campbell did come out and give a opening ceremony speech along with introducing director Fede Alvarez. After the film a Q&A session was held with Film Festival member Josh Goldbloom along with director Fede Alvarez and lead actor Stephen Lang. They discussed making the film along with their favorite moments, the other actors in the film and more of Fede’s work and thoughts.

Overall Don’t Breathe is the fresh new take the horror genre needed and since this film is getting a wide national release I truly hope it does well and gives studios the incentive to put more money in horror directors hands to create some great new films. Fede along with the cast of this deserve high praise for not only releasing what will be one of the best horror films of the year but one of the years best overall. Don’t Breathe is a must see.

 

Score : 9/10

 

Film reviewed as part of Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Fest with passes provided by Wizard World and Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Fest.

 

Posted in Comedy Movies, Movie Reviews

Sausage Party Review

 

  • August 12th, 2016
  • Comedy
  • 1 Hours 29 Minute Run time

 

Sausage Party will go down as one of the raunchiest movies of the year, quite possibly ever especially in animation. Made by an all star comedy cast though does it pull though with the jokes or go fully limp?

We follow a group of food in a supermarket who believe that humans are immortals and that outside the store is what god has made for them and in it is a amazing afterlife. What happens though when one sausage truly finds out what happens and attempts to warn the rest of the food items what truly beholds them outside in the world?

Sausage Party first off is a simple enough premise but by the end packs a deeper punch. The strong undertone of thoughts on religion are very blatant throughout. The film tries very hard to make a plot though between the nonstop assault of jokes and gags to fill its 89 minute run time. They do a decent enough job at it but per usual with more adult comedies the hidden meaning seems to truly stand out as their personal message.

Now only the jokes of it. Sausage Party is a hard R rated comedy, it is extremely vulgar, raunchy, racist, with many sexual gags that almost never stop. They try to offend every race and culture and while a good amount of it is down right hysterical I found especially towards the middle the film was lacking. The complex jokes didn’t always go through and the attempts to thicken a plot would sometimes hold the jokes back. I also found a few of the smaller characters they added that had more racist personalities just not humerus. As if they were in there more for shock just in attempts to offend. I will say the final sequence of the movie delivers almost too many laughs in one of the most memorable scenes this year I’d imagine. Now don’t get me wrong this film is very funny and clever with many jokes, I just think it could of been a little funnier if they trimmed the middle a little better.

Nothing really needs to be said about the incredible cast of comedy actors and comedians including Seth Rogan, Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Selma Hayek, Anders Holms, Michael Cera, and tons more. The amount of big names and cameos is just off the roof.

Without any doubt of more then likely making this a franchise Sausage Party was a solid comedy. Sometimes overly raunchy is good and they delivered that. With a lineup of great actors and comedians, some downright hysterical moments, and beautiful animation Sausage Party is well worth the watch as long as you don’t get easily offended.

 

Score : 7/10