Fantasy Film Festival 2013, Nuremberg


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The 2013 Fantasy Film Festival (Fantasy Filmfest) once again proved to be an event I would not have wanted to miss.  Thanks to CineCittà Nuremberg!

Imagine watching 11 films within 8 days. In reality this meant watching 11 movies on 6 days as we decided to pause on Monday and Wednesday. A friend even watched 20 films between 2013-09-05 and 2012-09-12. Apart from occasional weekends this is really an exceptional phase.

This was this years foreword by the “Fantasy Filmfest” team:

“Again, we’ll be raising hell for you!  This year giant spiders, reborn flies, torero dwarves and nasty children will be unleashed upon you. A psychedelic trip in black and white, humans and pigs in spiritual symbiosis, an office, where it won’t stop raining – arthouse cinema is bursting with creativity! The future is waiting – with our mind-blowing opener THE CONGRESS and the first interactive genre movie APP. And Adam Wingard has a message for you – YOU’RE NEXT! We hope you’ll be thrilled to death!

Your Fantasy Filmfest team”

 

These are the films we watched:

  1. BIG ASS SPIDER!
    USA 2013, directed by Mike Mendez
    Greg Grunberg, Lombardo Boyar, Clare Kramer, Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Patrick Bauchau
    “Though it is tongue-in-cheek from the start, the pic gets some legit scares in while the superbug is still small enough to skitter through air ducts and lurk in dark corners. Soon the story segues into a gorier version of ’50s drive-in fare’ with the spider terrorizing a park and attacking Los Angeles locations like the U.S. Bank Tower.” (Hollywood Reporter)
    One of our favourites.  🙂

  2. WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE  
    USA, GB 2013, directed by Rob Meltzer
    Jean-Claude van Damme, Adam Brody, Rob Huebel, Kristen Schaal, Eric Edelstein, Megan Boone, Dennis Haysbert
    “Chris is a really sweet guy. Or you could say – a doormat and a coward. Sent to a leadership seminar on a tropical island with his colleagues everything goes terribly wrong and someone has to take charge of things – will Boy Scout Chris finally man up and find his inner alpha male? Rob Meltzer‘s comedy is a wild joyride and Jean-Claude van Damme might have to rename himself as the Risible Muscles from Brussels.” (Fantasy Filmfest team)
    One of our favourites.  🙂
  3. WRONG
    F, USA 2012, directed by Quentin Dupieux
    William Fichtner, Jack Plotnick, Eric Judor, Maile Flanagan, Arden Myrin, Steve Little, Alex Dziena, Bob Barrett, Charley Koontz
    “Dolph (Jack Plotnick) is a regular guy in an irregular world. When he wakes up one morning at 7:60 am to find his dog, Paul, is missing, Dolph embarks on the strangest journey you‘ll ever witness.” (Toronto Film Scene)
  4. COLD BLOODED
    Canada 2012, directed by Jason Lapeyre
    Ryan Robbins, Zoie Palmer, William MacDonald, Husein Madhadvji, Sergio di Zio
    “Driven by memorable characters and loaded with stomach churning tension, Cold Blooded is intense, harrowing and all kinds of brilliant. … Lapeyre, like Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive), is a rare film maker who knows exactly how moments of bloodshed can be used to seize hold of his audience,. And once he has them, he never lets them go.” (Moviedex)
    One of our favourites.  🙂

  5. FRESH MEAT
    New Zealand 2012, directed by Danny Mulheron
    Temuera Morrison, Nicola Kawana, Hanna Tevita, Kate Elliott, Jack Sergent-Shadbolt, Leand Macadaan
    “Director Mulheron, whose credits include co-scripting Peter Jackson‘s 1989 perverse puppet comedy Meet the Feebles, stages the outrageously violent proceedings – including shootings, stabbings, decapitations, dismemberments and meals containing various human appendages – with gleeful abandon.” (Hollywood Reporter)
  6. SWEETWATER  (aka Sweet Vengeance)
    USA 2013, directed by Logan Miller
    Ed Harris, January Jones, Jason Isaacs, Eduardo Noriega
    “A western like you haven’t seen before: A former prostitute, who has lost everything after her husband has been killed, an eccentric sheriff and a demonic priest, who rules a New Mexico community with an iron hand, are hell-bent on a collision course in frontier country. We Live Films writes: ‘A unique take on the western genre that is a total blast from start to finish.’ Who’s to argue?” (Fantasy Filmfest)

  7. ODD THOMAS
    USA 2013, directed by Stephen Sommers

    Anton Yelchin, Addison Timlin, Willem Dafoe, Patton Oswalt, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nico Tortorella
    “Once the rules have been established and the tone zeroed in, Odd Thomas really lets loose with its bag of surprises.” (Movie Mavericks)
    One of our favourites.  🙂

  8. JUG FACE
    USA 2013, directed by Chad Crawford Kinkle
    Lauren Ashley Carter, Sean Bridgers, Sean Young, Larry Fessenden, Daniel Manche
    Jug Face is a bizarre but confident and odd yet grimly accessible tale of bad religion, bad spirits, and very bad behaviour.” (Fearnet)
    “Kinkle’s début feature is filled with emotion and just enough blood to keep the gore hounds satisfied. Even when it flirts with convention, Kinkle never strays away from the underlying themes of blind devotion, resulting in a truly compelling tale that will knock you flat with its final scene.” (Dread Central)
  9. THE NUMBERS STATION
    GB, USA, B 2013, directed by Kasper Barfoed
    John Cusack, Malin Akerman, Liam Cunningham, Richard Brake, Bryan Dick, Finbar Lynch, Lucy Griffiths, Joey Ansah
    “In his English language début, Danish director Kasper Barfoedhas shown a great grasp of pacing and tension. The indieaficionados in the crowd will love the minimalist set that respectsthe actors and sheds a grey, mechanistic light on the modern world, at the same time.” (Monsters and Critics)

  10. DEVIL’S PASS  (aka The Dyatlov Pass Incident)
    USA, GB, RUS 2013, directed by Renny Harlin
    Richard Reid, Gemma Atkinson, Matt Stokoe, Luke Albright, Holly Gross, Ryan Hawley, Anastasiya Burdina, Valeriy Fedorovich
    “In 1959 nine experienced hikers turn up dead in the northern Ural Mountains, leaving an enigma of strange circumstances behind that has not been solved to date. In the present five students from Oregon go to Russia to shoot a documentary on the so called Dyatlov Pass Incident and retrace the steps that led to the mysterious deaths of the hikers. Unfortunately for the film makers and their entourage the re-enactments gets way too realistic. Something is still lurking under the ice… (Fantasy Filmfest team)

  11. YOU’RE NEXT
    USA 2012, directed by Adam Wingard
    Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, A.J. Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Sarah Myers, Barbara Crampton, Amy Seimetz, Ti West, Rob Moran
    “Just when we thought we’d seen the last new sprinkle of originality employed for such a plainly basic movie premise, bang, up peeps a big time crowd pleaser that horror fans will love, and it’s just good enough to perhaps earn some of that valuable ‘crossover appeal’. In other words, Adam Wingard’s You’re Next is so much fun that even your mom might be able to deal with all the gooey, gory carnage. Or maybe not: it is pretty splatter-tastic. … A career high for virtually all involved, You’re Next is indisputable proof that you can make something old new again, provided you actually know what you’re doing. (And you do it with lots of crazy, bloody energy.)” (Fearnet)
    One of our favourites.  🙂

 

These are the films we would have liked to see and just could not – due to lack of time:

  1. THE BODY
    Spain 2012, directed by Oriol Paulo
    José Coronado, Belén Rueda, Hugo Silva, Aura Garrido
    “From two of the producers of The Orphanage comes The Body, another atmospheric genre exercise from Spain. … Director Paulo keeps the viewer in the moment by ratcheting up the tension with Sergio Moore’s temperamental score and briskly pacing the film, unveiling a new development in each scene; one never has a spare moment to mentally graph the dot-connection required to predict the ending.” (Critic Speak)
    “Like the forensic lab in which it’s set, Oriol Paulo’s début, The Body, is darkly fascinating, full of secrets and highly polished. …Coronado turns the simmering Peña into the film’s most threatening presence, while the always watchable Rueda (best known offshore for The Orphanage) turns Mayka’s callous manipulations of Álex into an echo of the daring games the story plays with the audience.” (Variety)

  2. BIG BAD WOLVES
    Israel 2013, directed by Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado
    Lior Ashkenazi, Dov Glickman, Tzahi Grad, Rotem Keinan, Dvir Benedek, Gur Bentwich, Guy Adler, Nati Kluger
    “Featuring mind-bending plot twists and generous doses of mordant humor, this fiendishly clever Israeli thriller succeeds brilliantly on its own terms while instantly qualifying for a Hollywood remake. … The film makers slowly but surely ratchet up the tension in brilliantly subtle fashion, delivering both a haunting meditation of the morality and efficacy of torture … and enough violent shocks to please the genre fans. … Big Bad Wolves is mesmerizing from start to finish, including a haunting final image that you’ll find impossible to forget.”  (Hollywood Reporter)

  3. BYZANTIUM
    GB, USA, IRL 2012, directed by Neil Jordan
    Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Riley, Daniel Mays, Caleb Landry Jones
    Byzantium takes off like a bat out of hell, serving up lap-dances, street-chases, and bloody beheadings. … Jordan’s film then settles into a more relaxed vibe, re-tracing the complex histories behind these resilient bloodsuckers while continuing to track their contemporary adventures.” (Film Threat)
    “Enthusiastically recommended: Almost two decades after his uneven Interview With The Vampire, the Irish-born fabulist Neil Jordan returns to the realm of bloodsuckers with Byzantium. The movie is gorgeous, mesmerizing, poetic; the lyricism actually heightened by harsh jets of gore.” (New York Magazine)

  4. REVENGE FOR JOLLY
    USA 2012, directed by Chadd Harbold
    Brian Petsos, Oscar Isaac, Elijah Wood, Kristen Wiig, Adam Brody, Steven Payne, Ryan Phillippe, Garret Dillahunt

    “Revenge For Jolly! is distinctively entertaining. It has in its corner a very impressive catalogue of comedic actors (including Kristin Wiig, Gillian Jacobs and Adam Brody, among others), and they bolster the production value with moments of berserk antics and intense energy. It also offers a consistent stream of laughs, two barbaric but charming antiheroes, and the most outrageous excuse for shameless brutality that nearly anyone can get behind.” (Sound on Sight)

  5. BANSHEE CHAPTER
    USA 2013, directed by Blair Erickson
    Ted Levine, Katia Winter, Michael McMillian, Monique Candelaria
    Banshee Chapter centers on a young, female journalist who follows the mysterious trail of a missing friend who had been experimenting with mind-altering chemicals developed in secret government drug test.  … the project is based on real documents, actual test subject testimony and uncovered secrets about programs run by the CIA.” (The Wrap)

  6. COTTAGE COUNTRY
    Canada 2013, directed by Peter Wellington
    Tyler Labine, Malin Akerman, Lucy Punch, Daniel Petronijevic
    Cottage Country is an extremely gruesome and funny horror comedy that plays like the Farrelly Brothers crossed with Sam Raimi.” (Movie Mavericks)

  7. PAWN SHOP CHRONICLES
    USA 2013, directed by Wayne Kramer
    Paul Walker, Norman Reedus, Elijah Wood, Brendan Fraser, Vincent d’Onofrio, Thomas Jane, Lukas Haas, DJ Qualls, Chi McBride, Ashlee Simpson

    “At times, the film resembles an extremely broad and violent episode of My Name Is Earl, only to offer, in other instances, poetic and suggestively transgressive imagery thatfaintly recalls Alejandro Jodorowsky and Álex de la Iglesia‘s films.” (Slant Magazine)
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