The final day! Featuring: Kurt Russell's new Western Bone Tomahawk; Love and Peace, the latest from Japanese director Sion Sono; Sean Byrne's sophomore effort The Devil's Candy; the Czech documentary Daniel's World. Daniel's World (Czech Republic; Veronika Lisková, 2015) Daniel's World is easily the most controversial and difficult film of the festival. The titular Daniel is a twenty-something student and … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2015: Day Eight
On the sixth day, I watched: the John Hawkes-led neo-noir Too Late; the colonial-era horror film The Witch; the Polish supernatural drama Demon; the "extreme" and "controversial" anthology German Angst; Isaac Ezban's Twilight Zone-inspired The Similars. The Similars (Mexico; Isaac Ezban, 2015) Isaac Ezban wears his influences on his sleeve in The Similars. Or maybe I should … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2015: Day Six
Day five gave us: the surreal German black comedy Der Bunker; the Emma Roberts horror vehicle February; Schneider vs. Bax, the latest from Borgman director Alex van Warmerdam; the French remake of Mario Bava's crime drama Rabid Dogs; and more! February (U.S.A.; Osgood Perkins, 2015) If your reaction to these Fantastic Fest writeups has been "That's … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2015: Day Five
I'll give At the Devil's Door some credit: at least it takes the hoary and overused and tries to employ it in a slightly different way. But story development ends up being a huge problem.
Develops its backwoods community beyond the level of "religious zealots with Hee Haw accents"