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I saw this film at the Frightfest 2012 all nighter in London.
The film centres around a troubled young girl called Pauline. Hopeful to be a medical student/surgeon, but possibly not for the best of reasons as shown in her dream sequences.Excision is very much character driven. We are shown Pauline's strict Christian mother struggling to deal with and even love her daughter, due to her strange ways and disturbed nature.The film tackles a serious subject matter, but does so quite comically. The dialogue and timing is fantastic, with all sorts of little political/religious statements also seeded throughout. It's laugh out loud funny and unsettling at the same time.
All of the character building is driven home by it's ending. A cry for help that I won't be forgetting any time soon.
It aims to be gross, the character of Pauline is supposed to be off-putting, but we remain sympathetic towards her. Some of this may be a little too much for people who aren't used to somewhat extreme cinema, but if you aren't bothered by that, check it out!
I'd say this is one of the most memorable horror film's I've seen in a while.I'll definitely be picking it up once it is released.
Dark Souls: Limited Edition
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To put it simply, this is a true sequel to Demon's Souls. The unforgiving, challenging game play is back, combined with an open world setting. I'll try and keep it short, but the new health/magic system is a great improvement, the world is expertly designed and interconnected, the atmosphere is spot on, and of course the enemies/bosses are awesome and varied. It will drive you mad at points, but it's worth conquering.
The game is huge, and will last a long while. There are tonnes of hidden items etc, even entire areas. Some people will get frustrated at the punishing gameplay, but if you have played Demon's Souls you know what to expect, just noticeably bigger...more streamlined...and better.
The Last Exorcism: Combi Pack (Blu-ray & DVD) (2 Discs)
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The reason for the 2 star average on here is because of a mislead audience. From the trailers people expected a pure horror film.. This is a faux documentary exploring whether a possession was real or purely psychological, and you won't know until the very end. Says a lot for the acting. It is a debate of science vs superstition. The priest is a genuinely interesting character. The ending was damn clear, whether you liked it or not. There is no vague ending. It was quick, surprising and made you feel unsafe. The film was intelligent, and used some great trickery in how it is filmed.They did a lot with a hand held camera. Actually much better than most standard horrors, with more blood and "shocks" the film would have been received well. This is a psychological thriller. I think the main problem is not with this film but a misguided audience. If you are looking for the next "Saw" or "The Grudge" look elsewhere, and please don't compare to The Exorcist, they are totally different films, each with a different purpose.
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I went to the cinema to see this and enjoyed it. It had a nice build up and kept you wondering what is coming next. However when I bought the dvd, it seems the creepy and more intelligent ending has been replaced with a pointless standard horror "jump" moment. This ending really is a disappointment, and the original isn't on the disc. There was no need to it to be changed, avoid the DC. I'm not even sure if the theatrical version was released on dvd.
I Spit On Your Grave (2009)
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Okay let's get this out of the way, what you are looking at isn't the next 2001 a space odyssey, it isn't a thought provoking masterpiece of cinema. You weren't looking for that.
It is however, a well directed, brutal revenge thriller which packs a punch. More in the vein of the extreme french horrors than cheesy gore-fests like Saw, they aren't even in the same league. The acting is good, as are the visuals + music, it's a mature film.
The thugs/rapists are fairly typical, but enough is shown of them before the quite uncomfortable rape scene ensues that you will truly hate them afterwards. Worth noting this scene will be hard to watch for some and truly justifies the events that follow. The main character is left feeling numb, and a brutal (and creative) revenge follows as the "thugs" try to pick up the pieces.
A harsh, and satisfying revenge film, well worth getting if you are a fan of films such as ; Martyrs, Switchblade Romance, Irreversible, Frontiers etc. Don't expect it to do well critically or sit well with the masses, these films have more "cult" followings and never do. I wouldn't show this to the family and expect them to be impressed.
Let Me In
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A quick reminder this film was adapted from the book, not from the swedish book adaptation. This version is different enough to stand as its own film, but thankfully remains a great film and not an american gore/cheese fest. Not as obviously artsy as the swedish film, it is better in some ways and not so good in others, but no change is bad enough to take away its 4-5 star rating.
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The Last Exorcism
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As someone who is very interested in film, I thought I would correct the many mistakes these reviews so far are making. I went to the premiere of this and the audience clapped at the end.
Many expected the exorcist, or a general horror film. Not a faux documentary exploring whether a possession was real or purely psychological, and you won't know until the very end. Says a lot for the acting. The priest is a genuinely interesting character. The ending was damn clear, whether you liked it or not. There is no vague ending. It was quick, surprising and made you feel unsafe. The film was intelligent, and used some great trickery in how it is filmed. They did a lot with a hand held camera. Actually much better than most horrors, with more blood and "shocks" the film would have been received well. This is a psychological thriller. I think the main problem is not with this film but a misguided audience.
Left 4 Dead 2 (Left For Dead)
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The good: new weapons, melee weapons, new special infected, new items, new levels
The bad is due to a few strange design decisions. Basically (on normal difficulty), zombies do a fair amount more damage than in the first, and there are more of them. In the first game the AI director adjusted the difficulty and items so you were challenged but could pull through. In the 2nd game, often your whole team can be taken out at once. Levels are longer, so once you die (often), you have to go back to the beginning. Right the way back. The game features a lot more moments where you are simply fighting off wave after wave whilst waiting to be saved. As someone who played the first game on expert, even easy mode can be very difficult at these moments in the 2nd game. Search around the internet, I'm not the only one saying this!
Good game, fun in short bursts, eventually annoying. In many cases (they change with each game) , unfair. Enjoyable, but they totally screwed up on the difficulty and how the AI director reacts.
A Serbian Film
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Dark and depraved, but not pointlessly so. The majority of film goers will be disturbed by this. But artists need to make these dark themed films, and they need to be allowed to. 4 minutes is supposed to be cut off, and thats 4 minutes of content the director put in this film for a reason. Having seen the film, I know without this content the film would not have the same impact. You wouldn't buy a book with pages missing, see the film, skip any censored versions. Adults should be able to choose which (fictional) films they want to fully watch. And artists should not be held back by censors.