Top 40 Fantasy Filmfest 2011

Even though the festival is officially finished, this list still isn't done yet. I am still planning to see: American Translation (Just doing this one for the list), The Assault, False Trail, The Holding, In Your Hands, the Inkeepers, No Trespassing, Perfect Sense, Point Blank and Sex and Zen (YES! I'll put myself through the misery of this Chinese-bizarro-flick Just cause this list is doing so good.). I also want to rewatch: Kill List and Snowtown. So those 2 may get a rerating.

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Hesher (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic. (106 mins.)
Director: Spencer Susser
“ 10/10 Hesher is the guy every teenage metal/punkrock kid wants to be and every teenage metal/punkrock chick wants to *beep*. This figure invades the life of a sad family and brings everything out of control. ANd it's not exactly Hesher, himself, that makes things so different. It's the behavior Hesher inspires that makes things like they are. This movie has everything: laughs, action... during the end it's really a tearjerker. One of the best films I have ever seen. ” - WithoutTalent
Final Destination 5 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Survivors of a suspension-bridge collapse learn there's no way you can cheat Death. (92 mins.)
Director: Steven Quale
“ 10/10 Final Destination is generally quite a brilliant series. Final Destination 4 was a little boring compared to the other ones. So it seem the makers of this one really set out to make the best one of the series. And they've succeeded. No other Final Destination is as suspenseful as scary and as evil as this one. Don't miss it! ” - WithoutTalent
Rabies (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A brother and sister who run away from home find sanctuary in a deserted nature reserve. When the sister falls into the trap of a psychopathic killer... (90 mins.)
“ 10/10 Who would've ever thought someone would give the backwood slasher genre such a makeover? This little Israeli film managed to turn an entire horror subgenre on its head. Brilliant! I can already see the bad american remake heading our way... ” - WithoutTalent
Chillerama (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
It's the closing night at the last drive-in theater in America, and Cecil Kaufman has planned to show four movies, which are so rare that they have never been exhibited publicly on American soil, until this very night. (120 mins.)
“ 10/10 Over the top horror comedy for fans of Peter Jackson's Branidead, Poultrygeist or Troma comedies. It really brings out the FUN in dysfunctional. 4 little stories set for laughs. One is actually a musical. It's like a funny version of Tales From the Darkside. (FULL REVIEW IN USER REVIEWS SECTION) ” - WithoutTalent
The Walking Dead (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to learn the world is in ruins, and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive. (44 mins.)
“ 10/10 I knew this show before the festival and I just think it's the best series next to Supernatural on TV at the moment. (Excluding cartoons) ” - WithoutTalent
Super (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, but lacking in heroic skills. (96 mins.)
Director: James Gunn
“ 9/10 After this movie, you will be in love with Ellen Page for the rest of your life. It makes Kick-Ass look like a piece of *beep* It satisfies the comedy fan and the gorehound at once. Not a boring second in this one. I *beep* love this movie. It's just the ending that I don't like as much... but that's just me. ” - WithoutTalent
Red State (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda. (88 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
“ 9/10 This movie is not just very good. It's vital! It should be shown in every school in the United States so everyone sees how STUPID religion can make people be. Kevin Smith should have done more horror movies in his career. He really knows how got create suspense. Maybe his best film since Clerks. The ending is a little clumsy though and some questions aren't answered... ” - WithoutTalent
The Divide (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Survivors of a nuclear attack are grouped together for days in the basement of their apartment building, where fear and dwindling supplies wear away at their dynamic. (112 mins.)
Director: Xavier Gens
“ 8/10 Yet another very dark -we'll make you feel like crap french horror movie. But unlike other french classics of the genre, like martyrs or inside, this one concentrates very much on character development. The middle feels a bit lengthy but you can't blame them for it. The film wouldn't work as well if it was shortened ” - WithoutTalent
Little Deaths (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Composed of three disturbingly sensual and terrifying short narratives, unified by the twin themes of sex and death. (94 mins.)
“ 8/10 3 vile, confusing and violent tales... It's like David Lynch (the Pre-Mulholland Drive Lynch), the makers of Tales From the Crypt, Planet Terror and A Serbian Film got together and made this very underrated twisted little film. There's always something totally bizarre going on here.... ANd to think I watched Repeaters while this was going on next door at the movies. ” - WithoutTalent
Julia X (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
Meeting a man on the Internet, Julia decides to see him in person, only to get abducted and branded with the letter "x" by that guy. A game of cat and mouse follows, but the story has an unexpected twist. (92 mins.)
Director: P.J. Pettiette
“ 8/10 3 maniacs smash their faces in. That pretty much describes the plot of this movie. BUT OH MY!! WHAT FUN!!! Believe me, as a fan of torture movies, you'll feel like Rebecca Black. That's how much fun you're gonna have. Try to find a way to see this film in 3d. It'S totally worth it. Maybe the best 3d effects I've ever seen. ” - WithoutTalent
The Revenant (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
In Los Angeles, a fallen soldier who has joined the ranks of the living dead reunites with his best friend in order to deal with the city's drug dealers and killers - a perfect way to collect the blood that one of them so desperately needs. (117 mins.)
Director: Kerry Prior
“ 7/10 The better one of the two Zombie-buddie comedies this year. This one has some really intense character development and a lot of tension. It's actually a comedy thriller in a way... which is actually pretty hard to do. The only bad part about it is that it imitates the Boondock Saints pretty badly. It didn't need that... at all! It was very good on its own. ” - WithoutTalent
Lock Up (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A father with problems to communicate with his son and to educate him decide to send the problematic child to a correctional center. The father can't imagine the type of education that this correctional center is going to give to his son. (92 mins.)
Director: Xavi Giménez
“ 7/10 Very stylish spanish -growing up- drama with a nice soundtrack. It leaves you wondering about it for days, trying to explain its message to yourself ... but no mater how you turn it... The message won't be a good one. ” - WithoutTalent
Cat Run (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
When a sexy, high-end escort holds the key evidence to a scandalous government cover-up, two bumbling young detectives become her unlikely protectors from a ruthless assassin hired to silence her. (106 mins.)
Director: John Stockwell
“ 7/10 From the makers of Turistas, this is a film for everybody who hates James Bond movies but loves good witty action. This is pretty much what a James Bond movie SHOULD be like. Watch it and give it the attention that it deserves! ” - WithoutTalent
Phase 7 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Inside a quarantined apartment building a man must protect his pregnant wife from his new neighbors. (95 mins.)
“ 7/10 It's sort of like the first half of The Crazies blended in with a good episode of Desperate Housewives. A very interesting little film with loads of surprises. ” - WithoutTalent
Good Neighbors (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Victor is new to Montreal and attempts to make friends with the wheelchair-bound Spencer and the cat-loving Louise, but everybody is on edge with a serial killer terrorizing the neighborhood. (99 mins.)
Director: Jacob Tierney
“ 7/10 It really starts out slow and then from the 50th minute it just gets o tense you could cut the tension with a knife. The film circles around 3 characters and one really has to give credit to the actors because they make the film what it is. The story circles around one evil deed that changes the fate of everyone. Hitchcock would've loved this one. ” - WithoutTalent
The Woman (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
When a successful country lawyer captures and attempts to "civilize" the last remaining member of a violent clan that has roamed the Northeast coast for decades, he puts the lives of his family in jeopardy. (101 mins.)
Director: Lucky McKee
“ 6/10 Amazing premise. Amazing ending. The middle is just soooooo long and sometimes boring. But definitely one of Lucky McGees best films to date. Definitely worth watching. ” - WithoutTalent
Deadheads (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Two inexplicably coherent zombies awake amidst a zombie attack, and decide to take a road trip to find the one's lost love, unaware they are being chased by the agents of a ruthless company with its own agenda. (96 mins.)
“ 6/10 A zombie-buddy comedy with a lot of fun up its sleeve. This is a great comedy for an evening with horror fans and a couple if beers. A real treat. It's just a tiny tench too corny and the make up's a bit crappy... but it's not anything that gets in the way of enjoying it. ” - WithoutTalent
In Her Skin (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Tale of a 15-year-old Australian girl who goes missing. (107 mins.)
Director: Simone North
“ 6/10 An interesting true strory about the murder of Rachel Barber from the point of view of the murderer. It's slow-paced, but builds up a lot of tension. The beginning is a little corny and overdramatic but when you get to the middle it's pretty solid and know what it's doing. Great film! ” - WithoutTalent
Saint (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A horror film that depicts St. Nicholas as a murderous bishop who kidnaps and murders children when there is a full moon on December 5. (85 mins.)
Director: Dick Maas
“ 6/10 A very funny slasher with St NIcholas being the predator. It's seriously something for Gore-Trash-Lovers. I hope they make a sequel. This one's just very funny. It's like a crossing between Harpoon (aka Rejkjavik Whale Watching Massacre) and Silent Night Deadly Night. ” - WithoutTalent
Cold Fish (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When Syamoto's teenage daughter is caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps resolve the situation... (146 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
“ 6/10 Very intense gory asian drama thriller. It would've been better if the characters hadn't acted so damn pointless at the end. ” - WithoutTalent
Attack the Block (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion. (88 mins.)
Director: Joe Cornish
“ 6/10 It's like Critters with a really "cool" British gang. Didn't really do it for me, but has a few laughs up its sleeve. ” - WithoutTalent
The Veteran (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A soldier returning from the war in Afghanistan uncovers a conspiracy involving the intelligence services and a gang of drug dealers. (98 mins.)
Director: Matthew Hope
“ 6/10 Tragic story about what happens to good ex-soldiers with very nice shooting scenes. Not everybody's film but definitely a good one. ” - WithoutTalent
22nd of May (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A bomb explodes in a shopping mall. Sam the security agent tries to save the victims, but at the end he runs off. Later he encounters all the people he saved. They all think that somehow he is responsible for what happened. (88 mins.)
Director: Koen Mortier
“ 6/10 A very experimental slow-paced movie about a bomb in a shopping mall... Not anything for Hollywood fans but you're open minded and would like to see something different give this one a shot ” - WithoutTalent
Kill List (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings. What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness. (95 mins.)
Director: Ben Wheatley
“ ?/10 I have to watch this movie again with subtitles to be able to rate it properly cause they had a very harsh dialect in this one. It's definitely getting a 6 if not higher. ” - WithoutTalent
YellowBrickRoad (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
1940: the entire population of Friar, New Hampshire walked up a winding mountain trail, leaving everything behind. 2008: the first official expedition into the wilderness attempts to solve the mystery of the lost citizens of Friar. (98 mins.)
“ 5/10 Good! Really nicely told story, but gets so confusing and unclear at the end that you just want to hate it... Some of the special FX used in this one are just laughable. But the movie has a lot of potential. It just doesn't use it the right way. ” - WithoutTalent
Cold Prey III (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Takes place in the 80's where a group of teenagers go to visit an abandoned hotel, only to find themselves hunted by a psychotic killer through the Norwegian woods. (95 mins.)
“ 5/10 A tipical backwood slasher and a decent prequel to the horror series. I'm just missing originality here. ” - WithoutTalent
A Lonely Place to Die (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A group of mountaineers in the Scottish Highlands discover a kidnapped girl and are pursued by her captors. (99 mins.)
Director: Julian Gilbey
“ 5/10 Also a decent action/crime movie one would expect on TV at 10 PM. It has potential to be more than that but gets way too lost in boring gangster talk towards the end... Nice, but not amazing. ” - WithoutTalent
The Prey (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Bank-robber Franck Adrien is serving a prison sentence after robbing a national bank. Before he was... (102 mins.)
Director: Eric Valette
“ 5/10 Totally decent french action/crime movie one would expect on tv at 10PM. Nice... but nothing special... ” - WithoutTalent
Territories (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Five friends return home from a marriage in Canada to the United States. Not far from the border, two customs officers stop them to check their identity. (91 mins.)
Director: Olivier Abbou
“ 4/10 A very intersting guantanamo bayesque film. It almost manages to become a classic. The entire idea is original and creepy. The characters in the film also seem realistic. Sadly, territories fails when it comes to its middle and ending. I feel like this film hasnt been funished. The ending is too open and too unsatisfying. ” - WithoutTalent
Hell (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
In the not too distant future, people struggle to survive their greatest enemy, the sun. (89 mins.)
Director: Tim Fehlbaum
“ 4/10 Hell starts off with a very original premise and amazing lighting effects and then takes the wrong turn midway through the movie where you end up feeling like you're watching Frontiers even though it's a completely different storyline. This could've been done well... it has potential to be good. ” - WithoutTalent
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend believes that she has released creatures from a sealed ash pit in the basement of her new home. (99 mins.)
Director: Troy Nixey
“ 4/10 Don't be mistaken by the R rating. This movie should really have passed as PG-13. The evil creatures aren't really scary, they're cute... If you found Gollum from Lord of the Rings cute, you'll find these CGI black fairies adorable. And you can't really be scared of something you find adorable... Can you now? The ending makes no sense and the entire concept is a little weak. The acting's ok though. ” - WithoutTalent
The Dead (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
An American mercenary, the sole survivor of a plane crash, has to run the gauntlet across Africa, battling with the living dead. (105 mins.)
“ 4/10 The Dead is pretty much your tipical zombie movie. There's really nothing new it has to offer and the characters aren't likeable enough to make it special. The only thing noteworthy is the setting. A sunny african setting for a zombie movie isnt very tipical. Other than that... There's no nnovation here at all. ” - WithoutTalent
Stake Land (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In a world of vampires, an expert vampire hunter and his young protégé travel toward sanctuary. (98 mins.)
Director: Jim Mickle
“ 4/10 The vampire-zombies in this movie seem very silly. The idea of vampire zombies is pretty silly to begin with. It imitates -The Walking Dead- and ends up looking like this newer bad Romero movie. ” - WithoutTalent
Repeaters (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A gritty mind-bending thriller about three twenty-somethings who find themselves in an impossible time labyrinth, where each day they awaken to the same terrifying day as the preceding one. (89 mins.)
Director: Carl Bessai
“ 3/10 This Groudhog Day Horror movie tries really hard to be good. And it almost succeeds... but sadly... it fails. The essence of a Groundhog Day type of thing to work is adding a bit of humor and trying to make it scary, but also funny. ANd this is what Repeaters fails to do. It tries to be serious and dark all the time. But fails to recognize that a Groundhog Day type of movie is ridiculous to begin with... Too bad! This could've been big... ” - WithoutTalent
The Snowtown Murders (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother's new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder. (119 mins.)
Director: Justin Kurzel
“ 3/10 If you know about the Snowtown Murders in Australia you will find this movie informative and interesting. If you don't it will make no sense to you at all and you'll probably be bored waiting for it to end. I have informed myself about the murders now and and I'm planning to watch it again and rerate it. However, it is one of those movies about a serial killer that never actually shows the murders themselves. I really don't like that. So, I probably won't give it more than a 5. ” - WithoutTalent
F (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
A group of teachers must defend themselves from a gang of murderous kids when their school comes under siege after hours. (79 mins.)
“ 2/10 It wants to be a smart slasher... but it isn't. NOt at all. It has a great premise however, but then it fails to deliver completely. There's no character development, the deaths are done worse than in the 80s and it leaves you with ALOT of unnecessary unanswered questions... Stay away from this one. ” - WithoutTalent
The Mortician (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
The mortician is a lone-wolf, emotionally cold and distant to the outside world and it's inhabitants. But then a boy shows up at his doorstep after witnessing his mother's murder and his world of solitude is turned upside down. (89 mins.)
“ 2/10 It feels like Spike Lee took 4 valium and then decided to make a remake of Bringing Out the Dead. Extremely slow paced and boring. However, Method Man's acting is surprisingly good. ” - WithoutTalent
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way. (119 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
“ 2/10 A huge disappointment. Anyone who is electing a funny entertaining action flick will be shocked to learn that they're taking this whole thing way too seriously. With that said... Judge for yourself if you would enjoy a ridiculous plot like a bunch of cowboys get attacked by a bunch of aliens in a serious environment... oh boy,,, ” - WithoutTalent
The Valdemar Legacy (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Luisa Llorente, an expert on taxation of old buildings, had recently gone to the Victorian mansion Valdemar... (104 mins.)
“ 2/10 Starts decent. Not good, but ok... and then gets lost in this 19th century tail that is full of corniness, boredom and -sunday morning grandma flick- spirit. ” - WithoutTalent
The Depraved (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Anxious to explore the mysterious hidden world under metropolitan Berlin, an international group of four urban explorers hires a local guide... (94 mins.)
Director: Andy Fetscher
“ 1/10 You take a bunch of b-actors who all speak bad english and this is what happens: you start laughing the second they begin to speak. The background story around this is absolutely unbelievable and ridiculous. The horror scenes are more like slapstick gags. It makes you feel like you're watching a Tom & Jerry episode. Only watch this for laughs... unintentional laughs that is... (FULL REVIEW IN USER REVIEWS SECTION) ” - WithoutTalent
Grave Encounters (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
For their ghost hunting reality show, a production crew locks themselves inside an abandoned mental hospital that's supposedly haunted - and it might prove to be all too true. (92 mins.)
“ 1/10 Paranormal Activity really sucked monkey balls. For some strange reason however, it became a huge box office hit and now a lot of film studios have the need to imitate it. The only movie I can think of that seemed to be inspired by Paranormal Activity and pulled of something better was -Death of a Ghost Hunter-. This one belongs in the family of things like Gacy's House or Paranormal Entity. Not scary at all, a lot of shaky cam and just boooooring... ” - WithoutTalent
A Horrible Way to Die (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
An escaped murderer is in pursuit of his ex-girlfriend, who has fled to start a new life in a small town. (87 mins.)
Director: Adam Wingard
“ 1/10 Most likely, this year's worst entry. No atmosphere. Everything is generally very slow paced, not really any violence at all and the payoff ain't really a payoff. It's more like a ripoff. The actors all seem like rejects from Tila Tequila. This one's really a waste of time. ” - WithoutTalent