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Writers:
Riyad Barmania (written by) &
Ryan Andrews (written by)
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Release Date:
5 March 2013 (USA) See more »
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Cast

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Jaime Winstone ... Elfie Hopkins

Aneurin Barnard ... Dylan Parker

Rupert Evans ... Mr. Gammon

Kate Magowan ... Mrs. Gammon

Kimberley Nixon ... Pippa
Gwyneth Keyworth ... Ruby Gammon

Will Payne ... Elliot Gammon
Amanda Drew ... Susannah Hopkins

Julian Lewis Jones ... Harry Hopkins

Claire Cage ... Lottie Jenkins
Richard Harrington ... Timothy Jenkins

Sule Rimi ... Constable Kelly

Alastair Cumming ... Mr. Parker

Steven Mackintosh ... Michael

Ray Winstone ... Butcher Bryn
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dean Andrews ... Villager
Mandy Andrews ... Villager
Dean Bajramovic ... Mover #2
Helena Boyesen ... Villager
Seb Boyesen ... Villager
Toby Clark ... Mover #1
Amber Hallam ... Villager
Sam Hartley ... Officer Hartley
Mick Kelly ... Old Man Horton
Maisie Kidd ... Maisie
Morton Nicoleysen ... Kid 2
Duke Pearce ... Sam Jenkins
Marc Rees ... Villager
Toby Samuel ... Kid 1
Simon Wilkins ... Villager
Vanda Wilkins ... Villager

Directed by
Ryan Andrews 
 
Writing credits
Riyad Barmania (written by) &
Ryan Andrews (written by)

Produced by
Ryan Andrews .... co-producer
Riyad Barmania .... co-producer
Wayne Marc Godfrey .... executive producer
Robert Jones .... executive producer
Adrian Kelly .... line producer
Des Lyons .... associate producer
Steve Matthews .... associate producer
Ciaran Mullaney .... executive producer
Gareth Mullaney .... executive producer
Billy Murray .... executive producer
Simon Phillips .... executive producer
Spencer Pollard .... executive producer
Jonathan Sothcott .... producer
Caroline Stern .... associate producer
Michael Wiggs .... producer
Jaime Winstone .... associate producer
Ray Winstone .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jordan Andrews 
 
Cinematography by
Tobia Sempi 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Hollywood 
 
Casting by
Kelly Valentine Hendry 
Victor Jenkins 
 
Production Design by
Tim Dickel 
 
Art Direction by
Martyn Doust 
 
Costume Design by
Sian Jenkins 
 
Makeup Department
My Alehammar .... makeup designer
Jasmin Mann .... hair stylist
Polly Mossman .... makeup trainee
Rani Sikka .... makeup artist: dailies
Catrin Williams .... makeup artist: dailies
Pippa Woods .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Greg Harris .... unit manager
Greg Mothersdale .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Guy Campbell .... second assistant director
Charles Curran .... third assistant director
Phill Reeves .... first assistant director
Hannah Roose .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Scott Rogers .... property master
Cadi Helene Rowlands .... art department assistant
Laura Tweed .... art department assistant
Ellen Woods .... standby art director
 
Sound Department
Ross Adams .... boom operator
Ricky Butt .... foley artist
Pietro Dalmasso .... foley mixer & editor
Mario Mooney .... sound mixer
Nick Rogers .... dubbing mixer
Andy Ward .... sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Linus Hofmann .... digital compositor
Alan Morse .... graphic designer
Alan Morse .... titles designer
Jon Rennie .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Tom Jordan .... additional fight coordinator
Kevin McCurdy .... fight coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Byng .... focus puller
Liz Calvert .... electrician
Stephen Cornacchia .... focus puller
Steve Evans .... key grip
Jeb Hawkins .... electrician
Tana Huggins-Harris .... camera trainee
James Leckey .... second assistant camera
Bernhard Rostoski .... best boy
Carolina Schmidtholstein .... gaffer
Charlie Wall .... additional grip: dailies
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Spencer Lammy .... costume assistant
Emma Rees .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Alex Gascoigne .... colorist
Leo de Wolff .... on-line assistant
 
Music Department
Ed Scolding .... composer: additional music
Ed Scolding .... music arranger
 
Other crew
Dean Bajramovic .... production co-ordinator
Matt Peters .... trainee runner
Laura Sambrooks .... floor runner trainee
Rob Umney .... unit medic
Lucy Ward .... script supervisor
Jackie Wetherill .... production accountant
Roger Young .... armourer
 
Thanks
Dean Andrews .... special thanks
Mandy Andrews .... special thanks
David Bianchi .... special thanks
Charlie Bond .... special thanks
Kerry Crofts .... special thanks: Woodlands Chalets
Chloe de Carvalho .... special thanks
Caradog Evans .... special thanks
Dylan Evans .... special thanks
John Harris .... special thanks
Oliver Hawksworth .... special thanks
Matt Herbert .... special thanks
Tina Hitchens .... special thanks
Ed Howard .... special thanks
Tom Jackson .... special thanks
John Jones .... special thanks
Gaby Kelley .... special thanks
Heather Kelley .... special thanks
Becky Kelly .... special thanks
Mick Kelly .... special thanks (as Mick Kelley)
Martin Kemp .... special thanks
Gillian MacGregor .... special thanks
The Mavron Quartet .... special thanks
Harriet Pennington Legh .... special thanks
Simon Pope .... special thanks
Mike Rose .... special thanks
Ed Scolding .... special thanks
Kathleen Spencer Chapman .... special thanks
Tudor Gwynn Suganami-Jones .... special thanks
Robin Williamson .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Elfie Hopkins" - UK (original title)
"Cannibal Hunter" - Canada (English title) (alternative title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, language and some drug use
Runtime:
89 min
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21 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Teen Horror Brit-Flick, 17 April 2012
Author: Tilda Swinton from United Kingdom

If you love films with literally no redeeming features, then Elfie Hopkins is for you. If, on the other hand, you are like me, and you enjoy written, well shot and well acted cinema then avoid like the plague.

The film focuses on angsty teenager Elfie Hopkins, played by sour faced 26 year old Jaime Winstone, who lives in a sleepy village in the depths of Wales with her father and step-mother. Her days seem to be entirely comprised of bickering with the step-mother and then smoking weed with Elijah Wood look-a-like Aneurin Barnard. When the village welcomes some new arrivals, the peculiarly named Gammons, Elfie's curiosity is piqued - are they all that they seem? What goes on behind the door's of this seemingly charming and cosmopolitan foursome? And why are the village's inhabitants steadily going missing?

The more relevant question is, why should we care? The answer, revealed over the course of what felt like 2 and a half torturous hours, but what was in fact just 89 minutes, is: we shouldn't.

The film opens with the eponymous Elfie driving her beat-up old car down a leafy Welsh Lane. We know she's cool because she's wearing John Lennon glasses and a knitted woollen hat. She finds a tree branch blocking the road, so gets out to move it; finding the car won't restart, she mutters an expletive under her breath and lights a cigarette. I've already forgotten that this is a woman at least 8 years older than the character she's supposed to be playing because everything about this scene is so real. The Gammons swoop by in their expensive looking 4x4 - they are sinister because their car and hair is black.

You know when adults try to write dialogue for teenagers and it feels like all those times that you and a friend were in the car with your dad and he kept using the word 'cool' and doing Ali G impressions? This is like an hour and a half of that. We are asked to believe that Winstone and Wood are the best of friends, bonded by their mutual love of weed and claustrophobic existence in this Welsh backwater, but at no point does their relationship seem convincing, and their conversations make the film feel like one long episode of skins. The chemistry is non- existent, and their scenes together only serve to enable to writers to introduce clunky plot- devices into the narrative ("Cripes Dylan, I can't believe I found this letter of acceptance to London University of London City in plain view on your desk and you weren't going to tell me about it?!").

There is only a token effort at characterisation: the step-mother is a cardboard cut-out of a succubus; Elfie is haunted by the demons of her past (including her dead mother); Elijah Wood is a nerd with glasses and curly hair; the Gammon man is a suave city-type who does yoga and wears lots of black; one of the Gammon children also likes black and shooting wildlife, while the other is kooky and dresses like a doll. None of these characters are likable because none of them are fleshed out beyond two-dimensions. They exist only to be a part of badly written dialogue and a poorly conceived narrative.

What I particularly enjoyed was the way that stuff was routinely shoe- horned into the film in the most hideously awkward way. Example: When a party guest of the Gammons is seemingly haunted by disembodied voices on his walk home and comes dashing back down the road screaming, Elfie, apropos of LITERALLY NOTHING, decides she needs to begin one of her investigations into the Gammons. Oh right, yeah, Elfie's an amateur detective: apparently everyone except the audience already knew this. When the 'investigation' fails to turn up any meaningful leads, the Elijah Wood character just announces that he has hacked into the computer systems of police stations in villages where the Gammons have lived. Of course we should have realised that he had that capability; he has glasses and curly hair, and a Packard Bell PC from the mid 90s, so it's on us to make those kind of assumptions.

Ray Winstone also makes a cameo appearance as a butcher who can't decide whether he is from East London, the West country or North Yorkshire, and ends up sounding like a cross between Ronnie Kray and one of the Wurzels. Try as Ray might however, there's simply no saving this train- wreck.

The film is at least shot in a beautiful part of the world, and autumnal colours prevail throughout, but personally I think the opportunity to use those colours to make the film more stylised and ethereal was completely missed. An other-worldly quality would have enhanced the film no-end, and made the unoriginal and tiresome twist, (which is thrust into the story with all the subtlety and finesse of Ray Winstone in stiletto heels) entirely more appropriate. Moreover making a remote Welsh village seem oppressively small is surely like shooting fish in a barrel, but at no point in the film is that sense of claustrophobia adequately conveyed. Finally the final scenes are gory and unpleasant, and are accompanied by incredibly jarring and inappropriate violin chords.

Basically this film doesn't know what it wants to be; it's not a teen comedy, or teen horror nor is it a twee indie flick; in the end the makers seem to have settled on that genre affectionately known as 'straight to DVD'.

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