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A very slick and well made film - go see it!
I've been meaning to write this review since I first watched it at the "CinfestOz" Premiere in Busselton a few months back. After reading some of the highly critical and unfair reviews I thought I would put in my two cents worth. I support any film made in Perth, particularly if they use WA crews. (I work in the industry, but did not work on this film, unfortunately). "Needle", "Blame" and "Wasted on the Young" are three examples of quality WA films that have been made on low budgets.
The DOP on Needle was Steve Windon and its clear his eye has had a huge influence on the look of the film - it looks very slick. Although I believe this was shot on Digital, it looks like they used 35MM cameras.
The story is very fresh. I admit to being wary about watching an Australian "horror movie" as most have been terrible in the past, but this film is a breath of fresh air. I have never seen a film where the killer uses a machine that makes voodoo dolls. Congratulations to the writers for thinking of this new device. Although the film has the same generic elements of a slasher, the characters, locations and story set this as a quality film with some major unique differences.
The film has a slower pace than most frenetic (and usually bad) US slashers and I noted some of the reviewers have criticized the film for this - they couldn't be more wrong! I loved spending time with the characters and when they started to get killed off I did start to feel the tension gradually rising and rising until the climatic end.
I have noted from their website that they are promoting the murder mystery element of Needle and without doubt this is the strongest part of the film. I certainly did not work out the killer until the reveal and this was a great surprise.
Overall my opinion is that this is a good film, well worth watching. I can't wait to see this again when its released in cinemas in Australia!
Blew me away!
I caught this in Sydney earlier this year. Haven't had time to write reviews, but here you go. Zombieland has the best opening credits for a film that I've seen in along time - it certainly sets the tone for what turns out to be an impressive film. Great acting from Harrelson and Eisenberg complimented by supporting actors and actresses (even Bill Murray) who are spot-on. A fresh and enjoyable take on the Zombie genre, which before this was looking a bit tired. Has some similarities to Shaun of the Dead, but is so fun that I didn't care. On a technical level this film is superb, the zombies in particular look amazing and real, the kills are inventive, the camera work is fresh and unique, the humor is very funny and the scares work as well. A must see film!
Crush is a great little thriller!
Please ignore "Craig" from Canada, this stupid guy is a thief -- the film hasn't been released in the US or Canada, so he's clearly watching a pirated version. Someone should forward his details to the Canadian authorities! Nexus 6 Films?? you there??
I thought the film was good and I'm standing up for it! (no, I have nothing to do with the people that made it, although I live in Perth)
A lot of other people really enjoyed the film - here is some feedback; Andrew L. Urban: This occasionally erotic supernatural thriller has one big thing going for it: it knows its audience, the young male market, and goes after it. Not only does it have a website (natch) the film has a presence on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter as well as YouTube. It's commercial, genre film-making - privately financed - and it features a soundtrack that resonates with its market, with the likes of Silverchair, Papa Roach, Something for Kate and Pacificer among others.
Awareness in its target market is essential, and young star Chris Egan (playing uni student Julian) will help drive curiosity. But it's Emma Lung who delivers the film's most haunting performance as the obsessive Anna, a femme fatale who won't take no for an answer. Lung builds her characterisation with magical subtlety as Anna's escalating obsession reveals itself to us in its final ghastly form. Egan is also tops as he charts Julian's downfall, and Brooke Harman is likable and credible as Julian's girlfriend, Clare, who is a dispensable part of Anna's plot.
Although the film is admirably economical and short, it lacks pace in the first two acts, but is saved by attention to the supporting characters; Julian and Clare's uni friends, as well as by some adroit editing by Jason Ballantine - who cut Wolf Creek and Rogue. Another horror alumni, Jamie Blanks of Urban Legend fame, is here the composer of the score.
Direction, by writer John V. Soto and Jeff Gerritsen, is confident, and the screenplay has enough texture to make it interesting as a story, not merely a series of devices to try and cheat the audience. Also in its favour is a naturalistic tone that many Hollywood films in this genre shy away from; the result is a fresh take and a clear Australian stamp.
Louise Keller: A variation on the Fatal Attraction theme, Crush is a taut and eerie psychological thriller that makes a startling U-turn just when you think you know where it's heading. John Soto's writing and directing debut is effective, delivering an assured and slick film filled with chills, scares and the alluring sense of the unexpected. Central to the film's success are strong performances by Chris Egan and Emma Lung, who create push-pull tension throughout. The film looks good too and Jamie Blanks' creepy music and soundscape is superb.
'It's only for three months,' Chris Egan's Julian is told, when a stint as house-sitter comes up on the eve of his anticipated title fight. There are other things in Julian's life that are also at risk his relationship with girlfriend Clare (Brooke Harmon), his University studies and his residency status on Australia. All these things start to unravel, when he meets Emma Lung's mysterious Anna, the girl in the red bikini, who appears on Day One at his new home. But what seems like 'the life' the mansion with sweeping staircase, art on the wall, beer in the fridge, pool, comfy lounge and sophisticated security system quickly becomes a nightmare, as Anna's provocative banter and a night of passion becomes a claustrophobic web.
Soto creates tension by unexplained doorbells, blackouts, locked doors and dark shadows. Julian's mind isn't the only mind that is being messed with. We are on the edge of our seats waiting to see what happens next. By the time the story takes a sharp turn, we are deeply involved and from then on, we are freefalling, just like Julian. This is an excellent genre film and one that is deserving of a wide audience.