Friday, June 08, 2007

Hole In The Head 2007 - Day 9 (Preview)

SFIndieFest's 2007 [Another] Hole In The Head continues at the Roxie in San Francisco. I've been fortunate enough this year to have access to previews of nearly the entire festival (since I'm in Atlanta, now), and I'll be posting 'previews' two days in advance of each day's screenings. Woo hoo!

After a week of mostly encore screenings, Saturday, aka Day 9, blasts away with no less than four premiere programs. (No, there was nothing to report for 'Day 8'.)

Part of the animation sidebar, "Race" (dir. Robert Brouseau, USA, 2007, 90 mins. approximately) has a script reminiscent, if not relying upon the 'Star Wars' saga and looks like an X-Box game. In fact, my roommate thought I had run out and gotten a Sega when he saw the film up on the screen. Technically, it is proficient and professional enough to look at that it is never visually dull. However, the plot, though murky and a bit confusing in detail as it attempts to create its own 'mythology', it is still quite predictable as far as the outcome is concerned. Will the humans survive? Well, I'll let you guess.

Predictability is also a feature of the next pair of zombie flicks. "Zombie Farm" (dir. B. Luciano Barsuglia, US, 2007, 84 mins.) attempts camp-zombie-cheesiness, but the flick just misses and is actually, well... bad. In fact, there are moments that it crosses the line into racially offensive. However one tries to cut Barsuglia a break in the hope that he is the next 'Peter-Bad Taste-Jackson', the project just doesn't have the energy or pacing to be a remarkable spoof, nor an entertaining gore-fest.

Neither does "Automoton Transfusion" (dir. Steven Miller, US, 2006, 80 mins.), which is a teenage zombie flick and puports to be the first of a trilogy. Though Miller does build up some energy and pacing to the climax, he then cheats the audience with the finale. I did, however, have some great laughs during some of the gorefest, which is always appreciated.

It is preceded by "Of Darkness" (dir. Gary Irwin, 2007, US, 21 mins.), which totally creeped me out! Even though the cast left something to be desired at the beginning, I came to believe that it was all part of Irwin's disarming master plan. I actually cared more for this small group of pre-teens within the short 20 minutes than the entire cast of the two zombie flicks which accompany it. Miller also provides a fabulous shocker of an ending!

"Driller" (dir. Jason Kartalian, USA, 2007, 88 mins.) Oh dear. As it feels unfair to beat it when it's down, I'm just going to leave this one alone. Definitely NOT recommended.

Maxxxxx says
re "Race", "Zombie Farm", "Driller": "Shhhhhhit."
re "Automaton Transfusion": "Hee hee hee hee hee..."
re "Of Darkness": "Wooooooo!"


Maya said...

You're really championing Holehead this year, Jay. Great to have your continued feedback in the loop.

Anonymous said...

Who the hell would be interested in this piece of crap film and by that i mean DRILLER by some moron named Jason Kartalian? The only good thing about it is the trailer and that makes you think thats its going to be remotely interesting which it is NOT when you watch it---even while completely high which i did with a few of my buds and this movie still sucked. The writer and the director should be shot and the only good thing i can say is some of the camera shots were cool but other then that this is a really shitty movie that had the potential to be great cuz who doesnt love the idea of a alien driller killer but this movie took all that potential and took a BIG FAT DUMP ON IT! the Acting in this thing is horrible and what the f is up with the blonde guy who always looked like he had a surprised look on his face ---the blonde lead guy i mean---the girls looked hott but couldnt act for shit and the only interesting character in the whole movie is the Driller but he doesnt speak so what does that say. I cannot bellieve I even had to watch this farce of a movie...

Jay, aka The Angry Little Man said...

To Anonymous:

Yep, that's about right...
At least I saw it for "free".