Cult Labs

Go Back   Cult Labs > Film Discussions > General Film Discussions

Like Tree138351Likes

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #44871  
Old 9th January 2018, 03:35 AM
nosferatu42's Avatar
Cult Addict
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Castle Dracula
Default

The girl with all the gifts.

MV5BYjQ1NjJmMWEtOWQ4NC00MzQwLThhMjctOTUxMTE4YWM3MGQxXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzkxMzI1ODk@._V1_SY1000_CR0,.jpg

I wasn't sure what to expect from this, hearing it was a zombie film with a twist, so thought i'd try and avoid too much info and just bung it on.

It is a zombie film in the same way as 28 days later, in that it shares so much DNA with the genre that it is easy to describe it as such, with a virus/infection that spreads through the population but here it is plant based.
A fungal/spore infection that seems to have a lot in common with the one in the
great game "The Last of us".

In both instances the focus is on a girl who may be the key to a cure and an attempt to survive a trip through the heart of the infested wasteland.

Here we have a kind female teacher type, a couple of soldiers and a scientist, who are at first fearful of the titular girl (she is infected but retains her intelligence), then seem to come to respect her more as they face challenges together.

horizontal.jpeg

The performances from the leads are all excellent, with the girl really acting well above the range you would expect for someone her age.

lionsgate-0D88-DF85-571D-3C64-01C4-7-Full-Image_GalleryBackground-us-US-1501867156609._RI_SX940_.jpg

I have to say this was very well made and acted and atmospheric, the music is really interesting and is something that really stood out for me in the way it knits the post apocalyptic vision and the performances together.

Like 28 days it is a low budget British affair, but this works in it's favour, centering on performance,story and atmosphere rather than effects and explosions. One thing that i really liked were the infected standing around in a kind of haze until being triggered by sound and motion, this created some nice tense moments and reminded be of the "Blind dead" films.

I'm not sure i totally bought the ending, but it creates a nice circular element to the story, and i would definitely watch the film again as I really enjoyed it and was gripped throughout.

I picked up the dvd from CEX for £2, at that price it would be rude not to give it a go.

Recommended 8/10
__________________

MIKE: I've got it! Peter Cushing! We've got to drive a stake through his heart!
VYVYAN: Great! I'll get the car!
NEIL: I'll get a cushion.

Last edited by nosferatu42; 9th January 2018 at 03:49 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #44872  
Old 9th January 2018, 07:54 AM
Justin101's Avatar
Cult Veteran
Cult Labs Radio Contributor
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Liverpool
Default

That scene in the shopping centre had me on the edge of my seat! Iíve not seen it since the cinema but itís one I want to watch again!
keirarts and nosferatu42 like this.
__________________


You just gotta keep livin' man, L-I-V-I-N.

Reply With Quote
  #44873  
Old 9th January 2018, 08:14 AM
iank's Avatar
Cult Acolyte
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: QLD, Australia
Default

The Belko Experiment. A group of office workers find themselves trapped inside their corporate building and told by a mysterious voice to kill a certain amount of their colleagues - or they'll all die. Initial incredulity soon turns to fear, panic, and eventually, inevitably - violence. And you thought your colleagues were bad! This 2017 horror thriller was way better than I expected, with a strong cast, chilling premise and very fine execution that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. I really enjoyed this!
Reply With Quote
  #44874  
Old 9th January 2018, 08:26 AM
keirarts's Avatar
Cult Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Barrow-in-furness
Blog Entries: 14
Default

Day of the Dead: Bloodlines

Say what you want about the previous Day of the Dead remake. It was so unrelated to the Romero original it was easy enough to pretend the cretins that made it thought they had come up with an original title. No such luck here. Its a similar set up. Group of survivors hold up in a bunker. Here they seem to get on quite well for a fair portion of the film and the military guys are all rather nice chaps. This I can sort of live with I suppose. However then we get to Bub.
Howard Sherman as Bub in the Romero picture is one of those magnificent, Iconic characters that fans love. Here he's a rapist. Dr. Logan, Fisher and Sarah have all been rolled into one female character. Her one defining character trait beyond being a scientist is that she was almost raped by the Bub character prior to him becoming a zombie. When the group head into the city to find supplies she runs into bub. The old passion is renewed and bub manages to track the group based on scent from a bit of clothing she dropped. No, I'm not kidding. When Bub arrives at the bunker he's fortunate that no one notices missing people. No one notices noisy zombies moving through the air ducts so he gets pretty much free reign. Thankfully we don't see him rape anyone but the implication is very much there when we see him drag a woman into a room by her legs rather than just bite her.
I'm almost convinced that the idiots that wrote this were looking for something 'edgy' to include in the story and decided hinging the whole plot on rape because its 'dark'.
I can live with the other stuff. Even the stupid. Points where zombies jump out into frame to attack people in rooms cleared by military veterans. However Bub left a real sour taste in my mouth. Its impossible not to think of it as a remake of the Romero film. Not good. I was at a mates and he had to talk me down as I wanted to wreck something. Fortunately his new puppy consoled me.

Brawl in cell block 99

Much better. Vince Vaughn excels as a Stoic drug Runner who is basically a nice guy but capable of extreme violence when needed. He needs to get into the worst part of a maximum security prison to kill a guy on the behest of his boss who has his woman hostage. It's gritty, brutal and darkly humorous and not afraid to frame itself as an exploitation movie. Recommended.
Reply With Quote
  #44875  
Old 9th January 2018, 12:24 PM
Justin101's Avatar
Cult Veteran
Cult Labs Radio Contributor
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Liverpool
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by keirarts View Post
Day of the Dead: Bloodlines
Sounds dreadful, thanks for taking one for the team so we don't have to
__________________


You just gotta keep livin' man, L-I-V-I-N.

Reply With Quote
  #44876  
Old 9th January 2018, 12:26 PM
Rik's Avatar
Rik Rik is online now
Cult Veteran
Cult Labs Radio Contributor
Good Trader
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Halifax,UK
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Justin101 View Post
Sounds dreadful, thanks for taking one for the team so we don't have to

Thatís exactly what I said to Keir on Facebook last night
Justin101, keirarts and trebor8273 like this.
__________________
If I'm curt with you it's because time is a factor. I think fast, I talk fast and I need you guys to act fast if you wanna get out of this. So, pretty please... with sugar on top. Clean the ****ing car!
Reply With Quote
  #44877  
Old 9th January 2018, 12:28 PM
bleakshaun's Avatar
Cult Addict
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Burntisland
Default

Plague of the Zombies
An established medical specialist and his daughter head to a small village in Cornwall to visit some friends however soon discover an onslaught of deaths. It all leads to a squire dabbling in Voodoo and bringing the dead back to life.
One of my favorite Hammer movies, Plague of the Zombies is oozing with atmosphere and has some really great tense sequences throughout.
8/10

Sent from my MediaPad T1 8.0 Pro using Tapatalk
__________________
It says here you're a HERETIC
Reply With Quote
  #44878  
Old 9th January 2018, 01:08 PM
Justin101's Avatar
Cult Veteran
Cult Labs Radio Contributor
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Liverpool
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bleakshaun View Post
Plague of the Zombies
An established medical specialist and his daughter head to a small village in Cornwall to visit some friends however soon discover an onslaught of deaths. It all leads to a squire dabbling in Voodoo and bringing the dead back to life.
One of my favorite Hammer movies, Plague of the Zombies is oozing with atmosphere and has some really great tense sequences throughout.
8/10

Sent from my MediaPad T1 8.0 Pro using Tapatalk
One of my favourites too!
__________________


You just gotta keep livin' man, L-I-V-I-N.

Reply With Quote
  #44879  
Old 9th January 2018, 02:20 PM
Demdike@Cult Labs's Avatar
Cult Emperor
Cult Labs Radio Contributor
Senior Moderator
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Lancashire
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by nosferatu42 View Post
The girl with all the gifts.


Like 28 days it is a low budget British affair, but this works in it's favour,
Love this line.

28 Days Later cost millions to make and features name actors and the director of mega hit Trainspotting. . I don't think you have any concept of low budget British horror film making. As for Girl? It cost millions to make and features name actors.

Go ask Creativ Studios about low budget film making.

Sorry, nos.

Other than that i enjoyed your review.
Reply With Quote
  #44880  
Old 9th January 2018, 02:34 PM
keirarts's Avatar
Cult Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Barrow-in-furness
Blog Entries: 14
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Demdike@Cult Labs View Post
Love this line.

28 Days Later cost millions to make and features name actors and the director of mega hit Trainspotting. . I don't think you have any concept of low budget British horror film making. As for Girl? It cost millions to make and features name actors.

Go ask Creativ Studios about low budget film making.

Sorry, nos.

Other than that i enjoyed your review.

28 days later cost £5 million. Girl with all the gifts was actually the cheaper film at £4 million.

Compared to a lot of DTV films and ultra low budget films they weren't cheap. But when you consider low budget for America can be in the $30 million range both films could be considered as low budget given the scope of what they are trying to achieve
Reply With Quote
Reply  

Like this? Share it using the links below!

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



Our goal is to keep Cult Labs friendly. If you feel discouraged from posting by certain members' behaviour then you can e-mail us in complete confidence.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
All forum posts are contributed by members of the site; Cult Labs cannot take responsibility for all content posted on the site. If you have an issue with content posted on the site please click the 'report post' button.
Copyright © 2014 Cult Laboratories Ltd. All rights reserved.