The Finest New Films From The Film Festivals Part 1

Its only February and already we’ve seen so many promising new features from different films festivals from around the globe. I’ll be doing quite a big list as there is so many of them. I’ll be breaking the post down to 3 or 4 parts. This isn’t going to be another top ten list because there is just too much greatness coming our way, and you all need to know whats coming.

1: The Witch
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Director: Robert Eggers
Writer: Robert Eggers
Language: English
Runtime: 90 Mins
Release Date: 2015/2016
Genre: Horror/Fantasy/Drama
Produced By: Parts and Labor, RT Features, Rooks Nest Entertainment, Code Red Productions, Scythia Films, Maiden Voyage Pictures, Mott Street Pictures, Pulse Films
imageOfficial Plot (IMDB)
New England, 1630: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. ‘The Witch’ is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own fears and anxieties, leaving them prey for an inescapable evil.

Moviehooker’s thoughts
I like me a good ole witch story, I believe if they are done right, no matter what age you are, they can still be terrifying. There is plenty of room in the horror genre for something like this. We haven’t had a good horror film that features witches since… The Witches – yes The Witches was a kids movie but I don’t know of a single person that it didn’t scare the absolute shite out of. I know this film has no relevance whatsoever to the film mentioned but you get what i’m trying to say?.

2: Z Is For Zachariah
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Directed by: Craig Zobel
Written by: Robert C. O’Brien (book), Nissar Modi (sreenplay)
Language: English
Genre: Sci-Fi/Drama/Romance
Premiered: Sundance Film Festival (2015)

Produced by:Lucky Hat Entertainment, Material Pictures, Night Fox Entertainment (in association with), Palomar Pictures (II), Zik Zak Filmworks, Zik Zak Kvikmyndir.

Official Plot (IMDB)
In the wake of a disaster that wipes out most of civilization, two men and a young woman find themselves in an emotionally charged love triangle as the last known survivors.

MovieHooker’s Thoughts
Great concept for a movie and solid reviews from all of the lucky bastards that managed to catch it at the premiere. Great cast with Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofo, Chris Pine. Defo one to be watching out for.

3: The Stanford Prison Experiment
Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Writer: Tim Talbott
Genre: Psychological Mind-Fuck
Language: English
Produced by: Coup d’Etat Films, Sandbar Pictures, Abandon Pictures

Official Plot (IMDB)
Twenty-four male students out of seventy-five were selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building.

Moviehooker’s Thoughts
I said it recently on the Moviehooker Facebook page that this is the third time that this story has been brought to our screens. The first time was a German movie called Das Experiment which was based on a novel called Black Box, written by Mario Giordano and was released back in 2001. Das Experiment is one of my all time favourite films, one hell of a mind-fuck and deeply disturbing. The second film was a remake of Das Experiment called The Experiment. Now, if you hadn’t of seen the original German movie then you might of enjoyed the film. I couldn’t fault the acting, but in my opinion, the character development was really predictable and sadly fell into the “just another Hollywood remake” category. The Stanford Experiment sounds like they’ve got it right again. If this film delivers the same shocking intensity as Das Experiment, then this is a film we won’t be forgetting about anytime soon.

Thanks for reading. Part 2 coming soon.

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