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By: Chev Chelios / Orlok666
Date: November 1, 2012

BUT Film Festival 2012 report (2): Saturday Morning Massacre and more!

This is the second part of the BUT Film Festival 2012 report in which we have some short reviews for Saturday Morning Massacre, Rammbock, Die Farbe and Bloody Bloody Bible Camp.
Missed the first report? Read it here!



Saturday Morning Massacre

Saturday Morning Massacre (2012, USA)

A crew of young paranormal investigators and their dog are struggling for cash when they land a job getting to the bottom of a series of gruesome deaths in an abandoned schoolhouse.

“Saturday Morning Massacre” was my first feature horror movie at BUT Film Festival and it didn’t fail to surprise me. I was very much surprised by the quality of this film. The story centers around a group of paranormal investigators, who try to discover or uncover the truth about supernatural incidents. At this particular moment they literally “fucked up” their first investigation and from there on the get a opportunity to get enough money to save their agency. Obviously there are a lot of references to Scooby Doo: all the actors are linked to that series and you can pick them out one by one. They even have Scooby the dog but not a CGI one luckily. Enough about the storyline, I think the director did one hell of a job to create something special, with great direction, solid performances and a few surprises. I was pleasantly surprised by this Scooby Doo version for adults, although it starts of as a comedy it definitely has a few tricks up its sleeve to cover the horror grounds.
So with all that said this original comedy horror crossover is a solid entry in the movie business, highly recommended.



Rammbock

Rammbock: Berlin Undead (2010, Germany)

Just when Michael arrives in Berlin to visit his ex-girlfriend Gabi, a terrible virus starts spreading across the city at a rapid pace, turning people into mindless homicidal maniacs.

“Rammbock” is the latest zombie feature delivered by Germany. With “Extinction”, “Viva Berlin” and now “Rammbock” I think Germany has done well. The story centers around Michael who arrives in Berlin to visit his ex-girlfriend . But when he arrives strange things starting to happen, firstly in the apartment of his girlfriend: when he arrives he doesn’t find Gabi his girlfriend but a plumper and his assistant Harper. Things start to change when the plumper attacks them both by trying to bite their flesh off. They eventually can get rid of the zombie and are able to barricade themselves inside. With a good few over the city they see things are extremely out of order.
Again great cinematography, again solid performances although I really dislike the Michael character because he was constantly wining about “Gabi, Gabi, Gabi, where are you?”. But the effects were pretty good, if not great. So with 80 minutes of zombie horror Germany did it again bringing a good -and sometimes- original zombie entry. Happy, happy good times.



Die Farbe

Die Farbe (2010, Germany)

Arkham, 1975: Jonathan Davis' father has disappeared. Jonathan sets out to find him and bring him home, but deep in the woods he discovers a dark mystery from the past. Based on H.P. Lovecraft's short novel "The Colour Out of Space".

Die Farbe -the latest book to film adaption from H.P. Lovecraft- is an independent production from Germany. Directed by Huan Vu, this little nightmare of a film (in a very good way) has the perfect balance between sci-fi, horror and psychological terror. The story starts where a character named Jonathan Davis finds out that his father has disappeared. His last known location lies in the Swabian forest in Germany, where he was stationed during the Second World War. Jonathan, destined to find his father, finds during his journey deep in the woods secrets that are best kept secret. Things get awry just the way Lovecraft likes it.

With outstanding cinematography, pretty decent acting (although sometimes the dubbing wasn’t convincing enough) and a well created atmosphere, which an H.P. Lovecraft story always needs, this one definitely sets the bar a little higher. Nicely done. Mr. Vu.



Bloody Bloody Bible Camp

Bloody Bloody Bible Camp (2012, USA)

It's 1984 and a group of young, horny, out of control Christians led by Father Cummings are spending a fun filled weekend at the Happy Day Bible Camp. All ignore the warnings from the local folk of the grisly murders that took place 7 years prior by a sadistic crazy nun. Is she dead or is she just waiting for backsliding Christians to commit sins of the unholy?

With a title like that, you can’t go wrong or can you? I have to give it to the man (director Vito Trabucco) who tried to bring this story to life. The story, being made out of cardboard, contains nothing new, but this movie isn’t about something new, rather to make something cool or cult worthy. The story centers on a group of Christian wannabes who go camping and of course being sliced open. With your typical ingredients, hot horny girls, a lot of cheesy one-liners, solid B-horror movie kills and a funny cameo role by Ron Jeremy this one has cult written all over it.

Being a big slasher fan, I think they did a good job creating a good solid B-slasher movie, the main killer bears the name “Sister Mary Chopper” -I kid you not.
Starring Reggie Bannister (you know the guy from Phantasm) I think that was a smart move because he is an actor who can make this horror/comedy work. Like I said before it contains everything and luckily they don’t take themselves too seriously and it pays off. I had a bloody good time watching this.



BUT Film Festival 2012

Festival awards were granted to Remy Couture (Groundbreaker Award) for his realistic FX makeup. His work was so true to life that he got sued by Interpol for his ‘morally corrupting’ work. “Evil” by director Peter Bebjak won the BUTFF2012 Feature Award for his skill to seemingly easily building up the tension. “Justus - Cinema of the dead” by Simon Lahm won the BUTFF2012 Short Award for his surprising and refreshing take on the zombie genre and the BUTFF2012 Student Award went to “Lieve Jêrome” by a collective of AVK Sint Joost students: Max, Una, Jeroen, Marlijn, Remco and Jasper.

All in all BUTFF fills the gap that Imagine Film Festival left when it went for the broader and ‘bigger’ movies. With a firm focus on the horror and B-movie underground it provides a stage for filmmakers who might get overlooked by the bigger festivals. While not everything goes smooth all the time -the website lacks information, getting the tickets took a while sometimes- it has its charm that definitely fits the festival. Especially for the people who want to be surprised by films the flew under your radar and don’t mind a diverse quality of films (from to amateur to more professional looking features) will have one hell of a time. With its open, fun and cozy charm this festival has the potential to grow, hopefully without losing its unique atmosphere.

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