Thursday, September 15, 2005

New reviews and a big ol' gripe

Got a message yesterday that a film festival that requested The Resurrection Game, went through all this rigamarole about banner exchanges and cross-promotion, etc., has not only decided not to show the movie, and to not tell me they weren't showing it, but also never bothered putting up any of our banners on their site. After we had promoted their fest on three of ours.

Now, I'm glad I didn't waste the money on a submission fee to said festival, but if they had requested it, shouldn't they screen it? The same thing happened to us earlier in the year and in both cases, mysterious sets of "judges" were to blame for the final decision. Just a crappy thing to do to people, is all I'm saying.

In the meantime, the movie is getting terrific reviews, as evidenced at Cultcuts and Creature-Corner. In fact, I don't think we've gotten a negative review yet (critical, but not over-all negative). While that will probably change at some point, it indicates, at least to me, that we have a good movie on our hands.

So why are all these festivals asking for it, then dropping it at the last minute? It's not too long - they knew it was a feature! And if it is something like, "lack of nudity or gore", I'm gonna be really mad. Horror fans are always shouting about how they want something different and don't want to be "talked down to" by movies like House of Wax, yet the different stuff doesn't seem to catch a break. Maybe I'm wrong... maybe I've been defending "horror fans", when really actually I've been defending the hardcore fanatics: the guys who know their giallo from their hentai.

Not the regular hard-heads of Middle America who rent anything with bloody letters spelling out the title. The ones who seem to not only make up the majority of the "horror fans", but seem to be ruining it for the rest of us...

Shoddy promoters, horror kiddies, or harcore poseurs? Who's to blame here? Who let Cry_Wolf get made?


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Anonymous said...

Maybe they realized that you were not the Bassist Mike Watt? :o) Anyways, it is their loss. You, Amy, and Bill were Awesome. Jasi and Debbie were outstanding also in their short roles. Debbie's character could have had an entire movie alone! I, myself, am still trying to catch up in the Horror world. Most of these "Hollywood Blockbusters" are really lack luster and they must be paying these reviewers under the table. How many freaking times am I going to see "Scariest Movie Ever" blah blah blah on a movie? People need to be more open to all forms, no matter how much hype it gets or how much it cost to make. People are missing out on really good movies. Just because they aren't promoted all over the tv every 30 minutes with the same trailer hyping it up, doesn't mean it isn't a good movie. The majority of the time, they ruin the movie by showing all the good parts. As I have said in the past and have written about to others, DTA (Don't Trust Anyone!) Yeah, I know that is harsh, but seriously "You need to watch your back if you wanna survive, cause if you don't they'll eat you alive"
I've learned that the hard way. I know it sucks after you held up your end of the deal, but hopefully good things will still come your way. Remember this next time they they request your next "Hit" so you can flat out deny them the opportunity.

Take care and keep up the good work.


Karl said...

I've only seen clips from your film, but it looks great. Hope you get a distribution deal, or better yet release it yourself. I'm sure with all the exposure the film has gotten there are many who will pluck down their hard earned cash to own a well made horror film like yours. Check out discmakers. Stay well

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