Film Review: Boys In The Trees

Boys In The Trees
Cast: Toby Wallace, Gulliver McGrath, Mitzi Ruhlmann, Justin Holborow
Director: Nicholas Verso
Release Date: Film Festival Release Only – Release Dates
Available On Amazon Prime Video and Itunes
Trailer:

Synopsis:
It’s Halloween 1997 – the last night of high school for Corey, Jango and their skater gang, The Gromits. Childhood is over and adult life beckons for Corey, but his past has some unfinished business.

When he encounters Jonah, a former childhood friend but now victimised by Jango’s cruel streak, Corey takes pity on him and agrees to walk him home for old time’s sake.
What starts off as a normal walk through empty suburban streets descends into something darker and more magical as they tell each other ghost stories, drawing upon their fears of the world around them.

 

As they walk through their memories and ghosts of the past, Corey is surprised to discover how much he still has in common with his abandoned friend. But just as their friendship appears rekindled, a tragic truth may mean he’s made the discovery all too late.


Review:
Once again, an independent horror film has delivered the goods.
2016 was a fantastic year for indie horror, with such films as Hush, The Invitation, Rob Zombies 13, Carnage Park, and Ghosts of Darkness, showing the big production companies such as Blumhouse how it should be done.
The film is another great effort from Australia. In the past, we have been treated to some brilliant films such as 2005’s Wolf Creek, 2009’s The Loved Ones, 2008’s Lake Mungo, and 2014’s The Babadook.
Quite simply the film is brilliant and actually had me in tears.
An aspect that I completely fell in love with, is that it completely reminded me of what life was like back in 1997. Dial-up modems and that awful noise they made, the hair cuts, music, cultural references… Its all there, and is a major trip down memory lane.
A big theme running through this film, is the outright bullying and emotional torture of one boy, and the scenes that feature in the film are brutal, and are hard to watch in places. Sadly, it shows just how far bullying can go when its not put a stop to, both by actions of the bullies, and by the victim.
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Character development in this coming of age feature is so well done. You’re introduced to the characters gently at first, and then find yourself immersed in their attitudes towards life and their mannerisms.
The detail that is put into showing how Jonah suffered at the hands of Jango and the skate gang, as said before, is difficult to watch, but is absolutely necessary for the development of Jonahs character and why he is, the way he is.
When Jonah and Corey come together, we learn a lot about Jonah’s character.
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We learn that he is dark, mysterious and very cryptic. When they go on their journey together, Jonah isn’t always forthcoming with answers to Corey’s questions. He’s almost like the Ghost of Christmas Past, whereby he wants Corey to figure out what he did wrong, and how he can put it right.

In doing so, he puts Corey through many dark and dangerous scenarios, that both scare and terrify him, but in the end are explained and are all to prove different points.

Corey’s character development shows us how he goes from being an angry teen, with a major attitude problem, to then coming together with Jonah and being taken on this incredible, and at times delightfully dark and terrifying journey through the wrong doings in his life, from his childhood to modern day. Through this, he finds himself answering questions he had and questions that needed answers. The journey helps him change his whole view of the world, the way is acting towards people is wrong.


The Soundtrack:
The music that accompanies this film is nothing short of superb. I’m saying this because i’m of course in love with 90’s rock and grunge music. It took me right back to that time and space of being a teenager.
Although the music is plentiful, its used sensibly, and in scenes where it makes sense.
It wasn’t used in an over the top fashion and just put somewhere in the film for no other reason than its a song that’s popular… like how music is used in Suicide Squad for example…
The bands that feature in the film are The Presidents of the United States of America, BushDinosaur JrGary NumanRammsteinGarbage, and loads of other amazing bands…
Its honestly one of the best film soundtracks, I think I’ve ever heard… But of course I am biased, and not everyone will agree with, but i’m very impressed indeed.


Bullying:
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Bullying
Bullying exists in many forms… In school, over the internet, and can even carry on as an adult in the work place, and in many other forms.
With bullying being a big theme in this film, and the terrible things people can be driven to do to themselves as a result… we here at The Scream Source, are completely against bullying, and want to offer any advice and support that we can, to victims of bullying.
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If you are seeking confidential and professional assistance to help you overcome issues, whether big or small, these helplines are here for you.
It doesn’t matter if you just want to talk to someone about your day or seek advice on how to deal with a serious problem, they are there to talk to you and help you out whenever you need it.


Below are a list of numbers from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

UK

  • The Samaritans 
    08457909090
  • Support Line 
    02085549004
  • Mind 
    08451228622
  • NHS Direct 
    08454647
  • Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre 
    08088029999
  • Survivors UK – Male Abuse Victims 
    08451221201
  • Anxiety Alliance 
    0845 296 7877
  • No Panic 
    0808 808 0545
  • B-eat
    08456 341 414 (age 18+)
    08456 347 650 (under 25)
  • Depression Alliance
    0845 123 23 20
  • Crossline – Christian Helpline 
    0300 111 0101
  • OCD Action 
    0845 390 62 32
  • Frank 
    0800 77 66 00
  • Childline 
    0800 1111


USA

  • Hopeline 
    1-800-SUICIDE
    1-800-784-2433″
  • Suicide Provention Lifeline
    1-800-273-TALK
    1-800-273-8255
  • Teen Line 
    714-639-8336
    714 NEW-TEEN
  • Domestic Violence / Child Abuse / Sexual Abuse 
    800-799-SAFE (7233)
    TDD 800-787-3224″
  • Runaway switchboard
    800-621-4000
  • Girls and Boys Town National Hotline
    800-448-3000
  • Texas Runaway Hotline
    1-800-392-3352
  • National Youth Crisis Hotline 
    800-442-HOPE (442-4673)
  • National Alliance for the Mentally ill
    1-800-950-6264
  • SAFE
    1-800-3668-288


CANADA

  • Distress Centre Niagara Ontario
    +1 (905) 688 3711
    905 734 1212
    905 382 0689
  • Distress Centre Durham Ontario
    +1 (905) 433-1121
  • Distress Centres of Toronto Ontario
    +1 (416) 408 4357
  • Suicide Action Montreal 
    (514) 723 4000
  • Chimo Helpline Inc. 
    Hotline: Fredericton Area: 450-HELP (4357)
    Hotline: Toll free provincial helpline: 1-800-667-5005
  • Distress Line of Southwestern Alberta (Canada) 
    403 327 7905
  • Mental Health Helpline
    1-866-531-2600
  • Kids Help Phone 
    1800 668 6868
  • Suicide and Crisis 
    1-800-448-3000
  • Assaulted Woman’s Hotline Toronto
    (416) 863-0511
  • Rape Crisis Centre
    (416) 597-8808
  • Drug & Alcohol Information Line (Canada)
    1-800-463-6273
  • Mental Health Crisis Line 
    1-888-893-8333
  • Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre of Nipissing
    705-476-3355


AUSTRALIA

  • Alcohol & Other Drugs Information Service (ADIS)
    1800 131 350
  • Child Abuse / Child Protection Hotline 
    1800 700 250
  • Headspace (12-25 years) 
    1800 659 388 or 8931 5999
  • Kids Helpline (5-25 years)
    1800 551 800
  • Life Line Australia
    Freecall 13 11 14
  • Mensline
    1300 789 978
  • Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria (VIC) 
    03 9853 8089
  • Rape Crisis Centre
    1800 424 017
  • SANE Australia (VIC)
    1800 187 263


NEW ZEALAND

  • Depression Helpline Freephone 
    0800 111 757
  • Lifeline Freephone
    0800 543 354
  • Samaritans Freephone
    0800 726 666
  • Alcohol Drug Helpline
    0800 787 797
  • Suicide Crisis Helpline 
    0508 828 865
  • OUTLine NZ
    0800 688 5463
  • Youthline
    0800 376 633, free text 234
  • What’s Up (for 5–18 year olds)
    0800 942 8787


 

 

 

Original vs Remake Battle – Part 1

Horror film remakes always get a bad wrap.
But should that always be the case?
It’s not like remaking horror films, is even a new thing. Film makers were doing it, as far back as the 80’s.

So let’s examine a little deeper.

In a recent, ‘Original v Remake Battle’ poll, we did on Twitter, the votes cast were nearly all in favour, of the original films in the most part.
But some were quite close, as the remakes weren’t entirely that bad.

The poll was done, on 10 films overall, and here in part 1, we will look at the first 5 that featured. I tried to pick films, where the remake wasn’t an outright disappointment.
For example, the 2010 Nightmare On Elm Street remake.

Do all horror film remakes really deserve the ‘Naughty Kid In The Corner’ kind of reputation that they’re getting? Here are the results.

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Here, we have two films, which are classics in their own right. The 1986 version, with the use of superb practical effects, and advances in technology, allowed the film to become more relevant in its time. In 1958, Vincent Price starred in the original version of ‘The Fly’. It’s a classic in the sense that film is pure, 1950’s Sci-Fi, and really speaks of it’s time. In 1986, renowned director, David Cronenberg, cast Jeff Goldblum, who was delightfully dark and completely superb, in the role of Seth ‘The Fly’ Brundle. His transformation is hard to watch at times. And the end of the film descends into a world of violence and chaos, in this dark and at times, gory and brutal reimagining. Making this a true, timeless, classic of the Sci-Fi/Horror genre.

Again, we have two films which in my opinion, are both superb. 1977, would see the directorial, master of suspense, John Carpenter, write and direct the film, Haloween. He would cast Jamie-Lee Curtis in the lead role, as the character Laurie Strode. Together, they made this suburban slasher, a timeless masterpiece, and a template for all future slasher movies to work from. Halloween, would also be the start of a long running franchise that spawned numerous sequels. 30 years later, In 2007, ‘Shock-Rocker’ Rob Zombie, brought us his dark, and twisted reimagining, of the 1977 classic. Scout Taylor-Compton, played the part of Laurie Strode and Malcolm MacDowell, stars as Dr. Samuel Loomis. The talented, gorgeous Scream queen, and Hatchet actress, Danielle Harris also features, alongside ‘House of 1000 Corpses’ and ‘Devils Rejects’ star, Sheri-Moon Zombie, who also happens to be Rob Zombies wife. Given the success, and popularity of Zombies reimagining , the above mentioned, were to return for a sequel, simply titled H2.

It has to be said, that this is probably the worst comparison of the bunch. 1959, would see the Horror maestro, of the ‘golden age’ of horror, Vincent Price, star as Frederick Loren, a man of wealth, who offers a group of people $10,000 each, if they come to the ‘House On Haunted Hill’ and spend the night. The sum would be paid, If they survive the night. A truly inspired performance by Price, really shows why this film has stood the test of time so well. 40 years later in 1999, a re-imagining of the classic was to be released starring Geoffrey Rush, and Famke Janssen. Rush plays the part of Stephen Price (How fitting). This time, the group of people invited to the spooky house, are each offered the princely sum of $1 million dollars, of they survive the night, and the ghostly figure of the evil Dr. Richard Vannicut. It has lots of blood and gore in the right places, and some genuinely frightening moments, but not enough. My main problem with this film, is that, a lot of the stuff that happens in the film, seems shoved in, for no apparent reason, and doesn’t offer anything to the story. For example, the roller coaster scene. It was to receive mostly negative reviews.

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In 1980, fresh off the back of making the Sexploitation/Revenge Horror, Last House On The Left, with horror master Wes Craven… Sean S. Cunningham used his profits earned, to make Friday the 13th. ‘Camp Crystal Lake’, is setting in this story of slaughter. A mother is out to avenge the death of her son, Jason Voorhees. Councillors are picked off by crazed killer played by Betsy Palmer until she finally meets her match and a grim fate at that. The film would be followed by 10 sequels, if you include Freddy vs Jason. It is not until part 3 (the 3D one), that Jason, puts on the legendary hockey mask, now synonymous with the character. In parts 7-10 of the franchise, everyones favourite villain, Kane Hodder, plays the maniac behind the mask, to great effect, and it really was a massive let down to fans, that it wasn’t him, that got to square off, against Robert Englund, in Freddy vs Jason. In 2009, we got a reboot of Friday the 13th, were a rich, daddies boy, takes his friends, to his dad’s cabin, on crystal lake. The group discover a boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, where Jason is waiting, and guess what happens? The film is produced by Michael Bay, and directed by Marcus Nispel. The same director who did the 2006 remake, of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Which is also produced by Michael Bay. The writers and director haven’t tried to reinvent the wheel, and mess with, or change Jason’s origin story, which I’m happy about. The positives, that can be drawn from the reboot, are that there is lots of boobage on display, and plenty of sex, and lots of violence. Some of the kills are bit strong. For example, the girl in the sleeping bag. Just…OOF…And the Asian guy in the tool shed, and actually, pretty much all of the killing sequences, are pretty awesome, and have their own unique charm. And it has to be said, Derek Mears does a really good job as Jason. I prefer the bigger built, Kane Hodder style Jason, to the tall skinny style, like in Freddy vs Jason. Although the action sequences are good, and the story of the missing Sister, does hold up very well, some of the acting and dialogue leaves a lot to be desired. With such lines as “You nearly pressed the start button on a whoop ass machine”, “Your tits are stupendous”, and “You have perfect nipple placement”, the script writer who wrote these lines, was surely a literary genius. This is just few of the negative aspects, of a film that was received, to mixed reviews. But overall, in my opinion, this isn’t a terrible film, and I don’t believe, it deserves the overly negative comments people give it. If you compare this reboot, to the nightmare on elm street reboot, Jason is a clear winner over Freddy, all hands down.

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In 1979, the godfather and creator of the zombie movie, George A. Romero, released the epic, Dawn of The Dead. The film, is set in a shopping mall, full of zombies, where the main protagonists, must fight to survive the zombie hordes, that have set upon them, using only the amenities they have readily available. This film really took on screen gore and brutality to the next level, in mainstream cinema, and featured the legendary line, “When there is no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth”. 2004 saw a remake of the film, which in it’s entirety, is really very good. The film features zombies that are hyper aggressive, and can run, very fast which is frightening in itself. The film has lots of kills, and blood and gore, organs and intestines being ripped out, and is really a very enjoyable watch that is respectful, and a great homage to the original.

Rob Zombie’s ’31’ Trailer Has Landed

Before watching the trailer for this film… If you’re afraid of clowns, this is a feature, you’re probably gonna want to avoid.

Anyway… For the rest of you, it’s finally here. The trailer for the new Rob Zombie film, ’31’. Starring his regulars, in the form of ‘Sheri-Moon Zombie, and Malcolm MacDowell, On the menu is some survival horror, mixed with killer clowns and side plate of pain!

How much are you looking forward to this? The film will be released on September 16th, 2016.

If that doesn’t whet your appetite, then take a look at some of the concept art, by the ’31’ art team.

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From the look of the trailer, and the concept art, it looks like Rob Zombie is making a return, to his earlier, gorier work. If that is the case, we’ll have no complaints.