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|09.28.10||Alamo South Lamar||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2010|
It's a real shame that this was a secret screening because i'm sure there were plenty of people who wanted to see this but they were not also the people who got into the theater. Typical Japanese weird fare: lots of fake blood and interesting monsters strung together with a terrible narrative and super-cheap production. As a movie it's pretty terrible but if you watch this kind of stuff for a specific purpose I can see how you'd find enjoyment in it. I did think that some of the "boss" monsters were interesting but the overall effect of the film was deadening so it came off as boring to me. The first 40 minutes or so is clunky exposition explaining some weird flammable zombie gland that sticks out of people's heads then the titles appear then it's like an hour-long action sequence with no break. This movie was pretty hard to get through... maybe the worst movie of the fest for me, definitely the most amount of walk-outs I saw.
I don't necessarily blame the film so much as the presentation. if there was some way the fest could differentiate the early studio secret screenings from the obscure interesting screenings, perhaps more of the film's audience would get a chance to see the stuff. I would've much rather seen From Beyond than this but oh well. Such is the case with Fantastic Fest secret screenings.