Fantastic Fest Day 3 (LFO, Miss Zombie)
Ryan Revolver
9/22/2013

Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. This unique film festival is taking place from September 19th-26th at the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline location.

 

 

Film: LFO

 

Synopsis: A solitary man discovers audio frequencies that open the human mind wide to hypnotic suggestion and, ultimately, his total control in this slyly deadpan dark comedy from Sweden.

 

Thoughts: Robert’s (Patrik Karlson) control over others is atypical of anyone that gains unquenchable power over others. His ascension to mad scientist status is quirky, and he twists the ambiance in his house in his favor with little hesitation. He is, after all, human. His self-preservation (and desires) goes above all else. All of the other actors had simple characters that because of Robert become complex. One second Simon (Per Löfberg) and Linn (Johanna Tschig) are his innocent neighbors, the next they are something completely different. The world is Robert’s oyster.

 

LFO - ★★★

 

 

Film: Miss Zombie

 

Synopsis: Cult director Sabu returns with his first original story in a decade! When a family has a zombie unexpectedly delivered to their house, they decide to keep her as a domestic servant.

 

Thoughts: This contemporary glance into the zombie world was devoid of widespread destruction. The microcosm, photographed simply in black & white, keeps the body count low. No need to panic, for she is a low level zombie. As long as you do not feed her meat she will continue to do a bad job scrubbing the floors. Zombies are good at two things: biting us, and being a moving target. I need more breakdowns of societal norms than I got with Miss Zombie. It is too elegant for the zombie genre. I got the path that Miss Z and the family she served were going down, I just didn’t want to follow them down it.  

 

One last thing: thinking about having sex with a zombie is just another term for necrophilia…you pervs.

 

Miss Zombie - ★★


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