Fantasia Film Festival Update: Two
Jon Wright's maritime creature feature Grabbers delivers exactly what audience members hope for -a boatload of laughs and some genuine chills.
The terror from the sea, an interesting blend of Kraken and Sarlac, is surprisingly well-rendered considering the low-key production vibe the film initially gives off. Other scenes requiring special effects, a severed head is of note here, were equally impressive. Hats off (heads off?) to Shaune Harrison, who also worked on Harry Potter.
Love in the Buff
Hong Kong director Pang-Ho Cheung offers his take on the modern rom com here with a well-balanced mix of idealized romance and stark realism.
This film playfully dabbles in issues many long-term couples face, such as: expectations not being met, a wandering eye and the insecurity of aging. Despite their relationship woes, you'll find yourself rooting for charismatic main characters Cherie and Jimmy.
Promotional image of Grabbers is from the Fantasia Film Festival's official webpage.