Fantastic Fest Audio Reviews: 'Sleepless Night' & 'Human Centipede 2'
by Tim Buel
September 23, 2011
Hey it's Tim from The Golden Briefcase, here to drop off the first few audio reviews from Fantastic Fest 2011 in Austin, TX. The fest is well underway and Jeremy and myself are already hitting the festival with guns blazing. Two of the films we were looking forward to were Frédéric Jardin's French thriller Sleepless Night and Tom Six's controversial sequel The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), the latter being the subject of Jeremy's morbid curiosity. The opening night, Thursday, showed both of these flicks and we were eager to give everyone at home a taste of what we thought! Listen to quick audio reviews with guests.
First up, Sleepless Night was a very pleasant surprise for both of us. The film got some very positive buzz out of TIFF and it seemed like a great way to kick off the festival with its contained and action-packed story. We both really enjoyed it for its brisk pace and its nightclub setting. It has some of the coolest action scenes I've seen in recent years, a kitchen fight being a highlight for both of us. We took a few moments to chat about it with Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) from Slashfilm after the screening. Listen here:
The next film of the evening was Tom Six's The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), which I skipped due to lack of interest but as mentioned, Jeremy wouldn't miss it. Tom Six takes his concept from the first film and flips it on its head, making a feces-spattered commentary on fandom with its lead character Martin (played by creepy newcomer, Lawrence R. Harvey). Upon leaving the screening, the look on everyone's faces was all I needed to vindicate my absence. The film is supposed to be atrocious (you can read Jeremy's written review here). We had an audio chat with Brad McHargue (@BradMcHargue) from Mile High Cinema and James Marsh (@Marshy00) from Twitch with their thoughts on the film. Listen here:
So after just a few films from the first day, opinions are already firing on all cylinders and you can expect more from us as the next week progresses. We still have many of our must-see films to check out and you can be sure we will deliver some audio thoughts after each worthy film. Be sure to follow our main Twitter account @GoldenBriefcase for more audio reviews and updates throughout Fantastic Fest, and also right here at FirstShowing for coverage of everything at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin. You can also follow @timbuel and @JeremyKKirk for updates straight from Austin. Teaser photo above is from Sleepless Night.