Body Snatchers aka Lost Time (2014) Review

bodysnatchers1Body Snatchers aka LOST TIME (2014)

Directed by Christian Sesma

Written by Kenneth Owens, Christian Sesma & Rochelle Vallese

Starring Rochelle Vallese, Luke Goss, Robert Davi, Derek Mears, Lin Shaye.

UK DVD – Out now !

After leaving a doctor visit with the worst news, Valerie Dreyfuss and her sister Melissa come to a stop on a lonely stretch of road. Their car is engulfed by a blinding light…12 hours later Valerie wakes to the horror that her sister is gone, nowhere to be found.

They say that the most important part of any script or film is the opening and the closing moments. Grip them at the start, and let them leave happy. And the join in the middle should take care of itself. “LOST TIME” definitely gets the first part right, but is hampered by a middle that doesn’t live up to it, and an ending that just left me scratching my head…

Remember in the mid-90’s, when the world was obsessed with little green men, and the video shelves were full of “truth is out there” flicks like The Shadow Men, Progeny, and the absolute stone cold Charlie Sheen Classic The Arrival? I do. I loved those films. Which is probably why I enjoyed Lost Time so much.

bodysnatchers4We open with a surreal, visceral and intensely disturbing sequence that I won’t spoil here, which is revealed as the nightmare of Valerie, a beautiful woman clearly in the late stages of cancer treatment. As we get a look at Valerie’s daily life, the performances are brilliant, that of lead Rochelle Vallasse and Jenni Blong, who plays her sister Melissa. A strong bond is communicated and the anguish of the effects of cancer is sincerely played. The tone is set for a dark, haunting drama with a nightmarish mystery at hand.

And then Melissa disappears, and we are flashed forward in time…that’s when everything changes.

Valerie’s cancer is taken along with her sister, and so our hero sets off on a desperate mission to find out where she is, which mainly concerns handing out flyers, pestering the authorities, and hovering around that notorious notice board covered in theories/pictures/clues. In other words, she’s getting nowhere. Until, that is, she approaches Dr Reed, an expert on “lost time”, and agrees to take part in his sinister form of therapy…

It’s not that this is a bad film. But there is a quality in those opening ten minutes, that set up a film we unfortunately don’t get. The pacing becomes slightly sluggish, not helped by an over-emotive and slightly repetitive score. Odd changes in tone and style hinder things as well.

But once Valerie enters The Sanctuary, Dr Reeds retreat, and meets the other patients/inmates suffering from her similar lost time, that’s when I got completely lost. Interesting and unexplored ideas and themes are used, but its all too unfocused, and filled with exposition that doesn’t actually help. By the end of the film, I was…puzzled, to say the least. The writers and director have strived for something more ambitious than the norm though, and its hard to criticise that.

bodysnatchers3Which is all even more of a shame considering everything this bad boy gets right. Sesma has a hell of an eye, and crafts some great, nightmarish images with his moody cinematography. Production values are high across the board, creating a very cinematic final product. Flashbacks are filmed with sumptuous slow-motion or jarring kinetic energy, putting us in Valerie’s confused, desperate shoes as she navigates this weird world.

The cast lined up here is also great for any horror fans. Luke Goss (Blade 2, Hellboy 2) is gruff and likeable as Valerie’s squeeze and detective, trying to help his woman; Lin Shaye (Insidious, The Signal) pops up in a strangely similar role to her Insidious one, but is under-used; Derek Mears (Hills Have Eyes 2) is for once not covered in prosthetics, as a strange, well-mannered henchman; Maria Olsen, basically reprising her eerie role from the awesome Starry Eyes to similar unnerving effect here; and Robert Davi (Predator 2, Maniac 2, and every other 80’d cult classic) pops up as the mysterious Dr Reed.

But the real highlight for me was lead Vallase. Although she strayed into the typical hysterical overacting in the films latter stages, she showed a real physical dedication to the role, putting everything out there. And it shows. Credited as one of the writers, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are elements of this story somehow inspired by Vallase’s real life or experiences (well, the less mind-bending stuff anyway).

bodysnatchers2Add to all this some deliciously icky gore that caught from left-field, some truly unexpected plot turns (this is not just another alien-abduction flick) and you have a very solid 93 minutes. Director Sesma has mainly done stuff in the realm of DTV action stuff, but I hope he tries his hand at horror again. I think once he has a more confident, focused narrative, we will be in for a real treat.

So, if you can’t wait for that X-FILES mini-series, love conspiracy theories, like your sci-fi horrors full of moody camerawork and theological insanity, then you should definitely check this one out.

7/10

UKHS is 1 TODAY . Here is 12 months packed into a few paragraphs !!

 

Happy Birthday to us , Happy Birthday to us!!

hbtm2UK Horror Scene is 1 year old today.

So just to bore everyone I am going on a little journey……

About 2 years ago I was boring someone at my work about films (nothing new there) and horror films in particular. I then went home and thought that I would set up a blog so I could bore the pants off people I didn’t know too. So The Corpsegrinder blog was started.

After a couple of months my little blog was getting pretty good reading figures and I was receiving comments and praise!! Hold on I thought , I seem to be doing something right and people seem to be enjoying what I was writing. But something was niggling me , and that was I was reading some great articles from British writers yet there was a lack of UK sites that also had a UK bias . Now I am not saying there are not any great UK sites out there (there are many) but I thought I saw a gap in the market so to speak , so I began formulating a plan for world domination.

So to cut a long story slightly shorter , I came up with a name and an idea. The name seemed to encapsulate everything I wanted from the site. I then spent weeks designing a site and then a logo which was done by my wife and inspired by a few things including the New York Hardcore music logo (and a nod to Acid Reign ) and finally perfected by the wonderful Jim Connolly (http://jimconnollydrawsstuff.blogspot.co.uk/) who now has become a UKHS writer and a friend.

And after a little tweaking then UKHS was ready to launch, so on May 6th 2013 to much fanfare (in my house) I pressed the publish button and sat back.

UKHS_logo_with_txt_WEBTwelve months later we have published over 800 articles and 72 interviews . We have had over 1 MILLION unique users. We have interviewed such people as Robin Hardy, Luke Goss, Anthony Hickox, Marilyn Burns, Dick Maas, Cindy Hinds, Jessica Cameron, Pollyanna McIntosh and many many more. Not bad !

But none of this could be done without many wonderful people who give their time AND talents freely , just for the love of genre cinema, literature and music.

I could sit here for about an hour and list everyone who has helped UKHS. But instead I will just name a few people.

Firstly UKHS would be nowhere without a guy called Dave Wain. Dave has been with us from the start and is just a hugely prolific and talented writer, Dave owns one of the last independent video stores and does the new UK DVD releases . I know that without the help of Dave then UKHS would be nowhere near the beast it is today.

Secondly Dean Sills. Dean joined UKHS around August 2013 and was eager to interview genre actors and directors, and as an actor himself he had contact with many people especially British and since then Dean has inundated us with brilliant interviews that really show what low-budget directors and actors really do on and off the camera. Again (as with Dave) Dean has been a major reason why UKHS has been a great success in it’s 1st year.

Also I want to give major thanks to the following UKHS writers in no particular order, but each brings something new and fresh to the site and I am just so proud to have them writing for UKHS . So here’s to  Oli Ryder, James Simpson, Mark Pidgeon, Joey Keogh, Luke Green, Stu Smith, James Pemberton, Stuart Anderson, Chris Cavoretto, Duane Hicks, Geoff Johnston, Jim Connolly, Marek Zacharkiw, MJ Dixon and lastly (but never leastly) Matty Budrewicz. I could have sat here and listed my favourite articles, interviews and reviews but there are just so many that I really couldn’t choose.

cheersNow there have been many people and organisations that have helped majorly and here is a short list of some – Arrow Films, Monster Pictures, Second Sight Films, Koch Media, 88 Films, 101 Films, Weinerworld, Grimmfest, Image Entertainment, Cynthia J Sellers, Wayne Simmons, Peter McKeirnon, C William Giles, Paul Norbury and finally my wonderful and supportive family as without them then I would not be doing this. And lastly a huge HUGE thank you to all our readers, Twitter followers, Facebook likers (is that a word?) and Instagram stalkers. Without you we couldn’t do what we are doing , and without the constant exceptional feedback it just wouldn’t be worth it. To horror fans everywhere THANK YOU and CHEERS!!

On a final note there will be some major changes on UKHS in the coming months as we push forward from being just a horror blog to a more professional outfit and we will have a whole new look and a more interactive and responsive layout (but this will take a few months). But rest assured we will still have the same feel of fans writing about something we all love.

May I please thank everyone involved in the 1st year of UK Horror Scene and if I have forgotten to name anyone specifically please don’t take offence as there have been thousands. The last year has shown me that there are so many wonderful people out there.

Here is to the 2nd year and lets hope it is as fun and successful as the 1st.

Cheers – Andy Deen (Editor UKHS)

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An Interview with Luciana Faulhaber by Dean Sills.

lf6An Interview with Luciana Faulhaber by Dean Sills.

UKHS – Olá Luciana, I am very excited about this interview, thank you for chatting with us at UK Horror Scene. You truly have a gift because you are not only a beautiful, talented, young actress from Brazil but also a model, singer, writer and producer. Can you please tell us a little about your early life in your native Brazil, growing up in Rio de Janeiro and how you became an actress?

LF – Sure. I was born and raised in Rio as the youngest of four. My father passed when I was very young and my mother raised us on her own. My parents always believed in the empowering value of education and my mother made sure we took an array of classes. I was a curious child and ended up wanting to try everything and did pretty much did
even if just for a few days. I ended up sticking to a few different after school classes like ballet and modern jazz, signing, language learning and swimming. If you live in Rio you must learn how to be a confident swimmer otherwise you’ll miss out.

My mother always made me feel like I could do anything and that is something I still carry with me today. Then as a teenager I discovered the theatre. In Brazil there are no arts programs in school and there is no good structured acting instruction. I always look at kids in America and think how lucky they are to do art so young. I took acting classes at a local theatre in Ipanema after classes during high school and once I was a freshman in college I ran to the University’s theatre for their afternoon program.

It was just a little seed to feed my soul. Then I got a scholarship and moved to New York to finish college in a total unrelated field. I finished the degree I felt I owed my parents and took the job that would keep me around while I used all the little free time I had to act. Then I watched Bill Esper speak about the Meisner technique on a panel and he became my teacher. I remember the first day of class like it was today. He said: “Look around you. Look at the people seating next to you. Your life as you know it is about to change.” He was so right. And here I am.

 

lf1UKHS – Can you tell us a little about your role as Emily Diaz in the Horror movie ‘The Last Boat to Alcatraz’ and what was it about the character and the script that convinced you to take on the role?

LF – Emily Diaz is a girl from a privileged upbringing who got in trouble by following her bad boy boyfriend. Being a skeptical and non believer in the supernatural, Emily was down to explore Alcatraz as a joke on her boyfriend’s birthday. What drew me to the part is that she was clever and fought till the end to try to survive. I love the horror genre and shooting in Alcatraz was something I could not turn down. I grew up with so many stories of the supernatural and it fascinates me.

The whole idea of this film sounded like fun. Executing it though was not easy. It was spring in San Francisco, we shot nights at Alcatraz island and it was as indie as indie can get. I definitely give the filmmakers credit for being so ambitious with the project and I hope it gets through the post process. This experience made want to go out and make my own movies. I approached a friend about writing a story into a script and a year later we were fighting that kickstarted battle to get it off the ground. We finally get to shoot Don’t Look this May and could not be more excited!

lf8UKHS – How did you get involved with the movie ‘The Night Crew’ and did you enjoy working alongside talented actors like Luke Goss and Danny Trejo?

LF – “The Night Crew” is a project that already has a special place in my heart. I got involved the old fashion way. I heard about the film, I auditioned and got the part. The director Christina Sesma and I definitely saw Rose eye to eye and he was amazing at helping me explore the role. Rose is strong, independent, kind, but don’t step on her toes. She can certainly fend for herself. And in this film you get to see all parts of her which makes it for a very human character.

Working with Luke and Danny was the cherry on the Sundae. Luke Goss was a true mentor. He would take time to rehearse our scenes and fine tune fight choreography before we shot to make sure we looked badass on screen. I learned a lot from both watching and working with him. Danny Trejo was the life of the set. He’d been shooting all morning by the time I arrived. I introduced myself and we started cracking jokes. He looks at me and says: “I think I just met my future ex-wife.” The room bursts into laughter. He made acting feel like a walk in the park. I hope to work with both Luke and Danny again in the future. There is nothing like working with dedicated people who love what they do.

lf4UKHS – OK, let’s talk about your new movie ‘Don’t Look’. You are not only starring in this but also producing and writing the movie, congratulations Luciana. The story is about five friends who leave NYC for a weekend they’ll never forget. Where did you get the inspiration from for the story?

LF – “Don’t Look” is based on a true Pennsylvania Dutch family story. The legend says only one death by gun in the family is unaccounted for. The story of a mysterious murder that happens on the family’s garage in the 60s. A gun shot is heard and the body is lying on the floor in a pool of blood. No one thought twice at the time and the scene was erased and the mess cleaned. The cops were never called and what happened in that garage is still a mystery. I listened to this story next to a fireplace after the most amazing thanksgiving meal. The single most American holiday a foreigner can experience. I looked around the room and it dawned on me, as a city child, that I never seen guns, animals hanging on walls, and western pictures.

It was like watching a movie. So the idea for Don’t Look was born. A group of city outsiders come to Amish Town, PA and uncover the family’s dirty secret costing them their lives. Since supernatural things are now so popular as a joke we call “Don’t Look” a good “old fashion” horror. Just people killing people. Back to the basics. The Kickstarter campaign was a success and we continue to look for partnerships and sponsors to make this the best (and scariest!) movie we can make.

lf7UKHS – I very much enjoyed the trailer, In the movie you play Lorena, can you tell us about your character and the challenges she will face during the movie?

LF – Lorena is the glue that brings the group together on this trip down to the countryside. Nicole, her roommate since college, is like a sister to her so when Nicole had to return to the farm Lorena would not let her do it alone. Lorena is always the life of the party but also says it as it is. There is no sugar coating anything. If you don’t wanna hear it don’t ask. She finds a way to have fun no matter what situation she is to her own demise. Lorena is also loyal and definitely will never leave her friends behind.

Her biggest challenge in this film is to believe the risk that they are in. She thinks its a prank since its something she would do; scare them shitless for the fun of it. But then it gets so very real. Lorena’s fight is not only physical for survival but emotional too. She is torn between saving herself or trying to save the only family she has while trying to overcome the guilt of not believing in them. She struggles with the guilt of what would happen if she had done things differently and that is something we can all relate to in our own private lives.

lf5UKHS – You have done many amazing projects as an actress including playing Deputy Lennox in ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ and a Mandarin Party Girl in ‘Iron Man 3’ along with many short films and theatre. What is the hardest role that you have had to play and do you go to extreme lengths to prep for your parts and stay in character?

LF – The hardest role was definitely Rose in “The Night Crew” so far. Not only was it a role with great emotional range but it was highly physical. On the first day of shooting (the first scene I shot!) Christian Sesma, the director, walks over and tells us to jump out of the moving car. I was like “got it” and then tried to just look like I’ve done that before. There were many fight scenes and the bruises definitely added up by the end of the shoot. I went to visit my family immediately after wrapping and they were shocked. They questioned if I was “acting” why did I have bruises. All the fights were very real and it takes practice to get it right. Rose was very close to me since I’ve been a tough girl taking care of myself for a long time. So preparing for the role involved understanding Rose’s life story and living it to discover how Rose would experience and express herself.

The writer gave me wonderful insight on her personality and if those elements were true, I asked myself what else was true about her? What if is an important question when developing character. As a Meisner trained actor I live in my imagination, in living truthfully under imaginary circumstances which involves study, day dreaming and action. Many actors lean towards method acting which involves using personal experiences to trigger emotions and to live the situations in real life to generate those emotions. I think opening those gates in your personal life is not healthy and you can only cry about your dead puppy so many times.

lf3UKHS – What’s your favourite Horror movie and what’s the scariest movie scene you ever saw?

LF – This is a tough question! I became a horror fan as a child so its tough to beat those memories. My big sister would have horror movie marathons with her friends and I would sneak in to watch it too. I was terrified of the Poltergeist movies, Friday the 13th and The Chainsaw Massacrer. Chucky to this day still terrifies me! Evil Dead is a classic one I love and I wasn’t very happy with the recent remake. On the other hand that version had some of the best death, kill and resurrection scenes I have seen in a long time! I loved it for that. So instead of picking one scene I recommend people watch this particular remake for its bloody messes all together. I am not particularly fan of remakes in general but it does allow for using new techniques and special effects that weren’t available back then which makes it for a whole new experience.

UKHS – Before you go Luciana I have got to ask you about the World Cup. One of my friends Aline is from Brazil, she loves soccer especially watching Brazil play. Do you share the same passion for the beautiful game and will you be watching the World Cup?

LF – I am a huge soccer fan! When I was younger I used to watch all the games of my local team Flamengo wearing their jersey and everything. I even cried at the end of the games! The world cup is even more intense and I always had a fun group of fellow Brazilian filmmakers I watched the games with when I lived in New York.

Soccer has been a main source of pride and entertainment for the Brazilian people. The country shuts down to watch it in a way that it turns into a carnival but better. The energy and the celebrations on streets make it for the most unique experience. Hosting the world cup will raise that to a whole new level I wish I could be a part of. But I am excited to watch it no matter what. Tickets for the games has been impossible to get for over a year now. I will be for sure with my Brazilian family and friends wherever I am in the world cheering on for my country.

lf2UKHS – “Obrigado pela entrevista e boa sorte com seu futuro” . 

Thank you for the interview and good luck for the future.

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An Interview with Luke Goss by Dean Sills

lg1An Interview with Luke Goss by Dean Sills

First of all, I would just like to thank you, Luke for giving us your time especially when you are very busy. It’s a real joy for me interviewing you since I am a big fan of your acting and your movies. Thanks!

UKHS – You are currently shooting ‘The Night Crew’, in which you play a bounty hunter. The movie centres on a group of hard up bounty hunters who must survive the night in a desert motel against a horde of savage cartel killers. What can you tell us about your character and how did you prepare for this role?

LG – I physically needed to look like Wade so I did a lot of weights in the Gym.

He is a character with a busy past and has emotional conflicts so it is always nice bringing a deep interior to an action movie. Internalized back story is always the main construction of bringing these guys to life.

lg2UKHS – I loved your memorable performances as Prince Nuada in ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army’ and Nomak in ‘Blade II’. How did you cope with the level of prosthetics and did you find it physically draining especially during the action scenes? 

LG – The makeup process was 6-7 hours even before you start your 12 hour day adds up physically.

In Hellboy 2 I found myself really having to dig deep and use the exhaustion and claustrophobia and put it into Prince Nuada….I forced myself to attach it to his own frustrations. Six day weeks, 20 hour days, that movie is the reason why I would only ever do it again for the perfect role. 😉

lg3UKHS – I do enjoy the ‘Death Race’ movies, well done! How much fun did you have filming the movies in South Africa and did you get to do a lot of your own stunts and driving? 

LG – The Deathrace movies are fun to watch and real fun to make. Huge cars, Fast cars, explosions and a crew of people that have become like family.

Prepping again was fun. I like playing Frankenstein because although he is a criminal, he has a solid sense of friendship and honour within the world he lives. He doesn’t wait around for a thank-you. I did most of the driving and 2 weeks in a fight cage, so lots of stunt training.

lg4UKHS – What other projects will you be working on this year that you can tell us about? 

LG – DEAD DROP (can’t stand the cover!) lol they plopped my head on some other dudes body and stuck explosions behind me, WTF lol but that said its a really good movie. Also LOST TIME, AWOL72 and one of my favourites THE NIGHT CREW. Also I’m crazy excited about directing my first Feature Film this year.

lg5UKHS – Which movies have you enjoyed working on the most and why? 

LG – Obviously Blade 2 and Hellboy 2 were amazing experiences, juggernaut productions. But filming ONE NIGHT WITH THE KING in India was a personal Highlight. It was a professional first filming an out and out love story as well as a pinch yourself moment playing the lead role alongside Mr Omar Sharif and the late,great Mr Peter O’Toole. Also India was truly a beautiful country with kind and generous people.

lg6UKHS – I started acting 18 months ago and I’ve had a few small speaking roles in Indie movies, (I would love a walk-on in one of your movies if you are shooting in the UK in the near future) what advice do you have for anyone wanting a career as an actor? 

LG – I would say, trust your instincts, internalize as much as you can and know that its not an easy road so be ready both on and off screen. Work hard and be ready so when you get that break role….you can knock it out of the damn park! Also if I do direct a movie in the UK, a walk on at least is yours LOL .

lg7UKHS – Finally, this is a question from Andy Deen, the editor of UK Horror Scene. Do you think being (mainly) based in L.A. has helped in your film career? As here in the UK when I read articles on you or your films we are still treated to mentions of your previous incarnation as a pop star, even though you have well over 40 films to your name?

LG – Good question! Yes, LA “only” thinks of me as an actor, I am asked frequently why I don’t make movies in my home country…truth is, I have not been embraced by the UK film community, but after making so many movies and a Prime time TV series (Red Widow) in the USA, I can honestly say I’m not losing any sleep about it. That said, as a director I do plan to shoot in the UK. I do want to say though a huge thank-you to the support from UK movie websites and UK fans, your continued support is genuinely appreciated. Cheers and much love!! LG

UKHS – Thank you Luke. Good luck with your latest projects including your first movie as a director and keep up the great work. 

Dead Drop starring Luke Goss will be release on DVD in the UK on February 17, 2014.
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