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AICN sinks an indie horror flick.

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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2003 1:45 pm    Post subject: AICN sinks an indie horror flick. Reply with quote

We here at HBS and EFC try very hard to make our space available to new and indie filmmakers, because those are the people that can REALLY benefit from it.

Sometimes we can be complimentary and help a film along (Jane White is Sick and Twisted, Cabin Fever, Dog Soldiers) and sometimes, if we don't dig the film, we'll at least give the filmmaker a forum to explain what we missed (see our The Target Shoots Back feature).

Which makes what AICN does to some indie filmakers all the more disgusting. As reported on The Horror Report (http://www.horror-report.com/may03/malevolence.html), someone who sat in on a test screening of the film unsigned horror film Malevolence wrote in a report to Harry that trashed the film from start to finish. Destroyed it. Killed it. It wasn't just damning, it was mean-spirited.

Far from a review, this was a 'report', from an anonymous person who has never been heard of before or since, and rather than treat it as the rambling opinions of one guy which might be better off being held onto until the filmmaker has had a chance to sell his film, Harry ran the thing on the front page.

According to the filmmaker, this 'review' has sunk the buzz that this film had generated from numerous positive screenings, as well as positive coverage from outlets like Fangoria.

Unfortunately, in this day and age, it only takes one negative report from an unidentified individual on aint-it-cool-news to turn studio execs off a film, and this guy, who probably sunk a ton of his own money into a film that has been well-received by many others, is going to be the big loser because some goofball having a bad day decided he wanted to piss on the filmmaker's parade, and Harry didn't have the inegrity to hold onto the report until it MEANT something.

To put this in context, this would be like us finding someone who gave a low rating to Dog Soldiers on our site based on a rough cut, then having him post a full 'review', then contacting the studios and saying 'Look! This sucked! Dont' buy it!' without actually seeing the film for ourselves.

Maybe the film was bad. Maybe it sucked. But there are ways to say that without making it a personal attack, and when the flick's producers have announced at the screening that they're talking to people about distribution right now, you simply shut the hell up and let them take their shot before you start firing torpedoes.

Once the film has signed, go nuts, say what you want, but when it's in the process of being signed, the act of running to your computer and churning out a negative report on it is basically akin to grabbing those distributors and saying "don't do it, man! Fuck that guy!" In other words, it's a shitty move that could have lasting consequences on a young filmmaker's career, and for what? So Harry can have his scoop?

The bile building against AICN is palpable. They're one major fuck-up from having the rug pulled out from under them, and as long as they keep pulling stunts like this, we'll be on their tails.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2004 2:02 pm    Post subject: Malevolence theatrical release Reply with quote

I am an actor in "Malevolence". Thank you for bringing to light our situation. "Malevolence" recently opened (Sept 10th) in two theaters in Long Island, with more cities to follow, thanks to Anchor Bay Entertainment. The buzz is flowing once again, so I am happy to say we have withstood the AICN "review". I hope that we can bring this film nationwide because, in my humble opinion, the horror genre really needs a return to its glory days. That's what this film is, an homage to 70's and 80's style horror. Sorry for sounding like an advertisement, but I am very happy and proud to have been a part of "Malevolence" and would like to share it with those who care to see it.

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