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A medieval reenactment game turns into a Shakespearean tragedy when a non-player crashes the event to win back his girlfriend.
Not Quite Hoop-Tober: Day 24
I have a mountain of appreciation for Alexandre Franchi's directorial debut, The Wild Hunt. It's an independently produced film made for less than half a million dollars which tackles incredibly unique subject matter, and it not only holds up rewatch, it holds up next to movies with 100 times its budget.
The story follows Erik, a young man living a sad and lonely life which only gets worse when his girlfriend Lyn leaves him to live in an ongoing medieval reenactment. On his quest to get her back he must confront others in this continuous performance, but for many of the participants it's much more than just a game. For one, Erik's brother Bjorn uses…
A guy tries to patch his relationship back together again with his girlfriend. He drives out to the forest where she's LARPing with some friends (and "friends"), and it all turns pretty ugly when reality and love crashes with the world of role playing.
It's easy to make fun of LARP, but this movie really doesn't. It could've easily been a horror comedy, but the silliness in it all is in the eyes of the beholder more than anything else, and I'm even sensing a warmth around some of these people, making it a classic romantic, yet horrific and tragic, tale of good vs. evil. Some people being in it to let their inner child out, to escape reality, but…
Saw this thanks to Steve Grzesiak's 'Kim Newman Dungeon Breakout' list.
Another day, another brilliant bit of Canadian genre filmmaking.
This is Erik's tale. He is a man going through a tough time and he decides to win his girl back. The problem is she's gone LARPing. That's Live Action Role Playing. So Erik heads to the forest to find Lyn aka Princess Evlynia and talk to her. As a non-player this will be difficult and to complicate matters further his estranged brother is there and the Big Battle between the Celts and the Vikings is around the corner...
A truly sublime indie oddity, a fine first two thirds gives way to a final third which packs a punch. Terrific stuff.
The Wild Hunt is a more serious "Knights of Badassdom" and tries to take the subject matter of escaping the responsibilities of reality a bit further. In this Canadian film, a young man named Erik chases his girlfriend Evelyn to a LARP camp (live action roleplaying) and tries to convince her to come back home instead of spending her time there. His brother Bjorn also lives in that camp and is losing his grip on reality more and more by channeling his fictional Viking character. I have mixed feelings regarding this film. I enjoyed the direction and cinematography in general. For a low budget film I thought it looked great and the LARP sets looked surprisingly complete and functional. Costumes,…
This movie gets seriously fucked up towards the end of it and it's great. Worth a watch if you're remotely interested in LARPing or Lord of the Flies style scenarios.
Brilliantly tense drama set in the world of Live action role playing. What should be really silly unfolds like a Shakespearean tragedy. Stunning stuff that really hits hard at the end. So many great Canadian indies around in recent years. Why is that?
Aside from the low lighting that makes some of the scenes hard to see, there really isn't much to complain about this haunting tale. The film holds no punches in its relentless portrayal of twisted reality. You could literally feel the bloodlust gradually consume you as it consumed the 'Shaman' and his tribe. Subtle imagery of a growing madness is presented as the film keeps you guessing when the breaking point will be. When will have fantasy gone too far?
This movie tried to hard to be a gothic, Shakespeare, magic-realist film that it forgot to carve out an identity for itself. A messy film, The Wild Hunt is ultimately an unsatisfying film whose rough, film-school edges are too apparent to ignore.
LARP until you die.
While boasting a ridiculous amount of casting overlap with The Trotsky (most of whom, particularly the leads, were truthfully better in supporting roles there... though kudos is due to one of the non-overlappers, perpetual bit parter Mark Krupa who has a lot of fun with his supporting lead), we're away from odd political allegories and back in Anglo-Canada's safety zone of horror. Extreme LARPers always make me a bit uneasy, so perhaps I'm an easy sell, but it's rare that I find a film genuinely unsettling, and this managed to get me squirming a little. This deserved more attention than it got (though Knights of Badassdom didn't get any attention either... perhaps the world just isn't ready for cinematic LARPing?).
It's all fun and games until everybody start to kill each other...
the dangers of LARPing. Super interesting movie.
El concepto de "juego de rol en vivo" me resulta tan sumamente ridículo que una película en torno a él en clave de drama y tragedia como esta me atrae más bien poco. Sin ser una maravilla, me quedo de largo con la comedieta de "Knights of Badassdom".
Another one of those “really interesting concept, great trailer” movies that just didn’t live up to its promise. This film promises drama and horror, and instead delivers melodrama and boredom.
We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…