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The Wild Hunt
It's no longer a game.
A medieval reenactment game turns into a Shakespearean tragedy when a non-player crashes the event to win back his girlfriend.
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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?
The Wild Hunt is an ambitions character study set in the world of LARPing. Don't let the low rent horror movie cover art fool you, The Wild Hunt takes its subject matter seriously and doesn't attempt to lampoon LARPing like the films Role Models or The Knights of Badassdom.
The characters and setting are authentic and true to life to the type of people you would meet in the role playing game scene. (Perhaps not all of them) While the film ends on a bleaker note than what I would have liked, it nonetheless is effective in how it portrays individuals desperate to escape their mundane realities.
Larping + Lord of the Flies = The Wild Hunt. Every now and then I run across a horror film that just so happens to be Canadian (eg. 5150 Elm's Way) that is a step above the rest. It takes it`s time which some may deem to be slow at first but it really sucks you into the world the characters have built. This $500,000 indie production captures the atmosphere of dread that million dollar Hollywood productions only dream about. A rating of 3.5/5 for me but could definitely go up on a rewatch.
An interesting story about of night of LARPing gone wrong. Obviously an amatuer production but looks better than you'd guess (it helps that it looks like it was made by actual LARPers), the story is good and it has an interesting lead performance by Tiio Horn, an actress I'd like to see more of.
First and foremost, this movie does a really amazing job of taking something that might seem ridiculous (live action role playing, or, LARP-ing) and handles it very well. It does a great job of both realizing that LARP-ing is kind of ridiculous/silly while also gently and gradually bringing you along and in to it until things get capital S serious. In other words, it walks the line in a really amazing way, allowing for the reality that LARP-ing is kind of play-acting while also making the characters in the movie both realize that on some level but also take it seriously.
This movie does so many things right, it's kind of mind-blowing. It looks great, the score is effective (and also does a great job of walking line between funny and serious) and the the movie becomes increasingly effective as it goes.
Worthy of New Cult Cannon status!
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...
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