|DVD Paper Dolls
Run time: 98 min
Genres: Horror | Thriller
Director: David Blair, Adam Pitman
Writers: David Blair, Adam Pitman
Stars: Adam Pitman, Nathaniel Peterson, Rian Jairell
Paper Dolls is a terrifying psychological thriller set near the beautiful landscape of Glacier National Park, Montana. Two high school friends, Travis and Nate, are on a road trip to Canada when they’re attacked by mysterious and vicious creatures. Nate is stolen into the woods and Travis will stop at nothing to get him back. Travis recruits Nate’s older brother Chris to bring an arsenal and wage war against these monsters in an effort to retrieve Nate. Written by Anonymous
|Plot Keywords: sasquatch, bigfoot|
Release Date: 21 December 2012 (USA)
It's rare that we see such a new and original take on an old story. The Sasquatch myth has been around forever, but this film gives us a whole new way to look at it. I can't say too much without giving anything away, but I can definitely recommend this film.
After the film was over, and on the entire drive home, we had a heated discussion in the car about various aspects within the film.
From David Blair's frat-boy like performance in the beginning, to Kent Harper's completely believable portrayal of a demented, but curious recluse, all the characters were well acted and believable. Mostly, however, Adam Pitman was a shining star. The range of emotions he went through not only highlighted his acting talent, they made the whole story, through the twisted turns and trails it takes, completely believable.
To anyone considering picking up distribution, you'd be a fool not to. To those who know of a showing near you, go see it. You won't be sorry (but you might be scared.) I was afraid of Sasquatch (don't call him Bigfoot) when I was a kid. After seeing this film, that fear is creeping back up on me.
Kudos on a well-written, well-acted, well-produced, and high-quality piece.
OK, I just ejected the DVD, and I'm just gonna start writing some thoughts.
Good job, Badfritter films. Lots of good things about what could have been a terrible movie. Somehow you managed to avoid a load of opportunities to screw it up! It doesn't give anything away to say I like the ending. If it turned out the way I suspected, I was gonna be disappointed. But you went a little further, and muddied that tidy ending up. Good move. I think the average joe will have different opinions as to what really happened. That's good. You want people to ponder after the film, so thoughts linger. You find yourself wanting to go back and look at the film again for hidden clues.
Also, you used techniques of the older classic horror movies that work. It made me think of the classic 1950's horror film, THE THING, which never clearly showed the monster, to GREAT effect. You probably know that movie? The trick is to not show enough of the creature to make viewers go, "What cheap special effects." , but you DO show enough of the creature to ignite the imagination and let the viewer fill in the blanks, which makes for much more effective psychological horror. And that's exactly what you did. Another good decision. The problem with modern horror is that there's no mystery anymore, with excellent special effects that show every detail. You wisely avoided that.
Do I have any critical thoughts?…..Well, the opening sequence is very misleading. Maybe that's a good thing, maybe not. It's full of partying teenagers, etc and the first thing that went through my head was, "Oh, this is gonna be one of those movies where there's hints of teen sex, that get interrupted by slashing until all the characters are dead. Great, another one of those predictable movies." I was so relieved when the movie moved away from that. As soon as the 2 guys were on the road, the movie changed, and it was a different film altogether. It's good that happens early in the movie, because as a film rental, you might lose people before the movie gets going, and they might pop the thing out and not watch it all. But it changes from teen-slasher -film so early that it still keeps you in, and interested. (Yes, there's gratuitous gore here and there, but you didn't over-do it, or under-do it. I don't like gore films, but I can take it.) The main guy who plays Travis is a good actor, and the other dude that plays his friend does fine as well. He's a little annoying, as he should be. The guy who plays the Sasquatch crypto expert is VERY good. It's his behavior that I studied for clues as to what really happened.
As an artist, I also liked the fact that Travis was nervously sketching and writing in his journal all the time, and surrounded by art in his room. Also, the chalkboard art depicting the history of Sasquatch was very good. Art and writing is a big factor of the main character in this film. Scary!
This is one of those movies that finds you curled against the back of your sofa, alternately peaking through your fingers and pointing at the screen.
For their first major foray, the BadFritters have proved there's much more to their work than just hopes and dreams. Paper Dolls reflects a subtle, strong talent that's solidifying in the BadFritter team. (See previous film Roulette.)
Combining acting, scriptwriting, directing and producing, (yes, if you read the credits, they did them all) the team balances and merges with impressive savvy and subtlety. With Paper Dolls they created a horror film that takes us back to the days when horror films were… just that… but also brought a refreshing depth to the familiar, making us scream our pants off with glee while wondering if it isn't just all in our head.
The way to discover if a movie is truly a great movie is whether or not it makes you want to watch it again. To be perfectly honest, I have seen this movie three times now. I was very fortunate enough to have had a chance recently to see this movie, and I must confess that I had been wanting to see it for quite some time, having heard about it from various sources. I am quite the harsh critic when it comes to movies, and I will admit that I did not think this film would live up to my expectations, having had such high expectations for it. Well now that the verdict is in, I have taken the time to reflect on much of the movie and I have to say that I was quite impressed for it being a first feature length movie from the Badfritter production company. Everything about it suggests that it is a labour of love from the people who made it. The story is well put together with a deft feel for psychological effect. The acting is leagues above average which was surprising and refreshing considering the type of material they were dealing with. The film-making did not seem in any way amateur at all. The locations were good and the pacing was never boring. The people I watched it with were equally surprised, one in particular, who kept making fun of it before we watched it. It was very interesting getting his reaction as he was pretty quiet through the entire film, and I could tell that it had his attention as it did all of us. There is so much I would like to point out about the film, but I would not want to ruin it for anybody who has not seen it. There has never been a good movie made about "Sasquatch" and this film will surprise you with the angle on the myth. I have always found the idea to be a fascinating one, and Hollywood has never done justice to the these types of movies. It takes a lot of courage for a film makers like this to meet this type of challenge and live up to their vision. I think this film is a superb example of what can be done when you have an idea that you believe in. I hope more people get to see this for what it is: A great psychological thriller with a unique twist. This movie had one of the scariest scenes I have ever seen in a suspense movie ever. Once again, the way to judge a movie is if it makes you want to see it again, and you know what? I think I'll watch it again. Thanks for bringing quality back to the genre.