Friday, April 2, 2010

Slice, reviewed by Variety in Hong Kong, headed for Brussels

Kongkiat Komesiri's gory serial-killer thriller Slice (Cheun) is playing in the ongoing Hong Kong International Film Festival, where it has one screening left on Monday.

Sydney-based film expert Russell Edwards, still apparently continuing to write for Variety as a freelancer after the industry journal axed its chief critics, including film critic Todd McCarthy, and made all its critics part-timers, got to see Slice at FilMart. Here's a slice of the review:

A sleazy thriller about a serial killer who slaughters sex tourists, Slice is a notch above the average Thai slasher pic, but has trouble cutting through its knotty yarn. Offering queasy delights for gore hounds and an initially suspenseful atmosphere, the story runs off its circuitous rails before getting back on track with a genuinely surprising twist. Despite an apparent stance to the contrary, pic's homophobic elements will make Western remake an iffy proposition. Slice opened to lackluster Thai B.O. but positive critical response in October, and will be popular with genre fests abroad.

You can read the rest if you've registered at the Variety website and haven't yet used your monthly allotment of stories or are a paid subscriber.

I enjoyed Slice and didn't have a problem with the way it told its story, which was written by Wisit Sasanatieng and developed into a screenplay by Kongkiat.

After Rotterdam and Hong Kong, Slice continues to make its way around the festival circuit. It'll be playing at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival from April 8 to 20.

It's also the top nominee for Thailand's top industry honors, the Subhanahongsa Awards, nominated in 14 of 16 categories. I've heard the Subhanahongsa Awards will be held on April 28 after being postponed last week, but I'm not too certain about that date.

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