Friday, July 19, 2013

Countdown adds to awards count, gets mixed reviews

Countdown, the GTH studio’s big hit from last year, won another award recently. Nattawut Poonpiriya’s debut feature was given the Audience Award after an all-nighter event screening at London’s Terracotta Far East Film Festival.

The psycho-thriller about three young Thai hipsters terrorized by an unhinged drug dealer in their New York apartment previously won a bunch of awards from the Thai entertainment industry, mainly for the performance by David Asavanond as the crazy pusher named Jesus.

It was also the runner-up in the audience poll at the Udine Far East Film Festival.

And it recently screened at the New York Asian Film Festival, where Fangoria caught it and called it a “sprightly little slice of exploitation”. They gave it three out of four bloody skulls.

Other reviews can be found at Unseen Films, Libertas Film Magazine, Louis Proyect and Cinema Strikes Back.

Among the harsher views were Film School Rejects, who gave it a grade of C- while the Film Stage was an even stricter teacher, slapping Countdown with an F.

Maybe Nattawut can give them a nice shiny apple when he delivers his next feature.

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