Get through the amateurish set- up, scene after scene of deplorable performances and clunky plotting and this murder mystery set on a plane will still disappoint. It hints at going to some interesting places but don’t be fooled – it doesn’t.
YETI ( MA)
Marc Menard, Carly Pope Director: Paul Ziller Available: Now on DVD
A plane of college footballers and various other youngsters become snacks for a snow monster ( guy in a fur suit, really) in this hilariously bad creature feature that dies under the weight of its own dumbness. THE NUMBERS STATION ( MA)
John Cusack, Malin Ackerman Director: Kasper Barfoed
Now on DVD and Blu- ray It’s hard to not have heard of these guys when you have made as many movies as I have in this genre – their names just kept coming up. After the first Insidious movie I didn’t really want to make another ghost story or haunted house film, but the idea of doing a film “based on true life characters” was what intrigued me. After Insidious I knew I wanted to get back into studio filmmaking and the way to do that is to do something you have been successful in, but at a studio level. They weren’t going to give me a romantic comedy after Insidious so I knew I had to do something in that world or with that kind of flavour. I wanted to have a movie that was subjective through their point of view and that of the family in the film. The Warrens come in and help the family going through really bad supernatural experiences and I wanted to hear their stories and tell it from their perspective. I’m not here to make a documentary but I wanted to bring my approach to how I see this world. Definitely. I was raised with a pretty strict Christian upbringing, but coming from an Asian background as well I grew up with a lot of ghost stories and superstition. So from a very young age I was subjected to this world and have been very much fascinated by it. One time I woke up in a hotel room and I thought I saw something, but I suppressed that and told myself I did not see a ghost. If I believed I saw a ghost I would be terrified beyond belief and I would not be able to make these films. People say to me that because I make a lot of these films I must not be afraid of ghosts. Quite the contrary. I am a real chicken when it comes to the supernatural and I believe my fear of that is what allows me to tackle these films.
Both. People have been sitting around campfires and telling ghost stories since the dawn of time, so that means we love to be scared and love the roller- coaster ride these movies take us on. But the flip- side of that is people are so used to seeing these stories so it takes a lot to scare a modern audience. Trying to stay one step ahead is quite a challenge but that’s what I strive to do with all my films. There is a genuine love for the genre that is just built in. I think a big part of that is the second- biggest commercial holiday in the US is Halloween and they love to dress up and scare each other. I think it’s very much entrenched in their pop culture. Insidious didn’t do as strongly in Australia as it did in the US and other parts of the world, yet the first Saw did crazy good in Australia. I don’t know why some things work and some things don’t. We really gave it a shot. We spent a year to two years trying to get financing for Saw in Australia and we just couldn’t get it off the ground. I have been wanting to for a while. I would love to take a project back to Melbourne. All my family is in Perth so they have been wanting me to shoot something in Western Australia. I have been trying to hint that future Fast and Furious films should be shot in Australia. I am knee- deep in pre- production and it’s a pretty crazy world, but I have been wanting to make a big- budget action film forever.