On The Lot: Contestant Films - Round 2 (continued)
(S01E09) Last week a reader by the name of Videophile posted a link in the comments to this YouTube video noting the similarities between it and Zach's film Die Hardly Working.
After watching the film, I tend to agree and encourage you to have a look for yourself.
I'm not accusing Zach of stealing from the SecretFunTime crew, but the video was posted on their site on May 1st and apparently, Zach only shot this film last week. Also, On The Lot didn't start airing until May 23rd which presumably means Zach could have seen the video before leaving to participate on the show. Just something to think about.
I apologize for the rampant conspiracy theorizing. I have to keep myself interested in this show somehow.
Now that that's out of the way, Adriana and Garry Marshall immediately let us know that David and his terrible sexual comedy were going home this week. Good riddance.
I'm giving up on trying to make suggestions on ways to improve this stinker. Let's just get right to the movies.
This week's guest judge was Eli Roth, writer and director of gorefests such as Cabin Fever and the Hostel movies.
#1 - Kenny - The Malibu Myth
Synopsis: Two friends try to solve a myth.
Carrie - That's your most accessible film for me. I thought that it was good compared to your other stuff.
Eli - I thought you did a great job. Buildup was better than the actual attack, but it had good tone and mood.
Garry - I'm glad I moved from Malibu. Tempo was good and it scared me.
Wait, so four people die on a particular street, a couple actively seeks out that spot, finds a dead body on the road, and decides to examine and touch the body? That makes perfect sense. So does the fact that Kenny needs to go the bleep home next week. Everyone was right. I was wrong. He's a hack.
#2 - Sam - Anklebiters
Synopsis: A boy encounters strange creatures in his bedroom.
Carrie - I believed the puppet. I thought you did very well with it. The prologue was like a whole other movie, but I thought it was really good.
Eli - It was great. The attack was really good, but the prologue gave too much away.
Garry - I love horror movies where the person is alone. You scared me. You stood your ground and made a very solid film.
It's low expectations night on On The Lot ladies and gentlemen. The judges liked this film and Kenny's film, and I found them both to be utter tripe. The puppet looked...like a puppet. and Eli and Garry were right. The prologue gave way too much away. I'm wildly underwhelmed thus far. Oh, but I did like the guy from the Thriller video narrating the beginning of the movie.
#3 - Andrew - Midnight Snack
Synopsis: Demon makes a sandwich.
Carrie - It wasn't horror so much as Rocky Horror. Truly entertaining.
Eli - I think it's difficult to do a comedy and horror. You overdid the lightning and music. Kind of like a "got milk" commercial.
Garry - You did a good job filming it.
Neither funny nor scary. I'm seriously starting to hate this show.
#4 - Jason - Eternal Waters
Synopsis: Kid saves his mother posthumously.
Carrie - I thought you did a great job. First scary moment in a movie tonight for me. Favorite thing of yours so far.
Eli - I think the problem was the mother. Too young. That hurt your film.
Garry - Sensational. I liked it very much.
The mom looked way too young and the story was a little contrived. That said, this was probably the best of the four films so far tonight, and definitely Jason's best showing.
#5 - Shira-Lee - Open House
Synopsis: A couple out house hunting encounters a ghost.
Carrie - Good performance out of actors, but it didn't really scare me that much. Hard to sell ghosts during the day. Don't think it really worked.
Eli - Continually forced the music, but I thought the tag was really nice.
Garry - I liked that you didn't use a lot of gore. There was no conflict though. You do comedy much better.
Holy crap! The mom in this movie looked like she was 15-months pregnant with quadruplets. Should she really be out house hunting? She needs to see her OBGYN stat. Oh, and the movie was bad too.
#6 - Mateen - Profile
Synopsis: African-American male imagines being racially profiled and beaten by white cops.
Carrie - Really good performances out of your actor. You shot it well.
Eli - Many shifting points of view ending with the moon, and it felt a little disconnected.
Garry - More horrifying than horror. Very admirable and a brave try. Might need to make it more accessible.
Mateen pulled a Marty and decided to make the movie that he wanted to make instead of the movie he was told to make. His interpretation of the genre "horror" was a extremely loose despite the fact that the subject matter of his film was pretty horrible. Well shot, and nice acting, however, I still think he should be penalized for not adhering to the rules of the competition.
Favorites of the night:
Carrie - Midnight Snack
Wes - The Malibu Myth
Garry - Eternal Waters
JJ - Adriana Costa