RJ Bayley Reviews: Fan Film Saga Part 1

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The title of this fan film alone had me smiling. From it I already knew it was going to be a film with a lot of ambition, effort and heart. The actual film had me beaming from ear to ear, from start to finish.

Allow me the indulgence in writing the longest film title abbreviation ever: FFSP1:IoH|FKvJVvMMvGvLvAW sees Freddy Kruger recruited to by a shady government organization to retrieve the a lost page of the Necronomicon AKA the Book of the Dead. First though, he’ll have to find and go through Evil Dead’s Ash to get it.

At first it’s reminiscent of Freddy Vs. Jason, with Freddy manipulating an intellectually lesser slasher – Michael Myers on this occasion, at first at least – into doing his work for him. The similarity ends however when Michael Myers encounters a mid-spree Ghostface and battle ensues.

Clearly, this isn’t the only showdown that takes place, with Jason Voorhees facing off against Leatherface before Jason and Freddy fight Ash. Cards on the table, the film isn’t as slick as the likes of Friday the 13th: Extraction, but that doesn’t matter one iota. This film attempts vastly more, and holds nothing back in going for studio level effects and fights. It really captures the audacious attitude of the original Evil Dead films. It doesn’t look spot on, but it’s impressive and all the more enjoyable that they tried.

In this regard the piece really exemplifies why fan films are often more enjoyable and impressive than so many original intellectual property short films. I’ve seen so many original IP shorts that, all too aware of their low budget, decide to go low key so as to not overstretch their means. They might look smooth, but they don’t offer much other than shiny visuals we’ve seen a million times. Fan films like this, in contrast, seek to emulate techniques usually requiring much larger budgets to pull off. By nature they judge themselves against Hollywood movies, and seek to at least meet, and often beat, the bar set by them.

Fan films are so often arrogantly spurned for lacking creativity, but if more people got out of their precious little boxes of what they think is “worthwhile” filmmaking, they’ll see a great deal more skill on show than many “artistically valid” shorts.

★★★★★

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