Currently available projects: The Clinic on DVD/Blu-ray & Legend of the Seeker in re-runs

Monday, October 18, 2010

Two more Clinic reviews from Screamfest!

Another succesful festival for The Clinic, positive reviews are always a good sign.

From Entertainment Film News, by Jorge Ameer:

<- Their best rating!

Definitely among one of the best horror films this year, this Australian import from filmmaker James Rabbits starts out like any other road movie until their car is ran off the road. What follows is a nightmare for the expecting couple played by Tabrett Bethell and Andy Whitfield. There are some real hair raising tense moments and terrificly composed scenarios that proves so disturbingly original that one cannot help but to sit back relax and enjoy this rough ride. A must see film. Seek it out!

Update about Tabrett's performance!
"dominating the screen, was a confident and fearless performance by Tabrett Bethell"
Thanks Jorge!

Los Angeles Review News, posted by Fred Godlash:

I have to admit that I was not expecting "The Clinic" to be a good film. It initially starts with a predictable story about a man (Andy Whitfield) and his pregnant girlfriend (Tabrett Bethell) stopping in a seedy motel in the middle of nowhere only to find that the manager at the motel is part of a diabolical conspiracy. It seems a little cliché’ and fantastic but "The Clinic" does pay off if you can suspend disbelief and watch the story unravel.
The film intentionally moves slowly, which is not good for a generation raised on fast editing, but is well worth the wait if you can be patient. The story, as if in real time, reveals clues by introducing new characters that collectively figure out the true secret of the clinic. In the clinic, the pregnant women that were abducted wake up in a tub of ice to discover a quick C-section has removed their baby. The women eventually find each other and their babies but can’t escape. In order to identify their babies they must resort to extreme measures; they also find out that someone is trying to kill them. Without giving away any more details that would spoil the film, the women figure out, the hard way, the secret of the clinic.

I don’t know if I would classify this film as a horror film; really is a suspense film, although there is one very scary scene where one of the women walks into a caged area with a turnstile. As she passes thru the turnstile, the number counter reads 1 but when she tries to exit she notices the counter reads 2! She is not alone. It spooked me.

The Clinic is a well-crafted creepy film that has some interesting twists and turns worth sticking around to watch. The story relies on the suspension of disbelief from the viewer, that the clinic would be able to do what they do in the first place, but it’s a fun ride when all the pieces of the puzzle are put into place. I really appreciate having a story instead of mindless slaughter and I hope the film can find a distributor in the United States. Did I mention the film is Australian? Does it matter? The film is written and directed by James Rabbitts.


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