WTF! Artsploitation Has Gone to PR Heaven as Michael Klug LOVES FEVER

We at Artsploitation Films think the world of film reviewers and bloggers. We practically worship the laptop they write on. And while we have been fortunate that most of our films have been well-received, we were frankly stumped by the sometimes respectful but often tepid reviews FEVER received. We thought it was a classic – the very definition of Artsploitation. Now, a few months after its release, a reviewer -the brilliant Michael Klug of Horror Freak News has written the perfect review of the film.  Here are some snippets:

“A psychological thriller of the highest order. Based on the novel by Leslie Kaplan, it’s a story taking a cue from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film Rope. And Rope was inspired by the real-life Leopold and Loeb murder case of the 1920’s. Fever is definitely a psychological thriller. There is no horror per se, but a deep and intriguing character study of extremely flawed people. And what raises this film up from lesser pictures – every single character – in addition to our three leads – are multi-dimensional, with rich histories and dark secrets. Performances are spectacular from top to bottom, but of course, we must point out the stellar work of Martin Loizillon and Pierre Moure as these two strange boys who one day decide to murder an innocent woman. And although it’s never legitimized onscreen, the homoerotic tension between them is extreme and extremely intriguing. The soundtrack is simply mesmerizing. It’s done by the international recording artist Camille – who appears as Alice Snow – a singer – in the film.

The performances, the unusual structure and the denouement – as well as the brilliant score of Fever – make this a film you can’t miss. And honestly, after letting it sit overnight, there’s nothing which I can pinpoint as a misstep, a flub or a problem. Therefore, Fever is worthy of a perfect score – and those are certainly not easy to come by. This film is a modern classic. – Horror Freak News

 

Often Bored of Familiar Horror, Famous Monsters squirmed through PH

“Starts out as a slow-burn psychological (emphasis on psycho) thriller [that] becomes a brutal survival game filled with some real shockers in terms of the ol’ onscreen violence. Honestly, I was in suspense through this whole thing (which clocks in at a brisk 84-minute run time) where as with most thrillers I’m just bored out of my skull. I liked the characters, and actually cared about what happened to them (another rarity), and overall was just impressed. I highly recommend this one. It’s a great take on hoary genre tropes that bring some real squirm-in-your-seat thrills!” Famous Monsters of Filmland

Was this  of Famous Monsters as he watched THE PERFECT HUSBAND?

Artsploitation Is Not Proud – We’ll take a Back-Handed Compliment Anyday

OK, Blood Brothers Reviews was a bit mixed in their review of THE PERFECT HUSBAND. But we did enjoy the following, “The Perfect Husband can be an overlooked gem for the year as my second viewing was much more enjoyable than my first.” So you liked it…?

THE PERFECT HUSBAND is a “mind-fuck film” – er, Thanks Mr. Demon

The Perfect Husband is an excellent example of a ‘mind-fuck-film’ oftentimes in my opinion bringing to mind a brutal European psychological masterpiece by name of Switchblade Romance (aka Haute Tension)….so do yourself a favor and give The Perfect Husband a peek. At the very least it’ll remind you why having an ax close at hand and taking a trip into the woods with your spouse probably isn’t the best of ideas especially if you frequently succumb to grudges leading to uncontrollable urges to fell something other than defenseless saplings.” – Thy Demons Be Scribbin

 

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A PERFECT HUSBAND has “torture porn that could have been written by the Marquis de Sade.”

“A display of torture porn that could have been written by the Marquis de Sade.” Leglesscorpse.us. 

Now as much as we’d want to believe this is a positive comment (I mean, it is coming from a site called Legless Corpse) alas I think he meant it as a slight. But read the entire review. It is well-written and balanced – he hated some parts of the action and loved other parts…much like having rigorous sex with someone you don’t like.

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“Grisly and Violent…Loaded with Blood and Gore…”

The Perfect Husband suddenly shifts into high gear, verging on torture porn at times and moving into exploitation territory. Grisly and violent, the couple’s battle to the death is loaded with blood and gore, chase scenes, and seriously unexpected “interventions” by other characters, which means a higher body count. The twists and turns keep coming right up until the last person is left standing. This one is definitely more for horror thrill-seekers. Boys, Bears & Scares

 

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Boys, Bears & Scares Enjoyes Often Shirtless Star in OBSERVANCE

“Cutie Lindsay Farris of the awesome horror flick Primal stars almost solo in this atmospheric film, and he’s shirtless for a good portion of it, which is a plus. Creepy setting, pacing, tone, and psychological suspense….Yet Observance is simply not an in-your-face ghost movie. The limited haunting episodes help create the foreboding tone that permeates the film and are more a reflection of the dark psychological and emotional state of the character than an attempt to scare the audience. And when the film takes a sudden, jolting turn near the end, don’t expect anything that happened prior to be explained.” – Boys, Bears & Scares

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WickedHorror Wants to Watch OBSERVANCE Again!

Creepy setting, pacing, tone, and psychological suspense….Yet Observance is simply not an in-your-face ghost movie. The limited haunting episodes help create the foreboding tone that permeates the film and are more a reflection of the dark psychological and emotional state of the character than an attempt to scare the audience. And when the film takes a sudden, jolting turn near the end, don’t expect anything that happened prior to be explained.” – Boys, Bears & Scares

“Observance is well-executed psychological horror film. It’s greatest strengths are the cinematography, coupled with beautiful and original graphic matches and Lindsay Farris’s gripping performance.  Letting the audience leave without the definite answers that the characters had been seeking and failed to find is a great move for a psychological horror movie. It opens the possibility for repeat viewings and leaves a great deal up to interpretation.” – WickedHorror.com

 

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10kbullets Enjoys the Sadism, Tension and Performances in THE PERFECT HUSBAND

“In the grand tradition of Italian cinema this film excels when it comes to the more violent moments. And when it comes to the depiction of violence in this film, it is sufficiently bloody and at times borderline sadistic. Anchoring this film are strong performances two leads Gabriella Wright in the role of the wife Viola and Bret Roberts in the role of the husband Nicola. Overall The Perfect Husband is a tension filled thriller that saves its most shocking revelation for its finale.” – 10kbullets.com

 

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FilmInquiry.com calls OBSERVANCE “a thoroughly chilling horror” film.

“Agonizingly Close To Greatness...a thoroughly chilling horror which is a few steps short of greatness…an intense, edge-of-your seat thriller… [had] Sims-Dennett had cut back on the metaphorical a bit, the film really would have been one of the greatest horror films of recent years.” – FilmInquiry.com

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