WELCOME TO WILLITS (Trevor Ryan, 2016)

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Re: WELCOME TO WILLITS (Trevor Ryan, 2016)

Postby Jox on 01 Feb 2018, 11:50

http://crypticrock.com/welcome-willits-movie-review/

I can't say that I personally agree with the positive reviews, because I'm really not into the "stoner teen / heavily drugged up psychopath" themes so I didn't enjoy watching it, but I can acknowledge and appreciate that WTW has a certain ambition and vision behind, with a sense of practical, visual effects and lighting sometimes reminiscent of the 80s, so it's not a bland "manufactured product" like ALTITUDE or other recent outings (and I still ordered the upcoming Blu-ray edition from Shout/Scream Factory)...

PS:
I don't know Bill Sage much but he sure gives a great performance playing his character. In another project, he could have a good chemistry to be in a movie with Dolph, as an opponent or an allie (they even look alike a little bit and are about the same age I think).
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Re: WELCOME TO WILLITS (Trevor Ryan, 2016)

Postby Jox on 12 Feb 2018, 19:42

Jox wrote:Blu-ray & DVD release in the US on February 6 through Scream Factory
https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/we ... ct_id=6540

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EDIT:
Pre-order link
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0776K6N65/

The US Blu-ray contains the 2013 original short film (very gory and disturbing) that the movie is based on, and a reversible cover with the US theatrical artwork.
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Re: WELCOME TO WILLITS (Trevor Ryan, 2016)

Postby Jox on 14 Feb 2018, 11:56

Jox wrote:The US Blu-ray contains the 2013 original short film (very gory and disturbing) that the movie is based on, and a reversible cover with the US theatrical artwork.

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Re: WELCOME TO WILLITS (Trevor Ryan, 2016)

Postby harry on 20 Apr 2018, 13:06

Announced as "Alien Hunter" for Germany on 7th of June from Sony/Tiberius:

http://www.bluray-disc.de/blu-ray-news/ ... uf-blu-ray.
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Re: WELCOME TO WILLITS (Trevor Ryan, 2016)

Postby bomaz on 30 Apr 2018, 14:10

Hahaha, that german cover is even more misleading than the one with Dolph :lol:
I received my UK DVD a couple of weeks ago, I'll try to watch it soon (yeah, I kinda like stoner movies, even if I'm not a stoner myself).
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Re: WELCOME TO WILLITS (Trevor Ryan, 2016)

Postby bomaz on 15 May 2018, 20:17

Watched a couple of nights ago, I'll do a pro and con review (easier for me in english :wink: )

Pros :
Most of the cast in really good. Bill Sage* is a creppy leading actor, his girlfriend is also really good, and the teens (even if the characters are not so great) give good performances. The name are also quite impressive (Thomas Dekker coming from Greg Arraki movie and pre-teen fame, Rory Culkin ....)
The idea and the screenplay is quite good, using good ideas (like the paranoia of the main character).
It's short, so you (kinda) not get bored.
Dolph find a really interesting part (even if for only a few minutes). He seems like he enjoys it. The horror genre is something he could count on in the future.
For a horro fan like me, it's really cool to see good old make up and animatronic effects.

Cons :
Well, it's basically quite ugly most of the time. The photography is not really good, the editing is quite poor and the framing is ... well, worthy of a short film.
The characters (except Bill Sage) are mostly archetyps, and it easily could have been otherwise.
Using good ideas to make a basic slasher is a bit of a shame.
The lack of money and ambition. Using the paranoïa of the main character, it could have been a really good horror movie.

Well, it's something new for Dolph, that's for sure. Having a balanced pros and cons, it's a movie i don't regret watching, but it's kind of a waste of potential.

* If you want to see Bill Sage in a good "taken by aliens" movie, I strongly advise you to watch Mysterious Skin by Greg Araki. It's not an easy movie, but it's one of a kind.
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