FF3D has picked up SIX more awards in the last two weeks:
Audience Award – Austin Film Festival (Austin, TX) Best Feature – Madtown Horror (Madison, WI) Best Director (Steven DeGennaro) – Madtown Horror (Madison, WI) Best Special Effects – Madtown Horror (Madison, WI) Best Actress (Alena von Stroheim) – Madtown Horror (Madison, WI) Best Actress (Alena von Stroheim) – Eerie Horror Film Festival (Edinboro, PA)
This brings our total to 13 awards in 8 festivals. Not too shabby…
Found Footage 3D continues to steamroll over the competition, winning another three awards this weekend.
In four awards-eligible festivals, FF3D has picked up a whopping SEVEN awards, including three for “Best Feature”. Our awards thus far include:
Jury Award – Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival (Chicago, IL) Audience Award: Best Feature – Splat! Film Fest (Lublin, Poland) Audience Award: Scariest Feature – Splat! Film Fest (Lublin, Poland) Audience Award: Best Special FX – Splat! Film Fest (Lublin, Poland) Best Feature – Fear Fete Horror Con (Biloxi, MS) Best Cinematography – Horrorquest (Atlanta, GA) Best Supporting Actor (Scott Allen Perry) – Horrorquest (Atlanta, GA)
After two very successful, sold-out festival screenings, the reviews are starting to come in and frankly they are better than we could possibly have hoped for. Found footage is notoriously NOT a critic-friendly subgenre, but in our case the critics seem to agree with the audience and have had almost universally positive things to say about the film. We are grateful and humbled by the outpouring of support. Highlights from some of our favorite reviews are below. You can find even more on our reviews page.
“one of the best 3D and one of the best found footage movies I’ve ever seen.”
“delivers one of the best 3D experiences I’ve had in a theater since the format had its resurgence in 2009”
“a brilliant sendup of the subgenre”
“the near-perfect horror experience”
“truly… a modern indie gem that really, really deserves a place among the greats”
“the 3D is exceptional…. I think you’ll find it hard to show me a more impressive use of 3D in a live-action feature film”
“This is the best found footage movie ever made. It is the best 3D movie I’ve ever seen. It is not only one of the best horror-comedies I’ve ever seen, it’s one of the best films I’ve ever seen of any kind. DeGennaro’s script is brilliant. The actors are excellent. The camerawork and 3D effects are mesmerizing. This movie MUST be released in 3,000+ theaters across the country or every single Hollywood studio might as well be swallowed up by gigantic sink holes because if they can’t present something this great to the widest possible audience, there’s no longer any reason for them to exist.”
“simply amazing in almost every way possible”
“you’re best to have some fresh underwear at hand by the time the end credits roll”
“a found footage film for people that hate the genre”
“some very effective uses of 3D”
“had me literally leaping out of my seat”
“right up there with some of the best horror works I’ve seen in 2016”
“The last found-footage horror movie that you’ll ever need to see”
“a definite ‘do not miss’!”
“destined to become a franchise”
“when the ensemble is as strong as this one, well… I can’t help but swoon”
“one of the best found footage movies ever made”
“has an amazing ability to shift tones and sympathies multiple times in the course of a single scene”
“the rare sendup that works as both a goof on the thing and as a great example of the thing itself”
“a gem and a joy”
“paid me back for all of the Blair Witch imitations I’ve watched over the last 17 years”
“It sets out to deconstruct every trope that it then implements perfectly”
“in the way that Scream dealt with slasher movies, Found Footage 3D deals with 3D AND found footage”
“My ass (my literal ass) left the seat four times”
“definitely a movie that you want to see in 3D”
“should be seen by found footage supporters and haters alike”
“not just for horror fans”
“an absolutely hilarious take down AND a love letter to the sub genre”
“Comedy and horror are pulled off well here, and sometimes not even from scene to scene, but back and forth during one single sequence”
“supernatural elements run riot in the glorious and scary final act”
“#1 film at FrightFest 2016”
“Steven DeGennaro’s debut movie is all hit”
“does a perfect balancing act between genuine comedy, affecting drama and scream aloud ghost-train scares”
“Give this man a Marvel movie now!”
“well devised shit-your-pants scares”
“deftly written dialogue and inspired humor”
“the effects should ideally be seen in 3D to be truly appreciated as the 2D version doesn’t do the film anywhere near as much justice”
“by far one of the better horror/comedies I’ve seen”
“a surprisingly refreshing movie that may well rekindle your dwindling love of the shaky cam”
“When the film starts to get darker it’s done so effortlessly you forget you’re not laughing anymore”
“the Scream of its time”
“the best found footage film since the original Blair Witch Project and possibly the best ever!”
“some of the best 3D that I’ve ever seen”
“a triumph on all fronts”
“the 3D effects are stellar”
“Smartly written, believably acted, and deftly crafted, FOUND FOOTAGE 3D is funny, smart, and scary as hell”
“the Scream for found footage movies”
“a super-meta comedy film that slowly turns into a horror film in the best way possible”
“the 3D works… it actually feels like you’re there”
“my favorite kind of horror-comedy, which is the kind that’s funny right up until it’s not funny at all”
“really respects its audience’s intelligence, both by winking at them and by delivering real scares”
“clever, highly satisfying”
“you need to see it in 3-D”
“Scream updated for the digicam generation”
“for those of you who are fed up to the teeth with both found footage and 3D, both are very good here”
“smart, funny, and ultimately frightening”
“hugely entertaining, creepy and scary and fun”
“up there with the best of the best in modern horror-comedy”
“catnip for genre fans who are exhausted by terrible lazy found footage films”
“pulls off that extremely difficult horror comedy trick of being properly funny and genuinely scary”
The first ever Jury Award from the Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival went to FOUND FOOTAGE 3D! We are thrilled beyond words to be honored by the esteemed jury, which included the Groovy Man himself, legendary writer/director Tom Holland (Child’s Play, Fright Night, Psycho II), actress Cerina Vincent (Cabin Fever), festival programmer (and producer of He Never Died) Zach Hagen, and actor Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show).
Make it big. Make it loud. Watch it twice. (But not 3 times… don’t want too much spoiled!) Share with friends and family. And buy your tickets to our world premiere (Chicago, August 20th) or international premiere (London, August 29th).
And if you want to see it in all its 3D glory (via your 3D TV, red-blue glasses, VR goggles, or Google Cardboard), log in to our backstage area.
And in one of the most epic one-two punches of all time, the film will have its international/European premiere the following weekend at the very prestigious FrightFest London.
We could not be happier about both of these festivals and we are thrilled and honored to have been chosen. Writer/Director Steven DeGennaro, Producer/Actor Scott Weinberg, Producer Charles Mulford, and several of the actors will be in attendance at both festivals. More details to come soon.
Mark your calendars! We will be posting more as the fest dates approach, and we will have a very special surprise in the final weeks leading up to the festival. Keep checking back for info and updates. Or better yet, sign up for our mailing list so you don’t miss a thing!
And if you live in Chicago or London and would be interested in being a part of our street team in exchange for a seat at the screening, contact us. We could use your help and we would love to see you there!
I’ve known how amazingly brilliant Drew is for years, of course, which is why he has shot every movie that I’ve directed. He is one of the absolute most talented people I’ve ever worked with. I’m not exaggerating when I say that if I had a choice between Lubeski, Deakins, Kaminski, or Drew, I’d pick Drew. I have no doubt that he will be on the Oscar stage some time in the next decade, and I only hope that I can continue to get to work with him for years to come.
Before too much time went by, I wanted to share my top ten movies of 2015 with you. I saw 174 feature films this year. Of those, 128 were movies I had never seen before. I saw 79 movies in a theater (80 if I count Star Wars twice). This is down slightly from 2014, when I saw just shy of 100 movies in a theater, but that’s to be expected, what with an infant to take care of and a movie of my own to finish. (Note: this tally does *not* include the roughly 800 billion times I watched Found Footage 3D.)
For the second year running, I saw my favorite film of the year at Fantastic Fest. Last year I opted to not include festival movies that had not been released to the general public by the end of the year. This year, I’m taking a cue from Simon Barrett and including any movie I saw in calendar 2015. This not only saves me having to compare movies I saw nearly two full years ago with stuff I just saw last week, but it also gives me an opportunity to put some great movies on your radars so that when they do finally come out, you can make sure to see them.