A very slick and well made film - go see it! (by Blue_dwarf)
I've been meaning to write this review since I first watched it at the "CinfestOz" Premiere in Busselton a few months back. After reading some of the highly critical and unfair reviews I thought I would put in my two cents worth. I support any film made in Perth, particularly if they use WA crews. I work in the industry, but did not work on this film, unfortunately . "Needle", "Blame" and "Wasted on the Young" are three examples of quality WA films that have been made on low budgets.The DOP on Needle was Steve Windon and its clear his eye has had a <more>
huge influence on the look of the film - it looks very slick. Although I believe this was shot on Digital, it looks like they used 35MM cameras.The story is very fresh. I admit to being wary about watching an Australian "horror movie" as most have been terrible in the past, but this film is a breath of fresh air. I have never seen a film where the killer uses a machine that makes voodoo dolls. Congratulations to the writers for thinking of this new device. Although the film has the same generic elements of a slasher, the characters, locations and story set this as a quality film with some major unique differences.The film has a slower pace than most frenetic and usually bad US slashers and I noted some of the reviewers have criticized the film for this - they couldn't be more wrong! I loved spending time with the characters and when they started to get killed off I did start to feel the tension gradually rising and rising until the climatic end.I have noted from their website that they are promoting the murder mystery element of Needle and without doubt this is the strongest part of the film. I certainly did not work out the killer until the reveal and this was a great surprise. Overall my opinion is that this is a good film, well worth watching. I can't wait to see this again when its released in cinemas in Australia!
I was really impressed with this movie!! (by kateyd)
My bf Jason is a horror film nut and he wanted to watch this film, but I was so tired I couldn't be bothered...anyway he ended up convincing me and we rocked up...i don't want to give too much away because Needles a bit like some of those US movies Jason likes, Sorority Girls, Black Christmas, prom night but better believe it or not!!so, my thoughts on the the film; first-off...it looks like a Hollywood film, it really does...the director has done a great job with the shooting of this because it looks beautiful well done!The story is good, I totally didn't guess the killer and it <more>
was fun trying to work out who it was, so a nice plot!I loved the music, Jason told me that the sound guy was the same guy who directed Urban legend which i didn't believe but if you check on IMDb its actually true!...I enjoyed the scares!!! the car one was the bestActing was believable...and those two...drool...;P travis is hot!!!!!! Jason really likes that Rafters girl tooSo, I want to see this movie again, it was a great surpriseHIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
I watched most of the horrors at Screamfest and I saw this with my BFFs. I was impressed with the look of Needle...visually its pretty much perfect...definitely not a film for the hardcore gorehounds, as there isn't much blood, instead there are some good scares with some cool spfx...two of the kills were impressive. I really enjoyed this film for two main reasons, firstly it uses a new killing device/machine which i've never seen in a horror film before and secondly because of the great acting. I have seen Travis Fimmel in the Beast and he's way better in Needle...the other <more>
actors are great too.My ratings are as follows;Story - 8/10 Acting - 8/10 Visual - 9/10 Efx - 7/10 Score - 7/10 Blood & gore - 6/10I guess overall I'd give it an 8.Definitely worth seeing, I can't wait for the DVD!
I happened to be in LA during Screamfest really enjoyed the festival had a great atmosphere! . I tagged along with a group of friends who are die-hard horror/thriller fans, while myself I tend to steer away from the genre, mainly because it's a genre that has seen it all. But I found Needle to be highly enjoyable, a device that allows a killer to kill their victims without physically killing them is a highly refreshing concept.While I would of loved to have something more in the deaths after the first two dying similar deaths it still captivated me as I tried to work out who was <more>
picking apart this group of friends and why I genuinely didn't pick the killer till the reveal at the end . The cinematography was fantastic and was surprised to learn that it was actually a horror film produced entirely in Australia. Well worth seeing, can't wait to take my girlfriend to it and watch her squirm at the deaths! ☺
It's films like Needle that have driven me to become a genre based filmmaker. While I'm only in my final year of film school I've watched quite literally 100's of films in this genre! I had the opportunity to view Needle at a private screening earlier this year, at first I thought it was another run of the mill teens die movie which it still is, however it was first class in the way that they die, it actually made me go back to my script that I'm writing and look at my own killer and if there are ways I could be more original and creative.Overall the script was nicely <more>
presented on screen however some of the acting in stages seemed underdone above comment when Travis' character doesn't seemed phased about the gruesome death of someone he knows and when the killer is revealed seems slightly overacted by the actor still haven't been able to work out if this is the result of the script, actor or director .However highly entertaining and refreshing, it showed me there is still plenty of life left in the genre that I love and can't wait to direct!