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Doctor Macarbre's Tales of Terror

Posted: Mon, 12th Jan 2004, 11:56am

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stqagehanduk

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Doctor Macarbre's Tales of Terror is a half hour film comprising of three segments - a shlocky EC style horror story framing a sword and sorcery mini-epic and a ghost story. The comic strip on which the film is based can be found at http://www.batteredsuitcase.co.uk/blood4.html

This is the complete film, in three parts. Alamdv proivided the lightning, the creature eyes, the lightsabre and a muzzle flash.

I'd like to apologise to any American veiwers for the accemnts in the third section. Unconditionally and ahead of time.

The film is hosted on the website of a theatre company I run, Battered Suitcase, probably best known for our Doctor Who stageplays.


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Posted: Mon, 12th Jan 2004, 7:29pm

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Mark P Warman

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I really liked the idea of the whole thing. I got a little lost at times but it was good.

I only wish there was an ending with that bald guy or something. I didn't have any closure smile

4 stars
Posted: Tue, 13th Jan 2004, 4:12pm

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Loved the title Sequence smile
Posted: Tue, 13th Jan 2004, 10:22pm

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Thanks. The whole thing is based on a comic strip I did years and years ago, so I thought I might get a final gasp of se out of it. The panning and movement was done in After Effects.

I have you to thank, incoidentally - I used your vampire kit for the eye flash.
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2004, 1:54pm

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...and used with great effect! biggrin

Nice one. cool
Posted: Fri, 16th Jan 2004, 1:05pm

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Whenever I try to download these files, I get a message saying your site doesn't exist!!

Can you check your links.
Posted: Fri, 16th Jan 2004, 1:55pm

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stqagehanduk

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They should be okay - Its a private server and it isn't always rock solid, I'm afraid.
Posted: Fri, 16th Jan 2004, 3:44pm

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The site's back up - sorry about the interruption.
Posted: Fri, 16th Jan 2004, 7:00pm

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Hm, I must say I didn't like this as much as your other film.


The intro is genious though! Very very very stylish! Got me into it totally, especially with the very nice drawings and the tales of the crypt like font! That moment I was thinking this is an easy 5 star.

But then, I had quite a hard time watching it cause it was very slow paced. Many parts were simply, blunt said, boring. sad

Again the acting was very cheesy, especially in the action sequence in the forest. That must have been the must unphysical action scene I have seen on here. The actors did nothing that made it exciting and the choreography was totally dull, same goes for the editing. It all didn't just lack of energy, it didn't have energy at all. crazy

Same goes for the other parts of the film. The camera, the editing, dialogue, acting... all had no real energy. The camera felt like it was just there and the editing wasn't by far as liveley as in your other film.


I did like the basic concept of the script.
The reason this script still fails is because it has a lot of pacing problems. It rests for too long on parts that aren't going anywhere and other parts are too quick or just appear totally random.
That it was cheesy is another point. As it started with a comicstrip it had a right to be cheesy and comiclike. I actually like cheesy films a lot sometimes (just look at mine) smile
But the way it was set in scene made it bad. It just seemed like the film was taking itself totally serious, allthough wasn't able to deliver seriousness in any parts, wheter filmtechnically, nor in dramaturgy nor in acting... it depended in things that simply weren't there.
Posted: Fri, 16th Jan 2004, 9:03pm

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stqagehanduk

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It was originally written as a five pager - just one page more than the original comic strip on which it was based- then the director (not I) kept getting me to put in more and more pages, plus the Sword and Sorcery bit, which was written by the guy playing Macarbre.

Its got bits I'm personally happy with. The tower looks nice - just a cardboard model - and I'm happy with a lot of the editing. The science fiction gag works pretty well. Frankly, I think we could lose five minutes easy, but the director disagrees and what the director says, goes. C'est la vie.
Posted: Mon, 19th Jan 2004, 12:57pm

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The original comic strip on which this is based can be found at

http://www.batteredsuitcase.co.uk/blood4.html
Posted: Mon, 19th Jan 2004, 5:10pm

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Man, that comic rules! cool

Really, I think that totally rules!
Posted: Tue, 20th Jan 2004, 3:45pm

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stqagehanduk

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There's more at www.batteredsuitcase.co.uk

I used to do a comic strip for whichever play we were doing (with a couple of exceptions) - so there's a couple of Doctor Who ones and the Crash Morgan one.
Posted: Sat, 8th May 2004, 7:55am

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stqagehanduk

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Tales of Terror won a Bronze Award at the British Amateur International Film Festival 2004

http://www.theiac.org.uk/index.html
Posted: Thu, 23rd Jun 2005, 8:59am

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I Agree that in places this film is far to slow in pace but it seems to fit, i had to fill in some gaps for myself on occassions where the scenario changed ie serpents tomb to bar sequence, but i understand the reason or rather idea as a fan of the crypt i can more than identify with this storey. i thought the doctor was excellent. some very nice visual effects ( from what i can see downloaded in lo-res) title graphics and the comic strip begining was very well done. overall i think this was a good film well done to all.