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The Field Guide to Evil

4.81 h 58 min201815
FrightFest Presents. From the dangerously demented minds that brought you The ABCs of Death, comes this entirely new vision of anthology horror. This collection brings 8 new "nightmares" from some of the most acclaimed genre directors from the last decade, including Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala (Goodnight Mommy), Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio) and Can Evrenol (Housewife).
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Robert DehnCan EvrenolNia KingsleyChristos V. KonstantakopoulosTim LeagueCarl W. LucasDora NedeczkyAndrew StarkeAnt TimpsonEsther Turan
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3.5 out of 5 stars

41 global ratings

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  2. 22% of reviews have 4 stars
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  4. 12% of reviews have 2 stars
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FreddyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 September 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Loved the Lore
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I thoroughly enjoyed these old school tales of hell and damnation from all over the world. If there was a weak or lazy effort I thought it was from my fellow Americans - VPE at the top of the report card, for Very Poor Effort. It seems that there are horror viewers out there that require buckets of blood and heads being chopped off to deem worthy of the "horror" moniker. If you fall in this group, move along...
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SeafirelivReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 June 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Weird, unusual and a bit out there...
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I'm not really a fan of movies which are just a bunch of short stories like in a book because they always creep me out, especially when they often leaving you hanging, wondering what the heck happened next. Also they tend to not have happy endings.

Which I like!

It's a contradiction, I know, but one must understand that a good story is not one that always has a happy ending. In fact a happy story should never guarantee a good story. So few writers of comics, movies and games understand this.

Anyway... There are several weird stories in this movie, some with very strange things going on and at times it really rides the line. It might make you feel uncomfortable. It will no doubt offend some, leave others scared or most of all, wondering what the heck happened at the end which is what bugs me most. You'll be left asking more questions than getting answers... but you usually won't get any.

Again, that's the 'beauty' of these things. They treat you like an adult, not a snowflaky small child. Most modern movies are too scared to do this these days since it's all about profit and making everyone 'feel' good all the time.

I thought it was decent. I liked the story of the possessed girl with the brother trying to save her and the shoemakers vying for the princess stories most of all. But be warned, they don't end in a jolly fashion!

That said, they do creep me out because most of the time I never see how things truly end. The knot is never really tied.
ZaroffReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 September 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
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Despite having the option for the Original soundtrack in HD for the entire film as well as the german track, there is no english option of subtitling to the portions of the film that are in languages other than english. So that is the vast majority of the film. Streaming, the Amazon Prime version has such subtitling where necessary throughout the film. Unless you can speak multiple languages then, this film may then seem daunting on german blu-ray. Try elsewhere.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 January 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
The great subtitle hunt
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This is an Italian edition of a portfolio film, with different sections filmed in a variety of languages. All of the menus are in Italian, as are the subtitle options available from the home screen - but, dear viewer, there are indeed English subtitles available, buried deep in the thoroughly not-at-all-user-friendly 'settings' menu. Is it worth the effort of digging them up? If you enjoy creepily enigmatic, then I would say so.
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NatReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 May 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Did not live up to my expectations or reviews
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Don't waste your money. Not good at all. Weak stories and rubbish visuals.
TCReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 November 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
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Don't waste your money on this "Sh***"!
ZaroffReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Skewed folklore through a lens darkly.
Italian Blu-ray release. Notably you can set the original English HD Audio; and in order to obtain subtitles in English on the non-english parts- choose the subtitles via Settings of the blu-ray player and then going down to the English option among the subtitles listed when this appears on screen, worked for me. There is no indication however that this is possible on the sleeve or main menu. The german equivalent release on blu ray does not permit english subtitles and requires a degree of understanding of numerous languages. Mercifully, many of these tales are very visual and do not rely much on the dialogue.

As to the portmanteau/anthology/collection of short films as a whole...thematically the film seems to be grouped under the umbrella of a disconcerting, disquieting 'take' on what constitutes evil in folklore of particular countries. Some are deeply embedded and ancient or appear so, some not so old, some clearly mostly made up on the spot but flavoured from the same poisoned well. In keeping with folklore flavoured dark fairytales, there is a brevity, a candour and sometimes a bit of an abrupt payoff. Bear in mind a lot of this stems from warnings, moral tales, even if only in shape, so the point is to sting you right where it hurts and fairly rapidly. That the entire body of work here is vaguely connected and of varying styles and budgetary constraints, seems to annoy some people. Personally I prefer such varying voices.

One tale, the american Melonheads story, was the only one that fell flat. It seems hastily conceived and gives the impression of very little age as background to the tale. Being american and not rooted in the dark recesses of history heavy europe etc, may be the reason this doesn't have such weight. That and the slightly comedic appearence of the grotesquery. It has the sense of a b-movie homaging some rumour-americana, rather than in any sense a portrayal of a common association with 'evil' stemming from literature.

The indian tale was invigorating, narrated as it is by a very recognizable Reece Shearsmith who will be known to fans of disturbing, damp british corners. The Strickland tale was embracing the idea of artifice in every silent film stained frame, to such an extent it is very mannered and not unlike a book brought to life, Lumiere meets the Quay brothers.

Overall then, it is down to an acquired taste wether these all float your boat or not. The challenge may be that it is many acquired tastes rather than one tone of film. Possibly for that reason, it maybe recommended to seasoned film watchers rather than those new to the genres tendency to bend it's own laws. Perhaps the slower pacing of some tales also has less appeal to the younger modern audience. This is not a thrill ride as such. More a series of bitter, ghoulish anecdotes about that time when you heard from someone you knew well, about that thing that does horrible things if you go in the know, when the evil is abroad, just behind that tree there...
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