Elfie Hopkins (2012)
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Amateur detective Elfie Hopkins decides to cleanse her town of cannibals when a new family moves in next door, and begins treating her neighborhood like their own personal flesh buffet. Jaime Winstone, Ray Winstone, and Rupert Evans star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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There's a hint of camp pleasure to be gained from the film's early soft-focus domestic scenes and late hysterics, but 'Elfie Hopkins' is sunk by a lame script and mannered performances.
I felt like taking my felt pen to the film's poster and turning the overindulged star's name into "J'aime pas Winstone".
Elfie Hopkins has a promising set-up and some suitably quirky set design but it's let down by a disappointing script and a one-note performance from Jaime Winstone.
It would be interesting to see how many people want to walk out after half an hour. But I bet they stay put for the horribly gruesome bits.
A poor screenplay and some dubious acting in subsidiary roles make for a misguided horror thriller.
This film treads a line between camp horror (Ray Winstone's ludicrous butcher providing welcome comic relief) and a violent gore-fest.
It doesn't totally take off until the final act, but there's evidence here that Ryan Andrews will become a force to be reckoned with.
Despite the addition of dark fun and much-needed action, the over-the-top carnage unfortunately intensifies the feature's lack of depth and balance.
It's cheaply made, shambolically written, diabolically acted, badly directed and excruciatingly awful.
It's a bit of a mess that doesn't serve its decent cast well. Avoid like a stinky kipper.
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