Movies, in General, awards buzz for the film will attract festivals such as Toronto are dramas – and in the ideal case, based on true stories.
This year is no different with The Current war, kings, Darkest Hour, and I, Tonya, under the hot-tipped foils.
A few comedies a chance of taking home best picture-prices – and horror-films are also rarely acknowledged.
Such films are often released in the awards season, but zombie movies have a loyal fan base – one that seems to be growing all the time.
“I think it is for sure that [a snobbery], but I think it’s changed,” says Ellen Page, whose film, The Cured Premiere at the Toronto.
The actress cites the 1970s as a Golden age of horror in General, and added: “I think it’s these last few years, with those amazing movies like The Babadook and It Follows.
“And when I think of how difficult it is to pull of this genre, such as David [Freyne, Director of the Cured] have, blows my mind.”
The film begins with the discovery of a cure for a disease that turns people into zombie-like monsters.
As the infected are integrated in the society, you need to with hostility from parts of society that can’t forgive your previous behavior, leading to social unrest and the interference of the government.
The film deals with the themes of second chances and forgiveness are complex issues that are not dissimilar to those you would find in any standard-Oscar-food-biopic.
“When I started writing, it was Freyne says much we were suffering in Ireland, inspired by the recession”.
“It was around about the anger that I experienced, and the people around me – there were people losing jobs, and the blame for things, the the cured are outside of your control, as that was in the movie, and the very much the starting point.
“The anger fueled, the script. We have not seen before, what would happen in the next couple of years, but what has happened is a symptom of it.
“But as with all great genre movies, I think they reflect what they have on society. “
Interestingly, although it is presented in bulk in the invoice as a zombie thriller that is not expressed, the word “zombie” in the film.
Instead, those who were healed, are hereinafter referred to as “infected”.
“It is very deliberately not using the term [zombie],” says Freyne. “We wanted to be very careful that we infected our own very different creature in the.
“You are not undead, they are mindless brain-eaters – they hunt and behave like a pack, like wolves.”
But the Director says that he tried to fear of being labelled as a zombie movie, as he is a big fan of the genre.
“I love zombie movies, but the idea was” what would happen next? What is the movie that starts where most movies end?’ And the idea of someone being cured.
“I’m inspired by you, and I pray that in this genre, but if you were in this world, I think, you would of course say infected more than a zombie.
“Zombie means undead in General, and these guys are not the undead, it’s a beast infection.”
So, in view of the fact that a zombie film has never been best picture at the Oscars, has won side I think it is time that you did?
“Absolutely I am!” She laughs.
“I sent to you got the script for the Healed and was blown away. So, I was forced, I thought it was exciting and stimulating. It’s like an intense family drama, but also a genre-Film.”
She co-stars in the film with the Irish actor Sam Keeley, who praised Freyne for dealing with complex issues without being too preachy.
“You open a newspaper, turn on any news channel, it’s all there, especially in the last few years, the dramatic change in policy, the refugee crisis, Charlottesville – it’s all the madness that happens around us all the time,” he says.
“But David has a clever thing by not against the people over the head with a message. He packaged it in a way that could absorb people and then take it away.”
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