Being premiered in Melbourne’s Village Cinemas (Sunshine) on 10 February 2010, Roses Are Dead is a horror/slasher flick by Mintyland Pictures. The writer/director/producer is the (obviously) multi-talented Min Tran.
A press release for the film can be found at the Asian Australian Studies Research Network news feed HERE.
I’ve had a quick look at the short YouTube trailers and below are my impressions (not having had the chance to view the whole flick yet):
- Local Melbourne horror movie company? To me, that can never be a bad thing! Always impressed with shoe-string filmmaking and dedication to the craft.
- The polish of the film is apparent even from the short scenes I’ve taken in. Unlike other minimalist budget productions, this doesn’t have the look or sound of a few cents rubbing together. It appears slickly done, even if the editing seems a little over-enthusiastic (I was going to say ‘choppy’…hah).
- While I understand tapping into a genre’s elements are a large part of the fun, the ‘soft-porn’ shots and suggested girl-on-girl action in the trailers were a bit disappointing. These can be done in an ironic/satirical way that still gets the nubile chick count up (yes, I did just say that), but I couldn’t tell whether this production had that layer of sophistication or whether it was just offering bog standard flesh flashes.