Risen
 
 
Studio: matneee
 
Review Count: 109
Average Rating: 4.3 stars
Genre: Horror
Length: 9 minutes 40 seconds
 
Posted on: November 18, 2005
 
 
Film Description
***THIS THING IS ABSOLUTELY ANCIENT NOW, AND I ONLY KEEP IT FOR THE SAKE OF NOSTALGIA. It's looking horribly dated now, to be honest;)***

This animation earned me a People's Choice Award in the FutureStar Networks 2005 awards. Thanks for voting, folks!!!!

Not true horror as such, but it's got a nice Twilight Zone feel to it. It's really starting to show it's age now as well, but some people seem to still have a soft spot for it;)

At nearly 10 minutes, this is a fairly long movie, but the story carries it well. This originally started out as an experiment in editing but I was fairly pleased with the results so I decided to release it. I learned some pretty important lessons about editing doing this film - horror is a difficult genre to nail at the best of times and more so using The Movies, so you've kind of got to rely on tricks like tension building scenes with 'shock' cuts at the end and so forth. It's a cheap trick, but it can work if done right. You've also got to get the music and sound right and I sweated blood trying to get it synched with key moments as much as possible.

It's worth pointing out that I in no way consider this a 'finished product' - just the end result of my first 4 days playing with the tools. I'm working on something that crosses over with this (see the Seraphim trailer in my studio) that should hopefully be a more polished production when it's (finaly) done :)
NB-People have been asking what Jed (given we know what he is from Seraphim) is doing shooting people. It's all explained in Episode 2 of 'Seraphim' and is a pretty damn good twist, though I say so myself. Unfortunately, I haven't even shot episode 1 yet, so you'll just have to wait;)

EDIT - I apologise for the sound bug where car noise plays over the last few scenes. At the time, this was a problem with the game - there's no way round it, I'm afraid:(
 
Featured Reviews
- Ninette1

580 seconds of Horrific moviemaking, I mean that in a good way!~ Great effort. I like this flick a lot.
~Thanks and keep up the good work! N

Posted on March 7, 2006
- biggstrek

Extremely well executed movie! And a classic tale of betrayal and unearthly revenge. Loved it (even though it went beyond my normally meagre attention span of 4-5 minutes, the 9:40 sailed by without notice.) Excellent.

Posted on February 12, 2006
- filipekholmstudios

Holy [play nice now!]!

Posted on February 4, 2006
- ferrellJ

Damn, you crazy ****! I forgot it was supposed to be a horror movie...! Yeah, that did the trick.

Posted on November 25, 2005
 
Reviews
- AxeCinema

OMG this is teh best movie I've eva seen on TMO XD XD XD XD

LIEK GREAT JOB LOL!

R8 my moofies, [shhhh!]...

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Twas good ;-)

Posted on July 4, 2007
- Skaramine

When she turned around, that sound effect you used made for a great jump start on my part.

An impressive piece of filmmaking!

Posted on May 15, 2007
- jpwood

Who are you? The copy right police! If it bothers you that much, Write To Konami, And Tell them of my Unforgivable Crime, Your really SAD

Posted on January 16, 2007
- Blueme

Okay... A few reasons why i gave this movie 2 stars...
i am not going to overreact and say that it was a terrible movie and it sucked terribly but to be honest... it wasn't a good movie... at first the story was kinda cloudy but very good, the overall begining was good... but the whole story wasn't that original/well thought out. I have seen this many times on Alfred Hitch[oh please!] hour and the Twilight zone... not to mention the nightg gallery... I think the ending was terrible though... it just seemed to happen so fast... and i couldn't figure out if the lady killed him or just knocked him out and threw him in a hole, because the hit to the head in the car crash did not seem like it could be fatal...

Now this is opinionated please do not blow up on me...

Thank you,
Blueme...

Posted on November 25, 2006
- chzzr

a powerfull movie.

Posted on November 15, 2006
- jedinight54

hi do you think you can check out my movies and please share to me how you did the dragon film i have no clue how to do stuff like that

Posted on October 26, 2006
- Suttinho

Yeah! Very cool horror. I think it is very dark and scary movie. Godd luck to next movie!

Posted on October 22, 2006
- Hanks22

that was very good

Posted on October 6, 2006
- killazebra

hahaha good one nunberry NOT THATS HORRIBLE WHAT IF THAT HAPPEN TO U!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on July 12, 2006
- BentPr0ducti0ns

I have to say, i like how this movie turned out. The ending kind of reminded me of pet cemetery, lol. Lots of effort shown.

Posted on June 29, 2006
- mathew551

I wish the movie would have lasted longer. It was a well thought out movie though which gave it the 4 stars from me. Especially the way in which the woman is changed from a normal young innocent girl to a blood thristy evil eyed pale faced ghost looking for revenge! I hope you continue to impress further with your excellent movies. Thanks, from Mat.

Posted on May 24, 2006
- Ninette1

580 seconds of Horrific moviemaking, I mean that in a good way!~ Great effort. I like this flick a lot.
~Thanks and keep up the good work! N

Posted on March 7, 2006
- alfric

nice job........
a good story,well told....
kept my interest from beginning to end.....
i liked it....

Posted on March 5, 2006
- Bezzer36

So glad I watched this. A great lesson in editing and storytelling. Nothing fancy or OTT, but absorbing and compelling to the end. great stuff!

Posted on February 28, 2006
- NUNBERRY

It's well shot and edited, well chosen musical cues but storywise I think there's just too many holes - Like Apocryphon said, you know that she's coming back because of the title but there's no other justification given (apart from very vague references to familial obligations that are never followed up). While a lot of the movie just feels like filler - almost as if you're trying to convince the audience that nothing bad is going to happen - it works in context, it's just a shame that there's no payoff at the end when the climax comes. It's like reaching the point of ejaculation then remembering you had your balls removed in a freak climbing accident, so there was never really any point in starting. Like finishing R-Type (old-school!)
Considering the sparsity of the dialogue though it's a testament to the craftsmanship that the movie does keep you engaged until the end.

Posted on February 24, 2006
- Apocryphon

Good movie with serious need for editing. Glad to note you dont consider a finished product because this could be very good with more work and polish. Most of the bank scene could go. And some of the talky bits with the hitman and with the friends/relatives could be cut down. We need a plausible excuse for the Police not picking him up too, husband is first suspect if an assassination is carried out on a wife, and inheritance is always motive number one. His night drive for no obvious reason is just lazy, you needed him on a foggy deserted road so you just made him bored and said he just felt like it.
The horror of the wife's return is lessened by the fact we already see it coming from the title, and because there is no struggle. He see's her, he dies, she dumps his body. No drama, no tension.
Sorry if it seems like I talking all bad stuff about your film, its only because I think there is a killer movie buried in there and your notes indicate you may be working some more on it.
Everything I have said is to, hopefully, help you focus on its problems and make it better.
Good potential, good luck with it.

Posted on February 21, 2006
- biggstrek

Extremely well executed movie! And a classic tale of betrayal and unearthly revenge. Loved it (even though it went beyond my normally meagre attention span of 4-5 minutes, the 9:40 sailed by without notice.) Excellent.

Posted on February 12, 2006
- filipekholmstudios

Holy [play nice now!]!

Posted on February 4, 2006
- oguzhan

No comment

Posted on January 18, 2006
- Jerseyfreak89

Wow! great movie keep it up!

Posted on January 1, 2006
- Sleeves

The singlemindedness of the story was very compelling. We never drift off the spine of the story, which really makes this very watchable. Lots of nice touches. The quiet scene where Jed sets up for the kill was really nice. And of course, the return of Mrs...

Posted on December 27, 2005
- VertMorta

you have the idea of horror much better than a lot of hollywood studios today great work

Posted on December 26, 2005
- Seanahue

I liked the pacing and script quality here a lot. My only quibble is that it needed some action to it...not much, but something. It just felt like it ended too quickly.

Posted on December 22, 2005
- Vinnymonster

This one had me looking forward to the conclusion, and I wasnt dissapointed. Good use of tension between the assassin and Reed at the beginning. Although I wouldnt have had her scream before she was shot, it didnt detract from the quality of the movie. Mr Hitch[wash your mouth out!] would have been proud

Posted on December 18, 2005
- Trashman

Hey I like this.Just a couple of nit-picks.The title obviously gave away what was going to happen,which is ok,but it would have been nice to have more buildup towards the end.There wasn't any reason it seemed near the end to go for a nighttime drive...maybe a mysterious phone call or something like that before would have helped transition the scene and build the suspense.Otherwise an interesting film.

Posted on December 16, 2005
- samuel68

I normally don't like to watch horror movies, but well, this one was great, and it kept my interest through to the end. Really good choice of music, well done cuts and you took the time the story needed, well done. There is only one thing I didn't like: That you didn't turn of the gibberish, cause it sometimes was not fitting the mood.

Posted on December 16, 2005
- tzeneth

5 stars what's wrong you ask? nothing. Nuff said

Posted on December 12, 2005
- KrazyKrakka101

Man that was pimp make more of those it had a great twist to it man it also had a nice twilight zone thing to it too

Posted on December 8, 2005
- Tarison

I liked it, but I didn't feel there was enough conflict early on to get a sense of things. The predictability didn't bother me toooo much, and the edits were good enough, but not really pushing it to that XTREME level for me.

Posted on November 29, 2005
- sdstone75

Well done. I thought you built the suspense well, although with all the suspense that you built up, the ending left a bit to be desired. It is sufficiently startling when she appears, but I think it would have been better if there was an actual car accident that you could see or some other attack that she perpetrates on him. I can see that as being a limitation of the game though. Good job!

Posted on November 28, 2005
- Moe81

great great editing and music
pls reveiw mine
http://movies.lionhead.com/movie/14751

Posted on November 27, 2005
- momicajack

Bravo, bravo! Very well made! I like the music changes and the set transitions made me feel as if I were watching a regular movie. This game never ceases to amaze me with what it is capable of and you have certainly put it to good use. Five stars for you!

Posted on November 27, 2005
- ShawnJC

She's hot as a zombie....

Who's that prick down below that reviewed 1 star under like 4 different names even to make it obvious? Might wanna like report him.

Posted on November 26, 2005
- Kriil

very good directing,perhaps the end is short.its why i only put 4 star.But it stay for me a great movie

Posted on November 26, 2005
- SirDrakeX

Good storyline that was easy to follow. The edit was average. When he left the gaveside of his wife, The backdrop behind the card didn't seem to fit. When he walked into the vault I would have liked it to be cut as he walked towards it. He just stood there at the end of that scene. Alittle more suspense up to his death would have easily made it four stars. You kinda could figure out the whole plot before it happened. Sound.... the music didn't seem to carry the buildup. Good effort.

Posted on November 26, 2005
- Beery1

Effective and genuinely scary movie. Excellent work.

Posted on November 26, 2005
- Filmfreq

Very impressive. It would kick ass with dialogue recorded!

Posted on November 26, 2005
- ferrellJ

Damn, you crazy ****! I forgot it was supposed to be a horror movie...! Yeah, that did the trick.

Posted on November 25, 2005
- mattyboy11

This probably the best movie I've seen yet. Unbeliveably awesome choice of music. Great feel of horror. Trust me, the 10 minutes of your time (yeah I know, 10 minutes it seems long) you'll be using to watch this movie, are 10 minutes you won't regret.

Posted on November 25, 2005
- BrokenTraveler

Superb, a perfect example of a well-rounded film. A good set-up and introduction, the plan is carried out, and the horrible consequences that end the piece make this feel like a real movie. I also want to note that your use of music and sound effects are spot-on. You should check out my lasted feature film "Beautiful Descent" at http://movies.lionhead.com/movie/13250 .... I think you'll find it right up your alley. I'd love to have your opinion on the plot. Good job!

Posted on November 25, 2005
- SCHAJK

No comment

Posted on November 25, 2005
- doubletake

Can't believe I've only just got round to watching this! Superb, get it back up the charts!!!!

Posted on November 25, 2005
- fleeties

dragged on when he went to the bank but it was a good film nonetheless

Posted on November 25, 2005
- kockanadrag

Very good movie! It's not really scary or something, but otherwise it's great! :)

Posted on November 25, 2005
- James_dude

Best horror movie I've seen yet. Excellently directed.

Posted on November 25, 2005
- mimic2954

very good.

Posted on November 25, 2005
- Yeevle

I enjoy it very much and even I as a newbie to The Movies in general, can see how much work you have put into it. I look forward to your next one.

Posted on November 25, 2005
- PLTucker

Quite similar to the first Terror Tales (not saying you ripped him off or vice versa), but very enjoyable all the same. I liked the creative editing (car crash scene etc)which others have picked out as a bad point. I think you've taken the 'limitations' of the movie making engine and made it work well, with your script as well as the editing. I really wish that we could rate 1-10, as this would be a 9, so I'm going to give 4.5 and be nice and round it up to 5.

Posted on November 25, 2005
- binkus

really enjoyed that, nice work

Posted on November 24, 2005
- NapkinOfDeath

Excellent movie, great use of the available music, but at the end it sort of just stopped, I was expecting more

Posted on November 24, 2005
- Mickmacca

That would have taken a while to make,It was worth it!!!

Posted on November 24, 2005
- Richegroover

While long, it was entertaining enough to keep me interested. I did anticipate more of a twist with the ending, but seeing you already have feedback on that let me just say good film !

Rich

Posted on November 24, 2005
- sparrowtm

I didn't know what to think of it at first, but towards the end I really enjoyed the movie. Good storyline, sets and costume. The music is fitting, yet unfortunably not custom made. I normally miss voiceovers, but this time ... somehow ... I don't. Grumpy Sparrow Studios say: two feathers up!

Posted on November 24, 2005
- SteveMyrtle

Awesome! I woulda gave a 5 if it had audio

Posted on November 24, 2005
- Belsameth

I rather enjoy the buildup in the first 7 or 8 minutes of the film, it's really well done, and shows a lot of skill. why you'd want to suddenly take a mad rush, and push the rather anticlimaxic ending through in about 2 I have no idea tho.
a very, very good effort, but the (lack of) ending completely ruined it for me. it's almost as if you thought to yourself "crap, I've no idea where this is going anymore, lets just kill off the main character and be done with it" something which you seem capable of doing much better

Posted on November 23, 2005
- jereo

Pretty good. Nice story an nice rythm.
Exept for the scene where the dea woman turn back on the road, I found it to long and it kils th surprise.
Great job anyway.

Posted on November 23, 2005
- Maitey

Wow ALOT of work went into this. Good scenes, etc! Would love to see voice overs but subtitles can be done well! Just the overall movie making was excellent!!! cant wait to see more of your stuff!

Posted on November 23, 2005
- killershrew

Cool movie, very well shot, good use of sets and costumes... the title gives the ending away tho, wich takes it down to a 4* rating

Posted on November 23, 2005
- capemedia

Excellent, one of the best horror/thrillers I have seen. Good plot, you start to dislike the main character and feel for his wife. Nice twist at the end. My only complaint is the ending could have done more, maybe a chase with him being cornered then shot? 5 from me though well done.

Posted on November 23, 2005
- Strezz

I like this "Risen" movie a lot.... It's defiently one of the better movies out here... Could do with some voice-over, but all in all; A good movie! :)

Make a sequel! NOW!!! :)

Cheers

Posted on November 23, 2005
- caFOdhER

Top marks for making me jump!

Posted on November 22, 2005
- ImaTarget

not a really extraordinary film. Story is very predictable, the characters are nonexistent. you just don´t care what heppens to them. Even though nice job on the cutting and the work with the music, even if you had to stretch scenes to make it fit.

Posted on November 22, 2005
- Silversong

Kept me going all the way through. Good editing and general feel. Expected a twist at the end, shame thats why 4 instead 5

Posted on November 22, 2005
- Strondor

From the lenghty "About" section above I was anticpating that the Horror bar was about to be raised by this movie. It wasn't to be. It's a tough genre to do well (as you say). A polite "3".

Posted on November 22, 2005
- BAUSCH

my attention trailed off near the end, but this IS a good movie. it's much harder to do drama/serious stuff than comedy. so that's why i give you 4 stars. The first half had solid pacing and we knew what was happening, but the last part from where he gets in the car felt like..."ok so...what's going on".

Posted on November 22, 2005
- LilJase

too be honest.... i was thinking "ok i sat thru 8 minutes of crap so the ending had better be good" but no, crap letdown ending. predictable twist bla bla bla. and u gave my movie a 3 cause it had no dialogue??? better no dialogue than crap dialogue!!!! but at least my ending was unpredictable! and i coulnt connect with ur characters cause they well, sucked... no build up for any of them...

over all, bad dialogue, bad plot, terrible ending, and no tension at all...

Posted on November 22, 2005
- zygotal

Followed the link,dude. Liked this enough to register.

Posted on November 21, 2005
- Invent_Productions

one of the best so far, i erally enjoyed it. if you could remake with voiceovers for a more " real movie " feel. this would easily be in my top 3 watched so far. great work!

Posted on November 21, 2005
- Zacknafien

wow amazing! simply amazing!

Posted on November 21, 2005
- Ell92

good professional movie, interesting plot too

Posted on November 21, 2005
- Omnisomnia

Nice, though I came here looking for a fight scene this deffinately entertained me anyway. Hope to see more deep work like this.

Posted on November 21, 2005
- RskimB

Well thought out movie and executed brilliantly, one of the most beautifully crafted movies I've seen on the community yet.

Posted on November 21, 2005
- MrsCrimble

Woo!! Horror without a cabin! Deserves an extra star for that degree of inventiveness alone!

Posted on November 20, 2005
- Captain_Bas5o0n

Very well put together; it has a professional touch to it, which is extremely impressive. However I didn't think it was enough of a [i]film[/i] to merit more than 3 stars. It is excellent in regards to the scenes, editing, sound and synching, but the story drags out and there is not much to it. At 6 or 7 minutes this would get at least 4 stars, but at nearly 10 minutes I don't feel that I can give it more than 3.

Keep up the great image though.

Posted on November 20, 2005
- MrCritic

I found it ok.. a long movie for the slight plot (ie: Typical person kills person, dead person rises to kill 'em back plot) I like to see movies and learn something, or get a fresh perspective on something, anything.. or get an emotional reaction.... even a visual wow! None of that here for me.

Posted on November 19, 2005
- Drexx

Loved it! This kind of stuff is right up my alley. Great job all around.

Posted on November 19, 2005
- Pauks

you took to long to to set up the story and the twist, shes alive. Nothing new, you had an chance to keep the viewer in surpense but you milked the first contact with her. Story was plan, bland and predictable

Posted on November 19, 2005
- BatRag

Yeah, really good.

Posted on November 19, 2005
- jamespetts

Doesn't work: wooden dialogue, infodump, no suspense, ending makes no sense (why would he die just by hitting her in his car? Why is she wearing that when buried?).

Posted on November 19, 2005
- Speedy

Very nice movie I really enjoyed it, well done.

Posted on November 19, 2005
- Tux3d0

No comment

Posted on November 19, 2005
- DisastarArea

Thought the sound was awfully fuzzy, but once I restarted my browser it worked fine.This entertained me.

Posted on November 19, 2005
- Happy_Schman

Wow! You managed to makea pretty serious movie in a game where characters walk and do a lot of things in a silly way :D. Very good job hope to see more movies from you.

Posted on November 19, 2005
- JACKRABBIT

Thouroughly enjoyable.

Posted on November 19, 2005
- lanky316

The time and effort shows here and generally I thought it was a well made movie. Sometimes though I feel the pacing lost out and there were a couple of things that didn't make sense to me, but I could have missed something quite easily.

A great movie, not far off 5* but it receives four due to the fact some of the pace got too slow. A Nicely made little movie.

Posted on November 19, 2005
- Tellmore

No comment

Posted on November 19, 2005
- daveclarke

i too was alittle confused by the timeline. but good effort

Posted on November 19, 2005
- theukace

Perhaps a bit slow to start but overall an amazing film, probably the most atmopsheric and well cut movie i have seen so far.

Posted on November 19, 2005
- TombRaiderDude

Excellent use of subtlety! While there weren�??t many scares throughout the entire film, the story was captivation enough to keep me enthralled the whole time. I love horror movies, and I can't wait to see another one from you!

Posted on November 18, 2005
- Odessa-James

No comment

Posted on November 18, 2005
- McGuffin

Kudos! Excellent movie. Certainly one of the better I've seen. I agree with many other reviewers, you used great scene choices. I'll definately be looking for more movies from you.

Posted on November 18, 2005
- HyperGnome

Very good use of cenes here to tell your story! I liked the wicked little smile after the funeral even =)

Posted on November 18, 2005
- Buccura

A very nicely done movie. It had a very nice flow and pace to it. The scene choices was very well done, especially the part with the snipering. That was pretty well put together.

One part I especially like is the part on the road. That sent a bit of a chill up my spine. The guy truely got what he deserved heehee. The only complaint is the mumbling. Dont get me wrong I loved the dialog used, its just that for me personally mumbling should not be used in movies. But thats only a small short comming for an otherwise stellar first attempt (which what I'm pretty sure it is). Without a doubt one of the better horror films I have seen here.

Posted on November 18, 2005
- cecilbdemovies

I'm highly impressed with this. You did a fantastic job selecting scenes AND editing them. Sound and music are spot on. Pacing was great. If anything bugged me a little, it was the ending, I don't think it was as good as the rest of the movie. Not in a technical sense, just in terms of creativity.

Posted on November 18, 2005
- Dramatist

A strong plot with some atmospheric direction - I was a little confused by the timeline at the beginning with her being away on business and then in her room straight away but a minor quibble - let's hear some voiceovers next:)

Posted on November 18, 2005
- Yucka

If I had to criticize I'd say some of the first subtitles are a bit fast but otherwise excellent

Posted on November 18, 2005
- spankedpony

Really good! Nice use of sound and scenes.

Posted on November 18, 2005
- wozzit

Ive been watching a few horrors now and this is probably my favorite so far.I'd like to see some more of jed though.is that him at the corner of the house part way through?

Posted on November 18, 2005
- MrYodle

Loved it! This would actually make a good TV short! Oh, if you want to silence the music part way through, try making a silent .ogg file and dropping it in the C:Documents and SettingsMatneeeMy DocumentsThe MoviesMovie Music folder. Drop it part way over a bit of music and it should fade it out.

Posted on November 18, 2005
- King_Moonracer

Very well done.

Posted on November 18, 2005
- Hollywood_1977

Very well put together! The music was extremely well done, and well timed. The storyline was pretty solid. I don't mind no voiceovers as long as the subtitles are clear and yours were very easy to follow.

The only tip I have is that there isn't a need to show every detail. All the driving shots got a little repetetive, just walking out the front door shows he's leaving, if he pulls up to the bank in a car, we can fill in the rest. =)

Truly nice work, though!

Posted on November 18, 2005
- Jeyk

Very interesting movie, with a very good editing but the end is too rapid, I think.

Posted on November 18, 2005
- XJIMZX

Well done! Just goes to show what people can acheive with a little thought with 'THE MOVIES'. You must of spent a lot of time making 'Risen'

Posted on November 18, 2005
- MrDale

Good film!

Posted on November 18, 2005
- PYROMAPES2K

Nice movie. great editing =)

Posted on November 18, 2005
- highgrow

i just love the script and the assembly. great scene with the zombie on the road

Posted on November 18, 2005
- Sir_Tam

Wow! That was really good. Glad I took the time to watch it.

Posted on November 18, 2005
- chimpboy

Some nice ideas. I liked it can't wait for voice though

Posted on November 18, 2005
- Tinktank

Cool! you know, that happened to me just the other day

Posted on November 18, 2005