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NORWEGIAN INTERVIEWS
Aftenposten: Splatter og samfunnskritikk
Filmmagasinet: Standhaftige sjeler
Side2: Denne har utlandet sett før deg
Filmweb: Mørke sjeler kinoklar
Aktiv i Oslo: Zombie for en kveldhttp://oslopuls.aftenposten.no/film/article464255.ecehttp://www.filmmagasinet.no/no/Intervjuer/Standhaftige-sjeler/http://www.side2.no/underholdning/article3059537.ecehttp://www.filmweb.no/filmnytt/article402034.ecehttp://www.aktivioslo.no/zombie-statist.phpshapeimage_2_link_0shapeimage_2_link_1shapeimage_2_link_2shapeimage_2_link_3shapeimage_2_link_4
FRENCH REVIEWS

« Mathieu Peteul et César Ducasse, expatriés en Norvège, prennent le soin de ne pas rendre un simple hommage aux films de zombie en appliquant une formule maintes fois utilisée qui se serait avérée sans saveur. Au contraire, les réalisateurs/scénaristes posent un nouveau regard sur le genre en détournant le mythe du mort-vivant et celui de contamination grâce à une idée forte, profondément ancrée dans l’économie et la culture norvégienne tout en privilégiant le drame au fantastique pur.» En savoir plus...

« Un petit OVNI tout à fait inattendu: DARK SOULS. Le concept est plutôt intriguant: un type en combinaison orange agresse des passants avec une foreuse. Il les déssoude en leur perçant le crâne… puis les tués se relèvent et vomissent une substance noire qui ressemble à du pétrole! Pitch insolite qui le restera car le réalisateur prend bien soin de ne rien nous expliquer. On plonge donc dans un univers étrange en suivant le héros (un prof de violoncelle dont la famille est atteinte) jusqu’à un dénouement complètement halluciné, dans une usine chimique remplie de gars en combinaison orange. On aura même droit à des références appuyées à BAD TASTE et à un combat de… foreuses. Rafraichissant parce qu’il surprend, voilà une très bonne découverte 2011!»

Ca fait déjà quelques mois qu’on vous le répète que les cinéastes hexagonaux tournant à l’étranger font souvent mieux que leurs collègues 100% franchouillards. Eh bien, l’adage est encore confirmé par cette bande produite en Norvège par deux compatriotes, sous l’influence revendiquée de... Kiyoshi Kurosawa! Fluides visqueux, figuration iconoclaste de zombies, conclusion ésotérique, cela rappelle effectivement le cinéma japonais, tout en s'inscrivant dans l’ambiance locale via une légende urbaine touchant aux conséquences écologiques des gisements off-shore... 
Pour en savoir plus...Mad Movies Juillet/Aout 2011
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ENGLISH REVIEWS

«If Abel Ferrara’s DRILLER KILLER and Larry Cohen’s THE STUFF were dropped inside a Magimix and the resulting concoction seasoned with a dusting of tongue-in-cheek humour it’d likely end up looking something like Mathieu Peteul and Cesar Ducasse’s DARK SOULS.
Lazy clichés such as the slasher movie's 'last woman standing' rule are subverted: our hero is not a nubile teenager but a bewildered, overweight father looking for the man who drilled his daughter, leaving her zombified. References to horror classics are skillful and witty, for example the homeless oil diver's expositional monologue which mirrors Quint's famous speech in JAWS. Winner of Best Horror at the Manhattan and Swansea film festivals, DARK SOULS brings slick thrills and oil spills without resorting to easy scares. » Read more...

«Shot entirely on Super 16mm film you can forget all about shaky and pixilated DV footage on autofocus. This is shot on good old 16mm celluloid and it’s such a pleasure to look at and thank you for that. Actually all the technical aspects are of a high professional standard and you can’t tell that Dark Souls is a relatively low-budget independent production. The same goes for the special F/X work which is all done practical and looks very good and convincing.
Dark Souls isn’t just another horror-thriller. It’s also a realistic and moving portrayal of a father’s unconditional love for his only daughter - an emotional look at the human condition when loss and grief becomes paramount in life. When it becomes clear to Morten that Johanna needs instant but dangerous surgery, he refuses and takes her home, caring for her everyday, all day long. There’s a great scene where Morten and Johanna are taking a walk in the park. Children are playing, couples are walking hand in hand and in the middle of this scenario, Morten strolls in the yellow leaves with his daughter who can barely walk by herself. I have read a few reviews saying this is a ‘funny’ scene' – I beg to differ. I find it moving and touching and I applaud the filmmakers for incorporating this father/daughter relationship into the story.» Read more...

«Directors and writers Mathieu Peteul and César Ducasse obviously know their horror. There’s a deliberate, unhurried pace from start to end and, as with so many other effective horror movies over the years, the pacing is used to build tension and to unsettle the viewer. This isn’t your average American slasher, filled with jump cuts and loud bursts on the soundtrack in a vain attempt to summon up scares, everything here is designed more to pick at your nerves and unsettle, apart from the occasional head drilling, of course. The use of oil is also an interesting motif, but its allegorical use pales in comparison to the body horror of watching it exude from every pore of its victims, and it gives them a distinctive and effective look. There are also a lot of references to other horror movies thrown into the mix (more than this casual horror fan could ever detect), but the overall narrative, while taking occasional tangents, hangs together very effectively, and the abiding impression is of a deliciously dark movie that will creep under your skin like the oil in its victims.» Read more...http://www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk/films/2010/dark-souls-mrke-sjeler/reviews/http://www.horror-unrated.com/reviews/d/DARK%20SOULS.htmhttp://movieevangelist.wordpress.com/2010/11/04/cambridge-film-festival-review-dark-souls-m%C3%B8rke-sjeler/shapeimage_4_link_0shapeimage_4_link_1shapeimage_4_link_2
BRAZILIAN REVIEW
“Espíritos Negros” é falho em vários momentos, tendo como ápice as sequências absurdas envolvendo uma polícia descrédula e alguns atos insanos de seus personagens: entrar em lugares escuros, aceitar o estado mórbido das vítimas, etc.  Por outro lado, sua linha narrativa leva o espectador para onde quer sempre surpreendendo de forma positiva. Quando você parece acreditar estar vendo um filme de assassino, surge zumbis, perseguições numa fábrica, um vilão sobrenatural, tudo culminando de forma pessimista e apocalíptica.
Lucio Fulci parece ter feito escola. Seu estilo é lembrado nessa narrativa dinâmica que em alguns momentos parece “The Beyond” ou “A Casa do Cemitério“, mas ainda numa escala extremamente inferior, claro. Também é visto o cinema risonho de Bruno Mattei em “Predadores da Noite“; as clássicas produções japonesas com destaque para o cabelo ou o som agudo dos “zumbis” lembrando “The Grudge“. Read more...http://bocadoinferno.com/criticas/espiritos-negros-uma-colcha-de-retalhos/shapeimage_5_link_0
NORWEGIAN REVIEWS

Det første som gir stjerne i boka og øyne på terningen, er bruddet med klisjeen om en ungdomsgjeng på vei inn i ødeland, på hyttetur, fjelltur, you name it, slikt vi har sett nok av i «Fritt vilt»-filmene, «Rovdyr» og «Død snø».
I «Mørke sjeler» rammes riktignok det første offeret på løpetur i skogen, men handlingen er likevel solid stedfestet til Oslos bygårder, gater og industribygg.
Det neste man kan berømme Peteul og Ducasse for, er hvordan de lar filmen vokse i betydning, fra en tilsynelatende tradisjonell seriemordergåte med opprådd politietterforsker i sløv aksjon, til et sciencefictionpreget mareritt der døde våkner til dystert liv og oljenasjonen Norge kanskje ikke er det beste land i verden likevel. Formørkingen av sjel og kropp blir grelt iscenesatt, gjerne til distanserte jazztoner. Stavanger Aftenblad: Original zombieskrekk om svart gull

Det ville være ganske så lett å avfeie «Mørke sjeler» som et heller tvilsomt makkverk, og det skal sies at filmen så garantert ikke er for alle. Men folk som finner glede i gamle exploitation-filmer, zombie-klassikere som «Night of the Living Dead» og flirer høyt av kalkuner som «Plan 9 From Outer Space» bør derimot kjenne sin besøkelsestid. Filmen er en blanding av imponerende godt, ut ifra budsjettet, gjennomført håndverk, klumsete studentfilm, og sjarmerende homage til flere av historiens beste skrekkfilmer. Pluss på et effektivt lydspor, god klipping og en litt utradisjonell, samfunnskritisk vri på zombiehistorien som andre positive elementer. iTromsø: Drill og Zombierhttp://www.aftenbladet.no/kultur/film/1317406/Original_zombieskrekk_om_svart_gull.htmlhttp://www.aftenbladet.no/kultur/film/1317406/Original_zombieskrekk_om_svart_gull.htmlhttp://www.itromso.no/kultur/film/article421300.ecehttp://www.itromso.no/kultur/film/article421300.eceshapeimage_6_link_0shapeimage_6_link_1shapeimage_6_link_2shapeimage_6_link_3
SPANISH INTERVIEW

«Los remakes actuales han perdito todo su espiritu de subversion» Read more...
«Dark Souls és un homenatge a tots els gèneres que ens agraden» Read more...http://www.anormalmag.cl/entrevistas/peteul-ducasse/?sms_ss=facebook&at_xt=4d5aa3d87dac10e8,0DS_Press_files/Diary%20Del%20Festival%20Entrevisata.jpghttp://www.anormalmag.cl/entrevistas/peteul-ducasse/?sms_ss=facebook&at_xt=4d5aa3d87dac10e8%2C0DS_Press_files/Mathieu%20Pe%CC%81teul%20%26%20Ce%CC%81sar%20Ducasse_%20%E2%80%9CLos%20remakes%20actuales%20no%20saben%20a%20nada,%20han%20perdido%20todo%20su%20lado%20corr.pdfshapeimage_7_link_0shapeimage_7_link_1