Fat Tuesday

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Directed by Jorge Torres-Torres

Oct 23, 2017 Web Exclusive
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This film screened at the 2017 New Orleans Film Festival

Mardi Gras is a unique and special festival that takes place in the intoxicating city of New Orleans every spring.  This weeks-long, world famous celebration culminates down to one electric day, “Fat Tuesday”Unfortunately the film Fat Tuesday, written and directed by Louisiana native Jorge Torres-Torres (Shadow Zombie), doesn’t live up to its energetic namesake.  It is the slow-paced story of a hitchhiker played by Hannah Gross (Netflix’s Mindhunter), who comes to the city of second chances to wreak quiet havoc upon unsuspecting victims during the chaos of the holiday.  Gross’ character mysteriously goes by many names as she infiltrates a local group of friends as they pull an all-nighter traipsing through the French Quarter sampling the sinful pleasures of the holiday.  One-by-one she separates and then murders her victims in increasingly creative ways. 

Despite Torres-Torres’ valiant efforts to create a horror film in his beloved city, Fat Tuesday falls flat. What should have been an interesting sliver of New Orleans culture (many scenes depicting actual footage of the city during the festival) juxtaposed with the horrors of a unique slasher story ultimately was just an exhausting nocturnal bash.  The film played well at the New Orleans Film Festival aided mostly by the October festival’s proximity to Halloween and thus the crowd’s desire for a spooky entry, however one shouldn’t expect Fat Tuesday to go down in the annals of horror film history.  

neworleansfilmsociety.org/events/fat-tuesday

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