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I mean, it's legitimately a horror show, for maybe the first time ever, certainly the first time since season two. If people were fans of what it was, then yeah, I can see not liking it. A lot of people don't like horror. Yes, season 6. "Roanoke" It's not unmissable, but it's more or less all I've ever wanted from the series.

Candle Cove I haven't watched the end yet, but I wouldn't compare it to IT lightly. That's high praise for me.
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I really loved ASH season 2 (seems like most fans hate that one) but I couldn't sit through seasons 3-5.

6 kept me watching, I really enjoyed the slower, dark pace instead of just insanity right away (Season 5 began with a demon that wore a drill bit strapon. Kinda hard to escalate from there). And the finale of 6 seems to be the most satisfying of the series.

CANDLE COVE is pretty damn solid. Leagues better than AHS. It's kinda like if David Lynch loosely adapted IT.
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Re: Candle Cove I was very satisfied with it overall. Felt it ended strongly, and was engaged in the story and the mysteries of it throughout. It would probably work just as well condensed to a long-ish feature film but the gradual pace of the series fit the mood and setting. 

 

I'm definitely interested in further Channel Zero seasons, although the creepypasta they're supposedly using for season two is IMO way inferior to and less suited to long(er) form treatment than Candle Cove. But hopefully they'll take lots of liberties (or go with a different story). 

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 woman tries to shoot a tarantula off of her hand and ends up blowing her fingers off.

she probably voted for Trump, too...

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She was eaten by spiders, which is better than what's in store for us.
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It's kinda like if David Lynch loosely adapted IT.

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I don't know if this belongs here or in the sci-fi folder because I still don't what the hell I just watched. A little thing called Bang Bang Baby from 2014 starring Jane Levy...and what the hell did I just see!?! I mean it’s tries so had to come off like Guy Maddin’s Down With Love but just ends up like so much Lloyd Kaufman’s penned fan fiction to Peggy Olsen, except nowhere near as vicarious. Also if you just seen The Arrival with Amy Adams then you pretty much know how this one turns out, only less obtusely. I mean it’s pretty obvious from the trailers alone that the whole Bye Bye Birdy angle is a coping mechanism but the way the po’ facedly admit is just so frustrating.

 

Yet despite it’s obvious flaws the ending left me a little emotionally gob smacked I have to admit. Or maybe I’m just a big pussy, who knows? There is a moment in the film where I almost turned off, the birth scene and the resulting mutant baby that looks way to much like her father as played by Peter Stormare, thankfully they didn’t go down that route and it was all just a case of really bad prosthetics, but still, geesh! Also can poor Jane Levy have a role where her character doesn’t get violated, it’s beginng to be a bit of bad joke really. On the plus side that’s really her signing and as a whole the soundtrack is pretty good if your into 60’s pop...still a better musical than that try hard Repo the Genetic Opera though.

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Just got wowed by JULIA'S EYES. Top-notch Horror Thriller. Not all the twists and wild ideas work, but it does a fantastic job of escalating suspense and maintaining unnerving atmosphere. It's like a Giallo update. Strong recommendation.


Edited by Fat Elvis - 11/19/16 at 12:48am
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Thanks for reminding me of that flick Elvis, I still have to track down a copy. Anyone here a fan of JT Petty's The Burrowers? While I didn’t care for his Mimic sequel I loved this thing, makes for a great double feature with the recent Bone Tomahawk. While I should have seen the Romero-esque ending coming it still surprised me in the best possible way.

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Nov 17

Nov 17 Overlooked & Underseen: Fade to Black (1980)

 
"Let me just start out by saying Dennis Christopher (Breaking Away, Chariots of Fire, Django Unchained) is an odd duck. I happen to enjoy him, but I get that he isn’t to everyone’s liking. In Fade to Black, Christopher stars as Eric Binford, a young man obsessed with movies. He watches them constantly, his room is littered with all things film, and he even “works” for a film distribution company, although he really just spends his time going to the movies while on the clock. He eats, sleeps, and thinks in films. He quotes them all the time. He’s one of those annoying people who likes to lord their knowledge over you. He does it to co-workers like Mickey Rourke, who want nothing more than to punch him in the face several times over."
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I just got done watching The Hole...god do I miss this Dante. It’s like his version of The Babadook mashed up with The Gate, Poltergeist and The Ring. Not an ounce of fat and kind of came off like a mean spirited version Zathura at times. That clown puppet slowly crawling up the stairs is going to give me nightmares worse than the first time I saw a Zanti Misfit...geesh.

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I kick myself for missing THE HOLE in 3D.

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Yeah i just found out about the 3D part, it would have slayed in that format, a real bummer.  I wonder why this isn't more popular this was a really great return to form for Joe.

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I feel like Fat Elvis has posted articles about Fade to Black at least twice before in the past year.

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The Full House reboot is starting to look disturbing.

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The Monster is very good, this is the caliber of movie everyone expected or at least hoped for from Bryan Bertino after The Strangers. So let's all pretend Mockingbird doesn't exist, and focus on this. It's a wonderfully simple premise that taps into primal fears, but with added emotional weight coming from the relationship between the main characters and how that plays into the narrative. It's basically a two hander, and both leads are great. There are some scenes that threaten to break up the tension of the main scenario a little too much but ultimately i felt they were worth it for their dramatic payoff. So ultimately it not only works as a simple but effective monster movie, but I was invested enough in the two characters and their relationship that I actually got a little tearful at some key moments in the climax. That's pretty unusual for a horror movie. Admittedly neither the drama or horror threads are super original but for me it skates by that issue with it's appealing simplicity and strength of execution.
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Drive-In Dust Offs: THE STEPFATHER (1987)

 

http://dailydead.com/drive-dust-offs-stepfather-1987/

 

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Drive-In Dust Offs: THE STEPFATHER (1987)

 

http://dailydead.com/drive-dust-offs-stepfather-1987/

 

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Such a great thriller.  I remember going into this one blind and being floored by the reveal of the opening scene.  Terry O'Quinn's performance is superb.

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But beware of the remake.
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Just rewatched Sleepaway Camp for the first time in like two decades.

MOST UNCOMFORTABLE MOVIE EVER.

Especially that fucking fat pedo cook. Jesus Christ...let's all just laugh off child abuse. "Oh Artie, them kids ain't old enough for what's on YOUR mind!" *walks away laughing* WTF 80s?!
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Just rewatched Sleepaway Camp for the first time in like two decades.

MOST UNCOMFORTABLE MOVIE EVER.

Especially that fucking fat pedo cook. Jesus Christ...let's all just laugh off child abuse. "Oh Artie, them kids ain't old enough for what's on YOUR mind!" *walks away laughing* WTF 80s?!

The "How Did This Get Made" episode of Sleepaway Camp is a must listen.

Them trying to describe the plot, it's twist, character motivations etc. are hysterical.
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 I had a bit of trouble getting to sleep after I watched Sleepaway Camp; it was too easy to imagine that last shot of Jessica standing over me.

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I first saw that film when I was 9 years old. All the kids in the neighborhood would go to the video store and rent horror movies. We sure did talk about that one for a while. I remember we got the sequels on the next trip. Pamela Springsteen is awesome in those.

RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP is incredibly low budget, but it wears its heart on its sleeve.
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Robot Chicken on Sleepaway Camp

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The Monster is very good, this is the caliber of movie everyone expected or at least hoped for from Bryan Bertino after The Strangers. So let's all pretend Mockingbird doesn't exist, and focus on this. It's a wonderfully simple premise that taps into primal fears, but with added emotional weight coming from the relationship between the main characters and how that plays into the narrative. It's basically a two hander, and both leads are great. There are some scenes that threaten to break up the tension of the main scenario a little too much but ultimately i felt they were worth it for their dramatic payoff. So ultimately it not only works as a simple but effective monster movie, but I was invested enough in the two characters and their relationship that I actually got a little tearful at some key moments in the climax. That's pretty unusual for a horror movie. Admittedly neither the drama or horror threads are super original but for me it skates by that issue with it's appealing simplicity and strength of execution.
Could not agree more!  Welcome comeback from Bertino.   Very well written and works as a drama as much as a horror movie.

There's a Monster and there's addiction.   One in the same.   I really loved this movie and hope it doesn't get lost in the shuffle of horror movies this year.   A gem!

Holy fuck what a great review!

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-monster-2016
Edited by cccc - 11/22/16 at 7:28am
post #16777 of 18741

Train To Busan was terrific.

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I half-watched this today and it was awful.

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Maybe it required your full attention!
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Nope.
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Solid poster though. Very 80s video store.

It's keeping with that aesthetic that the movie can't measure up.
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Solid poster though. Very 80s video store.

It's keeping with that aesthetic that the movie can't measure up.

Yeah, love that poster.

post #16783 of 18741
Yeah posters like that are a lost art. Every DVD/Blu cover these days is a bunch of photoshopped crap. With few exceptions. One being the It Follows steelbook. I thought that was good retro art work..
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Scream Factory's covers are always good.

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6 kept me watching, I really enjoyed the slower, dark pace instead of just insanity right away (Season 5 began with a demon that wore a drill bit strapon. Kinda hard to escalate from there).

 

That's exactly what I meant by the show "trying way too hard."

 

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I don't know if this belongs here or in the sci-fi folder because I still don't what the hell I just watched. A little thing called Bang Bang Baby from 2014 starring Jane Levy...and what the hell did I just see!?!

 

I remember hearing about the movie at the time but I forgot all about it. I have to laugh that the movie Arrival was in any way inspired by a wacky little film from two years ago.

 

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Just got wowed by JULIA'S EYES. Top-notch Horror Thriller. Not all the twists and wild ideas work, but it does a fantastic job of escalating suspense and maintaining unnerving atmosphere. It's like a Giallo update. Strong recommendation.

 

Interesting. Thankfully that Spanish movie is easy to rent online for only a few bucks. I'll have to remember it for the future.

 

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Nov 17 Overlooked & Underseen: Fade to Black (1980)

 

It's funny that I've heard about the movie a few times now but I always forget the title. Hopefully that's not a continuing problem for me.

 

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Just rewatched Sleepaway Camp for the first time in like two decades.

MOST UNCOMFORTABLE MOVIE EVER.

Especially that fucking fat pedo cook. Jesus Christ...let's all just laugh off child abuse. "Oh Artie, them kids ain't old enough for what's on YOUR mind!" *walks away laughing* WTF 80s?!

 

Definitely. As I said just recently, the movie is way weird even if you forget about the ending. A fat pedophile makes comments about little kids that he'll be around every day, and everyone blows it off as nothing serious? The movie always gives off a vibe of it not being quite right.

 

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I half-watched this today and it was awful.

 

I looked it up and it's about the horrors of STD's. I did not love It Follows but I'd probably be better off watching it again, or seeing Contracted for the first time.

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I wouldn’t exactly say inspired by Perfect but it does share some parallel similarities. Meanwhile I had a double feature of Dead Snow 2 and Wyrmwood: Road of The Dead. DS2 was basically the follow up project from Hansel and Gretel director Tommy Wirkola and while it was a beautifully put together movie it lacked the genuine blue collar soul of H&G...or to be more specific a Edward the troll of it's very own. Not that the movie didn't try what with it's very own zombie version of Kenny from South Park. Also the Americans were kind of obnoxious...but that was part of a way too obvious joke. The local police dept. was much more fun my opinion and should have been featured more.

 

Also while I could care less about Derek Mears’ Jason he made for a great Russian Zombie hulk for the final boss fight with the Nazi General. Wyrmwood doesn’t really get allot respect wither here or abroad but I thought it was a solid little programmer about a Aussie road trip from hell, in some ways it felt like the down under b side to perennial 80’s fav Night of The Comet. The lead actor comes off like Karl Urban’s stunt double punching upward. I also thought using the same garage for three clearly different set locations was cute and in the truest spirit of the genre.

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Also thinking of Wyrmwood just put me in mind of the infamous aussie splatter flick Body Melt, anyone else here seen it let alone a fan?

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I looked it up and it's about the horrors of STD's. I did not love It Follows but I'd probably be better off watching it again, or seeing Contracted for the first time.

Don't watch contracted 2 though.

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Is "Contracted 2" rubbish?
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Also thinking of Wyrmwood just put me in mind of the infamous aussie splatter flick Body Melt, anyone else here seen it let alone a fan?

I did, years ago.  Surprised that Street Trash got a special edition on blu yet Body Melt has been all but forgotten.

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Is "Contracted 2" rubbish?

Quite yes.  It's an afterthought at best and Uwe Boll level wretched at best.

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The only reason I still recall it is because I managed to hang on to my VHS dup of it I made years hence.  I don't think it ever had a disc release, here or in it's homeland.

Fun cameo from the Knight Rider of Mad Max fame.

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Jesus now I realize I have working VHS tapes older than the kids and their 30 something parents in my neighborhood...I need a drink.

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I feel sleazy & crass just for thinking this let alone voicing it but 2012's Jack and Diane would have been a lot better served with a pair of older leads and if it was the hirsute equivalent of Vicente Aranda’s Blood Splattered Bride rather than the mumblecore afterschool special it ended up as. But then I am of the insular mind that every film could be significantly improved through the abuse of colored gels, stultifying prog rock soundtrack and the divine presence of Ms. Edwige Fenech who spends the majority of the running time naked and/or in Sapphic revelry plotting the downfall of her hapless male costars.

 

That’s just the sort of wheelhouse I was brought up in really...no great kink. Fun fact: The brunette in J&D went on to play the redhead in Fury Road. She’s also happens to be the granddaughter of Elvis Presley...the more you know. Also, screw Macy’s and college football I’m starting a new tradition this calendar season and watching a few giallo. Hope you and yours have a happy holidays and if not...well may your liquor cabinet be conveniently near & generously furbished.

 

By the by, what’s the consensus on the neo-Eurotrash like Kiss of The Damned and The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears? Their trailers seem interesting enough but I’ve been burned by that way too often to splurge willy nilly these days.

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So...how about that director's cut of Nightbreed? While the new character building scenes greatly expanded the main characters motivations I still have the same problems with the film as when I did when I was a teen. In that the denizens of Midian were nothing more than latex placards for an ideal rather than actual personalities. This thing desperately needed more people like Hugh Ross’ Narcisse to help flesh out that end of the story which was little more than “people are the real monsters” trope again.  Him and Charles Haid were the only ones having any fun with this.  Also David Cronenberg - fun cameo, not so good co-star, that role really should have gone to someone else.

 

I did get a good laugh out of the local police department being better armed than the National Guard though. That scene where the deputy unpacks a garrote and is almost on the verge of touching himself at the prospect of using it...¡Ay Chihuahua! I also get the distinct feeling that the story would have been a lot more comfortable as a miniseries. Not a primetime/premium TV series though, there’s enough self-conscious epics on that horizon as it stands. Also I may be misremebering my Fango tidbits but I believe the coroner that carts Boones around was the same guy who played Chatterbox from Hellraiser?  Anyone else still have their Epic Comics adaption like me?

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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's Creepshow

Our revisit of the screen adaptations of Stephen King arrives at Creepshow...



http://www.denofgeek.com/uk/movies/creepshow/43613/revisiting-the-film-of-stephen-kings-creepshow

 

Revisiting the film of Stephen King's Maximum Overdrive

Stephen King described Maximum Overdrive as a "moron movie". But was he right?



http://www.denofgeek.com/uk/movies/maximum-overdrive/45271/revisiting-the-film-of-stephen-kings-maximum-overdrive

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I have not put any serious thought into this, but what is the deal with the werewolf's lack of good fortune as a movie monster? I can rattle off a list of not just good but great vampire movies and still forget a few, but the werewolf always comes up short. The best werewolf movie ever in terms of story, effects, and effectiveness came out 35 years ago now and it seems to me that it's just a mad dash to middle-ground ever since then. You can say that such and such werewolf movie since then has its points, but you're fucking fooling yourself if you think there's been a genuinely great werewolf movie since An American Werewolf in London

 

 

In the 21st Century, off the top of my head, Dog Soldiers, Ginger Snaps (maybe, I really don't remember it clearly) and Late Phases. Those are all varying levels of good, but none of them approach greatness and don't you dare mention When Animals Dream

 

I feel like there's something in the way of the werewolf being treated with respect on film. I used to think it was because the werewolf is a more expensive thing to bring to life on film, but that's not wholly accurate. You don't need a major transformation sequence or an expensive costume or CGI effect to tell a werewolf story, so it must be because there is an unconscious lack of certainty of how to tell a good werewolf story like its thematic richness isn't as easily to summon. 

 

I don't know, man. I love me some werewolves. It's always been my favorite monster in film, literature and legend. I only wish that I had more werewolf movies that I could unabashedly call great.

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What about The Company of Wolves? Vaguely remember that when i was a kid.

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Hell, I like that Joe Johnston Wolfman remake. It apparently was a complete fiasco but...as you said, I brought it up because it's got it's good points. Not a perfect movie by any stretch but I'd go so far as to say it's my 2nd or 3rd favorite after An American Werewolf in London (which is THE all-timer). Depends on how I feel after rewatching Silver Bullet...but I remember liking that one too..
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I was always smitten with Paul Naschy and his heady brand of Castilian gothic & Latin machismo.  Ditto Oliver Reed.

Johnny, are you familiar with perennial 70's tv favs Moon of the Wolf or The Boy who Cried Werewolf.  I know everyone and their mother laughs

at the last one and it's infamous poodle faced monster but the ordeal that kid goes still punches me in gut as when I was younger.

Watching his father disentgrating before his eyes, becoming the monster everyone belives him to be...just gets to me.

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