Horror RECOMMENDATION or WARNING thread. - Page 366
Not to mention the desire to course correct after Zombie's outing, I can only see this being at least moderately successful.
The ONLY horror remakes that I feel are superior are Friday the 13th (nobody can tell me that flick ain't head and shoulders above every single previous one...as entertaining as I find them all) and the 2006 Hills Have Eyes..
I saw his first opening weekend...never again.
Just the score from Halloween made other movies better.
They used it in those final scenes of Scream and it made those scenes better.
I know that it was just a coincidence that they were watching Halloween on tv while that was still going on, but it was still effective in those scenes.
One of the few scores from a movie that everyone recognizes and right away gets the hairs on your neck standing up when you remember the movie.
Still would like to see the shot of Myers behind the kid in the kitchen minus the cgi mask.
Tonight I watched a random horror film that I recently stumbled upon, one of many discoveries on Amazon Prime. It was 2015's Queen of Spades: The Dark Rite. Its main distinction is that it's a Russian film. Don't be mistaken though, it's just like a modern horror movie you'd find in America. After all, the plot is that some youths draw something on a mirror and chant the name of the title character three times... yeah, rather derivative, and as expected it's a goofy CGI thing. The film looks and sounds good and the acting was fine... the story is such old hat though (yeah, there are some jumpscares also, and many moments from famous horror films, both contemporary and classic are lifted wholesale), I can only say it's average. While it's not awful or unwatchable, there's no real reason for dedicated horror fans to seek it out, despite some bonkers moments that come completely out of nowhere, and adult characters who thankfully aren't that disbelieving compared to the norm in the genre.
The last one was bad, I mean like the worst of them all.
On the other hand I watched Christopher Smith 's (Creep, Severance, Black Death, Triangle) new one Detour. I don't know if it's horror per se but I really liked it, starting off like Sliding Doors meets Blue Velvet, it then settles down with a reveal and you come to realise you are witnessing the birth of a psychopath. A kind of origin story like that other film called The Boy that didn't involve a dummy. Solid recommend.
For more mind collapsing weirdness Busters Mal Heart is another horror tinged indie. It's solid stuff but maybe too obtuse to really ever breakout of the film festival/VOD ghetto. Some of its plot is obvious, some is probably compromised by the low budget. The ending though got my mind going as did the allusions to biblical stories in the film. I would wait for Netflix but it's unnerving enough to be a worthy watch.
Same. I really liked Halloween 2. It's like Zombie said fuck it and went full Zombie on it.
I hated 31 tho.
Anyone has Rutger Hauer's phone no?
So I watched The Bye Bye Man last night, quite simply the worst film I've seen in a while. Bad acting, weird camera placements and a mythology which was confused as hell. Avoid.
On the other hand I watched Christopher Smith 's (Creep, Severance, Black Death, Triangle) new one Detour.
For more mind collapsing weirdness Busters Mal Heart is another horror tinged indie.
Yeah, I've mentioned often that The Bye Bye Man was horrible, and I saw the unrated version. Detour sounds like something I'd enjoy a lot more; I know I've heard of Buster's Mal Heart. I think I should see it just to find out if they explain what in the blue hell a mal heart even is.
I haven't heard of that book before but it sounds pretty rad.
This late afternoon on Amazon Prime I watched a 2015 horror film not discussed in this thread before. It has the title Killbillies and I know, such a title does not inspire a lot of confidence. The most noteworthy thing about it is that it's from Slovenia, of all countries. Its setting and place of origin matter little as it is incredibly derivative, and it goes pretty much how you'd expect a story to go when it's two young models, the photographer and the assistant in rural woods but two inbred hillbillies show up and a lot of bloody moments happen. It looked nice, the cast was fine, the reason for the killings was different (it related to what the hillbillies do as an occuptation) and there are gory moments; otherwise, you are better off watching Wrong Turn or Wrong Turn 2 as those are better films. All the beats are familiar and while it's not an unwatchable insufferable pile of crap, there's no need to see it either.
Earlier tonight on Amazon Prime I saw another relevant film. It was The Dark. I am talking about the one from '79. I always heard it was bad; the version on Prime is fullscreen and looks ripped straight from VHS. Even if I had seen it on Blu-ray and the print was scanned in 4K, that'd still be an awful movie. I was surprised at how badly made it was. I knew that Tobe Hooper was fired, probably for reasons I could guess, and the zombie (or an autistic person locked up for his entire life in a house before it burned down and maybe or maybe not being a zombie) ended up being an alien that shot shit out of its eyes and the change was made at the last minute, but I was surprised at how disjointed it all was, and so boring I am surprised I did not fall asleep.
I laughed at how they left in all the shit about it being a zombie and how it looked like a zombie. A producer being Dick Clark and CASEY KASEM having a small supporting role was amusing. William Devane looking like a burnout hippie made it easy to imagine he was Charles Rane who had lost his mind after Rolling Thunder. And Lord, that finale ended up being amazing in all the wrong ways. Overall though, what a shitpile of a film it turned out to be.
Since I've always been a big fan of The Lost Boys, I have to get this book.
A couple of recent viewings:
The Visitor is really cool. I'm not sure it makes a lick of sense, but it's super compelling with a badass soundtrack and an evil, little girl backed by a good performance (in my opinion). Plus, John Houston, Sam Peckinpah (well, sort of Sam Peckinpah) and Lance Henriksen? Cooooool.
Beyond the Door has the same producer. It's an Exorcist ripoff (Warner Bros. actually won a lawsuit), but it's pretty terrible. I'd rather watch Abby again.
31 might be Rob Zombie's worst movie. It's all of his worst instincts rolled into one movie (which, I guess, is most of his movies now that I think of it). I actually didn't mind The Lords of Salem outside of the silly ending where he couldn't help himself from throwing everything at the wall, so I was holding out hope that this might be okay. It's not, though.
That's easily one of the most fist-pumping scenes of the whole flick, which is saying something.
I didn't much like The Blackcoat's Daughter. It's slow burn in the most boring sense of the term, and this is coming from a Ti West fan. Plus, the final reveal ended up feeling like a big cheat. There's some good moments, but you'd be hard pressed to give a shit by the end.
100% agree, especially about the final reveal. It's the sort of thing that would have completely worked in a novel, but absolutely cannot be executed in a visual way without feeling (at best) unbelievable or (at worst) like an insulting cheat for the sake of a twist.
Well it also felt really obvious for a twist. And then she starts crying for some reason, the end.
Still I kinda liked it.
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I watched some more horror after Blackcoat's Daughter, just really feeling it this week. Beyond the Gates, which I saw described here as Horror Jumanji, fulfills the bare minimum of that pitch, but yeah, I didn't like it. Bad acting all around, and the creativity was either severely limited by a tiny budget or just plain nonexistent. I tend to think it's probably the latter; they just didn't have a clear idea of what they were going for here. Felt like a really long episode of Tale From the Darkside. Not even Crypt, but Darkside.
So I just went back to Get Out. Still a great movie, turns out! The Bluray's got the alternate ending, which is pretty interesting, and not exactly what had been reported previously. I think it would have worked pretty well, actually, but I'm still glad they kept the crowd-pleasing finale. It's better. Everything about this movie is really terrific. Great script, great cast, really well cut together and shot. Still the film of the year for me.
ALIEN: COVENANT was next, and I'm kinda all in on whatever Ridley is doing with these movies, even though this one was another huge mess. PROMETHEUS grew on me over time and I suspect this one will too, but for every awesome/weird sequence COVENANT nails (the med bay sequence, Fass on Fass action), there's always some frustrating moment where Ridley drops the ball (the accelerated lifecycle of the alien really pisses me off, the third act sucks).
I like that both these movies had such hatefully bleak endings. COVENANT's in particular really stuck with me for days.
I didn't even know this was still happening. Simon West?
I didn't even know this was still happening. Simon West?
Had no idea this was a thing (and I'm not entirely sure it actually is), but I'd be game for another take on the Blob. I'm a big fan of both the '58 and '88 versions.
I hadn't heard of the movie, but as I have heard of that bizarre murder case before, it sounds like something I should watch.
While I haven't seen the original, that is some amazing art that of course I dig because it spoofs a famous 80's action movie.
I thought Life was fine; the low expectations did help with me too. While incredibly derivative (when I rewatched Prometheus a few weeks ago, I realized that Life lifted a kill from that too) I did not think it was bad. Covenant I thought was good while watching it; revisiting it in the future may make all its flaws all the more apparent. With me, Prometheus certainly has high ambitions but is so damn stupid it becomes incredibly frustrating. While Covenant also has dumb moments, it did not aggravate me as much and there were some nice moments. But of course, everything else has paled in comparison to the legendary first two movies in the franchise.
Speaking of Alien, that The Blob poster... as I presume the poster was not meant to be a spoof, what a ripoff. The movie has been rumored for years with West as director, so who knows if it'll even happen. Of course, there being a remake has been rumored for even longer; I'll always laugh that ROB ZOMBIE was once rumored to be in the director's chair.
That is what I saw recently. Amateur Night isn't great but as I think most of the segments in the entire franchise were bad, by default it's one of the better ones. I thought Siren was average. They definitely try to expand the mythology but a lot of it is unexplained and some of it should have, as it came off as pretty goofy. It not being found footage was nice and as you said, Fierman was once again great as Lily. I am glad I did not think of it as awful.
I actually liked this one quite a bit but it clearly lacked a budget. I did like the world building they were attempting. Im actually surprised they killed off the villain like that. You could easily do a spin off with him or any one of the creatures he captured.
I didn't even know this was still happening. Simon West?
How do you not put the Blob on your poster?
2. If Galactus, The Living Tribunal, The Watcher and Dr. Manhattan teamed up to kill Samuel L. Jackson's career...they would fucking fail. No other actor on Earth has been in so many shitty movies but can still be cast in big budget, big screen films and command a decent quote.