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post #5701 of 10119

Just saw a really well done ultra-low-budget flick called FOUND, about a kid who realizes that his older brother has become a serial killer. Some incredibly clunky acting from most of the adults in the film (kind of a community theater vibe), but the lead kid and the older brother both give solid performances. Not sure where people can find it currently (I got a screener through a friend). But worth a look if you can find it.

post #5702 of 10119
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Minus the ending, Chained is great. Snip off the last five minutes and the movie had the potential to be a minor horror classic, in my opinion.

Almost the exact convo we had when it finished, it didn't need the final reveal but something about the final scene and lack of credits music has lodged in my brain.
post #5703 of 10119
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I did. I enjoyed MAMA, more than some of Del Toro's recently produced "little girl(s) menaced by the supernatural" series. (Like DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, sorry Nick.) There are some jumbled plot elements in the second act and the movie really doesn't know what to do with Jamie Lannister, but overall I found it spooky, effective and fun. "Mama" herself is a CG character and that may prove problematic for some, but I dug her for the most part. Chastain is great and punk rock hot and the flick has a nice dark fairytale vibe. If you're not a stickler for ironclad plotting, there is much here to enjoy. 

 

Sebastian's right, Mama is really enjoyable.  Give it a go if you have the time.

post #5704 of 10119
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Originally Posted by Sebastian OB View Post "Mama" herself is a CG character and that may prove problematic for some. 

 

According to Del Toror the creature effects are mostly good ol' man-in-suit action:

 

From his interview on Twitch:

Andy came up with the whole puppetry of the actor. He created these bands for the wrists and the ankles of the actor playing Mama, and the actor would be walking and we would have technicians pulling him. He had cables attached to wrist bands and ankle bands.  A lot of people think it's digital, but it isn't! Somebody said to me the only effect I didn't buy was Mama, the body appeared "too CG." I said, "it's a fucking guy!"

 

Even early on, when you don't see his face?

 

Oh, yeah! The only CGI on the Mama creature is the hair.This actor has a thing called "Marfan syndrome". Supposedly people think it's the thing Abraham Lincoln also had. He probably got it from killing vampires! It's something that allows you to dislocate all of your joints, so he literally can go with the arm both ways in the same fucking shot. I mean, there's a shot in the movie where he unbends the arm and you go "what the fuck!" So it looks like CG.

post #5705 of 10119

There were only a few brief shots where I got an overly CGI vibe from Mama, but on top of the actor's unnatural (and at times seemingly impossible) movements, I can see how the hair being CGI could throw people off, since it's such a prominent feature.

 

Liked the movie a lot, by the way. Everyone in this thread should definitely check it out.

post #5706 of 10119

Extra terror, hold the gore: 8 truly scary PG-13 horror movies:

 

http://www.avclub.com/articles/extra-terror-hold-the-gore-8-truly-scary-pg13-horr%2C91464/

post #5707 of 10119
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Extra terror, hold the gore: 8 truly scary PG-13 horror movies:

 

http://www.avclub.com/articles/extra-terror-hold-the-gore-8-truly-scary-pg13-horr%2C91464/

 

 

Pretty cool list. I'm looking forward to Mama.

 

Cloverfield is pretty intense but, like Jurassic Park, it really suffers coming to the home screen. I don't care how nice your home setup is, it's just not the same as seeing it on a huge cinema screen with the soundtrack blasting.

post #5708 of 10119
Is why I'll be watching the rerelease!
post #5709 of 10119
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Originally Posted by Fat Elvis View Post

Extra terror, hold the gore: 8 truly scary PG-13 horror movies:

 

http://www.avclub.com/articles/extra-terror-hold-the-gore-8-truly-scary-pg13-horr%2C91464/

 

 

 

On the Ring remake:

 

"The film—one of the few cases of a foreign-film remake that’s smarter, meaner, and more effective than the original version".

 

How do others feel about this? The remake is slicker and better made all round. But it is certainly not at scary or meanier as Ringu. Not even close.  

 

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Just saw a really well done ultra-low-budget flick called FOUND, about a kid who realizes that his older brother has become a serial killer. Some incredibly clunky acting from most of the adults in the film (kind of a community theater vibe), but the lead kid and the older brother both give solid performances. Not sure where people can find it currently (I got a screener through a friend). But worth a look if you can find it.

 

Sounds interesting. I can usually dealt with the downsides of the Low Budget fare (bad acting, lighting etc)  if the idea is strong and treated properly. I'll look out for this one.

post #5710 of 10119
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Cloverfield is pretty intense but, like Jurassic Park, it really suffers coming to the home screen. I don't care how nice your home setup is, it's just not the same as seeing it on a huge cinema screen with the soundtrack blasting.

 

Honestly, Jurassic Park could easily be on that AV Club list.  

 

I'd also switch out The Sixth Sense for Signs.

post #5711 of 10119

1. I find most of THE RING scarier than RINGU, although RINGU's version of the climax wins. As for which is meaner, I'm not sure what you mean. I've never thought of either of those films mean.

 

2. I don't find that JP suffers much from watching at home. It's just too good a movie.

post #5712 of 10119
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How do others feel about this? The remake is slicker and better made all round. But it is certainly not at scary or meanier as Ringu. Not even close.

 

THE RING also has 100% less psychics.  And for that, I am grateful.

post #5713 of 10119

I prefer the American Ring as well. I'm not sure how to quantify meaner, but I would say the remake hit harder, even if the events were the same. And really, those fucked up Ring faces pushed it over the top.

post #5714 of 10119

The girl in the closet haunts me to this day

post #5715 of 10119

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How do others feel about this? The remake is slicker and better made all round. But it is certainly not at scary or meanier as Ringu. Not even close. 

 

 

To me the original Japanese Ring is one of the great modern horrors, understated and foreboding as only the best spooky stories are, and a perfectly crafted update of "Casting the Runes". I sort of hate the US remake. Only ever seen it once, but I remember it being loud and obvious and too music videoy. The performances were a bit iffy too, especially Martin "Torque" Henderson. Maybe I'll give it another chance someday.

 

 

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There were only a few brief shots where I got an overly CGI vibe from Mama, but on top of the actor's unnatural (and at times seemingly impossible) movements...

 

 

Not seen Mama yet, but this comment makes me want to ask people of this thread: what are some fave examples of unnatural looking monster bodies in horror movies? I'm not talking about facial makeup, I mean physiques or postures or movements that freaked you out.

 

Some of mine: since I already mentioned the original Ring, the "Sadako walk" really, really got under my skin when I first watched it. The main reason it worked so well was because the actress hidden under that costume was actually facing away from the screen and walking backwards.

 

Another would be the Medeiros girl from [Rec]. This one got me because of the pure nightmarish WTF of that lanky thing stumbling around randomly in the darkness with hammer dangling. Here's the actual actor sans shirt:

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

There is of course the original spider walk from The Exorcist. Even as a standalone deleted scene, still supremely creepy (been ripped off a bit lately though, and not really effective the third time you see someone nick the idea). Stuntwoman was a contortionist I believe.

 

Others?

post #5716 of 10119
That actor from REC is the same guy who plays Mama, and in addition to being really lanky he's a crazy contortionist. Like, bending his elbow backwards and forwards, moving his fingers in gnarly ways, etc. Really freaky and unnatural looking. On YouTube there's a movement test from pre-production showing what he can do.

I always liked that one scene of the lead actress contorting herself monstrously in IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS. Also the creature on the roadside near the beginning of XTRO.
post #5717 of 10119

Don't know if it was mentioned here yet, but Hard Ride to Hell.....

 

 

 

 

DANGER! DANGER! AVOID AT ALL COSTS! 

 

 

 

What looked like Miguel Ferrer slumming it and trashy fun is pretty unforgivable. Worst part is Katherine Isabella appears to be the best actor and she just plays the thankless and unchallenging "screamy, victim-y woman" role. 

post #5718 of 10119
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Also the creature on the roadside near the beginning of XTRO.

 

How is XTRO?  I've seen that clip a hundred times and it creeps me out thoroughly, but never the actual movie.  Worth seeking out?

post #5719 of 10119
It is, though the rest of the movie isn't really creepy so much as batshit weird and a little sleazy. It's a fun b-movie.
post #5720 of 10119

You guys, last night my girlfirend, who's not a horror fan at all, made me watch Dracula 2: The Ascension. Yes the DTV sequel to Dracula 2000.

 

You havn't lived until you've watched a horror movie with a plot point about how vampires are compulsive counters.  Also Dracula now looks like a third rate Spike from Buffy.

 

Tis not very good.

post #5721 of 10119
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You havn't lived until you've watched a horror movie with a plot point about how vampires are compulsive counters.

Funnily enough I was reading some folklore books and turns out that this element of the movie isn't made up. In some cultures it was thought they could subdue a vampire by basically taking advantage of it's anal-retentive side. They would bury suspected vampires with a crocheted garment and or a bunch of poppy seeds thinking that the creature would be too preoccupied in picking apart the garment or counting the poppy seeds to want to get out of the coffin.
post #5722 of 10119

I love when a horror movie, desperate for something fresh, uses aspects of a monster's jumbled folklore or history that were obviously tossed aside by earlier films for a good reason.

post #5723 of 10119

There really aren't enough horror movies where people throw poppy seeds at vampires.

 

I'd love to see Christopher Lee's "Bloody hell - now I have to count these accursed seeds!" face.

post #5724 of 10119

Van Helsing tosses a bowl of toothpicks onto the ground. Dracula clenches his fists and takes a deep breath.

 

DRACULA: You don't need to count them. You don't need to count them. You're stronger than this. You've been over this with your therapist. The toothpicks don't NEED to be counted. You can just take a step over the toothpicks and kill all these people and feel good about yourself.

post #5725 of 10119

"One toothpick. Two toothpicks. Three toothpicks...."

post #5726 of 10119
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"One toothpick. Two toothpicks. Three toothpicks...."

 

 

 

I cannot "like" this one enough. Well played, sir; well played. 

post #5727 of 10119

On TCM Underground tonite: HOUSE OF SEVEN CORPSES + HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (original)

 

Is CORPSES worth a look?

post #5728 of 10119
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That actor from REC is the same guy who plays Mama

 

Wow, I had no idea. Good to see that he's embracing his uniqueness and making a bit of a career for himself with this. And Xtro is a nice one.

 

Here's a big freaky monster movement I've always loved: The "he could fall apart at any moment" Tarman walk!

 

 

 

post #5729 of 10119
One of my favorites from Screamfest this past year is now on VOD. It's a slow burn movie called RESOLUTION. Those in Los Angeles and can check it out theatrically NOW. it's playing at the Arena Theatre (hidden behind the Egyptian) in Hollywood. Apparently TriBeCa films has it in Columbus, Ohio as well.

I hesitate to talk to much about it, but it's about a guy trying to get one of his best friends clean after years of drug abuse. Things go wrong.

The cast is, across the board, great.
post #5730 of 10119

I saw MAMA last night and thot it was real well done and very memorable. Like any good scary movie they tease you with glimpses of the ghost called MAMA (indeed you don't see mama unless she wants you to) but during  the climax she's right in yer face. As her back story unfolds you really start to feel sorry for the character, and the ending is quite gripping and

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

not a happy ending.

The two little girls do a great job with their parts, going from abandoned feral children to getting used to civilization again. The younger of the 2 was especially interesting with her movements and attitude. The sound in this was very effective, mama's groaning and singing, the children tittering, the bumps and creaks in the house. The actor playing Mama (augmented slightly with CGI hair that seemed alive, waving about like it's own entity ) was terrific. I actually teared up during the end.

The movie was just 'produced' by Del Toro but really had the feel of some of his earlier films, notably his 'Devil's Backbone' film.

post #5731 of 10119
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American Mary: The Soska Sisters second directorial effort has so much hype around it (especially if you follow them on Twitter) that is was inevitable it would disappoint. I've seen so many colleagues lose objectivity recently because they had an interview/photo shoot or got Twitter props from the Soska's, so I was ready to hate this. Whilst it didnt disappoint me as I liked it overall, its pretty far from the horror classic that some are proclaiming. The problem is it has a nice idea and Katherine Isabelle has grown into a very attractive girl/actress but once the body horror/noir/revenge tone is established it has pretty much nowhere to go. Personally the whole body modification sub culture really makes my skin crawl so this film made me hella uncomfortable, especially the Doll/prostitutes but then the film meanders with motivations, desires and plotlines becoming murkier and murkier and not really paying off the way they should. I preferred this to the recent and similar Excision but this is still good rather than great. I'm prepared to argue with a lot of people about this one.....

 

Oh, it's unfortunate that a movie goes with a different/under-utilized idea and they end up not doing it well or just do it badly. While I am glad it's not a crappy film (and the whole culture gives me the heebie-jeebies too) hopefully someone does the concept well in the future.

 

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Don't know if it was mentioned here yet, but Hard Ride to Hell.....

 

DANGER! DANGER! AVOID AT ALL COSTS! 

 

What looked like Miguel Ferrer slumming it and trashy fun is pretty unforgivable. Worst part is Katherine Isabella appears to be the best actor and she just plays the thankless and unchallenging "screamy, victim-y woman" role. 

 

The movie is one I've seen play on the Showtime/TMC/Encore channels for months now but I've never sat down to watch, partly because it sounds like another version of the 70's Race With The Devil, which actually is a good paranoid action/horror film w/ Warren Oates, Peter Fonda, Loretta Swit, and R.G. Armstrong. I suppose then that we shouldn't bother with Hard Ride to Hell if it's terrible and not even enjoyable to watch.

 

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You guys, last night my girlfirend, who's not a horror fan at all, made me watch Dracula 2: The Ascension. Yes the DTV sequel to Dracula 2000.

 

You havn't lived until you've watched a horror movie with a plot point about how vampires are compulsive counters.  Also Dracula now looks like a third rate Spike from Buffy.

 

Tis not very good.

 

OCD vampires... it hasn't been done in film before, and it should be understandable why. Ahh, the things you do for the love of your life. I imagine it has to at least be better than Dracula 3000. I've heard detailed reviews of that and while it sounds like a hilariously bad movie with an all-time WTF ending, I am not sure if I want to see it for myself.

 

Tonight I did decide to finally watch something in this genre. I've had it on Blu-Ray for awhile but sat down tonight to watch the 3D version of My Bloody Valentine 3D. I had already seen it before on the big screen. Turns out, it is still a fun slasher that is never boring with nice pickaxe kills. I do have the original movie on DVD (the uncut version) so eventually I'll get around to watching that too.

post #5732 of 10119
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The movie is one I've seen play on the Showtime/TMC/Encore channels for months now but I've never sat down to watch, partly because it sounds like another version of the 70's Race With The Devil, which actually is a good paranoid action/horror film w/ Warren Oates, Peter Fonda, Loretta Swit, and R.G. Armstrong. I suppose then that we shouldn't bother with Hard Ride to Hell if it's terrible and not even enjoyable to watch.

 

 

 

Right, that was my thought - "oh hey, a sorta-remake of Race with the Devil, a movie that sounds like it would be "fun" but is actually a pretty harrowing watch. 

 

 

Sadly it fell far short of that mark; it has some similarities but isn't good. 

post #5733 of 10119

Miguel Ferrer was indeed slumming it.  Didn't he have an eye patch as well?  I stuck it out and watched the whole thing but have completely forgotten almost everything about it -- oh wait, I just remembered the ending.  Yeah, not good.

 

So, yesterday it rained all day so I took the opportunity to watch Netflix and random movies I'd TiVo'd.  So this was my day:

 

Ghost Story - I still love it even though there is zero suspense in the finale.  "Dance with me, you little toad!"

The Raid: Redemption - fun and awesome.  I know about 100 new ways to hurt someone. 

The Innkeepers - kept waiting for it to get good and it never did.  Waste of a good location, decent cast, good DP. 

Stake Land - Not bad, resourceful, scrappy end of the world vampire movie.  A few cringeworthy plot developments.  Good vampires, great cast, and the second Kelly McGillis movie of the day (she's also in The Innkeepers). 

Dreamscape - I basically skipped through it for the David Patrick Kelly parts and the big finale.  It didn't get any less mediocre with time. 

And finally: Warlock - who flies standing up.  Maybe it's nostalgia but I still love this flick.

post #5734 of 10119

Did I mention in here that you shouldn't watch The Corridor? Because you should not.

post #5735 of 10119

God damnit, Rudd. That warning is too late for me. Much too late. Where were you around October last year?

post #5736 of 10119
I *hated* THE CORRIDOR

But a movie I just watched that is actually a little similar but much much muuuuch better is RESOLUTION. It's not strictly horror and also the sort of film that's bound to frustrate people with its ambiguity, but it's an always engaging, mysterious, and often funny film with good performances and even some pathos. Unique stuff. Recommended.
post #5737 of 10119
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One of my favorites from Screamfest this past year is now on VOD. It's a slow burn movie called RESOLUTION. Those in Los Angeles and can check it out theatrically NOW. it's playing at the Arena Theatre (hidden behind the Egyptian) in Hollywood. Apparently TriBeCa films has it in Columbus, Ohio as well.

I hesitate to talk to much about it, but it's about a guy trying to get one of his best friends clean after years of drug abuse. Things go wrong.

The cast is, across the board, great.

 

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But a movie I just watched that is actually a little similar but much much muuuuch better is RESOLUTION. It's not strictly horror and also the sort of film that's bound to frustrate people with its ambiguity, but it's an always engaging, mysterious, and often funny film with good performances and even some pathos. Unique stuff. Recommended.

 

I'm getting the feeling I should watch Resolution.

post #5738 of 10119
Yis
post #5739 of 10119
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Ghost Story - I still love it even though there is zero suspense in the finale.  "Dance with me, you little toad!"

 

Yeah, it's imperfect and from what I have heard it doesn't do justice to Straub's work, but I always kind of liked the film. Good pick if you feel like some good-but-can't-quite-take-it-seriously early 80s chills to throw on after a hardcore Shining/Changeling double (or if you just need your Wasson fix, as we all do from time to time)

post #5740 of 10119

Sundance Channel is showing late tonight a '08 movie I didn't know existed - a remake/update of the ABC Afterschool Special classic THE WAVE. The original was chilling and has stayed with me all these many years later.

 

Also, either didn't know or forgot that there was a remake of DePalma's SISTERS. Worth seeking out?

post #5741 of 10119

Am I the only one who thinks WARM BODIES looks like a retarded knockoff of SHAUN OF THE DEAD?

post #5742 of 10119
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The Innkeepers - kept waiting for it to get good and it never did.  Waste of a good location, decent cast, good DP. 

 

 

 

Hmmm, I thought it was nice - had a great creepy atmosphere. But I suppose if we're going to throw down, people would definitely be better off watching Lake Mungo if they want a ghost(-ish) story. 

post #5743 of 10119

I like THE INNKEEPERS quite a bit. Ti West's slow burn style works for me, but I get why he is such a devisive filmmaker amongst Horror fans.

post #5744 of 10119
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I like THE INNKEEPERS quite a bit. Ti West's slow burn style works for me, but I get why he is such a devisive filmmaker amongst Horror fans.

 

 

Yeah, I mean if you're going in expecting ZOMG GHOSTS for the bulk of its running time, obviously your needs would be better met elsewhere. 


I like the way he builds up the creepy tension, and while it may not necessarily pay off IN SPADES, I feel it does pay off in a satisfying way. I definitely like it as a nice counterpoint to the ironic, horror/comedy, gore-splattered Z-movie stuff we so often run across. Obviously the movie is "modern" but stylistically it's almost a throwback to the 70s. 

post #5745 of 10119

I started out liking it too, but I kept waiting for something to happen and nothing did until much too late in the movie.  Some of it was creepy, the seance, the bathtub guy, and I really did love the location and the photography, but it just went nowhere and Claire's actions in the last few minutes of the movie didn't make sense. It reminded me of the student films I used to see that had a good budget, quality crew and good cast but the script felt like a first draft.  I thought The Pact was a similar movie that was better in terms of imagination, inventiveness and creepiness.  Just my 2 cents.  God knows I like enough horror movies of marginal quality, but wasted potential just bums me out. 

post #5746 of 10119

I might have said this in here before but I like the parts of THE INNKEEPERS that are sort of "CLERKS in a spooky old hotel." The more the movie tries to be a real horror movie the less it works for me, and I wish West had just made a low key, character based comedy/drama with only hints of the supernatural. Still, it's an improvement for me over HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, because it at least has characters who are fun to spend time with and who actually interact with each other for more than a couple scenes.

post #5747 of 10119

Wow. Just finished up MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE. Movie filled me with tense feeling of dread more palpable than most more traditional Horror films. You do begin to look for cult members amidst the shadows, and as the flashback structure exposed more and more of Martha's dangerous past, you expect them to come crashing in to grab her at any moment. A creepy, unnerving film that is a masterpiece of mood.

 

Thoughts/interpretations of the ending?

post #5748 of 10119
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Wow. Just finished up MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE. Movie filled me with tense feeling of dread more palpable than most more traditional Horror films. You do begin to look for cult members amidst the shadows, and as the flashback structure exposed more and more of Martha's dangerous past, you expect them to come crashing in to grab her at any moment. A creepy, unnerving film that is a masterpiece of mood.

 

Thoughts/interpretations of the ending?

 

I don't know what the director intended, and he may not have intended just one scenario...but I recall feeling that the point being made by that ending was

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that she will forever be looking over her shoulder and haunted by the possibility that her cult past will literally catch up with her. Whether she is in actual danger or not at the end is besides the point: She is forever psychologically damaged by her experience.

post #5749 of 10119

That's pretty much what I took from it - chances are it's not them in that car, but it doesn't matter because this is her life now. And I think it's a brilliant ending because it leaves the viewer with a taste of the uncertainty and unease she feels, which is perfect for a film so centered on putting its audience into the subjective perspective of its protagonist (and does so extremely well).

post #5750 of 10119

I liked The Caller a lot. Nice twisty script that I didn't get ahead of. I spent the movie wondering how they hell they could possibly end this in a satisfactory way, and they mostly pulled it off. Good concept, well executed, and a good example of making a low budget work for you. 

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