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post #101 of 1824

Maniac remake tonight!

post #102 of 1824

Gonna be honest, I hated the Maniac remake.  Boring, meandering, unscary. 

post #103 of 1824

I probably should have been making a list but I've been watching horror stuff since late September. I'll try to cobble together something later. I'm also keeping what's horror pretty broad. Does Fargo, No Country for Old Men and the Dark Knight count? 

post #104 of 1824

Finally starting to get around to the classics; introduced the gf to the Evil Dead series.  We did a viewing of the first two back to back last night.  There's not much to say about them that hasn't already been said.  I love the series and go through it at least once a year (usually around this time), and Evil Dead II is pretty consistently in the 'favorite movies ever' discussion for me.  Army of Darkness and Drag Me To Hell are on deck.  Maaaaaybe the remake.  We'll see.

 

Just about at the halfway point, and I thought I'd have more than 8 movies under my belt by now.  I've been watching Sleepy Hollow too, so that has to count for something.  I suspect some choice episodes of Buffy and X-Files are also in order down the line.  And classic Simpsons Halloween episodes.      

 

List, in order of enjoyment:

1. Evil Dead II (1987)

2. The Evil Dead (1981)

3. Slither (2006)

4. The People Under The Stairs (1991)

5. Dog Soldiers (2002)

6. The Purge (2013)

7. 30 Days Of Night (2007)

8. Lords of Salem (2013)

post #105 of 1824

Hit Sleepaway Camp last night.  I never realized that James Earl Jones's father was in this.  So much of this movie just makes me laugh.  The counselor and his short shorts.  The owner of the camp and his terrible clothes, and the counselor that was actually going to go on a date with him.  Cousin Ricky and his angry tirades. Felicia Rose's dead eye performance of Angela.  Camp pranks on Mozart.  I could go on for a while.

 

List in order of enjoyment:

 

1: The Burning

2: Sleepaway Camp

3: Piranha

post #106 of 1824
Is "Escape From Tomorrow" considered horror? If so, I watched it last night. If not, I still watched it last night.

And really the only interesting thing about it is that they stole so many locations at WDW to make a pretty boring movie.
post #107 of 1824
Arjen, I'm interested to hear your thoughts on PHANTASM II when you see it.
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Arjen, I'm interested to hear your thoughts on PHANTASM II when you see it.

It is awesome. That is all that needs to be thought on the subject of PHANTASM II.

post #109 of 1824

I don't think I could do Phantasm II, as I barely made it through the original.

post #110 of 1824

I thought the Maniac remake was a surprisingly solid update of the 1980 exploitation classic. It swaps the slimy and grimy city of New York for the modern digital and disconnected city of Los Angeles. And instead of fat and heavy-breathing Joe Spinell, we get the more Norman Bates-esque Elijah Wood. For a bunch of French guys, the feel of living in L.A. is capture pretty accurately, as is the dating scene, save for the terrifying and brutal murders. Or maybe that's accurate as well. Dating is a rocky landscape out here.

Anyway, save for minor changes, the beats are exactly the same in this one. Killer with serious Mommy issues stalks and slaughters women, killer manages to land normal woman, struggles with humanity before his complete breakdown, leading to a chilling denouement.

The film is shot primarily from Wood's POV, something that should feel gimmicky in theory but is executed well here. Wood gives a good performance and my most recent alma mater is referenced by the hot love interest (she's either fine art or photography. There are some hotties in those majors).

The reaction to the film has been mixed and understandably so. The original wasn't a standard slasher and neither is this. There's an undeniably dirty, uncomfortable and perverse undercurrent to the proceedings and if you can't stomach that, stay away.

post #111 of 1824
Thread Starter 
Crystal Lake Memories

This one took a while to get through (working full time's a bitch). I thought it was pretty good, although as someone who read the book, I already knew a lot of the information. The participants were pretty open on how they thought their particular movies sucked. I was hoping we would get some outtakes of the apparently graphic Debi Sue Voorhees sex scene takes, but alas it wasn't in the cards.

List so far:

1. Halloween 2
2. Creature from the Black Lagoon
3. Lords of Salem
4. V/H/S 2
5. Room 237
6. Vampire Lovers
7. The Shining
8. The Howling
9. Crystal Lake Memories
post #112 of 1824

CHUD.  I had actually never seen this before.  Alright movie.  I think I was just more surprised by the sudden appearance of John Goodman as the unnamed cop than anything.

 

List in order of enjoyment:

 

1: The Burning

2: Sleepaway Camp

3: Piranha

4. CHUD

post #113 of 1824
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CHUD.  I had actually never seen this before.  Alright movie.  I think I was just more surprised by the sudden appearance of John Goodman as the unnamed cop than anything.

 

List in order of enjoyment:

 

1: The Burning

2: Sleepaway Camp

3: Piranha

4. CHUD

 

You are more generous than me. I hated CHUD. Aside from the cast, which is admittedly impressive for such a bargain basement film, you barely see the CHUDs! I just though it was snooze-fest.

 

Speaking of, I put on House of the Devil as I was falling asleep last night. I didn't make it all the way through, so that marks 2 1/2 viewings of this film. I respect Ti West has a way of making movies. I just don't find it that engaging.

post #114 of 1824

I am attempting the 31 New Horror Films Challenge '13. I've fallen a bit behind, but nothing that I won't be able to catch up on.  Trying to watch a good mix with a little bit of everything.

 

So far I've seen:

 

1) House on Haunted Hill ('59)

What a deliciously fun film. So charming.

 

2) The Collection

A decent little action-horror thing. Was very pleased by the opening club scene.

 

3) The Orphanage

I'd been looking forward to this for a good while, but I was a little disappointed by the end, which was marred by the score. Otherwise, really nice atmosphere and some very creepy moments.

 

4) The Devil Inside

I kind of enjoyed this. Up until the end, which was one of the biggest middle-fingers to the audience I've seen on this side of Fat Girl.

 

5) Frankenstein ('31)

Marvelous film. Looked fantastic. One funny thing, though, was how my thoughts of the story and the film have been molded by the pop culture surrounding it. Stuff like the

"Igor" Character being named Fritz and the first name of Dr. Frankenstein being Henry, as opposed to Victor. Huh. Great atmosphere. Fantastic to see so many iconic moments in their original form.

 

6) Bride of Frankenstein

What an odd film. What a fantastic closing line.

 

7) Christine

I don't know why it has taken me so long to get to this. I think this might've been the film that I have enjoyed the most thus far.

 

8) A Nighmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge

Not without its merits, thinking of the tranformation scene in particular, but it doesn't have a lot to offer, either.

 

9) Freaks

It is weird to think of it as a horror film, seeing how much of it plays more like a drama. Wonderful images and what a despicable pair of monsters Cleopatra and Hercules were!

 

10) A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

So 80's. Loved it.

 

11) Eyes Without a Face

Had me writhing and entranced. The most nightmarish of the bunch, with it's slow pace and "off" images. 

 

12) Evil Dead

The perfect follow-up to "Eyes Without a Face". I was fully satisfied by the gore in this. Had me wishing that I could've watched it with a bunch of friends, all a-holler.

 

13) The Invisible Man

I loathe Una O'Connor. Loved everything else. Hated her. She has an incredibly grating presence which does nothing but detract from any frame in which she appears. Loved everything else.

 

14) The Phantom of the Opera ('43) 

Mixed feelings about this one, mostly because so much of it felt more like a comedy with the competition between Raoul and Anatole. Whcih was a shame, albeit one that I still enjoyed.

 

Full moon tonight. Think I'll watch The Howling.

post #115 of 1824
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2) The Collection

A decent little action-horror thing. Was very pleased by the opening club scene.

 

Love that movie! How do some horror fans not like it?! I want Collector 3 asap!

 

Re: Maniac 2013. Loved this movie too, as I seem to all Aja joints (even Mirrors!). If I have a complaint, it's that I thought it could have gone further. It felt like at some level they still thought they might get an R...

 

Speaking of Aja - P2. Doesn't have a great deal to offer apart from Rachel Nichols, so - #2 on my list!

 

In order of enjoyment:

 

1. Lord Of Illusions
2. P2
3. No One Lives
4. Candyman
5. The Divide
6. The Midnight Meat Train
7. Dead Silence
8. Byzantium
9. Splice
10. Donkey Punch
11. V/H/S
12. The Moth Diaries

post #116 of 1824
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Love that movie! How do some horror fans not like it?! I want Collector 3 asap!

 

Re: Maniac 2013. Loved this movie too, as I seem to all Aja joints (even Mirrors!). If I have a complaint, it's that I thought it could have gone further. It felt like at some level they still thought they might get an R...

 

Speaking of Aja - P2. Doesn't have a great deal to offer apart from Rachel Nichols, so - #2 on my list!

 

In order of enjoyment:

 

1. Lord Of Illusions
2. P2
3. No One Lives
4. Candyman
5. The Divide
6. The Midnight Meat Train
7. Dead Silence
8. Byzantium
9. Splice
10. Donkey Punch
11. V/H/S
12. The Moth Diaries


Do you mean The Mothman Diaries? That was a letdown. It's such a fascinating case.

post #117 of 1824
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11) Eyes Without a Face

Had me writhing and entranced. The most nightmarish of the bunch, with it's slow pace and "off" images. 

I saw this just last month, and really liked it. It just came out on Criterion Blu-Ray; I definitely plan on buying it once I have the funds.

 

Life has prevented me from watching as many scary flicks as I'd like, but I plan on correcting that this weekend.

post #118 of 1824

Yeah, I'm very curious about Eyes Without A Face.  Put it at the top of my Netflix queue earlier today.  It has a short wait, but hopefully I should still get it sometime this month.

post #119 of 1824

I'd definitely recommend it. Apparently Carpenter drew on it for inspiration for Myers' mask in Halloween, so there's that. It is incredibly eerie and its one moment of proper gore is absolutely horrifying... and oddly beautiful, much like the rest of the film. 

post #120 of 1824

I started Leviathan on my lunch break today.  CHUD was the last two days.  Inadvertent Daniel Stern double feature!!! 

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Do you mean The Mothman Diaries? That was a letdown. It's such a fascinating case.

 

Nah, Moth Diaries is a more recent one, about a chick who may be a vampire at an all-girls school. I was hoping for something really sleazy tasteful but it's just a big bore. Have since found out it's based on a YA novel.

post #122 of 1824

Carnival of Souls (1962) - I've tried watching this in the past, and the transfer was so awful I didn't last 10 minutes. However, watching it in HD from Turner Classic finally made me see the quality of Herk Harvey's only film. The scenes between Mary and her horndog neighbor tested my patience, but the rest is spooky and unsettling and downright strange. I thought the black and white photography and sound design were astounding at times, especially considering that the movie was made for only $30,000. Check it out, but only if you can find a good-quality copy.

 

1. Halloween

2. Carnival of Souls

3. Blair Witch Project

4. Turistas

 

What a lame list. Hopefully I can improve it by Halloween.

post #123 of 1824

So, 31 horror films is looking less and less likely. Fortunately, this weekend is planned around horror films.

 

THE COLLECTION - Better than I expected! Also, gorier, but that's likely my bad as I knew it was a slasher from some of the Saw alums. Nothing ground breaking here, but it was all quite reasonably entertaining for a bit of violent mayhem, and it sure doesn't wear out it's welcome. There's like seven minutes of closing credits including the most generous of curtain calls imaginable for every cast member, including ones with maybe two lines and/or minutes of screen time, all to stretch this thing out to a full 82 minutes. That might have annoyed me in the theater, but I wisely didn't see it there and instead watched it on Netflix instant while I was passing out.

 

Lee Tergeson plays a badass in this, so that was fun. Bubbles from The Wire had a cannon fodder role. Good stuff. The villain is achingly desperate to be an iconic slasher character and they don't really pull it off, but they do achieve the not inconsiderable task of making him hissable and the heroes likable, to the point where you want them to survive and fuck this guy up. I wouldn't consider myself a fan of the Saw franchise, but I don't really dislike them either (I don't really dislike any horror franchises, in truth), so I'm not above enjoying ridiculous murder traps and the like, and The Collection has them in spades. As disposable grue, this was just fine.

 

 

1. Take Shelter

2. Martyrs

3. The Lords of Salem

4. Curse of Chucky

5. The Collection

6. Phantasm

7. White Zombie

8. Solomon Kane

9. Eyes of the Mothman

post #124 of 1824

I'm sadly behind on this.

 

1)   We Are What We Are

2)   Horror of Dracula

 

Campy, stagebound Hammer adaptation of Stoker's novel.  Lee and Cushing are great, the rest is not.

 

3)   Sinister

 

Rewatch of what I consider the scariest film in recent memory.   Take or leave the "Baaghul" character, those 8mm films are some serious nightmare fuel.  

 

4)   The Seventh Victim

 

Val Lewton's very tame spin on devil worshipping Manhattanites is only interesting in that it predates the somewhat-similar ROSEMARY'S BABY by about 25 years.

post #125 of 1824
Aw, I like the campy stagebound-ness of the Hammer horror films. Wait til you get to "Seven Golden Vampires." I mean, how could you not love a vampire kung fu movie?
post #126 of 1824

SHARK NIGHT -  The low expectations train continues! I'm not sure why I selected this as my Horror film of the night, especially as I opened my Netflix account with the express purpose of watching something good, but somehow I ended up with this. I guess I wanted a dead teenager film, as I'm sampling as many different subgenres as I can, and The Collection had a distinct lack of teenage cast members. And this one sure does! For a PG-13 affair, I was pleased to see how pervy and leering the camera was. As far as I can tell, the character Sarah Paxton was playing was an anthropomoprhic bikini ass.

 

SyFy quality across the boards, from casting to writing to CGI (certainly to CGI). There's not much to say about this, other than I will admit to not loathing it. Sometimes you just want to see sharks eat teenagers in increasingly improbable ways. I was irritated to see Joel David Moore again in a movie, and even more angry that he was pretty good in the familiar role of the dorky pothead prankster porkpie-hate-wearing pain in the ass motherfucker. Katherine McPhee as kind of a bitch was fun casting, Donal Logue gets paid, and there's a certain B movie majesty to the absurdity of the villains, a handful of vengeance seeking, shark-wielding rednecks. Fucking whatever.

 

 

PHANTASM II - Well, now that's more like it. Delightful. I wasn't entirely sure this would be a worthwhile franchise to pursue after watching the original, which despite its incredible weirdness, didn't quite live up to its reputation. Every bit the Evil Dead 2 to the original's Evil Dead, this sequel made it all worthwhile. Deliriously more fun and funny and gross, it really took what worked in the original and amped that up. I was especially surprised to discover the movie was basically like a really great episode of Supernatural, so much so that I wonder if the show took direct inspiration from it. It's about two dudes driving around the backroads of America in what looks a hell of a lot like a Chevy Impala, jerry-rigging unusual weapons, trying to hook up with hot chicks and searching for the monster that killed their families. They're even kind of Sam and Deanish, if Dean were the baldest, most pony-tailed guy ever.

 

If there's anything lost, it's that there were a few moments in the original that were frightening in a nightmarish way, probably the best moments in that film, while here, they're not even trying for scary. It's all chainsaw fights, acid embalming fluid and like five times the spinning blade balls. But who cares, there's no question which one was more fun to watch. A total blast, and something I think would have been a huge favorite of mine in high school.

 

1. Phantasm II

2. Take Shelter

3. Martyrs

4. The Lords of Salem

5. Curse of Chucky

6. The Collection

7. Phantasm

8. White Zombie

9. Shark Night

10. Solomon Kane

11. Eyes of the Mothman


Edited by Arjen Rudd - 10/20/13 at 3:58am
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SHARK NIGHT -  The low expectations train continues! I'm not sure why I selected this as my Horror film of the night, especially as I opened my Netflix account with the express purpose of watching something good, but somehow I ended up with this. I guess I wanted a dead teenager film, as I'm sampling as many different subgenres as I can, and The Collection had a distinct lack of teenage cast members. And this one sure does! For a PG-13 affair, I was pleased to see how pervy and leering the camera was. As far as I can tell, the character Sarah Paxton was playing was an anthropomoprhic bikini ass.

 

SyFy quality across the boards, from casting to writing to CGI (certainly to CGI). There's not much to say about this, other than I will admit to not loathing it. Sometimes you just want to see sharks eat teenagers in increasingly improbable ways. I was irritated to see Joel David Moore again in a movie, and even more angry that he was pretty good in the familiar role of the dorky pothead prankster porkpie-hate-wearing pain in the ass motherfucker. Katherine McPhee as kind of a bitch was fun casting, Donal Logue gets paid, and there's a certain B movie majesty to the absurdity of the villains, a handful of vengeance seeking, shark-wielding rednecks. Fucking whatever.

 

 

I didn't care for Shark Night either, but have to give them credit for that jetski kill.

 

Fat Elvis has already commented on Carrie (the original) in the Horror Recommendations thread, but I wanted to echo his praise. I'd forgotten Piper Laurie's orgasmic reaction to being speared with multiple sharp objects, and was a little disturbed at how much that Jesus doll in the cupboard Carrie gets locked in looks like Queen guitarist Brian May. Still works like gangbusters though, and I particularly like the little irreverent De Palma touches (like the speeded-up footage when they're shopping for tuxedos). I liked also that it could be playful without ever mocking Carrie herself.

 

In order of enjoyment:

 

1. Carrie (1976)
2. Lord Of Illusions
3. P2
4. No One Lives
5. Candyman
6. The Divide
7. The Midnight Meat Train
8. Dead Silence
9. Byzantium
10. Splice
11. Donkey Punch
12. V/H/S
13. The Moth Diaries

post #128 of 1824

HOSTEL II - This will haunt me for a while. Roger Bart is great as the seemingly timid rich guy, and the cinematography is stunning at times. I think this is Eli Roth's best film by a mile.

 

1. Halloween

2. Carnival of Souls

3. Blair Witch Project

4. Hostel II

5. Turistas

post #129 of 1824

Alright, so finished Leviathat.  Not too bad for a The Thing knock off.  Then watched Sadako 3D.  Really I just saw that my streaming Netflix had a 3D section now, so I gave that one a shot.  Holy shit, not good.  But I wasn't really expecting it to be.  Then Noroi: The Curse.  Enjoyed it, bit not as creepy as the first time.  To be expected, I guess.  Then The Initiation.  My girlfriend wanted to watch that one.  Not too bad for low budget 80's fare.  Then Contamination.  Pretty bad wannabe sequel to Alien.  And finally The Hynotic Eye, recommended by Fat Elvis in the Horror Rec thread.  Good stuff.

 

 

In order of enjoyment:

 

1. The Burning

2. The Hypnotic Eye

3. Sleepaway Camp

4. Noroi: The Curse

5. The Initiation

6. Piranah

7. Leviathan

8. CHUD

9. Contamination

10. Sadako 3D

post #130 of 1824

Late-night Ghostbusters viewing last night. There's part of me that's curious to see what the time-traveling version would have looked like with John Belushi as Venkman but then I realize the damn film is perfect as is.

 

Egon, your mucus.

post #131 of 1824

Showed the niece/nephews Trick 'r Treat for the first time and it really hammered home how much it's mid-range kid-friendly, more than I'd ever realized. They seemed to like it, though thought it was a bit twisted, and I believe it was their first time seeing an anthology movie. We also had a (my umpteenth) viewing of Beetlejuice afterwards but only one of them managed to stay awake until the end.

 

Threw on Halloween for some background ambiance while I worked away on the costume for next week. I reluctantly gave Creepshow 2 a shot (reluctance due to not much enjoying the original) and we ended up liking it more than we hoped to. The premise of The Raft, in particular, was done fairly well and presented an ideal scenario of mentally putting yourself in that situation and assessing how you'd respond. The relentless of The Hitch-hiker was hilarious, while Old Chief Wood'nhead was the weakest of the three. I even enjoyed the animated interludes.

 

Not a movie, but we started watching American Horror Story on Netflix and are enjoying it. I can't get enough of that maid!

post #132 of 1824

Had a bunch of friends over to watch Halloween movies. Here's what I came up with to show them. The theme was cute little girls and dangerous treehouses.

 

THE MONSTER SQUAD - One of those bad movies that's fun to watch because I was so into it when I was a kid. It's a bit of a mess, but charmingly so. One of the more exciting things is seeing that Shane Black 1980s edge to the kid's dialogue, which struck me as very true to childhood and hugely incongruous in an actual kids movie. The kids call each other faggot repeatedly, for example, and it's hilariously pointed. There's more than enough weird tonal stuff like this, with the girl who lies about being a virgin, or Scary German Guy's holocaust tattoo, or Frankenstein taking photographs of ladies undressing, or Rudy smoking cigarettes, and it really makes the movie a lot more fun to watch than it might otherwise have been. It's got a real Shane Black texture that makes it more than just some Goonies rip off.

 

Dracula is probably the best part, mostly because he blows up the kid's treehouse with dynamite. But also for the scene where he calls the five year old girl a bitch. And Tom Noonan is really good as Frankenstein - he'd probably have done great in an actual production of the story. The designs vacillate between great and terrible. It's just a fun movie to watch with a group that hasn't seen it before too, and at less than an hour and half, it doesn't wear out its welcome.

 

ORPHAN - This, on the other hand, is just a pure classic. Quite possibly the best Horror film of the last ten years! I realize how strange that statement feels, but I think it's true. It's not just unnerving, it's not just scary, it's extremely well acted, well directed, and well written. It's psychologically on point, has an elaborate system of set up and pay off, and more than anything, it's also funny as hell. All those things describe my favorite horror film of all time, The Shining, and Orphan goes it one better by having superior child performances (it's not better than The Shining. I'm not saying that).

 

And man did it play in the room. After Monster Squad, the crowd was vocal about wanting to watch an actual horror film, and as the only person in attendance that had actually seen Orphan, I got excited about the bait and switch I was about to hit everyone with. When the third act reveal hits, the roof went off the joint. One of the best kept surprise endings in recent years too. The decision not to kill off the son is interesting too - while on paper it might feel like a studio-mandated note, in practice it's a much better solution than killing him off. The movie has a tendency towards sadism already, and that might have pushed into excess. The central family gets utterly fucked up as it is. Anyways, I love this film more than cake.

 

 

1. Orphan

2. Phantasm II

3. Take Shelter

4. Martyrs

5. The Lords of Salem

6. The Monster Squad

7. Curse of Chucky

8. The Collection

9. Phantasm

10. White Zombie

11. Shark Night

12. Solomon Kane

13. Eyes of the Mothman

post #133 of 1824
Thread Starter 
]10. The Blob (1958)

I had surprisingly never seen this before, but finally got around to it thanks to the Criterion blu ray. I liked it a lot. There's a strange dream-like quality to the movie that's due do its washed-out color palate. 30 year old Steve McQueen playing a teenager was pretty LOL, though. That theme song will probably be stuck in my head for the rest of my life too.

11. Pirahna (1978)

Another classic I just saw for the first time. It's probably the best of the Jaws ripoffs I've seen from that era, and the movie pretty much admits so with the lead playing the Jaws arcade game. Poor Belinda Balasky just can't catch a break in Joe Dante movies.

12. Paranormal Activity 4

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Just saw this last night, and the only thing I can remeber about it is Katie Featherston's rack.

List so far:

1. Halloween 2
2. Creature from the Black Lagoon
3. Lords of Salem
4. V/H/S 2
5. Room 237
6. Vampire Lovers
7. The Shining
8. The Howling
9. Crystal Lake Memories
10. The Blob (1958)
11. Piranha (1978)
12. Paranormal Activity 4
post #134 of 1824

Clarence, I watched both of those for the first time this year as well. I really liked Piranha, but just liked the Blob okay. The main things I remember from The Blob were 1) Steve McQueen and 2) as extras are running out of the movie theater when The Blob attacks, you can see several of them laughing and smiling.

 

Arjen, I like Orphan a lot as well. Getting Varmiga and Sarsgaard as the parents elevates the whole thing.

post #135 of 1824

So the Phantasm series... worth checking out it sounds like.  I've never seen any of them, so I am extremely curious now.  Going to have to track them down.  Tis the season, and so far most of my list has been re-watches.

 

Finished up the great Raimi quadrilogy this weekend with Army of Darkness and Drag Me To Hell.  Not much needs to be said here, except that I just love Alison Lohman in Drag Me To Hell.  Raimi puts her character through the wringer, and she's subjected to Bruce Campbell levels of physical punishment.  Don't think this would have worked with Ellen Page.  Lohman nails it.  One of my all time favorite female horror leads.

 

Also worked some ghost movies into the mix this weekend.  Poltergeist is an obvious one.  Spielberg's fingerprints are all over it, and the big set pieces are incredibly effective.  The 'tree' scene terrified me as a kid and its just as unsettling today.  I also love the way science fiction is worked into the story; the paranormal investigator angle feels fresh here.  Also love that face-rip hallucination.  Absolutely brutal for a PG movie.

 

I've written what feels like pages defending Grave Encounters in the Horror Recommendation thread, so I'll keep this brief: I really like this movie.  The characters are exactly the kind of douches you find on all these retarded ghost hunter shows, and The Vicious Brothers (ugh) lampoon the format of those shows perfectly.  Also, stuff is always happening!  The spooks are really good, and they escalate nicely, getting bigger and better as the movie goes on.         

 

List, in order of enjoyment:

1. Evil Dead II (1987)

2. The Evil Dead (1981)

3. Drag Me To Hell (2009)

4. Slither (2006)

5. Army Of Darkness (1993)

6. Poltergeist (1982)

7. The People Under The Stairs (1991)

8. Grave Encounters (2011)

9. Dog Soldiers (2002)

10. The Purge (2013)

11. 30 Days Of Night (2007)

12. Lords of Salem (2013)

post #136 of 1824

Grave Encounters is a good time. The sequel ruins everything though, including the first one. Don't watch it.

 

I'm sold on Phantasm now. I've got the third one netflixing its way towards me, even though I sincerely doubt they're going to top the second one.

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 I reluctantly gave Creepshow 2 a shot (reluctance due to not much enjoying the original) and we ended up liking it more than we hoped to. The premise of The Raft, in particular, was done fairly well and presented an ideal scenario of mentally putting yourself in that situation and assessing how you'd respond. The relentless of The Hitch-hiker was hilarious, while Old Chief Wood'nhead was the weakest of the three. I even enjoyed the animated interludes.

 

I thought I was alone in preferring Creepshow 2 to the original : )  I find it funnier, gorier, and it has boobs. Also, Stephen King does not act in it.

 

Blade 2 - along with Aliens, one of the great action-horror hybrids. Apart from the odd bit of iffy digital stuntman work, still holds up. Love that you could remove the vampire aspect of Blade and his crew and it would still work as a men-on-a-mission movie. Though I wish Whistler would stay dead. If I remember right, he gets killed in every Blade movie, we're supposed to feel sad, then up he pops. Loved how in control Snipes is - he's anticipated every double-cross in the movie. Ron Perlman with a bomb jammed in the back of his head. And those crazy Reapers. Also love how sad the ending really is. Best Del Toro pic, IMO.

 

Mother Of Tears - Rewatch. Acknowledging it's awful, makes no sense, and shares no characteristics with the preceding two parts of the trilogy, I love this movie. Crazy gore, killer goth witch chicks chasing Asia Argento up and down trains, and Udo Kier. I recognise the Argento of today is an imposter who strangled the original Argento somewhere around 1987 (while wearing black gloves), but Mother Of Tears in conjunction with his MoH episode Pelts make me think even the imposter has something to offer.

 

In order of enjoyment:

 

1. Carrie (1976)
2. Blade 2
3. Lord Of Illusions
4. P2
5. No One Lives
6. Mother Of Tears
7. Candyman
8. The Divide
9. The Midnight Meat Train
10. Dead Silence
11. Byzantium
12. Splice
13. Donkey Punch
14. V/H/S
15. The Moth Diaries

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Also, sorry to spam the thread, but I just finished Rec 3: Genesis. I do believe it's the worst genre film I've seen all year, like a lesser episode of The Walking Dead but not as eventful. You get 20 minutes of found-footage wedding video before it turns into a bog (and I do mean bog) standard zombie pic. At one stage, a chick in a wedding dress chainsaws some zombies in a tunnel (the movie's highlight). It's like watching paint dry. Negative points for an ending so clearly telegraphed they might as well have opened the movie with it. I've seen the US remake of Rec 1, Quarantine (indifferent), but not Rec's 1 and 2. Don't think I will now.

 

In order of enjoyment:

 

1. Carrie (1976)
2. Blade 2
3. Lord Of Illusions
4. P2
5. No One Lives
6. Mother Of Tears
7. Candyman
8. The Divide
9. The Midnight Meat Train
10. Dead Silence
11. Byzantium
12. Splice
13. Donkey Punch
14. V/H/S
15. The Moth Diaries
16. Rec 3: Genesis

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Thread Starter 
I think I might hate-watch Human Centipede 2 later in the week.
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How could you hate-watch something so marvelous as "Human Centipede 2?"
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Also, sorry to spam the thread, but I just finished Rec 3: Genesis. I do believe it's the worst genre film I've seen all year, like a lesser episode of The Walking Dead but not as eventful. You get 20 minutes of found-footage wedding video before it turns into a bog (and I do mean bog) standard zombie pic. At one stage, a chick in a wedding dress chainsaws some zombies in a tunnel (the movie's highlight). It's like watching paint dry. Negative points for an ending so clearly telegraphed they might as well have opened the movie with it. I've seen the US remake of Rec 1, Quarantine (indifferent), but not Rec's 1 and 2. Don't think I will now.

 

 

Please give both REC 1 and 2 a shot! I haven't seen Genesis, so I can't say anything about that, but both of the predecessors rock. The first one is a great slow boil before it all erupts and the sequel, while having problems, does some really fun and creative things. 

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Please give both REC 1 and 2 a shot! I haven't seen Genesis, so I can't say anything about that, but both of the predecessors rock. The first one is a great slow boil before it all erupts and the sequel, while having problems, does some really fun and creative things. 


I liked REC a lot and I don't usually like found footage films. REC 2 was okay but yeah, REC 3 didn't really do anything for me.

 

Speaking of, I tried with The Collection last night but found the whole thing pretty silly, even with the gore and high body count.


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I think I might hate-watch Human Centipede 2 later in the week.

I've been thinking about doing that too. Still haven't worked up the courage to watch it. 

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Friday the 13th (original) on Blu Ray? Don't mind if I do.

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Managed to get in the first half of House of 1000 Corpses which I still argue is really great until the second half (post-dinner, really) goes off the rails. We seem to be filling more time with American Horror Story as the days go on.

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My lineup is a little bit more straight forward, but I bet this thread will give me TONS of great new content to watch between now and the 31st.

 

Halloween
Sinister
Trick R Treat
The Cabin In The Woods
Evil Dead remake
The Blair Witch Project

The Thing

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Managed to get in the first half of House of 1000 Corpses which I still argue is really great until the second half (post-dinner, really) goes off the rails. We seem to be filling more time with American Horror Story as the days go on.

Love the first half of that movie..for me it really goes off track after the reveal of Dr. Satan....should have just buried the last two alive and rolled credits.
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I think I might hate-watch Human Centipede 2 later in the week.

 

Do you know - it's not all that, in terms of grossness. I mean, I wouldn't have any chocolate Hagan Daas to hand when watching it, but it's really just a grubby little film. Most revolting thing in it for me was the main chap's little fella as he's jacking off (with barbed wire, no less). The uncut version was up on youtube at one point, which was where I saw it. It played like a (very) extended Jackass sketch.

 

Must confess I haven't tackled A Serbian Film yet, tho. That could be quite the hate-watch : )

 

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Please give both REC 1 and 2 a shot! I haven't seen Genesis, so I can't say anything about that, but both of the predecessors rock. The first one is a great slow boil before it all erupts and the sequel, while having problems, does some really fun and creative things. 

 

I'll give them a go : ) Many thanks for the recommendation!

 

Speaking of youtube, Fright Night Part 2 (1988). Would've loved to watch it on Blu-Ray but for some reason no distributor's taken the plunge. I like this more than the original Fright Night (and certainly more than the naff remake). It gets less bogged down in subtext than it's predecessor and just has fun. This one has werewolves as well as vampires. Roddy McDowell is even more fun second time round. Traci Lin is girl-next-door hotness personified, and should have had a better career. They go bowling with a severed head. Lots of gooey, melty practical special FX at the end. Just great fun.

 

In order of enjoyment:

 

1. Carrie (1976)
2. Blade 2
3. Lord Of Illusions
4. P2
5. No One Lives
6. Mother Of Tears
7. Fright Night Part 2 (1988)
8. Candyman
9. The Divide
10. The Midnight Meat Train
11. Dead Silence
12. Byzantium
13. Splice
14. Donkey Punch
15. V/H/S
16. The Moth Diaries
17. Rec 3: Genesis

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Re: Human Centipede 2

I feel like I kinda have to respect it.  Its extremely unpleasant, and I never want to watch it again, but Tom Six has way more on his mind than just stitching mouths to assholes and flinging poop at the camera.  I think.

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Re: Human Centipede 2
I feel like I kinda have to respect it.  Its extremely unpleasant, and I never want to watch it again, but Tom Six has way more on his mind than just stitching mouths to assholes and flinging poop at the camera.  I think.


I didn't finish part two...just so very boring to me...I do think Tom Six can do more..which is why I'm disappointed he went right back to the well and made part 3....
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