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It's getting to be my favorite time of year again, though you'd hardly know it without a calendar. A few leaves here and there are changing color and tumbling down, the weather is still fairly warm and the much-needed summer rains are late again. So to help jostle myself into the mood, I thought I might make a thread. It's my first and I can't promise anything other than some pain and maybe a little blood.

For my first thread, I thought I'd turn to one of my favorite records for some inspiration. Fantômas: The Director's Cut has been one of my favorite albums for quite a few years. So it would seem strange that I haven't actually seen most of the films that provide inspiration for the album. And I'm always fond of digging into an artist's inspirations.

The order is certainly not fixed and I'm open to suggestions on priority. The few rewatches will probably be last if I even feel inspired to do them. But, the overall goal is to watch everything on this list once, except One Step Beyond which I just found out is a TV show.

So without further rambling, here's the track list:

01 : The Godfather - IMDb
02 : Der Golem - IMDb - Internet Archive
03 : Experiment in Terror - IMDb
04 : One Step Beyond - IMDb
05 : Night of the Hunter - IMDb
06 : Cape Fear - IMDb
07 : Rosemary's Baby - IMDb
08 : The Devil Rides Out - IMDb
09 : Spider Baby - IMDb
10 : The Omen - IMDb
11 : Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer - IMDb
12 : Vendetta - IMDb
13 : Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion - IMDb
14 : Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me - IMDb
15 : Charade - IMDb

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Sat Oct 02, 2010 5:08 am
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Aw, Charade.

You've got some goods ahead of you. :)

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You'll always be Steeeeeeeeeeeve to me.

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You'll always be Steeeeeeeeeeeve to me.

Thanks Annnnndroo.

If someone could help me find the font used on the cover of the Fantomas album, it would go a long way towards a proper banner.

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Sat Oct 02, 2010 5:19 am
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I AM the muffin!


Sat Oct 02, 2010 5:25 am
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I love Fantômas (and Mike Patton in general). Good idea for a thread.

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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me


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Sat Oct 02, 2010 5:31 am
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Rosemary's Baby, The Devil Rides Out, The Godfather and Charade... in that order. Awesomeness.

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:heart: Image :heart:

I'm really looking forward to seeing this one again.

Any ideas where I might find the cut that upset everyone at Cannes? Last I heard it was supposed to see a DVD release in France and there was a rumor of it coming here eventually.

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Sat Oct 02, 2010 5:35 am
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I'm really looking forward to seeing this one again.

Any ideas where I might find the cut that upset everyone at Cannes? Last I heard it was supposed to see a DVD release in France and there was a rumor of it coming here eventually.


Unless something has happened in the last couple of years, that French company released only a bare-bones DVD too. There are supposedly 17 deleted scenes Lynch wanted to add to a special edition. It hasn't materialized yet.

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Unless something has happened in the last couple of years, that French company released only a bare-bones DVD too. There are supposedly 17 deleted scenes Lynch wanted to add to a special edition. It hasn't materialized yet.

I hope he doesn't give up on it, though he supposedly put Twin Peaks largely behind him since the film finished.

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Sat Oct 02, 2010 5:50 am
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As far as I know it doesn't exist.

I'd kill Lynch himself for the 6 hour version.


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I hope he doesn't give up on it, though he supposedly put Twin Peaks largely behind him since the film finished.


He still had enough Twin Peaks energy to ensure all those great supplements were included in the Gold Box Collection.

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He still had enough Twin Peaks energy to ensure all those great supplements were included in the Gold Box Collection.

Hope burns eternal.

You know, I just might rewatch the Gold Box before I watch Fire Walk With Me again.

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You know, I just might rewatch the Gold Box before I watch Fire Walk With Me again.


Good call. I've been cherry picking episodes lately and watching them before I go to bed. E2S1 (which I think is the greatest television episode ever), the episodes leading up to the reveal, and the last few episodes of S2. They all have endless rewatchability.

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Thanks Annnnndroo.

If someone could help me find the font used on the cover of the Fantomas album, it would go a long way towards a proper banner.
It looks like a custom job.

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One Step Beyond - IMDb

I've seen this, maybe not all but a bunch of episodes here and there. It's... pretty bad. It's one of the worst TV shows I've seen.

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It looks like a custom job.

I think you're right. I found something close that will work well enough.

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I've seen this, maybe not all but a bunch of episodes here and there. It's... pretty bad. It's one of the worst TV shows I've seen.

Maybe I'll watch it intermittently then so I don't get too burned out.

Also, banner's up.

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I think you're right. I found something close that will work well enough.
You're right, that is pretty close. Nice work.

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Cool.

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Thank you thank you.

Been a little busy but I hope to watch an episode or two of One Step Beyond tomorrow at the very least.

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Are there more obscure film sites like SMz and KG? Apparently, Vendetta is too obscure for them.

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Are there more obscure film sites like SMz and KG? Apparently, Vendetta is too obscure for them.

What is Vendetta?


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Holy hell that is an amazing banner.


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What is Vendetta?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vendetta_%281950_film%29

Howard Hughes' Frankenstein monster that was almost an Ophuls.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vendetta_%281950_film%29

Howard Hughes' Frankenstein monster that was almost an Ophuls.

It doesn't seem to exist.


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"French director Max Ophüls..."

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They fired Preston Sturges too. Probably for being German.


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Epistemophobia wrote:
It doesn't seem to exist.

Seems that way.

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Every Howard Hughes project I ever heard of involved production nightmares.

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If you guys don't mind helping me out with this, we can pester TCM to air Vendetta since it seems like it would be the only way of seeing it.

They have about 34 entries with Vendetta in the title so when it asks for the title of the film, just put Vendetta (1950).

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Original theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCorTO68inA
Fantomas' cut: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wamt_KMAtQg

The Devil Rides Out (Terence Fisher, 1968)

The premise is simple. A fancy English gentleman's battle with a satanic cult over the very soul of his ward. Naturally, he's in charge of the exposition and leaving for periods of time to do research when it's convenient to move the plot along. His friend and companion, a less fancy gentleman, fills the gap of romantic fool and the romantic subplot. The ward's job is to set up danger and provide a headstrong presence. Everyone else is busy helping the plot move along.

So, a little more summary than I expected to do. The Devil Rides Out was my first Hammer Films production and I have to say I had fun with it. I enjoy macabre stories dealing with the occult and rituals, probably a product of growing up Roman Catholic. I loathed all the ceremonies and rituals involved with the church, so I guess it's a perverted pleasure to see them twisted on the screen into black masses. Another wrinkle I enjoyed as the mythology. Even though it was kept locked in Christopher Lee's brain until necessary for exposition, I got a little thrill when names like Seraphim and Osiris were thrown around.

I also very much enjoyed the style of the film. Christopher Lee dashing around in a smart suit to do research, cars from the 1930s, tastefully decorated mansions, even carefully organized robes for the satanic masses. The white robes were a nice touch for the hapless followers, giving them a kind of subtle purity. Or they all looked like death, if you're watching this from the Eastern side of the world.

A fun film.

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Nice write up.


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Nice write up.

Thanks :)

Feel free to give me any and all feedback. I want to improve my writings y'know?

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Almost a year since I lasted posted in this thing, hey.

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14 to go.


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13 actually, I've seen more of One Step Beyond than is necessary.

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The Devil Rides Out is one of my favorite Hammer films.

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Almost 5 years since I made this thread, shit

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And still no close to finishing it. :P
Blame Madman for Necroing the thread.


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What an ancient host I used for the banner. Hopefully Minus should play nice here, they don't seem to work on NeoGAF anymore.

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Somehow I wandered into this thread. I saw a movie mentioned that I liked and I posted. I'm all about raising the dead I guess.

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I don't think I mentioned this but everyone is welcome to share thoughts and such about any of these titles.

I may not finish this month but I plan to do something for all of the horror movies at least.

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Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me is beyond terrifying and haunting. It deserves a spot in my Top 50 list of horror films for sure.

Also:

01 : The Godfather - IMDb-Excellence of course
05 : Night of the Hunter - IMDb-I don't love this film as much as others do. But its still pretty sweet.
07 : Rosemary's Baby - IMDb-Best ending ever? Yeah. Oh and it's almost flawless.
08 : The Devil Rides Out - IMDb-I wish Lee's character had came back for a sequel.
09 : Spider Baby - IMDb-Campy deliciously good
10 : The Omen - IMDb-The decapitation is possibly my all time favorite horror movie death.
11 : Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer - IMDb-Nothing really prepares you for this movie. Heart of fucking darkness.
14 : Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me - IMDb-BOB

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This is the year that my promise to continue sounds really sincere and oddly moving

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I'm open to suggestions on viewing order

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The Last Baron wrote:
I'm open to suggestions on viewing order
I think that going by the track order makes most sense. A+ thread even in an incomplete state


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Turns out I had the wrong Vendetta, the correct one is a series from 1966 on the BBC, kind of a darker buddy cop thing

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