It is currently Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:56 am



Reply to topic  [ 2012 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 ... 41  Next
 Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death 
Author Message
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Zombie is a tricky one really.
I will say, without the slightest hesitation, that he is a gifted visual artist. His movies look really good with a distinct visual style that often impresses and captures the eye, and always look much better than their budget should allow. And he has a real flair for what is freakish and what is shocking. His movies never look like they were made by anyone else. 31 looks pretty damn good for $1.5M. I've always believed that if he could become a partner with a better writer (and I actually think he's had some really great ideas, but his devotion to beating the drum of bad people doing bad things can get old), someone who understood him but could bring some finesse...
But I concede that his willingness to carry brutality to its bitterest ends makes some of his work hard for even me to watch. This is a bit of a weird one, actually, for me, because I loathe torture-porn, I even actually fucking hated Hostel for its brutality for the sake of brutality as aesthetic. And yet, somehow, I always find Zombie's brutal moments to be in service to what he's trying to achieve. HIs gratuitous violence never seems to be gratuitous to me because it always has a point. The Devil's Rejects is a hard watch and yet I can't imagine it being any different than it was, softening any of its moments (and jesus are there some rough moments), and achieving its effect. I invoke Roger Ebert here who said, "How can I possibly give "The Devil's Rejects" a favorable review? A kind of heedless zeal transforms its horrors. Give him (Zombie) credit, in this movie, not for transcending "Chainsaw Massacre" but for sidestepping its temptations and opening up a mordantly funny approach to the material. There is actually some good writing and acting going on here, if you can step back from the material enough to see it."
I think a lot of directors wish they had his eye and his visual flair. But I doubt many of them want to make the movies he makes.


Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:58 pm
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Trailer for 31, you can see that it has a great look despite it's very low budget.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3835080/videoplayer/vi2438640665?ref_=tt_ov_vi


Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:10 pm
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Wooley wrote:
Zombie is a tricky one really.
I will say, without the slightest hesitation, that he is a gifted visual artist. His movies look really good with a distinct visual style that often impresses and captures the eye, and always look much better than their budget should allow. And he has a real flair for what is freakish and what is shocking. His movies never look like they were made by anyone else. 31 looks pretty damn good for $1.5M. I've always believed that if he could become a partner with a better writer (and I actually think he's had some really great ideas, but his devotion to beating the drum of bad people doing bad things can get old), someone who understood him but could bring some finesse...
But I concede that his willingness to carry brutality to its bitterest ends makes some of his work hard for even me to watch. This is a bit of a weird one, actually, for me, because I loathe torture-porn, I even actually fucking hated Hostel for its brutality for the sake of brutality as aesthetic. And yet, somehow, I always find Zombie's brutal moments to be in service to what he's trying to achieve. HIs gratuitous violence never seems to be gratuitous to me because it always has a point. The Devil's Rejects is a hard watch and yet I can't imagine it being any different than it was, softening any of its moments (and jesus are there some rough moments), and achieving its effect. I invoke Roger Ebert here who said, "How can I possibly give "The Devil's Rejects" a favorable review? A kind of heedless zeal transforms its horrors. Give him (Zombie) credit, in this movie, not for transcending "Chainsaw Massacre" but for sidestepping its temptations and opening up a mordantly funny approach to the material. There is actually some good writing and acting going on here, if you can step back from the material enough to see it."
I think a lot of directors wish they had his eye and his visual flair. But I doubt many of them want to make the movies he makes.

Same here. Although the "everybody sucks" theme that runs through his stuff isn't for me, I haven't disliked any of his films and I'm always interested in his latest project. (Contrast this with Roth, who treads similar ground but who I actively dislike.) I've only seen Rejects once, years ago, and I don't even remember what it's about exactly, but there's a couple of images that are stuck in my brain forever. (specifically the girl with the face, if you know what I mean). I watch horror movies year 'round and forget most of them within a week, so I can't deny the skill involved in creating a moment as memorable as that. So when I call Lords of Salem my "favorite" it's only because it happens to lie within my preferred subgenre. I'd probably call Rejects his most "successful", if that's the appropriate term.

_________________
Captain's Log


Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:31 pm
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Captain Terror wrote:
Same here. Although the "everybody sucks" theme that runs through his stuff isn't for me, I haven't disliked any of his films and I'm always interested in his latest project. (Contrast this with Roth, who treads similar ground but who I actively dislike.) I've only seen Rejects once, years ago, and I don't even remember what it's about exactly, but there's a couple of images that are stuck in my brain forever. (specifically the girl with the face, if you know what I mean). I watch horror movies year 'round and forget most of them within a week, so I can't deny the skill involved in creating a moment as memorable as that. So when I call Lords of Salem my "favorite" it's only because it happens to lie within my preferred subgenre. I'd probably call Rejects his most "successful", if that's the appropriate term.

I know exactly what you mean.

Ya know, I don't think I would say I "like" Rejects, I don't know if I'll even ever watch it again, but I definitely can't deny the craft.


Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:57 pm
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

No feelings on The Final Terror here in Horrorcram, btw? I was hoping for something.


Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:58 pm
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Fell asleep to It Follows the other night, hadn't seen it since the first time, love watching a movie where the camerawork can be both aesthetically interesting and also serve the dramatic needs of an individual scene. The film is often saying "look at me," and loudly, but never quite at the expense of "look at this."

_________________
NOTE:
The above-written is wholly and solely the perspective of DaMU and should not be taken as an effort to rile, malign, or diminish you, dummo.


Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:33 pm
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

DaMU wrote:
Fell asleep to It Follows the other night, hadn't seen it since the first time, love watching a movie where the camerawork can be both aesthetically interesting and also serve the dramatic needs of an individual scene. The film is often saying "look at me," and loudly, but never quite at the expense of "look at this."

Well-put.


Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:34 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

JUNK HEAD 1 (2013)

Image

This is a 30-min stop motion short which was evidently independently produced, with one guy doing everything. The sets and animation are great, with some cool creature designs. Enough phallic imagery to make HR Giger blush. It appears that he has since produced a feature length version but it's not clear to me if that's been released outside of the festival circuit. Recommended---


_________________
Captain's Log


Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:57 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Captain Terror wrote:
JUNK HEAD 1 (2013)

Image

This is a 30-min stop motion short which was evidently independently produced, with one guy doing everything. The sets and animation are great, with some cool creature designs. Enough phallic imagery to make HR Giger blush. It appears that he has since produced a feature length version but it's not clear to me if that's been released outside of the festival circuit. Recommended---


Ever watch The Brothers Quay?

Nocturna Artificialis (1979) https://vimeo.com/138392842


Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:07 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Wooley wrote:
Ever watch The Brothers Quay?

Nocturna Artificialis (1979) https://vimeo.com/138392842

Yes, I'm a fan. Some of Junk Head's sets use that same sort of lived-in aesthetic, but it's far less surreal than the Quays and has a lighter tone. Not quite comedy but funny in parts.

_________________
Captain's Log


Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:42 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

I dig Rob Zombie's visuals (which may well have come from his music video directing experience) and his affection for 1970s Grindhouse. But outside of House of 1,000 Corpses, I can't say I'm a Zombie fan.

I still have that one psychopath's chant of The Devil's Rejects in my head as we speak. That and the ending...


Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:06 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Takoma1 wrote:

I really like The Cell and The Gate.

I have very mixed feelings about The Collector (I've read the book and seen the movie), as it ventures into that territory of painting women who are victims of crimes as being manipulative and maybe even partly deserving of what happens to them (this is more in the book than the movie).

I quite liked Witches of Eastwick when I was like 13 or 14, but when I was older I rewatched it and the magic was not there. Don't Breathe is okay, but had some elements that I didn't care for that would be hard to discuss without major spoilers.

The remake of The Hitcher is kind of bland. Not actively bland, just not very noteworthy.
I had no idea The Collector was a book, first.

Witches interests me largely because of the cast. I liked the Evil Dead remake, so Don't Breathe appeals to me.

I am still interested in seeing The Hitcher remake, if only due to Hollywood's odd decision to remake a cult film from the 80s.

_________________
This Is My New Blog. There Are Many Like It But This One Is Mine
Shitty Film Thread
Follow Me On Twitter If You Aren't Doing So Already
The MadMan Reserved 31 Seats
"I think its time we discuss your, uh....philosophy of drug use as it relates to artistic endeavor." -Naked Lunch (1991)


Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:47 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

crumbsroom wrote:

Not that I'm any metric of quality, but The Gate and Mothman Prophecies are the only horror films of interest to me here (Witches of Eastwick isn't really a horror, but is good fun for whatever it is)

I won't bother touting Amityville since I'm probably the only person here who actively likes it and doesn't think it's a colossal bore.

I am counting Witches, for now. Amityville is more of a must for me since Kidder passed away. The Gate sounds cool.

_________________
This Is My New Blog. There Are Many Like It But This One Is Mine
Shitty Film Thread
Follow Me On Twitter If You Aren't Doing So Already
The MadMan Reserved 31 Seats
"I think its time we discuss your, uh....philosophy of drug use as it relates to artistic endeavor." -Naked Lunch (1991)


Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:48 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

I love Lords of Salem. Thoughts, here: Lords of Salem

_________________
This Is My New Blog. There Are Many Like It But This One Is Mine
Shitty Film Thread
Follow Me On Twitter If You Aren't Doing So Already
The MadMan Reserved 31 Seats
"I think its time we discuss your, uh....philosophy of drug use as it relates to artistic endeavor." -Naked Lunch (1991)


Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:51 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

MadMan wrote:
I had no idea The Collector was a book, first.

Witches interests me largely because of the cast. I liked the Evil Dead remake, so Don't Breathe appeals to me.

I am still interested in seeing The Hitcher remake, if only due to Hollywood's odd decision to remake a cult film from the 80s.


The book version of The Collector is interesting for its decision to have the first half of the book from the woman's point of view, then the second half goes back to the start and tells the story from the man's point of view. The book and movie both sort of manage to acknowledge that when men "love" women and/or are "obsessed" with them, that's actually a completely selfish act if the woman doesn't reciprocate. But too often it indulges the whole idea of the "gentleman kidnapper" and I felt like even though the movie ultimately condemns his actions, it was still far too sympathetic to the idea of him being socially awkward and lonely.

I think that the remake of The Hitcher has the issue of a lot of those 80s remakes in that the nastiness of the actions of the antagonist (the remake keeps the whole
person pulled in half by trucks
scene) contrast with the dull brown, yet too slick visual look. There's just no grit to it, and so it feels like a lot of filler in between "shocking" moments, yet all of those shocking moments are directly lifted from the original. I mean, I didn't hate it, and I quite like Sean Bean generally speaking. But ultimately it felt like one of those movies that didn't need to exist.


Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:16 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

MadMan wrote:
Today I made a public library only list for part of my 2018 Horrorfest. Here is what caught my eye (all first time viewings):

1. The Amityville Horror (1979)
2. The Cell (1998)
3. The Collector (1965)
4. Don't Breathe (2016)
5. The Gate (1987)
6. The Green Inferno (2016)
7. Hangover Square (1945)
8. The Hitcher (2007)
9. Insidious Chapter 2 (2013)
10. The Mouthman Prophecies (2001)
11. The Witches of Eastwick (1987)


Amityville Horror is one of the films in the haunted house genre that inspired others. Needs to be seen for that reason, but wasn't a huge fan of James Brolin or his acting. :down:

The Cell has some very interesting visuals, which makes sense because Tarsem went into music videos before film (Losing My Religion by REM, most notably). The story is more or less an ordinary tale of a female cop getting in deep into a serial killer's mind. :-|

The Gate isn't a half bad tale of kids getting over their heads in demons who pop up out of backyards. :up:

You have more of a stomach for The Green Inferno than I would, but more power to you for trying.

The Hitcher is a waste of time remake of the 1980s original. Outside of Sean Bean doing villainy things, it's very safe to skip. :down:

The Witches of Eastwick is mostly notable as a star vehicle for Pfeiffer, Sarandon, Cher, and Jack Nicholson. It's about as horrific as Practical Magic, but it is a fun ride. :up:


Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:40 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

The Witches of Eastwick is a wonderful film. The magic is all there.


Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:42 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Cross-posting a review of Cub from Thief's thread.

You know how sometimes you're partway through a movie and you think you don't know anything about it, and then there's a scene and you're like, "Oh, that's right! This is the movie where XYZ!".

So, for me, "Oh, that's right! This is the movie where
a man runs over a pack of boy scouts in a tent with a truck!"


Anyway--this was a dark, depressing little film. It was very disturbing and a total downer, but I cannot deny that it was well-made and kept me guessing up until the end.

A boy with a traumatic past, Sam, goes on a cub scout (or whatever the Belgian equivalent is) weekend with his troop. The two scout leaders (the jerk Peter and the more empathetic Kris) tell the boys a horror story about a boy named Kai who roams the woods and turns into a werewolf at night. The scouts are joined by Peter's girlfriend. Soon Sam believes that he has seen the feral child, and strange, violent events begin to happen.

This movie contained a lot of violence, much of it upsetting. There was one scene of animal torture that really didn't sit well with me. But I do have to give the film credit that almost everything that happens serves a narrative purpose and fits with the plot arc that the film sees through to completion. Nasty though it is, this movie sees its premise through to the bloody end.

There were some plot/logistic elements that didn't work for me. The film is pretty realistic in many ways, but there are some
incredibly elaborate traps
that hurt that realism. This is also one of those movies where it is hard to believe that the things that are happening could actually continue to happen without major intervention from police/authorities.

I guess I'd recommend this one, but it's really heavy.


Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:27 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Lamberto Bava is a fairly mediocre filmmaker. He's discount Argento, and at least when Dario is pulling the strings, he can manage something truly wonderful, ala Demons, Demons II.

Image

Despite a great poster, this is just stepped on street giallo, maybe enough for the terminal Argento-fiends to take the edge off but little else.


Image

This film is known for for its rather voluptuous assets, set amongst the denizens of the euro-fashion world, but it still is less horrific than it is fantastic, and while it's only moderately suspenseful, it's hard to really hate any film that can conjure up something like this, however breifly used in the film.

Image


Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:30 pm
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

I'm fonder of A Blade in the Dark than you are. I think it's a pretty solid piece of minimalist suspense, despite the unfortunate English dub. (I have a weakness for movies where people walk around dark corridors, so I might be biased.) Also, I'm not squeamish, but I found some of the violence quite upsetting.

_________________
"We're outgunned and undermanned. But you know somethin'? We're gonna win. You know why? Superior attitude. Superior state of mind." - Mason Storm
____
Blog!


Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:46 pm
Profile
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Rock wrote:
I'm fonder of A Blade in the Dark than you are. I think it's a pretty solid piece of minimalist suspense, despite the unfortunate English dub. (I have a weakness for movies where people walk around dark corridors, so I might be biased.) Also, I'm not squeamish, but I found some of the violence quite upsetting.

Same. Plus, it's got Michele Soavi in a very memorable role.


Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:02 pm
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

How we all feeling about the new Halloween trailer? https://youtu.be/ek1ePFp-nBI


Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:47 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Deschain wrote:
How we all feeling about the new Halloween trailer? https://youtu.be/ek1ePFp-nBI
I'm intrigued


Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:53 am
Profile
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Deschain wrote:
How we all feeling about the new Halloween trailer? https://youtu.be/ek1ePFp-nBI

The fan in me is dying to see it. The ego-maniac in me feels like it's too close to the premise of my short film, A Girl Alone in a House.


Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:37 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

I get that they’re retconning all the Halloween sequels but this one is saying Myers was arrested right after the first movie. Doesn’t that lessen the impact of him disappearing at the end of the original? That’s whats irking me. But hearing that score again, right in the nostalgia.


Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:42 am
Profile
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Deschain wrote:
I get that they’re retconning all the Halloween sequels but this one is saying Myers was arrested right after the first movie. Doesn’t that lessen the impact of him disappearing at the end of the original? That’s whats irking me. But hearing that score again, right in the nostalgia.

Depends on how he was apprehended. I've always liked the idea of Michael just shutting down, near catatonic, then rebooting to kill every so often.


Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:57 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Rock wrote:
I'm fonder of A Blade in the Dark than you are. I think it's a pretty solid piece of minimalist suspense, despite the unfortunate English dub. (I have a weakness for movies where people walk around dark corridors, so I might be biased.)

It's not an awful film, and still better than most contemporary American slashers, but it's so much in Argento's shadow, stylistically, that it doesn't stand on its own. Delirium, at least, manages to find something like a unique voice, something that could better compare with Soavi's Stage Fright or The Church or Fulci's Voices From Beyond (which despite not being Fulci's best I still enjoyed more than either of these Lamberto offerings).

Rock wrote:
Also, I'm not squeamish, but I found some of the violence quite upsetting.

The scene where she has to
pull her hand through an impaled knife
was pretty intense.

ThatDarnMKS wrote:
Plus, it's got Michele Soavi in a very memorable role.

Well, it was memorable when it was first portrayed 23 years earlier.


Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:17 am
Profile
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Jinnistan wrote:
It's not an awful film, and still better than most contemporary American slashers, but it's so much in Argento's shadow, stylistically, that it doesn't stand on its own. Delirium, at least, manages to find something like a unique voice, something that could better compare with Soavi's Stage Fright or The Church or Fulci's Voices From Beyond (which despite not being Fulci's best I still enjoyed more than either of these Lamberto offerings).


The scene where she has to
pull her hand through an impaled knife
was pretty intense.


Well, it was memorable when it was first portrayed 23 years earlier.

And it was still memorable when it was a relatively famous director in the role before he's directed anything.


Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:33 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

ThatDarnMKS wrote:
And it was still memorable when it was a relatively famous director in the role before he's directed anything.

That does make it an interesting footnote in Italian horror. But a poor climax for this movie.


Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:07 am
Profile
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Jinnistan wrote:
That does make it an interesting footnote in Italian horror. But a poor climax for this movie.

I think that and the aforementioned level of effective violence make it a solid giallo watch. I can't fault it for being too formulaic as virtually every giallo ends the same way: It's either the transvestite/gay man, the lesbian, priest, or evil husband. Sometimes you get lucky and it's a transvestite priest.


Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:15 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Deschain wrote:
I get that they’re retconning all the Halloween sequels but this one is saying Myers was arrested right after the first movie. Doesn’t that lessen the impact of him disappearing at the end of the original? That’s whats irking me. But hearing that score again, right in the nostalgia.

The reason it doesn't bother me is that after he kills his sister as a boy, he just freezes and goes quietly off to the the asylum for 15 years before getting out and rampaging again. I can totally see this being how it goes to kick off this film and it is consistent with the original in that way.
I think the trailer looks damn good.
It is weird to think that Michael Myers will be in his 60s in this film.


Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:59 pm
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Have to say that the Suspiria trailer that people have been squawking about didn't really jump off the screen for me.
I remain hopeful, but I am reserving my optimism.


Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:00 pm
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Wooley wrote:
Have to say that the Suspiria trailer that people have been squawking about didn't really jump off the screen for me.
I remain hopeful, but I am reserving my optimism.

I'm with you. It doesn't look bad, but has this generic arthouse vibe that's doing nothing for me.

_________________
"We're outgunned and undermanned. But you know somethin'? We're gonna win. You know why? Superior attitude. Superior state of mind." - Mason Storm
____
Blog!


Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:18 pm
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Wooley wrote:
The reason it doesn't bother me is that after he kills his sister as a boy, he just freezes and goes quietly off to the the asylum for 15 years before getting out and rampaging again. I can totally see this being how it goes to kick off this film and it is consistent with the original in that way.
I think the trailer looks damn good.
It is weird to think that Michael Myers will be in his 60s in this film.

Yeah that’s true. I just like that cliffhanger at the end and hope they don’t retcon that too.


Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:09 am
Profile
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Pieces was a blast. Damn near gives whiplash in how it bounces from effective and competent to bafflingly insane and idiotic. The director of Late Phases offered an interesting insight in that the film was made shortly after the end of Franco's regime so Spain was going through a cultural explosion. Due to this, the film itself and it's antagonist are going through an explosion of excess after decades of repression. I like that reading.

It's too competent to be my favorite "so bad it's good" slasher. That title still belongs to Blood Rage. Pieces is too weird for that and I'll have to think about where it fits into the pantheon of slasher and giallo.


Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:16 pm
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

I watched Let Her Out for Thief's thread. Anyone in here seen it? I thought it had some solid visuals and a fun premise, but had serious issues with the way it wrote its characters.


Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:42 pm
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Ok, need an afternoon horror movie.
Wouldn't hurt if it had a bit of a sense of humor but that's not required as long as it's not just grim. Don't need grim on a Sunday afternoon.
Whatcha got?


Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:21 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Saw Hereditary today. If anyone needs me I'll be in the fetal position for the next few weeks.

_________________
Captain's Log


Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:22 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Wooley wrote:
Ok, need an afternoon horror movie.
Wouldn't hurt if it had a bit of a sense of humor but that's not required as long as it's not just grim. Don't need grim on a Sunday afternoon.
Whatcha got?

Over in the Spider Baby thread I recommended A Bucket of Blood. Seen that one? Roger Corman horror-comedy with something to say about Art, of all things. Streaming on Amazon.

_________________
Captain's Log


Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:24 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Captain Terror wrote:
Over in the Spider Baby thread I recommended A Bucket of Blood. Seen that one? Roger Corman horror-comedy with something to say about Art, of all things. Streaming on Amazon.

Been a while on that one, but I'm kinda looking for something more contemporary. Probably no earlier than early 70s but really wouldn't mind something from the last few years either. Thinking about Ouija: OoE but I was kinda hoping to use that for October. The Ritual looked quite good but I'd maybe like to save that one too.


Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:25 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Mexico Barbaro, The Open House, Night School, Ravenous, The Awakening, The Boy, Psycho II, He Knows You're Alone, The Dunwitch Horror, Student Bodies, Return To Horror High, Happy Birthday To Me, Late Phases, Blood Creek, Dark Mirror, I see all these in my queue, should I spin one of these? What about Subspecies, is that actually watchable?
Anything else anybody can think of?


Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:42 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Wooley wrote:
Mexico Barbaro, The Open House, Night School, Ravenous, The Awakening, The Boy, Psycho II, He Knows You're Alone, The Dunwitch Horror, Student Bodies, Return To Horror High, Happy Birthday To Me, Late Phases, Blood Creek, Dark Mirror, I see all these in my queue, should I spin one of these? What about Subspecies, is that actually watchable?
Anything else anybody can think of?

Hated Mexico Barbaro. Very rapey if I recall. I vote for Ravenous, thought you'd seen that one by now.

_________________
Captain's Log


Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:51 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Captain Terror wrote:
Hated Mexico Barbaro. Very rapey if I recall. I vote for Ravenous, thought you'd seen that one by now.

I have not, looked like it might be kinda grim.


Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:52 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Wooley wrote:
I have not, looked like it might be kinda grim.

It's grim, but in a funny kinda way. :)
(seriously, it's half-comedy. David Arquette's in it, for pete's sake.)

_________________
Captain's Log


Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:56 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

ThatDarnMKS wrote:
Pieces was a blast. Damn near gives whiplash in how it bounces from effective and competent to bafflingly insane and idiotic. The director of Late Phases offered an interesting insight in that the film was made shortly after the end of Franco's regime so Spain was going through a cultural explosion. Due to this, the film itself and it's antagonist are going through an explosion of excess after decades of repression. I like that reading.

It's too competent to be my favorite "so bad it's good" slasher. That title still belongs to Blood Rage. Pieces is too weird for that and I'll have to think about where it fits into the pantheon of slasher and giallo.

Yeah, it's stupid as hell but there's some weird gut level filmmaking connecting the whole thing together, and the violence is pretty outrageous. The director also made Pod People, but does not stink.

_________________
"We're outgunned and undermanned. But you know somethin'? We're gonna win. You know why? Superior attitude. Superior state of mind." - Mason Storm
____
Blog!


Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:05 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Captain Terror wrote:
Saw Hereditary today. If anyone needs me I'll be in the fetal position for the next few weeks.

Haha, I had a similar reaction. I liked it a lot, but left the theatre feeling a bit shook up.

I worry that the marketing is doing out a disservice, by showing a lot of the stuff from the second half and making it look like The Conjuring. It's technically in the same genre, but it's much meaner and more disturbing, and takes the opposite approach as that movie in how it frames its horror around the family unit.

Not sure how I feel about the ending, though.

Technically the movie did set it up earlier, although a lot of that came late in the film. But at the sane tone, I like how the movie frames us too close to the family trauma for us to realize that something more sinister is happening once you pull the camera back just a little.

_________________
"We're outgunned and undermanned. But you know somethin'? We're gonna win. You know why? Superior attitude. Superior state of mind." - Mason Storm
____
Blog!


Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:13 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Rock wrote:
Haha, I had a similar reaction. I liked it a lot, but left the theatre feeling a bit shook up.

I worry that the marketing is doing out a disservice, by showing a lot of the stuff from the second half and making it look like The Conjuring. It's technically in the same genre, but it's much meaner and more disturbing, and takes the opposite approach as that movie in how it frames its horror around the family unit.

Not sure how I feel about the ending, though.

Technically the movie did set it up earlier, although a lot of that came late in the film. But at the sane tone, I like how the movie frames us too close to the family trauma for us to realize that something more sinister is happening once you pull the camera back just a little.


I read that the director's original cut was 3 hours long, and that most of what was trimmed was just the family drama stuff. While that's very intriguing, it would probably also be unbearable to sit through.

The brilliant part of the marketing is featuring Charlie so prominently, because when you-know-what happened I was like "naw, he's just stoned, that didn't really happen. Any minute now she'll be back...WAIT IT HAPPENED???"

As for the ending, that's where they won me over. Just before then I was starting to waver, because we'd reached that cliched horror movie part where we find the box that conveniently holds all the pertinent photo albums, helpfully-dog-eared books, etc that explain everything for us. And the protagonist who's suddenly deciphered all this mumbo jumbo ("I know what needs to be done!"). At that point I was getting myself mentally prepared for another horror film that doesn't stick the landing. So when things really started getting weird at the end I was back on board.


Definitely not for everybody. I heard grumbling about refunds from a couple behind me, but c'est la vie. It's not flawless and I can already anticipate some complaints from the nitpickers among us but it definitely deserves a viewing by anyone who considers themselves horror fans.

_________________
Captain's Log


Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:39 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Wooley wrote:
I have not, looked like it might be kinda grim.

Sorry it's just come to my attention that Netflix is streaming a new movie called Ravenous that I've not seen. I was referring to the '99 Wendigo film, obviously.

_________________
Captain's Log


Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:50 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Captain Terror wrote:
Sorry it's just come to my attention that Netflix is streaming a new movie called Ravenous that I've not seen. I was referring to the '99 Wendigo film, obviously.

Ah. I don't know about the '99 one, I was talking about the new one.


Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:34 am
Profile
User avatar
Reply with quote
Post Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Wooley wrote:
Mexico Barbaro, The Open House, Night School, Ravenous, The Awakening, The Boy, Psycho II, He Knows You're Alone, The Dunwitch Horror, Student Bodies, Return To Horror High, Happy Birthday To Me, Late Phases, Blood Creek, Dark Mirror, I see all these in my queue, should I spin one of these? What about Subspecies, is that actually watchable?
Anything else anybody can think of?


The Open House is incredibly frustrating and wastes a good premise and some good atmosphere.

Ravenous is great if we're talking about the 90s film.

If you're talking about The Awakening with Rebecca Hall then I'd highly recommend it.

I thought that The Dunwitch Horror and Student Bodies were just okay (the latter isn't as funny as it seems to think it is).

I was really disappointed by Late Phases, but some people seem to really love it.

If you're talking about The Boy where the woman babysits the dummy, then I say go for it! I really liked it.


Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:40 am
Profile
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Reply to topic   [ 2012 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 ... 41  Next

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Popcorn Reviews, Takoma1, Thief and 23 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group.
Designed by STSoftware.