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Post by Charles » Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:33 pm

By scary, I meant the images and ideas and all that having an effect beyond just acknowledging the intent of the movie as horror. Whether it be tense or unsettling or bothering in a philosophical sense.
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Post by Takoma1 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:47 pm

Going to see Ready or Not in a few hours. I know basically nothing about it but it has good reviews.
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Post by Torgo » Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:59 pm

I'm compelled to add Phantasm to a weird horror movie list. It's a movie that has a dueling guitar scene, that sphere weapon, and of course, "boyyy!"
Remember Biff's reaction in Back to the Future II when Marty jumps off the roof? That's how I reacted after watching it. I still like it, of course.
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Post by Deschain13 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:18 pm

Takoma1 wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:47 pm
Going to see Ready or Not in a few hours. I know basically nothing about it but it has good reviews.
The trailer makes it look real fun lemme know how it is!
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Post by Takoma1 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:29 pm

Torgo wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:59 pm
I'm compelled to add Phantasm to a weird horror movie list. It's a movie that has a dueling guitar scene, that sphere weapon, and of course, "boyyy!"
I didn't find Phantasm scary, but it did induce two very strong emotions in me.

When the younger kid realizes that the
parents were maybe taken as slaves, and you see him choose not to tell his brother about it--oof!
And then at the very end when
we learn that the older brother died in a car accident--I felt a very deep melancholy there. Especially the gentleness with which he's treated by the brother's friend.
Deschain13 wrote:
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The trailer makes it look real fun lemme know how it is!
It was the PERFECT summer horror movie. Bloody and hilarious. There was also a moment of sound (whether naturally from the actor or something done with effects--I don't know) that was a real wow moment.

I would highly, highly recommend seeing it in the theater. It was everything I wanted You're Next to be, and then some!
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Post by Wooley » Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:52 am

Takoma1 wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:47 pm
Going to see Ready or Not in a few hours. I know basically nothing about it but it has good reviews.
Yes, I'm looking forward to that. Don' think it's opened here yet.
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Post by Wooley » Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:53 am

Torgo wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:59 pm
I'm compelled to add Phantasm to a weird horror movie list. It's a movie that has a dueling guitar scene, that sphere weapon, and of course, "boyyy!"
Remember Biff's reaction in Back to the Future II when Marty jumps off the roof? That's how I reacted after watching it. I still like it, of course.
And is playing in a 4K restoration here Friday and Saturday night!
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Post by Wooley » Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:54 am

Takoma1 wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:29 pm
I didn't find Phantasm scary, but it did induce two very strong emotions in me.

When the younger kid realizes that the
parents were maybe taken as slaves, and you see him choose not to tell his brother about it--oof!
And then at the very end when
we learn that the older brother died in a car accident--I felt a very deep melancholy there. Especially the gentleness with which he's treated by the brother's friend.
No doubt, I would definitely say that movie had a healthy dose of melancholy.
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Post by Torgo » Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:20 pm

Wooley wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:53 am
And is playing in a 4K restoration here Friday and Saturday night!
Boy, that's awesome. There's also this box set, so Phantasm phandom is still very much alive.
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Post by Rock » Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:10 pm

Phantasm is a good horror movie but a great walking through corridors movie.
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Post by Torgo » Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:18 pm

Rock wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:10 pm
Phantasm is a good horror movie but a great walking through corridors movie.
Boy, is it ever. It may even surpass The Shining's corridor game.
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I watched Ready or Not and here are my brief thoughts:

https://boxd.it/NhiXZ
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Post by Wooley » Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:14 am

ThatDarnMKS wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:30 am
I watched Ready or Not and here are my brief thoughts:

https://boxd.it/NhiXZ
So, did you think Your Next was a good movie or did you rate it highly?
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Post by ThatDarnMKS » Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:23 pm

Wooley wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:14 am
So, did you think Your Next was a good movie or did you rate it highly?
Good not great.
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Post by Captain Terror » Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:13 pm

My turn to ask for recs.
Last year I stepped out of my comfort zone and spent my entire October watching films from the '80s, and although I was miserable for much of the month as a result, I managed to find some wheat among the chaff.

So this year I've decided to focus on that other decade that I've largely neglected, the 1990s. I was less of a contrarian at this point in history, and therefore I've managed to see most of the mainstream stuff, so I'm asking for some hidden gems I might've missed. Think Candyman - level.
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Captain Terror wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:13 pm
My turn to ask for recs.
Last year I stepped out of my comfort zone and spent my entire October watching films from the '80s, and although I was miserable for much of the month as a result, I managed to find some wheat among the chaff.

So this year I've decided to focus on that other decade that I've largely neglected, the 1990s. I was less of a contrarian at this point in history, and therefore I've managed to see most of the mainstream stuff, so I'm asking for some hidden gems I might've missed. Think Candyman - level.
Jacob's Ladder
Reflecting Skin
Habit
Popcorn
The Vagrant
Cemetary Man
Castle Freak
Bride of Chucky
The Faculty
Ravenous
Wild Zero
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Post by DaMU » Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:01 pm

crumbsroom wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:54 pm
Jacob's Ladder
Habit
Cemetary Man
Castle Freak
Bride of Chucky
The Faculty
Have seen and can vouch for these.

You've probably seen some, but not sure what Candyman-level is, so here:

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie
The People Under the Stairs
The Rapture
The Resurrected
Cronos
Wolf
Lord of Illusions
The Prophecy
Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight
Cure
Mimic
Perfect Blue
Ringu
Existenz
Stir of Echoes
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ThatDarnMKS wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:23 pm
Good not great.
MKS: "I mean, this is okay..."

[Ti West dies]

MKS: "A masterpiece."
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Post by ThatDarnMKS » Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:04 pm

DaMU wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:02 pm
MKS: "I mean, this is okay..."

[Ti West dies]

MKS: "A masterpiece."
It is my favorite Ti West cinematic moment.
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Post by Wooley » Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:09 pm

Captain Terror wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:13 pm
My turn to ask for recs.
Last year I stepped out of my comfort zone and spent my entire October watching films from the '80s, and although I was miserable for much of the month as a result, I managed to find some wheat among the chaff.

So this year I've decided to focus on that other decade that I've largely neglected, the 1990s. I was less of a contrarian at this point in history, and therefore I've managed to see most of the mainstream stuff, so I'm asking for some hidden gems I might've missed. Think Candyman - level.
Beyond the obvious (and some of these may still be)...

Frankenhooker
Cronos
The Resurrected
Cemetery Man
Demon Knight
The Frighteners
Castle Freak
Exorcist III
Nightbreed (Director's Cut only)
In The Mouth Of Madness
Arachnaphobia
Lord Of Illusions
Popcorn
The Faculty
Stir Of Echoes
The Craft
Lake Placid
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Post by Captain Terror » Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:11 pm

DaMU wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:01 pm
not sure what Candyman-level is
I used Candyman as an example of something that's not exactly a household name.
Less well-known than Silence of the Lambs or Scream, is what I meant.
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Post by Deschain13 » Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:18 pm

Captain Terror wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:13 pm
My turn to ask for recs.
Last year I stepped out of my comfort zone and spent my entire October watching films from the '80s, and although I was miserable for much of the month as a result, I managed to find some wheat among the chaff.

So this year I've decided to focus on that other decade that I've largely neglected, the 1990s. I was less of a contrarian at this point in history, and therefore I've managed to see most of the mainstream stuff, so I'm asking for some hidden gems I might've missed. Think Candyman - level.
I’m a sucker for monster movies so

Tremors
The Relic
Deep Rising

But if you can only watch one let it be Tremors.
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Post by Wooley » Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:19 pm

DaMU wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:01 pm
Have seen and can vouch for these.

You've probably seen some, but not sure what Candyman-level is, so here:


Wolf
I would not watch Wolf again if you paid me. But "cheers" on the rest.
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Post by DaMU » Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:46 pm

Wooley wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:19 pm
I would not watch Wolf again if you paid me. But "cheers" on the rest.
I don't have that kind of money to spend, so it's probably just as well for both of us. :D
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Post by Captain Terror » Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:53 pm

Not gonna lie, Wolf was already on my potential rewatch list.
When I first moved in to my dorm (maybe first night even), I hadn't made any friends yet so I went to the theater by myself to see Wolf and sort of liked it. How's that for a sad story? :P Haven't seen it since..

Thanks everybody for the responses. As expected, yall are digging up some stuff I haven't heard of. :up:
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Post by Jinnistan » Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:06 pm

I thought Wolf was great for the first 2/3rds or so. The ending was laughably slapped together in the worst conceivably 90s way.
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Post by Jinnistan » Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:11 pm

Torgo wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:20 pm
Boy, that's awesome. There's also this box set, so Phantasm phandom is still very much alive.
"The centerpiece will be a meticulous 4K restoration of 1988’s Phantasm II, personally supervised by Coscarelli."

Finally, the love it deserves.
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Post by Slentert » Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:15 pm

Ravenous
Cronos
Delicatessen
Death Becomes Her
Man Bites Dog

Also A Pure Formality (directed by the guy who did Cinema Paradiso, starring Gerard Depardieu and Roman Polanski), though that is probably more of a surreal psychological thriller than an actual horror movie. Would probably still fit in well with your other October viewings.
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Post by Takoma1 » Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:36 pm

According to IMDb, here are 90s horror movies I've seen and rated a 6 or higher. I'm including some "household names" just in case you haven't seen them:

Probably Too Famous
From Dusk Til Dawn
Scream
Interview with a Vampire
The Craft
Blade
Sleepy Hollow
Blair Witch Project
Army of Darkness
Death Becomes Her
Scream 2
Spawn
The Frighteners
Arachnophobia
Mimic
Gremlins 2
Nightbreed


Maybe Not Too Famous?

The Faculty
Alien: Resurection
Stigmata
Sleepwalkers
Stir of Echoes
Prophecy
Cronos
Tales from the Darkside
The Reflecting Skin
Bad Moon
Cemetery Man
Frankenhooker
Snow White: A Tale of Terror
Stendhal Syndrome
Cure
Mirror Mirror
Cat in the Brain
The Ugly
Pi
Existenz
New Nightmare
Ravenous
The Witches
Tremors
Alien 3
Jacob's Ladder
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The People Under the Stairs
Perfect Blue
Dead Alive


If I could pick just three from the "Maybe Not Too Famous" list, they would be Tremors, Dead Alive, and The Ugly.

I never hear anyone talk about The Ugly. I think it's pretty great. It's about a woman who goes to interview a man who supposedly is a serial killer. It has a pretty rough beginning (rough as in some over-the-top bad acting from the guys playing the orderlies at the mental institution), but once you get into the main flashbacks it's pretty strong. And the special effects (I believe from some of the people who went on to work on the LOTR series) are pretty interesting and different.
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Jinnistan wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:06 pm
I thought Wolf was great for the first 2/3rds or so. The ending was laughably slapped together in the worst conceivably 90s way.
True true, the Spader stuff feels like a studio copout.
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DaMU wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:57 pm
True true, the Spader stuff feels like a studio copout.
The storyline had potential, and it's a great role for the naturally predatory Spader, but it all collapses into the most predictable action movie tropes that completely betrays the film's prior mature atmosphere and sardonic good will. And Nichols, for all his talent, can't begin to frame an action scene properly (even if I have it on good authority that he likely didn't film a frame of the climax).
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Post by Captain Terror » Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:56 pm

OK- just to be clear I haven't seen Candyman, so are all of you just avoiding that one because I mentioned it already? I was under the impression that it was popular around here.

Also, what about Lawnmower Man?

I was gonna watch Popcorn for the sole reason that I liked the poster, so I'm glad to see some of you recommend it.
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Post by DaMU » Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:24 pm

I mean, obviously watch Candyman, I assumed you'd seen it because you mentioned it.

Lawnmower Man is a disaster, but it's not dull. It also has one of my favorite bits in a bad movie, where Pierce Brosnan sadly declares, "He was the best chimp I ever had."
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Post by Jinnistan » Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:24 pm

Captain Terror wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:56 pm
OK- just to be clear I haven't seen Candyman, so are all of you just avoiding that one because I mentioned it already? I was under the impression that it was popular around here.
It's probably the best Hollywood studio-produced horror film of the 90s. But it wasn't such a great decade for Hollywood horror films.
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Also, what about Lawnmower Man?
I want you to take a seat. This film, make no mistake, is not a good movie. I want to be clear about that. Now considering that the film was released in, what?, 1992?, we need to keep in mind what the concept of "the internet" entailed at that time. You know, dial-up usenet message boards, not terribly more sophisticated than what we saw in Wargames or something. The film's depiction of "virtual reality" is cute, in that pre-ReBoot innocence. But what I find more interesting is that the film was much more visionary in the concept - definitely not in visuals - of the internet's future dominance of the government and the grid, including all of the surveillance implications of that, and the idea of a malevolent panpticonish entity within this society-controlling structure, that makes the film quite interesting and fun to review as a rather prescient, but still very absurdly portrayed, cautionary tale at the dawn of what was popularly fathomed about this new, novel technology that was still too rudimentary to seem plausible for most people at that time. The only other film I can compare it to (I mean, other than Wargames' Joshua) would be the similarly overlooked and admitedly pretty silly Electric Dreams, which I also have a sheepish fondness for.

Not a great movie, though I feel I need to repeat.
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Post by Jinnistan » Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:43 pm

Here's some shits & giggles: The original 1987 short film adaptation of Stephen King's story, which is completely different than the purported film of the same name, and just as fetidly insane even without the need for modems and circuits.

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DaMU wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:24 pm
Pierce Brosnan sadly declares, "He was the best chimp I ever had."
SOLD!
Jinnistan wrote:
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Not a great movie, though I feel I need to repeat.
lol, no worries. I assumed it was understood that relative goodness or badness was irrelevant here. I mean, one of you convinced me to watch The Mutilator last year for cryin' out loud. Lawnmower Man has now been queued.
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But it wasn't such a great decade for Hollywood horror films.
Yes, this became immediately apparent the other day when I started browsing. There's not much out there, and outside of a handful of favorites there's not many I'd rewatch if not for this project I've assigned myself.
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Post by crumbsroom » Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:53 pm

What Janson said about Candyman. Should be near top of list
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Post by DaMU » Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:08 am

It may just be my upbringing in the '90s, but I think that the '90s sometimes get short shrift as a source of horror.

Now, I'd agree it doesn't have the post-Vietnam movers and shakers of the '70s or the gore-filled revolutionaries of the '80s (your slashers, splatstick, and body horror) - there's not too much that feels formative - but it definitely had a sort of two-stage literary/metanarrative angle for some of its biggest films that I find fascinating.

You have the early Hollywood post-'80s efforts to legitimize horror by appealing to its literary sources. So you have the (not often successful) studio flicks like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Bram Stoker's Dracula, and Mary Reilly (you could argue the Victorian roots of Interview With the Vampire and Wolf qualify them as adjacent to that movement). Meanwhile, there's this whole other mini-movement that's basically trying to do the same thing - legitimize horror by going back to its roots - only they're saying that story itself is a powerful force. Candyman, New Nightmare, and In the Mouth of Madness are the big three before the idea shifted into the more outright satiric with movies like like the Scream series, Urban Legend, The Faculty. Thanks to the influence of Williamson, those metatextual touches even wormed their way into series like Halloween (LL Cool J's guard is trying to write a scary story) and Bride of Chucky.

[Although the real legacy of Scream was dominantly a host of R-rated thrillers that starred kids from primetime network soaps - The Forsaken, Disturbing Behavior, etc.]

And when you look at all the films we're recommending, it's like, yeah, there aren't too many on the level of an Alien or Bride of Frankenstein or The Innocents, but I'd hate for any horror fan to sleep on the '90s.

[takes off nostalgia goggles]
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Post by crumbsroom » Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:18 am

I should probably see New Nightmare at some point.
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crumbsroom wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:18 am
I should probably see New Nightmare at some point.
I could see you going either way on it, it's hardly a perfect film, but I really dig its ideas and presentation.
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crumbsroom wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:18 am
I should probably see New Nightmare at some point.
It's good enough to be worth watching, but not quite good enough that I'd consider it at all essential.

It was, for me, one of the first "meta" horror films that I watched, and my teenage self was pretty taken with like "Whoa! She's playing herself in the film!"
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Post by Rock » Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:29 am

Captain Terror, if you can tolerate something almost parodically scuzzy, Ebola Syndrome is pretty effective and darkly funny in its own way. The Untold Story with the same director and star is also pretty good, but even more fucked up and honestly was a bit too much even for my desensitized degenerate ass. You might need a shower after both.

Also, I'm a little disappointed nobody recommended Troll 2, one of the best "bad" movies out there. It's demented and inspired enough that you won't just be laughing at/with its total incompetence.
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Post by crumbsroom » Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:32 am

It can't be overstated how much better Troll 2 is than almost everything else mentioned

Ebola syndrome? Eek
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Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Post by Rock » Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:42 am

crumbsroom wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:32 am
Ebola syndrome? Eek
Hey, I did mention he'd need a shower after.

And by shower I mean getting sprayed with an industrial strength hose.
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Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Post by crumbsroom » Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:57 am

Rock wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:42 am
Hey, I did mention he'd need a shower after.

And by shower I mean getting sprayed with an industrial strength hose.
I kind of like the movie, I think, but I refrained endorsing it myself because, you know. Ugh
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Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Post by DaMU » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:03 am

Finally watched Us.

Gonna sleep on it.
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Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Post by Rock » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:23 am

Train to Busan was...fine? Like, I realize it's a fairly clever and energetically made movie, but it never seemed the characters were in any real danger until the movie decided otherwise. Every encounter in the movie felt like one of those sequences in a video game where you can get past the guards if you just know to stay out of the searchlights - too easily navigated so that the character deaths felt extra contrived. If I can offer a comparison to show what I'm getting at, REC was brought up in this thread recently, and that to me is a zombie movie really good at killing off its characters in what seemed like natural outcomes of the proceedings, whereas this one's manipulations are far too obvious. Also, while I can appreciate good melodrama, it felt like characters were constantly crying and yelling through the whole movie. It's just exhausting, and squanders whatever emotional goodwill it might have earned with a more straightfaced or humourous approached.
When the kid started her terrible singing at the end, I got annoyed, which is probably not the reaction the movie wanted.
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Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Post by Wooley » Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:18 am

Jinnistan wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:30 pm
The storyline had potential, and it's a great role for the naturally predatory Spader, but it all collapses into the most predictable action movie tropes that completely betrays the film's prior mature atmosphere and sardonic good will. And Nichols, for all his talent, can't begin to frame an action scene properly (even if I have it on good authority that he likely didn't film a frame of the climax).
Yes. These are among my main issues with the film.
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Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Post by Wooley » Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:20 am

Captain Terror wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:56 pm
OK- just to be clear I haven't seen Candyman, so are all of you just avoiding that one because I mentioned it already? I was under the impression that it was popular around here.
Yeah, I also assumed you were saying you'd seen it and that was an easy benchmark.
I think Candyman is a really good film.
So, yeah, watch it.
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Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Post by Captain Terror » Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:31 am

DaMU wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:08 am
And when you look at all the films we're recommending, it's like, yeah, there aren't too many on the level of an Alien or Bride of Frankenstein or The Innocents, but I'd hate for any horror fan to sleep on the '90s.

[takes off nostalgia goggles]
I mean, the decade began with a horror film sweeping the Oscars and ended with the granddaddy of found footage, so there's definitely some good ones, but I maintain that the bench isn't very deep, to use a sports metaphor. It seems that in any given year you've got a couple of winners and then a steep dropoff into DTV-land. The 80s may not be my preferred vibe, but I can recognize that if a person is into slashers, there's a seemingly endless vein to be mined. I don't really get that with the 90s. But the point of this project is to dig deeper, so we'll see.
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