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Post by Wooley » Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:18 pm

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I decided to forgo the Super Bowl and watched Space Amoeba instead. I regret nothing.
Man, my Salade De Fruits De Mer sure has a lot of verve today.
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Post by Captain Terror » Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:03 pm

Wooley wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:18 pm
Man, my Salade De Fruits De Mer sure has a lot of verve today.
I spent the entire movie trying to decide which one was the amoeba. I mean, I'm no scientist or anything but....
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Post by Jinnistan » Tue Feb 04, 2020 6:28 am

Fans of cheesy Mecha+Kaiju should check out the Johnny Sokko Romp Journey Into Space, on Prime currently, if you haven't seen it.

I want to believe that Gog was a big influence on Kubrick. Strong focus on technological process, the implication of A.I. revolt (the main computer is named "the Brain") which Kubrick wisely discerned was a superior plotline to what we get here, and there's also a random Coca-Cola machine sitting in the hallway, which someone will doubtlessly have to answer for eventually.


The Living Dead of Manchester Morgue - 7.5/10

I remember seeing this one years ago, under one of its various alternate titles, on one of those late-night horror shows. With gore restored and print pristined, it's not too bad at all, maybe even a bit more menacing than Romero, and definitely in the top drawer of his other many imitators. I've only seen one other film from Spanish director Jorge Grau, which was the notorious Blood Castle, an Elizabeth Bathory tale with what used to be considered exemplary torture porn prior to this recent centuries' held plastic cups of beer. That one is also probably a lot better than I remember.


The Clairvoyant (aka The Killing Hour) - 7/10

Slight pleasant surprise, as the director Armand Mastroianni's previous debut, He Knows You're Alone, is one of the weakest slashers of the era. This is really more of a cop thriller with elaborate kills, essentially what so many slashers are, rather than horror, but some of those kills (an early pool scene) are aesthetically impressive. Apparently a "video nasty", which seems more determined by the film's depiction of S&M than graphic violence. In that sense, its S&M is less disturbing than something like New York Ripper, due perhaps to a complete absence of quack. The film does have a plethora of familiar 80s faces - Perry King (Tucker Carlsoning like a pro), Joe Morton, Kenneth McMillan and a shockingly fit Jon Polito, as well as a rare screen appearance from Elizabeth Kemp. Also, the main cop moonlights as a stand-up comedian, just in case all of the other 80s designations fail the curious viewer. That also allows for a quick, but welcome, cameo from sorely forgotten comic Dennis Wolfberg, which I'm not going to pretend did not push up my rating a half point or two.
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Body Bags- a mixed bag.
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Post by Wooley » Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:17 pm

Jinnistan wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 6:28 am

The Living Dead of Manchester Morgue - 7.5/10

I remember seeing this one years ago, under one of its various alternate titles, on one of those late-night horror shows. With gore restored and print pristined, it's not too bad at all, maybe even a bit more menacing than Romero, and definitely in the top drawer of his other many imitators. I've only seen one other film from Spanish director Jorge Grau, which was the notorious Blood Castle, an Elizabeth Bathory tale with what used to be considered exemplary torture porn prior to this recent centuries' held plastic cups of beer. That one is also probably a lot better than I remember.
I consider this to be one of "The Best Of The Rest", outside of the obvious canonical zombie movies. I feel like a lot of the modern zombie-movie thing is more akin to this one than a lot of the others, I enjoyed how intense and violent it got (because I thought it elevated the tension of the film), and I liked the political aspect.
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Post by Takoma1 » Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:55 pm

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Body Bags- a mixed bag.
Saw parts of it on TV when I was younger and the hair transplant one had me convinced that
every time I felt a tickle in my throat, maybe it was a worm.
Thanks, Body Bags!

A year or two ago I tracked down that segment and watched it and didn't find it nearly as upsetting.

I don't think I've seen either of the other two segments.
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Takoma1 wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:55 pm
Saw parts of it on TV when I was younger and the hair transplant one had me convinced that
every time I felt a tickle in my throat, maybe it was a worm.
Thanks, Body Bags!

A year or two ago I tracked down that segment and watched it and didn't find it nearly as upsetting.

I don't think I've seen either of the other two segments.
It's amusing the things we find upsetting as kids. That was easily my least favorite of the three and I found myself struggling to stay awake. I think a rewatch closer to Halloween may be in order, when I'm not so tired.

Upsettingly, Scream Factory botched the audio of the release and there's a hiss every time someone says a line with "s" in it. That may have had an unreasonable amount of negative impact on my enjoyment.

Definitely check out the other two. Especially the last segment, which has Mark Hammill unhinged. Rare to see in live action.
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Post by Captain Terror » Wed Feb 05, 2020 4:29 pm

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It's amusing the things we find upsetting as kids. That was easily my least favorite of the three and I found myself struggling to stay awake. I think a rewatch closer to Halloween may be in order, when I'm not so tired.

Upsettingly, Scream Factory botched the audio of the release and there's a hiss every time someone says a line with "s" in it. That may have had an unreasonable amount of negative impact on my enjoyment.

Definitely check out the other two. Especially the last segment, which has Mark Hammill unhinged. Rare to see in live action.
I'm easy to please I suppose, but I found the hair transplant very funny. Especially liked the way everyone just accepts that he's gone from bald to Fabio overnight. That's the kind of absurdity you can only get away with in these anthologies, which is partly why I like them so much. Anyhow, I'm bummed that the series never came to be.
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Post by DaMU » Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:11 pm

Black Christmas
Crawl
Doctor Sleep
Happy Death Day 2U
In the Tall Grass
It Chapter Two
Kindred Spirits
Midsommar
Ready or Not
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Us


Saw a fair amount of horror flicks from 2019, favorites were probably Crawl, Doctor Sleep, and Us.

Still really want to catch up with:

Color Out of Space
Depraved
The Lighthouse


Mildly interested in:

3 from Hell
Annabelle Comes Home
Brightburn
Child's Play
Ma
Pet Sematary
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Post by ThatDarnMKS » Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:30 pm

CT- I too am bummed that it wasn't a series. As a lover of Tales from the Crypt, I think this would have been an excellent companion show.

DaMU, you watch any Shudder originals like Bliss, Tigers Are Not Afraid or Head Hunter?
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ThatDarnMKS wrote:
Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:30 pm
CT- I too am bummed that it wasn't a series. As a lover of Tales from the Crypt, I think this would have been an excellent companion show.

DaMU, you watch any Shudder originals like Bliss, Tigers Are Not Afraid or Head Hunter?
No, but I did hear good things about Tigers. Did you post thoughts for them somewhere?
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Post by ThatDarnMKS » Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:59 pm

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Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:51 pm
No, but I did hear good things about Tigers. Did you post thoughts for them somewhere?
I think I did a blurb on Tigers. It's basically an indie love letter to Devil's Backbone set to the backdrop of modern Mexico dealing with the cartels. I'm really excited to see where Issa Lopez goes from here, though apparently she's doing a western Werewolf flick so I'm gonna feel fairly competitive.

Bliss and Head Hunter are more mixed but I still recommend them. Bliss is a neon drenched homage to Near Dark that falls within the "woman losing her mind" subgenre that's been growing in popularity since it's resurgence with Black Swan. It would be a lot better if the lead were stronger and the dialogue didn't use "fuck" every five words.

Head Hunter is an almost perfect minimalist fantasy horror but decided to go Raimi in it's climax and while enjoyable, isn't nearly enough to justify how muted and drawn out the rest of the film is leaving it feeling like it's missing a third act. Still very impressive for 30k but it shouldn't feel long at 70 mins.

They're definitely worth seeking out if you're cleaning up on 2019 horror.

I still have to watch TERRIFIED, which I think is the last big Shudder original from last year.

Oh! And One Cut of the Dead. But I watched that on blu so I forget about it in relation to their output.
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Post by Captain Terror » Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:54 pm

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Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:59 pm

Head Hunter is an almost perfect minimalist fantasy horror but decided to go Raimi in it's climax and while enjoyable, isn't nearly enough to justify how muted and drawn out the rest of the film is leaving it feeling like it's missing a third act. Still very impressive for 30k but it shouldn't feel long at 70 mins.
I enjoyed this one as well, even though it's ultimately pretty empty. But yeah, regarding the budget, I was impressed by the way they handled certain things. Like the way they suggest what an eventful life the guy leads just by showing him mounting the various heads. They got away with not actually having to build or film the monsters, but got the point across anyway- "This guy is slaying monsters 24/7". Didn't know the budget was THAT low, but it makes sense.
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Post by Rock » Thu Feb 06, 2020 3:42 am

DaMU wrote:
Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:11 pm
Still really want to catch up with:

Color Out of Space
I found this fairly shrug-inducing, but the internet seems to disagree, so I hope you have a good time.
Mildly interested in:

Pet Sematary
This is ass, but less so than the '89 flick, although it lacks anything as good as Fred Gwynne's performance, the older film's only non-ass element.
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Post by crumbsroom » Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:39 am

The original Pet Semetary is just so unbelievably dreadful.
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Post by Wooley » Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:45 am

It really is.

I wanted to like it, both in the 80s and then when I revisited in like '08, because I loved the book.

But it is dreadful.
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Post by Captain Terror » Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:46 am

I'm reading Rawhead Rex right now. Is the movie worthwhile?
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Post by DaMU » Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:58 am

Oh no, my interest in Sematary has downgraded from "mild" to "flaccid."
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Post by Wooley » Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:08 pm

Captain Terror wrote:
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I'm reading Rawhead Rex right now. Is the movie worthwhile?
Reading?
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Post by Captain Terror » Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:52 pm

Wooley wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:08 pm
Reading?
Yes, I'm reading Books of Blood Vol I-III (purchased on your recommendation I believe). Rawhead Rex and Midnight Meat Train are the only 2 titles I recognize as having been adapted into film. Just wondering what the consensus was around here for RR.
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Captain Terror wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:52 pm
Yes, I'm reading Books of Blood Vol I-III (purchased on your recommendation I believe). Rawhead Rex and Midnight Meat Train are the only 2 titles I recognize as having been adapted into film. Just wondering what the consensus was around here for RR.
I remember the story was solid but hear the movie was really poor.

"Dread" and "Book of Blood" were also adapted for film. The former was not-bad, the latter was actually-bad. "The Yattering and Jack" was made into a Tales from the Darkside episode that wasn't too bad. "The Body Politic" became a pretty dumb segment in Quicksilver Highway. "The Forbidden" was adapted as Candyman, and "The Last Illusion" formed the basis of Lord of Illusions.

And hell yes, the Books of Blood is one of my favorite horror short story collections.
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Post by crumbsroom » Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:16 pm

;)
DaMU wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:58 am
Oh no, my interest in Sematary has downgraded from "mild" to "flaccid."
It does have its fans.

I don't know why. But it does.

An enormous portion of the movies awfulness can be placed on the lead actor though. Never since Stephen Lack in Scanners....just the most half dead performance ever commited to a theatrically released film.
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DaMU wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:30 pm
"The Forbidden" was adapted as Candyman, and "The Last Illusion" formed the basis of Lord of Illusions.
Dang, neither of these are included in this set. Is there a volume IV, or maybe these aren't "books of blood", officially?
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And hell yes, the Books of Blood is one of my favorite horror short story collections.
Yeah, this is the first Barker I've read and I'm ready to call myself a fan. In the Hills, The Cities really had me "shook" as the kids say.
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Captain Terror wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:37 pm
Dang, neither of these are included in this set. Is there a volume IV, or maybe these aren't "books of blood", officially?
Oh! Yeah, the Books of Blood are a six-pack deal in the UK and maybe other territories, but publishers in the USA released Books 4-6 separately as The Inhuman Condition, Cabal, and In the Flesh.
Yeah, this is the first Barker I've read and I'm ready to call myself a fan. In the Hills, The Cities really had me "shook" as the kids say.
Yess! That one is great. Stretched my idea of modern horror lit the same way that Ligotti and Danielewski did.
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Post by Captain Terror » Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:42 pm

DaMU wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:21 pm
Oh! Yeah, the Books of Blood are a six-pack deal in the UK and maybe other territories, but publishers in the USA released Books 4-6 separately as The Inhuman Condition, Cabal, and In the Flesh.
Nice, that gives me something to go on for my next purchase. Watching Candyman last year was what got me started on this in the first place.
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Yess! That one is great. Stretched my idea of modern horror lit the same way that Ligotti and Danielewski did.
Yeah, it's been a while since I've had such a "WTF am I reading?" moment.
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Captain Terror wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:52 pm
Yes, I'm reading Books of Blood Vol I-III (purchased on your recommendation I believe). Rawhead Rex and Midnight Meat Train are the only 2 titles I recognize as having been adapted into film. Just wondering what the consensus was around here for RR.
Wow, I stopped after reading Vol.1 & 2 and The Inhuman Condition, so I have never known that Rawhead Rex was a short-story much less that its as written by Barker.
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Post by Captain Terror » Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:23 pm

Wooley wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:05 pm
Wow, I stopped after reading Vol.1 & 2 and The Inhuman Condition, so I have never known that Rawhead Rex was a short-story much less that its as written by Barker.
Scrolling through Letterboxd reviews, it seems to have its fans but the average score is solidly in the middle of the pack. Midnight Meat Train seems to be somewhat highly regarded (72% Tomatometer). I can watch that one for free. Just wanted to know a bit more about Rex before I shell out a hard-earned $2.99.
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crumbsroom wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:16 pm
;)

It does have its fans.

I don't know why. But it does.

An enormous portion of the movies awfulness can be placed on the lead actor though. Never since Stephen Lack in Scanners....just the moneyost half dead performance ever commited to a theatrically released film.
What? Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz almost made the film watchable. Almost.
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What? Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz almost made the film watchable. Almost.
I refer only to the original, not to a remake I have no intention of ever watching.
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Captain Terror wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:23 pm
Scrolling through Letterboxd reviews, it seems to have its fans but the average score is solidly in the middle of the pack. Midnight Meat Train seems to be somewhat highly regarded (72% Tomatometer). I can watch that one for free. Just wanted to know a bit more about Rex before I shell out a hard-earned $2.99.
The Midnight Meat Train is a pretty good adaptation. Fairly stylish and Vinnie Jones makes an imposing villain.
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I refer only to the original, not to a remake I have no intention of ever watching.
If it makes you feel better, combining the good parts of both movies is still not enough to make a good movie.
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Post by Wooley » Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:57 am

Captain Terror wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:23 pm
Scrolling through Letterboxd reviews, it seems to have its fans but the average score is solidly in the middle of the pack. Midnight Meat Train seems to be somewhat highly regarded (72% Tomatometer). I can watch that one for free. Just wanted to know a bit more about Rex before I shell out a hard-earned $2.99.
I honestly thought Midnight Meat Train was a good little movie and I thought the changes they made to the story were appropriate to make it work as a feature length film. A thumb's up from me.
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Post by DaMU » Fri Feb 07, 2020 5:10 am

Thirding the Midnight Meat Train recommendations.

And I'll stump for Dread while we're here. Not fantastic, but made with integrity, and carries some interest for being one of Barker's few stories with no interest in supernaturalism. Just the general fuck-uppedness (sic) of its characters.
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Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Post by Captain Terror » Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:33 pm

Thanks guys. MMT and Dread have both been officially watch-listed.
And probably Rawhead Rex too. :shifty:
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Post by Jinnistan » Fri Feb 07, 2020 2:50 pm

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Cap'n Turr is going to love Rawhead Rex. Sure, it's ridiculous, cheap, full of foul taste. Just pretend it's one of those old Bigfoot movies, except a lot funnier.


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Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Post by Captain Terror » Fri Feb 07, 2020 3:09 pm

SOLD!
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Post by Jinnistan » Fri Feb 07, 2020 3:11 pm

crumbsroom wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:16 pm
It does have its fans.

I don't know why. But it does.
I don't know if "fan" is the right word, but I like some of it. Zelda, Pascal, Fred Gwynne and his flashbacks - these all provide some terrifying images. I like some of director Harron's choices (like Gage's little hand at the funeral). But you're right about the beady-eyed father, who's only suppossed to be the heart of the whole thing. Did that actor ever even have much of a direct-to-video career after this? No. He's become a staple of the Hallmark Channel. Dale. The male dummkopf.

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Post by crumbsroom » Fri Feb 07, 2020 5:03 pm

Jinnistan wrote:
Fri Feb 07, 2020 3:11 pm

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And, yeah, the Zelda scene is fine. But that's the only backpat I can bring myself to give it.
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Post by DaMU » Fri Feb 07, 2020 5:06 pm

Hell, I'll give Rawhead a shot, think it's the only Barker adaptation I haven't seen.
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Post by crumbsroom » Fri Feb 07, 2020 5:07 pm

Speaking of Barker, has anyone else read the Abarat series?

It's alright, especially considering how little I ever hear it mentioned.
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Post by DaMU » Fri Feb 07, 2020 5:21 pm

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Fri Feb 07, 2020 5:07 pm
Speaking of Barker, has anyone else read the Arabat series?

It's alright, especially considering how little I ever hear it mentioned.
Read the first one, thought it was fine but a little too much on character creation and not quite enough on story. I remember preferring The Thief of Always.
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Post by Wooley » Fri Feb 07, 2020 11:25 pm

crumbsroom wrote:
Fri Feb 07, 2020 5:07 pm
Speaking of Barker, has anyone else read the Abarat series?

It's alright, especially considering how little I ever hear it mentioned.
I read the first one and liked it a good bit. Very imaginative.
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Post by MadMan » Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:32 am

The last horror movie I watched was Silent Night, Deadly Night 2. I liked it despite it being unintentionally comedic as it is dumb fun. Eric Freeman gives an inspired performance and the kills are kind of brutal. It is probably the best flashback driven sequel ever, haha. NAUGHTY! PUNISH!
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Post by ThatDarnMKS » Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:30 am

I finally caught the new The Grudge.

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Post by Captain Terror » Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:26 am

I really wanted to like Color Out of Space, dangit!

I was on board for the first half or so but then we go from Zero to Cage so abruptly that I got whiplash. I know there's an audience that wants Cage to Cage Out every time, but my patience for it is limited, especially if he's treading on a beloved property of mine (Lovecraft, Ghost Rider). In this case it comes completely out of left field mid-movie, with no prior indication that we were going there. I swear he was doing a Trump impersonation at one point. I'm not against an occasional Cage-Out, but it was just really awkward here.

That wasn't my only issue, though. I didn't expect (or need) an entirely faithful adaptation, but I was disappointed that Stanley seemed to miss all the things I like about the story. Namely, the constant feeling of sickness and decay. People certainly get sick here, but rather than waste away they turn into Rob Bottin nightmares. Stanley seemed more interested in the "weird" or "scary", but the sickly "Blasted Heath" feeling that Lovecraft gets across so well was pretty much absent for me. Granted, my version of the film would've been much more low key and possibly boring, but that's just how I roll.

So I admit that most of my problems stem from being a fan of the story, and not getting what I wanted. Now that I know what the movie ISN'T, maybe a rewatch will change my opinion down the line. The Cage stuff is always going to bug me, though.
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Post by Torgo » Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:12 am

If you have Amazon Prime and you're in the mood for a horror movie that's lean, efficient, bloody and crazy, watch Der Samurai. It follows Jakob, a young, straight-arrow small town cop who'd very much like to break free, but his strict moral code keeps getting in the way (there's a reason he spends most of his time keeping a lone wolf in the outlying woods from killing the residents' pets). He meets his match in the titular samurai, a transvestite with a katana who's essentially Jakob without the code. Like The Hitcher, it's a movie that's interested in what it would take for a good person to let their inner devil take over. It also defies your expectations as to where it's going and tests your tolerance for violence and depravity at the same time. While it's not as good as The Hitcher, I found Jakob and the samurai's more symbiotic relationship more interesting than Halsey and Ryder's relationship. Like I said, it's bloody, and not to spoil things too much, but humans are not the only targets. It's also a movie that makes points, and well...not just with a sword.
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Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Post by Takoma1 » Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:35 am

Captain Terror wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:26 am
I really wanted to like Color Out of Space, dangit!
Look at you, just breaking my heart like that. How dare you.

I'm still hoping to see it in the next few weeks.
Torgo wrote:
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If you have Amazon Prime and you're in the mood for a horror movie that's lean, efficient, bloody and crazy, watch Der Samurai. It follows Jakob, a young, straight-arrow small town cop who'd very much like to break free, but his strict moral code keeps getting in the way (there's a reason he spends most of his time keeping a lone wolf in the outlying woods from killing the residents' pets). He meets his match in the titular samurai, a transvestite with a katana who's essentially Jakob without the code. Like The Hitcher, it's a movie that's interested in what it would take for a good person to let their inner devil take over. It also defies your expectations as to where it's going and tests your tolerance for violence and depravity at the same time. While it's not as good as The Hitcher, I found Jakob and the samurai's more symbiotic relationship more interesting than Halsey and Ryder's relationship. Like I said, it's bloody, and not to spoil things too much, but humans are not the only targets. It's also a movie that makes points, and well...not just with a sword.
It sounds like you liked it a bit more than I did. It is certainly different, and operates in an appealingly atmospheric/slightly surreal world. I remember being let down by the ending, but cannot remember specifically why. I did find the nakedly queer vibe appealing.

Also, the thing I maybe most remember about it was skimming the IMDb comment boards (I know, but occasionally there were some insightful posts there) and someone had a whole thread that was just like "THIS MOVIE HAD A PENIS IN IT! NOT ALLOWED! MEN SHOULD NOT BE NAKED IN MOVIES!".

I gave it a 6/10, but it's been several years since I watched it.
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Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Post by daakmore » Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:46 am

Captain Terror wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:26 am
I really wanted to like Color Out of Space, dangit!

I was on board for the first half or so but then we go from Zero to Cage so abruptly that I got whiplash. I know there's an audience that wants Cage to Cage Out every time, but my patience for it is limited, especially if he's treading on a beloved property of mine (Lovecraft, Ghost Rider). In this case it comes completely out of left field mid-movie, with no prior indication that we were going there. I swear he was doing a Trump impersonation at one point. I'm not against an occasional Cage-Out, but it was just really awkward here.

That wasn't my only issue, though. I didn't expect (or need) an entirely faithful adaptation, but I was disappointed that Stanley seemed to miss all the things I like about the story. Namely, the constant feeling of sickness and decay. People certainly get sick here, but rather than waste away they turn into Rob Bottin nightmares. Stanley seemed more interested in the "weird" or "scary", but the sickly "Blasted Heath" feeling that Lovecraft gets across so well was pretty much absent for me. Granted, my version of the film would've been much more low key and possibly boring, but that's just how I roll.

So I admit that most of my problems stem from being a fan of the story, and not getting what I wanted. Now that I know what the movie ISN'T, maybe a rewatch will change my opinion down the line. The Cage stuff is always going to bug me, though.
I am with you pretty much 100%, Cage's crazy didn't feel organic to the madness of the film and was very much at odds with how everyone else was playing things. I agree the body horror over sickness aspect was also a bit of a letdown.
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Re: Horrorcram XV: Let's Scare Corrierino To Death

Post by Rock » Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:03 am

daakmore wrote:
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Cage's crazy didn't feel organic to the madness of the film and was very much at odds with how everyone else was playing things.
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