Thought I'd replied to this but apparently not.
I will definitely second this recommendation. It's short, sweet, and has some awesomely disturbing imagery and themes.
Also, yeah, Spider Baby is great.
It's quite something. Actual title is Blood Tea and Red String, an exquisitely crafted stop-motion dark fairy tale. It might be better suited for Cap'ns thread, but it doesn't quite gel with the aestheitc he's establishing there, so I figured (at 4 in the morning) that this thread was its proper home.
I know I lurk more than anything around here but finding out about films like this are why I will always at least lurk. This was not on my radar until this here thread and so at a movie night tonight my friend had the film and we watched it and my god was it fantastic. It's weird watching it and thinking how different it probably would have been if it had been made 5-10 years later. The 2 girls were amazing and Chaney and Haig were also incredible, just straddles such a weird line of black comedy and crazy family horror. I love that I can find out about gems like this that would have otherwise escaped my notice.
I'm happy we could help your October!daakmore wrote: ↑Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:28 amI know I lurk more than anything around here but finding out about films like this are why I will always at least lurk. This was not on my radar until this here thread and so at a movie night tonight my friend had the film and we watched it and my god was it fantastic. It's weird watching it and thinking how different it probably would have been if it had been made 5-10 years later. The 2 girls were amazing and Chaney and Haig were also incredible, just straddles such a weird line of black comedy and crazy family horror. I love that I can find out about gems like this that would have otherwise escaped my notice.
I refused to watch it for years and the gang at RT kinda bullied me into it one year and I totally loved it.
LOL, I read that and thought "Man Wooley's having some fun tonight!"
I can dig that. The characters are great, the dialogue is great, the whole thing feels so... unexpected.
I agree. Saw it a couple of months ago and was surprised at how much fun it was. Undeniably goofy, but relishing in it.Wooley wrote: ↑Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:32 amFuck. Yes.
KKfOS is the tits, yo. And if you don't feel it, then you can't come to my party.
Really, what a silly, fun, goofy horror movie, but made with enough cleverness, frankly enough inspiration and imagination, to propel something like this credibly for like 100 minutes. Or 85 minutes. Or whatever this got to.
It was awesome and if you didn't dig it, just stay in your Corrolla and listen to Air Supply.
Well, I wholeheartedly agree with you opening statement here, I'm fascinated to hear that somebody else feels the same way.Jinnistan wrote: ↑Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:42 amI tried a rewatch, after many many years, of the 1984 Children of the Corn. Don't worry. It's still stale. But my fascination has always been with imagining how it could have been done a whole lot better, despite the multiple dry heaves of the sequels.
The largest issue is that King's short story is indeed pretty short. It seems to be ideal for maybe an hour-length run. This can be workably stretched into 80-90 minutes, but would require a strong reliance on slow-burn atmospherics, deliberate real-time pacing and the tension of tedium. This 1984 version clearly has no patience or audience-trust to risk such an approach, which is why they added so may ill-conceived structural beats - a poorly enacted prologue, escalating chases into action film cliches - in order to prolong the material in ways which aren't dependent on filmmaking skills (skills that director Fritz Kiersch was hoarding for Gor apparently) and can offer the precisely timed jolts as predictably as the number of blueberries in a Vegas muffin.
A film, originating with the angry couple as they encounter the town, through to the final sacrifice, faithfully adapted from King's story, could still make for a strong film if the studio could just keep their little notes to themselves.
That's one of my favorite scenes ever. Just about peed my pants the first time I saw that.
I completely agree that we didn't need any backstory, etc for Art to be effective. I'm with you that he was handled better in AHE.Captain Terror wrote: ↑Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:26 pmI don't even remember the violence in AHE now, because the enduring memory for me is that scene where he's in the bus station just sitting there being a creepy mofo. That's my favorite element of the character so my favorite scene from Terrifier is a similar scenario, where our heroines encounter him in a diner. I mean, there's probably a limit to how many movies you can get out of this before it becomes stale, but so far so good.
Another thing I appreciate is the lack of a torture element to the violence. It's really gross, don't get me wrong, but we're at least spared most of the squirming and pleading of the victims. If you're a victim, your suffering will be short.