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While it is 90% garbage, I did like the super-weird tone of the Lucky McKee one (the couple where the wife is a witch) and I genuinely dug the one with the two couples being terrorized by the kids in costumes ("Happy Halloween you f*cking psycho!").


Yeah the tone of the McKee one and the ending of the other you mentioned and maybe some of the effects work on the Neil Marshall story were a few minor highlights in an otherwise terrible movie.



I watched two zombie movies tonight:

Pandemic starring Theron Greyjoy was shot in a first person pov. There's some dumb movie contrivances at work but also some good action scenes and real production value, especially the post -apocalyptic scenes in broad daylight in LA. Overall it's not bad.

Cell was a Stephen King book I really liked. A while back there was some buzz about it being made into a movie. But all that died down and I assumed the project stalled and never restarted, until I found the DVD available to rent on Netflix just from randomly browsing the horror section. It stars John Cusack and Sam Jackson so there's some star power here. But man this was not good. Jackson sleepwalks through the whole thing. Characters are together one day yet act like they've known each other forever. The movie doesn't look good. The storytelling is lazy. And they changed the ending for the worse. Avoid.
Oct 21, 2017 4:53 AM
I just watched Tales of Halloween. It's an anthology of 10 shorts. I cannot stress enough how generic and uninspired these stories were. It felt like they were first drafts of 3rd graders' campfire tales. The second story was especially baffling and nonsensical. Even Neil Marshal couldn't rise too far above the dull with his.
Oct 20, 2017 4:46 AM
Yusssss Wait Until Dark is great. Maybe the best jump scare ever?


I just watched Death Note. Not familiar with previous incarnations of this story (I think it was a comic and an anime?) so this Netflix movie is my first exposure to it. I liked the idea of the Death Note, the two leads' plans in using it and the investigation and consequences of their actions. I liked the Demon, L, Watari, the girlfriend and cop dad. My big problem with this movie was the main character. I found him relatable and self-serious. And this sounds really petty but he has stupid hair.
Oct 19, 2017 4:48 AM
I liked Blade a lot in high school. But aside from the opening scene and a couple others it's not very memorable. Didn't like 2 at all.


As for It Comes at Night, I just watched it and liked it a lot. It effectively builds tension and atmosphere through camera work, lighting and editing. The characters are interesting enough to drive the story forward. It's bleak as hell but that's kind of the point. And we never did get an answer to that question about the door.
Oct 18, 2017 5:19 AM
183. Trilogy of Terror 2
Oct 17, 2017 6:11 PM
Watched a couple.

13 Demons. A few guys find a board game that makes them think they are slaying demons. This movie was awful on many levels, like almost MST3K level bad. Avoid at all costs.

Blindsided (2013) starring Michelle Monaghan and Michael Keaton is not on IMDB (??????). It's a generic ripoff of Wait Until Dark that gets really dumb at points. Also Michelle Monaghan was a terrible blind person. She kept looking at things.

Edit: I found Blindsided on IMDB but it's listed as Penthouse North. Wtf.
Oct 17, 2017 4:24 AM
I just watched The Good Neighbor, which I'm mixed on. The two leads were unlikeable and annoying and the movie tries to use both found footage and a more traditional filmmaking style to tell the story which doesn't gel well. On the plus side James Caan is his usual great self and his characters depth and weight is the best part of the movie. There's also some real nice tension and mystery to be had.
Oct 16, 2017 4:53 AM
I gotta tell ya, watching Fear the Walking Dead makes TWD look amazing by comparison. I think that was AMC's plan all along.
Oct 15, 2017 10:31 PM
I watched Dead Draw last night which is your classic bank heist gone awry and nobody knows who to trust. It's really well done it's some nice character devlopment, motivations and acting. Reminded me a lot of Resevoir Dogs.
Oct 15, 2017 2:16 PM
Just watched The Babysitter. Cole has the most unrealistically amazing babysitter ever, but that works in the film's favor for emotional payoff later. This was a fun but flawed movie. The humor doesn't always work and it's a little too stylish and throughout all the ruckus no neighbors call the police. Overall it's light fun for the season. Beware: directed by McG. Didn't know this until I saw the credit.

And dat Samara Weaving, whew.
Oct 15, 2017 5:10 AM
Takoma1
DeschainJust watched Crush the Skull, which was delightful. It's like Don't Breathe but actually good. Much funnier than I expected and the cast is charming and fun. perfect Halloween fodder.

DeschainJust watched It Stains the Sands Red about a woman being chased through the desert by a zombie. Overall it wasn't bad. It has a '70s grindhouse sleaze to it that may turn some off. It certainly wasn't without some stupid moments but a decent watch.

You and I are totally sympatico right now.

First, I'm really glad you liked Crush the Skull. Most horror-comedies are nowhere near as funny as they think they are, but this one is much better than most. And I love the opening scene, which is both disturbing and hilarious.

Second, I also just watched It Stains the Sands Red last night! I liked it a ton more than I thought I would. I loved that the trajectory of the movie is essentially this woman projecting her feelings about herself and the people around her onto this mindless monster (and the monstrosity of the zombie works in nice contrast to the monstrosity of others encountered during the film). I know this is something most people in this thread can only conceptualize, but the idea of walking through the desert while on your period and with no pads/tampons/cups is so horrifying that it literally made me feel sick. Like, I had an easier time handling the finger amputation than I did handling the idea of two days of bleeding into the same pair of pants. I also respect the movie for sticking the ending in a way that was neither overly bleak nor unrealistically chipper.

And you all are making me very happy with your love for Society. If you have the chance to get it on DVD, I'd also recommend the director's commentary.

We might not be as simpatico as you may think as I thought the ending of Sands was the weakest part.

SPOILERS (tags don't work on my iPad)


It's super interesting up until she goes to get her kid, at which point it becomes just every other zombie movie. I like that she decides to go get her kid but the movie should have ended with her making that decision as everything after it felt so different from the rest of the movie
Oct 14, 2017 11:43 PM
I watched Freaks of Nature, a high school horror comedy about a town where humans, vampires and zombies coexist. For a movie I never heard of it has a bunch of big names in it. It's got some fun ideas if only half-baked. Unfortunately the characters aren't that interesting (except Petra) and it only made me chuckle a couple times.
Oct 14, 2017 4:39 AM
Just watched It Stains the Sands Red about a woman being chased through the desert by a zombie. Overall it wasn't bad. It has a '70s grindhouse sleaze to it that may turn some off. It certainly wasn't without some stupid moments but a decent watch.
Oct 13, 2017 4:15 AM
last splashBeing as I have not found a copy I can't watch Crush the Skull but I thought Don't Breathe was a pleasant surprise especially the ending with the dog. Awesome.

It's streaming on Amazon Prine. Or if you don't have that you can probably get it on Amazon for a couple bucks.
Oct 13, 2017 1:39 AM
Just watched Crush the Skull, which was delightful. It's like Don't Breathe but actually good. Much funnier than I expected and the cast is charming and fun. perfect Halloween fodder.
Oct 12, 2017 4:37 AM
Aw I'd take your Happy Death Day tickets, Damu. That movie looks like dumb fun.

The IT miniseries from the '90s doesn't quite hold up as well as it did back then, especially the adult half which is a bore. There are some highlights though like Curry's performance, the aforementioned camera techniques, and I like the use of bright light to represent IT in certain moments too.


I just watched Split, which I don't have much of an opinion on one way or another. There's an unintended and underlying goofiness to a lot of Shyamalan's work that gives me a hard time buying into any of it.
Oct 11, 2017 5:09 AM
Welp, got my tickets.
Oct 10, 2017 4:47 AM