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Well, I guess I should go see Ghost in the Shell, according to jhon smits....

This isn't on-topic for horror, but the trailer for that movie seemed like the trailer for basically every other Scarlett Jo movie, which is her in nude form/body suit/somehow a thinly-disguised version of her being naked, seemingly tailor-made for mindless teenage fans. When is the last time she was even in a movie where she had to act? Under the Skin, I guess? I haven't seen that. And don't say Her!

Anyways, still need to watch the Netflix suggestion you guys gave me. The other day when I rented Bye Bye Man I had to rent another movie to hit the credit card minimum and rented Mirrors, which I saw long ago and don't remember finding very scary, but it was nearby the cash register so I pulled the trigger. Kinda regretting that decision, since the beginning has sucked so far, but I haven't been able to force myself to finish yet.
Apr 11, 2017 12:28 AM
Black Philip
Vladimir777
Black Philip
Vladimir777

What recent horrors have you guys seen that you would classify as SCARY? I love horror that will straight-up freak me out.

Yeah The Bye Bye Man sucked. The usual crap they put out at the beginning of the year that's probably been sitting on a shelf for years.
I haven't seen any good horror lately. I did not like The Blackcoat's Daughter and was so-so on The Wailing. If you have Netflix and want to see something good but vague check out the eerie Evolution.

Thanks, man. Shall definitely add Evolution to "My List" on streaming.
Yeah, I hear so much about The Wailing, but I'm just not too inspired to watch it. Seemed good enough,but kinda slow. I have a few horror magazines, and they are always giving it 4/5.
Watched Devil in the Dark the other day. Weird movie. It was well-made and -acted, albeit not exactly deep or new, but I wish it had more horror, since I thought it had the potential to be creepy.I wa

The length of The Wailing is not its problem. At over 2 1/2 hours it feels fine but there's so much that's vague and the ending doesn't quite ?make a lot of sense. I'm not sure what you'll take away from Evolution but I watched it because the French director was married or is still married to Gaspar Noe. It's also very vague and doesn't make a whole lot of sense but it's beautiful looking despite its seeming inability to answer any questions. Definitely made me appreciate it.
Have you seen The Eyes of My Mother? That was another art-house horror from last year that astonished me. It's very uncomfortable and disturbing at times but well worth the watch at 80 minutes. It's also shot in nice black and white digital.

Eyes of My Mother...hmm...I don't think I've seen it, but then again, maybe I have? What is it about?
And I like beautiful-to-look-at, especially since I got a brand new 65" Vizio P-Series the other day, so I'm definitely down for that. I'll let you know when I do know Evolution.
Apr 8, 2017 12:10 AM
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Black Philip
Vladimir777

What recent horrors have you guys seen that you would classify as SCARY? I love horror that will straight-up freak me out.

Yeah The Bye Bye Man sucked. The usual crap they put out at the beginning of the year that's probably been sitting on a shelf for years.
I haven't seen any good horror lately. I did not like The Blackcoat's Daughter and was so-so on The Wailing. If you have Netflix and want to see something good but vague check out the eerie Evolution.

Problem is that I can't think of one flat out that will do that for you.

But I would recommend The Dooms Chapel Horror which somehow makes a found footage horror movie work. The keys for me is that a) it was shot around where I live (I've been in the football stadium where a key moment happens), b) despite its low budget, it manages to combine some good acting (remember the name Bill Oberst Jr.) and some practical effects, and c) the film is competently filmed and written (only problem is the occasional lacking motivation). It's currently on Amazon Prime and TubiTV.

Also The Invitation has some good moments throughout, but it's more of a slow burn and less of a "So scary, it will scare your pants off" type of movie. ?But oh, that last shot... And yes, it's on Netflix.

I've heard good things about Train to Busan which is now on Netflix as well.

But right now, I find the real world scarier than the horrors on TV.

Dooms Chapel Horror...I think I've seen the trailer for that before, and that's definitely the type of movie I like. I actually love found-footage horror, which I know puts me in the minority. I've definitely seen Bill Oberst in stuff before, as I watch a ton of modern, random horror, and he is for sure creepy. I just forget what movies right now.
The Invitation was definitely a fun watch. I love the guy who plays the cult leader (was also in Zodiac and AHS). Like you said, more of a slow-burn than a scare-your-paints off. That type of movie I find fun to watch with my GF, as she can't stand the scare-your-pants-off category, but loves a good slow-burn.
Yep, Train to Busan definitely falls in the category of 4/5-in-horror-magazines category that The Wailing also falls into. I'm not a huge zombie guy, but I'll definitely end up watching it, since I also saw it was on Netflix. Sucks Dooms Chapel isn't.
Apr 8, 2017 12:08 AM
Black Philip
Vladimir777

What recent horrors have you guys seen that you would classify as SCARY? I love horror that will straight-up freak me out.

Yeah The Bye Bye Man sucked. The usual crap they put out at the beginning of the year that's probably been sitting on a shelf for years.
I haven't seen any good horror lately. I did not like The Blackcoat's Daughter and was so-so on The Wailing. If you have Netflix and want to see something good but vague check out the eerie Evolution.

Thanks, man. Shall definitely add Evolution to "My List" on streaming.
Yeah, I hear so much about The Wailing, but I'm just not too inspired to watch it. Seemed good enough,but kinda slow. I have a few horror magazines, and they are always giving it 4/5.
Watched Devil in the Dark the other day. Weird movie. It was well-made and -acted, albeit not exactly deep or new, but I wish it had more horror, since I thought it had the potential to be creepy.
Apr 7, 2017 11:36 PM
Robin McDonaldThere are some classics I have watched over and over because I am supposed to like them.
I want to get it. ? Possibly out of fatigue on about viewing 6 I think I may have got it. But its?
really like those Magic Eye pictures. You either see the 3D or you don't. Raging Bull was one?
of the few films I genuinely turned around on. I found it so painful to watch people arguing and
being cruel I could barely get through it. But one day I watched it on my big screen and I found
the beauty in it.

Raging Bull is definitely a movie I've seen once and it didn't click with me, despite it being so well-received. I assume if I see it more, it will eventually click, so I do have it on Blu-ray, although I've not watched it in that format yet. ?
Following is a list of classics that I saw and didn't do much for me, so these are pretty much my answer to this question, with perhaps a few newer ones thrown in as well:
Rear Window
Seven Samurai
La Dolce Vita?
Citizen Kane (everytime I see it I like it more, but I haven't seen it in years)
Casablanca (liked it, but didn't love it...same with a few on this list)
On the Waterfront
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The Witch
Battleship Potemkin
Barry Lyndon
Do the Right Thing (I watched this as a teen, but then I watched a lot of it more recently and loved it, but I haven't seen the whole thing again, so I can't make a full judgment)
There are tons of others I'll have to remember later.
Apr 5, 2017 8:17 AM
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What happens when a female aerobics instructor becomes possessed by the soul of an evil ninja bent on revenge against the LAPD that shot him down during a golf course massacre?

This is a rhetorical question.

Can I just say that I LOVE ninjas? Why aren't there more ninja movies?! One of the many reasons I loved Ninja Gaiden.
Alright, you've seen lots of shit...what's your pick for best ninja movie ever? And have you really seen Ninjas I-II?
Apr 5, 2017 6:20 AM
MKS
Vladimir777Damn, so you're really doing it, eh, DaMU? ?I'm torn between wanting to read it and being OCD because I wanted to go through all his books in order at some point.... ?Decisions, decisions....

Just read it. He's a better author to "greatest hits" than consume his whole body of work.
I may skim a few chapters in solidarity with the forum but I'm busy as fuck lately so I'll have to play it by ear.

Ugh, the rational person in me knows you're right...but there's that side of me that's fighting it... ?Ugh!
Apr 5, 2017 5:45 AM
So I watched Bye Bye Man?last night. I can't say it was good, but who's surprised by that? I was a little creeped out early on, but it barely had scares in the latter half, after they showed the titular villain (and his...minion?) fairly early on. ?

Watching some YouTube reviews of the movie afterwards helped clear up the utter narrative and editing confusion and awfulness of this film. Apparently lots was cut to get it from R to PG-13 (a great sign), and there actually IS a backstory that makes sense that was in a short story or book or something, which surprised me (usually crappy, early-year horror movies are original properties, or at least not from a literary source, as far as I know).?

I was creeped out by a few early images and scenes, I will admit, but holy crap, what a mess of a movie!

So how's everyone doing in here? I moved back to LA, so hopefully I'll be posting more often on here again. I actually got a new TV, too, which I'm excited to watch some movies on, as I haven't had a good home theater set-up to watch movies in in years (I worked at a hotel before my current destination, so I had a cramped, tiny apartment in the basement of the hotel with a crappy TV), although the Vizio P65 I just got already has tons of errors, so I'm assuming it's a defective set, and I'm waiting on a replacement unit. Can't wait to watch some freaky horror on it, though.

What recent horrors have you guys seen that you would classify as SCARY? I love horror that will straight-up freak me out.
Apr 5, 2017 5:41 AM
So I watched Don't Breathe the other night. I will admit I didn't give it my 100% attention, but I didn't really get the hype. I love me a good thriller, although I prefer straight horror for pure entertainment value, but I respect the thriller a ton as an art form. I really didn't find it that thrilling, and there were just so many ridiculous and over-the-top things going on that I couldn't even take it seriously. What did you guys think?
Apr 3, 2017 9:49 PM
Damn, so you're really doing it, eh, DaMU? ?I'm torn between wanting to read it and being OCD because I wanted to go through all his books in order at some point.... ?Decisions, decisions....
Apr 3, 2017 9:23 PM
DaMU
ShocKed
DaMU
Colonel Mortimer
King Elessar 8Of course not.

Yeah I know, I just had to bring it up, because I'm still butt-hurt about it. ?(I finished the audiobook last week) ?I liked the book so much and then that happened and it really soured the whole 47 hour experience for me. lol

It's such a weird thing. On the face of it, it makes some amount of sense... (spoilers)... Bev's "fears" are all about sex, right down to the blood manifesting in the sink, and they chase her for her entire life, to the point that she's making terrible choices in men (she even calls sex "It" at one point, making the parallel pretty dang clear), and the children being right at the moment before they transition into adulthood, sex would naturally be a sort of seismic shock that announces that transition. Bev comes up with the idea and guides them along, so it's not some sort of surrender or cruelty. And there's a part of me that sorta respects the fact that adolescence is often marked by a sexual curiosity/interest that this puritanical society chooses to ignore or castigate instead of better understand, so better to not act like it's not there.

But on the other hand, it's six boys running a train on a young girl in the middle of a sewer, what the FUCK. And I think King was off the coke by then, so I don't know why he didn't think about it and just say, "Well, maybe they can just get out of the sewer without all the kid sex - maybe that's an option."


Anyway, trailer looks good.


I always suspected this...

I never read the book, but the 1990 miniseries hinted at this in a particular scene in a way which always stood out to me. When they first meet as adults, they start recalling stories and they start talking about how nobody in Maine wants to remember the past. As if they are all in denial. Then we get a brief flash back of Bev being held at knife point and her neighbor just turning around and walking away. I was really hoping the film would play out this angle. I like that concept. No clue how bad it was done in the book, but it's an interesting angle.

The book is pretty straight-ahead about Derry being sort of corroded from the inside-out by the presence of IT. One of the first things that happens is a guy who witnesses Pennywise kill someone gets interrogated by the police; the officer asks him what he saw in the riverbed, and instead of saying a clown, the guy says (paraphrasing), "It was Derry. It was this town." I don't remember if the parallel ever gets sophisticated on the level of something like Hill House or Hell House (or even King's own 'salem's Lot and Overlook Hotel), but that idea of rot leading to rot is there and sometimes very eerie.

This idea of a town rotting from the inside-out to the point that its citizens can't even recognize their collapsing ethics... that could actually be a really prescient subcurrent given the USA's current loss of small town life to big cities / highways / loss of heavy industry / opioids. Towns like Derry are dying a little more every day.

Damn, dude, you're making me want to read the book again! No, not even you, crumbsroom, can keep me from it! Although I do agree that reading King in early adolescence, that it seemed like Dostoevsky at the time I'm not sure if I'd feel the same now, but I remember seeing that guy on The Guardian a few years ago trying (and failing, sadly) to read through all of King's oeuvre in order and really wanting to do the same. DaMU, that is actually a really cool insight onto the oft-neglected aspect of IT, which is the town of Derry itself. Yeah, I was just listening to a podcast about how small towns in the Midwest have basically turned into drug hotbeds (meth in this case, but Oxy/other painkillers in many other cases) with the loss of industry, which is what gave these communities their identity.
It makes IT seem like The Wire-lite, haha.?
Apr 2, 2017 1:13 AM
DaMU
Colonel Mortimer
King Elessar 8Of course not.

Yeah I know, I just had to bring it up, because I'm still butt-hurt about it. ?(I finished the audiobook last week) ?I liked the book so much and then that happened and it really soured the whole 47 hour experience for me. lol

It's such a weird thing. On the face of it, it makes some amount of sense... (spoilers)... Bev's "fears" are all about sex, right down to the blood manifesting in the sink, and they chase her for her entire life, to the point that she's making terrible choices in men (she even calls sex "It" at one point, making the parallel pretty dang clear), and the children being right at the moment before they transition into adulthood, sex would naturally be a sort of seismic shock that announces that transition. Bev comes up with the idea and guides them along, so it's not some sort of surrender or cruelty. And there's a part of me that sorta respects the fact that adolescence is often marked by a sexual curiosity/interest that this puritanical society chooses to ignore or castigate instead of better understand, so better to not act like it's not there.

But on the other hand, it's six boys running a train on a young girl in the middle of a sewer, what the FUCK. And I think King was off the coke by then, so I don't know why he didn't think about it and just say, "Well, maybe they can just get out of the sewer without all the kid sex - maybe that's an option."


Anyway, trailer looks good.


To be fair, I think King still was on drugs at this point. I've heard that Needful Things was the first King book he wrote sober, which was '91. ?I thought he quit sooner to the late-'80s, but I think he was definitely still on drugs for It.

Edit: I see I just basically stole what Janson wrote. As an addict myself, I can't tell you how many times I've relapsed in trying to quit. Addiction is such a bitch.
Apr 2, 2017 1:05 AM
King Elessar 8A 4 hour in total adaptation means the end of the historical sections, which were some of my favorite bits of the book. I knew this was an inevitability, but it makes me sad.

I never really thought about it, since I haven't read the book in forever (like...15 years or something), but you're right---the adult sections are so?much less interesting than the childhood sections. ?And I love the historical sections, too. ?From my memory, didn't they go back and forth between the adult and child sections in the book (i.e., it wasn't like The Two Towers?and Return of the King?books, where it's the Fellowship section followed by the hobbit section, with no going back and forth)?
Apr 2, 2017 1:01 AM
I thought it looked alright, in that it looked pretty creepy, but in terms of serving the book properly, I don't see how they can do a good job with two movies compared to a Netflix or HBO-style series. ?IT is probably my favorite Stephen King book, although I haven't read The Stand or all of Dark Tower (yet), along with The Shining, so I definitely hold it dear to my heart.

I like Skaarsgard well enough, but I'm a little worried I won't be able to see him properly as a scary clown. ?Hopefully I get proven wrong.

Anyone here watch the Beyond the Trailer YouTube channel? ?Grace is kind of nuts, and I rarely agree with her reviews, but she certainly gets points for enthusiasm. ?She has a 24-minute shot-by-shot review of the trailer on her channel.
Apr 2, 2017 12:52 AM
Tons and tons and tons of horror movies. ?I forget them, as it's such a genre trope.

For one example, I watched Autopsy of Jane Doe the other night, and it had that.?
Feb 28, 2017 9:52 PM
Rocky IV?above Rocky?! I'm so offended. Rocky?was my favorite movie growing up.

Have I seen anything in the top 5? No. Shoot me, haha.?:P
Feb 28, 2017 9:50 PM
Popcorn Reviews
Vladimir777Is it weird that one of my life goals is to own everything?in the Criterion Collection? ?

I usually just buy films that I have a strong opinion about. However, there's nothing weird about buying all of them.

:D?I'll never be able to afford it, though. But I can always dream. The reason I say all is because large amounts of their movies I haven't heard of, but I'm sure are good if they're in the Collection.
Feb 28, 2017 9:42 PM
Christ, my last post was a mess composition-wise on this website. ?

I tend to agree with what crumbsroom said about the Conjuring 1?vs. 2?comparison. The first one is more polished. The second one feels like a throw-everything-but-the-kitchen-sink type of job, and I ended up loving it for that. But I was one of the few who wasn't ultra in-love with Conjuring?when it first came out. Sure, I liked it, and it's probably my favorite style of horror movie, but I didn't understand how it got such better critical press than Insidious, which I found to be much scarier. But then again, I'm a huge James Wan fan. He makes the kind of horror movies I love to watch. I'm one of the few who wishes there was more?supernatural horror out there, haha.

Going to see Get Out?tonight. Can't wait.
Feb 28, 2017 9:36 PM
crumbsroom
MKS
Unfortunately, the Conjuring 2 is a bit of a crapshoot of see what sticks. It has highs and lows that come with such rapidity that it's never boring but it never comes together into a satisfying whole.

I agree with all of this, except the unfortunately part, since I obviously liked it more than the original, regardless of the faults. There is a lot of dumb shit in the sequel (I'm personally tired of shoehorning in desperately old horror movie tropes like creepy nuns) but what it has going for it is a great sense of space in the haunted British flat. There is a tremendous amount of personality in that set.

Yeah, I was surprised that I liked the second Conjuring?more than I did the original. ?I thought the little girl actress was great and drew me in more than any character in the first. ?I also liked that Patrick Wilson, who I love, had more to do with the film than his character's wife. ?I also thought the nun thing was scarier than anything in the original. ?I do agree with the other poster that the first third of the first Conjuring?is great and creepy. ?I'd probably love the hide and clap bit more if it weren't entirely shown in trailers. ?I'm still mad at them for that.
Cassavettes seems interesting. ?Minnie and whatever reminds me that the neighbor's character in Rosemary?is, I believe, named Minnie.
Feb 28, 2017 9:32 PM
Is it weird that one of my life goals is to own everything?in the Criterion Collection? ?
Feb 27, 2017 7:27 PM