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I am amused Tales from the Darkside: The Movie was on HBO after me and some others brought it up in a few threads on the forums as of late.

The last two nights I rewatched Blade II (still pretty good) and Blade: Trinity, which is still pretty bad, although now knowing the details of what went wrong during production meant I knew why that movie was so miserable.
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Blade II is so great. Does NOT look like a 17 year old movie. At all. To me anyway..
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(07-06-2018, 04:43 PM)fraid uh noman Wrote: Took me a while to realize you're kidding.

Carry on..

You've lost me.
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I finally caught The Collector, one of the rare, non-Saw torture porn flicks of that era.  People responsible for some of the Saw sequels were responsible for this one, though.

It has a scuzzy grain that works at times but also makes certain scenes look indecipherable.  It's highly illogical, and the kills aren't all that interesting.  The lead character is fine, though.

There's a sequel, I know.  I'll probably watch it eventually.
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Love The Collector, it has this whole Fight Club kind of thing going on that's really interesting. Although since it doesn't every come out and say, "Yes, this is what we're doing" it's just kind of a theory...but there seems to be too much mirroring of things between the main character and the villain, and in the end we see in at least one instance that the main character is just hallucinating the killer. If you're watching it as movie where a single crazy guy is running around the house pretending to be two people, and working his victims into traps, I'm guessing it becomes a lot more interesting.

(07-06-2018, 04:15 PM)arjen rudd Wrote: I’m watching the Resident Evil movies this month. It’s a series I’ve never gone through before,

The first one was about as I remember it. It’s a fine zombie action trifle, an enormous Aliens rip off and still a contender for the finest video game movie ever made (the faintest of praise). It’s neat seeing people like baby James Purefoy show up. Absolutely nothing special, but basically fun.

The sequel, Apocalypse, was why I cashed out on the series originally. Just a bad movie, one that feels made of video game cutscenes. I guess I liked it a bit more this time, it has some ok bits and I like the Clive Barker design of Nemesis, but I do hope this remains the low water mark of the series, as it’ll be a real chore to get through these if they don’t improve. Jared Harris and Iain Glenn show up as well!

The only one of these I've liked so far is the last one, which weirdly enough is the closest they've come to doing the first game. It's not the first, but it does have the reason they're in the mansion being they were chased their by zombie dogs. There's some instances where they could have worked in some stuff like giant snakes and spiders that was a missed opportunity, but overall it was a nice action movie.


I remember the third one being ok. Although I watched it on fast forward, but what I didn't fast forward through I liked. It's basically a big Resident Evil remake of Day of the Dead. Think it's the first time in that movie series the zombies don't look like shit. If you're planning to watch them all you've got a long hard road ahead.
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(07-08-2018, 05:49 AM)Iron Maiden Wrote: I finally caught The Collector, one of the rare, non-Saw torture porn flicks of that era.  People responsible for some of the Saw sequels were responsible for this one, though.

It has a scuzzy grain that works at times but also makes certain scenes look indecipherable.  It's highly illogical, and the kills aren't all that interesting.  The lead character is fine, though.

There's a sequel, I know.  I'll probably watch it eventually.
The sequel takes the approach of Aliens basically. Pretty fun but far too much shaky cam. Shocked that it had such a closed satisfying ending. So rare in horror films really.
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(07-06-2018, 04:15 PM)arjen rudd Wrote: I’m watching the Resident Evil movies this month. It’s a series I’ve never gone through before,

The first one was about as I remember it. It’s a fine zombie action trifle, an enormous Aliens rip off and still a contender for the finest video game movie ever made (the faintest of praise).

Finest movie based on a video game*
I still think the best video game movie is EDGE OF TOMORROW

I’ll always remember Colin Salmon’s death in RESIDENT EVIL - it’s a great kill - and then I love that Paul Anderson kills him similarly in AVP.
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Massive fan of the RE video games since day 1. The movies are okay time wasters. They're generally  dumb as shit, and most of the acting is awful, plus the fanservicey winking that Anderson throws in there (like Ada Wong dressed exactly as she is in the game) really makes me cringe sometimes. But Jovovich always gives it her all, and that makes up for a lot of the other crap. Unlike everyone else around her, Alice is a real deal character, and there were actually some emotional beats with her in the final film that I'm embarrassed to admit did kinda get me. The animated Resi movies are so much better though. Those CGI tyrants that Leon goes up against in the second one, Jesus. Formidable AF. Newest one (RE: Vendetta) just went up on Hulu and I wanna check it out asap.

As for The Collector/The Collection, I liked the first movie better than any of the Saws. Big mistake not to bring back Juan Fernandez and his supremely creepy bad guy acting for the sequel. That guy deserves more horror work.
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SimBob, I can't say that theory about the protagonist of The Collector crossed my mind as I watched it, but it's interesting.  Seems like the sequel goes in a different direction, though, from what waaaaaaaalt said.

I watched The Transfiguration today, which is very much in the spirit of George Romero's Martin.  It's a coming-of-age, shot-on-location film that can be looked at in various ways.  It's certainly about the way people deal with trauma, but it has a lot to say about horror films and fandom as well.  It's also pretty sensitive, which is cool; it's nice to see a good balance on that.
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I'm sick, so The Collection got a watch a lot sooner than originally expected.

I liked it more than the first, honestly.  The house of horrors feel is funner, which dreary films like this could use more often.  And, yes, that ending is pretty satisfying, waaaaaaaalt.
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(06-12-2018, 11:34 PM)Iron Maiden Wrote: I'm digging this trailer:




This opens in the U.S. this weekend. Apparently this is the first horror film ever to be directed by an Irish woman.
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Ohh great now I can't see it. It's well known how I feel about Irish women.....
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They're on the receiving end of your... ire?
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(07-09-2018, 10:53 AM)waaaaaaaalt Wrote: Ohh great now I can't see it. It's well known how I feel about Irish women.....

Just yesterday, I met a woman in the local Indian takeaway who was the splitting image of the actress Ruth Wilson*.

*was not actually Ruth Wilson as she was Irish and Ruth Wilson ... is not.
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Ohh thank god. For a moment I thought Ruth Wilson was Irish and I almost had to hate her. I love Ruth Wilson. Don't make me think shes awful.
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(07-08-2018, 06:06 PM)Iron Maiden Wrote: SimBob, I can't say that theory about the protagonist of The Collector crossed my mind as I watched it, but it's interesting.  Seems like the sequel goes in a different direction, though, from what waaaaaaaalt said.

I watched The Transfiguration today, which is very much in the spirit of George Romero's Martin.  It's a coming-of-age, shot-on-location film that can be looked at in various ways.  It's certainly about the way people deal with trauma, but it has a lot to say about horror films and fandom as well.  It's also pretty sensitive, which is cool; it's nice to see a good balance on that.

The sequel still fits into the theory if the sequel is actually a prequel. The Collector of the original movie is very much not the Collector of The Collection. In The Collector he's a spindly looking bald man. He also builds far simpler traps, they're thing like nails sticking up, and a bunch of knives falling on you. The Collector in The Collection is a bigger guy, he isn't bald, and he engineers these elaborate mechanical death traps. So Arkin was taken by The Collector at some point in events we haven't seen, the events of The Collection happened but all this fucked him up and now he's fucking crazy imagining his family is in danger by some criminals where he's forced to brake into homes and runs into "The Collector".

That's something I forgot about The Collection too until writing that. In The Collector his wife seems to be more like a ex-wife, and she needs money by midnight or the people she owes will do something to her. She's talking about leaving town, and he mocks the idea of her hiding out at her mother's or something. When we met him in the hospital in The Collection the two seem like they are married, there's no mention of the danger she was in before, (him being taken would mean she didn't get that money by midnight) she seems more put together than the version we met in The Collector, and when he thinks she's in danger he tells her to go to her mothers.

A big thing in The Collection is also how The Collector turns all these different people into his minors by driving them crazy.

The alt ending on DVD is great



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Resident Evil: Extinction

I guess it’s cool that the series just decided it’s in the post-Apocalypse now, and only halfway through at that. It’s the sort of change up I appreciate, trying to keep things fresh (God knows there’s a lot of familiar CG monsters and heavy metal gun fighting in these).

Liked the larger role for Jorah Mormont, slumming his ass off in sloppy creature makeup. Oded Fehr is cool, I forgot about him. Fun death scene for him. Milla Jovovich continues to prove she deserved much better. How has she not ended up in a superhero movie yet? I mean, other than these, of course.

A step closer to the B movie fun of the original. I admit I’m curious to see what’s left, now that the world has ended and everyone is dead except Alice. I guess she’ll have to go fight Wesker. Is Barry gonna show up?
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Eden Lake

Well, this is sure a dark and depressing movie. Or, at least, it tries to be.

My favorite part is when the murderous teen who seems bent on total destruction finds a note on a piece of paper that identifies him as the murder. He tells his "friend" to burn it. When they guy simply shrugs, he does the most logical thing to ensure this information never sees the light of day and...takes a casual stroll over to the garbage can where the girl he is trying to kill is hiding and does Mother Nature a solid and disposes of the paper, intact, in the garbage bin, and returns to running chaotically through the forest.

Michael Fassbender is in this. While he isn't give him much to work with, outside of being a prick to everyone he meets, he certainly does not phone in his performance as he is struggling for life. Guy sure is pretty convincing at shaking and convulsing uncontrollably. I'll give him that.

Also, this, surprisingly, has an 81% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes (I thought it was pretty terrible) and is apparently a part of a subgenre of horror that, until yesterday, I was never aware of... "hoodie-horror". Is that really a thing?
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lol so it’s time for Shudder’s big 24 hour marathon hosted by Joe Bob Briggs and... it won’t load. Tried on my fire tv and my phone, neither app would even open.
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Having the same problem, on three different devices. Shame-- I guess I can only hope they make the Joe Bob content available later.
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Hm, glad I didn’t alter my life schedule for this, as I had considered.
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Yeah I guess their servers couldn’t handle it. I still haven’t been able to get it working but possibly some people have now? I guess it’s a bit of a bummer for people who were hoping to watch the whole thing but honestly it’s kinda heartwarming that so many people turned out for Joe Bob. I’ll probably check back in and watch a bit of it tomorrow, I’m sure it’ll be up and running then.
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Okay this is nuts: since the Joe Bob Briggs marathon wasn’t working I decided to rewatch Cronenberg’s Rabid, and when it ends I see on Twitter that Shudder has the stream working again, so I load it up just in time to see Joe Bob introducing the next film... Rabid! Maybe I’m psychic. So I got to see the Drive-In Totals for the movie if just watched, plus a crazy anecdote about the producing partners who gave Marilyn Chambers her start in the porn business.
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(07-13-2018, 11:20 AM)RCA Wrote: Eden Lake

Well, this is sure a dark and depressing movie. Or, at least, it tries to be.

My favorite part is when the murderous teen who seems bent on total destruction finds a note on a piece of paper that identifies him as the murder. He tells his "friend" to burn it. When they guy simply shrugs, he does the most logical thing to ensure this information never sees the light of day and...takes a casual stroll over to the garbage can where the girl he is trying to kill is hiding and does Mother Nature a solid and disposes of the paper, intact, in the garbage bin, and returns to running chaotically through the forest.

Michael Fassbender is in this. While he isn't give him much to work with, outside of being a prick to everyone he meets, he certainly does not phone in his performance as he is struggling for life. Guy sure is pretty convincing at shaking and convulsing uncontrollably. I'll give him that.

Also, this, surprisingly, has an 81% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes (I thought it was pretty terrible) and is apparently a part of a subgenre of horror that, until yesterday, I was never aware of... "hoodie-horror". Is that really a thing?

I believe I am going to have to give this one a re-watch at some point, it's one of the few horrors to really shake me up in the last few years.

At the time it was released in the UK there was a major youth crime and stabbing epidemic going on. The media and newspapers in particular made it seem like the moment you stepped out of your door you would get stabbed. Specifically they claimed there were gangs of 'feral' youth in hoodies controlling most of the streets. So the timing of Eden Lake's release was not great and I think this climate of fear really fed into its reception.

Regardless of the time it was released, its a really effective horror film directed with some considerable skill with three great central performances that all add to its power.

I would also add that this general atmosphere over here at the time was exactly why Attack the Block flopped on release.
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There are many times I meant to rent Eden Lake but almost got Groom Lake back in those Blockbuster days. I still need to see Eden Lake.

I'd think that news would make Eden Lake bigger. That would have been around the time of Harry Brown right? While I don't live there, I do remember hearing some stuff able lots of drunk young people hanging around and getting into fights and shit around that time there.
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(07-15-2018, 04:58 AM)simbob Wrote: There are many times I meant to rent Eden Lake but almost got Groom Lake back in those Blockbuster days. I still need to see Eden Lake.

I'd think that news would make Eden Lake bigger. That would have been around the time of Harry Brown right? While I don't live there, I do remember hearing some stuff able lots of drunk young people hanging around and getting into fights and shit around that time there.

That's correct Harry Brown was around the same time, I think it came out about six months later. I felt more prepared for Harry Brown though, I knew what it was going for ahead of time, so it didn't quite get to me. Eden Lake has some moments (you'll know it when you see it) that I was completely unprepared for. Plus it was filmed not far from where I live.
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I wonder why we haven't gotten a new Final Destination film. They all did well and Part 5 (the one about the bridge) may have been the best in the series.
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I caught two flicks tonight, A Quiet Place and The Devil's Doorway.

I got to the theaters a lot in late 2017/early 2018 (well, for me anyway), so the trailer for A Quiet Place was sort of ingrained into my head, but it didn't do much to entice me.  I was actually surprised the film caught on with audiences immediately, but it shows what I know.  I thought it was a rock-solid flick with excellent sound design, cool creatures and tight tension - probably one of the bigger surprises in horror for me in a while.

The Devil's Doorway screened at a film festival in Chicago a few weeks ago, but I couldn't find the time to attend.  Thankfully, it's already on VOD.  Like most found footage flicks, it hits some snags on logic, probably more so since it's a period piece.  There are a few scares I liked and the beaten-up film grain look of the film certainly adds some points, but the ending doesn't make a lot of sense and the script could've done a lot more on the sins of the Church.  There is some talk of abuse within the Church and whatnot, but it never really creeps into the narrative.  

Oh, and I have a request for further found footage flicks: stop with the musical scores.  If you're film is supposed to be "reality," a score isn't helping.
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(07-13-2018, 09:04 PM)dan benenson Wrote: lol so it’s time for Shudder’s big 24 hour marathon hosted by Joe Bob Briggs and... it won’t load. Tried on my fire tv and my phone, neither app would even open.

(07-13-2018, 09:29 PM)slim Wrote: Having the same problem, on three different devices. Shame-- I guess I can only hope they make the Joe Bob content available later.

Yeah, that turned into a fiasco; thankfully everything from the marathon is archived and available for viewing.

(07-15-2018, 09:21 AM)Felix Wrote: I wonder why we haven't gotten a new Final Destination film. They all did well and Part 5 (the one about the bridge) may have been the best in the series.

The way things are, any day now I am expecting to hear that either there will be another sequel or (more likely) the franchise will be rebooted.

As of late I've seen a pair of horror films, although calling the first one that is quite the stretch. I finally saw a Madea movie-hey, it was for free on Prime-and it was Boo! A Madea Halloween. That was atrocious between the awful characters (including Madea herself), the story that made no sense, the same six unfunny jokes being repeated ad nauseum, and the poor production values. The second was great in comparison-by normal standards it was fine. I won't go into details but I had quite the Sunday and it ended by me being in an AMC Theatres new to me and seeing the new French horror film (it's now also VOD) The Night Eats the World. It's actually in English and the main actors aren't French... unlike the French Extreme movement of the past, I actually liked this. The theatre staff I had a bad incident with and the crowd experience was even worse; at least I won't have to worry about ever going there again.

The movie itself was a different look at a zombie apocalypse. It follows a dude who passes out at a party (it was pretty much the opening scene of Cloverfield) and wakes up to find he's the only one alive in an apartment complex and he may be the only one alive in all of Paris. I know it's not for all tastes-some found it pretentious-but I found it interesting as after having a good cry he tried to think logically to survive in the complex as long as he could, although he does F up a few times. While the theatrical experience was not ideal, I was happy the movie was not the same ol' shit.
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Shudder and Greg Nicotero Bringing Back “Creepshow” as Anthology Series in 2019
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(Yesterday, 11:02 AM)shaunh Wrote: Shudder and Greg Nicotero Bringing Back “Creepshow” as Anthology Series in 2019

Could be very cool, but unless they attempt to ape the super-theatrical comic book lighting and panels from the original movie, I don't know what would set the show apart from, say, TALES FROM THE CRYPT.
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Considering how much the original was clearly aping Tales From the Crypt (the comics), and was likely a big inspiration on the Crypt TV show we all remember, probably not an enormous amount.
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(Yesterday, 11:12 AM)Belloq87 Wrote:
(Yesterday, 11:02 AM)shaunh Wrote: Shudder and Greg Nicotero Bringing Back “Creepshow” as Anthology Series in 2019

Could be very cool, but unless they attempt to ape the super-theatrical comic book lighting and panels from the original movie, I don't know what would set the show apart from, say, TALES FROM THE CRYPT.

Yeah but like would you be unhappy if it was essentially a new Tales from the Crypt? I know I wouldn't. But sure, it'll be even *more* awesome if they do the stylized comic-inspired stuff from the original.
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(Yesterday, 04:55 PM)dan benenson Wrote: Yeah but like would you be unhappy if it was essentially a new Tales from the Crypt? I know I wouldn't. But sure, it'll be even *more* awesome if they do the stylized comic-inspired stuff from the original.

No, I would not be unhappy. I'm just curious what's going to make it CREEPSHOW instead of any old horror anthology.

Mind you, I'll take any old horror anthology if it's done well.
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