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Old 10-04-2019, 12:46 AM   #3576
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...I have to say, I never expected to ever hear the term "Esperanto" or that an entire film would be shot in it. It seems like such a bizarre decision even without considering there would be virtually no payoff. . .
It does come off as artsy, but I think the idea was to make it international without punning down a specific culture. It's a pretty decent movie. At times it feels like a Bergman movie, but it's not quite at that level.
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Old 10-04-2019, 01:30 AM   #3577
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I caught the Evil Dead franchise episode a few days ago but haven't sat through the others since then. I typically enjoy their stuff so I should try to keep up with it this month.
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Old 10-07-2019, 02:26 AM   #3578
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So I'm watching the Event Horizon extras and they mention how Sam Neill was totally naked wearing full-body scarred-flesh prosthetics on the stage and they're shooting in the dead of winter, the stage has no heating, and Neill is freezing his balls off.

What a trooper.

But the extras are fascinating. The ship's design is actually partially lifted from Notre Dame itself, and they wanted the design to have religious aesthetics built into the ship all over the place. Jason Isaacs wanted to keep the full-size model of himself that was made for the scene where his chest is cut open. They came up with the magnetic boots because the whole thing on wires would have gone over-schedule/-budget. Miniature scale-model of the ship was 30 feet and needed machinery to move. Sean Pertwee turned his hair platinum blonde and when Paul Anderson saw it, he was speechless, so Pertwee shaved his head the next day. Anderson is on the cover of a book floating in the entryway of the ship, his Hitchcock cameo. The screenwriter for Se7en did a sequence where Fishburne finds a tooth floating in the air, but since it was long and didn't progress the plot it was removed.

The commentary I'll have to watch another time, maybe after rewatching the film sometime this week. It's only 90m so I can probably squeeze it in twice this week, hopefully.
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Old 10-08-2019, 08:57 AM   #3579
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Update: I watched the first 2 From Dusk till Dawn movies, which were both good, but I could see Tarentino's influence all over the first one, from the camera angles, to the weird subtext going on throughout the film. Most disturbing was his actual character and what he did to the first hostage. Such gruesome. I was kind of happy as to his character's outcome.



The 2nd one was more a run of the mill movie, but I did like that they centered most of it on the bank heist instead of the bar.
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Old 10-08-2019, 01:12 PM   #3580
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^Cool. #1 is a great vamp flick. The other two I could watch again (esp. #3).
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Old 10-14-2019, 10:27 PM   #3581
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Fuck it, I'm posting this here because ghosts are fucking scary:

"Ghostbusters" theme song cover by Heavy Metal Heroes

Video is solid gold.
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Old 10-15-2019, 10:15 PM   #3582
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Old 10-24-2019, 02:12 PM   #3583
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And speaking of Vorhees ....

Never Hike Alone (2017)
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"No one gets to experience this place again. That sucks. All because of some stupid ghost story. Well, I ain't afraid of no ghost."

A fan film with Jason and using the F13 lore. They got away with it because they did it for no profit; hence you can legally watch it on Youtube ... at least until the mess that is the rights gets settled. Not groundbreaking, but I'd recommend it to Jason fans that haven't already caught it.
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Old 10-26-2019, 02:50 PM   #3584
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So I was scrolling through Instagram on my phone last night and saw an advert for a film called Antlers.

Boy keeps getting roadkill and small animals and feeding them to something in a dark room in some old house in town (maybe his, maybe abandoned). At some point the thing breaks out and starts killing. I get wendigo vibes but I'm probably way off, might be an original creature.
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Old 10-30-2019, 12:17 AM   #3585
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Good news, everyone!

In Search of Darkness is a major documentary focusing on '80s horror and featuring a shitload of iconic persons interviewed, including James Rolfe of AVGN fame. It's up for preorder until midnight on the 31st (it's a little pricey though, at $59.99, so I think I'll wait for the full release and see when I can snag it).
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Old 10-30-2019, 12:23 AM   #3586
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^Yeah, I went to check that out with the intention of buying it, but that's too much. Even at around 4 hours that's still $15 an hour. Of course, that is partly due to it being crowd-funded, but it's still more than I can put on my credit card right now.
It does look cool, though.
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Old 11-04-2019, 09:23 PM   #3587
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Old 11-07-2019, 06:54 AM   #3588
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And speaking of Vorhees ....

Never Hike Alone (2017)
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"No one gets to experience this place again. That sucks. All because of some stupid ghost story. Well, I ain't afraid of no ghost."

A fan film with Jason and using the F13 lore. They got away with it because they did it for no profit; hence you can legally watch it on Youtube ... at least until the mess that is the rights gets settled. Not groundbreaking, but I'd recommend it to Jason fans that haven't already caught it.

THAT was freaking awesome. I can go to bed happy that I've seen that now.

If I ever go to bed.....
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THAT was freaking awesome. I can go to bed happy that I've seen that now.

If I ever go to bed.....
Yeah, I'm glad they got to do it. They may go after them some day, but right now they get away with it by not making a profit (you can buy limited DVDs, but all money is for printing costs) and because the rights are in dispute right now.
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So I saw a very brief advert for "Underwater" and just looked up the full trailer.

It's basically a horror version of The Abyss but with Kristen Stewart (yes, the suicidal girlfriend with the acting range of a cardboard box). I won't lie though, it genuinely does look interesting.

From the glimpses we get, it looks like the drillers are attacked by a swarm of Gill-Men but I'm really hoping those are working in tandem with a larger, kraken-like creature because the manner, speed, and breadth of the devastation the rig suffers it more than what a swarm of fish-people should be able to cause. Plus, it would add an interesting dynamic to the antagonist(s). But I'm probably hoping for too much.
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^Saw that trailer when I went to Ford v Ferrari last week. It looked like it had possibilities, but I didn't feel like "I have to see this in theaters."
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The Fog (1980)

"Our celebration tonight is a travesty. We're honoring murderers."

On the 100th anniversary of the town's founding, Antonio Bay is besieged by a seemingly sentient fog that masks the ghostly forms of a shipwrecked crew out for revenge.

I remember when the adverts for the remake were on TV, and I can't believe I've never gotten around to seeing this until now. My mother and stepdad confused it for The Mist (and subsequently had to waste a moment of their lives whining about how Stephen King is a Trump hater), but otherwise had passing interest in the film.

I gotta say, I really approve of the style. Carpenter has always been a damn good filmmaker and gotten some great talent on set, and it shows here. This shares so many elements and touches of Halloween and it feels so smooth cinematically. My dad and I thought John Houseman was Donald Pleasance because they're so similar, and I think we both really liked Hal Holbrook as Father Malone (I felt sorry for his character, biggest cross to bear in the damn story).

The fog itself, and the ghosts, were impressive, very cleverly done and creepy as fuck. Not showing very much of them and having this huge enveloping cloud made things all the more ominous because there's less personification and less to fight back against. Worked so well.

I'm not so sure I agree with the ending. Having that final death is arguable, because the truth was laid bare, the stolen gold returned, rescuing the priest should have been the end of it because now the curse is ended with the undoing of his grandfather's lie and theft. But then, it's a horror story and since Adrienne Barbeau lived, there needed to be a sixth fatality. (It also works in the film's favor that the deaths are targeted rather than a mindless rampage, most of them anyway).

I seriously need to get this for my collection one day. Not sure if I should check out the remake but I get the feeling I'll eventually see it.
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Old 12-29-2019, 03:08 AM   #3593
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The Fog (1980) . . . I gotta say, I really approve of the style. Carpenter has always been a damn good filmmaker and gotten some great talent on set, and it shows here. This shares so many elements and touches of Halloween and it feels so smooth cinematically. . .

The fog itself, and the ghosts, were impressive, very cleverly done and creepy as fuck. . . Worked so well.
I bought that movie (before I even heard there was going to be a remake) sight-unseen because of the cred it has in the horror community and my first viewing I was like "okay," but as I've re-watched it I've really appreciated it more and am glad I do own it. It's so great at atmosphere.

And, of course, the remake totally screws that up and makes a standard jump-scare heavy, run-of-the-mill ghost movie. Utterly forgettable.

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. . . I'm not so sure I agree with the ending. Having that final death is arguable, because the truth was laid bare, the stolen gold returned, rescuing the priest should have been the end of it because now the curse is ended with the undoing of his grandfather's lie and theft. But then, it's a horror story and since Adrienne Barbeau lived, there needed to be a sixth fatality. (It also works in the film's favor that the deaths are targeted rather than a mindless rampage, most of them anyway). . .
Yeah, I think that it's in that realm like The Ring, where it seems like the thing is resolved and the curse can be done, but no, the rules (six dead) have to be kept. That's kind of its shtick.
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And, of course, the remake totally screws that up and makes a standard jump-scare heavy, run-of-the-mill ghost movie. Utterly forgettable.
Guess I know what I'm not watching, then.
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Guess I know what I'm not watching, then.
You never know. You could feel differently, but it has a 3.7 (of 10) on IMDb. Rotten Tomatoes critics have it at 4% with audience reaction at 19%.
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So I see they're making sequels to A Quiet Place and Halloween 2018. Not sure how I feel about the first, since I felt it works really well standalone, and the second just doesn't need a sequel in my eyes (they very clearly establish Myers is as human as anyone else, growing old and suffering serious bodily harm, and there is no fucking way he got out of that death trap, not even comatose).

I'll give both a chance, though. I really liked AQP, so even if I never get around to seeing the sequel I will at least wish them all the best in following up such a major film. As for Halloween Kills (I heard that was the title, but Danny Trejo hasn't been confirmed, I don't think), well, I'll try and keep an open mind because the 2018 one was incredible and I may very well be pleasantly surprised.
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^I feel the same. I will eventually watch both, but I'll be cautious and add that when it comes to something like A Quiet Place, not everything good means it has to become a franchise.
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I'm just patiently waiting for more news on Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends.

Haunt was the surprise hit for me in terms of horror for 2019. Did you guys dig it?
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^Haven't seen it, but I just added it to my list.
I guess the stand-out horror to me this year was Us (which I didn't see in theaters) and It: Chapter II (which I did). The only other horror I saw in theater was Doctor Sleep (and Godzilla: KotM, if you count that), which I liked, but didn't love.
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