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Watrick
Mar 15, 2007

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Dr.Caligari posted:

Awesome. I put this on my watchlist after seeing this on a list of movies featured in Nightmare USA. I might have to give it a watch this month

I recommend it. I was pleasantly surprised.

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Several Goblins
Jul 30, 2006

"What the hell do they mean? Beefcake?"



Lipstick Apathy

3. The Houses October Built 3.5/10
A found footage flick with a solid concept and really, really rough execution. A few friends decide to rent an RV and document a cross-country trip to the scariest Halloween haunted houses they can find, including a legendary traveling one called "Blue Skeleton." Not a bad setup for a faux documentary style horror movie and I was generally enjoying the movie until what was one of the lamest endings I have ever seen in any genre of film.

4. REC 4: Apocalypse 7/10
I'm not sure how much popularity the REC series still has, but I love them. This one picks up where REC 2 left off and follows survivors of the outbreaks on a quarantine ship. It's basically Resident Evil: Revelations, the movie.

5. The House of the Devil 8/10
I really enjoyed The Innkeepers and The Sacrament, so I was looking forward to this, and it didn't disappoint. Ti West is turning out to be one of my favorite newer horror directors. Great little throwback to the satanic panic movies of the 70s.

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Justin Godscock
Oct 12, 2004

Listen here, funnyman!

Soiled Meat

5. The Babadook (2014)

A horror movie that's been getting good buzz on SA and online that I decided to check out the other day. This is a really great horror movie in its strong belief in the mother/son relationship and how the Babadook is simply an intrusion in a strained relationship. Amelia had her son after a car accident that killed her mother and that birthday is a reminded of what she lost but also what she gained and the angst from that fuels the film's insanity. I honestly appreciated the film's focus on the psychological and physical isolation of a troubled relationship and how the Babadook becomes a test of it rather than a cheap slasher scare. The effects of the monster itself were amazing aside from that stupid stock sound effect edited in that you hear in dinosaur movies ALL the time...you'll know it when you hear it and drat this is great horror. Check this one out if you can.

/5

Grnegsnspm
Oct 20, 2003

This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarian 2: Electric Boogaloo

Day 6 - Would You Rather

I did not dismiss Would You Rather? out of hand based on its admittedly ridiculous premise. I’ve seen at least most of the Saw movies, which are based entirely on playing killer games with people, and I even watched a ghost story that featured a deadly round of “never have I ever”. At this point, a horror film that takes a benign game played for shits and giggles and turns it into a scenario for torture porn is hardly the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard. So just know that when I say this movie is really goddamn stupid, it is not the premise that I am talking about.

Full Review

1.5 out of 5

Darthemed
Oct 28, 2007

"A data unit?
For me?
"


College Slice



#6. The New York Ripper (1982).This was one I'd heard mentioned in the horror thread several times, and it pretty much lived up to what I was expecting, though it wasn't quite as over-the-top as some comments had me thinking it would be. For the first half-hour or so I was thinking 'Well, this isn't that bad,' but things picked up quite a bit after that. I did wonder if Scream 2's opening section was at least a little inspired by one of the scenes in this. Strong use of color and environmental shots, from the XXX rows to the open bridges and wide city views. Effective violence, despite some glossing over of realistic reactions (Rosie trying to squeeze over the car door instead of exiting by the open side of it, for example). The more hallucinatory sections were the most engaging for me, but the gimmick of the killer, even with the Psycho-like explication at the end, felt really pointless (apart from just being weird). Cool funky soundtrack. 7/10.

Choco1980
Feb 22, 2013

I fell in love with a Video Nasty


#10. Anthropophagus (1980)

A group of tourists, including one who is very pregnant, are vacationing in Greece. They meet a young woman who asks them to give her a lift on their boat to a small island village where she takes care of a blind girl in the summers. When they get there, the island seems deserted, like a ghost town. As they slowly investigate, they learn that there's a madman roaming the island obsessed with practicing cannibalism, stalking their every move and stranding them there.

Normally when I hear the name Joe D'Amato, I expect the very bottom of the Eurosleaze barrel. The fact that this one was so notorious on the "Video Nasties" list didn't help. At the end of the day, the film seems rather competent though, to my surprise. The camera work is nice, exploring dark claustrophobic sets. The characters are all played with decent enough gusto, and all seem written to be rather mature and just stuck in a bad situation, rather than making stupid decisions left and right. The music is a bit kooky, and might drive lesser tolerant people to turn off the film, and the gore is rather low-tech, resembling more the H G Lewis and David Friedman primitive school. That said, you could do a lot worse with the people on hand...

.5/5

Lurdiak
Feb 25, 2006



Grnegsnspm posted:

a deadly round of “never have I ever”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM318xq_438

Justin Godscock
Oct 12, 2004

Listen here, funnyman!

Soiled Meat

6. Sleepaway Camp (1983)

Knock another one off the horror movie backlog. This is a very unique 80s slasher movie because while it has all the cliches of the genre (you go to summer camp, you die) the production and acting are so bad but done with such sincere effort this movie honestly rises to "so bad its good". Now, the elephant in the room for those that have seen the film is the ending which is...wow, holy poo poo, I can only imagine what audiences in 1983 thought when it's revealed Angela is a dude. The film wasn't very subtle in implying Angela was the killer (any veteran of the horror genre would have seen it coming) but that little twist right there was like a 180 degree turn making what was a campy 80s slasher romp into something you will remember. Worth a watch.

/5

Random Stranger
Nov 27, 2009



Day 6 - Well Demons (that's the 2014 film by that title) was complete poo poo. And not the fun kind of poo poo. This was like a bad student film by a kid (there is a writer/director in this case) that doesn't realize his complete lack of talent. It's passionless, static, incoherent, and droning. I'm not going to dignify this film with a bigger write up because there's literally nothing there. The story jumps around randomly. The acting is more wooden than a forest. The direction is of the "no, don't bother lighting anything or worrying about guiding the actors; I'll just turn on my go pro and say action" school. The characters don't act like anything resembling human beings and the rest of the world doesn't behave like reality either ("The paramedics won't be here til morning."). There isn't a single redeemable thing in Demons; it's completely unwatchable.

To make up for this, tomorrow I'm starting my "recent films I've heard are good" phase with What We Do In the Shadows.

graventy
Jul 27, 2006


Fun Shoe

15. The Collection - The sequel to The Collector, it's about a serial killer with a penchant for traps. During a weird, convoluted scene at a rave club, the surviving thief from the first movie escapes, and a girl is kidnapped. The thief leads a team of rescuers back to his trap-filled hideout.

The setup makes a bit more sense this time, but I didn't really feel like the traps were well thought out or interesting, and there were an awful lot of scenes where "the velociraptor gets distracted". (2.5/5)

16. The Descent - A longtime group of female friends goes spelunking. But they spel the wrong unk.

The film does a great job of setting up a series of relatable, connected characters who end up making (relatively) believable mistakes. I think it would have been better with less monster and more scary-rear end tight spaces. (3.5/5)

17. A Field in England - During the English Civil War, a hapless assistant flees from his master. He joins up with several other deserters, and they are directed and drugged into finding a treasure.

It was a fever trip of a movie, but it really didn't do anything for me. I found it disjointed and not all that interesting. (1/5)

18. Grave Encounters 2 - A group of college auteurs investigate the mysterious story behind the film Grave Encounters. Could it be a true story!? But the effects were so lame!

Fully up it's own rear end with the metacommentary, it basically repeats a lot of the scares from the original. I enjoy convoluted self-referential world-building, though, even when it's not terribly well done. (3/5)

19. American Mary - A down-on-her luck med student takes on a few side jobs as a street surgeon. When one of her teachers takes advantage of her, she takes revenge using her special set of skills. She descends quickly into a world of body horror and revenge.

Entertaining movie. Her deleting her Nana from the contact list was the most unintentionally hilarious scene in the movie. (3.5/5)

Fallom
Sep 6, 2008



Fun Shoe

graventy posted:


19. American Mary - A down-on-her luck med student takes on a few side jobs as a street surgeon. When one of her teachers takes advantage of her, she takes revenge using her special set of skills. She descends quickly into a world of body horror and revenge.

Entertaining movie. Her deleting her Nana from the contact list was the most unintentionally hilarious scene in the movie. (3.5/5)

Beatrice best 2012 character of 2015

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Choco1980
Feb 22, 2013

I fell in love with a Video Nasty


graventy posted:

18. Grave Encounters 2 - A group of college auteurs investigate the mysterious story behind the film Grave Encounters. Could it be a true story!? But the effects were so lame!

Fully up it's own rear end with the metacommentary, it basically repeats a lot of the scares from the original. I enjoy convoluted self-referential world-building, though, even when it's not terribly well done. (3/5)


Glad I'm not the only one who thinks this isn't bottom barrel terrible and in fact some clever meta-commentary, even if it does take it too far into ridiculous levels GHOST CAMERAMEN??



And so as not to double post:

#11. Chemical Wedding (2008)

At Cambridge, American scientist Joshua Mathers is conducting tests with virtual reality involving a full body suit. Unbeknownst to him, his computer expert assistant Victor Nuberg, and Lit professor Oliver Haddo use the technology in their own occult/magickal studies to possess Haddo with the spirit of Aleister Crowley. His personality changes overnight, he makes enemies of his peers and students at the college, and begins starting back up his last, unfinished project: Creating a Moonchild from a Scarlet Woman to bring about his reign over the world. Mathers and school reporter Lia Robinson must figure out how to stop him before its too late!

This...is an interesting film. Written by Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickenson, it seems to know quite a bit about Crowley and his style of vulgar magicks and carrying on. I only know little bits here and there about the life and times of Uncle Al, but enough to know that the script is filled with little nods to he and his (some of the names for instance. Oliver Haddo is Crowley's Mary Sue in his fiction pieces). The movie seems relatively unknown, and really tries to go way out there, borrowing as much from the Jack Parsons branch of Thelemic knowledge as from Crowley's, with much talk of quantum mechanics and probability and other high science stuff integrated into magickal carryings on. I enjoyed the film quite a bit and do recommend it.

/5

mikeycp
Nov 24, 2010

I've changed a lot since I started hanging with Sonic, but I can't depend on him forever. I know I can do this by myself! Okay, Eggman! Bring it on!

I like Grave Encounters 2 as well. It's fine and most importantly it's fun.

Watrick
Mar 15, 2007

C:enter:###

#36.Cheerleader Camp (1988). A cheerleading team goes to a completion out in the woods with a mentally unstable member. Bodies start turning up. Who is killing everyone?

This is a typical slasher, other than the killer never being shown during kills. It also does a good job of not really revealing who is doing it? Is it the mentally unstable lead who has dreams about killing her friends or is it someone else?

#37.Splatter University (1984). There is a killer on the loose of this university and they enjoy killing students and faculty.

I can't really write much about this. It's just a splatter movie. Everything falls to the wayside in exchange for blood and gore.

#38.The Terror Within (1989). Have you seen Alien? The writer and director have too.

This is just a bloody version of Alien with a lower budget. It wasn't horrible, and they didn't try to hide the direct homage to it.

#39.Dream Demon (1988). A woman starts to have dreams, and they turn into reality, bringing people around her into them.

While this may sound a bit similar to A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 and 4, it isn't. I don't get what was happening in this movie. I was confused most of the time. A few neat effects weren't able to save this confusing mess.

#40.The Video Dead (1987). A family moves into a house where a TV releases zombies.

A unique zombie movie for sure. The zombies want to kill anyone alive out of jealously, not for flesh for brains. Sans the neat premise, the dialogue is cringeworthy, The characters are infuriatingly obnoxious at points, and the choices they make are baffling. For all its flaws, it's still a good watch.

#41.Aerobicide (1987). Someone is killing all the sexy members of a gym!

This movie was dominated by three different scenarios: women in tight clothes doing aerobics, gory kills, and a cop drama. If you enjoy all these, this movie is for you!

#42.Nightmare weekend (1986). A scientist creates a devices that turns anything into a pinball which will roll into an organism's mouth and change their neurological make up. There are a bunch of people at the scientist's house for some reason. The scientist's assistant uses it on people. poo poo happens. Blah blah blah. There is a puppet assistant.

This was a steamy pile of poo poo. It was confused the entire time. I had no idea why anything was going on, or what was going on. Logic was non-existent on every level. However this is prime material for any sort of MST type situation.

marblize
Sep 6, 2015


1: Thou Wast Mild and Lovely
2: Queen of Earth
3: The Pact
4: Wes Craven's New Nightmare

5: The Green Inferno

I really don't know what to make of this movie. I feel like if I say anything intellectually critical of it Eli Roth will find my post and masturbate to it. The first explicit death was pretty effectively horrifying but pretty much all of the dialogue was incredibly ham-fisted and silly. I feel like if you want to critique SJW's there are more mature and effective ways, but idk what I expected from Roth. The movie just felt a little confused and weirdly strayed off-message and opposite-message a couple of times, but maybe he wasn't paying that much attention.

6/31: Creep

This was cool and disturbing. Really inspiring that basically two dudes made this movie. Duplass is good and I felt for him at numerous points despite his creepin'. One of the jump scare-ish moments really gave me chills. It was an earned jump-scare, though. A legitimately scary one after a series of jokey ones.

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Several Goblins
Jul 30, 2006

"What the hell do they mean? Beefcake?"



Lipstick Apathy

6. And Soon The Darkness (2010) 5/10
I had no idea this was a remake going into it. Overall, it wasn't bad. Just a standard horror/thriller. Two girls are cycling through Argentina and, after a drunken night, one goes missing. The remaining girl (Amber Heard) teams up with a very bored looking Karl Urban to find her. Anyone know if the original is worth checking out?

7. Dracula 3000 1/10? 10/10?
I've skipped over a lot of the well-known 'bad' horror over the years and I figured I'd go back and check some out for some laughs. This movie is as incredible as it is baffling. No effort, talent or intelligence went into the making of this. It's one of the worst movies I've ever seen. But if I look at it from the standpoint of having laughed at every single scene and bit of dialogue, then I guess it was worth watching.

Choco1980
Feb 22, 2013

I fell in love with a Video Nasty


#12. Maniac (2012)

Frank is not a well man. He has had a disturbed childhood, and now is a disturbed adult, stalking women and then scalping them, placing their hair on mannequins at the shop for them he lives at and runs. One day he meets Anna, an artist whose subject matter is photographing mannequins artistically, whom he feels a kindred connection with. Will Anna make an honest man out of Frank, or will his dark desires get the better of him?

Well. I tend to not go into remakes with high expectations, as they're usually crass and a quick grab for easy money. This is not the case. Elijah Wood makes for an easily compelling tortured killer, clearly not enjoying hurting people, yet clearly enjoying the finished product. He follows his urges, whether he wants to or not. Even more impressive is that the filmmakers choose to film the entire movie from his perspective. Yes, this is a first person perspective film, with Wood himself only appearing on screen in mirrors or when having disassociative episodes, viewing his actions from outside. However, he spends much of the film speaking to himself and inside his own head. It's a conceit I tried and failed to pull off myself in film school, and I admire that the men behind this film pull it off. You know the infamous "Male Gaze" moment that Halloween opens with? That's this entire film, forcing you to be an active participant in Frank's actions. Chilling.

/5

BioTech
Feb 5, 2007
...drinking myself to sleep again...

#5 Re-Animator

This was really great. Dark and funny without turning into a parody.

Topper Harley
Jul 6, 2005
You have the whitest white part of the eyes I've ever seen. Do you floss?

15. Night Visions (1990)

Jesus, I don't know if trying to watch all of Wes Craven's movies is worth it. Even if it is, I don't know if I have the stamina to continue.

Another made-for-tv pile of trash from a man who, I suspect, just got really lucky when he directed Elm Street and Scream. Seriously, every time I watch one of this guy's stinkers, I think "Well, that had to be rock bottom" yet he keeps finding new lows. I think I only have one more made-for-tv Craven flick left (Chiller), so we'll see how the rest of this challenge goes.

This one has some HORRENDOUS acting ("I have to go to the bathroom." "YOU ALREADY WENT TO THE BATHROOM!"). The plot was pretty terrible as well. A psychic joins the police force to try to track down a killer who is assembling the perfect body by murdering people who have perfect body parts, except this was made for tv so they couldn't really show bloody body parts stuck together so they had to get "creative". The ending is so awful that it's cringe-worthy.

Basebf555
Feb 29, 2008

The greatest sensual pleasure there is is to know the desires of another!


Fun Shoe

1.Psycho 2.Black Christmas 3.Deep Red 4. Wicker Man 5.The Mummy 6.The Curse of Frankenstein 7.Drag Me to Hell

8.Candyman

I've never sat down and really thought it through, but Candyman may be my favorite horror movie of the 90's. One common element in almost every one of my favorite horror movies is a great soundtrack, and Candyman's is excellent. I feel like the movie would be half as scary without it, right from the opening credits the hair is standing up on my arms because the music is so haunting. The idea of pairing such a gothic score with the inner city setting was pure genius, even if the actual depiction of these neighborhoods and buildings isn't very realistic. Cabrini Green, the housing project where a lot of the film takes place, feels like a gate to Hell ala Fulci or Argento.

Then of course there's Tony Todd. The dude is just scary, and he pulls off several scenes that could have easily felt goofy without his overwhelming presence. There are a few moments in this movie that are extremely memorable, all-time classic horror moments. One involves a meeting with a psychiatrist in an asylum, and the other is the famous hook through the mirror scare. For whatever reason whenever the topic of jump scares comes up I don't see this mentioned, and I even failed to post about it in the jump scare thread that we had a while back. It's absolutely one of the best scares ever though, and its a great template for this kind of thing. No bullshit cat jumping into frame here!

I also want to say that Candyman II has always been a guilty pleasure of mine, and I think its almost as good as the original. If you're checking out Candyman for the first time, might as well watch Candyman 2, I think there's a good chance you'll enjoy both.

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Choco1980
Feb 22, 2013

I fell in love with a Video Nasty


I think the other thing about Todd's performance is that he's not just scary like so many horror actors, it's that he's sexy while he does it. Candyman actively seduces Helen into all trouble she ends up in. The whole scene in the parking garage still gives me shivers after seeing it dozens of times. It's powerful.

And yeah, go ahead and watch the sequels. They're not as good, but they're still pretty decent for mid to late 90s monster type movies (ie, already leaps above the dozens of brainless slashers of the time).

Basebf555
Feb 29, 2008

The greatest sensual pleasure there is is to know the desires of another!


Fun Shoe

I've seen Candyman probably ten times over the years, but embarrassingly I only just realized why he came after Helen in the first place. Beyond the fact that she's a pretty white woman like the one he loved when he was alive, there's a few lines that I guess I just never heard or interpreted correctly before.

Helens investigation leads her to Cabrini Green, where she ends up being assaulted by a gang leader who is using the legend of Candyman to rule over the housing project. Later on when the real Candyman comes for her, he tells her that because her actions got this gang leader arrested, the residents of Cabrini Green no longer fear Candyman, and therefore he is losing his power. He needs a new, ideally famous, victim so that he can continue to live in people's nightmares. I don't know why I never understood all that before, Candyman spells it all out..

LORD OF BOOTY
Feb 11, 2015

THEY MAKE SURE YOU AIN'T BOOTY!!!


1. Random Acts of Violence (2013)

This one was a surprise. I expected a dumb hour and a half of background noise, and ended up getting a surprisingly interesting horror-comedy that feels like a broader, more overtly goofy take on Man Bites Dog. I described it in genchat as "Neveldine and Taylor do American Psycho" and that's also a pretty good description; the film alternates between scenes of Malcolm, the protagonist, being a total weirdo goonlord who obsesses over old movies and pseudo-leftist politics, and scenes of him murdering people in order to end the gentrification of NYC.

The ending is one of the best punchlines I've ever seen in a horror film.

/5

2. The Beyond (1981)

Holy gently caress. This movie was... something else.

The plot, in broad strokes, is that a guy named Swieck gets murdered in 1930s New Orleans (in an absolutely beautiful sepia-toned cold open- it cannot be understated how fantastic Lucio Fulci is as a visual artist) and it turns out that he was the only thing keeping a hellmouth under the hotel from opening up. Said hellmouth opens up and lots of people die, horribly.

The gore effects are top-notch, but what makes the death scenes interesting is how Fulci shoots them. Every death is a surreal nightmare of extreme close-ups and quick cuts; there's none of Suspiria's almost disassociative detachment, but at the same time, it doesn't feel like it's reveling in the violence.

One of the things that strikes me most about this film's narrative is that it's basically incomprehensible if you try to break it down, and yet, in the moment, everything seems to make perfect sense. I'm legitimately unsure if I can analyze it, because it's less of a traditional story and more of a surrealist tone poem (and because I'm still reeling from it a day later), but I know drat well I'll come back to it.

/5

wuLFe
Oct 21, 2010


Choco1980 posted:

#12. Maniac (2012)

Frank is not a well man. He has had a disturbed childhood, and now is a disturbed adult, stalking women and then scalping them, placing their hair on mannequins at the shop for them he lives at and runs. One day he meets Anna, an artist whose subject matter is photographing mannequins artistically, whom he feels a kindred connection with. Will Anna make an honest man out of Frank, or will his dark desires get the better of him?

Well. I tend to not go into remakes with high expectations, as they're usually crass and a quick grab for easy money. This is not the case. Elijah Wood makes for an easily compelling tortured killer, clearly not enjoying hurting people, yet clearly enjoying the finished product. He follows his urges, whether he wants to or not. Even more impressive is that the filmmakers choose to film the entire movie from his perspective. Yes, this is a first person perspective film, with Wood himself only appearing on screen in mirrors or when having disassociative episodes, viewing his actions from outside. However, he spends much of the film speaking to himself and inside his own head. It's a conceit I tried and failed to pull off myself in film school, and I admire that the men behind this film pull it off. You know the infamous "Male Gaze" moment that Halloween opens with? That's this entire film, forcing you to be an active participant in Frank's actions. Chilling.

/5

I was wondering if anybody was going to watch this one - I caught it on netflix a while back, and I agree it was a great movie. I particularly like the change in tone that when the entire movie is experienced from the point of view of the antagonist, it does away with a lot of the tired formulaic slasher ideas, and manages to genuinely disturb not by (merely) the virtue of showing us these violent crimes, but also by putting you in the shoes of the man committing them - seeing the whole genre from a different perspective, and experiencing the revulsion, and exhiliration which the killer is powerless to resist, no matter how much he tries to live a normal life. In some ways reminiscent of "A Clockwork Orange" in that we experience the film through the eyes of the antihero, but while Alex is a likable scoundrel (surprise sex/murder/ultra-violence notwithstanding), Elijah Wood in this film is an alien mind - something we can't possibly identify with, or even comprehend, but it's a grotesque and fascinating experience to make the attempt.

Choco1980
Feb 22, 2013

I fell in love with a Video Nasty


Yeah, plus they're brave enough to not cut away when he stalks prey, and sometimes it just takes so long to get to him succumbing to killing. I felt genuinely uncomfortable with the date with the redhead who seemed to genuinely be into Frank.

Also, if you want to watch this on Netflix, it's only available for another week.

Dr. Hurt
Oct 23, 2010



5. Theater of Blood - Watched this yesterday with friends. Basically told them to expect high camp and Shakespeare and really I wasn't disappointed at all. The deaths were all entertaining. Vincent Price's rogue gallery of homeless "Meths" addicts were fun to watch. Price wasn't exactly the most brilliant of masterminds in that movie, although it was entertaining to watch Scotland yard completely fail to catch him. Just a fun film. I don't know if my friends liked it as much as I did, but I was just giggling the whole way through.

6. House of the Devil Tonight's entertainment was House of the Devil. I'm a fan of the Innkeepers, so it was about time I checked this one out. I was actually a little disappointed. I know there is a big build up in this movie towards the end, but I feel like I was always expecting some clever twist that never came. I know this one was all about capturing the feel of an 80's low key horror film, but it was just frustrating to have my expectations met but not exceeded.

Random Stranger
Nov 27, 2009



Day 7 - What We Do in the Shadows was so much fun. It was as charming as the small country that it comes from. I was left at the end wishing this was a television series rather than a movie so I could enjoy even more of the goofy antics of these horrible monsters.

Short summary on the infinitesimally small chance that someone reading this thread is unaware of the film: documentary filmmakers follow a group of vampire roommates who live in Wellington, New Zealand around and capture their daily lives. In the process we get to see how they deal with the world that they really don't understand.

One thing that surprised me in What We Do in the Shadows was that there were a few genuinely scary sequences. You're watching this movie about socially awkward vampires fumbling their way through life and then suddenly they do something actually monstrous. And it works because there's still bits of that earlier charm mixed in with those disturbing images.

Next for me is It Follows.

Dr.Caligari
May 5, 2005

"Here's a big, beautiful avatar for someone"


LORD OF BUTT posted:

2. The Beyond (1981)


The only thing you forgot to mention is awesome soundtrack.

Watrick
Mar 15, 2007

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Dr.Caligari posted:

The only thing you forgot to mention is awesome soundtrack.



A lot of the giallo's have outstanding soundtracks.

Choco1980
Feb 22, 2013

I fell in love with a Video Nasty


13. Deliver Us From Evil (2014)

Detective Sarchie is a Bronx Special Forces Police Officer who has a bit of a sixth sense for knowing when something serious is going to go down. His partner calls it the "radar". Following several of these seemingly unconnected feelings leads him to a trio of veterans who encountered some evil presence while on patrol in Iraq, which now leads to possession of them and their loved ones. When the case becomes personal, Sarchie teams up with Father Mendoza to exorcise these demons.

I found this film on a recommendation while asking for paranormal detective movies. I meant stuff like John Constantine or Dylan Dog, where the PI is already enmeshed in monster communities (and I may have seen everything out there of that idea) not what this movie was, which is the old chestnut of some kind of cop or investigator gets the wrong case and winds up in the middle of spooksville. It was just alright. Pretty generic all around, and a little bit on the long side, but it wasn't awful. I just can't think of anything really to sell about it. Very middle of the road.

/5

Several Goblins
Jul 30, 2006

"What the hell do they mean? Beefcake?"



Lipstick Apathy

8. Creep 8/10

Wow, I was really impressed by this. A found footage movie where a guy respond to an ad for 8 hours of filming someone in their home. When he gets to the shoot, the guy who placed the ad reveals he is dying of cancer and wants the project to be for his unborn son. The guy is intensely awkward and unsettling and quickly seems to be more than a little unhinged and less than truthful. It's a quick, unnerving watch that reminds me of a fictionalized, horror version of Dear Zachary, maybe with some Play Misty For Me in there somewhere.

Edit: Mark Duplass is fantastic as a creepy dude.

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Darthemed
Oct 28, 2007

"A data unit?
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#7. The Oxford Murders (2008). Whoops. This one turned out to be a half-baked numerology mystery thriller with Elijah Wood delivering the dialogue a Spaniard imagined would be used by an American trying to blend in with Brits, plus a ~10-minute denouement of the writer(s) short-stroking themselves over having such a glorious twist. There were some nice shots, with a high-contrast black and white tiled floor standing out among them, but bleh. Two horror movies tomorrow to make up for this stinker.

Lurdiak
Feb 25, 2006



Choco1980 posted:

13. Deliver Us From Evil (2014)
/5

I'm sorry you're watching so many bad movies because of me.

Grnegsnspm
Oct 20, 2003

This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarian 2: Electric Boogaloo

Day 7 - Basket Case

Anytime something gets recommended to me as a “cult classic” I know that there are only two results that are going to occur. One, the movie is a weird independent film with a lot of great ideas that ends up rising above its low budget to be something truly memorable. Two, the movie is a weird independent film that meanders around and replaces things like story or characters with “shock” scenes of comedy and/or violence that only seem good when you are inebriated with friends. Well, I watched this stone cold sober and by myself and it was definitely a big number two.

Full Review

2 out of 5

BioTech
Feb 5, 2007
...drinking myself to sleep again...

#6 Demon Knight

I felt this was a disappointing movie, but that might be because I've been watching some great ones up until now.

It comes off as a very timid version of From Dusk till Dawn that doesn't want to go overboard with the horror and sadly doesn't have the chops to pull off the comedy either. Billy Zane is having a ton of fun, but it is very much wasted on this mediocre movie.

Choco1980
Feb 22, 2013

I fell in love with a Video Nasty


Lurdiak posted:

I'm sorry you're watching so many bad movies because of me.

That's okay, I'll kill you later. You still have a stream to run. Meanwhile

14. Black Roses (1988)

In a tiny sleepy town somewhere (no state given) the band Black Roses decides to do a four-night concert series, previously only being in studio before this. The kids are excited. The parent groups are all up in arms over this heavy metal band. Several show up to the first show, and are very underwhelmed by what is, at the time, just a general top 40 hair band. Once they leave early, the REAL show begins, where they're a glammy heavy metal band that surprise! is secretly demons using their music to turn the town's kids into demons as well that use sex and violence to start killing off the town parents. Now it's up to the "cool" High School English teacher to get to the bottom of things and put a stop to the evil infecting his town.

Oh boy. This is a VERY subjective experience. I for one LOVE cheesy 80s teen horror, especially ones with shoddy monsters. Which this is FULL of. Also, the movie makers clearly weren't exactly having their fingers on the pulses of controversial music at the time. These guys, despite their satanic music are a bit closer to say, Poison, than Slayer. Also, the film has a decidedly anti-teen message, with the music corrupting them and turning them into leather and makeup wearing delinquents literally overnight. My only memory of this movie as a kid was always seeing the box at the video store with the puffed out image of a guitar between two eyes, surrounded by thorny vines, which seemed awesome. This movie is absolutely ridiculous pure 80s cheese, and I love it.

/5

timeandtide
Nov 29, 2007

This space is reserved for future considerations.

1. The Manitou
A movie that starts out as cheesy, but also a bit typical (evil spirit destroying a room during a seance, funny romantic montage), that goes insane in the last act. Imagine The Exorcist crossed The Entity crossed with...2001. I don't want to spoil a single bit of that so if you want a cheesy weird film go watch it right now. From the director of Grizzly, who sadly fell out of a helicopter a few months after release.

2. Hospital Massacre
The amount of fake outs performed in the first 20 minutes are unreal. I could quibble about a hospital holding someone against their will for reasons no one will tell the patient, but who cares? This is relentlessly goofy fun: there's a kill that's like that quick sting from Exorcist 3 of the guy running out at the nurse but it's like 3 minutes of him chasing her in the same pose, everyone leers at the protagonist or glares so they can be established as a potential suspect, and this all started because some 9 year old got pissy when another 9 year old laughed at his valentine card (not even to his face.)

3. The Relic
Easily the worst of my first three. Peter Hyams usually delivered solid/good martial arts flicks with Van Damme, in Sudden Death and Timecop, but this is just way too long and the special effects "showcase" (this is one of those early part-CGI part-practical monster B-movies from the late 90s) pales compared to, say, Anaconda featuring Vomit Jon Voight used as a weapon or a flaming snake. The creature itself is disappointing and just looks ugly and flat-faced; it lacks character, which is strange for a Stan Winston job.

Special mention needs to go to the dialogue. It's like somewhat saw Buffy, loved the quips, and wrote his own imitations before translating it through Babelfish and back. Sometimes it's too snappy and people say stupid "cool" lines to sound cool. When it comes time to have a politician put up some red tape so that Detective Tom Berenger isn't able to close a museum party in the wake of a brutal murder on premises, the mayor calls and tells him that his wife is coming to the party and she's going to wear a cleavage showing dress. Everyone in New York knows his wife's cleavage from the papers and it got him elected, so he doesn't want to hurt his chances at reelection. (!)

tl;dr: people die due to the mayor's wife having rude titties

DrVenkman
Dec 27, 2005


Last few days I did:

House On Haunted Hill - Price is great, and the movie contains one great jumpscare that I think influenced Sam Raimi to no end. It's also brisk and I admire that William Castle literally doesn't care that the movie doesn't make a lick of sense. It clearly wasn't made to be thought about once it was over. But it's a fun little blast.

WNUF Halloween Special - It's almost great. There are parts of it I love, but I think the eventual rise in tension at the end is undone by the adherence to cutting away to more commercials once too often.Also, if it wasn't for one or two actors, and one or two of the commercials you could really convince someone that this poo poo was real. Also, a youtube video they released mentions that Frank Stewart returns next week, so I wonder if there's some sort of follow up.

Curse Of The Blair Witch - That movie put me in the mind of this one, which is really amazingly well done. Even the newsreel footage of Rustin Parr looked liked it could be real (It's haphazardly framed, which lends some authenticity). On one occasion I actually googled a clip they show because I thought it was actually real.

Basebf555
Feb 29, 2008

The greatest sensual pleasure there is is to know the desires of another!


Fun Shoe

1.Psycho 2.Black Christmas 3.Deep Red 4.Wicker Man 5.The Mummy(1959) 6.The Curse of Frankenstein 7.Drag Me to Hell 8.Candyman

9. Child's Play

As crazy as it sounds, this is the horror series that scared me the most as a kid. I was 4 when Child's Play came out, so I first saw it a few years later on television, and then eventually the sequels. I was absolutely terrified of Chucky, and it took a growth spurt when I was about 12 or 13 to finally get past that. I think once I was big enough I thought I could just punt Chucky if he ever came after me, I dunno.

Anyway, what most people comment on when they watch the movie today is that it seems like its setting the audience up for the possible twist that it was Andy doing the killing and he has some kind of multiple personality disorder. Watching it again, I don't really feel that's the case. The movie isn't setting the audience up for a twist, its holding back on showing Chucky because it gives the eventual scene where he reveals himself a lot more impact. The audience in 1988 had probably seen its share of killer doll stories, I know Twilight Zone did it at the very least. The first half of Child's Play establishes the expectation that the Chucky is going to act like the typical creepy doll. Maybe turning his head slowly in the background, maybe talking when there's no batteries in him, that kind of thing. It was probably a huge shock to audiences when he actually turns to look at the mother, his brow furrows exactly like a person, and a serial killer's voice comes out.

Of course, today the movie is fairly goofy and it was never really meant to be taken seriously. But I can still watch it and tap into that fear I had when I was a kid, that's why I love these kind of movies.

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Bushmeister
Nov 27, 2007
Son Of Northern Frostbitten Wintermoon

1.10.2015 - Homicycle (2014)
2.10.2015 - A Christmas Horror Story (2015)
3.10.2015 - It Follows (2014)
4.10.2015 - Insidious (2010)
5.10.2015 - 13 Sins (2014)


6.10.2015 - Shaun Of The Dead (2004)

First re-watch of this list, and it was an excellent one. Can't say for sure how long it has been since I last watched this but has to be at least five years. The jokes are good, Pegg & Frost's chemistry works well, and amidst the gags there are several scenes that still feel intense and poignant. Great film, one of the best horror/comedies I've ever watched.

7.10.2015 - Always Watching - A Marble Hornets Story (2015)

Despite what it has grown up to be, I liked the whole Slenderman thing back when it was booted up in GBS and even followed the MarbleHornets youtube ARG during its first season of existence. The film uses elements from the show's mythology but is otherwise unconnected. Mostly your standard FF fare (apart from the main male protag being a grade-A creeper), with jump scares and glitching cameras all present & accounted for. I probably liked it better than an average viewer would.

8.10.2015 - The Hitcher (1986)

Amazing. In less than 10 minutes things go south, hard, and it just really doesn't let up after that. Rutger Hauer's performance is absolutely stunning, and the villain one of the best I think I've ever seen. Been gushing about this all day since I watched it and now I feel like watching it again. God drat.

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