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married but discreet
May 7, 2005




Taco Defender

I'll do 13+, just keeping with my Bracketology schedule.

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married but discreet
May 7, 2005




Taco Defender

1. Childís Play 2

Went into this one with very high expectations since I loved the first and was told this one is even better. Itís not. Itís, fine I guess? The intro showing the manufacture of Chunky is really neat and disturbing, the factory is a fun setpiece in the end, but inbetween nothing really interesting happens. When they finally do get to the Chunky factory, he gets it really bad, which is fun. Not mad that I watched it, but not really impressed either.

2. Varan

Well, letís say some good things about it: The music isnít bad. I like Varanís spikes. They shoot a lot of tiny missiles at Varan, and some look like they actually hit. He looks very cute the one time he flies, and he has a good breaststroke too. Other than that, not much to say. Is it satire? Maybe? A lot of nuance could be lost in translation/subtitling. I almost want to give the benefit of the doubt to the person who made Godzilla. But just because something is stupid and superficial doesnít make it a satire of the thing its depicting. Ah well.

3. The Roost.

Like this shot? Think itís neat? Well youíll be seeing it and the several other good shots in this movie reused a lot. Very economical, but also very amateurish. And of course, itís an amateur movie. Not a good one either. A lot of ideas that donít work, a lot of tries and fails. The wraparound is cute (though I found Tom Noonanís acting horrid), but it actively works against the characters in the movie Ė theyíre developed to a degree that we are supposed to care about them, but Tom makes us want to hope for their demise, and ultimately I neither care for them nor wish them ill. But thereís potential Ė Ti West is playing around with light and shadow, and heís doing it quite effectively. Thereís also the final found footage segment with the silly lion?? attack and the sick credits song, I love it!

If I had to decide between Varan and Roost (and I do, this is a crosspost from the Bracketology thread after all), Iím going to go for the honest effort vs the lazy cash in.

married but discreet
May 7, 2005




Taco Defender

Spatulater bro! posted:


An unrecognizable Devon Sawa protects his off-the-grid family from a wolf. Nice premise and I'll say this about the movie: it did a great job keeping me wondering what the gently caress was going on. Unfortunately once the question is answered, I looked back on the film and wondered if it was all worth it.
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For me the answer was a resounding "Hell Yeah"

married but discreet
May 7, 2005




Taco Defender

4. D@bbe

Essentially Turkish David Lynch's attempt at Kiyoshi Kurosawaís Pulse. This movie really, really shouldnít work as well as it does. Itís badly acted, the scares can be described as ham-fisted at best, the colour grading is often bizarre, the CGI is terrible, it unironically uses l77t speak as a plot element, and yet, I swear it works somehow. I donít know if itís intentional, but it taps into the same nightmare realm that Lynchís horror is situated in. I'm not gonna say more. It's on youtube in terrible quality, and it might even enhance your experience. You might absolutely detest it too. Give it a shot.

5. Mark of the Vampire

There is a kitty in an armor and that is enough for me to make it a winning movie. But there is also an opossum, several real (sadly) and fake (aw yea) bats, spiders, nice effects, and a quiiiite unexpected and a bit silly ending. And honestly, itís almost a bit scary. There is a shot of Dracula walking towards the camera that, if theyíd held on it longer, would have been unsettling. Thereís the whole aspect of the vampires invading the house, which generally doesnít really elicit much because itís done in every Dracula movie, but somehow here it feels a bit more eerie. I donít know why, especially since the movie overall has a comedic tone. But it works as a package, and overall definitely a step up from Dracula for Browning. Itís fascinating how quickly people of that era came up with a language for movies, and then seeing it evolve over time.

6. Queen of Black Magic (1981)

Aw yeah! Whatís not to love about a movie that ends 10 seconds after the bad guy explodes in a shower of gore? The first half of the movie is essentially a supernatural rape revenge flick without the rape so thereís no ickiness to it. The titular character is thrown off a cliff and subsequently turns into a sultry witch who wrecks everyoneís day. The second half is a redemption story that takes away most agency from the protagonis in exchange for a hefty dose of earnest religious preaching. Not a fan of that. The end turns it around again with fireballs,, backflips, magic spears and chunky gore explosions.


Previously Watched:
1. Child's Play 2, 2. Varan, 3. The Roost

married but discreet fucked around with this message at 03:05 on May 11, 2021

married but discreet
May 7, 2005




Taco Defender

7. Dario Argentoís Phantom of the Opera



Well this just sucked, hereís a youtube screenshot, gently caress you

8. Bliss



High energy Abel Ferrara homage which, in my opinion, overdoes it a bit with the aesthetic, and I think is also a bit too horny for the protagonist. And ultimately itís quite shallow too, but not in the Abel Ferrara way where itís shallow because there is just so much right on the surface, thereís just not much going on overall. Enjoy the pretty colours and the carnage, and forget about it again. I sort of wanted more, I guess?

9. Horrors of Malformed Men



Well poo poo. I feel like Milhouse complaining when theyíre finally going to be at the fireworks factory. But thatís not really a good comparison because the first 75% is an intriguing, vaguely lovecraftian mystery story with plenty of twists and turns to keep your attention. But then they unexpectedly arrive at the metaphorical fireworks factory and it loving slaps. I donít really want to give away too much because itís way funnier that way, but this has definitely inspired a couple Takeshi Miike and Tom Six movies. Highly, highly recommended. Only downside, it looks like a real snake is killed during the movie.

10. Sightseers



A dark British comedy by Ben Wheatly, whose movies I generally canít really connect to. Except High Rise, which is great. This one Iíd call his least ambitious movie Iíve seen so far, it feels very Unwheatleyesque but also not really special as a result. Solid acting, some good laughs, I think it succeeds at what itís trying to do. Would use as a tourism ad for the UK.


Previously Watched:
1. Child's Play 2, 2. Varan, 3. The Roost, 4. D@bbe, 5. Mark of the Vampire, 6. Queen of Black Magic (1981)

married but discreet
May 7, 2005




Taco Defender

How much longer is the thread staying open? I got a backlog that needs catching up...

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married but discreet
May 7, 2005




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11. Nightmare Detective

Nightmare Detective is a stupid movie with the veneer of a smart one, attempting to deal with complex themes but absolutely not doing it properly. Iím not going to give it points for being a high concept Ė failed execution movie, because it really doesnít try at all. Itís all stupid from the start, everyone acts as stupid as needed to move the plot to where it needs to go, and boy does it need some stupid stuff. Then some empty gesturing at pretty imagery. It felt insulting to be shown these pictures in this movie. Did not vote for this in Bracketology

12. Childís Play 3
The stupid voodoo doll tricked me into watching a slasher movie! Iím making my way through these movies to get to my wife Jennifer Tily, and she is not in this one. Instead itís a very trite 90s slasher that does ultimately have the balls to kill a bunch actors that genuinely look like/are children. It seems to be a common theme that the start and ending of Chucky films are good Ė the initial assembly/disassembly over the credits area joy, and the finale takes place in a spookhouse Ė fog, artificial spooky trees, giant foam skulls, itís such a nice departure from the bland everything before that. Just set more movies in spookhouse if youíre a coward, or make ridiculous sets and pretend theyíre real. This is my takeaway.

13. Deadbeat at Dawn
You know when youíre watching a movie alone, and the movie slaps so much you want to constantly tell your friends about it, send them gifs and encourage them to watch it too? I told three different groups of horror friends about this movie and thereís a couple more that must know it. You must know about it! Itís a magical experience that you get from very very few movies. Itís a tired comparison, but itís what you get when you mix Psychomania with perhaps Miami Connection or the Room Ė itís competently made on a technical level, itís also made with love, and itís also an absolutely absurd, ridiculous riot of nunckucks, graveyards, Ouija boards, people getting stabbed 10,000 times. Definitely the best discovery Iíve made in this tournament.

14. Psycho Goreman
This is the opposite of Turbo Kid (the true enemy of horror). A low budget high effort horror comedy that is not ashamed of what it is, that doesnít debase itself to invite the audience to laugh at it, a movie with genuinely funny jokes, amazing costumes and, I repeat myself, made with love. Itís not perfect Ė even though the runtime is less than 90 minutes (I think), it does feel like it stretches a bit too long. The main child character, well, is perhaps quite unlikeable.

Phew, barely made it!


Previously Watched:
1. Child's Play 2, 2. Varan, 3. The Roost, 4. D@bbe, 5. Mark of the Vampire, 6. Queen of Black Magic (1981), 7. Dario Argento's Phantom of the Opera, 8. Bliss, 9. Horrors of Malformed Men, 10 Sightseers

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