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This film is on The Horror Channel tonight at 10:45pm
I know it played at London Film Festival last year but is getting a full release in France this month so will hopefully be followed by either a small theatrical run over here of at least a DVD/Blu-Ray release.
Look at that poster!
11th April. Dead excited.
looks quite stylish... but I'm a bit suspicious of it. as long as it isn't just nostalgia filmmaking, and avoids the pitfalls people like Tarantino or whichever hack made Hobo with a Shotgun fall into with 'homage', it might be ok.
looks like it might take itself much more seriously than that I guess.
Both shite to varying degrees
...We Are What We Are gets a DVD release after being dropped by its initial distributor. If you like slower-paced, atmospheric horror then this is a great film for a rainy night (and one of the few US remakes that is comfortably better than the original I would say).
still yet to see it. Might bypass it for the remake. Great trailer
haven't seen the remake yet though, so I'm not sure how it compares
[* imho - horses for courses and that...]
No spoilers but I loved it until that STUPID ending
Caught a screening at the BFI Film Festival last year wasn't bad.
it's a mummy film, based on a Bram Stoker novel, and starring Charlton Heston. it was really, really bad. unbelievably boring. avoid it.
Hammer did a version of it as Blood from the Mummy's Tomb which I haven't seen yet
The other night. Some quite good/ unnearving parts, ultimately just another Excorcist ripoff though. That doll is one if the worst things I've ever seen though. So horrible
stultifyingly stupid in others. The whole film takes on a much more fascinating bent if you disregard the films silly insistence that demonic possession is really a thing though. Then it becomes about a violent, abusive housewife and mother who suffers from a horrific undiagnosed mental illness and escapes arrest for trying to kill her own child, while being enabled by a pair of huckster nutjobs.
Not every film needs a silly doll story. That whole section should have been saved for some kind of anthology short, would have been much more effective.
...in the original case they are investigating in the opening scene we're supposed to think it's the guy right?
thanks for the heads up!
it wasn't perfect, but I quite liked it. bit dull in the middle - story was a bit thin maybe, and switching between two main characters didn't really work that well. but I thought the atmosphere was good, it's nicely shot, good music, good locations, some cool surreal aspects, and above all there's Satanism and loads of melting people. plus William Shatner, Ernest Borgnine, Tom Skerritt, John Travolta (think I only managed to recognise him by his chin), and Anton Lavey (didn't recognise him in it tbh, but he also gave advice on the Satanism or something).
I've not seen anything actually new, but these are recentish:
Silent House - shot in a fake one take, which is kind of a pointless gimmick but it's also the only thing going for it for at least the first half of the film. thought the very end was a bit contrived but it at least attempted some kind of psychological element. Elizabeth Olsen is good but isn't really given much to do apart from look terrified the entire time. it's ok
The Divide - thought this was surprisingly good, though it took a while to get going. a kind of post-apocalyptic descent into madness.
V/H/S/2 - Gareth Evans (who made the RAID) /Timo Tjahjanto's segment is pretty good - packs a lot into a very short space of time (a cult, ritual suicide, zombies, monsters, etc), but the rest is genuine shit. just really really really bad. they were like amateur films a 14 y/o would make with his friends. completely and utterly worthless. I'm not even sure which the worst one was. and the framing device makes no sense at all - they all take place in the present, how did they get on VHS? don't think I'll be watching the first one based on this
The Night of the Demons - the remake (not seen the original). really worthless, and quite terrified of female sexuality. one of the demons shoves lipstick through her boob, which is weird enough, but then it falls out of her vagina following a massive flood of blood - no idea what that's about. another demon has deadly serpents that emerge from her breasts. also contains a fair amount of fairly traditional slut-shaming. hmm. it's also quite depressing to see Edward Furlong as he is now.
anything good coming out soon?
- the constant nonsensical camera placement, even in the only good one. fucking found footage. jesus. it can't be that hard?
- the slashes in V/H/S. they've never existed before
- gratuitous nudity in the first 30 seconds
- the special effects and zombie make-up in the Eduardo Sanchez (who gave us the Blair Witch Project, which I've still not seen) segment were fucking pitiful
- the first segment was indescribably bad. don't even know where to start
- the fucking aliens. fuck me. great characterisation in this segment as well.
- why did the framing device look more like VHS quality than the actual segments that they were meant to be watching on VHS in the film?
in fact it's pretty boring and rubbish. Its cult status doesn't really make much sense. It's no Return Of The Living Dead, which is the far superior Linnea Quigley-starring grotesque 80s horror. Remake sounds par for the course.
Some stuff coming soon, which has scant information but I've seen some positive buzz about:
When Animals Dream (Danish Werewolf teen thing)
The Drownsman (potentially entertaining modern day ripoff of Nightmare On Elm Street)
And of course PHANTASM V!
and sounds great:
also Phantasm V?! they'll be well old
teen wolf sounds like a no go tho
The trailer is ridiculous, Angus Scrimm is EIGHTY SEVEN YEARS OLD and Reggie persists in having a pony tail. Also, I'm pretty sure I saw the blond girl from the first film who kills that dude in the cemetary after having anatomically impossible sex. Seems like they're bringing everyone back.
Also I think I'm selling When Animals Dream short. It really does sound interesting
really enjoyed it. i'd say it's vitally important to see it in the cinema as the sound is really fundamental. plus all the music is reused classic italian 60s/70s stuff which is incredible to hear on a good sound system in that context.
it's not concerned with narrative at all and doesn't actually bother explaining anything but there's a lot of fragmented bits of plot that kind of string it all together. mostly it feels like watching every sergio martino movie back to back in one night until they merge into one and nothing makes sense anymore. i can see why a lot of people seem to hate it and i don't think it's a particularly deep film, but if you like the aesthetics of gialli it's hard to dislike.
and enjoyed it far more than I was expecting to. That whole 1970s semi-found footage 'true story' possession shit has been done to death but it didn't bother me at all during the running time. Olivia Cooke is just great, really committed and creepy, Jared Harris went full-blown Hammer Horror fruity overacting and the rest of the cast were fine. It's a better film than the inexplicably lauded Conjuring (which it most resembles in plot and setting) and the flat, plodding Woman In Black (as far as Hammer Films mk. II goes), anyway. It won't change your life, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and don't really get why it's saddled with middling to shit reviews when those other two films enjoyed generally positive coverage. There's more of a focus on character dynamics than in other films of its ilk which really helps sell it.
was okay. Original pics at the end: lovely stuff.
but for whatever reason I got well in to it. Some nice touches, even if basically every element was recycled.
Everyone needs to stop putting dolls in horror films now though.
is on US Netflix....thought it was really good. Mexican not overly horrory horror.
Also saw The Woman in Black. Harry Potter is not a convincing parent of a toddler.
They also did some kind of disturbing digital smudge on his face to hide his spotty adolescent complexion in his close ups. Entirely distracting.
it is just hard to take him as being a widower single parent
Like, silly horror, not horror horror. Something like Elvira's House Of Mystery, or Tales From The Crypt, or Creepy Magazine. I have a story all blocked out, a little ten page-ish story in service of a creaky pun but I think it could be fun to draw. It's going to take me ages, and I have a proud history of never finishing plans that I've started, but would anyone else be interested in either writing or writing and illustrating a story? If I get maybe 3 more I could do a self-funded print run of a few copies, just for fun, maybe even hawk them around some indie comic shops.
don't know if I would contribute tho
I'm going to show some films on a projector screen (on silent) at my birthday next month and I need a deeply ridiculous, awful horror film that doesn't need its awful dialogue to be funny.
Most bad horror films tend to be 70 minutes of talking surrounding about 4 minutes of prime rubber suit bullshit, so I need something that's wall-to-wall terrible effects, smooshed foam rubber, severed papier mache limbs and hosed-in fake blood.
leaning towards something quite inventive and fantastical because it's more likely to have strange stuff going down on a constant basis than a really bad horror film
so far I'm putting on The Devil Rides Out, which I love, followed by a Fulci but I can't decide between Zombie Flesh Eaters (slow start, but features zombie vs shark fight) and City Of The Living Dead (maggot storm). Army Of Darkness might fit in here, or even Evil Dead 2.
After that I'm moving on to the terrible films, starting with Santo y Blue Demon Contra Los Monstruos (luchadors vs cheap knockoffs of pretty much every classic monster), and I need something truly abysmal to finish.
Night of the Lepus? the Body Beneath? 2000 Maniacs? Leprechaun in the Hood (which I've not seen admittedly) or you could stick with the classics I guess (i.e. Plan 9)
That's pretty terrible yet eye-catching.
Other suggestions of films that are actually good though - Bad Taste/Braindead...
Maybe I'll see if I can Zoverstocks a 1p DVD...
This looks ridiculous. And fun.
really horrible film. was a fan of the first but this is the kind of film that makes you stop and ask yourself why you watch horror films.
watched this recently. Not sure what the point was. None of the menace of the first. Dreadful
...to remind us all never to visit Australia.
big fan of Eli Roth!
entirely because it has some Redlettermedia /Plinkett sections
also the doc on Richard Stanley's Island of Dr Moreau's probably going to be good
probably some other stuff of interest in there as well
Love reading the reviews of the films cold, they all sound so shit every year!
They had some sort of ticketing disaster on the release day apparently, but I managed to grab a Saturday day ticket a few days later. Single film tickets onsale this Saturday (the 19th)...
quite fancy seeing creep, life after beth, faults and the harvest
For shame Puds...
Very unnerving, really oppresive. Reminded me of Ben Wheatley's Kill List and coincidentally features yer man from Down Terrace. Anyone seen it?
...but watched The Sacrement instead. The Scarement is shit, should probably have gone for Borderlands.
I was waiting for Michael Smiley to make a cheeky cameo, alas...
felt as though it was trying to be Wheatley-esque, which I've noticed a couple of films doing recently. #hotnewtrend
Pretty good - nice central partnership (although thought that the supporting characters were a bit weak), excellent use of locations, generally oppressive atmosphere. I am somewhat tired of the found footage genre, but this managed to keep it fresh.
that ending is freaky as anything
sadly gonna miss frightfest this year.
saw 'deadline' yesterday which was...ya know...dismal but i liked it regardless. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1242618/?ref_=nv_sr_2
thought the sacrament would have been much better had i not recently seen the tv miniseries about jim jones from the 80s.
enjoyed the borderlands - liked the techy guy a lot.
...had it not been framed around being a Vice documentary.
Seeing Thora Hird on screen was odd after reading those porn star parents revelations earlier in the week.
Birch! I meant Birch.
seemed like it'd be good for the first half an hour, then got a little iffy, and then just got plain embarrassing.
Going to watch The Sacrament later even though I've heard only bad stuff. I just find Ti West films very watchable.
If there are any Ti West films you haven't already seen, then watch them first...
to be nearly impossible to watch. though watch it i did as i'd spent £7.99 on the twat.
it really is shite.
not brilliant or anything, but an interesting idea mostly done quite well
Much like Kill List I thought it was quite excellent until the ending... I had to look it up to understand what was being implied... Yeah.. That annoyed me.
Pretty standard found footage horror until then, but the ending was so vicious and surreal.
I MET GEORGE A ROMERO THIS WEEKEND!
Also I'm really in the mood for some recent horror fiction, in book form. Any recommendations?
If so, there's a new one of them out, although it seems to have polarised fans somewhat:
If you haven't read the Anno Dracula series, then just read the Anno Dracula series...
I'll see if I can pick the first book up from my local liberry.
jugface: the pit last night.
some of the most disturbing death scenes i've seen in any horror film. very strong film