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Post by ChrisReynolds » September 7th, 2016, 4:28 pm

Harco on Sep 7 2016, 09:39:56 AM wrote:Chris, I saw you watched Friend Request. Is it worth the watch?
Not really. Unfriended / Cybernatural did the possessed social media idea surprisingly well, but Friend Request is lazy and bland, with prerequisite jump scares and "scary" imagery that looks like a goth's video-art project. It's a supernatural slasher of the kind that is a bit out of fashion at the moment, it's conventionally shot rather than found-footage, and the social media angle is more window-dressing than specifically related to the plot. Probably its key problem is that the characters are a bunch of unlikeable mean girls and jocks, but the viewer is supposed to sympathise with them and against the outsider unpopular girl.

You've seen a lot worse, though: a couple of the jump scares work, the teens get gorily killed and it's filmed in a semi-competent manner. Of films you've seen, Final Destination 4 (the weakest of the FD series) is the closest I can find in style, intent and quality to this.

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Post by Harco » September 7th, 2016, 5:00 pm

I think I actually remember FD5 as the weakest. I vividly remember the horrible digital look and the accompanying CGI of that bridge scene at the beginning. FD4 was bad as well from what I remember.

Anyway, don't think I'll watch it then, haha. Maybe someday, just maybe. What rating did you give it?

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Post by ChrisReynolds » September 7th, 2016, 5:08 pm

Harco on Sep 7 2016, 11:00:34 AM wrote:I think I actually remember FD5 as the weakest. I vividly remember the horrible digital look and the accompanying CGI of that bridge scene at the beginning. FD4 was bad as well from what I remember.

Anyway, don't think I'll watch it then, haha. Maybe someday, just maybe. What rating did you give it?
3/10

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Post by Harco » September 7th, 2016, 6:18 pm

Ah, yeah, that's not really worth watching. :D

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Post by allisoncm » September 13th, 2016, 3:33 pm

For Takashi Shimizu's The Grudge, should I watch the regular version or the director's extended cut?

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Post by ChrisReynolds » September 13th, 2016, 4:30 pm

allisoncm on Sep 13 2016, 09:33:55 AM wrote:For Takashi Shimizu's The Grudge, should I watch the regular version or the director's extended cut?
I presume this is the 2004 remake with Sarah Michelle Gellar (i.e. Shimizu's fifth Grudge film). In which case, definitely watch the extended cut, as I found this comparison and it seems that the regular version has had a lot of the horror trimmed out to bring it to a PG-13 level, and resulting in some scenes that become incoherent.

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Post by metaller » September 15th, 2016, 7:42 am

Hey guys. There is a horror film festival in my town soon.
I'd assume some of you have seen some of those films they show.
I'm not really opposed to any genre of horror, but if there is some "arthouse" horror among them, then that's surely something I tend to like more (except if it is shit, because shit is shit no matter the genre).

This is what they'll show:

FEAR, INC (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3560148/reference)
CARNAGE PARK (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4335650/reference)
POD (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3541080/reference)
THEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLE (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4105970/reference)
YOGA HOSERS (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3838992/reference)
DARLING (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4126394/reference)
SCARE CAMPAIGN (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4467626/reference)
LITCHI HIKARI CLUB (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4934886/reference)
THE HOUSE ON PINE STREET (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4085238/reference)
SUN CHOKE (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3395582/reference)
UNDER THE SHADOW (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4273292/reference)
THE MIND’S EYE (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4567486/reference)
OPERATION AVALANCE (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3776826/reference)

Some of them don't have a lot of ratings on IMDB, and even if, we all know that the average rating for horror is kinda wacky, and some horror films that are rated in the 5 to 6 range there are really good, etc.
So, any recs among the bunch?
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.

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Post by mightysparks » September 15th, 2016, 8:10 am

I've only seen They Look Like People and I thought it wasn't great, but it is more arty farty and low key so you might like it.
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Post by flavo5000 » September 15th, 2016, 12:40 pm

metaller on Sep 15 2016, 01:42:42 AM wrote:Hey guys. There is a horror film festival in my town soon.
I'd assume some of you have seen some of those films they show.
I'm not really opposed to any genre of horror, but if there is some "arthouse" horror among them, then that's surely something I tend to like more (except if it is shit, because shit is shit no matter the genre).

This is what they'll show:

FEAR, INC (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3560148/reference)
CARNAGE PARK (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4335650/reference)
POD (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3541080/reference)
THEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLE (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4105970/reference)
YOGA HOSERS (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3838992/reference)
DARLING (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4126394/reference)
SCARE CAMPAIGN (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4467626/reference)
LITCHI HIKARI CLUB (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4934886/reference)
THE HOUSE ON PINE STREET (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4085238/reference)
SUN CHOKE (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3395582/reference)
UNDER THE SHADOW (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4273292/reference)
THE MIND’S EYE (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4567486/reference)
OPERATION AVALANCE (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3776826/reference)

Some of them don't have a lot of ratings on IMDB, and even if, we all know that the average rating for horror is kinda wacky, and some horror films that are rated in the 5 to 6 range there are really good, etc.
So, any recs among the bunch?
I've heard good things about Carnage Park, Darling and Pod and I've heard Yoga Hosers is terrible. I remember Darling being compared to stuff like Homicidal and Repulsion so that may veer closer to the art horror you're looking for.

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Post by cinephage » September 15th, 2016, 12:51 pm

They look like people is rather interesting, even though it's not great, it's a low-budget first movie with a few good ideas. I enjoyed it.

Yoga Hosers is anything but arty, it's as silly as can get, but, sadly, not even funny. It was a big disappointment for the Kevin Smith fan I usually am (but then, I also didn't like Morse either, even though it was better than this one)...

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Post by mightysparks » September 15th, 2016, 12:54 pm

Oh wait I've seen Pod too. It was ok, but nothing special. It's quite slow and talky and I felt like it didn't really build to anything, but it wasn't terrible or anything.
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Post by ChrisReynolds » September 15th, 2016, 1:04 pm

metaller on Sep 15 2016, 01:42:42 AM wrote:Hey guys. There is a horror film festival in my town soon.
I'd assume some of you have seen some of those films they show.
I'm not really opposed to any genre of horror, but if there is some "arthouse" horror among them, then that's surely something I tend to like more (except if it is shit, because shit is shit no matter the genre).

This is what they'll show:

FEAR, INC (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3560148/reference)
CARNAGE PARK (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4335650/reference)
POD (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3541080/reference)
THEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLE (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4105970/reference)
YOGA HOSERS (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3838992/reference)
DARLING (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4126394/reference)
SCARE CAMPAIGN (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4467626/reference)
LITCHI HIKARI CLUB (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4934886/reference)
THE HOUSE ON PINE STREET (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4085238/reference)
SUN CHOKE (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3395582/reference)
UNDER THE SHADOW (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4273292/reference)
THE MIND’S EYE (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4567486/reference)
OPERATION AVALANCE (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3776826/reference)

Some of them don't have a lot of ratings on IMDB, and even if, we all know that the average rating for horror is kinda wacky, and some horror films that are rated in the 5 to 6 range there are really good, etc.
So, any recs among the bunch?
Sun Choke (which I've seen) and Under the Shadow (which I missed at Frightfest but everybody praised) are the two obvious standouts.

Of the rest I've only seen The Mind's Eye. It's an eighties throwback that luxuriates in lighting, an electronic soundtrack and gore, but one I found got tiresome quickly.

I've heard bad things about Darling and Yoga Hosers.

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Post by monty » September 15th, 2016, 1:18 pm

Anyone here seen Julia Ducournau's Grave AKA Raw (2016), supposedly the grossest cannibal film ever made?
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Post by ChrisReynolds » September 15th, 2016, 4:38 pm

monty on Sep 15 2016, 07:18:21 AM wrote:Anyone here seen Julia Ducournau's Grave AKA Raw (2016), supposedly the grossest cannibal film ever made?
It only has three checks, and none of them are regulars here. I'll see it next month at the London Film Festival. I doubt it will be the grossest cannibal film ever made, but it has a series of positive reviews praising the themes and depth of the screenplay (as well as the apparently grisly special effects). There have been reports of people fainting, but I think that was just a publicity stunt. Some people at Frightfest last night were laughing about it, asking "Were these the same people who fainted at Bite?", a horror film from a year ago that before release was the subject of similar stories about how people were fainting at how disgusting it was, but has since fallen off the radar after turning out to be unremarkable in either quality or disgustingness.

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Post by monty » September 18th, 2016, 2:18 am

Train to Busan (2016)

Wow, talk about over-hyped shite. One-dimensional characters (esp. the chief villain), lots of hammy/wooden acting, a lead actor with zero screen presence, characters acting in the silliest of ways, tired plot devices trotted out repeatedly, and a threadbare plot stretched beyond breaking point by an overlong running time.
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And what's with a pregnant lady (possibly mid-late stage) being able to outrun super-fast zombies to catch up with a rapidly moving train?
If this was the best film shown at FrightFest, I dread to think about the rest.
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Post by mightysparks » September 18th, 2016, 2:42 am

I wanted to rewatch The Blair Witch Project before seeing the new one, so I rewatched it last night while... not sober and it made it super creepy. I already love the film and think it's very good, but sound is always heightened and I was watching it alone in my bed late at night and I found myself getting totally lost in it as if it was really happening. Was a fun experience.
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Post by ChrisReynolds » September 18th, 2016, 12:26 pm

mightysparks on Sep 17 2016, 08:42:38 PM wrote:I wanted to rewatch The Blair Witch Project before seeing the new one, so I rewatched it last night while... not sober and it made it super creepy. I already love the film and think it's very good, but sound is always heightened and I was watching it alone in my bed late at night and I found myself getting totally lost in it as if it was really happening. Was a fun experience.
I haven't watched the Blair Witch Project since it came out - and I hated it. I may rewatch it for the Horror Challenge next month. The new version is disappointing and lazy, especially coming from Wingard. Apparently his next two projects are a remake of I Saw The Devil and a remake of Death Note so it's sad to see him becoming a studio hack.

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Post by maxwelldeux » September 18th, 2016, 1:43 pm

mightysparks on Sep 17 2016, 08:42:38 PM wrote:I wanted to rewatch The Blair Witch Project before seeing the new one, so I rewatched it last night while... not sober and it made it super creepy. I already love the film and think it's very good, but sound is always heightened and I was watching it alone in my bed late at night and I found myself getting totally lost in it as if it was really happening. Was a fun experience.
That's the reason I love that movie. If you allow yourself to get lost in it, it's a terrifying movie. It's one of the things I love about the "found footage" subgenre.

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Post by Nuclearplanet » September 18th, 2016, 2:11 pm

just moved into my university dorms, two of my favourite horror movies on full display :P

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Post by Nuclearplanet » September 18th, 2016, 2:14 pm

maxwelldeux on Sep 18 2016, 07:43:45 AM wrote:
mightysparks on Sep 17 2016, 08:42:38 PM wrote:I wanted to rewatch The Blair Witch Project before seeing the new one, so I rewatched it last night while... not sober and it made it super creepy. I already love the film and think it's very good, but sound is always heightened and I was watching it alone in my bed late at night and I found myself getting totally lost in it as if it was really happening. Was a fun experience.
That's the reason I love that movie. If you allow yourself to get lost in it, it's a terrifying movie. It's one of the things I love about the "found footage" subgenre.
I think thats true for a lot of horror movies, especially if you watch them in a cinema. Sinister 2 is a pretty average film, but watching it in a large quiet dark room can make it a real terrifying experience

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Post by allisoncm » October 8th, 2016, 7:22 am

So is it okay to post here about scary/creepy things in real life?

Today at work, I was walking down a stairwell. And at the end, there was a gate, but it was see-through, but no one would have been able to enter without a key. So this CREEPY guy with a bandage on his face jumps out and yelled like he was going to attack me (or try to scare me). I WAS scared, even though, he did say, "Did I scare you?" and I acted nonchalant and said "Almost" and shrugged my shoulders. Seriously, though, what a creep. On my first day to the job, he was sitting in the entryway with the door open and it was blocking the address to the building. I was a few minutes late, because I was walking back and forth trying to find the address. Because of how the buildings were situated, it was hard to tell if they were in order or if the building was in back. So when I finally figured it out, the guy wouldn't move from the entryway and told me to call that I was coming. And I was like, "Yeah, they know I'm going to be here." But he wouldn't move until I texted them.

I swear, there better not be a third episode. If I was carrying something down the stairs and tripped, I could have been seriously injured. Or if I thought someone was trying to attack me, I know self-defense. So he might have received another bandage had he not ended the joke when he did.

This guy is seriously a creep, though.
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Post by ChrisReynolds » October 8th, 2016, 9:46 am

allisoncm on Oct 8 2016, 01:22:17 AM wrote:So is it okay to post here about scary/creepy things in real life?

Today at work, I was walking down a stairwell. And at the end, there was a gate, but it was see-through, but no one would have been able to enter without a key. So this CREEPY guy with a bandage on his face jumps out and yelled like he was going to attack me (or try to scare me). I WAS scared, even though, he did say, "Did I scare you?" and I acted nonchalant and said "Almost" and shrugged my shoulders. Seriously, though, what a creep. On my first day to the job, he was sitting in the entryway with the door open and it was blocking the address to the building. I was a few minutes late, because I was walking back and forth trying to find the address. Because of how the buildings were situated, it was hard to tell if they were in order or if the building was in back. So when I finally figured it out, the guy wouldn't move from the entryway and told me to call that I was coming. And I was like, "Yeah, they know I'm going to be here." But he wouldn't move until I texted them.

I swear, there better not be a third episode. If I was carrying something down the stairs and tripped, I could have been seriously injured. Or if I thought someone was trying to attack me, I know self-defense. So he might have received another bandage had he not ended the joke when he did.

This guy is seriously a creep, though.
You should tell your line manager about these incidents. Make sure there's a record so that if This behaviour repeats or escalates the inevitable defence of "it was just a joke" is more difficult for him to make. A standard pattern for these bullies and abusers is to start small so they can play it off if it gets reported and then escalate things when they don't.

Also, get a can of mace to carry around with you. It will be much easier to use self defence on him once he's been maced.

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Post by allisoncm » October 8th, 2016, 3:02 pm

ChrisReynolds on Oct 8 2016, 03:46:44 AM wrote:
allisoncm on Oct 8 2016, 01:22:17 AM wrote:So is it okay to post here about scary/creepy things in real life?

Today at work, I was walking down a stairwell. And at the end, there was a gate, but it was see-through, but no one would have been able to enter without a key. So this CREEPY guy with a bandage on his face jumps out and yelled like he was going to attack me (or try to scare me). I WAS scared, even though, he did say, "Did I scare you?" and I acted nonchalant and said "Almost" and shrugged my shoulders. Seriously, though, what a creep. On my first day to the job, he was sitting in the entryway with the door open and it was blocking the address to the building. I was a few minutes late, because I was walking back and forth trying to find the address. Because of how the buildings were situated, it was hard to tell if they were in order or if the building was in back. So when I finally figured it out, the guy wouldn't move from the entryway and told me to call that I was coming. And I was like, "Yeah, they know I'm going to be here." But he wouldn't move until I texted them.

I swear, there better not be a third episode. If I was carrying something down the stairs and tripped, I could have been seriously injured. Or if I thought someone was trying to attack me, I know self-defense. So he might have received another bandage had he not ended the joke when he did.

This guy is seriously a creep, though.
You should tell your line manager about these incidents. Make sure there's a record so that if This behaviour repeats or escalates the inevitable defence of "it was just a joke" is more difficult for him to make. A standard pattern for these bullies and abusers is to start small so they can play it off if it gets reported and then escalate things when they don't.

Also, get a can of mace to carry around with you. It will be much easier to use self defence on him once he's been maced.
Good advice, thanks. The problem is that he is not related to my work at all (which can also be a good thing). But yes, perhaps I can mention it sooner rather than later. I don't think he [the person who played the joke/scare] recognized me from the first time. He seems a little bit out of it.

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Post by Harco » October 26th, 2016, 12:59 pm

Is Carnage Park really as bad as the ratings make it out to be?

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Post by Armoreska » October 28th, 2016, 11:27 am

October or not, enjoying stories from this channel, whether they real or fake
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Post by Daviddoes » November 1st, 2016, 7:27 am

I just watched this horror short which I thought was pretty cool. Dead Hearts

"A young mortician gives his heart away to find true love in a whimsical and gothic bedtime story filled with love, loss, taxidermy, Kung Fu, and biker werewolves."

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Post by Gershwin » November 1st, 2016, 7:38 pm

Pretty cool stuff indeed! You had me at "Kung fu, and biker werevolves". :)
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Post by ChrisReynolds » February 9th, 2017, 3:23 pm

The nominations for the Fangoria chainsaw awards have been released.
http://www.fangoria.com/new/never-mind- ... es-ballot/

The three main "best film" categories:

BEST WIDE-RELEASE FILM
10 Cloverfield Lane, directed by Dan Trachtenberg
Don't Breathe, directed by Fede Alvarez
Green Room, directed by Jeremy Saulnier
Ouija: Origin of Evil, directed by Mike Flanagan
The Witch, directed by Robert Eggers

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
Baskin, directed by Can Evrenol
The Similars, directed by Isaac Ezban
Train to Busan, directed by Sang-ho Yeon
Under the Shadow, directed by Babak Anvari
The Wailing, directed by Hong-jin Na

BEST LIMITED-RELEASE/DIRECT-TO-VIDEO FILM
The Autopsy of Jane Doe, directed by André Øvredal
The Eyes of My Mother, directed by Nicolas Pesce
Hush, directed by Mike Flanagan
I Am Not a Serial Killer, directed by Billy O'Brien
The Invitation, directed by Karyn Kusama

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Post by mightysparks » February 12th, 2017, 9:51 am

Since I can't do anything right now I decided to watch all the films nominated. I've got 7 left, but I've been pretty impressed with the stuff I watched recently.

Baskin was really good, great mood and visuals and effects. I Am Not a Serial Killer was also pretty good, main dude's performance was really good. The Wailing was kind of unique but boring as balls. Trash Fire was a little all over the place but had a good script. Good performances as well and good atmosphere. The Monster made me cry, really great performances and mother/daughter chemistry.
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Post by peeptoad » February 14th, 2017, 7:24 pm

I need to see more of those... I'm always behind with new horror movies since I like the 60s/70s/80s so much.
I loved both The Wailing and I Am Not a Serial Killer for completely different reasons. Most of the others that I've seen that were nominated (~10 of them) were in the good to middling range for me, with the exception of Neon Demon, which I hated. I hope that one wins nothing. Not a fan of Refn at all. :P

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Post by mightysparks » February 15th, 2017, 3:03 am

Yeah I don't like Refn either. His films are pretty but everything else is terrible.
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Post by monty » February 15th, 2017, 3:10 am

" I Am Not a Serial Killer" has an ok performance by the lead but the
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silly monster ending and bad CGI to boot
totally ruined the entire film. Would have been so much better if they hadn't gone down that route.
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Post by ChrisReynolds » February 15th, 2017, 1:07 pm

The Fangoria nominations tend to be a better selection of films in general than the Oscars. Out of all 27 films nominated for the various awards

The ones I've seen in order of how much I liked them:

Great
The Witch
Train to Busan
Good
Green Room
The Invitation
The Neon Demon
Don't Breathe
10 Cloverfield Lane
Decent
Night of Something Strange
The Love Witch
Baskin
Mediocre/Curate's eggs
Hush
Nina Forever
The Mind's Eye
Bad
31
Beyond the Gates (biggest disappointment of the year)

Still need to see:

Antibirth
Trash Fire
I Am Not a Serial Killer
Last Girl Standing
The Similars
Ouija: Origin of Evil
Pet
The Autopsy of Jane Doe
The Eyes of My Mother
The Monster
The Wailing
Under the Shadow
peeptoad on wrote:I need to see more of those... I'm always behind with new horror movies since I like the 60s/70s/80s so much.
I loved both The Wailing and I Am Not a Serial Killer for completely different reasons. Most of the others that I've seen that were nominated (~10 of them) were in the good to middling range for me, with the exception of Neon Demon, which I hated. I hope that one wins nothing. Not a fan of Refn at all
I like Refn's style, and for me Neon Demon was a big improvement on Only God Forgives, although it still suffers a little from indulgence. Drive is one of my favourite recent films, and the Pusher trilogy is excellent, so I'm looking forward to the next Refn film.

Also, peeptoad, are you on iCM? I looked for your profile to see what films you'd seen but I couldn't find it.

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Post by peeptoad » February 16th, 2017, 9:07 pm

ChrisReynolds on Feb 15 2017, 06:07:50 AM wrote:The Fangoria nominations tend to be a better selection of films in general than the Oscars. Out of all 27 films nominated for the various awards

The ones I've seen in order of how much I liked them:

Great
The Witch
Train to Busan
Good
Green Room
The Invitation
The Neon Demon
Don't Breathe
10 Cloverfield Lane
Decent
Night of Something Strange
The Love Witch
Baskin
Mediocre/Curate's eggs
Hush
Nina Forever
The Mind's Eye
Bad
31
Beyond the Gates (biggest disappointment of the year)

Still need to see:

Antibirth
Trash Fire
I Am Not a Serial Killer
Last Girl Standing
The Similars
Ouija: Origin of Evil
Pet
The Autopsy of Jane Doe
The Eyes of My Mother
The Monster
The Wailing
Under the Shadow
peeptoad on wrote:I need to see more of those... I'm always behind with new horror movies since I like the 60s/70s/80s so much.
I loved both The Wailing and I Am Not a Serial Killer for completely different reasons. Most of the others that I've seen that were nominated (~10 of them) were in the good to middling range for me, with the exception of Neon Demon, which I hated. I hope that one wins nothing. Not a fan of Refn at all
I like Refn's style, and for me Neon Demon was a big improvement on Only God Forgives, although it still suffers a little from indulgence. Drive is one of my favourite recent films, and the Pusher trilogy is excellent, so I'm looking forward to the next Refn film.

Also, peeptoad, are you on iCM? I looked for your profile to see what films you'd seen but I couldn't find it.
No, I'm not on ICM other than the boards (yet anyway)... I joined Letterboxd before I found ICM, so I didn't pursue that aspect of it. I may join in the future. I can see it would make some of the list challenges easier here.

Here's my Letterboxd profile for the time being: https://letterboxd.com/peeptoad/
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Post by peeptoad » February 16th, 2017, 9:08 pm

Oh, also Chris, I hope you like I Am Not a Serial Killer when you see it. That was one of my fav horrors from last year (though, again, I still have many to see!)

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Post by peeptoad » February 22nd, 2017, 3:59 pm

Watched the My Bloody Valentine remake last night (mainly because it's on the TSZDT list that I am trying to finish) and, oddly enough, I didn't find it terrible. Most remakes I abhor, esp. when they're of films whose original I loved. This one was okay.... and by okay I mean 5/10. Average.

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Post by monty » March 2nd, 2017, 3:17 am

Watched this Japanese zombie flick today called I Am a Hero (2015). IMO, this is an overlooked genre gem - featuring a reluctant hero trapped in splatter heaven. Train to Busan ain't got nothing on this dark horse. All in all, this is the most zombie fun I've had in a long time. Surprisingly, none of the horror regulars here (ChrisR, Mighty, et.al.) have checked this one out yet - hopefully, this sad state of affairs will soon change...

Btw, I advise against watching the trailer as it gives away too much.

In case you want a second opinion, here goes:
As for the gore, there are no limits, so we get superfluous eye gougings and all. In bloodiness it's the bastard child of Dawn of the Dead and Evil Dead 2. And the diversity of zombies is fantastic here, most of them half reverting into regular behaviour when there are no living people nearby, and some start muttering or even singing. They look creepy too, as if their design-DNA has as much Ito Junji flavor in it as it has Hanazawa Kengo flavor. Most films get by with a "hero zombie" or two (think Bub in Day of the Dead or Tar Man in Return of the Living Dead), but here there are many, many zombies which become memorable characters. "What's up with that one?" Hideo asks a fellow survivor at one point, referring to a particularly bizarre corpse spider-crawling around. The reply he gets: "I don't know, some of them do not make sense". That's funny, but also disquieting, and eerier the longer you think about it.

I Am A Hero is epic, gory, funny, poignant, and very very creepy at times. The only reason Romero's Dawn of the Dead is better, is because that film provided the base for the entire genre, tropes and all, and this film obviously uses it as a template. But I Am A Hero uses that template well, and it's winwinwin all the way. There is something you want to see when you go to a zombie film, and this one provides it. It's rare to see expectations surpassed this fully on all fronts.

Audiences in Amsterdam thought so too and awarded the film a score of 8.3 out of 10, making it end in the Top-5 of that festival, something I fully agree with. For a film in this sub-genre, in these film-zombie-infested times, I find that pretty damn amazing.
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Post by ChrisReynolds » March 2nd, 2017, 4:18 am

monty on Mar 1 2017, 08:17:55 PM wrote:Watched this Japanese zombie flick today called I Am a Hero (2015). IMO, this is an overlooked genre gem - featuring a reluctant hero trapped in splatter heaven. Train to Busan ain't got nothing on this dark horse. All in all, this is the most zombie fun I've had in a long time. Surprisingly, none of the horror regulars here (ChrisR, Mighty, et.al.) have checked this one out yet - hopefully, this sad state of affairs will soon change...
I've been waiting for this to screen for nearly a year, but despite winning the audience award at SXSW and Sitges and the Golden Raven at the BIFFF, none of the UK festivals have played it. It does look very good though.
Watched the My Bloody Valentine remake last night (mainly because it's on the TSZDT list that I am trying to finish) and, oddly enough, I didn't find it terrible. Most remakes I abhor, esp. when they're of films whose original I loved. This one was okay.... and by okay I mean 5/10. Average.
The original MBV is one of the better 80s slashers. The remake felt mostly average and sometimes boring, but then the cheat on the mystery at the end infuriated me. I feel less annoyed by it in retrospect, so I might be more tolerant of it if I watched it again. I remember some of the gore was good.

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Post by peeptoad » March 8th, 2017, 3:53 pm

ChrisReynolds on Feb 15 2017, 06:07:50 AM wrote: Also, peeptoad, are you on iCM? I looked for your profile to see what films you'd seen but I couldn't find it.
I just now joined and imported my IMDB ratings. I only signed up for a free account, at least until I peruse the site a bit more:

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Post by cinephage » March 8th, 2017, 5:16 pm

ChrisReynolds on Mar 1 2017, 09:18:18 PM wrote:
monty on Mar 1 2017, 08:17:55 PM wrote:Watched this Japanese zombie flick today called I Am a Hero (2015). IMO, this is an overlooked genre gem - featuring a reluctant hero trapped in splatter heaven. Train to Busan ain't got nothing on this dark horse. All in all, this is the most zombie fun I've had in a long time. Surprisingly, none of the horror regulars here (ChrisR, Mighty, et.al.) have checked this one out yet - hopefully, this sad state of affairs will soon change...
I've been waiting for this to screen for nearly a year, but despite winning the audience award at SXSW and Sitges and the Golden Raven at the BIFFF, none of the UK festivals have played it. It does look very good though.
This was one of my favorites at last year's BIFFF. It's really quite good and well-made, and the audience was completely enthralled. I even bought the manga afterwards...


Regarding Grave, it's quite a good film too, even though it's more dramatic... It kind of blends french naturalism with genre. Sometimes difficult to watch, but always directed with intelligence and a great sense of lighting. The main actress, although quite young, is fantastic.

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