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Re: The Horror Movie Lovers Thread

Postby Rev » September 27th, 2018, 9:52 am

I love the fall and am glad it is becoming horror movie season. Hopefully some really good movies come out this time of the year. Heard Mandy was a good film but I cannot find a theater nearby that is showing it so gonna pick it up when it becomes available on blu ray (I think end of October).

Here are some interesting films I saw lately:

Triangle- This one was surprising. At first, I thought the reviews I've seen were pretty misguided. The acting seems pretty poor right from the start but I have to say this movie gets a lot better as it goes along. The whole concept is that these people go boating (super original) and get hit by a storm. They enter a ship and things get really weird. Not original at all, but it gets better and the out of place acting starts making sense and seems like a deliberate choice as the movie gets going. Definitely a fun ride for an indie film.

Are We Not Cats- I would barely classify this as horror. Probably a drama with a few horror elements, but I really enjoyed it. This is a pretty self contained movie about a guy who is trying to figure out things after being kicked out from his family's house. I guess it could also be seen as a bit of a romantic movie.. Dunno... But I still enjoyed it.

Revenge- Fun film. This is an action/horror film all about getting revenge (title works perfectly, lol). Girl gets the raw end of a deal and decides to hunt down the three men who did her in. This was a lot of fun. One of the better horror films I've seen this year.

Pyewacket- Another pretty good indie film, from the creator of the Witch. Girl gets into the occult after her father dies and summons the Pyewacket to get revenge on her mother. Things start to get creepy and weird after she summons the creature and she realizes she made a huge mistake. Pretty good movie. Definitely liked The Witch better but this one isn't bad.

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Re: The Horror Movie Lovers Thread

Postby C64_Critic » November 4th, 2018, 10:44 am

Rev wrote:Hereditary- Despite the super high rotten tomatoes score, I think a bunch of people were disappointed by this movie because it was marketed as something it wasn't. I think people went in expecting the Conjuring however this is a thinking mans horror movie. If you like to analyze the movie you just watched, read about it after, and talk with others about what you just watched, then you probably will love this movie. I really loved it but I'm a sucker for these types of movies.


I finally saw this last night based on your recommendation. I have to admit, I'm pretty confused/disappointed. For the vast majority of the film I didn't even think I was watching a 'horror' movie, I figured it was just a sad drama about a bunch of people with mental illnesses. Even as the final credits rolled, I don't think I'd label this a 'horror' flick... more a supernatural drama? But, as you say, it's a thinking mans movie and I haven't had much time to digest it so maybe my opinion will evolve as I do a little more research.

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Postby VideoGameCritic » November 4th, 2018, 12:07 pm

I thought Hereditary was a pretty traditional horror flick in the tradition of Rosemary's Baby or The Omen. Terrifying!

Were people expecting Friday the 13th?

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Postby DaHeckIzDat » November 4th, 2018, 12:34 pm

C64_Critic wrote:
Rev wrote:Hereditary- Despite the super high rotten tomatoes score, I think a bunch of people were disappointed by this movie because it was marketed as something it wasn't. I think people went in expecting the Conjuring however this is a thinking mans horror movie. If you like to analyze the movie you just watched, read about it after, and talk with others about what you just watched, then you probably will love this movie. I really loved it but I'm a sucker for these types of movies.


I finally saw this last night based on your recommendation. I have to admit, I'm pretty confused/disappointed. For the vast majority of the film I didn't even think I was watching a 'horror' movie, I figured it was just a sad drama about a bunch of people with mental illnesses. Even as the final credits rolled, I don't think I'd label this a 'horror' flick... more a supernatural drama? But, as you say, it's a thinking mans movie and I haven't had much time to digest it so maybe my opinion will evolve as I do a little more research.


This seems to be a hot trend with "horror" movies these days. Advertise a movie as a horror flick, but then surprise the audience when it's actually a metaphor for things that happen in real life that's supposed to make you think and reflect, but only succeeds in pissing off the people who paid money to see a horror movie, not some stuck up "artists" shallow attempt at being deep and philosophical. That's why I hated the Babadook. "No, see, it's scary because the monster is depression, and depression is reeeeaaaaal! Isn't that so much better?!"

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Re: The Horror Movie Lovers Thread

Postby Rev » November 4th, 2018, 1:04 pm

C64_Critic wrote:
Rev wrote:Hereditary- Despite the super high rotten tomatoes score, I think a bunch of people were disappointed by this movie because it was marketed as something it wasn't. I think people went in expecting the Conjuring however this is a thinking mans horror movie. If you like to analyze the movie you just watched, read about it after, and talk with others about what you just watched, then you probably will love this movie. I really loved it but I'm a sucker for these types of movies.


I finally saw this last night based on your recommendation. I have to admit, I'm pretty confused/disappointed. For the vast majority of the film I didn't even think I was watching a 'horror' movie, I figured it was just a sad drama about a bunch of people with mental illnesses. Even as the final credits rolled, I don't think I'd label this a 'horror' flick... more a supernatural drama? But, as you say, it's a thinking mans movie and I haven't had much time to digest it so maybe my opinion will evolve as I do a little more research.


I dunno, I've seen a lot of films where I questioned if it was actually horror, however Hereditary has never been that movie. To me there is no question that Hereditary is a traditional horror film. It has scares (especially towards the end of the film), it can be graphic (such as what happens to the daughter), and deals with dark subject matter such as cults, death, demons, etc. The movie is definitely a slow burn horror film, where it takes a while for the intensity to pick up. I actually like those types of horror films the most, as long as the ending does a good job selling the scares (which I think this one does).

I will be honest that I was a bit iffy on the movie on the first viewing as well. I liked it but also didn't walk out of the theater feeling that great about it. After I digested the film and watched it a second time (when it just came out on blu ray), I found myself really liking the film on a second viewing.

I think I was expecting the movie to be something that it wasn't. Unlike a lot of movies, Hereditary doesn't hold your hand and explain everything for the audience. All the clues are in the movie (thankfully) but it does require a lot of from the audience to figure things out. In addition, Toni Collette gives a wonderful performance and to me, sells the movie. Without her, Hereditary wouldn't be as great as it was.

One thing I like doing on these types of films is after watching it, I like to read about to see what I might have missed and get other's view on what I was exactly watching. A Youtube channel called FoundFilx did a really good ending explained which I pretty much agree with. You might give it a watch- found here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW_GokVMbNA) and see if that helps at all with your understanding of the film. He covered a few things I missed on my initial viewing as well.

I do stick by my initial impression, that the way the movie was sold to audiences as something it wasn't. I think this movie was mis-marketed so that it would sell more tickets. I'm pretty sure this is why I walked away so conflicted on my first viewing. I really hate when this is done but can understand why ($$$). Anyway, I hope this helps. If you still are conflicted on the movie, at least you can walk away with a better understanding of the film.

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Re: The Horror Movie Lovers Thread

Postby velcrozombie » November 5th, 2018, 1:40 pm

I liked but didn't love Upgrade, although I think it has grown on me over the last two months since I've watched it. For the tiny budget it's a technical marvel and it's trim and efficient in an old-school John Carpenter sort of style. I actually think the trailer played up the comedic aspect considerably beyond what was in the movie itself (since we were just discussing the way Hereditary, a film I haven't yet seen, was sold to audiences) but this didn't really bother me much. Nice twist ending, as well. Nothing great (I still think some of the writing and scene transitions were awkward) but very solid.

I watched the original Friday the 13th. I'd previously seen from Part 4 all the through Jason Goes to Hell along with Freddy vs. Jason and bits of Part 3. I've never been a big fan of the series but it was popular with my friends in high school and college so it was always around; of the films I've seen I'd definitely put Part 4 at the top, with Parts 6 and 7 and Freddy vs. Jason also being somewhat enjoyable (on a trash film level, at least). My cousin told me I should go back to the beginning. It was interesting to go back before the series had developed it's conventions. It has atmosphere and the kids are likable (except for the one that's not, but he's clearly intended to be annoying) and the hook of having SPOILERS FOR A 40-YEAR-OLD MOVIE a middle-aged woman as the killer is novel - even the history of franchise (with Jason lurking in background) excuses what were problems back in the day, such as having a frail older women tossing bodies through windows. There's one great kill (Kevin Bacon getting an arrow through the neck) and while the ending shamelessly rips off Carrie it's still effective. I'd still put Part 4 above it, but the film was strong enough to make me want to watch Part 2 and 3 to see the series grow into its formula.

While I wouldn't call it a horror movie, I'm going to mention Turbo Kid. It's like a demented low-budget children's version of Mad Max mixed with Scott Pilgrim and directed by a young Peter Jackson. The level of gore on display is staggering, but it's done with the inventive humor and irreverence of a Road Runner cartoon. There a number of 80s pop-culture references (video games included, especially The Legend of Zelda) but they feel less gratuitous than in something like Kung Fury, probably because there are character relationships and a simple but charming story to hang all the madness from.

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Postby GameOfThrones » November 6th, 2018, 9:36 pm

VideoGameCritic wrote:I thought Hereditary was a pretty traditional horror flick in the tradition of Rosemary's Baby or The Omen. Terrifying!

Were people expecting Friday the 13th?

Dreadful movie. I watched it in the flix and hated it. Though it was better badadadadadboringbook

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Re: The Horror Movie Lovers Thread

Postby Herschie » December 9th, 2018, 3:49 pm

I know "Titanic" isn't really a horror movie, yet it is. Because it was a horror in real life. But that one part where John Jacob Astor is hanging onto that pole on the grand staircase and all the sudden the dome shatters and water comes rushing in, well...that's what nightmares are made of. Three of the scariest seconds I've seen in a film.

For me, things that either actually happened or could actually happen scare me more than true horror movies. Movies about 9/11 or storms or nuclear war I think are far scarier than ghosts or monsters.


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