What film are you watching tonight/watched last night???

systemsdead

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Shoctober -G
Get Out (2017) Directed by Jordan Peele
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I really like this film especially its quiet and uneasy buildup and all those subtle hints it throws out telling you something is just not quite right, and for the most part of its duration it gets all this so right, the performances all work the humor hits and is on the mark, but I do think that it's overrated and not quite that new voice of horror it was made out to be especially when it takes its best moments from early Polanski and even riff's on the likes of Black Rainbow, it still feels like a decent debut at times but for me just completely throws it away come the ending.7/10
 

top4719

Active Member
Duck Soup - 6/10 - Not seen a Marx Brothers film since I was a kid, this is rated as a classic so I thought i'd give it a go, i'm not a great fan of old B&W films as I find them too stagey and staid, the first few minutes before any of the "Brothers" appear are hard work once Groucho pops up things improve, some of its very dated but GM's one liners/insults mostly still hit home and the CM/HM slapstick raises a smile.
 

Robothamster

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Blue Velvet (1986)

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David Lynch's 50's era sexy mystery thriller. Kyle MacLachlan finds a severed ear in a field, and with the help of local police detectives daughter Laura Dern, investigates a female singer who they think may be involved, but ends up in hot water with the crazy, drug snorting pervert crime boss Dennis Hopper.

I enjoyed it, 7.5/10.
 

lucasisking

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Shocktober 1996

Scream - Wes Craven
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Billed as a postmodern or meta deconstruction of the slasher genre (flogged to death in the 80s), this is actually pretty good and holds up a lot better than most of the other horror franchise fare I've seen recently. The opening scene is effectively done, and the attractive cast and unfolding story keep it watchable right up to the fun and excessive conclusion. Does it's knowing approach allow it to get away with a ton of high school/ small town/ slasher cliches? Yeah pretty much; it still feels fairly fresh over 20 years on and the lack of supernatural elements and visual effects prevent it looking dated. Still pretty enjoyable. 7/10
 
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richp007

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I actually really like Scream.

I agree with your sentiments that it feels fairly fresh even after all this time. I even have a soft spot for the sequels to be honest. Obviously not as good, but still entertaining enough if you take all the films as a whole.

There's a few season's of a TV show I think that I've been toying with watching, purely just for the Scream factor. I don't expect it'll be anything special.
 

systemsdead

Distinguished Member
Shoctober - H
The Hunger (1983) Directed by Tony Scott
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The brilliant Bauhaus opening and that driving bass really sets up the tone for this perfectly, it's hell of a stylish affair and a cracking and very striking feature debut for Scott, the first half as always been my favorite Bowie's vampire turn is just great in this and filled with such sadness and all the melancholy of his hunger to hold on to life, you feel his loss and his hopeless longing to carry on after witnessing centuries of art music and most of all love, it's also the sudden aging effects used on Bowie throughout the film that makes this a must they really are superbly done, it's not all the Bowie show though Catherine Deneuve plays it wonderfully as the sophisticated first of her kind as does Susan Sarandon as the next blood in line, also don't blink as you might miss Willem Dafoe, a bit showy and arty in places but yeah I still really love this one.8.5/10
 

lucasisking

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Shocktober 1997

The Relic - Peter Hyams
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A sub-Alien mid 90s monster movie, starring the excellent Tom Sizemore as a superstitious detective investigating a series of gruesome murders in the Chicago Natural History museum. These come courtesy of a gruesome brain-eating beast; the Kothoga, that may be the product of some DNA-altering magical herb. Or something. Stan Winston's practical creature effects are great as usual, depicting a creature that is like a cross between the predator and a rhino; but they are married to primitive CGI (they just couldn't get the lighting right in the early days could they). The filmmakers try to overcome this via the Jurassic Park route, keeping the monster in darkness and shadow for much of the runtime. But unfortunately that also means the action is in darkness too. Enjoyable enough for the first hour but then I began to get rather bored as character stuff gave way to moderate monster mayhem ending in the usual predictable bull***t way. 5.5/10
 

systemsdead

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Shoctober - i
Insidious: The Last Key (2018) Directed by Adam Robitel
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For some pretty safe ground saturated horror this was pretty much ok especially in its first hour as it tries its best to throw in a few twists and tie-ins, no getting away with it though this Wan produced/directed stuff is 10 a penny these days and no doubt this time next week I will have completely forgot what the hell it was about, its exactly the sort of horror your Mum would like in that lazy Sunday TV kind of way with its ghostbustin gran and her dumb sidekicks, it's all a bit wet around the ears and extremely sappy towards the end, I guess I should have hated it but didn't so it just gets away with an average pass.5/10
 

Garrett

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Shocktober 1997

The Relic - Peter Hyams
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A sub-Alien mid 90s monster movie, starring the excellent Tom Sizemore as a superstitious detective investigating a series of gruesome murders in the Chicago Natural History museum. These come courtesy of a gruesome brain-eating beast; the Kothoga, that may be the product of some DNA-altering magical herb. Or something. Stan Winston's practical creature effects are great as usual, depicting a creature that is like a cross between the predator and a rhino; but they are married to primitive CGI (they just couldn't get the lighting right in the early days could they). The filmmakers try to overcome this via the Jurassic Park route, keeping the monster in darkness and shadow for much of the runtime. But unfortunately that also means the action is in darkness too. Enjoyable enough for the first hour but then I began to get rather bored as character stuff gave way to moderate monster mayhem ending in the usual predictable bull***t way. 5.5/10
Did you ever catch the TV movie The Runestone with a similar sort of plot although in this case not a rip off but came out 6 years earlier and even had a pre Marvel film Asgard god in it Tyr. Even beats Infinity Gauntlet with a joke.
only gets 5/10 on IMDB but I liked it.

Fanducci: What's your name, officer?
Strange: It's Strange, Sir.
Fanducci: I don't care how fudgeing strange it is.
Strange: No Sir, it's officer Strange.

Marla Stewart: Could you say one sentence without the word "fudge" in it?
Fanducci: Sorry. Would you like a Pez?
Marla Stewart: No.
Fanducci: Best fudgeing candy in the world!

Chief Richardson: I'll tell you what it is, Fanducci. It's a big guy in a bulletproof dog suit.

Fanducci: my men are playing mix and match with body parts.



 

lucasisking

Distinguished Member
Shocktober 1998

The Faculty - Robert Rodriguez
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Another high school horror but this time attempting to blend The Breakfast Club growing pains/fitting in tropes with Invasion of the Body Snatchers and a bit of the Thing. Like Scream did for the slasher genre, this tries a self referential approach and unashamedly pilfers from the films mentioned and others. It also boasts a fairly impressive cast, most of which are wasted in favour of up & comers who never came (like Shawn Hatosy). Still it is enjoyable in a schlocky kind of way and its fun to see the adults going with it and clearly having the most fun. Visual effects are a lot better than some of the previous movies in my list, although the CGIness is still obviously dated today. Probably could have been better with a more imaginitive director at the helm, but overall its still worth a revisit. 6/10
 

KyleS1

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Did you manage to watch it? I re-watched it last night and it was even better second time I watched it, unbelievable film
I’ve forgotten what I said I’d watch. Haha!
Was it prisoners? If so, not watched it yet.
 

Coz22998

Distinguished Member
The House with a Clock in its Walls (US iTunes, via Movies Anywhere/Google Play)

Kid friendly Halloween horror fare starring Jack Black...………..and it could almost be a Goosebumps prequel, it shares much with that franchise.

Much is made of the Eli Roth/Amblin mix but honestly, there doesn't feel to be much of Roth in here at all really, other than perhaps some slightly misjudged very adult themes nestling in amongst all the spooky-yet obviously golden hour Americana 1950's Amblin vibe. And its the plot that's where the film stalls, making this just a notch below the Goosebumps films in terms of quality for me.

Young Lewis is orphaned and sent to live with his Warlock Uncle (Black) and his frenemy neighbour (Blanchett). Whilst learning magic, he inadvertently raises the house's previous owner from the dead who then decides to turn on the titular time piece hidden somewhere in the house...….with disastrous results. The first half is the strongest, with equal time given to the magic learning (fun, if Potter-lite) and more traditional childhood themes - fitting in at a new school, making friends (or not in this case), etc. Its this nice mix that gives the film a more traditional Amblin feel, albeit one with a few scenes of magic oddness thrown in.

Black and Blanchett spark nicely off each other and everything's ticking along nicely...…..until a very dead Kyle MacLachlan returns to his abode and the plot takes a very serious turn, involving Nazi's in WWII and the evils of war and a demon hellbent on wiping out all of humanity from all of existence. The film loses almost any pretence of its cuddly first half and we're thrown headfirst into a much more serious and much less fun second half. Even the magic of magic in the first 50 minutes seems completely absent, with Blanchett turning into grumpy Mary Poppins with a grudge, and Black turning into one of the most hideous looking CG...…...things...….seen since the Rock in The Mummy Returns. If I could turn back time to unsee THAT visual effect I bloody well would.

So its a solid first half that jettisons the decent character work and feel almost completely for a much more traditional and duller plot driven second half unfortunately. Still worth a watch for fans of that other Black franchise, but its just not quite on the same level.
 

imightbewrong

Distinguished Member
Shocktober 1997

The Relic - Peter Hyams
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A sub-Alien mid 90s monster movie, starring the excellent Tom Sizemore as a superstitious detective investigating a series of gruesome murders in the Chicago Natural History museum. These come courtesy of a gruesome brain-eating beast; the Kothoga, that may be the product of some DNA-altering magical herb. Or something. Stan Winston's practical creature effects are great as usual, depicting a creature that is like a cross between the predator and a rhino; but they are married to primitive CGI (they just couldn't get the lighting right in the early days could they). The filmmakers try to overcome this via the Jurassic Park route, keeping the monster in darkness and shadow for much of the runtime. But unfortunately that also means the action is in darkness too. Enjoyable enough for the first hour but then I began to get rather bored as character stuff gave way to moderate monster mayhem ending in the usual predictable bull***t way. 5.5/10
Don't know if you know this guy but he does a few interesting videos, including one on The Relic. I remember seeing it at the cinema waaaaay back in the day and coming away thinking it was 'surprisingly good' - haven't seen it since.

 

systemsdead

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Shoctober - J
Jigsaw (2017) Directed by the Spierig Bros
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This pretty much got slated but yeah this pretty much worked for me, granted its a bit tamed down from some of the earlier entries in the series but this was welcomed from the lack of gore and decapitations that's been missing from what i've been watching so far, I think one of the main reasons it worked so well is because I haven't revisited any of the Saw films in well over 10 years, anyway it follows the same path with it's fun twists carries a few great inventive gore moments courtesy of those nifty n wicked traps and contraptions that the series is so well known for, it was also great to hear that distinctive Tobin Bell voice again, so yeah enjoyed this one and would definitely catch any new entries on the horizon.6.5/10
 

Garrett

Moderator
Don't know if you know this guy but he does a few interesting videos, including one on The Relic. I remember seeing it at the cinema waaaaay back in the day and coming away thinking it was 'surprisingly good' - haven't seen it since.

I don't know about a cat scene but I once was watching a horror film and it was in a tense scene and my dog(90lb +) sneaked up on me plonked its paw on my arm that was resting on the armrest of the chair.:eek:
 

martimu

Well-known Member
I watched the RUROUNI KENSHIN TRILOGY over the last few nights. Never seen the Manga so this was completely new to me

I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The first film is the best, with the second and third parts one film split into two.

The story has a few holes in it and some of the 2/3rd parts are disjointed in places. There are also a couple of seriously irritating characters, which I think are supposed to add an element of humour. Neither of which are needed IMO but I appreciate it may be true to the original manga

However, the lead character, the cinematography, and the fight sequencing was top notch. Very enjoyable, with good use of wirework without being over the top.

First part is an 8.5 out of 10.
Second and third are solid 7 out of 10
 

lucasisking

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Shocktober 1999, 2000

Stir of Echoes - David Koepp
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Unlike the others in my list this is a first time watch for me, having heard its one of Kevin Bacon's better films that managed to slip through the net. And yeah I was fairly impressed with this, more so as the story unfolds. At first it just seems like another load of supernatural horror nonsense but that's just a gateway into a more interesting thriller that resolves later in the film. Kevin's mania during the second half of the film is well acted especially as it begins to take a toll on his family (reminded me of Close Encounters), and the last act is pretty powerful. So yeah, not a bad one to tick off the list. 7/10


Hollow Man - Paul Verhoeven
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Sticking with Kev, I just had to take another look at this smashing Paul Verhoeven sci-fi horror. This has aged really well with some clever and still-awesome CG visual effects. This too is a film of three parts, the first being the most visually interesting as we see apes and humans gradually phased in and out of invisibility, in vivid anatomical detail. The pain and hazard of these 'quantum phase shifts' is superbly depicted and the attention to detail is extraordinary. The second act sees Kevin Bacon's character take a darker turn as he uses his 'gift' for voyeuristic and later sexually abusive means. As egotistical Sebastian Cane, he's already a walking sexual harrasment lawsuit, and with powers of invisibility he takes it to another level. Is it perhaps a sign of the director's own sexual preoccupations, or lack of imagination, that makes that the focus of this invisibility story? The question is asked, but never answered: is it the power went to his head, or the invisibility serum that turned him evil? The final act is the action horror finale as Cane turns against his co-workers for some bloody Verhoeven violence that ends the same way all these action horror films seem to. But to be fair, its pretty well done and fairly imaginitive in its kills. I still really dig the film. Great supporting cast too with young-looking Elizabeth Shue and Josh Brolin in supporting roles. 7.5/10
 

QuestShield

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Possum

After returning to his childhood home, a disgraced children's puppeteer (Sean Harris) is forced to confront his wicked stepfather (Alun Armstrong) and the secrets that have tarnished his entire life.
My friend recommended this one, and it gets good fresh tomatoes on Rotten Tomatoes site.. but not such a good audience score. I think I’m closer to that audience score as for me this was an utterly boring and dreary viewing experience, into a world of drabness and nastiness. The film felt like a 20 minute short stretched to 80+ minutes and I found my attention wandering even in that meagre timeframe. I like Sean Harris, he was great in Harry Brown and Ashes to Ashes, but the sheer monotony of this one and his multiple attempts to rid himself of a crappy spider puppet didn’t elicit any feelings of fear or creepiness for me, the only time I jumped was a neat jump scare late on so it gets an extra point for managing that trick. Alun Armstrong is almost pantomime with his performance, and the locations they shot this in must be the most rundown in the UK. I think it was trying to evoke an Eraserhead vibe, which it partially managed near the beginning but the sheer drudgery and sub-Lynchian nonsense of the rest of the movie didn’t impress me I’m afraid. A generous 5/10 from Quest.
 

lucasisking

Distinguished Member
Possum

After returning to his childhood home, a disgraced children's puppeteer (Sean Harris) is forced to confront his wicked stepfather (Alun Armstrong) and the secrets that have tarnished his entire life.
My friend recommended this one, and it gets good fresh tomatoes on Rotten Tomatoes site.. but not such a good audience score. I think I’m closer to that audience score as for me this was an utterly boring and dreary viewing experience, into a world of drabness and nastiness. The film felt like a 20 minute short stretched to 80+ minutes and I found my attention wandering even in that meagre timeframe. I like Sean Harris, he was great in Harry Brown and Ashes to Ashes, but the sheer monotony of this one and his multiple attempts to rid himself of a crappy spider puppet didn’t elicit any feelings of fear or creepiness for me, the only time I jumped was a neat jump scare late on so it gets an extra point for managing that trick. Alun Armstrong is almost pantomime with his performance, and the locations they shot this in must be the most rundown in the UK. I think it was trying to evoke an Eraserhead vibe, which it partially managed near the beginning but the sheer drudgery and sub-Lynchian nonsense of the rest of the movie didn’t impress me I’m afraid. A generous 5/10 from Quest.
It's a challenging watch that's for sure. But it worked better for me thanks to Alun Armstrong's sheer nastiness and the whole Lynchian vibe. Don't think I'd watch it twice though.
 

top4719

Active Member
The Dark Knight - 9/10 - A re-watch of Nolan's trilogy instigated by my son, this one really has stood the test of time, a cracking thriller thats much more than a superhero film, excellent and a good shoo in to Joker this weekend.
 

richp007

Distinguished Member
Yeah I saw you liked it. It just wasn't for me and wasn't the nightmare fuel I expected.
Disappointed you didn't like it, but each to their own. I read up on it's production afterward and there was so much more to it than even I realised at the time of watching. Especially in regards to the puppet. Will need to watch it again in fact.

I first came across Sean Harris in The Borgias, and think he's developed into a very fine actor. Highlight as we know of course came as Solomon Lane in Rogue Nation.
 

Coz22998

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Rabid (2019, UK iTunes)

It was never my favourite of Cronenberg's early work, but The Soska Sisters (American Mary) have given us a version that somehow brings to mind NWR's style of The Neon Demon (primary colour drenched, Argento-esque) and a left-field ending that reminds us of the glorious ick factor of Yuzna's Society.

Throwing us off from the very first minute, casting the gorgeous Laura Vandervoort behind a layer of scarred make up (so much so that I didn't even recognise her), brings an added layer to proceedings. Having her also work in the vacuous, narcissistic fashion world (another Neon Demon influence?) starts to introduce us to key themes of fitting in, the price of beauty, etc, which start to come into play as the main plot kicks in - she's hideously disfigured in a motorbike crash and undergoes pioneering stem cell work that not only corrects her deformities, but makes her stunningly beautiful but with a taste for human blood.

This main plot thrust follows Cronenberg's original closely - the operation, the spread of infection and the slow realisation on Rose's part of her role in it - but amps everything up. The make up effects are stunning in their hideous beauty and the infected go full on Zack Snyder Dawn of the Dead in their viciousness and blood letting abilities. Where it differs is in the character of Rose - gone until the very end are the questionable appendages that do the killing, instead we get a much more slow dawning realisation and a blurring of reality and hallucinations brought in by her medication. Vandervoort is brilliant and gives us so much more then poor old Marilyn Chambers did (not Chamber's fault mind, more that this script asks more of Rose than Cronenberg's did).

However, just when you think that this version is going to suffer from the same problem that the original did - the end was just going to come and go with barely a whimper - it pulls a gonzo, prosthetic laden finale that is reminiscent of the obnoxious endings of yesteryear. Sure it tries to dress it up in pseudoscience, but its so icky and gloriously gory and downbeat that none of that matters.

This is easily up there with Cronenberg's version, updating it appropriately for modern horror audiences yet always having The Soska Sister's inherently gorgeous visual style of horrific beauty. Cracking stuff.
 

lucasisking

Distinguished Member
Shocktober 2001

From Hell - Albert & Allen Hughes
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A film absolutely drenched in the fictional atmosphere of Victorian London with rolling fog, buck-tooth degenerates, top-hatted gentlemen, and taverns overflowing with buxom wenches. And a quite enjoyable performance from Johnny Depp as a drug addled, borderline suicidal London detective with clair-voyant skills on the trail of Jack the Ripper. His investigation is stymied at every turn by an order of Masons; vicious pimp gangs and his own repressed feelings; and love might be on the cards too as he falls for a beautiful lady of the night, one of a group of prostitutes dropping like flies at the hands of the Ripper. The murders are unspeakably gruesome and the killer, whose identity remains a mystery (sort of) for much of the film, is genuinely chilling. The languid nature of Depp's character however, plus and overall lack of urgency, prevents this becoming a real rollercoaster, and the film seems stuck in second gear. And unlike Depp, co-star Heather Graham struggles somewhat with her East End accent. But still pretty decent. 7/10
 

systemsdead

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Shoctober -K
Krampus (2015) Directed by Michael Dougherty
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Probably a month too early but all I have on the K front apart from a bunch of Kong's, this is another that I was fully expecting to hate but surprise surprise I pretty much enjoyed this, the start was great and represented pretty much what Xmas as become now yep just one big effin chore, when it fully gets started it still carries a that fun get together sense of humor with a few added scares along the way, it is however all pretty safe stuff with Krampus beast coming off the best in the scare department it's those little sidekick helpers where it all falls apart for me and just goes off in that silly Gremlins kinda way, still worth a watch good performances and one of the better fun seasonal films out there.6/10
 

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