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Postby Ampersand » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:04 pm

hiddenicon wrote:dont screw up and get the early 80's The Children that troma later released on dvd... on the other hand, do. its indisputably awful but entertainingly so... could just be childhood nostalgia though. been a few years since i watched it.


Nope, you're right on. The Children is great, and I'd go so far to say it's even competently made. Yeah, Who Can Kill a Child? does so much more (and so much more sleaze-ily) with the same basic premise (killer kiddies and the retaliation from adults), but it never makes it look quite as lighthearted as it is here-- the children kill with radioactive hugs, my gosh.
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Postby Poptone » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:05 pm

hiddenicon wrote:yeah, the '08 The Children is pretty solid. dont screw up and get the early 80's The Children that troma later released on dvd... on the other hand, do. its indisputably awful but entertainingly so... could just be childhood nostalgia though. been a few years since i watched it.

and as parapet said, Pontypool kicks ass but its best 100% blind.


I'll third on Pontypool. Stephen MacHattie is so ace in that. Spoiler alert, I guess, but after watching that, I really feel I have no need to read 'The Flame Alphabet'.

That's probably a terribly ignorant opinion, but I don't care.
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Postby The Munificent Motherwell » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:10 pm

parapet wrote:Hotel was great, yeah. Been wanting to watch that again.
2008's The Children was good as well, I think it was also in the "Best Horror of the last decade" thread that I can't find. I wouldn't have watched it if I hadn't heard about it here because I never actually want to go through the Ghost House Underground stuff or 8 Films to die for, though I bet some are worthwhile.
Pontypool is a recent favorite I keep showing to friends, but it really is best if you go into it totally blind.

The Children is excellent; one of my favorites of the aughts. The only other two I've seen from Ghost House are The Thaw (which was essentially a boring, poorly written version of the X-Files episode "Ice") and Room 205, which was terrible.
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Postby Poptone » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:11 pm

Ampersand wrote:Attack the Block is a whole lot of fun, but its social "message" is a little too pat for me.


This is unfortunately true, and I cringe at the "sending them to kill little black boys" and Pest's "your boyfriend sucks for volunteering elsewhere". It nails everything else it aims for, though. Carpenter-like limited & claustrophobic locals, wicked humor that curdles to nightmarish on the turn of a dime, fantastically imaginative creature design, that Basement Jaxx score...bliss.

Plus, major bonus points for being a relatively high-profile film that puts kids in jeopardy and follows through. I applaud Trick 'r Treat for much the same (among much else).
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Postby Poptone » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:13 pm

Motherwell wrote:The Thaw (which was essentially a boring, poorly written version of the X-Files episode "Ice")


Which, in turn, is essentially a serviceable redux of The Thing.
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Postby Warrenandstimpy » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:16 pm

My favorite Amicus film:
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Postby landspeedrecord » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:18 pm

I love it when the film stops to let the audience guess who the wolf is.
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Postby The Munificent Motherwell » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:23 pm

Poptone wrote:
Motherwell wrote:The Thaw (which was essentially a boring, poorly written version of the X-Files episode "Ice")


Which, in turn, is essentially a serviceable redux of The Thing.

Ha, exactly. I was actually gonna compare it to that first.
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Postby Bob511 » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:39 pm

Motherwell wrote:The only other two I've seen from Ghost House are The Thaw (which was essentially a boring, poorly written version of the X-Files episode "Ice") and Room 205, which was terrible.

Surprisingly, The Rise of Reeker and Seventh Moon are also terrible.
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Postby hiddenicon » Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:02 am

Bob511 wrote:
Motherwell wrote:The only other two I've seen from Ghost House are The Thaw (which was essentially a boring, poorly written version of the X-Files episode "Ice") and Room 205, which was terrible.

Surprisingly, The Rise of Reeker and Seventh Moon are also terrible.

Dance of the Dead wasnt worthless. bit of a sucker for that brand of horror comedy though... really curious about Detention, but i have muted hopes.
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Postby Kuboaa » Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:16 pm

I was inspired by the list in the first post and watched Pulse today on netflix, loved it, quite methodical in a good way
I can only imagine how much the remake butchers the source material
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Postby pickles » Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:24 pm

It's already been said, but House of the Devil is tons of fun. Nostalgia included.

My recs:

Roger Corman. High level of ridiculousness. Sea Creatures raping people back there.
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One of my favorite modern horror films that doesn't get enough credit is The Descent. Cool creature designs, great atmosphere. The sequel is bloodier, but doesn't get the story/atmosphere quite right:
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Cool modern French horror film:
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Postby pickles » Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:28 pm

I'll have to re-watch Attack the Block. I watched it recently, but only remember snippets of it. I think I was working while I was watching it and not really paying attention.
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Postby parapet » Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:31 pm

whoa poptone thanks for the (spoilery?) book mention. I read Hellmouths of Bewdley which is part one in a "thematic trilogy" where Pontypool Changes Everything is the second, but I haven't found a copy of that yet, and I'm hoping it's an improvement. Hellmouths was basically a short story comp that mentioned a few of the characters in the movie but only a couple of the stories were any good.
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Postby pickles » Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:33 pm

What do you guys who have seen Vampyr think of it? I've been wanting to watch it.
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Postby Legion » Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:56 pm

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Have you seen Marina de Van's In My Skin (Dans Ma Peau)? One of my faves.

Saw Hotel recently based on recommendations from the board and oh man. So, so good.

High Tension is pretty bad/obvious, sorry just had to get that off my chest. But the worst horror movie I've seen based on a board recc is The Abandoned.

I really wanted to like Triangle, mostly for aesthetic reasons, but it was also a little too obvious and lacking in any other saving graces.

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Postby loaf angel » Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:00 pm

i always mention (Safe)

but Safe deals with dread in a way I've never seen in any other horror film
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Postby Ampersand » Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:03 pm

pickles wrote:What do you guys who have seen Vampyr think of it? I've been wanting to watch it.


It's really good. Unique, strange, and enigmatic. The very sparse sound elements give it more-than-usually unsettling atmosphere. Also has the flat-out creepiest sequence I've ever seen captured on film up until the 60s, probably (you'll know it when you see it).
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Postby Legion » Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:04 pm

Warrenandstimpy wrote:Favorite sub-genre: Rural British Occult
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I'd recommend Children of the Stones if you need more of this sort of fix. It was an (ostensibly!) children's show but of the twisted kind they used to show to kids back in the day. The music is pretty nice.

There's a torrent of the whole show on Karagarga. And you can watch episodes on Youtube. The intro terrified and fascinated me when I was 10:




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Postby Kevin McCallister » Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:05 pm

I'm so glad I didn't grow up during the whole Third Eye programming block.
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Postby baleen » Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:19 pm

Baby Museum wrote:i always mention (Safe)

but Safe deals with dread in a way I've never seen in any other horror film


this is a good angle, actually. I remember vaguely discussing this as a horror/body horror/modern gothic thing waaaaay back in "the day." wondering if I can sit through it again.

I think a page or two back there was a mention of Prince Of Darkness which should be an all time must see classic.

saw Attack The Block a few weeks ago and I liked it, it was definitely a lot of fun, low budget and creative monster movie.
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Postby The Munificent Motherwell » Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:59 pm

Vinyan is another one of my favorites of the last decade. Talk about intoxicating atmosphere.

Anyone have suggestions for more stuff like Hotel, or what I would (facilely) categorize "minimalist horror"?
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Postby loaf angel » Wed Apr 25, 2012 12:00 am

is there anything good coming up to look out for?

haven't really heard much in the way of horror for '12
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Postby Legion » Wed Apr 25, 2012 12:09 am

Motherwell wrote:Vinyan is another one of my favorites of the last decade. Talk about intoxicating atmosphere.

Anyone have suggestions for more stuff like Hotel, or what I would (facilely) categorize "minimalist horror"?



It's more severely minimal in terms of set and budget, but Travis Betz's Lo is kinda unique -- feels more like a play than a film feature.

Don't read anything about it, just check it out. Last time I checked it was available on Netflix instant play.

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Postby Kevin McCallister » Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:27 pm

Horror movies I watched for the first time this week:

- From Beyond (it must suck to have to wear a bald wig)
- Pet Semetary (aside from the scenes with dead-Gabe and getting irrationally angry at the funeral scene, pretty decent)
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Postby Kuboaa » Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:35 pm

another new for me movie off the original list..
The Others, even though I guessed the ending (from a mix of what I had heard and from the actual movie) I like it and thought the reveal was still pretty effective
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Postby manvstrees » Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:42 pm

i gotta get that miskatonic university tshirt he has in from beyond
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Postby Poptone » Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:44 pm

Kevin McCallister wrote:- Pet Semetary (aside from the scenes with dead-Gabe and getting irrationally angry at the funeral scene, pretty decent)


Man, I love the dead Gage scenes. "I played with mooomeeee. Now I want to play with yooouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu."

Of course, the zelda scenes are the stuff of searing nightmares.
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Postby Poptone » Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:48 pm

manvstrees wrote:i gotta get that miskatonic university tshirt he has in from beyond


Lots of stuff here.

http://www.cthulhulives.org/store/store.lasso

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I always mean to order this one, and never do:

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Postby manvstrees » Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:51 pm

seriously it needs to be the exact one from the film though, which i'm not sure if i could find, the last time i looked for it

edit: i could go for one of those esoteric order of dagon hoodies i guess
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