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Postby emotional fascism » Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:57 pm

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10. Possession (1981)
This is straight up one of the best and most intense movie going experiences I’ve had in a long time. The way everything is framed, the pacing, the performances, just the way the actors and the camera move together, this movie sucks you in from the opening credit scenes and only stops to enhance the overall feeling of dread. Really recommend not watching Isabelle Adjani subway scene before watching the movie cause it’s way more intense in context. This movie is basically perfect, absolute new favorite, easily in league with Rosemary’s Baby and other great horror alike


amazing movie. and it really is an experience.

those shots of sam neil manically rocking in a rocking chair will def. fill you with some dread


Adjani's performance is probably best I've ever seen. she's ridiculously good just with her facial expressions.
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Postby Percy Dovetonsils » Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:32 pm

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crosspost from ebook thread, thought people itt would be interested: viewtopic.php?p=6690258#p6690258
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Postby fresh salad » Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:04 pm

jesus I just a whiplash of Déjà vu at those covers
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Postby Kevin McCallister » Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:11 pm

Very interested, thanks!
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Postby dan » Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:32 pm

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After being haunted by the loss of his wife, a man searches for any way to bring her back and hires the services of Dr. Death: a man with the ability to prolong life by transferring the soul of anyone he kills into a dead body.

This one's a total hoot, it grows campier and campier as it goes on, sometimes going over the line but generally remaining fun. Lots of wacky killing and hammy acting, the direction and visual effects are straight out of 70's TV but in the best way possible. It's not a well constructed movie at all, it just feels like a collection of scenes of Dr. Death murdering people or scenes of the most standard exposition possible getting us to Dr. Death murdering more people. With some effort (and maybe the removal of some gay/racial gags) it would be a real gem. Bonus: be on the lookout for an ancient Moe Howard in his final role as an elderly pervert who volunteers during Dr. Deaths transference demonstration. C+
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Postby fuckyoudad » Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:05 pm

Kevin McCallister wrote:Damn I cannot wait for 5pm so I can ghoul down with those vids. Thanks!

Kevin McCallister wrote:
futurist wrote:i sold off all my major title vhs tapes years ago but now i'm in desperate need for sleepaway camp 1, sleepaway camp 2, and the burning for a "friday the 13th" camping trip in the woods. really hesitant to spend >$40 on any of these all over again. anyone have any dirty vhs rips of these they can upload to the dropbox?

any good 80's horror trailer compilations too? anything good to watch on a crappy old tv around a campfire in the woods


My Sleepaway Camp VHS is a prized possession. I can try to create a rip sometime this month but no promises!

If anybody has a guide for compression settings to get a ~1.2gb file that would come in handy.


Hey futurist, I ripped my Sleepaway Camp VHS for ya. It's in the [Spooky Flix] db folder. File is kind of big, like 2.3gb.


holy fucking shit, thank you for this
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Postby Cone » Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:28 pm

Just like every year, I’m very far behind on my intended October Horror binge so here’s a lame post about what I’ve seen so far this month.

Watched Gerald’s Game and loved it. One of those films that totally sucks you in from start to finish and only once it’s over you appreciate the narrative simplicity. hand gore scene had me balled up on the couch like a child. Maybe I’m getting softToggle Spoiler

The Disappointments Room: sucked ass. Why do I vaguely recall hearing a bunch of positive things about this movie when it came out? Who did I hear that from? It wasn’t even entertainingly bad.

Finally got my girlfriend to watch the OG Friday the 13th with me tonight and she enjoyed it a ton which made me happy since typically getting her to watch anything besides an early 2000’s romcom is like pulling teeth. It’s been so long since I’ve seen it and goddamn does it hold up.
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Postby R C » Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:05 am

just got out of a screening of the 4K restoration of Suspiria. Goddamn, if this plays near you go see it. Absolutely incredible.
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Postby all of the world » Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:31 am

All the Devils Are Here (2014)
80s synths and a neon title card but other than that this doesn't really feel retro. kids, fugitives and townspeople versus demons. it's not that interesting

Sickhouse (2016)
found footage with youtube stars, none of whom i recognize because wtf is a youtube star i'm so old, and the whole thing is done with snapchat. every shot is 10 seconds or less. sounds more annoying than it is since plenty of found footage has inexplicable cuts mid-conversation. at least here it's part of the gimmick. it isn't awful but there's nothing here at all you haven't seen before and done better.

Wish Upon (2017)
there's some pretty dumb stuff in here but it qualifies as an "okay" watch for me. hard not to think of it as rory gilmore finds a magic cursed box

Die Laughing (2017)
bob golub is apparently a real stand up comic but i assume irl he doesn't kill people. someone films him on the road playing crappy casinos and killing people who irritate him. golub is very watchable and while i'd hesitate to call this funny i did enjoy it to some extent. still, nothing in the film is as good as amazon's description: "Bob is a touring stand up comedian/serial killer. One minute he is killing them with laughter and the next he is just killing them."

La Endemoniada aka A Woman Possessed (1968)
gothic horror from mexico with not much atmosphere and a witch that made me feel like i was watching I Dream of Jeannie. i liked it though.

The Prince of Terror (1988)
batshit insane tale from lamberto bava about a famous horror movie director terrorized by a writer he fired. hilarious dead dogs, remote control security guards, golfing as murder. prime late 80s italian horror if you're game for total nonsense mixed with gore.
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Postby Zardoz » Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:07 pm

The very end of Sleepaway Camp was deeply unsettling, the murders in this film were brutal, the end credit music was rockin'
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Postby kid_chameleon » Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:17 pm

Can anyone upload Friday the 13th flicks to the db? I've only ever seen Jason x and Freddy vs Jason haha
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Postby shacky » Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:49 am

this my month so far. 2 spaced 4 ratings/reviews this year i think. but i heartily endorse the following motion pictures:

1. gerald's game (2017)
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2. witchboard (1986)
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3. messiah of evil (1973)
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4. pin (1988)
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5. short night of glass dolls (1971)
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6. the believers (1987)
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7. god told me to (1976)
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8. night of the comet (1984)
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9. street trash (1987)
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10. pumpkinhead (1988)
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11. friday the 13th part vi: jason lives (1986)
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Postby Rhodes » Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:51 pm

I watched Pumpkinhead yesterday o/

Also Child's Play, which I'd never seen all the way through, for some reason.
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Postby dan » Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:34 pm

Oct. 13 - SAVAGE VOWS (1995)

A group of friends come together to support a man who has just lost his wife. After the funeral, the group decide to stay at the widower’s house for a long weekend. However, a black gloved killer is stalking the property and knocking off the friends one by one.

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The Big Chill but with some pitchfork impaling. A very laid back and relaxing weekend afternoon horror with a great moody synth soundtrack. It's not a particularly engaging movie and I can't say there's much payoff but it has its charms. C+

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A man awakens to find himself in the company of a family of cannibals under the influence of a glowing green fungus.

The third film from TWISTED ISSUES and RED SPIRIT LAKE director Charles Pinion. This truly felt like a nightmare in both construction and imagery (assuming you dream of men getting a wrench clamped to their dick and heated with a blowtorch). Genuinely unpleasant to watch and my least favorite of the Pinion's I've seen but when it gets experimental it's certainly fun, like the "spirit drive" through stock footage right into a giant 300lb naked Jesus who they shoot in the eye after he tries to crush the car.Toggle Spoiler C+
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Postby haddonfield » Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:12 pm

dan wrote:Oct. 13 - SAVAGE VOWS (1995)

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Postby all of the world » Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:12 am

American Psycho 2 (2002)
so i finally know the answer to my question, "was this movie as bad as i remember it? i mean, mila kunis is in it"

O Monstro Legume do Espaço (1995) / O Monstro Legume do Espaço 2 (2006)
i'll admit i had some pretty high hopes for sov horror from brazil but these were not very entertaining. vegetable monster from space versus scientists, cannibals and carnivores wants to start a new species to save humanity. there's certainly some sov charm here and the music selection is fun and eclectic but for the most part these were dull

A Ghost Story (2017)
hadn't read anything about this so it was a pleasant surprise. i could see how some people wouldn't like it at all but everything it was trying for really worked for me. kind of depressing and uplifting in a weird way

Snuff Perversions: Bizarre Cases of Death (1999)
this starts off like a variation on Faces of Death that doesn't even try to pretend it's real and it has one sequence/segment that is short and amused me but it quickly turns into something that revels in torture and degradation and makes you hate yourself and want to die. but i mean i guess the title is a bit of a hint. not recommended.

Ryde (2016)
"Ryde" is this movie universe's variation on Uber. Our main character is the killer, which is almost never a good sign. it's a slick-looking repetitive movie about a driver who kills men and women but it's pretty obviously he really, really hates women. and this movie seems like it does, too. garbage.

Better Watch Out (2016)
not sure why this is billed as comedy horror. can't reveal details since there's a major change early on but it's a home invasiony thing that once again invests more time in its killer than the victims. there's a couple of decent performances but this didn't work for me. it's better than Ryde though.

Scare Campaign (2016)
this is like that show Scare Tactics basically and i liked it a lot.
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Postby futurist » Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:52 pm

had a truly terrifying friday the 13th. went up north for a friday the 13th marathon in the woods, got stranded in the middle of nowhere, no cell service, no lights, no power all night, roaming around the woods searching for help until sun-up. appropriate i suppose.

anyway i'm uploading Night of the Demon to the dropbox. must-watch bigfoot slasher.

Kev, thanks for Sleepaway Camp!
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Postby mancubz » Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:43 pm

R C wrote:Sorry I know this has been brought up before, but what are some good horror podcasts? Not where they discuss horror movies, but where they tell stories or tales and maybe have good sound effects (not necessary)?


i posted this the other day but here it is again:
https://spookedpodcast.org/

the few stories i've listened to have been really good.
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Postby R C » Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:15 pm

which are your favorites
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Postby kid_chameleon » Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:34 pm

listen to the boy in the forest IMMEDIATELY!
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Postby kid_chameleon » Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:35 pm

oh, and the second half of the water episode was creepy as hell.. and very real
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Postby dan » Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:00 pm

Oct 16 - THE BEING (1983)


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Toxic waste dumping in a small Idaho town turns a young boy into horrible mutant monster. The town's police chief and a government scientist team up to stop the monster, which is quickly killing off the town's citizenry.

Jackie Kong (Blood Diner) making Idaho look really damn good. The cinematography is the best part of this, the dusk,night, and dawn scenes are especially lovely. Extremely uninteresting story and bored protagonist kind of bog things down, and they somehow manage to make toxic sludge feel boring. Thankfully there are amusing supporting performances by Martin Landau, José Ferrer, and Ruth Buzzi as the mayor's wife who's devoted to stopping a "massage parlor" from opening up in her fair town. Nothing amazing overall but I did appreciate some of the odd touches (a narrator who disappears after the start, Easter celebrations, text character epilogues a la Animal House, freeze frame character credits) B
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Postby futurist » Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:11 pm

love The Being!

in a similar vein, does anybody have Look Who's Toxic (1990) ?
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Postby Poptone » Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:36 pm

dan, can you put The Being in the db? been looking for that one for a while. advance thanks!
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Postby Poptone » Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:01 pm

continuing this month's marathon:

7. Child Eater, 2016: 1/5
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Everything about this was awful. Looks drab, atrocious acting, lame backstory/mythology...one of the longest sub-90 minute films I've ever watched.


8. The Haunting, 1963: 4/5
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Godamnit I love Russ Tamblyn.


9. Deep Red, 1975: 5/5
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Rewatch. Argento firing on all cylinders. This is Argento's best straight-up giallo pic for my money. I'd forgotten how funny it can be since the first time I watched it. I guess some people can't stand it but I love all the goofy battle of the sexes stuff in here. Argento is so obviously drunk in love with Daria Nicolodi here and it shows, such a vibrant screen presence.


10. Quatermass and the Pit, 1967: 2/5
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It's official: Quatermass films are not my cup of tea. Such a dull, confused, purely reactive protagonist. I guess things happened in this movie. Right? Snooze. Young Julian Glover was a nice surprise, though.


11. Better Watch Out, 2016: 2.5/5
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Yeah, whatever. Stupid, but I found myself enjoying it more than I wanted to sporadically. All the Christmas horror movie classics are safe.


12. Inferno, 1980: 3.5/5
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Rewatch. This didn't hit as hard upon a rewatch as it first did - it's a bit too meandering and flat to be a real powerhouse - but man is it sumptuous to look at. Wakeman is good, but no Simonetti.
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Postby shacky » Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:40 am

12. killer klowns from outer space (1988)
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probably the first one i haven't really dug this month. i think it's possible and more interesting to capture the spirit of a terrible 50s b-movie without actually making a viewing experience that's as painful and ugly as a terrible 50's b-movie. night of the creeps is a great example. this was just some real incompetent ed wood shit. found it incredibly drab and lifeless in almost all respects (john vernon is good and i can get on board w the clown costumes). all the "no, seriously, it's actually worth watching!" talk that surrounds it really led me astray but i guess ultimately im to blame for watching a movie called "killer klowns from outer space" without company, booze or drugs.

13. from hell (2001)
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this was a pretty sick hyperstylised alternate history take on the ripper story. i don't know much about the irl ripper stuff. assuming the irl inspector wasn't a haunted holmes-ian (there's a bad joke here somewhere about ian holms being really good in this) clairvoyant solving crimes thru opium induced hallucinations. i liked little touches like the john 'elephant man' merrick cameo which ground it in our reality/history even as the mystery spirals insanely outward and ties together a cool bunch of batshit conspiracy theories re: royal cover-ups and illuminati riutals, etc. it's not as dumb as it sounds and really has some stuff to say about class and prejudice. depp was surprisingly not annoying, accent and all, and i think is even doing a kinda subtle brechtian thing that works given the context. heather graham is unsurprisngly annoying but mostly sidelined anyway. the whole thing is drenched in atmosphere and for a sec i thought it might drown a la coppola's dracula but i think it holds together. like, yeah, you don't get any real sense of grit or fear, it's all a bit slick and stagey, but for a comic book adaptation that's pretty fine in the end. im thinking about grabbing the graphic novel if anyone can vouch for it?

14. friday the 13th part iv: the final (lol) chapter (1984)
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hmm, it was a fine 80s slasher. best of the first five i guess? still get confused over this franchise's iconic status. the mask doesn't even show up till part iii and there's not much more to it than the mask. i wanna say part vi is the best and really the only essential one -- it moves relentlessly and has a self-awareness, sense of humour and stylistic camp that the others lack (though i haven't seen 7-9) and without which are all really just halloween-lite/typical 80s slasher fare. i mean, how many generic summer camp slashers does a person need, i'd still take sleepaway camp and the burning over pretty much anything here.
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Postby aububs » Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:48 am

shacky wrote:13. from hell (2001)
im thinking about grabbing the graphic novel if anyone can vouch for it?


it's excellent. really excellent. I re-read it recently.

I haven't seen it in years but I recall the movie being pretty poor in comparison. not that comparisons need to be made. but it can be hard to watch something objectively when you're so fond of the source material.

definitely read the comic.
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Postby mancubz » Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:12 am

when i was like 5 my dad once put on 'killer klowns' to occupy my brother and me while my dad went and hooked up with some woman
i haven't watched it again because it's kind of a mental hurdle
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Postby Wrong Titus » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:54 am

Can I join this club??

1. Demon (2015) (3.5/4)
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Not a straight horror film, more arthouse take on Dybbuks. Allegorical re: antisemitism in Polish culture past and present, something I know next to nothing about. A good segue into horror October.

2. Madman 1982 (2/4)

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A pretty hammy slasher movie. The cast has an amateur theatre troupe vibe. Lots of singing. One of the stars sings the theme song, a very sincere "ballad of the madman" type of thing. It's set up presumptuously for a sequel which never happened. The fact that makers felt they had something special and marketable on their hands when they clearly don't gives it a little charm. It takes place in a camp for gifted children, but this idea is never elaborated on. The ratio of counselor to child is about 1:1. The Madman looks like a zombie Samuel R Delaney.

3. Gerald's Game. (2.5/4)

Looks like you guys got this one covered. Always excited for a new Mike Flanagan, but can't help but feel he hasn't yet reached the potential Absentia promised.

4. Don't Go in The House (1980) (1.5/4)
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A riff on Psycho awkwardly formatted into an 80's slasher but with infrequent on screen kills. Amazon Prime's stream cuts out the one violent part (involving burning someone alive) which was curious--Amazon usually seems to have the uncut version of these things. I only found out about the scene after reading this movie's history with the English Video Nasties. The best part was the charmless protagonist's sole, obsessive friend, whose fixation was its own psychopathy. Also it stars the guy who plays the Parisi twins on The Sopranos!

5. Curve (3/4)

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A short film, you can find on Vimeo. Very affective! A great approximation of a nightmare.

6. Raw (3.5/4)

Another you have covered, but this was great.

7. The Void (1.5/4)
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It's possible to replicate the 80's practical f/x, but not the hammy cast rapports of John Carpenter movies. It just comes off as winking and obnoxious. Not just with the Void though, seems most new 80's throw back B movies have this kind of forced cheese rapport that never feels right.

8. April Fool's Day (1986) (1.5/4)

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Oh man. I want my money back! To be generous, this is an Agathy Christia mystery turned into a proto-Scream meta slasher movie that turns into a proto-"The Game". But that's being quite kind. It's very well shot for a slasher film. I think the mistake the movie makes is loving its cast, which could be seen as refreshing for an 80's horror film, but unfortunately the cast is no more likable than any other slasher cast. Features an early iteration of the soon to be ubiquitous "person with video camera" character who would populate indie movies for the next decade. A twist ending, following by a stinger that negates the twist, followed by a final moment that negates the stinger.
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Postby aububs » Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:00 am

i kind of love april fool's day

but I would lay down my life for deborah foreman so I'm biased
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