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Re: General Horror Films & TV Discussion Thread
« Reply #250 on: January 30, 2019, 11:14:32 AM »


Comes to DirectTV January 31st. Will be in limited release/On Demand March 1st. Depending on who you are, you will either be interested or already think it sucks.


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Re: General Horror Films & TV Discussion Thread
« Reply #251 on: January 31, 2019, 05:41:19 AM »
Into it
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Re: General Horror Films & TV Discussion Thread
« Reply #252 on: February 01, 2019, 11:58:28 AM »
https://ew.com/tv/2019/01/31/cbs-frankenstein-pilot/

CBS has ordered a drama pilot titled Frankenstein.

This latest and very loose adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel follows a San Francisco homicide detective who “is mysteriously brought back to life after being killed in the line of duty. But as he resumes his old life and he and his wife realize he isn’t the same person he used to be, they zero in on the strange man behind his resurrection – Dr. Victor Frankenstein.” (Duh-nuh!).

The Det. Frankenstein drama (yes, we know, he’s technically Frankenstein’s monster) will be in consideration for next season’s primetime lineup. Writer Jason Tracey (Burn Notice, Elementary) is responsible.

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Re: General Horror Films & TV Discussion Thread
« Reply #253 on: February 05, 2019, 05:40:32 AM »
Just got back from seeing Escape Room and I really enjoyed it 6.5/10. Definitely had the vibe of say Final Destination and I enjoyed the different aspects of each utilized escape room. The plot focused on
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lone survivors and the end with a tie back to the "No Way Out" phrase and Zoey/Ben being thrown back into a plane-centric scenario
was decent and I liked the idea that other groups had been utilized in the past. Also had a bit of a Cube feel to its plot backstory but could work if fleshed out in future sequels.

The characters were (mostly) likeable enough although, much like the first FD, not radically fleshed out. I can very easily see this going the 4-5 movie sequels route with fleshed out backstories and/or more elaborate escape room designs and concepts.

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Re: General Horror Films & TV Discussion Thread
« Reply #254 on: February 09, 2019, 05:35:31 AM »
Just saw The Prodigy starring Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black) and Jackson Robert Scott.

6/10

Doesn't try to do much new with the concept of
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possession of a kid's body via reincarnated soul
but the acting is decent, there's a few tense scenes (and only 1 stupid jump scare), and the film runs the length of time it needs to. The plot is a bit thin and some of the integration e.g. the opening, the psychiatric aspect, and the end go by fairly fast but at the same time it didn't feel like the film needed to be any longer than it was.

Check it out if you're looking for a decent February horror movie on the cheap in preparation to stuff like Happy Death Day 2U.

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Re: General Horror Films & TV Discussion Thread
« Reply #255 on: March 05, 2019, 03:14:08 AM »
New movie from Ari Aster who directed Hereditary


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Re: General Horror Films & TV Discussion Thread
« Reply #256 on: March 05, 2019, 04:13:05 AM »
Into it.
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Re: General Horror Films & TV Discussion Thread
« Reply #257 on: March 05, 2019, 05:39:20 AM »
Considering how much I dug Ari Aster's first film, this definitely piques my interest.


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Re: General Horror Films & TV Discussion Thread
« Reply #258 on: March 05, 2019, 05:57:22 AM »
Hard pass. Aster is the next Shyamalan.

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Re: General Horror Films & TV Discussion Thread
« Reply #259 on: March 05, 2019, 07:40:37 AM »
laughable comparison
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Re: General Horror Films & TV Discussion Thread
« Reply #260 on: March 06, 2019, 12:41:39 AM »
Anyone end up seeing Hole in the Ground?

This played over the weekend at a local AMC but I think its been on Directv for awhile. Anyhow, quite a gem of a film actually. Really eerie and tense stuff in this one, mixed with a really dreadful tone. The gore factor wasn't very high and didn't need to be.

Reminded me a bit of a Pet Sematary in some ways, maybe with an Omen/Prodigy vibe a bit as well until the story fleshes out a bit. Performances were really good, especially the young boy. Comparatively to the kid in Prodigy, this role was much more believable and convincing for sure.

Really well worth checking out for sure

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Re: General Horror Films & TV Discussion Thread
« Reply #261 on: March 10, 2019, 07:25:29 AM »
Some upcoming Scream Factory Titles

-Quatermass and the Pit and Quatermass II (May 14th)
-The Chosen (May 14th)
-Night of the Creeps (May 28th)
-When a Stranger Comes Back (May 28th)
-The Alligator People (May 28th)
-Piranha (Steelbook) the original one with a new 4K scan (June 11th)
-The Entity (June 11th)
-Frankenstein Created Woman (June 11th)
-The Monolith Monsters (June 18th)
-Monster on the Campus (June 25th)


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Re: General Horror Films & TV Discussion Thread
« Reply #262 on: March 12, 2019, 09:38:48 AM »
Punk is in this horror movie:

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Re: General Horror Films & TV Discussion Thread
« Reply #263 on: March 12, 2019, 12:26:41 PM »
I admire the Kubrick feel of the trailer. Looking forward to it.

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Re: General Horror Films & TV Discussion Thread
« Reply #264 on: March 17, 2019, 04:00:40 AM »
Just watched Dead Ringers (1988) for the first time, directed by David Cronenberg. A great little performance by Jeremy Irons as Elliot/Beverly. It's more drama than actual horror IMO with two identical twin gynecologists working together when one (Beverly) falls for a 'mutant' (down south wise) actress but becomes torn in trying to maintain a relationship with her while staying beside his brother (Elliot) and their burgeoning career. Eventually Bev starts to melt down and it gets really intense towards the climax.


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Re: General Horror Films & TV Discussion Thread
« Reply #265 on: March 18, 2019, 07:08:04 AM »
This is kind of an unorthodox spot to put it, but better than anywhere.....

It was listed as a horror and I'd consider it as such.....saw the new Gasper Noe film over the weekend, Climax. While it was tame for Noe's standards, it was still a bit raunchy and a lot over the top aesthetically.

Besides the usual weirdness in a Noe film (example: the end credits started at the beginning of the film in a unorthodox manner, concurrent with a scene that should have been placed in the end of the film basically) there was lot of visual strangeness, which keep in mind the story was that an entire party of folks got dosed with LSD spiked in their drinks.

That said, it played out very much like I suppose it would if a group of people unaware of the drug took it and chaos ensued to the n'th degree. I can't say I completely enjoyed it start to finish, but it certainly kept my interest going. The last half hour is about as chaotic and fucked up as you will probably see from a film this year.

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Re: General Horror Films & TV Discussion Thread
« Reply #266 on: March 18, 2019, 07:11:28 AM »
Seeing that on Wednesday, but I'm glad someone else did. I must admit I didn't read your post after seeing what it was that you saw so I'll have to come back to this then.


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Re: General Horror Films & TV Discussion Thread
« Reply #267 on: March 21, 2019, 03:53:37 PM »
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Re: General Horror Films & TV Discussion Thread
« Reply #268 on: March 30, 2019, 10:21:15 AM »


Coming 6/24 from Arrow. Info and specs:

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Continuing its mission to unearth the very best in weird and wonderful horror obscura from the golden age of US independent genre moviemaking, Arrow Video is proud to present the long-awaited second volume in its American Horror Project series co-curated by author Stephen Thrower (Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents).

Starting off with a little-seen 1970 offering from underrated cult auteur John Hayes (Grave of the Vampire, Garden of the Dead), Dream No Evil is a haunting, moving tale of a young woman’s desperate quest to be reunited with her long-lost father – only to find herself drawn into a fantasyland of homicidal madness. Meanwhile, 1976’s Dark August stars Academy Award-winner Kim Hunter (A Streetcar Named Desire) in a story of a man pursued by a terrifying and deadly curse in the wake of a hit-and-run accident. Lastly, 1977’s Harry Novak-produced The Child is a gloriously delirious slice of horror mayhem in which a young girl raises an army of the dead against the people she holds responsible for her mother’s death.

With all three films having been newly remastered from the best surviving film elements and appearing here for the first time ever on Blu-ray, alongside a wealth of supplementary material, American Horror Project Volume Two offers up yet another fascinating and blood-chilling foray into the deepest, darkest corners of stars-and-stripes terror.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

• Brand new 2K restorations from original film elements

• High Definition Blu-ray presentation

• Original uncompressed PCM mono audio

• English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

• Reversible sleeves for each film featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil

• American Horror Project Journal Vol. II – limited edition 60-page booklet featuring new writing on the films by Stephen R. Bissette, Travis Crawford and Amanda Reyes

DREAM NO EVIL

• Filmed appreciation by Stephen Thrower

• Brand new audio commentary with Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan

• Hollywood After Dark: The Early Films of John Hayes, 1959-1971 – brand new video essay by Stephen Thrower looking at Hayes’ filmography leading up to Dream No Evil

• Writer Chris Poggiali on the prodigious career of celebrated character actor Edmond O’Brien

• Excerpts from an audio interview with actress Rue McClanahan (The Golden Girls) discussing her many cinematic collaborations with director John Hayes

DARK AUGUST

• Filmed appreciation by Stephen Thrower

• Brand new audio commentary with writer-director Martin Goldman

• Brand new on-camera interview with Martin Goldman

• Brand new on-camera interview with producer Marianne Kanter

• The Hills Are Alive: Dark August and Vermont Folk Horror – author and artist Stephen R. Bissette on Dark August and its context within the wider realm of genre filmmaking out of Vermont

• Original Press Book

THE CHILD

• 1.37:1 and 1.85:1 presentations of the feature

• Filmed appreciation by Stephen Thrower

• Brand new audio commentary with director Robert Voskanian and producer Robert Dadashian, moderated by Stephen Thrower

• Brand new on-camera interviews with Robert Voskanian and Robert Dadashian

• Original Theatrical Trailer

• Original Press Book


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Re: General Horror Films & TV Discussion Thread
« Reply #269 on: April 03, 2019, 07:47:09 AM »

Coming 7/9 From Scream Factory


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Re: General Horror Films & TV Discussion Thread
« Reply #270 on: April 03, 2019, 08:05:14 AM »

Coming 7/9 From Scream Factory

Having never played the games, I remember liking the movie okay anyway but I think a majority of that was the actual atmosphere of it all.

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Re: General Horror Films & TV Discussion Thread
« Reply #271 on: April 03, 2019, 09:08:47 AM »
It's underrated for sure. Take away all the gamer butthurt about how it mishmashes multiple entries and swaps things around? You're left with a solid horror flick that has some great style and some intense visuals.

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« Reply #272 on: April 03, 2019, 09:24:37 AM »
It's underrated for sure. Take away all the gamer butthurt about how it mishmashes multiple entries and swaps things around? You're left with a solid horror flick that has some great style and some intense visuals.
It's probably the closest we've gotten to a good video game movie so far. Unlike say, the "Resident Evil" movies (which can be fun, but I don't think anyone here will say they are actually good movies) it actually tries to be scary and opts for atmosphere instead of being over the top. It doesn't always work (the third act could use some improvements-especially the  bad CG with the barbed wire) but by video game movie standards, it might as well be awards worthy. The fact that they didn't overuse Pyramid Head was also a smart move IMO. Too much of him would be overkill. Two quick scenes (the first of which is actually disturbing) is all he needs.


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Re: General Horror Films & TV Discussion Thread
« Reply #273 on: April 03, 2019, 11:14:56 AM »
I went on a shopping spree over the weekend and added some of the classics to the DVD stacks. These are all Legacy Collection editions.

- Creature from the Black Lagoon
Also includes Revenge of the Creature and The Creature Walks Among Us.

- Dracula
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- Frankenstein
Also includes Bride of Frankenstein, Son of Frankenstein, Ghost of Frankenstein, and House of Frankenstein.

- The Mummy
Also includes The Mummy's Hand, The Mummy's Tomb, The Mummy's Ghost, and The Mummy's Curse.

I've never seen the sequels except for Bride of Frankenstein, so that will be fun. Didn't grab the sets for The Invisible Man or The Wolf Man, but will do so eventually.
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Re: General Horror Films & TV Discussion Thread
« Reply #274 on: April 05, 2019, 05:58:27 AM »
Woof... skip the Pet Sematary remake. Spoilers ahead but save yourself the ticket and read 'em. Just an awful mess of a movie 4/10 I wasn't a big fan of the original but that shits all over this remake, for the most part with a couple exceptions.

What worked: The concept of killing off a 9 year old Ellie (aged up from 5 years old in the book) I think makes for a much stronger movie especially in her resurrection and relationship to the characters compared to Gage. I also kind of liked the ending to the movie, dumb and confusing as it was. Some decent body horror for a Rachel related nightmare towards the end of the movie. John Lithgow tries as do most of the actors but they are all given absolutely nothing to work with, which is a shame because with a much better script this could've been a legitimate improvement on the original as a whole.

What didn't work: The pacing was god awful with the screenplay trying to stay close to the book (to its minimal credit) but literally giving scenes 2-3 lines of dialogue tops and then swiftly moving on. Like the screenwriter read the first 50 pages of the book and then moved on without reading the rest of the book. Other scenes that were pretty important to deep character development in the book (e.g. Ellie's talk with Judd in the Pet Semetary turning into a fear of losing Church and the ensuing argument between Rachel/Louis about how to teach Ellie about the concept of death) went by in a disappointing surface level touch again with the barest amount of dialogue required. It was blatantly obvious that the screenwriter just wanted to get to the death & resurrection of Ellie because everything else was super abrupt and quick. Iconic scenes such as Pascow's death, the talk between Judd/Louis about the Micmack burial grounds, the initial burial of Church, even the digging up of Ellie's grave are all treated in the same manner as blink and you'll miss it moments. Even Zelda's scenes lose a lot of the impact of the original, which is a shame because it's clear the physical makeup effects crew put in a lot of hard work there.

The friendship between Judd and Louis is a central part of the book and the original movie. That literally gets glossed over to the point where I think they had maybe... 15-20 lines of dialogue together it felt like. The decision to have Ellie discover the Pet Sematary and Judd come upon her kind of ruined the mystique of the place. Judd leading Louis to bury Church in the burial ground was baffingly short and lacked urgency or any sense of tension. There was literally no reason given except Judd just basically says, "Follow me, Louis," and Louis is all, "Okay, Judd!" and buries Church in the Micmack burial ground thinking it's just a normal pet burial.

Ellie comes back and is evil/killing people within two scenes of reuniting with Louis. The trailer blew the impact of Ellie's killing of Judd especially since the scene tried to do an audience subversion of the bed take from the original movie. Rachel's learning of Ellie's being resurrected is shown in the trailer and that's literally the extent of it before Ellie tries to murder her... because evil I guess. Same went for trying to subvert Gage being saved by Louis and Ellie being killed when everybody knew Ellie was the one killed off in this version, again taking away any suspense and tension.

Other minor annoyances: The trucks appear as loud/fast vehicles but there's little to no actual reference about them tearing down the road or for anybody to be careful crossing. It just assumes the viewer knows the story, which is a cardinal sin of a bad adaptation. If you need outside material to explain backstory or plot, your movie's script blows. Church also gets killed but the impact/effect was shitty and the original movie actually made you feel sympathy about the event. Here it just happens and literally that night, Church gets resurrected so whatever.