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Re: The 2016 October Horror Marathon

Posted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 1:23 pm
by stickem
Jagosaurus wrote:
Nemoide wrote:
Tonight I re-watched The Monster Squad. Absolutely an A+ movie, I'm glad this has found an audience over the years. While I was never that wild about The Goonies, the movie I can't help comparing this too, Monster Squad blows it out of the water, along with other 80s nostalgia-tinted quasi-kid movies like Gremlins. I love the homages to Universal horror: some of them are fairly subtle, like the presence of armadillos in Dracula's castle, while others are more obvious: like the match of Frankenstein's monster approaching the little girl by the pond. The whole movie is seriously fun and at only 82 minutes the pacing is tight enough to never drag while also being longer than any of the classic Universal monster films I know of.

The first time I saw this movie was on a cable channel called Monsters HD. Let me tell you, I only had access to it for about half a year (during which time I was going through a "2-3 movies a day" phase), but this is the best channel a horror fan could imagine. Nothing but monster/horror movies, all in HD with no commercial breaks, totally uncut. I think some movies, like From Beyond actually had their extended/unrated/director's cut premier on that channel! It's a shame it didn't stick around, because it was truly television of legend. I still miss it.


I'll have to look up Monster Squad. I love The Goonies & Gremlins!

That channel sounds awesome. Wish I still got the channel Chiller. It now requires the highest package & I definitely can't justify the price jump. Chiller showed a lot of newer movies that had been on DVD for about 6 months or so, similar to how FX does with action movies. They played some good ones and would also run the more indie films like those from After Dark.


Monster squad is pretty good but not on the goonies level to me. They actually talk and act like real kids a bit more than the monster squad kids and without some of the corny lines. Just my opinion though

Re: The 2016 October Horror Marathon

Posted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 2:08 pm
by J T
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Ink is an independent film that came out in 2009. It is kind of a miracle that the film was released because they were never picked up by a major studio, and they decided to make the film anyway, despite the amount of practical and digital effects needed. The movie lacks polish, but there's something kind of cool and lovable about that at the same time. It maintains a certain kind of homemade charm and indie authenticity, while pushing really close to a big budget film. The costuming, set design, and makeup are all quite impressive.

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Ink travels between dreams and reality. There are people called Storytellers who brings us dreams, and incubus nightmare people who bring us nightmares. They visit you in your sleep and lay a hand on your head to project the dreamscape into your mind. The two factions are literally battling for our minds and there is some fairly impressive fight choreography throughout the movie. The incubi are particularly creepy looking. They have glass panels hovering in front of their faces that project a twisting black & white image of their unnerving smiling faces.

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The movie has a lot of post-processing sheen to it. Sometimes this feels a bit over done and the color palettes can feel inconsistent across cuts, but for the most part it gives the movie a shiny look that adds to the hazy quality of the dreamworlds.

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The quality of the movie was really up and down throughout. The acting was a bit patchy at times, but had moments of brilliance. The character seen above with an X over each eye had some particularly awkward moments, but was great at other points. The same could be said for other characters. Sometimes the dialogue was stilted to the point of seeming stupid, other times it worked fantastically well. The first 20 minutes of the movie was kind of slow moving, but it really finds its footing after that. It's really rough around the edges, but there is gem of indie genius buried in this movie. There is a lot of creativity to the film and a lot of love that appears to have gone into the making of it. Ultimately, despite the horror of the nightmares, this movie proves itself to be a sad and touching character story as we learn more about the odd, long nosed character Ink, who seems to be somewhere between an incubus and a storyteller.

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Hopefully, I've managed to avoid anything you might consider a spoiler because I do think this is a movie worth seeing and its better to not know too much before starting it. Because it was never a huge budget film, this is one of those movies that depends on word of mouth to survive.

Re: The 2016 October Horror Marathon

Posted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:14 pm
by noiseredux
double feature of Pretty Girls Doing Unsettling Things...


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Darling was very cool. Most of what made it good was its simplicity. Basically 90% of the movie is spent in one setting with only one actress on screen. There's probably less than 10 minutes of dialogue in the whole movie. But man, this actress was great. Probably the scariest scene in the whole film was a shot of just her reaction to something you never see.

And there were some great choices by the director.

Like the part where she brings a saw and hammer into the bathroom and shuts the door. For a solid 10 seconds or more you just see the closed door, and you are lulled into thinking you will not see the horrific violence on other side. And then, just as you are eased... YOU DO SEE IT!


I don't think I understood everything though.

So she thinks the guy is Henry Sullivan right? But then she sees later that he was this guy Abbot. But Abbot was also the fake name she gave of her reference. So... did she know the guy she killed or not?


But really... y'all should see this movie.


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Under The Skin was haunting. I'm so glad I saw it. I loved the concept so much. The whole spider's web kind of thing. It was not what I expected at all. I almost can't talk about the movie without spoiling lots of things. But just wow. The scenes of her 'seducing' where she did nothing but back away and lure them in... the way she'd 'interview' them to make sure they'd not be missed... just so so much to think about. And again, I'm not certain I understand it all completely but I plan to read up on it more. I just thought this was an incredible film in the thought-provoking way that my favorite David Lynch films are.

Re: The 2016 October Horror Marathon

Posted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:18 pm
by prfsnl_gmr
Darling! Such a cool, cool movie. It is basically a masters class on effective film techniques and sound editing.

I still need to see Under the Skin. I plan on renting it as soon as my wife and I finish up Stranger Things on Netflix.

Re: The 2016 October Horror Marathon

Posted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:18 pm
by J T
I'm super excited to watch Under the Skin, but now my wife is reading the book after I finished it, so I am waiting for her to finish so we can watch the movie together.

Re: The 2016 October Horror Marathon

Posted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 10:58 am
by prfsnl_gmr
We watched another one over the weekend! It was

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Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981). The opening - a flashback to the events from the first film - is probably the film's best section, but it is still a capable slasher film. It is only capable, however, and it does not aim for anything above mediocrity. I enjoyed it enough for what it was, and since I have read that Part 3 and Part 4 are the series' best, I will probably stick with the franchise. I would have a hard time recommending it to anyone, however.

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Right now, my wife and I are taking a break from horror films to watch Netflix's very fun series, Stranger Things. It is thoroughly enjoyable and appropriate for the season. After we finish that up (i.e., Tuesday night), we will dive back into our stack of movies again.

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prfsnl_gmr's 2016 List of Unspeakable Horrors!


Re: The 2016 October Horror Marathon

Posted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:09 am
by Ack
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16. Ghoulies II

The sequel to Ghoulies takes place in a carnival, though this time the actual ghoulies feel like way more of the focus instead of some undead Satanist magic crap. As a result, I ended up liking this movie a lot more than the original. The little demons run amok in a fun house, they kill a few annoying teenagers and fight the carnival workers, and things get really crazy when they get loose on the carnival grounds and begin destroying rides and killing folks randomly. Also, they bring back the toilet thing, only this time it's a far nastier scene in which someone gets their dangly bits...taken care of. We'll just put it that way.

In the end, the heroes are forced to summon a much bigger version of one of the ghoulies to go around and eat the little buggers. Only thing is, the thing then wants to eat a little person who works at the carnival and is an all around cool guy. Since we can't be having that in our movie, they take a small costume, rig a molotov into it, and use it to blow up the big ghoulie from the inside. It's a little strange, but I'll take it. It's still not a couple of wizard dudes fighting it out in some guy's basement.

As I said before, I liked Ghoulies II more than the first. There is one new monster, a flying bat thing, and the actual ghoulies get way more screen time and attention than in the first movie. They also actually use that toilet visual thing, which was an added afterthought in the first movie after the movie poster was photographed. Will Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College be even better? I'm hoping it's a whole lot dumber.

Also, who leaves a giant vat of toxic solvent just sitting open in their garage? I mean, really?

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17. Waxwork

The star of Gremlins ends up having to face off against the forces of evil in a wax museum, where all of the exhibits are actually parallel dimensions trying to get human sacrifices so that the eighteen most evil creatures in history can then be revived to walk the earth. For the most part they're all horror film tropes and characters too, ranging from George Romero-style zombies to a demon baby to the pod people, aliens, mummies, the Phantom of the Opera, etc. Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, the Invisible Man...oh, and the Marquis de Sade, because the movie needed more sex apparently.

Waxwork is a bit disjointed at times and feels occasionally like scenes were cut that bridged between points A and B, but the premise is definitely fulfilled, and it gets ridiculous towards the end. But the main characters are folks you want to root for: super rich but still down to earth, goofy, trying to do the right thing. They may have loads of money, but our hero is still a loser in his own way, so when he finally starts to succeed, it's a good feeling. And then there is pretty much every major horror movie trope and icon all thrown together at once too, which is awesome in its own way. John Rhys-Davies as a werewolf? Yes, please.

So, what should you expect? How about a brawl between a bunch of movie monsters and a horde of old guys, including a butler and a dude in a chariot wheelchair? A skull crushed by a mummy, some nasty and ridiculous gore, a severed hand that would make Thing T. Thing proud, a professor of history who is WAY too into the Nazis, and perhaps the greatest manner to get out of a class I have ever witnessed. I think I've seen five minutes of the sequel, but I'll likely track it down as a result of how much fun this movie is.

17/31

1. Late Phases
2. Ghoulies
3. Nightbeast
4. Tombs of the Blind Dead
5. Return of the Blind Dead
6. The Ghost Galleon
7. Night of the Seagulls
8. Chopping Mall
9. Bad Moon
10. C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D.
11. Dead Heat
12. Varan the Unbelievable
13. The Milpitas Monster
14. Shock
15. Kingdom of the Spiders
16. Ghoulies II
17. Waxwork

Re: The 2016 October Horror Marathon

Posted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 1:19 pm
by Jagosaurus
I'd say although not a horror movie, Stranger Things definitely falls into supernatural horror from what I've read up on it (havent seen it).

Re: The 2016 October Horror Marathon

Posted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 1:25 pm
by Xeogred
prfsnl_gmr wrote:We watched another one over the weekend! It was

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Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981). The opening - a flashback to the events from the first film - is probably the film's best section, but it is still a capable slasher film. It is only capable, however, and it does not aim for anything above mediocrity. I enjoyed it enough for what it was, and since I have read that Part 3 and Part 4 are the series' best, I will probably stick with the franchise. I would have a hard time recommending it to anyone, however.

Haha, I mean, you haven't even seen the iconic hockey mask Jason yet! Yeah, it gets way better. 3-4 are by far my favorites, from there I like 6 quite a bit too. Then the remake was actually pretty fun, and the first two I don't think are bad but not great. I also think Jason Takes Manhattan is amazing, but it's a bit long and not for everyone. By this point if you go in rooting for Jason and want fun camp, you'll get that. It's best to stop there though. Jason X and Jason Goes to Hell are dreadful. I think 7 is freaking bad too, suddenly there's a girl with esper abilities lmfao. It was so bad.

I did like the twist with 2 though, I have a feeling that's where the bag head chainsaw enemy designs in RE4 maybe came from.

Re: The 2016 October Horror Marathon

Posted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 1:30 pm
by prfsnl_gmr
Xeogred wrote:I did like the twist with 2 though, I have a feeling that's where the bag head chainsaw enemy designs in RE4 maybe came from.


I suspect that it is...The Town That Dreaded Sundown did it earlier, however, and The Strangers uses it as well. (Basically, a burlap sack is all you need to be a pretty effective horror movie villain!)