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Re: The 2016 October Horror Marathon

by TSTR Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:12 pm

exploding heads ftw

MANIAC shotgun scene, if you haven't seen it, do.
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Re: The 2016 October Horror Marathon

by noiseredux Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:34 pm

yeah Maniac is crazy.
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Re: The 2016 October Horror Marathon

by strangenova Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:12 am

Tonight I watched Dracula (1979) starring Frank Langella as the titular character. This was my first time seeing this particular film and I enjoyed it. Not my favorite vampire movie by far, but I think Frank did a great job nailing the Gentleman/Unearthly Creature of the night. It also makes want to go reread the novel.

An American Werewolf In London - New to me
Re-Animator - New to me
Scream - Rewatch
Scream 2 - Rewatch
The Exorcist - Rewatch
Dracula (1979) - New to me
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Re: The 2016 October Horror Marathon

by Ack Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:16 am

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19. Island of Lost Souls

That poster is needlessly exploitative and also wholly wrong about what this movie is about. It's not about the "Panther Woman" destroying men but instead about the horrors of science run amok at the hands of unethical scientists.

Island of Lost Souls is a 1932 film version of H.G. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau, the first such film version as a matter of fact. It stars Charles Laughton as the amoral doctor, Richard Arlen as the shipwrecked everyman who arrives on the island, and even Bela Lugosi has a bit part as one of the beastmen Moreau has created. On Moreau's little private island, he runs experiments where he turns animals into humanoid form in an attempt at playing God and creating a human being out of another species. But he has no real love for the creatures he creates, instead seeing them as little more than experiments to further his own research so he can return to England, where he had previously been run out on a rail due to the public outcry against him.

Thus enters our hero, Edward Parker, whom Moreau decides will also make for a perfect experiment by seeing if Lota, the Panther Woman on the poster, can fall in love with him. Parker discovers the horrors that Moreau is performing when he witness the doctor vivisecting a living beastman without anesthesia; then he discovers that Lota is another of Moreau's creations, and he becomes quite ready to leave. His lady love soon arrives to get him off the island, but not before the beastmen revolt. The film ends with our heroes escaping as the beastmen pull Dr. Moreau into his own surgery room, dubbed the 'House of Pain,' and use his own surgical implements on him.

All of this seems aptly timed for release in the 1930s, considering the war that was about to engulf the world, where real life Dr. Moreaus of various nationalities performed terrible acts in the name of science for their governments on peoples seen as subhuman. It's a shame how relatively few of them ever faced real consequences for their actions such as occurs here. Dr. Moreau's manner of death is horrible but not necessarily undeserved. As for his beastmen, they are left to ask themselves "Are we not men?" and then reflect on the truth that they were not.

I admit that in my search for monster movies, I watched this for the beastmen, which are monstrous but tragic figures in their disfigurement and ignorance. This is a movie where man is proven to be the real monster. However I want to give special attention to the incredible costuming and special effects work in the film. Humans are made to look like something else through the application of hair, fangs, false ears and noses, and even a prosthetic hoof in one scene. In particular I want to point out Bela Lugosi again, who's almost unrecognizable under his costume, save for his piercing eyes in closeups:

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It is Lugosi as the Sayer of the Law who speaks the critical lines "What is the law? Not to spill blood. Are we not men?"

The movie was originally banned in England and eventually passed in the late 1950s with an 'X' rating with the vivisection sequences removed. Nowadays it has a PG-rating with the scenes added back in. Before this, I'd only seen the 1990s version with Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer, and as much as I have enjoyed Richard Stanley's other work, that project was taken from him and butchered horribly. Island of Lost Souls offers a much more coherent message on the horrors of science and a much more coherent film as a whole, and I've started seeing it appear on more and more "best horror movie" lists. It's worth checking out.

Oh, and apparently H.G. Wells didn't like this portrayal because he thought the horror was too overly emphasized. I disagree. I think if anything it helps add to just how terrible all of this really is.

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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
18. The Curse of the Werewolf
19. Island of Lost Souls
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Re: The 2016 October Horror Marathon

by Xeogred Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:38 pm

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DING DONG YOU'RE DEAD

Holy balls, this movie is amazing. Absolutely hilarious stuff. The dude made a comment suggesting an annoying kid should play with a plastic bag. This was like the full on comedy version of Jacob's Ladder meets Poltergeist meets Elm Street with the Resident Evil Nemesis at the end. That should be more than enough to sell you on it.
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Re: The 2016 October Horror Marathon

by noiseredux Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:44 pm

wait til you see House II.
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Re: The 2016 October Horror Marathon

by prfsnl_gmr Wed Oct 19, 2016 2:16 pm

noiseredux wrote:wait til you see House II.


+1

House II is amazing.
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Re: The 2016 October Horror Marathon

by Ack Wed Oct 19, 2016 4:24 pm

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20. Child's Play

It may come as a shock that I'd never seen the original Child's Play. In fact, I've only seen Child's Play III before this; the rest of the series was something I just never paid much attention to. Having now seen the original, I wonder if it would at least be worth finishing off the Child's Play trilogy portion of the series.

Is anyone not familiar with the plot of the original Child's Play? A serial killer is fatally wounded by a detective but manages to use voodoo to transfer his soul to a doll, which then comes to life to get revenge. The doll then discovers it is slowly becoming human and must transfer itself into the body of a six-year-old boy or else be trapped forever. Unfortunately for Chucky, the detective and the boy's mother both discover the truth of the doll and how to kill it. What follows is a struggle between the diminutive toy and the forces of good.

What I really love about this movie is the use of a faux first person camera at times to show Chucky's view, similar to other killers but much lower to the ground and moving considerably faster than one would think. He's a squirrly little bugger, and he's quite well-versed in finding ways to kill people, ranging from knocking them out windows to stabbing voodoo dolls to electrocution via shock therapy. At the time it didn't seem so weird, but now thinking back on it, it's actually sort of surprising just how varied the deaths are.

As for the rest of the cast, Brad Dourif is wonderful as the voice of Chucky. Chris Sarandon is, of course, superb, and Catherine Hicks is believably terrified of a doll. I know noise finds the boy, Alex Vincent, pretty annoying, but I actually didn't think he was so bad; I've seen way, way worse in child actors, and it was the kid's first role, so I'll let this one slide.

Beyond that, I don't really have much to add. This one's well known enough to be called a classic of the slasher genre, and Chucky is synonymous with horror movies in the way that Freddy, Jason, and Michael Myers are. If you haven't seen the original, go watch it.

20/31

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
18. The Curse of the Werewolf
19. Island of Lost Souls
20. Child's Play
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Re: The 2016 October Horror Marathon

by noiseredux Wed Oct 19, 2016 4:40 pm

yeah - I "half-watched" the original while decorating earlier this month. I haven't been posting the movies that I've only been sorta re-watching while doing other things (Monster Squad was another off the top of my head).

Anyway, the original trilogy is worth seeing, yes. And actually I'd say that Curse Of Chucky is actually one of the best in the entire series and recommend that one and the first before the rest. And I'm saying this as somehow who thought that Bride/Seed were really really stupid. Curse is great.
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Re: The 2016 October Horror Marathon

by Xeogred Wed Oct 19, 2016 5:17 pm

Dang, you guys recommend House 2? Guess I'll give it a shot.

I finally watched the first two Chucky movies myself last year and was pretty surprised by how much I liked them. Chucky was pretty iconic growing up back in the day, kind of the third wheel after Jason and Freddy. I think I caught some of the films as a kid and just laughed at them... and the idea. Like how can you just not easily beat up and completely destroy a little doll? haha

Well, the movie and idea was a lot cooler than expected. But most important, Brad Dourif made him such an intense character and legit. Maybe even scarier than Freddy because of how jokey he gets, but Chucky was fucking pissed and far more murderous.

Cool stuff, I've been wanting to continue the journey and check out more.

The one franchise I don't think I'll care to finish... Halloween. The first two are great with the original getting some mad credits, but other than that... ugh. My friend told me about H20 since it has Jamie Lee Curtis again so I hit that one up and it was painful. I actually loved 3 though, because it was entirely different and like a bonkers parody of a bad James Bond plot, it was amazing. But for the rest, I just don't know why I'd care. They sound awful and Michael Myers, as interesting and original as the concept was for the first, he just doesn't have the fun charm and personality that Jason, Freddy, and Chucky have for me. So there's no character to root for.

Of all the hilarious slashers and legit horror films I've seen, I have seen a few clips of Halloween Resurrection, and THAT is probably the scariest stuff I've seen in my life.
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