ok lets all shit our pants to something new: post 2005 horror film thread

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i just watched drag me to hell last night, and as a old school Raimi fanboy it was a ton of fun (srsly sam it is amazing how much mileage you can get out of the power of people/corpses/demonwhatevers vomiting on other people). Curious to find out how it worked for people that weren't kind of the target audience, esp the classic moments of Raimi complete set up nonsense (the best of which had to be the "well duh why not use these ice skates i was about to pawn on my suspended anvil" idiot lunacy).

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

anybody see any of the big remakes (last house on the left, whichever one rob zombie did this year, etc)?

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

drag me to hell was so great -- just rewatched but seeing it in the theatre was amazing what with everyone laughing & screaming simultaneously

elmo leonard (elmo argonaut), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

i think the only nasty cut-em-up flicks i like anymore come from france or asia, though the first 'hostel' and the first 'saw' were good. i have a ton of friends who are in the horror film community and they're all pretty cynical about it these days, everyone wants to turn shit pg-13.

access flap (omar little), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

no desire to see the halloween remake, but the trailer was fucking terrifying (i've long held that horror movie trailers are usually way scarier than the actual movie, you just get a succession of jumps and creepy images without any context or warning).

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:10 (5 years ago) Permalink

loved drag me... anyone seen paranormal activity yet?

or left bank?

banned, on the run (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

the french stuff is just brutal, but its been some of my favorite stuff as well, im sure a bunch of the usual whiners are going to lump it into the totally dumb invented "torture porn" genre but it just has such a deep sense of misanthropic malice and self-loathing xpost

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

i have a ton of friends who are in the horror film community and they're all pretty cynical about it these days, everyone wants to turn shit pg-13.

― access flap (omar little), Thursday, October 22, 2009 2:09 PM (2 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

^^^ omar's friends

banned, on the run (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

considering using my mod cheat powers to edit the title to include 2008 because so much great unheralded stuff came out last year

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

'inside' was just as rough thematically as it was in terms of gore imo, i.e. it's one of my favorite films of the past few years.

access flap (omar little), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:14 (5 years ago) Permalink

id make it the whole decade but i think that the hostel/saw/ring/rob zombie non remake stuff would just take over and we've talked about that a billion times already (i love all three of the originals, and will go to bat for hostel 2 as well)

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:15 (5 years ago) Permalink

me too hostel 2 is so underrated

banned, on the run (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

really felt roth didn't want to cheap out with an easy sequel on that one

banned, on the run (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

the saw series has turned into a joke imo

access flap (omar little), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

oh yeah saw 3 was particularly awful

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

never seen a saw movie (i am okay w this)

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

I didn't really feel Hostel when I watched it - though that might've been because I'd watched Wolf Creek the night before which ten times more brutal and believable. Still haven't seen any of the Saws.

His skin is eroding. His suckers have divots. (chap), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

martyrs was the best horror movie I've seen in years. it's french torture porn, and then again, it's not... which is what makes it so great. it totally transcends the genre and I can guarantee you won't guess where it's going.

eden park was pretty good. not the greatest film ever made but a nice patch on the "hunted by locals in the woods" genre.

鬼の手 (Edward III), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

Eden Lake you mean? I liked that a lot, some bits haunted me for a few days. Such a dark ending!

His skin is eroding. His suckers have divots. (chap), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

duh, yeah eden lake

there are a lot of recent horror films I wanted to see that I haven't gotten around to. off the top of my head: teeth, the uninvited, embodiment of evil, dead snow... and I guess the haunting in ct now...

鬼の手 (Edward III), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:25 (5 years ago) Permalink

anybody repping for inside in this thread needs to see martyrs stat

鬼の手 (Edward III), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:27 (5 years ago) Permalink

paranormal is not that great. download it and see it at home. more of a living room thing than a theatre experience.

let them eat cankles (jeff), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

I wanna see nightmare, too. it's an older film that just got released on DVD, kind of low budget but looks promising.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0455983/

鬼の手 (Edward III), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

oh hey btw for the french horror heads, if you haven't seen frontier(s), thats pretty essential

Eden Lake is british, right? some great horror coming out of britain in the past few years, esp if you like a bit of comedy mixed with your gore (top recs would be Severance and Shrooms)

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

paranormal is not that great. download it and see it at home. more of a living room thing than a theatre experience.

― let them eat cankles (jeff), Thursday, October 22, 2009 2:33 PM (1 minute ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

really? how so? i would think it would be a quintessential movie theater movie!!

banned, on the run (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

I liked Drag me to Hell. Also liked Jennifer's Body actually. I think a lot of good recent US horror has been genre pastiche/comedy (I'd include Hostel ii).
The French/Asian stuff is nice because it still does well playing the eeriness/bone-gristle straight. I've only seen the first 2 Saws but had to stop because why bother when there's stuff like Martyrs out there.

xcixxorx, Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

dead snow is pretty half-assed tbh

banned, on the run (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

theres a foreign language film that is a great companion piece to Eden Lake that i can't remember the name of right now and it is killing me.

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

Eden Lake is british, right? some great horror coming out of britain in the past few years, esp if you like a bit of comedy mixed with your gore

Yep, it's British. Not many laughs though.

His skin is eroding. His suckers have divots. (chap), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

Just grabbed some new 80s movies to watch. Can anyone vouch for these?

Combat Shock
Demented
Don't Go In The House
Night of the Demon

let them eat cankles (jeff), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

oh yeah wait, Ils (or Them) is the Eden Lake parallel. creeeeepy

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:38 (5 years ago) Permalink

haha yeah Eden Lake is def not chock full o' laughs

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

really? how so? i would think it would be a quintessential movie theater movie!!

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...it is pretty much just a Blair Witch clone and more fun than scary. For me, the experience was ruining by a theatre of 500 groaning teens.
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let them eat cankles (jeff), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

*ruined

let them eat cankles (jeff), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

combat shock is fucked up. also pretty interesting and pretty good.

access flap (omar little), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

thread title edit for the purposes of why not

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

In light of the new title I will mention Wolf Creek again.

His skin is eroding. His suckers have divots. (chap), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

dead snow is pretty half-assed tbh

yeah it looks totally cheeseball but I'm a huge shock waves fan so...

鬼の手 (Edward III), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

speaking of which, the aussies have def had a horror boom this decade as well xpost

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:47 (5 years ago) Permalink

for aussie film fans i def recommend this hilarious doc:

banned, on the run (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:48 (5 years ago) Permalink

"The Descent" is still the scariest film of that time span. "Drag Me to Hell" was tons of fun, though essentially just a remake of "Night of the Demon." "Zombieland" was entertaining, but totally sloppy and lazy.

Aussie-wise, "Rogue" is an undervalued and very well made gem in the giant croc genre.

Just came across some Korean POV torture porn flick called "The Butcher," which from the look of it may be the most unpleasant movie ever made.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

WC is the only Aussie horror I've seen that I can recall. Recommendations?

xxpost

His skin is eroding. His suckers have divots. (chap), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

xp to jeff
I saw 'Don't Go In The House' last October. It has a nice gritty grindhouse vibe along w/ a Norman Bates type guy who uses a flamethrower instead of a knife.

xcixxorx, Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

Any good Japanese stuff from this period?

His skin is eroding. His suckers have divots. (chap), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

It's another Korean flick, but if you count "The Host" as horror, "The Host" is a blast. The director's "Memories of Murder," while slightly pre-2005, is worth seeing, too, though not really a horror film. More a serial killer procedural along the same lines as "Zodiac."

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:53 (5 years ago) Permalink

Just grabbed some new 80s movies to watch. Can anyone vouch for these?

Combat Shock
Demented
Don't Go In The House
Night of the Demon

if you are in the mood to see one of the worst films ever made, you can't go wrong with the 1980 night of the demon

http://www.youtube.com/v/CryBPpYTWfk

鬼の手 (Edward III), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:53 (5 years ago) Permalink

so weird i was just going to mention memories of murder with that same caveat

access flap (omar little), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

memories of murder is almost on par with zodiac i think

access flap (omar little), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

At some point J-horror switched from ghost girls to low budget OTT 80's style gore. I'm not really keen on it.
One I liked was 'Exte' by the guy who did Suicide Circle about cursed hair extensions. Tonally a lot like Uzumaki & pretty fun.

xcixxorx, Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

the horror film 'the booth' is a very good japanese flick about a haunted DJ booth. not gory but i thought it was pretty spooky especially considering the setting.

access flap (omar little), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 14 February 2015 20:21 (1 month ago) Permalink

Finally saw Pontypool a few nights ago. My god what a dreadful, implausible film.

Housebound, which we watched last night, was pretty fun, although I wasn't sure about the big reveal in the last third which seemed a little bit overdone for my tastes
*SPOILER* how to explain the teddy bear?

oi listen mate, shut up (dog latin), Monday, 16 February 2015 10:41 (1 month ago) Permalink

Honeymoon, with Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway, was decent enough. Breaks no new ground whatsoever but nicely executed and well acted.

Rainbow DAESH (ShariVari), Monday, 16 February 2015 11:58 (1 month ago) Permalink

Didn't the guy in the attic reprogram the bear? Thought Housebound was maybe an hour too long.

Wait, did you just call Pontypool implausible? that's pretty much the least controversial thing you can say about it.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 16 February 2015 15:27 (1 month ago) Permalink

ah, that would make sense.

Pontypool, and the whole 'speaking disease' premise and how they dealt with it, just didn't make any sense, not even for a horror/zombie movie. Nice idea to try an make a single-room, no monsters, zombie movie but the whole thing got so hammy by the end I just couldn't deal with it.

oi listen mate, shut up (dog latin), Monday, 16 February 2015 15:39 (1 month ago) Permalink

I almost feel as though Housebound could have made for a more streamlined film if they'd either dispensed with the whole Eugene plot or introduced his presence a little earlier on.

oi listen mate, shut up (dog latin), Monday, 16 February 2015 15:42 (1 month ago) Permalink

Pontypool, and the whole 'speaking disease' premise and how they dealt with it, just didn't make any sense, not even for a horror/zombie movie.

it makes perfect sense. it's not in the least plausible, but i don't see how that's a problem.

contenderizer, Tuesday, 17 February 2015 07:00 (1 month ago) Permalink

I almost feel as though Housebound could have made for a more streamlined film if they'd either dispensed with the whole Eugene plot or introduced his presence a little earlier on.

Wait wait how would this even work? I don't want to spoiler Housebound, but that's a little like saying psycho would have been more streamlined if they'd thrown a shot of Normans mother in after the shower scene.

a strawman stuffed with their collection of 12 cds (jjjusten), Monday, 23 February 2015 16:44 (1 month ago) Permalink

The problem with Pontypool on the other hand is that it's terrible but we've been over that

a strawman stuffed with their collection of 12 cds (jjjusten), Monday, 23 February 2015 16:45 (1 month ago) Permalink

I got so bored with Housebound I forgot what any of the characters had to do with anything.

Anyone seen "What We Do in the Shadows?"

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 23 February 2015 17:00 (1 month ago) Permalink

Just watched Babadook. It's pretty much what I expected: very well made but too many overfamiliar elements from the past 15 or more years. Both the mother and Katherine Heigl as the little boy really put themselves through it so it's a shame it wasn't better. I think it needed a better story but they really did make it as well as could have been expected. Apart from the quibble of those also overfamiliar stock alien/dinosaur sound effects. Why do people use that stuff?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 28 February 2015 00:08 (1 month ago) Permalink

looking forward to Katherine Heigl playing a little boy, seems like a stretch but

Οὖτις, Saturday, 28 February 2015 00:12 (1 month ago) Permalink

taking of debra logan is pretty horrible but i like the opening idea of alzheimers transforming grandma into a monster
then snake people for no fucking reason

the plight of y0landa (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 28 February 2015 02:44 (1 month ago) Permalink

big monster reveal at the end of debra logan is all time, and the mother-daughter performances are great, but yeah, i've lodged my objections upthread.

have seen what we do in the shadows. it's pretty great. much more comedy than horror, but funny and smart, with strong writing and winning performances.

a couple nights ago, i watched one of the long list of horror movies that i'm anticipating in 2015: wyrmwood, an aussie hybrid of high-octane action and tongue-in-cheek zombie mayhem. was not worth the wait. it's an obvious labor of love with some nice ideas, but way too enamored of"badass", cgi-enhanced butt kicking and no-homo bro comedy. picks up toward the end, but leon burchill's benny really should have been the main character all along.

describing a scene in which the Hulk gets a boner (contenderizer), Saturday, 28 February 2015 03:06 (1 month ago) Permalink

Yeah I'm allergic to anything that sees itself as "badass" at this point.

a date with density (Jon Lewis), Saturday, 28 February 2015 15:30 (1 month ago) Permalink

so after massive hype around it follows, its actually not THAT scary, and more of an indie horror, i.e. teen character study with a few scary moments/horror premise arching over it. its basically another film like the guest, a semi-80s b-movie semi-homage, right down to the score. i liked it, theres some interesting ideas about sex/adolescence/flipping of genre tropes in there somewhere, but i didnt get as much as hoped out of it, though i think maika monroe might be my new favourite american actress. i can see why so many people have gone crazy for it follows though - its a bit sinister, but its not really a Horror movie. its more a horror for people that dont usually watch the genre.

StillAdvance, Saturday, 28 February 2015 15:38 (1 month ago) Permalink

When does that movie open? Does it open wide, or as wide as something like The Guest opened? Been waiting a while and don't want to miss it.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 28 February 2015 15:50 (1 month ago) Permalink

not sure but its out in the uk this weekend

StillAdvance, Saturday, 28 February 2015 16:49 (1 month ago) Permalink

Have we talked about 100 bloody acres at some point? Because those peeps have something new going on, and I'm stoked.

a strawman stuffed with their collection of 12 cds (jjjusten), Monday, 2 March 2015 04:50 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

maybe, but it's news to me (100 bloody acres). intrigued.

watched 2014's town that dreaded sundown remake last night. owes a lot to the meta-cinematic likes of wes craven's new nightmare and the last couple installments in the scream series, but slick, tense and inventive enough to stand on its own. ending's ridiculously contrived, but it didn't ruin the film for me (as it seems to have for others). probably helps to have seen the original.

describing a scene in which the Hulk gets a boner (contenderizer), Monday, 2 March 2015 05:34 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Anyone seen Italian film from last year called Across The River?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 2 March 2015 14:24 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Yes, it's not very good. Initially promising but really dull and disappointing.

Rainbow DAESH (ShariVari), Monday, 2 March 2015 14:26 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

xp hmm, i'll have to check out Sundown then

Nhex, Wednesday, 4 March 2015 14:49 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Jesus, does Deliver Us From Evil ever end? It feels like I've been watching it since Thursday.

Rainbow DAESH (ShariVari), Saturday, 7 March 2015 15:54 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

one of the worst movies i saw last year

Soylent News Service (contenderizer), Saturday, 7 March 2015 21:53 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

As this year's 'breakout' Indie Horror (in the UK at least), thought It Follows was a much more satisfying and inventive movie than The Babadook. Genuinely scary in places - the film really whispers to dream logic fears of slow, inescapable pursuit by something sinister - and the 'sexually transmitted demon' aspect was a nice inversion of the usual have-sex-and-die trope (the film definitely takes some of its suburban setting and visual cues from Carpenter's Halloween). Interesting the way that both this and Only Lovers Left Alive use Michigan's crumbling homes and decayed buildings to conjure the eerie and unsettling - post-austerity horror; the sequence in It Follows set in the abandoned building actually called to mind the ending of Tsai's Stray Dogs!

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Friday, 13 March 2015 09:20 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Jesus, does Deliver Us From Evil ever end? It feels like I've been watching it since Thursday.

I'm happy with the brightness settings on my TV, yet watching this, found minutes rolling by and forms barely distinguishable on the screen. Seemed like that happened throughout, as I fast-forwarded. Reminded me of the awful, also underlit "The Dark".

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Friday, 13 March 2015 16:04 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

xp i can't wait for It Follows to play here

Nhex, Friday, 13 March 2015 17:16 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I still can't figure out where and when it opens here.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 13 March 2015 17:58 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Oh, I see. Music Box next weekend. Kind of a bummer. How does a movie like "The Guest" get into big theatres and a massively buzzed about even more genre film like this gets sent to crappy screen and sound art-house purgatory?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 13 March 2015 18:00 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I don't know about you, The Guest was in exactly one theater in my area and didn't even make it a week sadly.
I hear a rumor that this is actually going VOD very soon, which is probably why no theaters are taking it

Nhex, Friday, 13 March 2015 18:08 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

it follows looks up my alley

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Friday, 13 March 2015 18:39 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

It's on VOD from the 27th

Number None, Friday, 13 March 2015 19:20 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Don't watch the trailer btw. Ruins a couple of the best moments

Number None, Friday, 13 March 2015 19:22 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I really enjoyed As Above, So Below but it definitely felt like it fell short of its potential. Devolved into fairly standard found footage horror at times.

Rainbow DAESH (ShariVari), Monday, 16 March 2015 10:50 (1 week ago) Permalink

^^^ just watched it last night with some friends. Way WAY better than I was led to expect. Not great, but more than good. I want an mp3 of the insane choral music!

a date with density (Jon Lewis), Monday, 16 March 2015 17:09 (1 week ago) Permalink

That's what I'm talking about.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 March 2015 13:17 (1 week ago) Permalink

Backcountry isn't badly filmed but it takes FOREVER to stop dropping misleading hints and finally get to the part where the shoe drops and by the time it does, neither of the main characters are well delineated enough for me to care about them. Then we get into bad camera work through an artsy concussion filter and more-or-less torture sequences. Worst of all, it succumbs to the cardinal sin of arthouse horror: it's boring.

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 04:53 (4 days ago) Permalink


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