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

otm re: both points on The Woman. McKee is an interesting filmmaker with terrible taste in music.

Simon H., Thursday, 30 October 2014 03:03 (1 month ago) Permalink

So the Babadook was flipping excellent.

Shepard Toney Album (dog latin), Thursday, 30 October 2014 08:33 (1 month ago) Permalink

Yeah, apart from the end. The mum and the kid are both fantastic.

ewar woowar (or something), Thursday, 30 October 2014 11:25 (1 month ago) Permalink

It's a shame you don't see more of Daniel Henshall too, just because he's so good in Snowtown, but also nice that they didn't feel they had to shoehorn a romantic subplot in.

ewar woowar (or something), Thursday, 30 October 2014 11:31 (1 month ago) Permalink

Yes! Mixed feelings about the ending - sort of anticlimactic but at least it made sense and resolved in a way best suited to the rules and tropes of the monster.

Shepard Toney Album (dog latin), Thursday, 30 October 2014 11:36 (1 month ago) Permalink

Don't know much about, but in passing the movie sound a bit like ... "Mama"?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 30 October 2014 13:38 (1 month ago) Permalink

not seen Mama I'm afraid.

Babadook sounds on paper like it could be yet another haunted house movie with a wide-eyed little kid and lots of shadows and jump-scares, and to an extent, it is. But it's just done so much better and more originally than that. I'd say go and see it.

Shepard Toney Album (dog latin), Thursday, 30 October 2014 14:04 (1 month ago) Permalink

Really enjoyed, belatedly, "Oculus," even if I never quite understood what its central characters were trying to do. "We have to wait here by this cursed mirror to stop my contraption from destroying the cursed mirror, it's the only way to destroy it!" Flanagan clearly knows how to make a scary movie, much less hacky than James Wan.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 30 October 2014 19:20 (1 month ago) Permalink

I always had this feeling that was gonna be horrible, but it's on my list for Amy Pond and Starbuck.

Nhex, Thursday, 30 October 2014 20:21 (1 month ago) Permalink

I'll never understand what people like about James Wan's movies.

Simon H., Thursday, 30 October 2014 20:28 (1 month ago) Permalink

Feeling cautious about Babadook because it does look a bit too familiar from trailers.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 30 October 2014 22:33 (1 month ago) Permalink

Housebound. a keeper, though perhaps a reel or two overlong. draws from other films, but the parts are put together in a way that feels fresh. a distinctly Kiwi sense of humor helps. hard to do this sort of horror comedy well, and i think they pulled it off. tonally reminiscent of Murder Party, which is never a bad thing.

silent ouzo eclipse (Mr. Hal Jam), Friday, 31 October 2014 15:16 (1 month ago) Permalink

American Mary. Not really my cup of tea but it was okay.

Why do so many films need a country, state or city name in them when it rarely seems like the location has much relevance? It's annoying.

Since Tokyo Fist is one of my all-time favorites I'd hope there was a good reason and I think it's Tsukamoto's view that Tokyo is a nightmarish energy sapping place.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre seems fine too.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 1 November 2014 16:36 (1 month ago) Permalink

MR. JONES was pretty good! The first half was really fantastic. When things started getting weird closer to the end, it sort of lost me. I feel like I've been seeing more of this, filmmakers abandoning logic for a last-act freakout, and though I generally appreciate the instinct, it was pulled off better in things like A FIELD IN ENGLAND and YELLOWBRICKROAD.

The Thnig, Monday, 3 November 2014 15:01 (1 month ago) Permalink

Oculus was really good. as an exploration of family trauma and its cycles I thought it was quite effective, even if it did borrow really heavily from the Shining. and of course why didn't they just smash the mirror right away etc. also lol at the deathtrap, was obvious what was gonna happen with that as soon as it was introduced.

Οὖτις, Monday, 3 November 2014 17:17 (1 month ago) Permalink

on the plus side, it *did* have an ending, and a quality one that didn't betray the spirit of the rest of the film.

Οὖτις, Monday, 3 November 2014 17:18 (1 month ago) Permalink

So this too many cooks thing scratches some of my short horror film itches. If you haven't well:

http://youtu.be/QrGrOK8oZG8

Ass Tchotchke! (jjjusten), Saturday, 8 November 2014 07:19 (1 month ago) Permalink

Yeah, Oculus did have an ending!

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 8 November 2014 14:47 (1 month ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

For about 10 minutes I thought "Dead Snow 2" was an improvement on the original, just for being sillier, but that got tired fast. Unless you think the very presence of Martin Starr is enough to make anything good - and it usually is - all this one has going for it is some gleefully grotesque gags. Michael Bay wishes he could make a movie where a zombie Nazi uses a stretch of intestine to siphon gas from an RV into a tank to take a town in northern Norway.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 5 December 2014 20:34 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

that... sounds great?

Οὖτις, Friday, 5 December 2014 20:36 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

It has its moments.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 5 December 2014 20:44 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

How long before the inevitable Babadook backlash begins?

Eric H., Friday, 5 December 2014 20:50 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

not yet plz I still haven't seen it!

Οὖτις, Friday, 5 December 2014 20:51 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, I think more people need to see it. All the reviews went up, but then I couldn't find it playing anywhere!

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 5 December 2014 21:31 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

it's not even on DVD/Bluray yet

Οὖτις, Friday, 5 December 2014 21:33 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I downloaded it last weekend, it's really good and the ending, though fucking odd as hell, does not suck!

Cognitive dissonance warning, the terrifying lead sociopath from Snowtown Murders is in it and is not a psycho.

a drug by the name of WORLD WITHOUT END (Jon Lewis), Friday, 5 December 2014 23:19 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Babadook is pretty good (playing at IFC in NYC) but it has some drastic tonal missteps and, while i do understand why the monster is designed to look the way it does, it lost me everytime they put the baddie onscreen. As always, much more frightening when it's not shown. but the ending is excellent and adds a level of sophistication and complexity to the story. I'd like a list of horror movies where adults are the monsters... Shining, Night of the Hunter, Parents, what else?

A Girl Walks Home at Night Alone is not any sort of horror movie but it's as good or better than babadook and it's got vampires.

a stupid red mute juggalo (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 6 December 2014 06:40 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

babadook's biggest weakness is its overly auteuristic flair; there were a lot of shots where I just wanted the director to calm down... though child in the closet was shades of Devil's Backbone

a stupid red mute juggalo (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 6 December 2014 06:41 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Babadook is great. Starry Eyes is good. Looking forward to catching A Girl Walks Home... and Housebouund soon.

Simon H., Saturday, 6 December 2014 16:19 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I just did not like the Babadook (just got finished watching it.) I guess that's some backlash. I liked a lot of parts of it, but not the whole movie. I thought the ending was pretty clever though.

Frobisher, Sunday, 14 December 2014 18:19 (1 week ago) Permalink

Strange color of your body's tears (the amer follow up) now streaming on Netflix.

a strawman stuffed with their collection of 12 cds (jjjusten), Sunday, 14 December 2014 19:11 (1 week ago) Permalink

Yr man who did The Pact has a new film on US Netflix, At The Devil's Door. It's at least as good.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Tuesday, 16 December 2014 21:22 (5 days ago) Permalink

FOUND FOOTAGE TRIGGER WARNING ALERT

watched "Mockingbird" which from clown box art etc would not have ever been on my viewing list, but it turns out that it's done by the dude who did "the strangers" and it sits comfortably in that same zone themewise, yes yes it's FF but the explanation for why is at least sound and overall i was pretty knocked out by it. nice feel of being kind of a puzzle movie, despite knowing what pieces are sliding into place it still feels surprising and fresh. good stuff. you'll probably hate it.

a strawman stuffed with their collection of 12 cds (jjjusten), Tuesday, 16 December 2014 21:27 (5 days ago) Permalink

I did!

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Tuesday, 16 December 2014 21:28 (5 days ago) Permalink

Partly because it was so obvious what was going to happen and partly because the route it took to get there was so silly. I did like The Strangers though.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Tuesday, 16 December 2014 21:29 (5 days ago) Permalink

haha that was meant as a general you, but point proven!

a strawman stuffed with their collection of 12 cds (jjjusten), Tuesday, 16 December 2014 21:30 (5 days ago) Permalink

Strangers was great up until the last 5 minutes. good enough that I would watch other stuff dude did, although FF is def at the bottom of the pile in terms of horror tropes I like to watch

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 16 December 2014 21:32 (5 days ago) Permalink

Strangers I always thought was a remake of Ils/Them, but I guess not? Anyway, looked up the team that did Ils/Them, and their career has been - how you say? - not so hot.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 16 December 2014 22:43 (5 days ago) Permalink

Saw Babadook at the cinema a few months back and I still think about it a lot. Haven't bought a DVD in ages, but I'm thinking of doing so with this one.

dive inside water and you will know (dog latin), Wednesday, 17 December 2014 12:57 (4 days ago) Permalink


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