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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

me too hostel 2 is so underrated

banned, on the run (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:16 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

the saw series has turned into a joke imo

access flap (omar little), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:17 (6 years ago) Permalink

oh yeah saw 3 was particularly awful

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:19 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:19 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

dead snow is pretty half-assed tbh

banned, on the run (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:35 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:39 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

Because...

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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 (6 years ago) Permalink

*ruined

let them eat cankles (jeff), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:39 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

access flap (omar little), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:42 (6 years ago) Permalink

thread title edit for the purposes of why not

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:43 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

for aussie film fans i def recommend this hilarious doc:

banned, on the run (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:48 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

memories of murder is almost on par with zodiac i think

access flap (omar little), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:54 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

Just finished watching It Follows. A solid premise, with a few good moments. The rental was only 99 cents on Amazon, which seems about right.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Sunday, 1 November 2015 01:52 (3 months ago) Permalink

It wasn't even remotely scary, but I think I liked "Unfriended," not as a horror movie but as a sort of PSA about how impulsive, self-centered, stupid kids and social media are a bad mix. The window novelty worked pretty well on TV - don't think I would have liked it in theaters - and something about the way the asshole kids were depicted seemed really accurate to me, both in the perennial sense (bullies be bullying, peers be pressuring; even the ghost was a dick) but also the way a lot of people (in my experience) live through social media. Anyway, not especially good but not bad.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 03:54 (3 months ago) Permalink

I saw Unfriended in theaters and quite liked it. I was even more impressed with it after learning that it was mostly made of of rehearsed near-feature-length single takes.

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Wednesday, 4 November 2015 04:11 (3 months ago) Permalink

*up of

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Wednesday, 4 November 2015 04:11 (3 months ago) Permalink

Last Shift, which is just up on Netflix, is quite good. It's by the guy who did Cassadaga, which I don't remember being much cop, but very well executed.

Al Ain Delon (ShariVari), Friday, 6 November 2015 23:07 (3 months ago) Permalink

Recently got around to watching "Calvaire." I'm not even sure it counts as horror, it's so surreal and fitfully (darkly) comic. It's more like some strange parody of torture porn/backwoods redneck horror, paced like molasses, shot neo-verite, devoid of scares/suspense, yet not because it's inept, just because. Not even sure what to make of it, to be honest. Probably more akin to Harmony Korine, maybe?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 November 2015 19:46 (2 months ago) Permalink

It's pretty bizarre and nasty. Not sure how people would react if it was better known.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 9 November 2015 20:58 (2 months ago) Permalink

i loved it, i'll never forget the pub scene

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Monday, 9 November 2015 21:43 (2 months ago) Permalink

Pub scene reminded me of the asylum dance party set to the Pet Shop Boys in "Bronson."

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 November 2015 22:05 (2 months ago) Permalink

I should say, by the way, that the reason I checked it out was first and foremost a few recommendations on the thread, but also some conspicuously positive reviews from mainstream critics.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 November 2015 22:06 (2 months ago) Permalink

The Guest is so much fun. I had no idea why anything was happening but it didn't seem to matter. Really excellent soundtrack too.

Al Ain Delon (ShariVari), Wednesday, 11 November 2015 11:20 (2 months ago) Permalink

I thought it got a little silly when it went all b-movie action tropes, but I still liked it a lot.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 14:30 (2 months ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Finally got round to watching 'A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night' and was hm, maybe slightly underwhelmed by this Tarr-lite vampire-in-breton-stripes movie.
Some quite striking and memorable moments (the bit where she threatens the little boy was chilling), but it could have done with a bit more something or other...
Some very long hymnic-jerk inducing shots. Lots of incongruous arty bits where people just stand around ignoring each other. Great use of epileptic black-and-white.
An oddity, but not quite the masterpiece its creator and many reviewers have made it out to be.

canoon fooder (dog latin), Monday, 30 November 2015 10:21 (2 months ago) Permalink

ups from a few weeks back. I adored Calvaire and yeah that pub scene. I wish I could find a clean copy of the music they used in that.

canoon fooder (dog latin), Monday, 30 November 2015 10:23 (2 months ago) Permalink

So yeah, "It Follows" is clearly the best horror film of 2015.

a strawman stuffed with their collection of 12 cds (jjjusten), Sunday, 13 December 2015 06:19 (1 month ago) Permalink

Yep. I was geared up for disappointment after all the hype but it's really great.

On a Raqqa tip (ShariVari), Sunday, 13 December 2015 06:26 (1 month ago) Permalink

Universal are planning to use their classic monsters but taking them out of horror and putting them in connected modern action adventure films to compete with Marvel.

Universal can suck my hemorrhoids.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 18 December 2015 15:22 (1 month ago) Permalink

lol, marvel already did that in the 70's.

Does that make you mutter, under your breath, “Damn”? (forksclovetofu), Friday, 18 December 2015 15:27 (1 month ago) Permalink

They were partially redeemed by Gene Colan and Mike Ploog.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 18 December 2015 15:36 (1 month ago) Permalink

wasn't that frankenstein movie with aaron eckhart from last year that no one liked supposed to be part of it?

slam dunk, Friday, 18 December 2015 20:28 (1 month ago) Permalink

that's him as frankenstein's monster btw

slam dunk, Friday, 18 December 2015 20:29 (1 month ago) Permalink

you can tell because he has scars on his face and is wearing denim.

Does that make you mutter, under your breath, “Damn”? (forksclovetofu), Friday, 18 December 2015 20:30 (1 month ago) Permalink

I'm not sure. But I don't think it's part of this latest attempt. Tom Cruise is supposed to be in one of them.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 18 December 2015 20:32 (1 month ago) Permalink

a+ costume work

circa1916, Friday, 18 December 2015 20:32 (1 month ago) Permalink

Saw the Joel Edgerton The Gift last night maybe not really horror, but good suspense and super creepy ending.

One bad call from barely losing to (Alex in SF), Friday, 18 December 2015 21:49 (1 month ago) Permalink

Finally got round to watching 'A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night' and was hm, maybe slightly underwhelmed by this Tarr-lite vampire-in-breton-stripes movie.

we watched this a few weeks ago and yeah I thought it was okay but not great. Honestly felt like a rip of Jarmusch's vampire movie to me, just in tone and spirit. Also idg why it was in Persian. It was financed and produced in America and shot in California and set in an unnamed, anonymous place (that bears no resemblance to modern-day Iran afaict). There was a bunch of good stuff in it but it felt a little slight.

Οὖτις, Friday, 18 December 2015 21:54 (1 month ago) Permalink

I had no such qualms about It Follows, which is def horror film of the year

Οὖτις, Friday, 18 December 2015 21:55 (1 month ago) Permalink

It was much better the second time around for me.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 18 December 2015 22:07 (1 month ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Saw The Gift from last year with Joel Edgerton, Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall. Quite solid, great acting by all the leads. Recommended!

Nhex, Friday, 8 January 2016 02:45 (1 month ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Ahhhhh, I know I'm late to the party but It Follows is *great*. Taking the "you have sex, you get killed" trope of horror to its logical extreme. Obviously I don't think it was actually moralising about sex in any way, just a great idea born out of the trope itself.

emil.y, Sunday, 24 January 2016 23:54 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Totally, it is like an organism rather than a thesis

I can't wait to watch it again

major tom's cabin (Jon not Jon), Monday, 25 January 2016 02:24 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, it was much better for me the second time.

Wow, reviews of the new Rob Zombie have been haaaaaaaarsh.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 14:16 (1 week ago) Permalink

Based on the Zombie films I've seen, I think he might need a co-director. Or at least someone to tell him when he's making poor decisions. Because he's mostly good until he suddenly isn't. And it seems like he suddenly isn't at least once per film. The transition is jarring.

she pnuched me in my weinre when I was asleep (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 14:25 (1 week ago) Permalink

The ending of Lords Of Salem was so bad that, if it wasn't clearly Zombie's style, I'd have thought the studio shoehorned it in against his wishes.

she pnuched me in my weinre when I was asleep (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 14:27 (1 week ago) Permalink

Yeah, but at least it looked OK and had some vision to it. From what I've read about the new one, it basically sounds like lazy House of 1000 Corpses territory again.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 14:32 (1 week ago) Permalink

Is the 2015 Poltergeist remake worth watching now it's on UK Netflix?

On a Raqqa tip (ShariVari), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 18:38 (1 week ago) Permalink

Question: what is the best it could possibly be?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 18:42 (1 week ago) Permalink

Never heard a good word about it. Watch Son Of The White Mare on youtube instead, not horror but it does have monsters, it's gorgeous and highly imaginative.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 18:57 (1 week ago) Permalink

http://www.fright.com/edge/2015YearInHorror.htm

It's sad how much I look forward to this site's January roundup of the previous year. Always unpredictable.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 27 January 2016 15:18 (1 week ago) Permalink


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