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

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

or left bank?

banned, on the run (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:12 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

me too hostel 2 is so underrated

banned, on the run (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:16 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

the saw series has turned into a joke imo

access flap (omar little), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

oh yeah saw 3 was particularly awful

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:19 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

dead snow is pretty half-assed tbh

banned, on the run (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:35 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:39 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

*ruined

let them eat cankles (jeff), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

access flap (omar little), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

thread title edit for the purposes of why not

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:43 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

for aussie film fans i def recommend this hilarious doc:

banned, on the run (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:48 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

memories of murder is almost on par with zodiac i think

access flap (omar little), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:54 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

I really really really liked the strangers until the end

another one of the many horror movies with a great setup and no idea how to exit in a satisfactory manner

part of why I loved martyrs so much was that it found a graceful way out of its narrative challenges

鬼の手 (Edward III), Thursday, 22 October 2009 19:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

Pontypool is another recent one that takes place in a DJ booth & another one which really doesn't exit in a satisfactory manner. It's worth a look though.

xcixxorx, Thursday, 22 October 2009 19:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

Has anyone seen Grace or Giallo?

let them eat cankles (jeff), Thursday, 22 October 2009 19:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

I AM A GHOST. THIS IS A TAKEOVER.

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Thursday, 22 October 2009 19:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

I enjoyed turistas. then again, I went into it with really low expectations. I've never seen anybody say anything good about it, but it's got great cinematography, some creative set scenes, and realistic acting. the xenophobia aspect of the premise is sorta o_O but the same could be said about eden lake.

鬼の手 (Edward III), Thursday, 22 October 2009 19:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

Man, none of that explanation makes any sense to me. Nevertheless, LOVED the movie.

The Thnig, Monday, 23 June 2014 18:15 (1 month ago) Permalink

Turned off Megan is Missing because I could not rid myself of the suspicion throughout that it was made for creeps to masturbate to, and the suspicion became conviction when the last bit of "found footage" was introduced, and life is too short and good horror movies are too enjoyable for that shit. "Torture porn" as a metaphor is bad enough, don't need the real thing.

Three Word Username, Monday, 23 June 2014 18:23 (1 month ago) Permalink

my interpretation is of A Field in England is not fully formed, but it does seem like there's some kind of magic/metaphysical underpinning to it. they all seem trapped in the field, deranged by it, and the stuff with the ropes and the dead returning and the hallucinations seem to require something more than any explicitly realistic interpretation.

Οὖτις, Monday, 23 June 2014 18:30 (1 month ago) Permalink

My interpretation of "a field in England" is that I haven't seen it yet so each of these posts throw me into an eye covering panic.

On worse news, I'm about to watch "Wolf Creek 2". Not optimistic, tbh.

Everyone is awful except you. Wait, no, you are also awful. (jjjusten), Thursday, 26 June 2014 04:24 (1 month ago) Permalink

Jug Face last night (it's on Netflix instant now). I dug it a lot. It felt something from Creepy magazine drawn by Wrightson or something.

shameless pureyors of slop-on-plate (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 26 June 2014 11:41 (1 month ago) Permalink

I saw some of "World War Z" the other day (the unrated cut, whatever that means). I hated it sooooo much, it was such a turd. Basically every scene, every line made me groan. At one point I thought, well, at least it must be wrapping up, but there was an hour left! So I turned it off.

Seriously, it just stunk. Everything about it was so lame. Possibly hammered home by the scene with David Morse pulling out his tooth. I thought, huh, this is a movie about a mass zombie outbreak, and this is where the so-far more or less bloodless movie pulls out its try-to-shock chops? Except it was just stupid and funny, and totally nonsensical.

Movie is barely horror. Certainly not scary. Directed by algorithm and phony across the board. Every set looks art directed down to the cheap trash blowing around, a trend begun really early on when they escape from some NYC (I think?) traffic jam in this conspicuous late-model R/V that popped out as obviously as the Mystery Machine.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 26 June 2014 12:33 (1 month ago) Permalink

Nothing we've posted will ruin A Field in England for you imo -- it's more of a full sensory experience type movie. Figuring out the plot is something I would care about maybe the 2nd or 3rd time I saw it. Get the soundtrack!! It's great.

La Lechera, Thursday, 26 June 2014 13:53 (1 month ago) Permalink

Jon Lewis- I've never heard of Jug Face but you've interested me greatly with that Wrightson comparison.

I picked up a DVD copy of Strange Color Of Your Bodies Tears today, but I had no idea it had even been shown at anything more than festivals, I thought it was going to come out at the end of the year or something!
Although it's probably a sad thing that it didn't get shown at the cinema (maybe GFT shown it?) I love surprises like that at shops.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 26 June 2014 19:09 (1 month ago) Permalink

Wasn't a huge fan of jug face, but it is streaming on Netflix for the interested

Everyone is awful except you. Wait, no, you are also awful. (jjjusten), Thursday, 26 June 2014 20:19 (1 month ago) Permalink

any words yea or nay on Last Kind Words?

OutdoorF on Golf (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 26 June 2014 20:22 (1 month ago) Permalink

My friend made that. But I've only read the script thus far ...

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 26 June 2014 20:30 (1 month ago) Permalink

This is a hard sell but Afflicted is a decent found footage vampire movie, honest. It is more like a low budget but superior Chronicle. I mentioned it on here before and fully understand people's antipathy for a found footage, vampire movie.

xelab, Thursday, 26 June 2014 20:35 (1 month ago) Permalink

Xxxp saw copies of Strange Color OYBT in Fopp, is it worth picking up? (how does it compare to Amer?)

ewar woowar (or something), Thursday, 26 June 2014 20:36 (1 month ago) Permalink

Haven't watched it yet, maybe tomorrow night.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 26 June 2014 21:15 (1 month ago) Permalink

Is "Willow Creek" supposed to be any good? I generally like Bob Goldthwait's movies, which have all been pretty daring and original, but this one seems so much a straight-up "Blair Witch" retread that I wonder if there's something more to it.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 27 June 2014 01:11 (1 month ago) Permalink

i'm keen to see it

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 27 June 2014 01:27 (1 month ago) Permalink

Hmmm take this with my tastes in mind, but I enjoyed paranormal activity the marked ones/5 and wolf creek 2 WAY more than I expected to.

Everyone is awful except you. Wait, no, you are also awful. (jjjusten), Friday, 27 June 2014 02:12 (1 month ago) Permalink

OK, so "Willow Creek" is indeed exactly what you (I) expected, with really nothing at all added to the formula. Pretty weird that Bobcat would make it, in fact. That said, I guess it's done about as well as it could be done. Actors are pretty good, some long take intensity perhaps heightened by the relationship between the characters, and at least some of the requisite dumb behavior I can defend. Still ... I dunno. It's not "Grave Encounters."

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 27 June 2014 03:32 (1 month ago) Permalink

Strange Color Of Your Bodies Tears was fantastic. Probably better than Amer, certainly way more violent. Loads of techniques, more direct references to Italian films (references tend to annoy me but it didn't here), lots of Art Nouveau. It's like they are determined to make every shot count.

My dad caught one of the more extreme scenes and was totally shocked and offended, saying that the filmmakers should be shot or put in jail. Every now and then I get a reminder that stuff I'm totally used to can really still shock people. Like when I bring up a topic into conversation that many people would rather not think about but usually doesn't bother most people you talk to.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 27 June 2014 23:12 (1 month ago) Permalink

There's a really beautiful girl in this who looks familiar (maybe a model), but the cast list doesn't really describe much to know who played who.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 28 June 2014 13:24 (1 month ago) Permalink

After a bit of research it appears to be model Aline Stevens.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 28 June 2014 15:17 (1 month ago) Permalink

Wow, looking into it, a lot of people absolutely HATE "Strange Color Of Your Body's Tears." Perhaps largely for being totally indulgent yet utterly humorless? Regardless, I'm intrigued.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 29 June 2014 00:28 (1 month ago) Permalink

People seemingly found it boring for all the reasons I found it exciting. Indulge away! More Incoherent nightmares! More! I want to get lost in the labyrinth sitting between Inferno and Inland Empire.
Shove your nice Christian American families and cocky teenagers up your asses.

Yeah, I kept spelling the title wrong.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 29 June 2014 01:19 (1 month ago) Permalink

Willow Creek was so inconsequential, nothing happens and annoyingly it is quite competent. I have better hopes for Oculus tomorrow night, which can't be that bad as is has Katee in it.

festival of labour (xelab), Sunday, 29 June 2014 01:35 (1 month ago) Permalink

Willow Creek was so inconsequential, nothing happens and annoyingly it is quite competent.

This is OTM. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it, and aspects of it are way above average, and yet the movie is so inconsequential it's baffling, especially coming from Goldthwait. In fact, after I watched it I looked up some interviews, to see what was up. I guess he paid for it all himself, shot on location with a small crew, did a ton of research, and pretty much all the locals are real locals who may have thought they were being interviewed for a real documentary. Goldthwait was wary of going into a mode so played out (found footage), and even was very self-aware of its similarities to "Blair Witch," but uncynically just wanted to make this movie. I guess Goldthwait just really likes bigfoot.

One line he took repeatedly in interviews is that maybe critics and fans have seen a million movies of this sort, but he hadn't, so it was fresh for him. Also, he had a friend say, basically, that since he's working on a musical and a western, supposedly, and they are the most played out of all movie sorts, then why not found footage?

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 29 June 2014 12:39 (1 month ago) Permalink

I watched Strip Nude For Dark Drops Of Autumn Vice The Strange Colour Of Your Body's Tears last night and enjoyed it. It looks fabulous, the soundtrack (mostly culled from various Morricone / Nicolai works) is great and there are lots of nice homages to genre classics (down to one of the characters being called Edwige). Although there isn't really much attempt made to match Amer's build-up of suspense, visually there are lots of scenes that surpass their previous work. I do feel they need to do something different next time, though. As beautiful as Amer and SCOYBT are, it's not something they can get away with repeating endlessly. It would be interesting to see them applying the aesthetic to something a shade more conventionally structured.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Thursday, 10 July 2014 07:13 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

I agree about there being a danger in mining this territory too long but I think the unconventional structure is something they (and other directors) should keep going with.

I was thinking about this recently how I generally dislike the idea of very studied retro pieces, yet many of my favourite films of recent times have been like that to some extent. To The point where I'm starting to wonder if anyone will do a good Franco/Rollin style thing or any other types of revivals. Some people called Livid a Rollin type thing and it was a bit, but without the nudity.
But I'd prefer people used the old influences as a springboard into something new that doesn't blatantly refer back.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:04 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

In a review of Strange Colour i read recently, there was a mention of a couple of Rollin-influenced films coming out soon but no details.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Thursday, 10 July 2014 13:45 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Chris Alexander, the editor of Fangoria, did a studied Rollin/Franco homage, Blood for Irinia. it's not very good.

silent ouzo eclipse (Mr. Hal Jam), Thursday, 10 July 2014 14:11 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Xan Cassavetes' Kiss of the Damned is too competently directed to be a tribute to Franco, but the Rollin-isms are pronounced and likely intentional. better than Irinia, though not much less derivative. i did like KOTD quite a bit.

silent ouzo eclipse (Mr. Hal Jam), Thursday, 10 July 2014 14:21 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

i finally saw insidious the other day. i was surprised how much i enjoyed it. between that & the conjuring, james wan is getting better & better at bringing on the oldhouse creeps

insidious 2 was a bit odd though. kinda collapsed in on itself with all the backstory, kinda sloppy

but i have such a big soft spot for whannell & wan together. i even dug the first Saw movie before it got beaten like a dead horse

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 11 July 2014 05:54 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Insidious seemed so promising at the start but with that scary lady in the darkness and the creepy music but it just taken all the worst things about Poltergeist and amplified them. Conjuring went even further to an infuriating degree.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 11 July 2014 23:33 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears is like a homage to giallo based on an oral description of giallo surmised by a screening of a giallo parody. Expertly silly.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 29 July 2014 19:38 (4 days ago) Permalink

I've heard that Evil Dead 4 might be made as a tv series. Nightbreed tv series is also a possibility.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 30 July 2014 17:14 (3 days ago) Permalink


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