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

I'm assuming Circa1916 linked to "Bedfellows", but for some reason linked videos on this forum don't show up on my kindle. I looked for it on vimeo and it is indeed the film I was looking for. I think the rock music in the credits was a bad idea and with a few changes it could have been a lot scarier.

Thanks.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 21 April 2014 12:35 (3 days ago) Permalink

so i also saw the conjuring and while it was way, way better than insidious 2 (low bar there) and had some nice moves in it, theres just this weird patina of unbelievableness to the whole thing that i cant really put my finger on. and i am a huge suspension of disbelief type wrt to horror, as has come up many times on this thread, but it sorta felt like the writers/director/actors all couldnt get past their skepticism abt psychic detectives or whatever even while the movie was being filmes, and it really seemed to show through, especially for the last 15-20 minutes somehow.

Corpsepaint Counterpaint (jjjusten), Monday, 21 April 2014 15:24 (3 days ago) Permalink

Or maybe they just realized they had made a feature length version of Friday the 13th the Series and fell into a deep funk.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 21 April 2014 16:27 (3 days ago) Permalink

the original "compact of doom" episode from Friday the 13th: The Series was kind of good

Wahaca Flocka Flame (DJP), Monday, 21 April 2014 17:01 (3 days ago) Permalink

Bedfellows was a hundred times scarier as a screen shot, to the point where it still creeps me out now.

ewar woowar (or something), Monday, 21 April 2014 17:02 (3 days ago) Permalink

I feel that way about the animated gif

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 21 April 2014 17:49 (3 days ago) Permalink

Has anyone seen The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears? It's the follow-up from the directors of Amer and one of the only good segments in the mostly-shit The ABCs of Death, but it doesn't seem to have gotten much of a US release, if any at all. There's no DVD or stream yet, either...

CAROUSEL! CAROUSEL! (Telephone thing), Monday, 21 April 2014 18:24 (3 days ago) Permalink

I watched it in a bit of a sleepy haze, but I would rank it significantly lower than Amer.

Cronk's Not Cronk (Eric H.), Monday, 21 April 2014 18:26 (3 days ago) Permalink

I've heard good things from film buddies, but they're more art film types than horror nerds.

emil.y, Monday, 21 April 2014 18:35 (3 days ago) Permalink

been trying to catch up on recent stuff...

A Field in England (2013, Ben Wheatley)
Battlefield deserters in search of a pint get dragooned by an alchemist who may possess magical powers. (Great Britain) A strange, hypnotic and stunningly beautiful slice of magic-realist historical psychedelia. Funny, baffling, wonderfully well-written & entirely satisfying. Instant favorite.

Frankenstein's Army (2013, Richard Raaphorst)
Found-footage horror about a WWII-era Soviet reconnaisance unit that falls afoul of the mad doctor's madder descendant. Kind of loved this. Obviously made on a meager budget and prizing lunatic monter mayhem above all else, it never lets practical limitations get in the way of unhinged imagination. A blast.

Moebius (2013, Ki-duk Kim)
Said to be wordless, abstract & quite violent (S. Korea). Again, that description right on the money. It's hard for me to rate this one. It's a brave and gorgeous film, exquisitely well crafted and obviously the product of a singular and deeply personal cinematic vision. On the other hand, it's relentlessly unpleasant and almost absurdly on-the-nose. Admirable in its way and obviously bound for infamy, but I can't say I enjoyed it much.

Oculus (2013, Mike Flanagan)
Supernatural thriller about a haunted mirror. Not a bad movie by any means, but a bit bland and underwhelming. I quite enjoyed the first hour or so, but as the mysteries resolved themseves, my interest dissipated. Dull conclusion, too.

Open Grave (2013, Gonzalo López-Gallego)
Existential mystery about a man who wakes up in a pit of human bodies without any memory of his identity or past. Easily spoiled, so I'll just say it's a fairly clever and suspenseful variation on a well-worn horror theme. I can see why many praised this film, but it didn't do much for me.

Rigor Mortis (2013, Juno Mak)
Update of the 80s "Mr. Vampire" series (Hong Kong). Though I've never seen any of the films to which it pays tribute, I loved every minute of this action-packed supernatural drama. Atmospheric cinematography and striking special effects are certainly welcome, but it's the phenomenal ensemble cast and emotionally resonant storytelling that really stand out. Entirely satisfying, if a bit darker than necessary.

Under the Skin (2013, Jonathan Glazer)
Alien in human guise seduces hitchhikers in Scotland, said to be quite abstract (UK). WONDERFUL MOVIE! In the running for the best I've seen this year. Extremely eerie and at times disturbing, often as a product of its coldly dispassionate, successfully alien tone. Great soundtrack, too.

Adam Chaplin (2012, Emanuele De Santi)
Italian "bloodiest movie ever", said to be in the vein of Rikki-Oh (prod. by Necrostorm). A stupendously violent demon-as-superhero revenge story, simple as can be, but equipped with memorable villains, knockout gore effects, and go-for-broke pacing. Bad by any conventional measure, but distinctive, inventive and never less than entertaining. Suprisingly decent production values for such a low-budget effort, too.

Byzantium (2012, Neil Jordan)
Said to be a non-traditional vampire tale featuring two blood-sucking sisters holed up in a small Irish town. A character-driven movie with a rich sense of place, more gothic drama than horror. Could be accused of a romantic sentimentality not uncommon to Jordan's films, but strong performances and melancholy atmosphere kept me engaged. Not a great movie, perhaps, but one I enjoyed a great deal.

Stitches (2012, Connor McMahon)
Ghost clown horror comedy, going in w/ low expectations. Though it's quite gory, Stitches puts the comedy first at every turn. On that level, it easily outclasses most films of its ilk. Helped by a charming cast, good character & gag writing and some surprisingly inventive camerawork. Too facile to sustain interest all the way through, but consistently better than it has to be.

Taeter City (2012, Giulio De Santi)
Sci-fi gore epic set in a dystopian future metropolis (prod. by Necrostorm). Superficially quite similar to Adam Chaplin, but nowhere near as successful. The pacing is more breakneck still and the lovingly depicted gore becomes nearly constant, but the genre context switches from spooky demonic horror to blackly comic dystopian sci-fi. Pointless, incoherent and numbingly repetitive.

Thanatomorphose (2012, Éric Falardeau)
Canadian, a woman rots away from within (expect bleak, slow, gruesome). And yeah: bleak, slow, gruesome. Not much more than that. To be commended for making the most of obviously limited resources, as it features one location and, for the most part, one actor. Still oppressively dull and unpleasant, undone by poor performances, murky lighting and heavy-handed thematic underlining. Great gore effects, though...

Wither (2012, Sonny Laguna & Tommy Wiklund)
"The Swedish Evil Dead". An attractive group of young stranded at a cabin in the woods endure standard zombie flick trial-by-trauma. Though well-executed, suspenseful and cinematically "professional", I found this an almost entirely empty viewing experience. No ideas or personality, just a competent handling of overly familiar material.

Masks (2011, Andreas Marschall)
Giallo homage about a girl enrolled in a mysterious acting school (Germany). A nice surprise after the promising but lacklustre Tears of Kali. Owes a huge and undisguised debt to Suspiria, with enjoyably expressionistic visuals and a wonderful layering of sound & music. Atmospheric, oddly romantic and, like Marschall's earlier film, based around some novel ideas & interests.

The Road (2011, Yam Laranas)
A lonely stretch of road connects three independent stories with shared characters (Phillipines). An ambitious and involving supernatural mystery spanning three decades, concerning the persistence of past in present. The conclusion comes as no suprise, but I suspect the filmmakers were more interested in tragic resonance than pulling a fast one on the audience. Liked the way each story layer deepened the last.

Tomie: Unlimited (2011, Noboru Iguchi)
Reboot of the long-running ghost girl franchise (Japan). Wallows in deliberate cheese & low-budget cruddiness, tries for Hausu-style psychotronic oddity & occasionally succeeds. Lacks that film's visual flair and sugar-buzzed energy. Still quite entertaining.

Tormented (aka "Rabbit Horror") (2011, Takashi Shimizu)
Supernatural mystery (Japan), linked companion piece to Shock Labyrinth. Enjoyable, if overly melodramic in the spirit of its predecessor. Chris Doyle's cinematography & some wonderfully weird, rabbit-themed pop surrrealism help elevate this installment a notch above Shock Labyrinth.

Visible Secret (2011, Ann Hui)
The budding relationship between two young people is complicated by her ability to see ghosts (Hong Kong). Much more digressive and zany than I anticipated, and stressing the romantic and comedic aspects of the story over its horror trappings. Took me a while to orient myself, but once I got the hang of the film's loopy rhythms, I enjoyed it well enough.

The Last Circus (aka "Balada Triste de Trompeta") (2010, Álex de la Iglesia)
Two deranged clowns compete for the affections of a beautiful trapeze artist (comingling of drama, comedy & horror). There's something rather obvious about de la Iglesia's self-indulgent weirdness, and he can't tell a story to save his life, but I enjoyed this film's colorful oddity and constant tonal shifts enough to keep me on board all the way through.

Shock Labyrinth (2009, Takashi Shimizu)
Supernatural mystery, linked companion piece to Tormented (Japan). Slick, commercial and fairly ambitious, but the convoluted narrative is a good deal less interesting than the filmmakers seems to think. And too bathetic by half. Still "watchable", and I did enjoy the old-fashioned, haunted-house atmosphere.

Sick Nurses (2009, Piraphan Laoyont and Thodsapol Siriwiwat)
A vengeful ghost pursues a philandering doctor and his staff of comely young nurses (Thailand). Truly terrible but somehow charming in its screwball ineptitude and go-for-broke nuttiness. I admit the possibility that my opinion may have been swayed by the near-constant (though quaintly chaste) cheesecake parade. Perfect junk food cinema.

Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (2009, Yoshihiro Nishimura and Naoyuki Tomomatsu)
Transfer-student vampire and spare-parts vixen compete for the affections of a timid young man (Japan). Utter garbage. Boorish, witless pandering of the saddest sort.

Dorothy Mills (2008, Agnès Merlet)
Mystery thriller about a possibly possessed girl, looks great. Wound up a big disappointment. Sleepy, low-intensity gothic mystery about a seemingly possessed girl and a small island town's dark secrets. Initially interesting in that it could be described as an inverted version of The Wicker Man, but descends quickly into soppy melodrama. No pulse, no style, might as well have been a TV movie.

Gutterballs (2008, Ryan Nicholson)
Ugly, irritating bullshit.

Midnight Ballad for Ghost Theater (2006, Gye-soo Jeon)
Korean fantasy about a young girl's encounter with the ghostly inhabitants of a decrepit movie theater. A bit overlong and heavy on both gratingly wacky spirit hijinks and at borderline maudlin sentimentality, this film's inventiveness and good cheer manage to see it through. Memorable songs, atmospheric sets and an appealing cast certainly don't hurt.

katsu kittens (contenderizer), Tuesday, 22 April 2014 05:52 (2 days ago) Permalink

Contenderizer- I've been enjoying your arguments and contributions to many threads recently, so much so I can almost forgive you for not liking Tideland. Keep it up.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 22 April 2014 13:00 (2 days ago) Permalink

xpost But what did you watch the next night?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 22 April 2014 13:13 (2 days ago) Permalink

That is a good and useful list.

carl agatha, Tuesday, 22 April 2014 14:29 (2 days ago) Permalink

hi dere contenderizer!

Corpsepaint Counterpaint (jjjusten), Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:23 (2 days ago) Permalink

got plague town coming tomorrow, i predict it will be great or crap, thats def what the imdb reviews seem to suggest

Corpsepaint Counterpaint (jjjusten), Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:25 (2 days ago) Permalink

this just in - imdb reviews for horror movies are 100% useless discuss

Corpsepaint Counterpaint (jjjusten), Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:26 (2 days ago) Permalink

i mean, not that they are great across the board on films in general, but i pretty much just mentally add 2 points to anything in the horror genre since that site is clearly full of would be movie critic horror haters

Corpsepaint Counterpaint (jjjusten), Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:27 (2 days ago) Permalink

re: Gutterballs, "he made it a parody so he could make the hateful scumbag movie he wanted to make."

ladies and gentlefolk, i give you Ryan Nicholson's latest, Dead Nude Girls. cumming soon.

have we talked about Dustin Mills? Toledo-based, brimming with ideas, enthusiasm, and adorably warped sensibilities. he has enough technical chops to surmount his microscopic budgets, and an impressively deep bag of tricks. started strong, keeps improving. currently filming Snuffet, an all-puppet snuff film. Kill That Bitch, Night of the Tentacles, The Ballad of Skinless Pete, and esp. Easter Casket all highly recommended. if you can get on his wavelength, you'll be a fan for life. The Puppet Monster Massacre, Zombie A-Hole and Bath Salts Zombies overstay their welcome a bit, but are still enjoyable.

silent ouzo eclipse (Mr. Hal Jam), Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:55 (2 days ago) Permalink

I would have thought the opposite. The place is full of Fangoria readers who use the word "masterpiece" for anything that isn't totally useless. There are lots of "WORST MOVIE EVAR!" reviews but they don't really overwhelm the place. I don't see many elitists there unless you look at films squarely in arthouse territory.
However, sometimes something like House Of Voices gets a bizarrely low rating (maybe because it was nothing like Martyrs).

I will say in these guys favour that at least they review loads of things that might have been ignored. Sometimes I imagine these are the same people as the metal fans who give loads of reviews even to the smallest bands. But occasionally I will find a horror film with hardly any reviews and not knowing why.
It really sucks when I'm looking for reviews of a supposedly canonical book and I can't find even 3 reviews. Some genres of books, films and music somehow just don't have many online reviews.

The film section of Rateyourmusic is impressive sometimes.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 22 April 2014 16:10 (2 days ago) Permalink

or maybe because it's the WORST MOVIE EVAR! (HoV)

silent ouzo eclipse (Mr. Hal Jam), Tuesday, 22 April 2014 16:11 (2 days ago) Permalink

I'm talking about imdb above; just in case of confusion.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 22 April 2014 16:11 (2 days ago) Permalink

i'm talking about House of Voices. a film i LOATHE.

silent ouzo eclipse (Mr. Hal Jam), Tuesday, 22 April 2014 16:15 (2 days ago) Permalink

House Of Voices is okay/leaning towards good. I felt about the same about the similar film The Orphanage.
More than anything I find it interesting because it was filmed in two languages (I've never heard of anyone doing that in modern times). Laugier also got Simonetti to do the soundtrack but rejected the results.
It's a pretty film with a nice ambience but I imagine a lot of people just found it boring and forgettable; so it's difficult to imagine why anyone could actually hate it.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 22 April 2014 16:18 (2 days ago) Permalink

Hahaha Hal Jam, I assume you are joking but please explain away if you are serious.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 22 April 2014 16:21 (2 days ago) Permalink

it's such a wasted opportunity. Laughier had an amazing location and a decent story, and he proceeded to do precisely NOTHING with them for a butt-numbing 98 minutes. loathe, not hate.

silent ouzo eclipse (Mr. Hal Jam), Tuesday, 22 April 2014 16:22 (2 days ago) Permalink

*Laugier

silent ouzo eclipse (Mr. Hal Jam), Tuesday, 22 April 2014 16:25 (2 days ago) Permalink

Don't you think that boring film/nice setting is a really common thing? Considering how many totally incompetent horror films with nothing going for them, it doesn't seem like such a bad thing.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 22 April 2014 16:41 (2 days ago) Permalink

i do not, obviously.

silent ouzo eclipse (Mr. Hal Jam), Tuesday, 22 April 2014 17:00 (2 days ago) Permalink

loved house of voices. a huge & welcome surprise after the hated martyrs. fite!

katsu kittens (contenderizer), Tuesday, 22 April 2014 18:21 (2 days ago) Permalink

Loved Martyrs. Had no idea I was supposed to care about House of Voices.

Cronk's Not Cronk (Eric H.), Tuesday, 22 April 2014 18:23 (2 days ago) Permalink

seems to be pretty divisive, with plenty of outraged detractors, though i'm not sure why. relatively subtle gothic mystery. worked for me.

katsu kittens (contenderizer), Tuesday, 22 April 2014 18:34 (2 days ago) Permalink

Maybe the two versions of the film significantly differ in quality? Maybe THat's why people differ so much? I saw the English version.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 22 April 2014 18:47 (2 days ago) Permalink

Wow this plague town thing is pretty close to unwatchably bad, and that's coming from me, so

Corpsepaint Counterpaint (jjjusten), Thursday, 24 April 2014 03:54 (13 hours ago) Permalink

Actually, fuck it, this is unwatchably bad, I'm throwing in the towel halfway through, which I never do.

Corpsepaint Counterpaint (jjjusten), Thursday, 24 April 2014 03:55 (13 hours ago) Permalink


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