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 (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!!

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 (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

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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

Has anyone seen Grace or Giallo?

let them eat cankles (jeff), Thursday, 22 October 2009 19:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

I AM A GHOST. THIS IS A TAKEOVER.

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

It also makes me extremely uncomfortable thinking how I'd act around someone who made crap like that.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 4 April 2015 01:09 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Stuck at home watching rubbish on Netflix at the moment and caught the following:

Starry Eyes - unusually well reviewed for a low(ish)-budget horror film and clearly made by directors with ambitions towards quality but hampered by a paper-thin story. Alex Essoe is pretty good as lead actress. A turn towards basic horror cliches prevents it from capitalising on much of its promise.

Devil's Backone Texas - found-footage film with five idiots bickering in an RV while searching out a mysterious...blah, blah, blah. Pointless.

The Houses October Built - found-footage film with five idiots bickering in an RV while searching out a mysterious...extreme haunted house attraction. The underlying concept is actually a decent one and this could have been excellent in better hands. As it is, it's just effective in places.

Ethnically Ambiguous / 28 - 45 (ShariVari), Sunday, 5 April 2015 21:56 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I caught As Above So Below recently. Mediocre, though considering I generally hate the found footage genre, better than normal. Not an entirely bad premise with the catacombs of the dead in Paris, alchemy and whatnot.

Nhex, Monday, 6 April 2015 14:16 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

not exactly horror, but since there was some brief talk about stuff like 'mmmm' upthread, i guess it fits the criteria. watched 'faults' the other day and really liked it - a bit all over the place tonally (some cohen-ish attempts at black humour included), but the impressive acting and pacing manage to carry the movie fwd quite seamlessly...

looking fwd to see 'the harvest' - michael shannon + mcnaughton seems like a killer combo. and i guess i might give 'spring' a try.

rusty_allen, Thursday, 16 April 2015 10:50 (1 week ago) Permalink

Trailers for Spring do look fairly interesting. Looks like it might even come to lots of cinemas.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 16 April 2015 11:29 (1 week ago) Permalink

With its arrival on Netflix, finally watched Babadook. I was a little let down, probably because I'd read/heard so much hype about it. I thought it was really well made, she's an interesting filmmaker. Good performances and a great first half. But once the metaphor became clear, I thought it got less interesting, less scary, overly schematic. As far as grief-horror goes, a few pegs down from Antichrist, and not a patch on Don't Look Now. (Not surprising that she trained under von Trier.)

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Friday, 17 April 2015 12:49 (1 week ago) Permalink

babadook was improved by knowing nothing about it going in... i'd say the more you know the lesser the returns. it's a first film after all!

Premise ridiculous. Who have two potato? (forksclovetofu), Friday, 17 April 2015 14:41 (1 week ago) Permalink

Agreed, minus the expectations I would've been impressed. As it is, I was impressed but not quite at the level I was hoping.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Friday, 17 April 2015 15:13 (1 week ago) Permalink

I just watched it tonight and that was some full-on triggering shit in the second half, I think I was crying for most of it.

i liked it - LOVED the look, lynch/twilight zone.....but i cant objectively talk about whether it was good or bad, it really fucked with me emotionally

Davis went into her Mum character so hard, so much of her anger felt and sounded so real... I am really, really blown away by how they really poked around in some difficult stuff re motherhood/child etc but jesus fuck it was rough going, i feel wrung out

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 19 April 2015 06:35 (6 days ago) Permalink

'spring' was bad. 'the harvest' is quite good overall, but some of its flaws are quite hard to ignore - especially how pointless the character played by peter fonda is.

rusty_allen, Tuesday, 21 April 2015 16:38 (4 days ago) Permalink

finally saw the Babadook. loved it, genuinely unsettling and with a thematic focus and empathy that feels rare to me in the genre. Also really appreciated that the film supports a psychological reading but not really a literal one - the monster is never "explained" in any realistic way, but is perfectly explicable as a reflection of the underlying psychological conflicts of the characters.

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 21 April 2015 16:42 (4 days ago) Permalink

probably the best horror movie about parenting & grief since the peaks in the 70s (Rosemary's Baby, It's Alive, Don't Look Now)

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 21 April 2015 16:46 (4 days ago) Permalink

Kotoko isn't really a horror but it might be quite harrowing for some parents to watch. It even used the two stars' (Cocco and Tsukamoto) own children

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 21 April 2015 17:51 (4 days ago) Permalink

Ok I'm about to watch the Babadook but if this turns out to be some word virus crapfest I'm taking this whole thread down with me.

a strawman stuffed with their collection of 12 cds (jjjusten), Wednesday, 22 April 2015 04:23 (3 days ago) Permalink

Eric H., Wednesday, 22 April 2015 04:24 (3 days ago) Permalink

Babadook was phenomenal.

a strawman stuffed with their collection of 12 cds (jjjusten), Wednesday, 22 April 2015 06:04 (3 days ago) Permalink

glad to see some babadook love ITT after some backlash further upthread. i thought it was great.

but then again, who really cares? I don’t. (dog latin), Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:52 (3 days ago) Permalink

lol jj you can trust me not to recommend any word virus crapfests I swear

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:56 (3 days ago) Permalink

I loved that the presence of the book is never explained, that there's a gradual (but significant) shift from the child being the threat to the mother being the *real* threat, that it captures the madness of sleep deprivation, that it doesn't devolve into generic haunted house tropes - so many great things about it

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:58 (3 days ago) Permalink

Babadook was fantastic. Reminded me of Repulsion in some ways. Also loved the casting of the little boy. He looked like a spooky little Shelly Duvall.

Darin, Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:00 (3 days ago) Permalink

Yes he did! I straight up wanted to throttle him so many times in the front half of the movie

demonic mnevice (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:16 (3 days ago) Permalink

Also, I am totally cool with its non-normative yet non-nihilistic ending

demonic mnevice (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:17 (3 days ago) Permalink

loved his spring-loaded ball-throwing backpack

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 22 April 2015 17:17 (3 days ago) Permalink

As I said above, he reminded me of Katherine Heigl a lot.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 22 April 2015 18:48 (3 days ago) Permalink

babadook ending is a def high point; the suggestion that those hard memories still demand their pound of flesh but over time they find a kind of equilibrium and we learn to cope with the sadness and horror that is our life through routine, faith and patience
thought "It Follows" is very much in the same lane

Premise ridiculous. Who have two potato? (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 22 April 2015 19:35 (3 days ago) Permalink

I haven't seen It Follows yet, but it's on my list obviously

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 22 April 2015 19:42 (3 days ago) Permalink

btw, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night just upped on netflix streaming
http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/A_Girl_Walks_Home_Alone_at_Night/70301280
not too much horror but worth a watch for sure. some indelible images.

Premise ridiculous. Who have two potato? (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 22 April 2015 20:10 (3 days ago) Permalink

There might be a better place to put this but I can't think of one: the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark book series is getting a documentary film.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 23 April 2015 00:41 (2 days ago) Permalink

xps yeah, good comparison b/w It Follows and Babadook endings

Nhex, Thursday, 23 April 2015 07:02 (2 days ago) Permalink

From a supernatural perspective, I like how the Babadook monster is too strong to meet a demise. There's no ectoplasmic ray gun or special chant which will make him go away.

but then again, who really cares? I don’t. (dog latin), Thursday, 23 April 2015 09:13 (2 days ago) Permalink

in both films, the monster is emotional (and/or sexual) injury: the darkest part of our soul's makeup given legs
would support a bunch more of magical realism horror films; preferably with fewer hoary genre tropes

Premise ridiculous. Who have two potato? (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 23 April 2015 14:25 (2 days ago) Permalink

btw, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night just upped on netflix streaming
http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/A_Girl_Walks_Home_Alone_at_Night/70301280
not too much horror but worth a watch for sure. some indelible images.

^^ i guess it's the kind of movie that horror buffs and arthouse freaks will hate while everyone else gets on board. great direction and photography and capable of conveying some sort of hopelessness and dread, but veers too much towards a pale indie-sensibility (how music is used, for example).

rusty_allen, Thursday, 23 April 2015 15:15 (2 days ago) Permalink

i wouldn't argue with that? it's not a world changing film but there are several great ideas, beautifully shot and that's good enough for me.
wish it had something a bit more solid at its core

Premise ridiculous. Who have two potato? (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 23 April 2015 16:17 (2 days ago) Permalink

i actually liked the movie. there were a couple of moments where i couldn't quite stomach the romantic naivety, but not enough to ruin it.

rusty_allen, Friday, 24 April 2015 14:07 (Yesterday) Permalink


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