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

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So without muddying the water with all the decades of classics - what horror movies did it for you (so far) this year? It's almost halloween, and we all need some new stuff rather than watching Suspiria for the fourteenth time, right?

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 17:32 (eleven years ago) link

the fourteenth time high? it really makes a difference

What the hell is hamster love (CaptainLorax), Thursday, 22 October 2009 17:35 (eleven years ago) link

well yeah

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 17:37 (eleven years ago) link

My surprise nominee (and none of these are going to be academy greats duh) is The Haunting In Connecticut which will not go down in history or anything, but was a totally capable jump scare flick. I have no idea why they promoted the movie the way that they did, the initial theatrical release campaign made it look like some sort of slow yawn slightly creepy snoozefest, when in fact it is 100% cut from the flash of CREEPY DUDE in the mirror/corner/behind the kid school of filmmaking.

plot holes? well yeah, duh, but who cares

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 17:42 (eleven years ago) link

This is prob a good place for me to fly my challop flag and say that as great as Let the Right One In is, it isn't really a horror film IMO.

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 17:47 (eleven years ago) link

i kinda want to see paranormal activity.

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Thursday, 22 October 2009 17:53 (eleven years ago) link

yeah me too! although i fear the possibility that it might be a hype triumph and disappoint.

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 17:55 (eleven years ago) link

Drag Me to Hell!

His skin is eroding. His suckers have divots. (chap), Thursday, 22 October 2009 17:55 (eleven years ago) link

man, still haven't seen that. or even zombieland (which doesn't sound like horror).

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Thursday, 22 October 2009 17:56 (eleven years ago) link

all i've really seen in 2009 is drag me to hell and zombieland, which isn't really a horror movie either

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 22 October 2009 17:56 (eleven years ago) link

xpost

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 22 October 2009 17:57 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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

or left bank?

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

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 (eleven years ago) link

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

http://tcmmoviemorlocks.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/famous-monsters-speak2.jpg

^^^ omar's friends

banned, on the run (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:13 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

'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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

me too hostel 2 is so underrated

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

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 (eleven years ago) link

the saw series has turned into a joke imo

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

oh yeah saw 3 was particularly awful

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:19 (eleven years ago) link

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

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:19 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

anybody repping for inside in this thread needs to see martyrs stat

鬼の手 (Edward III), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:27 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

dead snow is pretty half-assed tbh

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

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:38 (eleven years ago) link

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

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:39 (eleven years ago) link

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

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

*ruined

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

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

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

thread title edit for the purposes of why not

Don Quishote (jjjusten), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:43 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

I think Vaughn is a good actor who was coaxed into doing too broad a performance

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Sunday, 6 December 2020 02:15 (one month ago) link

new on Shudder: Stephen Lang, William Sadler and Fred Williamson(!!) as elder asskickers in VFW and uhh Bertrans Bonello's Zombi Child. OK then!

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Monday, 7 December 2020 15:19 (one month ago) link

*Bertrand

anyone seen the VFW guy's previous movie Bliss? looks wild

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Monday, 7 December 2020 15:20 (one month ago) link

in fact I am midway through and pausing to say holy shit this movie

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Tuesday, 8 December 2020 00:24 (one month ago) link

dora madison...incredible

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Tuesday, 8 December 2020 01:00 (one month ago) link

wow VFW rules so far too....if he makes it a hat trick he's getting a thread

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Tuesday, 8 December 2020 02:01 (one month ago) link

hobo with a green room

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Tuesday, 8 December 2020 02:09 (one month ago) link

Possessor was great even if jon snow seemed to be struggling playing the Iago. Cronenbeg fils definitely trained at the school of his father.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 8 December 2020 06:05 (one month ago) link

Wasn't crazy about Possessor. Seemed like a few interesting ideas and good images strung together but lacked much coherence. I haven't liked Christopher Abbott in anything I've seen him in yet either

or something, Tuesday, 8 December 2020 09:46 (one month ago) link

Chris Abbott is real good y'all tripping imo

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Tuesday, 8 December 2020 15:00 (one month ago) link

keep thinking about Bliss and its accidentally Verhoevian sense of sleaze

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Thursday, 10 December 2020 05:12 (one month ago) link

Watched the uncut Possessor tonight. Not entirely convinced it held together and it felt very televisual in places (not a criticism; I'm not even entirely sure what I mean) but the impact was considerable. Cronenburg senior is everywhere, but it's as much a homage to Cronenburg's influences, I guess - Ballard, Philip K. Dick. I liked the commentary on the hellscape of corporate work (Sean Bean quoting Walter Benjamin under a mock-up Sistine Chapel roof), and the sound design was excellent - particularly the grunge and glunge of bodies. I want to watch it again already!

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Saturday, 12 December 2020 22:50 (one month ago) link

Cronenberg, ffs.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Saturday, 12 December 2020 22:54 (one month ago) link

I've woken up thinking about Possessor and specifically why I wasn't 100% convinced (and why I want to watch it again to check) I think it comes down to Abbot's central performance and what Cronenberg's tasking him to portray: essentially to exteriorise an interior drama - that of the battle for control for a consciousness. It's basically trying to reify a metaphor and it resulted in lots of close-ups and mid-shots of Abbot looking bewildered/in mental torment. I loved it when it switched to more concrete portrayals of this drama, for instance, the whole sequence with Abbot in a Riseborough mask will stay with me forever (was it a deliberate nod to the Myers mask from Halloween?) and the beautiful latex orgy of the transformation scenes. Anyway, I'm sounding really negative and I had a blast with it.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Sunday, 13 December 2020 10:09 (one month ago) link

I think that's a fair complaint

stylish but illegal (Simon H.), Sunday, 13 December 2020 15:57 (one month ago) link

that said he's better than a few of the leads in early D. Cronenberg movies lol

stylish but illegal (Simon H.), Sunday, 13 December 2020 16:01 (one month ago) link

Agreed on all points. A better actor could have made this a great movie, but it works nonetheless.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 13 December 2020 16:41 (one month ago) link

pull quote for the resume

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Sunday, 13 December 2020 16:43 (one month ago) link

Posted this to detritus, but probably best here.

The Zoom movie was absolutely unwatchable to me

― Whiney G. Weingarten, Saturday, 12 December 2020 00:27 (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

Watched this ('Host') today and thought it was fantastic. I've rarely rooted against an entire cast so much, which I'm sure was intentional. Seriously technically impressive, tense, and a necessary externalisation of all the universal fears that have surfaced during a time of intense claustrophobia. That feeling of indoor spaces stagnating with dread. But way more fun than that sounds. Also an hour long.

tangenttangent, Sunday, 13 December 2020 20:14 (one month ago) link

Host freaked me out more than any film has in a long time but I watched it on my tablet with the phones in in a very old hotel room in the dark, which I guess is a fair sized caveat

or something, Sunday, 13 December 2020 20:23 (one month ago) link

I've skimmed enough spoiler free stuff about "Hunter Hunter" to make me pretty intrigued.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 17 December 2020 16:34 (one month ago) link

host is good as hell!!! not quite unfriended: dark web quality but so good for what it is

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 17 December 2020 16:40 (one month ago) link

"Hunter Hunter" had an ambivalent review today in the L.A. Times. Sounds like an interesting premise. Reviewer's mention of disturbing / gory elements probably are positives for folk here.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Thursday, 17 December 2020 17:45 (one month ago) link

finally watched We Are the Flesh - as grotesque as promised but almost funny as well. I hope the performers were well compensated.

stylish but illegal (Simon H.), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 00:56 (one month ago) link

It's definitely super weird and surreal and funny and gross.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 03:43 (one month ago) link

this looks fun and dumb!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thcQFXC5sKY

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 16:49 (one month ago) link

co-written by max landis lol

stylish but illegal (Simon H.), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 17:15 (one month ago) link

Somebody upthread mentioned Dorothy Mills (2008) as kind of ho-hum, but the gf & I just watched it and really liked it - were talking about it the next day. It's Irish, has some classic tropes - an outsider upsets the balance of a quiet, reticent island community that would "rather just let the past stay in the past!" kinda thing, but it has some unexpected twists and is pretty bleak overall.
Very gothic atmosphere, and the Irish horror I've seen (not that much, to be honest) has been consistent in quality...it's almost a relief when you get an unknown film and see that it's funded by the Irish Film Board; it's probably going to at least be watchable.

Andy the Grasshopper, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 17:44 (one month ago) link

xp, whoops didn't catch that.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 18:06 (one month ago) link

ha well I wasn't trying to chirp you out, it's just sad that he keeps getting paid

stylish but illegal (Simon H.), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 18:14 (one month ago) link

i agree wholeheartedly! that film will only be interesting if it's not in the vein of "look at us being sexist but really we're NOT being sexist it's old times DO U SEE?!?!?!" which it could well be.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 18:15 (one month ago) link

The Thai flick "The Pool" has such a great high concept b-movie hook - man trapped at the bottom of a deep drained pool with a big crocodile - that I had high expectations, but it is so larded down with grade-z melodrama (including one of the most horrible and horrifying on-screen pet deaths I've ever seen) and an obnoxious pro-life (as in, explicitly anti-abortion) message that by the end I could barely give a shit.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 2 January 2021 20:31 (three weeks ago) link

Hunter Hunter was like an ominous version of Leave No Trace but with a wolf and then holy fuck the ending

or something, Sunday, 3 January 2021 22:27 (three weeks ago) link

I watched Makeup last night, a British debut from Caroline Oakley. It's set at an out-of-season holiday park in Cornwall and is broadly about sexual awakening and I won't say too much else. It's only horror-inflected really, but it's got a great atmosphere and uses the potential of the landscape and the inherent bleak horror of an abandoned caravan park to good effect. It's definitely growing in my imagination. Good central performance, too.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Sunday, 10 January 2021 14:47 (two weeks ago) link

Impetigore: Kind of a coup for Shudder that they now have Indonesia's Academy submission on there. Wild movie! Some cheap scares and a way overcomplicated backstory, but I really loved the way this movie toys with just how intense/violent or cruel it's willing to get, right up until, well, anyway. You'll see. Very likeable lead and above-average acting and writing in general. Could definitely have been tightened up a bit. It's cool that Indonesia submitted a legit, balls-out horror movie to the Academy. (It will receive no votes, I imagine, but still)

stylish but illegal (Simon H.), Sunday, 10 January 2021 15:14 (two weeks ago) link

I thought the title was really misleading and almost unfortunate. There's some horrific stuff in this movie, yeah, but it's a lot more interesting and ambitious and artful than the typical gore hound might expect. The general fable-like vibe definitely made the most horrible stuff easier to handle, imo.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 10 January 2021 15:16 (two weeks ago) link

I don't know why I'm feeling squeamish but is it Bone Tomahawk levels of mental scarring?

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Sunday, 10 January 2021 16:36 (two weeks ago) link

No, not really. There's stuff you might read about the movie that scans like, I dunno, Martyrs level carnage, but it's really handled in a very different way, iirc.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 10 January 2021 16:37 (two weeks ago) link

Like, I was expecting something akin to the Indonesian installment of V/H/S/, which is insanely over the top, but this is not that.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 10 January 2021 16:38 (two weeks ago) link

yeah it's a lot less violent than a lot of other movies I've seen lately. they hold back on a lot of stuff.

stylish but illegal (Simon H.), Sunday, 10 January 2021 16:42 (two weeks ago) link

I revisited Evil Dead 2013 recently and man there is some underrated practical-effects gnarliness in that movie

stylish but illegal (Simon H.), Sunday, 10 January 2021 16:43 (two weeks ago) link

it's a "horror" movie only in the most abstract but i saw Spontaneous last night and it's highly recommended. Meanders when it hits the third reel but the script is tight until then and the lead actress is a treat.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 10 January 2021 18:24 (two weeks ago) link

Missed that not only is the PGA pulling their golf tournament from Trump, they have implemented a lifetime ban on ever holding any events at any of his properties ever again. Still think one of the most OTM things I've ever read about this asshole is that he will be the first president in history to end with fewer things named after him than when he started.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 10 January 2021 21:42 (two weeks ago) link

lol whoops President Horror Film.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 10 January 2021 21:44 (two weeks ago) link

more of a horror movie than what I posted tbh

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 10 January 2021 22:27 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K5sRggO8Qo
Anyone seen Dogs Don't Wear Pants? It's a Shudder film so I guess it is horror, but it mostly looks like a comedy but I've heard there are truly brutal sequences. On dvd but no bluray forfucksake.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 23 January 2021 20:13 (three days ago) link

That...doesn't look like a comedy at all?

The return of our beloved potatoes (the table is the table), Saturday, 23 January 2021 23:28 (three days ago) link

Totally looks like a comedy to me, the director said it was a sort of romantic comedy.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 23 January 2021 23:45 (three days ago) link

There's probably one scene of a dog comedically dragging his ass on the carpet and 89 minutes of entrails

if Spaghetti-Os had whammy bars (Neanderthal), Sunday, 24 January 2021 00:02 (two days ago) link

Wait can't be a romantic comedy with a dog

if Spaghetti-Os had whammy bars (Neanderthal), Sunday, 24 January 2021 00:02 (two days ago) link


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