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

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the fate of thelma's little brother one of the meanest fakeouts I've seen in ages as well

D@v!d 3hrl!ch wrote in IndieWire that Thelma was a "an ominous, unnerving, and strangely powerful thriller about the most devious of human desires" and "consistently keyed in to the persuasive power of the female body."

I might have never cracked it as a film critic but maybe that's fine if this is the result lol

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Saturday, 20 February 2021 15:29 (two months ago) link

... most devious of human desires??? the persuasive power of the female body???? men have got to be stopped

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 20 February 2021 15:52 (two months ago) link

the most devious of human desires: having a huge lesbian crush on your cool friend and being unable to deal with it bc of your repressive religious upbringing

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 20 February 2021 15:53 (two months ago) link

i read the full review to make sure the excerpts weren't enormous distortions bc of the nature of being excerpted

Lust is just the tip of the iceberg, though “Thelma” is consistently keyed in to the persuasive power of the female body, and how the strength of physical attraction can sometimes be complicated by its shallowness.

wHAT

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 20 February 2021 15:59 (two months ago) link

lmao whyyyyy

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Saturday, 20 February 2021 16:16 (two months ago) link

... most devious of human desires??? the persuasive power of the female body???? men have got to be stopped

see people think thelma's dad is the bad guy but then I think "what if this is how dav1d erl1ch's dad feels"

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Saturday, 20 February 2021 22:02 (two months ago) link

thelma’s dad held her hand over a candle, he’s bad. but the real villain is repression

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 21 February 2021 04:50 (one month ago) link

Watched Come Play, and liked it. Bloodless, jump scares, plot is divorced parents of a special needs boy whose phone brings up an app story monster who's lonely and wants a friend. Appreciated how they worked the cliche 'bully beats up challenged kid' angle, and ending was better than I expected.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Monday, 1 March 2021 17:49 (one month ago) link

Dogs Don't Wear Pants - This really isn't a horror film (but I just thought I'd follow it up here), just a slightly dark (Finnish) romantic comedy and the tooth pulling scene isn't as bad as I had heard. This isn't trying to be be realistic about the BDSM scene or convince anyone it's a healthy place, the characters cross the line into criminal territory quite regularly.
It's enjoyable and it looks good, but by the end I felt it was just a bit too simple, like surprisingly straightforward. I didn't remember Krista Kosonen in Bladerunner 2049 but she was pretty cool in this.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 19:04 (one month ago) link

Watched Come Play, and liked it

Been hearing about this one since last Fantasia in July!

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 19:18 (one month ago) link

Has anyone else watched His House? Really liked it, it managed to avoid nearly every horror movie cliche of the last 40 years and still stay scary.

Andy the Grasshopper, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 19:35 (one month ago) link

There seem to have been a few movies (relatively speaking) in the vein of "Come Play" lately, haven't there been? "The Babadook" a couple of years ago, "Z" last year or so ...

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 19:39 (one month ago) link

watched Errementari last night. A Basque-language fantasy-horror steeped in Catholicism. It was okay, kind of ridiculous in places. Watchable though

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 21:54 (one month ago) link

we watched Saint Maud last night. It was alright, not the greatest movie I've seen. I wish people would just stop using balding/bald women as shorthand for horror. Why not pick on people who need prosthetic limbs or false teeth for a change, where are the scary female characters without noses, without ears?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 4 March 2021 00:05 (one month ago) link

(i am not serious about picking on those people, just tired of lazy shorthand)

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 4 March 2021 00:05 (one month ago) link

saint maud was scary at points, mostly pretty slow... idk. i didn't really get the point of it, or what it was trying to say, if anything - like, in the sense that hereditary was a meditation on trauma. it just felt like watching a superhero movie or something to me.

goodnight mommy (2014) was gruesome and gripping and rewarding

the wailing (2016) was loooong but so much fun

other favourites of the decade:
raw
swallow
host
creepy
berberian sound studio
the killing of a sacred deer

maelin, Thursday, 4 March 2021 09:38 (one month ago) link

Lucky (just added to Shudder) is one of the most unique and unsettling movies I've seen since, uh, The Empty Man. what a gutsy little movie.

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Saturday, 6 March 2021 04:00 (one month ago) link

really? i found it extremely confused and unsure of how to clarify its story. Several great ideas floating around but none of them ever fully arrived at, muddied by poor acting and wooden dialogue imo.

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 6 March 2021 22:48 (one month ago) link

I didn't have a problem with the performances or dialogue! But I'd like to rewatch before I say anything more.

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Saturday, 6 March 2021 23:00 (one month ago) link

i suppose i would too if i planned to rewatch it! I think there were at least three good films worth of ideas in there but this couldn't follow anything through to the point where it clarified its aims. Was it a self-reflective comment about how media terrorizes women through constant depictions of brutality? Was it a kafkaesque horror story about how capitalism and monogamy locks us into a cycle of violence against women? Was it a critique of the women's movement and the lack of common interests across generations and willingness to support one another? It felt like it was trying to do all that but it couldn't quite decide how to land a punch one way or the other so there was tons of meandering from idea to idea. Like, yeah: i see the echoes in the tableau of lovers in bed and murderer and victim splayed out on the floor. Congrats but to what end are you presenting those images? Needed more time in the oven imo.

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 6 March 2021 23:14 (one month ago) link

I'm fine with presenting those ideas as an unresolved mess because that's how they feel IRL - the confusion/conflation/whatever felt like a knowing and purposeful feature rather than a bug, to me. Certain specific moments in the script gave me the distinct impression that they knew exactly what they were doing here.

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Saturday, 6 March 2021 23:18 (one month ago) link

there's an argument to be made there i suppose but this didn't feel to me like some sort of Lynchean fever dream where there was an underlying logic to everything. It just stacked absurdity on absurdity until it started breaking and falling apart. That they decided to make that falling apart a feature and not a bug in the final reel didn't make the intent any clearer as far as i could see.

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 6 March 2021 23:25 (one month ago) link

the intent felt crystal clear to me but I'll refrain from saying any more for now. hopefully this little discussion will tempt others into checking it out!

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Sunday, 7 March 2021 00:06 (one month ago) link

Shudder was such utter shit for a while that I cancelled my sub. Oh well.

it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Sunday, 7 March 2021 00:36 (one month ago) link

tbf most horror movies ARE shit. idk, lately whenever I take a chance on something new / new-to-me on there, I more often than not end up vibing with it.

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Sunday, 7 March 2021 06:06 (one month ago) link

yeah it's a genre with a very low hit rate for me too.

Red Nerussi (Neanderthal), Sunday, 7 March 2021 14:44 (one month ago) link

in a way that's why I like horror, cos finding a good horror film = like discovering an artifact on an archaelogical dig

Red Nerussi (Neanderthal), Sunday, 7 March 2021 14:44 (one month ago) link

I have a low base of expectation and a love for the genre which means even a half decent horror feels like a personal favourite

or something, Sunday, 7 March 2021 14:59 (one month ago) link

This is probably discussed somewhere in this thread but I’m not going to load the whole thing looking for it — last night we watched The Wailing (2016, Na Hong-jin), and it was super long for a horror film but also pretty engrossing, very vividly made and with enough twists to keep it interesting. As I often find with K- and J- horror, I’m still trying to sort out its various strands, but its quasi-incoherence didn’t detract from the experience.

horror movies are very good, even the bad ones (not speaking for modern low budget shudder exclusive horror here, i feel like that's probably bad bad)

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 7 March 2021 15:36 (one month ago) link

currently watching a screener for the QC horror-satire Slaxx, with a Dupieux-ish premise involving killer jeans, and it's pretty funny so far. and the correct length at 70 mins.

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Sunday, 7 March 2021 15:44 (one month ago) link

70 mins

Dag. And I thought it impressive that "She Dies Tomorrow" came in at just under 90 minutes.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 7 March 2021 15:56 (one month ago) link

I watched Dead Snow last night. It was pretty bad but I had a good time except for the what the fuck scene in the outside toilet.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Monday, 8 March 2021 10:17 (one month ago) link

I mean, I like a lot of crap horror— I'm not some "Artsy Horror" stan.

but for a while, Shudder was just stuff that looked unbearable, stuff I'd already seen a million times, or stuff that I'd seen once and never care to see again lol.

it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Monday, 8 March 2021 21:50 (one month ago) link

they just added two larraz films, vampyres and edge of the axe, plus amityville ii: the possession which i've always wanted to see

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 8 March 2021 21:56 (one month ago) link

they go through fallow periods but i've never regretted spending $5/mo on it or whatever

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 8 March 2021 21:58 (one month ago) link

they were very useful when i challenged myself to watch all of the ring films a few months ago (project still incomplete)

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 8 March 2021 21:59 (one month ago) link

They also just added Ali Abbasi's Border which I've been meaning to see for years!

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Tuesday, 9 March 2021 11:51 (one month ago) link

We enjoyed the Irish slow-burner Without Name over the weekend... a strong little eco-folk horror with a small cast and a brooding landscape. The film began with a warning for epileptics, so there's some wild visual stuff.

Andy the Grasshopper, Tuesday, 9 March 2021 17:37 (one month ago) link

whoah, 'unsane' (2018) was mega. surprised it's had such little attention... i'm quite desensitized and jaded after growing up watching years of dark horror, but this still managed to get me on the edge of my seat and surprise me and make me yell at the tv at points. shot on an iphone, too? so cool. top performances.

maelin, Sunday, 14 March 2021 21:18 (one month ago) link

About Richard Stanley being an abuser.
https://sharedhallucination.blogspot.com/2021/03/777-truth-will-out.html

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 17 March 2021 20:26 (one month ago) link

We stand with victims of abuse. We believe those who speak out. We believe women. https://t.co/bq0llzZ8t7

— SpectreVision (@_SpectreVision) March 16, 2021

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 17 March 2021 20:43 (one month ago) link

Maybe 2016 is getting to old for this thread but I watched The Untamed. There's a tentacle sex monster in a cabin that people go to and its unpredictable if it will hurt you or not. There's a lot about homophobia, the director said it was partially inspired by an openly homophobic headline in mexican newspapers. There's a crater with lots of animals having sex and it all looks real enough that I imagine they just digitally spliced them together in the same place. It's quiet film for the most part and mostly about a family (but not in a boring way), I didn't understand a couple of things the characters did but I mostly liked it, the ending wasn't anything special.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 22 March 2021 18:24 (four weeks ago) link

Ben Wheatley's In the Earth trailer just dropped this morning.. looks right up my alley:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Lqkfo7IymU

Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, 25 March 2021 17:07 (three weeks ago) link

that looks dope!

it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Thursday, 25 March 2021 17:26 (three weeks ago) link

Anyone seen Koko-di, Koko-da yet?

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Thursday, 25 March 2021 18:21 (three weeks ago) link

I really dug it

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Thursday, 25 March 2021 18:26 (three weeks ago) link

the twee rabbit puppetry was a bit much and it sometimes spins off the rails but Koko-Di was genuinely unsettling and slowly opened up into something much more complex than it seemed. As far as surreal Swedish meditations on loss and shattered identity told through horror tropes go, it would be a good back-to-back with Persona.
I caught it at a late-night pre-release free screening in the city and the woman next to me clearly thought she had come to a standard horror movie and spent the third reel loudly opining out loud variations on "THIS SHIT CRAZY" and "What the fuck GOING ON in this movie?"

― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, February 22, 2020 4:55 PM

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 25 March 2021 18:55 (three weeks ago) link

one of the last films i saw in theaters, sigh

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 25 March 2021 18:55 (three weeks ago) link

Can we talk Possessor spoilers? Really well done film, and educational for the behind-the-scenes stuff. I'm curious about a few things. . The first question, the ending, is fairly obvious, given the overlay of Vos over Colin when she kills her son. What seemed somewhat a conflict about returning to her home life, as evidenced by Vos' initial forgetting she and Michael were separated, then visiting them at home, was actually her desire to leave him and her child entirely. Yes? Second question, why did she disguise her possessing glitches? Was it as simple as she wanted to continue her jobs, avoiding her personal life?

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Friday, 26 March 2021 00:49 (three weeks ago) link


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