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On 17/08/2021 at 13:57, aubergine said:

In the Dark - 4/5

 

Super low-budget adaptation of a Richard Laymon book that I heard about through a podcast. It’s weird in that it kind of feels like it should be found footage - but isn’t. A bit proto-Saw (but way better than any of those) and really good if you can see past the image quality and some weak acting (although the lead is great).

Is this just the b/w video that's on YouTube or is there another one? 

 

Can't understand why more of Laymons material hasn't been picked up

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7 hours ago, Ray Tracing said:

Is this just the b/w video that's on YouTube or is there another one? 

 

Can't understand why more of Laymons material hasn't been picked up

 

Yeah I'm afraid that is it. It is available off some guy on ebay too, but I'm not convinced it won't just be the same quality video slapped on a dvd-r.

 

I should probably say that it isn't nearly as gory or whatever as you might expect being an adaptation of one of his books, the story itself was chosen because it could be feasibly done on little to no budget, but I think it works really well, and for me is quite a bit better than the source material (although I'm not really a big fan of Laymon). 

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On 16/08/2021 at 14:22, ImmaculateClump said:

 

It's been interesting reading your thoughts, schmojo and I too had that constant niggling during the whole thing, whether I was giving it the benefit of the doubt a little too much at times.

Had no idea about her podcast or anything, which I haven't looked into, and I didn't pick up on the jewish thing.

 

I think I'm fine not knowing whether she's a satirical genius or some tiresome upstart enfant terrible. I think the film would lose a lot of it's appeal for me if that line wasn't so thoroughly blurred.

Maybe we'll find out for sure when she does her next film!

 

I think it was a genius stroke using the whole subject for the basis of a Giallo style slasher film, the conspiracy theories, the salacious gossip, it's all there.

Do you still like the film? Would you still recommend it? You're still thinking about it, which has to be a good sign!

 

I like it, but not a lot. I feel like the younger me would have loved the provocative stuff, but completely missed the giallo stylings. It's doesn't feel disturbing, smart or challenging —there are much scarier stories to be told about Epstein and his influence. 

 

I honestly feel like half of the magic came from how tricky it was to track down compared to most films. Gave it a bit of mythology before I'd even watched it.

 

Being honest, I think it's so much more rare to see women as edgelord provocateurs in the arts, that I'm probably happier to give them space than I would be for male ones. 

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52 minutes ago, schmojo said:

It's doesn't feel disturbing, smart or challenging

 

No, but I don't think it had to be. It all felt very fun and trashy and playful to me.

I quite liked the listless, nihilistic tone and I liked the way that built up slowly and you were never quite sure where it was going. It seems to be very marmite, everyone who's seen it either gives it two thumbs up or hates it.

Very patchy and uneven, but I think that only adds to it's charm.

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On 16/08/2021 at 22:54, And said:

Loved this, strong 90’s vibes, bit cabin in the woods vs stranger things but Holy shit. 
 

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The bread slicer. 🤮

 

The second one is even better and am now on the third. 
Max from stranger things is excellent in 78, it’s proper old school Friday the 13th stuff. Really enjoying these. 
 

 

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Haven't seen it mentioned anywhere, and I debated whether here or the Netflix thread was the best place, but Brand New Cherry Flavor that released there a couple of weeks ago was a fine little horror series with a great cast, I thought. Imagine a good season of American Horror Story where they didn't pointlessly spin it out to 50% more episodes than the plot justified. May or may not be a one off, but it works either way.

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It's not new, but I watched and very much enjoyed "The Final Girls" on Netflix earlier. It's a horror comedy, riffs on 80s slashers and sees a group of teens get transported into a 1986 slasher movie called 'Camp Bloodbath', where they have the abide by the rules of horror movies in order to escape. It's daft and not every joke lands (Adam Levine's entire character sucks) but overall it's good fun with some decent kills but, being a PG13, sadly very little gore.

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Saw Censor at the cinema the other week.  I think I admired it more than I actually enjoyed it.  It crafts a great sense of foreboding, and the characters are believable, but not very likable or interesting.  Visually, very effective, and Lynchian in places, but is far more straightforward than the comparison might otherwise suggest (to its detriment).  Ending was a bit on the nose.

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On 31/08/2021 at 13:50, Scribblor said:

I also enjoyed Brand New Cherry Flavour. It's by Nick Antosca who wrote Channel Zero and Antlers. If they were your sort of thing, BNCF is worth checking out.

 

Thanks - actually going the other way and giving CZ a whirl now!

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Superhost

 

It's on Shudder as of today. Fuck me that's a fun movie. Nothing new, couple who have a YouTube channel going to and reviewing hosted properties head to one, and the owner is a fucking lunatic.

 

Gracie Gillam, as said lunatic, properly hams it up and is fantastic.

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I also watched Superhost yesterday, pretty much agree with what you said, entertaining and fun, Gillam was so good.  I love the elongated fixed smile she does, proper unnerving.  Great to see horror royalty Barbara Crampton pop up once more again too.

 

Entertaining and fun is also how I would describe Mayham, led by Steven Yeun (from Walking Dead) and Samara Weaving (who constantly reminds me of Margot Robbie) about a virus which turns everyone into murderous psychotics inside a big office building.

 

I watched The Reef yesterday as well, I was expecting it to be mediocre but for once the characters were actually likeable and relateable and he movie as a whole was tense and far better than I expected.

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Just come off the back of watching 10 films over 5 days through Frightfest Digital 2021. In short ...

 

The Show - More of a quirky British detective / fantasy thing than a horror. Written by and sort of starring Alan Moore. Had a touch of Dirk Gently about it. I think I'll revisit this in future.

Broadcast Signal Intrusion  - I'm a sucker for the Max Headroom and Vrillon intrusion stories from back in the 80s so this was right up my street. It's more of a story of obsession reminiscent of Zodiac. The end can be left up to interpretation which might not be popular with everyone.

Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes - German with heavy 60s occult overtones. This takes two big swerves during it's 70 minute run time and was reminiscent of unloved badly acted 90s basket case, Razorblade Smile.

Bad Candy - An anthology which gets better right at the end but is nowhere near as good as Trick r Treat or The Mortuary Collection.

Evie - A story about a Sylkie supposedly but may aswell just be a story about a life of regrets suppressed through drugs and booze with 5 minutes of fantasy bunged on the end.

As in Heaven So On Earth - An ambitious mixture of medieval puppetry linking in with a missing person's case in the present day. I liked the vision and may revisit this one.

GAIA - South African jungle fest featuring plant based monsters. It was fine but not much more than that.

Ultrasound - Really interesting but not horror. Really heavy Fringe inflections particularly with the technology in use. The film's description is accurate but maybe only covers the first 10 minutes. It takes some BIG detours from there.

Night Drive - Like Ultrasound, not really a horror IMO. Rather the answer to the question "What if Shane Black and Quentin Tarantino directed Collateral"? 

Red Snow - Vampires in the sno ... wait, haven't we been here before? Has Bennett from Commando in it for a bit so you should watch it.

 

i think my lasting feeling of the 10 films I watched last year were that a lot of them had good ideas but didn't tie them together properly or felt a bit amateurish. The production was significantly better across my selection this year and although maybe Bad Candy, Gaia, Evie and Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes might fall into the "good idea - needs to tighten up the script", I don't really feel I saw anything really duff this time around with the exception of Evie which worked as a kitchen sink drama without the last 5 minutes but not as anything supernatural.

 

Out of that lot, I would strongly recommend Night Drive, Ultrasound and Broadcast Signal Intrusion.

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We Need to do Something

 

Single room film (bar a couple of flashbacks). Family hole up in their bathroom when a storm rages in, things gradually turn to shit. Pat Healy, as ever, is fantastic. Drags a bit, could be 20 minutes shorter but a fun little thing.

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I preferred Superhost to Rental. I feel like Shudder is very good at these zeitgeisty throwaway horrors.

 

But as people have said, it wouldn't be much without a particular performance.

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Just now, yakumo said:

Malignant is out and is wild, not sure how I feel. I love James Wan but this feels like

 

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Basket Case but with a better budget

 

I don't see how that's a bad thing tbh. 

 

 

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Recent new(ish) watches 

 

The World is Full of Secrets - 4/5

 

Possibly stretching to label it horror for many, but I’m very inclusive. A film that I hadn’t heard of at all until mentioned in a podcast as being almost the anti-Megan is Missing, which peaked my interest. And it’s great, very simple in form, a girl having a sleepover, each girl tells a story, the worst thing they’ve ever heard, no cutaways during the stories, entirely focused on the storyteller’s face. I found it engrossing and surprisingly tense for what is essentially an around-the-campfire-type sequence of stories. 
 

We Need to do Something - 3/5

 

I’d read the novella that this is based on so knew what to expect, family trapped in the bathroom of their house following a storm… and I liked it. Very slight, ‘bottle episode’ of a film that feels like it’s going in one direction - and kind of does, but with something of a swerve somewhere else, which is very fun.

 

The Scary of the Sixty-First - 4/5

 

I was expecting a bit of a letdown, just because these kinds of things often are but no, I enjoyed it a lot. A Polanski-like psych horror about the headfucking effects of the whole Epstein case and might be my favourite new thing I’ve seen this year. 
 

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It - 1/5

 

Whilst not particularly a fan of the previous films I thought that they had their moments, well, before the Warrens turn up at least, and generally have some fun scares before the whole Christian superhero thing kicks off. But this is all Warrens and despite the charisma of the leads I just didn’t care at all about any of it, needlessly convoluted and saccharine too.

 

The Deeper You Dig - 2/5

 

Indie horror/thriller about a missing girl and her mum, who is something of medium-type person, and was made almost entirely by three people (who are a couple and their daughter) and it is really very impressive in terms of what they’ve accomplished technically but did very little for me otherwise.

 

 

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Candyman 2021

2/3s trad 90s horror sequel, 1/3 social commentary, a tight 90 minute run time, and a decent continuation of the Candyman legend. Really enjoyed it, some really nice touches. Candyman and Candyman 2021 are worth the watch; Candyman 2 (Farewell to the Flesh) and Candyman 3 (Day of the Dead) not worth the effort 

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Oh no! Well I’m thankful for the link and, as I said, thought it was great. It’s funny how it got me wondering if it was the royals stuff that might have caused difficulties with it being released over here, which feels quite appropriate!

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Finally got round to watching Hereditary last night. Needed a rare window where:

 

- partner wasn’t in (tricky in the pandemic)

- kids packed off to bed at a reasonable hour

- I wasn’t knackered

 

I enjoyed it. Looked and sounded fantastic, Toni Collette was incredible. Didn’t *quite* live up to the hype for me, but very good. 
 

I’ve already seen Midsommar, and I’m really looking forward to what Aster does next. 

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11 hours ago, Twinbee said:

Finally got round to watching Hereditary last night. Needed a rare window where:

 

- partner wasn’t in (tricky in the pandemic)

- kids packed off to bed at a reasonable hour

- I wasn’t knackered

 

I enjoyed it. Looked and sounded fantastic, Toni Collette was incredible. Didn’t *quite* live up to the hype for me, but very good. 
 

I’ve already seen Midsommar, and I’m really looking forward to what Aster does next. 

Hereditary is one of those films which delivered the hype and more. 

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