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I am back watching daily horror movies after a break to watch Stranger Things and The Boys.

 

Good ones I have watched in the last week are Mad God and Men (which seems to be very divisive). 

 

The one I wanted to mention is The Free Fall, which for the majority of the film I thought was just yet another run of the mill psychological horror movie that has been done to death.  Yet it has a quite brilliant change of direction in its final third, I personally cant recall seeing this perspective of what is good and evil in any movie before it.   At only 80 minutes long it is an easy, dreamlike and surreal watch.  Interested to know what you guys think if/when you watch it.

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Fresh is a recent decent one. There's a review on letterboxd which hated it because they didn't think it delivered in terms of horror. I'd agree, but it's still watchable (and I didn't expect or want more violence really).

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26 minutes ago, Silent Runner said:

I’ve started watching the show From and two episodes in I’m liking it. But before I get invested can some tell me, without spoilers, do things get explained by the end of the season? 

 

Not one hundred percent, and it was renewed for a second season back in April, I think. 

 

There is a thread for the show. 

 

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Well.... If I had to describe it with reference to another show, Lost would 1000% be what I compared it to. A more explicitly horror-themed Lost.

 

Disclaimer! I only watched the first season of Lost. I have no idea what it was like after that.

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I had exactly the same response. There was some fun stuff, but I didn't really fancy getting pulled around by the dick by writers who think that enigma and obfuscation are the same thing. 

 

I'd probably be more inclined to go back if I'd heard it was all wrapped up in one season. Though I do like Harold Perrineau.

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On 15/07/2022 at 01:48, Moz said:

Black Phone is bizarre. Zero drama, zero jeopardy, zero point. It’s the most dramatically impotent film I’ve watched in ages. 
 

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A man in a crap mask kills some kids offscreen somehow, and then catches a kid and does nothing with him for a while. He is completely non threatening and does absolutely nothing for the entire film. 

 

Meanwhile the kid receives phone calls from the previous victims for some reason and they tell him how to not get killed. All of the advice they give him is useless and eventually he kills the man in the crap mask anyway and escapes (after already escaping once).

 

There’s also a subplot about his sister being psychic which is rendered pointless by the fact the boy escapes by himself. And the subplot about the police hunting for the killer is also made pointless by the fact the boy does all the work and kills him anyway. Even after the police decide to follow the lead of the psychic girl. They find a few bodies over the road but they’re already dead so that’s that.

 

Also there are multiple scenes of children beating the shit out of each other for some reason, making the basement of the killer look a lot less dangerous than going to school. 

 

I don’t get it at all. It could work with a few tweaks, for example what if the focus was on the sister as the protagonist, and she was navigating visions of the previous victims while communicating with her brother via the psychic talisman of the black phone? What an odd, wet flop of a film  

 

 

Absolutely. It's fucking terrible. Genuinely, like Cry Macho (though I get the Clint Eastwood career angle) a film that is so bad that anyone loving it I have to question their taste on anything else, forever. It's not even embarassed it is IT combined with Stranger Things combined with The Shining, which in a genre as trope and cliche heavy as horror that relies on twists and subverted ideas to be worthwhile I can't understand the positivity.

 

I had to listen to 4 (four!) podcasts to find someone who disliked it*, and then they apologised for it. (little white lies, so unsatisfying. And yet they ripped apart Belfast, the nobs). I kept waiting for the twist, the reason for the film to exist. Reviewers going on about how the director is visually inventive, is he, where. The pans across in darkness that predictably led to the cheapest jump scares, those? I can't think of anything else and I'm not trying.

 

His sisters's psychic abilities meant nothing because the police found their way to the houses anyway, Ethan Hawke says straight away 'I'm not going to hurt you, I'll explain everything' then explains nothing and makes no sense. Apparently Hawke agreed to the film before reading the script, was Sinister that good, that special of a shoot? He needs an intervention on his career, let his kids pick his films or something. His voice was creepy though, then angry. I wasn't remotely unnerved by any of it though.

 

Basically a film about the empowerment of a bullied kid finding strength, something which had people said that was what the film was about I'd have gladly avoided. I only watched it cos it kept appearing in podcasts. 

 

1/10

 

I've not watched the recent Korean horror The Call but it seems to have a similar premise? I will expect more thought gone into it. 

 

To not be negative, and though it's not a horror film, I watched Kids Return and it was fantastic. The opening 30 minutes are so good. 

 

*actually tbf Jeff Canata on filmcast hated it but because the others liked it and are friends with the director/writer/dunno someone then he felt he had to hold back.

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I watched the first 2 episodes of Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin tonight and thought they were pretty good. It's about a masked killer stalking a high school. It wears it's influences pretty overtly but tries to be a little too meta at times. It's well made though and the cast are good so I think I'll stick with it. 

 

I've not seen the original TV show so I don't know if there's any connection between it and Original Sin. This feels like a stand alone story. 

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On 12/08/2022 at 23:12, Opinionated Ham Scarecrow said:

Hatching. Finnish folk horror movie. Short, great effects, I had a pretty decent time watching this.

 

I don't know the folklore behind it, but I liked it.

 

The Mum did my head in throughout, but that was kind of the point, I believe. 

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Wrapped up Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin tonight and had a pretty good time with it. The mystery was entertaining, the characters were fun to spend time with and I enjoyed spotting all the horror film references. It's probably too long at 10 episodes and could have been wrapped up in 8 but overall it was a decent effort. 

 

HBO Max.

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I watched Glorious on Shudder this week which was quite fun. Basically a two hander between True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten and J K Simmons, a man is trapped in a toilet stall. It’s main feature is an ornate glory hole that might just have an ancient Lovercraftian god on the other side… 

 

Pretty impressive low budget affair, the script had a few chuckles and it stuck the landing for me. Plus it’s a lean 70 minutes. Worth a watch! 
 


Oh and if you’re wondering how gory/gruesome it is, I’d give it a medium on the Nando’s scale. Definitely more at the Evil Dead 2 end of the horror spectrum. 
 

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Watched Orphan - First Kill tonight and had an absolute blast with it. The first one was a fairly straightforward 'spooky kid' thriller until the twist at the end. This is definitely not a straightforward sequel. It was schlocky, camp, violent, had some great shocks and was absolutely hilarious at times.

 

Loved it. 

4/5

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1 hour ago, Silent Runner said:

Watched Orphan - First Kill tonight and had an absolute blast with it. The first one was a fairly straightforward 'spooky kid' thriller until the twist at the end. This is definitely not a straightforward sequel. It was schlocky, camp, violent, had some great shocks and was absolutely hilarious at times.

 

Loved it. 

4/5


I reviewed the first Orphan for SFX, and the best bit of the screening was the twist reveal, at which one of the critics (possibly Kim Newman) shouted “Oh fuck off!” At the screen. Even Kermode cracked a smile at that. 

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Please be good please be good please be good!

 

Oh, wait, I'm not thinking of Malevolent, I'm thinking of Malignant, which I know a lot of folks here liked but really did nothing for me.

 

Malevolent was my kind of thing. Although it wasn't great, tbf. Still, Malevolent batshit would be preferable to Malignant.

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10 hours ago, Dark Soldier said:

I really wanna see that. Is it good batshit, or Malevolent batshit?

It's not as crazy and stupid as Malignant which I enjoyed. However, it's only similar in how unexpected thing turn out. 

 

 

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10 hours ago, Dark Soldier said:

Speak No Evil (2022)

Best horror I've seen all year. Danish couple get friendly with a Dutch couple on holiday and go visit them. Shit gets weird.

On Shudder now. 

 

Just finished watching this. FUCKING HELL.

 

Thanks for the heads up. Probably the best I've seen this year too.  

 

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