Horror Fan Era: The Losers' Club

oatmeal

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Anyone going to Overlook this weekend? I'm flying out tomorrow morning, screening Saturday afternoon.
 

THEVOID

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Oct 27, 2017
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Nice. So Sunday. I’ll be looking for some reviews on it.


Anyone see I’m Just Fucking with You? It’s on Hulu and part of the Blumhouse movie series. Pretty damn good!!!
 

BigHatPaul

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May 28, 2019
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Rewatched Little Otik the other night and it weirded me out more than the first time. Granted that was a long time ago (maybe 10 or so years?), but the stop motion this time... and when Otik eats the hair... Ugh. Fun movie.
 

SweetVermouth

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This sounds so extremely shitty I think I have to watch this. My only experience with Critters is the first movie which I had to turn off because it literally bored me to death after 30 minutes of nothing happening.
 

oatmeal

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oatmeal How’d Z play yesterday?
Hey!
First screening was kind of a mess. It played in a stage play theater they converted to a movie theater for the festival. It was quiet, the sound muddy, and the picture too small for the size of the theater.

The festival did no push for it, and it ended up being about half full. Super disappointing.

The second screening was much better. In a small cineplex theater with solid sound and good picture. Got great response there. Ended on a high note but I was incredibly disappointed with how the festival treated the film.
 

Static_Void

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Cross-post from the June movie thread:

The Perfection: Watched this on Netflix without having any idea of what it was. I really liked it. It was a very great horror(?) movie. I highly recommend it.

I think the best way to experience this movie is to go in completely blind, so I won’t say much. Only that I really liked how it plays with the audience by changing our perception of some characters over time.

Trigger warning: sexual violence and some light body horror.
 

THEVOID

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Hey!
First screening was kind of a mess. It played in a stage play theater they converted to a movie theater for the festival. It was quiet, the sound muddy, and the picture too small for the size of the theater.

The festival did no push for it, and it ended up being about half full. Super disappointing.

The second screening was much better. In a small cineplex theater with solid sound and good picture. Got great response there. Ended on a high note but I was incredibly disappointed with how the festival treated the film.
Yeah, I saw this tweet and figured you played two times

 

THEVOID

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They knew I wasn’t happy with them. They posted endlessly about a podcast recording going on at the same time, completely ignored my film.

I’m 99% sure that’s why they did that tweet.
Man, that's crappy while your movie is playing at a movie festival. At least you got a second showing.

Is it coming to VOD anytime soon?
 

Z-Beat

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Oct 25, 2017
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Laughing at the fact that Child's Play and Annabelle Comes Home come out within a week of Toy Story 4
 

Ouisch

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Oct 27, 2017
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This sounds so extremely shitty I think I have to watch this. My only experience with Critters is the first movie which I had to turn off because it literally bored me to death after 30 minutes of nothing happening.
Yeah, the first thing that popped into my mind is that "shit" isn't really a new thing when it comes to the Critters franchise. Wouldn't that just mean the new one is par for the course.

Laughing at the fact that Child's Play and Annabelle Comes Home come out within a week of Toy Story 4
We've got Child's Play, Annabelle Comes Home, and The Boy 2 all coming out within ~ a month. Busy summer for killer doll flicks I tell ya.
 

PanzerKraken

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Nov 1, 2017
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Yeah, the first thing that popped into my mind is that "shit" isn't really a new thing when it comes to the Critters franchise. Wouldn't that just mean the new one is par for the course.
I think even the 4th film had a sense of cheese but still just a goofy b-movie. The new Critters is like an asylum pictures SyFy level of bad production of Critters.
 

oatmeal

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First review that I’ve seen:


2.5/5 but the text doesn’t seem to match that score.

She was also at the first screening which was negatively impacted hugely by the bad audio.
 

SweetVermouth

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I've always been a fan of the Warlock movies and I rewatched the three movies and god damn is the third one a massive turd. Like jesus... There are only 2 things good about that one: Bruce Payne (who actually is a great casting choice and a great replacement for Julian Sands) and Ashley Laurence, the rest is pure trash.

The first 2 films aren't exactly the best movies either, but they're fun. I like that the 2nd one got gorier because the first movie is pretty tame and for that fact I like it a bit better than the original. It's just like with Wishmaster: Watch 1 and 2 and forget about the rest.
 

Ouisch

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I've always been a fan of the Warlock movies and I rewatched the three movies and god damn is the third one a massive turd. Like jesus... There are only 2 things good about that one: Bruce Payne (who actually is a great casting choice and a great replacement for Julian Sands) and Ashley Laurence, the rest is pure trash.

The first 2 films aren't exactly the best movies either, but they're fun. I like that the 2nd one got gorier because the first movie is pretty tame and for that fact I like it a bit better than the original. It's just like with Wishmaster: Watch 1 and 2 and forget about the rest.
I dug the original Warlock back in the day, even had the SNES game. Don't think I ever got around to watching the 2nd or 3rd. Were they direct-to-video?
 

SweetVermouth

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I dug the original Warlock back in the day, even had the SNES game. Don't think I ever got around to watching the 2nd or 3rd. Were they direct-to-video?
The 2nd one was released in theaters, but the third one was straight to video. And tbh the third movie feels like it wasn't even written as a Warlock movie. Almost like they decided to replace the main evil guy with the Warlock a month before shooting.

I would recommend the 2nd one though. It's silly at parts, but so is the original. Some of the kills are quite creative and I'm always down for that lol
 

Ouisch

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Oct 27, 2017
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The 2nd one was released in theaters, but the third one was straight to video. And tbh the third movie feels like it wasn't even written as a Warlock movie. Almost like they decided to replace the main evil guy with the Warlock a month before shooting.

I would recommend the 2nd one though. It's silly at parts, but so is the original. Some of the kills are quite creative and I'm always down for that lol
Cool, thanks, will check it out. Will probably have to refresh on part 1 first as I don't think I've seen it since the theater.
 

oatmeal

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Melchiah

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Here’s another review out of Overlook

Congrats on the good review. I'm looking forward to see your film.

On a side note, I find this part odd...
With James Wan being recruited to big superhero Blockbusters, horror fans have been left to quench their thirst for terrifying original content through Conjuring spin-offs and Stephen King adaptations. It’s hard to come by original horrors crafted with the sole intent to scare, but we called and Z came.
...as there hasn't been a shortage of good and original horror films during the past years. It seems like the writer might be too focused on American films, or big budget titles in general, if she really thinks there is.

From the top of my head, here's a list of worthy titles I've seen lately...

Black Circle (Sweden/Mexico)
Greta (Ireland/USA)
Ghost Stories (UK)
Hereditary (USA)
Bird Box (USA)
Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (Germany)
Incident in a Ghostland (France)
Ravenous (AKA Les affamés, France)
I Remember You (AKA Ég man þig, Iceland)
The Eyes of My Mother (USA)
The VVitch: A New-England Folktale (UK)
We Go On (USA)
What We Become (AKA Sorgenfri, Denmark)

Personally, I don't find the jump scare tactics in Wan's films and the likes of Conjuring scary at all. A more sophisticated and less in-your-face approach is much more effective, especially if it manages to create a subtle, but lasting feel of unease. Not to mention, that it's pretty amusing to mention "original content" in connection with Conjuring spin-offs.
 

Static_Void

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I just listened to a very interesting episode of the podcast Unspooled. To give a little context, Unspooled is a podcast by Amy Nicholson and Paul Sheer with the goal of watching and discussing every movie on the AFI’s top 100 movies of all time.

They did a special episode recorded live at the Overlook Film Festival discussing the horror genre in movies. What can be classified as horror? What is the place of the horror genre on a list like the AFI's top 100? There are a lot of really great discussions in it and I highly recommend it:

 

oatmeal

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I just listened to a very interesting episode of the podcast Unspooled. To give a little context, Unspooled is a podcast by Amy Nicholson and Paul Sheer with the goal of watching and discussing every movie on the AFI’s top 100 movies of all time.

They did a special episode recorded live at the Overlook Film Festival discussing the horror genre in movies. What can be classified as horror? What is the place of the horror genre on a list like the AFI's top 100? There are a lot of really great discussions in it and I highly recommend it:

Yes I know.

They played at the exact same time as my premiere, and the festival made sure everyone knew it.

Amy did come to my second screening and we had a nice chat after. She was super sweet.
 

oatmeal

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Oct 30, 2017
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Oh no! Is that why your first screening didn't go well?
I have to think that didn't help.

On their IG, their stories were 'UNSPOOLED GET HERE!' and then endless live coverage. Nothing about Z. It was disappointing.

One of the guys that runs the fest saw me that night and knew I was not happy. Which is why, I assume, they did the "One of the most buzzed about" tweet the follow day.

The venue also contributed, with really bad audio making it hard to hear dialogue.
 

SweetVermouth

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So I just watched Escape Room and holy shit was that one bad. I didn't care about any of the characters because nobody was likeable and then they randomly pull about 3 twists out their ass at the end because yeah you've got to have a sequel.

Jesus this movie screams calculated production as soon as the heaters turn on in the first room. I can't wait for the sequel because I'm curious to see if they can make a movie worse than this one.
 

HooAmEye

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May 17, 2019
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I'm looking for something fucked, seriosuly fucked. Hogg, Euphoria vn, Grotesque film, level fucked up. However, I need the transgression to mean something, not just be there "cause fuck it."
 

More_Badass

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Oct 25, 2017
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Finally saw the original Hitcher and it was fantastic. An action-horror chase thriller that I might put on the same level (if not, then really close) as The Terminator

I still have vague memories of the remake, so I was totally unprepared for the original Hitcher to be one of the best action-horror movies I've ever watched. It's on par with The Terminator, which is fitting since this film is like Duel infused with the slasher movie dread of Cameron's classic. The Hitcher is approximately 90 minutes of unrelenting suspense, dread, and thrills, propelled by an unforgettable villain.

The movie transforms a simple premise into a harrowing nightmare unfolding across the Texan desert. It's a film that wastes no time; within minutes, Rutger Hauer's villain is already tormenting young Jim Halsey. Hauer as John Ryder is absolutely terrifying in this, an antagonist that radiates wild-eyed intensity and venomous conviction. He seems less like a man and more like a devil, something unknowable, pure malice. If Ryder was merely a man, his pursuit would just be the single-minded actions of a stock slasher, but there's an otherworldly, almost mythic quality to him. He appears like a wraith, leaves death in his wake, and acts as a macabre benefactor to his victim.

As the protagonist, C. Thomas Howell perfectly sells Halsey's confusion, fear, and gradual loss of innocence. His mystified terror is palpable, and serves to make the evil hitchhiker that much more inscrutable. Halsey's relationship with Nash is handled with similar efficiency. In only a few scenes, Jennifer Jason Leigh succinctly establishes her character as charming, brave, and empathetic. just enough time for their dynamic to have an impact when the movie plays its most infamous hand.

Besides the characters, the pacing is the other masterful facet of The Hitcher. Uncomfortable dread and intense chases occur in equal measure, and the movie never settles for cheap scares. Its horror is subtle, letting the unease linger until the audience realizes what they're witnessing. But The Hitcher is also a fantastic chase thriller, escalating from highway stalking reminiscent of Duel to multi-car pursuits with huge crashes and flying lead. Much like Terminator, the action and the horror are expertly balanced.

I was pleasantly surprised to learn afterwards that the cinematographer of Mad Max Fury Road worked on this. Whether we're watching vehicular mayhem or a tense confrontation, the film is always gorgeously shot. The use of color and light and shadow, the framing and composition of the open road and Midwest locales, elevate the pulpy b-movie concept into bleak, even haunting cinema.
 

Ouisch

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Oct 27, 2017
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So I just watched Escape Room and holy shit was that one bad. I didn't care about any of the characters because nobody was likeable and then they randomly pull about 3 twists out their ass at the end because yeah you've got to have a sequel.

Jesus this movie screams calculated production as soon as the heaters turn on in the first room. I can't wait for the sequel because I'm curious to see if they can make a movie worse than this one.
I agree with everything you said, though I've got to admit I didn't hate it that much. For the most part it was just typical teen-targeted multiplex horror. I thought the puzzle rooms were somewhat clever and most of them had me interested enough to be engaged. 100% agreed on the ending though. That shit was "Green Inferno" levels of tacked on at the last minute sequel pandering.
 

Radeo

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Apr 26, 2019
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Watched Don't Breathe and Eden Lake last week with some friends, both really fun "realistic" films. I really like Jane Levy

Also rewatched The Thing last night, hadn't seen it since I was a kid. Still amazing