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Postby klen7 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:41 am

^ I really liked season 1, but season 2 lost me by the end - I should probably come back around and watch season 3 at some point
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby jellydonut25 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:33 am

I was with season 2 until they got to the cabin and just started re-doing scenes from the movies.
But that stuff was all foisted upon the show by Tapert and Starz, who were worried that it wasn't "evil dead-y" enough.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:12 am

^I had an inkling of the behind the scenes turmoil, but thanks for laying it out.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:58 am

I thought the stuff at the cabin is where Season 2 really took off.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby jellydonut25 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:47 am

I liked the stuff in the asylum a lot. The cabin stuff was just a lesser version of Evil Dead 2...which I already own and can watch whenever I want.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:51 am

Finally, finally, FINALLY watched the first Blade. It was pretty awesome... I mean, not as awesome as Blade II (what is?) but pretty great Wesley Snipes killing vampires horror/action goodness. The only unfortunate thing is some terrible '90s CGI in the finale, which is not only really bad but also just doesn't gel visually with the rest of the film. Snipes saves it all with that classic, inscrutable one-liner.

Amazed by how ahead of it's time Bob Clark's Black Christmas is, not just in its use of slasher tropes, but also in the fact that it does the central premise of When a Stranger Calls five years before that movie! Apparently they're both based on a real urban legend. One thing that makes this movie different from the slashers that follow is just the sadness of the deaths. Usually deaths are played for surprise and horror, but this movie leans into sad making for a more melancholic experience, which is exacerbated by the gentle Christmassyness of the whole thing.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:39 am

Murrder on the Orient Express - This was quite enjoyable and Brannagh was an excellent Poirot. 8/10.
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Postby canofhumdingers » Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:53 am

Bride of Frankenstein - this movie is just so weird to me. The tone is ALL over the place varying from near-slapstick comedy to horror to sci-fi to pious inspirational. I feel like it finally comes into its own and finds its voice in the grave robbing scene where the mad scientist guy has a meal over the coffin of his victim while conversing with the monster. From there on it’s solid Universal Horror. Prior to that it’s just... bizarre.

Edit, forgot last week’s Halloween viewing:

The Monolith Monsters - love this movie. A fun 50’s sci-fi with a very unique alien invader and some really cool practical effects.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby jellydonut25 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:25 am

Yeah I'm not the BIGGEST fan of Bride...I've always found it odd that it's considered by many to be the best Universal movie. There are several I like more (including Son of Frankenstein, which a lot of people I think just kind of ignore)
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:03 am

Bride is not only my favorite Universal Monsters movie, but one of my favorite films period. It's wild, it's weird - and if you're expecting a straight horror film you'll be dissapointed.
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Postby O.Supreme » Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:22 am

Ghostbusters 1984 As much as I enjoy this film. I do not own it, and I find that I appreciate it more through infrequent viewings. I watched it a ton as a kid and in my early 20's, but it's probably been at least 5 years since I last saw it, maybe longer. Man do I love all the practical effects, not a hint of CG anywhere. I know it sounds silly, but in the opening, I'd love to know how they made all the cards fly out of the library DD index. The Music, the script, the acting, its all top notch, really lightning in a bottle we may never see again. I'm sure most fans own it in some form, but of not, Vudu currently has I&II to watch for free with ads.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby canofhumdingers » Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:12 pm

There are people who think BoF is the best Universal horror? Crazy! I mean, I *do* like it. But I’d easily rank Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and Creature from the Black Lagoon over it without question. I’m sure there’s plenty more too, those are just off the top of my head. Personally, Dracula and CFtBL are my favorites of the classics. Invisible Man might be the “best” (from a critical perspective) film of the bunch.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby eabaker » Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:39 pm

canofhumdingers wrote:There are people who think BoF is the best Universal horror? Crazy! I mean, I *do* like it. But I’d easily rank Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and Creature from the Black Lagoon over it without question. I’m sure there’s plenty more too, those are just off the top of my head. Personally, Dracula and CFtBL are my favorites of the classics. Invisible Man might be the “best” (from a critical perspective) film of the bunch.


Bride is quite possibly my favorite movie of all time. I love the tonal juxtapositions; it's a movie where the idiosyncrasies just correspond perfectly to my own - or quite possibly helped to define my own.

For someone who doesn't like that kind of stark jumping around in tone, I can see where it wouldn't rank as highly. But even if one finds it uneven, it's high points are just so high. And in my experience, it's generally taken as read that Bride is regarded by mainstream critics and genre historians as the high water mark of Universal's horror output (and by extension the gold and silver ages of horror cinema).

Really, though, I think all of Whale's horror flicks are top notch. Putting on my analytical film major hat, I might end up going with The Old Dark House as both the most structurally sound and the one in which narrative and visual technique are most perfectly in tune.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:48 pm

The Mummy is hands down the best Universal film. I like Bride, but it has way too much comedy involved and those shrunken people in jars is just stupid.

I definitely feel like Son is a much better sequel.

Speaking of Universal classics...

Creature from the Black Lagoon - Haven't watched this one in a few years (since seeing it at the Drafthouse when Julia Adams was there), so it time to watch it again. I don't think there is anything I can say that I haven't sid over the years as it is my second favorite of the Universal horror films. 10/10.
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Postby canofhumdingers » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:17 pm

Wasn't Julie Adams a sweet lady? I met her (and Ricou Browning - the stuntman who played the creature under water) at a Monsterpalooza convention years ago. I remember her being so genuinely kind and happy to meet fans. She'd chat as long as you wanted and had all kinds of cool and interesting tidbits about the film.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:52 pm

canofhumdingers wrote:Wasn't Julie Adams a sweet lady? I met her (and Ricou Browning - the stuntman who played the creature under water) at a Monsterpalooza convention years ago. I remember her being so genuinely kind and happy to meet fans. She'd chat as long as you wanted and had all kinds of cool and interesting tidbits about the film.


She was sweet, but she also seemed to be suffering from alzheimers when I met her as her son had to keep reminding her of things.

Anyway,

The Wolf-Man - My third favorite Universal horror film, though it does suffer from some oddities that deal with the transformation of Larry himself. Like how come Bela turned into a full-on wolf but Larry is more of a man-wolf? Also, if they only transform when the moon is full, how come he transforms three nights in a row? Also, in the one scene, he's wearing a wife beater shirt when he transforms, but then when he is outside he is wearing a fully buttoned up shirt? Why the hell would a werewolf care about his clothing? lol Anyway, those stupid minor nitpicks aside, I love this movie, I just wish we got a little more development on his werewolf aspect since that's pretty much reserved for the last 25 minutes of the film. Nevertheless, its very atmospheric, well acted, and well written, which is why it always gets a 9/10.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby canofhumdingers » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:32 pm

Dr Kain wrote:
canofhumdingers wrote:Wasn't Julie Adams a sweet lady? I met her (and Ricou Browning - the stuntman who played the creature under water) at a Monsterpalooza convention years ago. I remember her being so genuinely kind and happy to meet fans. She'd chat as long as you wanted and had all kinds of cool and interesting tidbits about the film.


She was sweet, but she also seemed to be suffering from alzheimers when I met her as her son had to keep reminding her of things.


That's too bad. It was spring 2011 when I met her and she was still going strong with interesting stories and a great sense of humor. Glad to have the autographed photo and the memories. It makes watching the film a little more special.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby jellydonut25 » Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:27 am

The Mummy might be my least favorite of those Universal horror features that always were considered in that "essentials" package. I also like some of the mummy sequels better than The Mummy. It just doesn't hit the right spots for me.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:37 am

jellydonut25 wrote:The Mummy might be my least favorite of those Universal horror features that always were considered in that "essentials" package. I also like some of the mummy sequels better than The Mummy. It just doesn't hit the right spots for me.


I know you do. Frankly, I think it's Dracula done right.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:11 am

Also binging Universal Monsters! Watched Dracula for the first time all-the-way-through with the Phillip Glass score from the late '90s. Now, Glass is a genius and the music here is very good, but it's just way too much and it smothers the film. It's effective in a few places, but overall is ill-fitting. Also watched Creature From the Black Lagoon, so I'm really bouncing around chronologically, here!
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby jellydonut25 » Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:32 am

Dr Kain wrote:
jellydonut25 wrote:The Mummy might be my least favorite of those Universal horror features that always were considered in that "essentials" package. I also like some of the mummy sequels better than The Mummy. It just doesn't hit the right spots for me.


I know you do. Frankly, I think it's Dracula done right.

Never thought of it like that.

I don't necessarily think Dracula is done WRONG...

...but it is a rather weakly directed movie.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:54 pm

Bad Times at the El Royale - 10/10 "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!" brilliant!!!
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:02 pm

Halloween TV update:

Just like to point out that AMC's Fear Fest is pretty strong this year (of course, nothing will ever top the Monster Fests of my childhood) . TCM's Halloween programming is okay. The Mummy is a poor choice of monster of the month because there's only so many watchable mummy movies, but the days highlighting horror stars as well as the two-day salute to the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein are legit. Svengoolie is showing some new movies this month too!

As always, the Family Channel... err, 'Freeform' will be showing The Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus a million times. It's funny, seems Hocus Pocus has become the de-facto Halloween movie for this generation and maybe the last one? I can't complain, as it has a very autumnal and Halloweenie feel.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:41 pm

Annabelle Creation - What a load of horse dung this was! I thought this was supposed to be better than the first one, but it was just as boring, albeit better made. The whole plot was so god damn stupid and made little sense. So is Annabelle a girl's soul in a doll or a crazy cult member's soul? Because the first movie show... oh, they managed to find a way to fudge that plotpoint into the film. Well, at least I have to give them some credit there even if it doesn't make a damn lick of sense. Overall, I am so glad I did not waste money or time to see this in the theater as it was barely better than the first one. A 5/10 I guess.

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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby klen7 » Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:34 pm

Apostle - Gareth Evans redefined action and martial arts with his Raid films, so I am game for whatever he does next -- queue Apostle, which is available on Netflix. It has more in common with his VHS2 short than the Raid franchise, but its a wild ride. Its a period piece involving a cult. AVOID the Netflix trailer!! They give away a large number of the twists and third act surprises including multiple sequences from the finale. The film sits a little over 2 hours so it could probably have trimmed a bit off the set up, but the air of mystery (and my faith in the director) kept me hooked. It's a bit grisly at times, so not for the faint of heart

Upgrade - Saw enough buzz about this that I blind bought a used BD copy off of ebay. Overall very good, not sure if I would have picked it up if I had seen it first. What i found really interesting is with the slightest changes in execution and casting (but with the same script) this could have been a comedy for the majority of its run, i think that says a lot about the director and in less deft hands this would have been a tonal mess.
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