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Edelgard

I'm catching up on horror films. I just watched The Ring and it was rather boring. The Lord of the Rings had more scary moments than this movie and it's certainly a better watch.

Planning to watch Halloween (1987) next. Horror recommendations are welcome. I'm not easily scared, but I'm not into extreme gore or other distasteful stuff like the Human Centipede... ugh

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Franz

@BMO_Advanced I may be in the minority but I actually think the American remake of "The Ring" is a better made picture than the original Japanese "Ringu." For me, it had the better pacing and more potent horror imagery. But then again I'm not easily scared by Asian cinema, particularly in how ghosts or apparitions are portrayed. Of course, there are exceptions, particularly the Pang brothers' "The Eye."

And you mean the original "Halloween" from 1978, right? That's one of my favorite movies. I watch it every Halloween and must've seen it more than 20 times. I admired how focused it is in terms of craft and also in terms of storytelling. Masked psychopath kills babysitters in Haddonfield, Illinois. The plot is to-the-point, unlike so many modern horror films where plots have so much padding and special and visual effects so ostentatious that they end up diluting the overall experience.

Some horror movies I recommend: "Absentia" (2011), "The Christmas Tale" (2005), "The Devil's Candy" (2015), "Ravenous" (1999)

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Franz

@Ralizah I really enjoyed "Thor: Ragnarok" because the previous entries were such bottom-of-the-barrel material (and boring!) that the change of tone and pacing is a nice surprise. I understand, however, that the brand of humor is not for everyone. I loved Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi's "What We Do in the Shadows" and wanted more of it, so it was interesting to see how that type of humor would translate to a Marvel film. For the most part, it worked for me. But you're right: the characterization and some of the logic needed to be ironed out further.

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Ralizah

@BMO_Advanced The original Halloween (from 1978) is a fantastic film. Other horror recommendations...

Have you seen...
The Babadook?
Kairo?
Alien?
Night of the Living Dead?

All wonderful classics. None are terribly gory.

@Franz I mean, I agree, Ragnarok, while not a good film, was at least entertaining. Thor: The Dark World was, as you aptly put it, bottom-of-the-barrel material. I don't quite remember the original, but I know I wasn't impressed with it, either. Somewhat cloying facetiousness is better than pure mediocrity.

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Edelgard

@Franz Woops yeah. Thanks for the recommendations, I don't think I've seen any of those. I also have yet to watch The Babadook and The Silence of the Lambs. I just happened to watch the Ring first because Netflix added it. Maybe I should save Halloween for Halloween.

I also enjoyed both Thor: Ragnarok and Infinity War. I wouldn't say they're the most intellegent movies, but I have a lot of fun watching them and I think their execution is excellent in the humour and action department, not to forget sound and visuals. Who watches these movies for the story really?

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Edelgard

@Ralizah I love Alien! It's one of my favourites. Though, I almost do not consider Alien a horror movie, maybe that's because I've seen it so many times. I haven't seen the other three so thanks

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Ralizah

Ringu (the Japanese one) was boring, and The Ring took similar material and made it worse by adding in too much CGI and taking away any sense of dread or anticipation.

The Babadook is probably the best Western-created horror film of the 21st century. It's absolutely essential cinema.

The Silence of the Lambs isn't really a horror film, and I'm uncomfortable with the transphobia baked into the plot, but it's still a great watch, and something any serious lover of the medium should see.

@BMO_Advanced Be sure to post your impressions of Halloween when you get around to it! People lump it in with stuff like Friday the 13th because it properly kickstarted the slasher subgenre, but the direction and pacing of the film are amazing, and some of the cinematography was just outstanding (the opening scene is still as effective today as the day the film came out: it's so well-constructed).

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RR529

Just finished watching A Nightmare on Elm Street for my Halloween night movie. The original one, and it's the first time I've watched it.

I really didn't find it scary (even watched it alone with the lights off, lol), but I still enjoyed watching it. It had an interesting premise, and I'll admit to being surprised by the ending (I generally like going back and watching 80's movies too, so that probably helped as well).

Also watched Deadpool 2 recently which was pretty good.

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Malcrash

I remember laughing my butt off when I saw The Babadook for the first time (the actual monster, not the movie). He looks so silly to me holy lord

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It's not scary at all, but I recommend Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil.

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farrow000

Watch Martyrs a French horror film if you looking for something unsettling to watch. Best horror films shock you and that truly did.

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RR529

Watched the Outsider (Netflix Original Film) last night. Set in 1954 Osaka, it follows an expat named Nick who is welcomed into the world of the Yakuza after saving one of their own in prison. There are some things it leaves unanswered as it focuses on the here & now instead of the past (such as why Nick was in a Japanese prison to begin with), but if you like 20th century period pieces and/or Japanese themed films I feel it's very much worth a watch.

Also recently watched Geostorm which is a decent enough popcorn flick if you can turn your brain off for a bit, lol.

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Wavey84

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Martyrs(the 2009 french original) is hands down the most disturbing movie I've ever since in all of my 34 years, at least its second half. It's considered to be part of the 4 french nasties amongst Inside (my personal favorite... the 2007 original, not the horrid remake, was incredibly atmospheric, haunting and again very disturbing), high tension(also really good) and Frontiers which I personally didn't care for too much.

Martyrs however left a dent in my psyche for weeks. It messed me up, I felt emotionally drained and horrified after experiencing it. Inside truly did a number on me as well but martyrs doubled that

Ahhh....to be in my mid 20s again, that was almost 10 years ago. The beauty of viewing movies when you're that young, its something else...these days I'm too decensitized, boarderline cynical-ish, slightly bitter and just tired of a lot of it. Sucks.

I wish I could be more vulnerable, effected, scared, feel more emotion and actually believe what I'm seeing. but I think for many, movies just become less effective the older you get unfortunately, especially in this day and age when the horrors of the world are so readly available at the click of a button. Even The F word is tossed around like trick r treats on Halloween. It has no meaning. Back in the day hearing somebody drop the f bomb in a movie was a huge deal....you'd never hear it on TV either.

Anyways, going off topic lol check out Mandy starring Nicholas cage. It's not scary but holy hell is it a trip!

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Absolutely loved anoes back when I experienced it at the age of 7 in 91'....the first 20 minutes or so scared the absolute hell out if me. Tinas entire dream sequence, including her death and the build up before was when the film was easily at its best. When Freddy was lurking in the dark with his creepy playful higher pitched ghoulish laugh ect.

Be sure to check out anoes 3: dreamwarriors, it's hands thee greatest sequel in the franchise and has far better reply value than the original. It's an absolute blast!

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@Ralizah

I consider myself a massive fan of the slasher genre and while Halloween is top tier I'm just tired of hearing about it, the biggest gripe I have with that film was the redundant theme playing through out the movie. Completely overused. I love carpenter but he really wanted to embed that theme into viewers heads, and he succeeded. But it was just too much.

Again great slasher and it deserves all the praise it gets but it's become so vanilla and public domain just like psycho.

At this point in the game I'd rather watch any of the first Friday the 13th movies. Better yet, sleepaway camp 😆

I've always been a huge Freddy Krueger fan, followed by Jason and to a lesser extent Michael myers. The reality is Halloween had the worst sequels of the lot.

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Ralizah

@WaveBoy Unfortunately, that's the fate of pretty much anything that becomes so iconic that its sound design and imagery becomes synonymous with the genre.

I'll have to disagree, though. It's a perfect little horror movie, and I enjoy it every time I watch it, whereas I've found I can't even sit through a Friday the 13th film without dozing off or getting distracted by something.

But then, I'm of the opinion that most films in the slasher genre are terrible are are missing the artistry that made films like Halloween and Psycho classics.

On the topic of slasher sequels... I don't disagree that Halloween fared the worst in that regard, although I will say that I think H20 is a decent film and is head-and-shoulders above most slashers I've seen. I watched ALL the films recently, and it was really striking how trashy the series got as it went on, culminating in Halloween Resurrection, one of dumbest horror films ever made (I know it's far from the last, but it's the worst, so I watched it last). As much as I hate to admit it, though, it was so bad I actually kind of enjoyed watching it.

Busta Rhymes making Bruce Lee noises and kicking The Shape through a window is one of the few times a film has ever made me laugh uncontrollably, so I'll give it that!

A Nightmare on Elm Street is another childhood favorite of mine, and while I don't see it as much of a classic as Halloween and Psycho, it's still a fine little 80's horror movie, and I really dig the surreal imagery, inventive premise, and creepy synth score. Freddie's long slinky arms in that alley is a bizarre, haunting image that really seared itself into my child brain and never went away. I also think it fared pretty well in terms of the sequels, even if Freddie got increasingly silly over time. Dream Warriors was a pretty strong film, and Wes Craven's New Nightmare is a fascinating and strangely inventive commentary on the horror genre as a whole, as well as an interesting spiritual predecessor to the Scream films.

Have you ever watched the sequels to Psycho? They're... surprisingly good films. Anthony Perkins reprises his role as Norman Bates in them, and they're thoughtful and intelligent thrillers in their own right.

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LilDoggo48

December 2018 was a great month for movies! Aquaman, Bumblebee and Spider-Verse were all pretty great &/or fun films!

I will admit though i'm weary of the future of cinema with all the creepy giant corporate buy-outs, Disney/FOX is gonna hurt a lot of people, as well as content creators and consumers rights in the long run, not to mention theaters ticket & concession prices are gonna become even more ridiculous going into the next decade! And ATT's buy out of Turner/Warner Bros. seems pretty iffy as well. Sufficed to say i'll probably start going to the movies much much less often in the future.

That said there are still films i'm looking forward to. Jordan Peele's Us looks spectacular! And I really hope i'm able to see How To Train Your Dragon 3, Shazam!, Secret Life of Pets 2, Godzilla & Detective Pikachu as they are released over the course of 2019.

Beyond that I know there's a Trolls Sequel in 2020 and if Illumination and Nintendo ever do get the animated Mario film off the ground I look forward to that, hoping Hasbro gets the Hanazuki, animated Transformers film and second MLP films made some day.

But yea, beyond those gonna be very wait and see going into the 2020's about what I do and don't see in theaters as I have no desire to pay even steeper ticket and concession prices then the ones we already have.

Eagerly Awaiting Animal Crossing for Switch!

RR529

Bleach (Netflix Original Film) - Japanese produced live action adaptation of the popular manga/anime. Really don't waste your time on this. It has the typical concessions of adaptations of this type, reworking an entire arc's worth of story into a less than 2 hour runtime, and while that's understandable, there's still a lot of stuff (including characters) they had to omit, and overall the film was simply a bore for most of it's runtime, and the costuming was particularly low budget with the actors looking like they were just wearing store bought Bleach cosplay outfits. The climactic battle was actually pretty fun in a cheesy sort of way, but that in itself isn't enough to save the film.

I actually kinda liked the live action FMA film, but not this one.

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LilDoggo48

Honestly I find the live action remakes of animated films Disney's doing to be pretty disgusting and tactless. They're nothing but shameless Nostalgia cash grabs and insults to the Hard working animators that made set originals.

Plus they don't have anywhere near the soul the originals do.

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RR529

Alita: Battle Angel (theater) - Apparently this was helmed by the same creative team that made Avatar, so my brother (who is a major fan of that film) invited me to go see it with him (in 3D, to boot). Not sure how faithful it is to the source material (though apparently it's a bit of a passion project for James Cameron as a fan of the original, so I'm guessing it followed the manga closer than these things tend to), but just as a movie watching experience it's leagues above any other live action manga/game adaptation I've seen.

It's absolutely full of awesome cyborg on cyborg combat, with a richly detailed sci-fi world, and I thought the 3D was pretty fantastic. Alita herself is a fully CG character (made to look mostly realistic, just with slightly exaggerated facial features to hit a balance between realism and her original manga appearance) amongst a cast of mostly live-action actors, but it worked for me so much that I never really noticed while watching (maybe it was because she technically isn't human, and/or the handful of other CG cyborgs sprinkled in). My only real issue is that they built up a big bad that she wasn't able to confront by the film's end, setting up for a sequel we may never get due to how well manga adaptations tend to pan out. I know they probably can't fit the entirety of the manga's story into one movie without major pacing issues, but I at least wish they were more subtle about the big bad's presence in a way they could still set up for the sequel, while making the villain she does confront seem more meaningful.

Ant-Man & the Wasp (Netflix) - Not quite as fun as the first film, but still a good watch.

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