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    • CommentAuthorMusiM
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2007
    Its funny. If I ever want a friend to enjoy a horror movie I like I have to get them to watch it alone. Horror movies in groups of friends always seem to turn into comedies.
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2007
    I adore Ringu. it's one of my favorites.
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    I loved Slither to bits, the descent and dog soldiers had tons going for them, and I agree with most of you about how poor movies like saw and hostel are.

    There should be a brand new colour cthulhu movie out in the states by now, I'm having a bit of trouble finding out if it is ever heading over to my side of the pond though. Anyone seen it/know of it?
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2007
    Teeth was pretty good. It's a horror film about a girl who discovers she's the proud owner of some vaginal teeth when her boyfriend attempts to rape her and get his dick torn off. The Orphanage was good, directed by one of Guillermo Del Toro's usual producers (I'm pretty sure, I could be slightly wrong about that... del Toro's involved with it anyway). Behind the Mask, Severance, Slither and the Grindhouse double feature were all really awesome. Descent was probably one of the best movies I've seen in a while, let alone horror movies.

    I Am Legend totally sucked.

    I have a blog with a ton of trailers, many of them horror films. I'm pretty sure Teeth is on there. For some reason I and the other people who contribute have become obsessed and I can't stop plugging it. It's kind of a problem, I know. But, whatevs.
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    I watched the Dawn of the Dead remake this week. And the first 20 minutes turned out to be the most disturbing chunk of film I've ever seen.

    The scenes of her escape through the city, the panoramas of destruction and people being chased... and the fact that you couldn't tell the zombies apart from normal people at a distance. You'd only know if you got their attention and they SCREECHED and started sprinting at you, rather than being relieved to see you.

    Afterwards I had trouble sleeping because I had so much left over adrenaline. I've never had that happen before. And I was still fucked up when I went to work the next morning.

    My opinion on Hostel is colored by the fact that I spent six months living in a hostel in Honolulu and nine months living in a hostel in Portland, and since then I've met people who say they'll never stay in a hostel because of the movies. Which is retarded and sad.
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    @ Necros
    A Tale of Two Sisters, is an awesome Korean horror movie that I don't think has been mentioned yet.

    Oh yes - I forgot about that one... really good film.
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2007
    Also, I do like me some Dario Argento, Suspiria and Inferno being my personal recommendations,

    Forgot about Argento. The Third Mother comes out soon, and is supposed to be his best in years.

    I didn't see it that way. It clearly had a moral and, more importantly, contextual point, which is revealed by the last (beginning) scene. I'm curious to hear how you came to that conclusion, though.

    A tacked on moral is not enough to fix that dreadful movie. It was basically an excuse to show Monica Belluci being anally raped (by a homosexual - care for a bit of homophobia, anyone?) for ten minutes. That was not only revolting, it was utterly pointless. It just seemed like the whole movie was made by one of those angry faux-goth kids who like Marilyn Manson because it makes mommy and daddy angry. Just my opinion. In my screenwriting class a couple of years ago, I had to do a presentation about controversial subject matter and I brought up how terrible Irreversible is, and got a pretty heated reaction, so I do see that there are those out there who found something to cling to. I found it trite and pointless.
    • CommentAuthorimmaterial
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2007
    The only recent horror film I can recall really enjoying was John Carpenter's episode of Masters Of Horror, Cigarette Burns. It wasn't perfect, but it's certainly the best thing Carpenter's done since Big Trouble In Little China, and it's the closest thing we've got to Theodore Roszak's Flicker on film. Darren 'Pi' Aronofsky was supposed to be getting Flicker onto movie screens next year, but I see the Internet Movie Database is now saying it isn't going to be his next project. Too bad: it's an incredible novel, and could make a tremendous film.

    On the other hand, the best horror film I've seen recently, bar none, is included in the recent dvd release of the 70's British horror series Shades of Darkness. The episode in question is called The Intercessor, and prior to finally finding it this year, I tried in vain to find it since catching it on PBS when I was ten years old and never being able to shake the impression it made on me. It was based on a ghost story by May Sinclair that, I think, stands with the best of M.R. James.
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2007
    oh, I completely forgot (don't think anyone else mentioned this). There is a Greek zombie flick from 2005 called TO KAKO, or translated, simply EVIL. THis is the best zombie film I've seen in a while. Really interesting stuff going on with the editing and camera work. lower budget but really well done.

    On the low budget zombie film tangent, did I also have the audacity to forget the classic CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS. Wow, what a great flick.
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2007 edited
    I still need to see it, but his Gemini is an apparently very effective horror film.

    Gemini is the best movie to come out of Japan since Kurosawa died. That movie is an amazing headtrip.
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2007
    the only horror movie lately that sent some well deserved shivers to my spine was Wolfcreek.

    other than the scaries, and more into the movie monster genre, I utterly loved the Host.
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    The Descent is an excellent horror movie. 1408 is not as good, but it's very efficient.

    A horror movie that I thought was ridiculous was William Friedkin's "Bug".
    • CommentAuthoracacia
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2007
    Mustn't forget Dek Hor (Dorm), Ils (Them), and Hatchet. Those were all cool/fun in different ways.
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    I saw Descent and I didn't really like it...after the praise it got here I will go back and watch it again...might just have been my frame of mind that day...I will also rewatch 1408 alone as I think maybe something was lost when sitting with a group of friends...

    The best horror movie I have seen recently was Black Sheep sure it is horror/comedy(which should be watched with friends) but I think it was about as clever as Shaun of the Dead was...I mean come on, gotta love that!

    When a Stranger Calls was a real surprise for me...I went in expecting nothing and was pleased...nothing new or revolutionary about it but I enjoyed it...

    Darkness Falls was surprisingly good I thought...suspenseful enough for me...

    Not true horror but I thought that The Machinist and The Jacket were good flicks just for how the main character sees himself...another one I could lump in here with these two might be Suspect Zero...I liked it but I am not sure why...
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    Just saw Hatchet, which I know the gore hounds and olde time slasher fans have been raving about.

    Ugh and yawn. Just awful.

    Some spoilers are implied in the following.

    Slightly - and I mean slightly - more likable characters then allot of recent "American" style horror and blood thrown on trees does not a new classic make. Hatchet gets by entirely on appealing to the idea of the classic 70s horror films and some cameos. In fact it reminds me of bad superhero nostalgia in that way, its designed to remind people of old stories without bringing anything new to the table.

    I mean really, no mythology to speak of here. A thin, almost laughable, back story and some random speculation is not stand in for the struggle between good and evil I want from my slashers. And we get no classic battle or catharsis, in fact we get some of the worst stagging I have seen near the end. More so, the ending the follows certain modern trends that were shocking 10 years ago, I guess, but now just leave the viewer disconnected and regretting the investment in the narrative. I can see why this is food for the gore hounds, I really can, provided they can get past 45 minuets of set up to get their blood and guts fix. For those of us who like set up, well, its the actual horror movie that falls flat. I guess if you ever wanted to see Mercedes Mcnabb (Harmony from Buffy) topless thats one selling point. But in the age of google and facebook does anyone watch a horror movie for soft core nudity?

    If you want a new classic on these motifs, Behind the Mask is a thousand times better in every possible regard. If you want a lesson in terror and a dark end, then The Decent is a thousand times better.

    Back to J-Horror for a bit I think.
    • CommentAuthorOtiose
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2007
    For those that liked Slither and Host I would recommend you check out Save the Green Planet which is another Korean horror/comedy flic. It was made a few years ago and the younger brother from the Host is actually the main protagonist.
    Miike has already been mentioned but another talented Japanese director worth checking out is Kiyoshi Kurosawa. He directed the original Pulse that eventually received a US remake. <a href="">MidnightEye</a> is a great source for info on Japanese cinema. Also worth checking into is the <a href=""> "Guinea Pig Series" </a> as one of the origins of films like hostel. Hong Kong has also produced some good titles like The Eye which surprise surprise is also undergoing a hollywood makeover.
    • CommentAuthoracacia
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2007
    Hatchet's great for what it is: an unassuming, refreshing bit of fun to be mixed in with a wider range of horror film viewing (hence, in my list, the presence of Dek Hor and Ils, which are merely two fairly cool representatives of other styles).
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    If I had gone in with that take maybe. Even then I suspect I would have been let down, since I am baffled at what is novel or refreshing about it, though I can certainly see unassuming.

    However - film festival award winning every horror geek's top ten list for THAT? Just no.
    • CommentAuthorSolario
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2007
    He directed the original Pulse that eventually received a US remake.

    I really want to see Kairo, because while the Pulse wasn't really a good film, it seemed like it had a very solid idea behind it.
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2008 edited
    New stuff : "The Eye"'s American remake (starring Jessica Alba! HURRRR) will, unless Gore Verbinski gets involved, likely suck ass.

    Recommendations from the board (my take) :

    "Save The Green Planet" & "The Host" are weird, funny for the wrong reasons and just plain awesome.

    "Tale of 2 Sisters" is fucking creepy as shit. I love the atmosphere, but the ending just kinda said to me, "we [Koreans] can do lazy writing, too!"

    "Wolfcreek" took too goddamned long to get to the point and I didn't finish it.

    "The Descent", if you can cut out the "dream sequence" ending, was truly horrific.

    "Slither" should have been a bigger movie. Nathan Fillion continues to amaze me with everything he's been in... he's the new Bruce Campbell.

    Haven't seen these mentioned yet :

    "Feast", which won a Project Greenlight season is more fun than it should be : it skewers the 'spam-in-a-cabin' conventions and even features one of the evil anonymous creatures mouth-fucking someone.. wow.

    "Undead" : it packs a wallop for a good portion of the film. Gritty, nasty business.

    "May" was a genius flick, but it was marketed wrong. But to tell you the plot is to give away the shock of it...