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  1. toothaction

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    1974 was an excellent year for Mr. Clark. 2007, not so much.

    Why 'saddest career ever'? It was pretty sweet for the first 20 or so years.
     
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    For sure, I just can't get my mind around the fact that the director of Black Christmas & Deathdream is also responsible for Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 and The Karate Dog. "Yes... much fun in Stalingrad!"
     
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    I wouldn't even call this 'horror' but conjuring 2 is so disappointing. Certain direction is really good but then it goes into Sam Raimi territory. It was a weird choice.
     
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    Even within his successful years (by our standards), there was a wonderfully bewildering range to his career: "You mean the guy who made Christmas Story is the same guy who made Porkies is the same guy who made Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things?" :shock:

    Ahhh, Karate Dog....
    EDIT: new system won't let me put a media link up with an embedded time stamp. Skip to 1m53s. Erg
     
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    Damn, now I regret posting and going over 666. Should have just retired at that point!

    PM me a place to ship the book and it's yours. I would be all for an SB book exchange. I love buying books but unless they are art or poetry books I usually just read them once and never look at them again. Would be nice to give them new homes.
     
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    Shit I was really looking forward to that one. Guess I'll wait to see it at the drive-in since they always let you see two movies for the price of one here and the popcorn is free.
     
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    Man, I'd had Deathdream on my Must See list for about 30 years. It was on TCM a couple months back so I got to see it for the first time. I was kinda disappointed by it. :( I'll have to look back to see what I wrote about it earlier, but it didn't live up to the hype in my mind.
     
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    I know what you mean, I was also kinda disappointed the first time around because I was hoping for schlocky 70ies gore (Savini!), but instead got a slow-burning horror drama reminiscent of Romero's Martin. Enjoyed it much more the second time.
     
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    I'd definitely watch it again. It's on my Shudder watch list, so once I get through some other must see flicks I'll give it another whirl.
     
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    So I saw The Conjuring 2 as well. No real surprises here:

    I wasn't that thrilled by it, but then I was never a big proponent of the first installment either, despite people calling it the best horror film in decades. The story was pretty flat, and the 'spirit' not exactly engaging; which I felt gave away a lot of what was to come. I think any good points the film had were really just rehashes of parts of the first movie and things that have been done in horror movies a lot. I would have liked/was hoping for something much more original. The ending left a lot to be desired, and ultimately didn't provide any satisfaction to all the build up of a 2+ hour sitting. I wasn't that thrilled by it, but then I was never a big proponent of the first installment either, despite people calling it the best horror film in decades. The story was pretty flat, and the 'spirit' not exactly engaging; which I felt gave away a lot of what was to come. I think any good points the film had were really just rehashes of the first movie and things that have been done in horror movies a lot. I would have liked/was hoping for something much more original. It has some good direction and acting, as Bryce mentioned, but needed work to bring in the audience. Ultimately, I think it failed tonally to be anything noteworthy, and definitely offered the standard 'horror' fares (even less 'scary' than its competition). I am disappointed more by a few specific things in the movie, which I will save for now.
     
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    Finally got around to watching this flick. If you hated Rick's wife in the walking dead this is a good way to keep that hate alive. She is easily the most unsympathetic main character in any horror film I have ever seen. She's mean and deceitful and selfish in every way humanly possible. By the halfway point I was only still watching because I wanted to see her die horribly. The really odd part is I cannot tell if you're supposed to hate her or not. The production value is pretty high and the effects are great but they steal every cliche jump scare from every other horror film.

    I am about 2/3rds of the way through and mostly annoyed but I want to see how it ends.
     
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    Honestly, don't. As I said in my review, there is nothing redeeming at the end either. Tired cliches, unexplained plots, and general sense of waste of time.
     
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    Saw The Neon Demon last week and loved it. I didn't have my hopes up because I hated Only God Forgives, but this really worked for me. It's moody, slow at times and abstract, but if you like old exploitation scares this should go over well. (I honestly saw more Jodorowski than Argento though.)

    I liked The Conjuring 2. The acting was good, the plot was silly and I probably would not watch it again but it was well made enough for me. :razz:
     
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    ^^
    The crooked man stuff........ruined it for me. Plus the evil nun just screamed" 2016 Halloween costume".

    For me..the scariest things are the most tangible. I would have loved Conjuring 2...spend it's entire time delving into whether it was a hoax or not. That part was fascintating.
     
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    See, that is what I would love to see too, and would make for such an interesting film; not that I think they would have ever done that. Leave things ambiguous - present the facts, the two possible sides that might have arisen to cause this 'disturbance' and let the audience interpret it for themselves. That would be much more entertaining and is some bolder filmmaking. But I guess this doesn't sell with the 'popcorn crowd.' Given the heavy religious undertones in the film, and, since both sisters Margaret and Janet Hodgson apparently served as consultants to the production and were present during some filming, I am not surprised that they didn't leave it morally 'grey'; that is unfortunate.
     
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    Last year the A&E channel broadcast the 3-episode UK production of "The Enfield Haunting", based on the book "This House Is Haunted" about the Enfield poltergeist. This mini series is dramatic with no jump scares, and it does bring up if it's a hoax or not.
    And the Warrens are not in it.
    The book's author Guy Playfair said that the Warrens had showed up "uninvited" and only stayed for a day. He also said that Ed Warren told him he could make him a lot of money off the case.

    "The Enfield Haunting" mini series can still be seen on demand at http://features.sky.com/enfield-haunting/
     
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    I just added it to my watch list on Hulu, so it's available there as well.
     
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    THANK YOU!!!! I'll check it out now.
     
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    So has anyone seen/excited by Cosmos? I guess classifying it as 'horror' might be a little oblique, but from the trailer, it sure seems to have Żuławski's usual quirkiness and bizarre nature to it. Metaphysical noir thriller? Sounds good to me; and I am sure some fans here can appreciate it. Sadly, his final film.

     
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    Caught it a couple of months ago. Really interesting, layered and, by design, extremely disorienting. Worth a look, if you're the patient sort, but it definitely demands a second viewing. I loved it, even if I haven't decided yet if it 'worked' or not.
     
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    Well I owe you for turning me on to Possession those many years ago, so on your word I will definitely give it a try. I am pretty patient with movies; few things really try me so much that I find it aggravating, and even more rarely - if ever - can I bring myself to just shut something off.
     
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    Saw Archivo 253 last night because it was short. Not short enough. Maybe the first 20 min was interesting, but everything after that was a snooze. They didn't explain anything, you didn't get to see/hear what the cast could see/hear on their stupid cameras and audio recording devices... Just bad bad bad.
    Not worth anyone's time, imo.
     
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    Kind of slowed down on movie watching since school's out for my kiddo, and my wife's been home after some minor surgery. However, these are from before that, just haven't been able to write about them till now.

    --Sisters: Nice to see this in HD, especially since my last viewing was years ago. Watching it this time, I got an almost Cronenbergian feel from it. Maybe because so much takes place in that apartment. Had some timely dialogue on race and the police.
    --Squirm: Cheesy '80s flick. Pretty slow, but gets good toward the end with MILLIONS of worms taking over a house. Particularly nice scene were a tree falls on the house with the actual actors in the room.
    --Devil's Rejects: Finally sat through it.
    --Don't Torture A Duckling: Fulci fun, not really a giallo, or horror, but one of his first to feature some explicit gore.
     
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    Not sure if this has been covered here in the past, but if you want a thriller/horror I suggest "Jacobs Ladder". Tim Robbins at his finest and it is a real mind bender. Plus, certain scenes are what inspired the silent hill franchise.
     
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    Ah, good suggestion. Haven't seen that one in many a years now, might be time for a revisit.

    I'd really like to see something new that is halfway decent, but it is a wasteland out there lately. Oh, except for Ouija 2, I am super excited about that one.
     

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