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    They just added the uncut (or less cut?) version of Ken Russell's The Devils, which is a Shudder, "exclusive." And as boon velvet mentions, they are starting to get rights to new movies fairly quickly. Looks like they're hitting the festivals and making deals like Netflix. I know of one flick, called Prevenge, that they've obtained the rights to, and I think that played at Sundance. Looks cool, too.

    I just watched the trailer for The Devil's Candy yesterday and it looks good. I love me some Pruitt Taylor Vance.
     
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    Might I suggest, for the cheepskates among us, to Google the words Kodi and Exodus? Also, make sure you are familiar with the mysterious acronym HDMI! ;)
     
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    I tried to look into it, but it's over my head. I'm a simple man, David.
     
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    and by cheapskates you mean people who support illegal streaming, but don't support the industry that creates the content you enjoy.

    edit: stealing is ok as long as you pay for something else... got it :thumbsup:
     
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    First of all, you are correct in your assertion that the industry is beyond reproach on all fronts! Secondly, and much more importantly, you are correct to assume that I have never, will never, and indeed didn't on this very day: purchase a movie ticket; buy a DVD or VHS cassette; subscribe to multiple streaming services at one time; or contribute all or part of the funds necessary to keep an internet connection and / or cable hook up active in my home. Most insightful, sir. It's like you're watching me!

    Go play in a tax loophole, ya' cuddly FunMonkey! :)
     
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    PS: Just got back from seeing Kong: Skull Island. Not so much a horror movie other than it being pretty horrible. Not a giant surprise, I suppose, but disappointing, as I'm a KK lifer, and pretty fond of director Jordan Vogt-Roberts.
     
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    The Devil's Candy is decent, not great. It's been a while since I saw it (2015) but I remember it was a subtle combination of demonic possession & haunted house, without relying on the overkill of jump-cuts. It's actually more of a serial-killer thriller with one dominant aesthetic - heavy metal.

    The title is from
    the serial killer in the movie, he only kills children because the demonic voices in his head tell him "they are the devil's candy"
     
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    If you come with me you'll float to. You'll float to, you'll float to, YOU'LL FLOAT TO, YOU-LLLLLL FLOAAAATTTT TOOOOOO



    So this remake of IT looks really fantastic. Im honestly kind of looking forward to seeing. Thats not to say it could be a dud but I honestly felt the series version could have left out the adult parts as the kid story was good enough its own.
     
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    In the mood for a treat? Try one of the finest films ever to roll out of the UK:


    1982's Xtro, by Harry Bromley Davenport

    Don't believe me? Just ask one of America's top critics!

    "Xtro" is an ugly, mean-spirited and despairing thriller that left me thoroughly depressed. Why was this movie made? What vision filled the filmmakers with a desire to share this work with an audience? I am not expecting a great movie when I walk in to see something named "Xtro," but I do hope the movie will contain some humor, or style, or excitement. "Xtro" is the work of incompetent cynics. ...

    ... Most exploitation movies are bad, but not necessarily painful to watch. They may be incompetent, they may be predictable, they may be badly acted or awkwardly directed, but at some level the filmmakers are enjoying themselves and at least trying to entertain an audience. "Xtro" is an exception, a completely depressing, nihilistic film, an exercise in sadness.

    At the theater where I saw it, "Xtro" was on a double bill with "Tootsie." Why? Possibly because a booker thought the combo of a third-run hit comedy and a first-run thriller might attract audiences. On a Sunday afternoon, the audiences that turned up for "Tootsie" were rather nonplused by "Xtro's" pulsating slime and bloody little kids. It's movies like this that give movies a bad name.


    - Roger Ebert, May 31, 1983

    Thanks, Roger!
     
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    Haha, good ol Roger... Oh man I hated Xtro. Though I should really revisit it; I may appreciate it more now. It's been at least 20yrs since I've seen it. I didn't appreciate the more sophisticated levels of crap at 16. :lol:

    A fun fact I just learned - the 2 headed troll dragon in Willow, well although I knew its name is "Eborsisk" (I know this cause I have the vinyl toy), the origin is an amalgam of Siskel and Ebert. I find that pretty satisfying.

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    EDIT: Reading over Ebert's Xtro review again , I would be curious to hear what he had to say about Eraserhead. No no, I don't mean in comparison to Xtro, I mean in regards to some of the things he said about how a film should be made and perceived (if you know anything about Eraserhead).
     
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    I don't think Ebert was a fan of Lynch's films, and if I remember correctly he didn't care much for Eraserhead. I'm sure his review can be found online somewhere. I don't think he came around to liking a Lynch flick until Mulholland Dr.

    On Xtro, it is great fun. I watched it sometime last year and was thoroughly amused. There are some draggy parts, but the bat-shittery of the rest of it makes up for those few parts.
     
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    Xtro has been sitting in the Unknown part of my DVD queue for a good while. I'm not sure if Netflix ever had the disc or if it was simply lost.
     
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    Speaking of crazy movies. Had a nice little run of Gals Going Nutty flicks this week.
    Prevenge--New one from Alice Lowe (who was brilliant in Sightseers). Darkly comic, not fully fleshed-out, but how many times do you get to see a (real) pregnant lady off a bunch of people. This is exclusive to Shudder.
    The Witch Who Came From the Sea--Mentioned this in my Happy Birthday thread. This is one of those wacko '70s flicks that really works despite its myriad flaws. Some of the nuttiest dialogue ever spoken on film. Lots of references to shaving and to a character named Daphne that is never actually seen. On Amazon Prime.
    Pigs--These movies (except for Prevenge) all have one thing in common, which I'll call the Repulsion effect, so as not to give too much away. This one has the addition of screeching pigs which makes the soundtrack particularly grating and unnerving. '70s exploitation at it's weirdest. Amazon Prime
    Haunts--Add Cameron Mitchell to any flick and the sleaze factor jumps up ten points and the quality drops about twenty. Stars May Britt who was married to Sammy Davis, Jr. This is a slow burn but the end enters WTF territory and makes the whole thing more than worthwhile. Prime.
     
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    Prevenge looks fun. Hoping to try that one this weekend.

    Oh and The Midnight Meat Train is on netflix now. Hard to believe it's almost 10 years old now but I remember liking it a lot the first time I saw it. Should be fun seeing it all over again.



     
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    MMT also dropped on Shudder today. Weird. I watched it awhile back. Pretty fun.
     
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    Elephant Man - "The film's technical credits are adequate."
    Dune - "Occasionally a striking image will swim into view..."
    Blue Velvet - "I didn't need the director prancing on with a top hat and cane, whistling that it was all in fun."
    Wild at Heart - "... if he dared to believe in people - he could be a great film artist."

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    Cult Movies (1987) - (vaguely positive things said about Eraserhead after 10:48, although Siskel hates it.)
    Darkman, Wild at Heart, Pump Up the Volume (1990) - (WaH review, 4:48-10:28; Ebert rant at 7:42!)
     
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    Ugh, the cgi blood in Midnight Meat Train killed it for me. Loved that story though. That and Rawhead Rex could use updating.

    The new IT trailer has me so excited! I've watched it dozens of times. I hope the movie lives up to the promise of the trailer.

    Also watched Green Room last night. I know I'm late to the party but its streaming for Prime members free right now. Holy hell what an exciting film! Watch immediately if you want some carnage and dead punks and nazis in your life.
     
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    Yeah, Green Room is pretty awesome. Watch Blue Ruin by the same director if you haven't already. More of a slow burn, but a really good revenge flick.
     
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    yes! It's on my list. Thanks for the recommendation. A friend said he felt it was better than green room.
     
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    Well I'll be. Thanks, T&A! That's a mighty impressive reply. Most of those criticisms are purdy ridiculous, with Ebert just looking for something, anything to complain about. Obviously he's not a Lynch fan, as @Lttr Prssd mentioned earlier. Still the writer of one of my all-time favorite films tho, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.
     
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    Don't know if I'd say better, but it's darn good. Also, the guy who stars in Blue Ruin, and has a part in Green Room, directed the flick I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore, which I mentioned earlier. It's pretty fun. On Netflix.
     
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    Thanks! I'll look that one up too.
     
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    YES! Only caught Blue Ruin recently, but managed to be be blissfully ignorant beforehand of everything about it besides a dim whisper of Kickstarter involvement. If you judge a film by intent vs. execution, this affecting pocket thriller was absolute perfection. An instant classic that might never get its proper due.

    @boon velvet --- I AM Superwoman!
     
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    Crap, man. I may just have to rewatch it today.
     
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    HAHA, I feel sorry for anyone who doesn't know what this means. :lol:

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