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All Purpose Horror Interest Thread

Postby numberthirty on Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:52 am

I saw a few Crap/Not Crap threads on individual films but, no thread on horror in general.

I guess the idea is to have a thread to post news, reviews, or questions on horror films(or plays, books, whatever).

To kick it off, I came across this -

http://twitchfilm.com/news/2011/06/its-the-fight-of-the-living-dead-first-teaser-for-monster-brawl.php

It's not exactly serious horror but, I'm interested.

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Re: All Purpose Horror Interest Thread

Postby Bill Swansea on Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:21 am

NEWS: I bought a collection of MR James short stories recently, once I've finished with Lovecraft I will read him. I will report back.
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Re: All Purpose Horror Interest Thread

Postby RSMurphy on Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:19 pm

Bill Swansea wrote:NEWS: I bought a collection of MR James short stories recently, once I've finished with Lovecraft I will read him. I will report back.


Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad, and Martin's Close are a couple of favorites, though I'm likely to pour through anything he has written.

This weekend I saw Megan is Missing. Not sure about who I'd recommend to see this movie. I was just as floored by the final twenty-five minutes as I was of footage showing fourteen-year-old girls supposedly acting like fourteen-year-old girls. It tells the story of teen best friends Megan and Amy. Megan is the promiscuous party girl while Amy is her shy best friend that no one likes. The girls spend their entire lives online via web cam chats, skype, and cell phone vids, and that's how the story is told. You see them partying via cell phone vids and being annoying teens over their web cams. It can get annoying, but as soon as Megan meets "Josh" is when things start to get creepy. Megan ends up missing after attempting to go on a first date with Josh, and the mockmumentary moves into news footage that could be seen as satirical, but it also touches on slight themes of racism and violence-as-entertainment; then Amy goes missing. As soon as they get to the unreleased photos that were posted on a fetish website of a girl who they think is Megan is when things get completely fucked and the final twenty-minutes or so of Amy's camera footage shot via "Josh" is beyond-completely-fucked.

On the DVD Mac Klaas, father of Polly Klaas offers commentary to lend credence to this movie as being a cautionary tale for teens and parents and not just some exploitation flick. I, however, didn't see it on DVD, but even without Marc Klaas' commentary it can still be looked at in that light. You can check it out in the Digital Premieres category of the Movie section on OnDemand.

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Re: All Purpose Horror Interest Thread

Postby RSMurphy on Wed Jul 20, 2011 11:02 am

Is anyone familiar with the Australian film The Tunnel?

Another in a long line of found-footage documentaries; this time focusing on journalists attempting to expose a government cover-up in Sydney's abandoned train tunnels.

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The notable feature about this release is that it was basically funded through a crowd-funded investment model called the 135K Project. They sold individual frames for $1 hoping to achieve their stated goal. Most importantly, they released the movie legally for free on BitTorrent. Word on the digitized street is that the movie is pretty great. Nothing new, obviously, but what it does it does very well.
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Re: All Purpose Horror Interest Thread

Postby RSMurphy on Sat Jul 30, 2011 2:37 am

Just found out tonight that Rozz Williams co-directed and starred in a silent, experimental horror short called Pig. Meh. You can watch it in two parts on YouTube, but it does contain images of mutilation, sadism, and nudity. Meh. Basically it looks like a precursor to the torture-porn industry looming on the horizon. Rozz plays a serial killer whose victim, to me, acted the opposite of what a victim would act like. There is some interesting imagery. Rozz's character seems to be taking his cues from a book titled Why God Permits Evil. The book is filled with bizarre cut-ups and religious imagery as is the abandoned house where everything takes place. In the end, though, it all seems weak and contrived.

I guess it's about twenty minutes worth of your time if you're a casual Christan Death fan.
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Re: All Purpose Horror Interest Thread

Postby chuckles on Sat Jul 30, 2011 4:36 am

RSMurphy wrote:Is anyone familiar with the Australian film The Tunnel?

Another in a long line of found-footage documentaries; this time focusing on journalists attempting to expose a government cover-up in Sydney's abandoned train tunnels.

Trailer

The notable feature about this release is that it was basically funded through a crowd-funded investment model called the 135K Project. They sold individual frames for $1 hoping to achieve their stated goal. Most importantly, they released the movie legally for free on BitTorrent. Word on the digitized street is that the movie is pretty great. Nothing new, obviously, but what it does it does very well.


I've seen this one. It's not bad and worth a look. It does quite a nice thing where someone is listening back to recorded sound which turns creepy (hardly a surprise but its well done enough).

I have some reservations about its structure, namely the inter-cut interviews with 'participants'. Though the film-makers try to keep dramatic tension by saying early on that not everyone wished to give these interviews, the viewer is given the fact that at least a couple of the principles survive and who these are, thus reducing any tension a bit. Totally understandable why they did it and all but still, it seems a touch deflating.

Also, I didn't really like a couple of the characters very much at all which I guess is a facet of these type of films where you get a glimpse of people acting in extreme ways which is liable to show them up to be less than perfect. But, even with the interviews to flesh these characters out I find it difficult to warm to them much.

I'm being too negative though. It's worth a watch and the Australian sense of humour (at first) shines through, before the monsteriness.

Has anyone seen The Silent House? Supposedly shot in one take. I didn't think it was very good, any formal cleverness aside. I'd be interested to hear other folks take on it.
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Re: All Purpose Horror Interest Thread

Postby emmanuelle cunt on Sat Jul 30, 2011 4:46 am

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Re: All Purpose Horror Interest Thread

Postby Bill Swansea on Sat Jul 30, 2011 6:11 am

emmanuelle cunt wrote:Kerbled

That seems to be just films, this is any and all forms of horror.

I've fallen behind on my horror short story reading after picking up Lady Chatterley's Lover and falling behind with that (though not behind with her, IF YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING).

Need to get back on it (and the horror stories too IF YOU KNOW WHAT I AM SAYING). Has anyone here played the video game Eternal Darkness? That was an interesting survival horror.

Also, I'm replaying the last Zelda game, and whenever I have to explore caverns, I walk slowly in terror in case one of the giant spiders are there. For horror fans and video game players, the Zelda games really do have their fucked up moments by the way. I mean, the giant spiders aren't that bad, most of the time the horror bits are like the worst acid trips ever. I'll compile some classic bits by searching on Youtube. Seriously, it's gloriously weird.
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Re: All Purpose Horror Interest Thread

Postby Red Square on Sat Jul 30, 2011 12:26 pm

Bill Swansea wrote:
emmanuelle cunt wrote:Kerbled

That seems to be just films, this is any and all forms of horror.

I've fallen behind on my horror short story reading after picking up Lady Chatterley's Lover and falling behind with that (though not behind with her, IF YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING).

Need to get back on it (and the horror stories too IF YOU KNOW WHAT I AM SAYING). Has anyone here played the video game Eternal Darkness? That was an interesting survival horror.

Also, I'm replaying the last Zelda game, and whenever I have to explore caverns, I walk slowly in terror in case one of the giant spiders are there. For horror fans and video game players, the Zelda games really do have their fucked up moments by the way. I mean, the giant spiders aren't that bad, most of the time the horror bits are like the worst acid trips ever. I'll compile some classic bits by searching on Youtube. Seriously, it's gloriously weird.


i remember being at a house party and some punk kids were playing majora's mask and watching how weird that got...
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Re: All Purpose Horror Interest Thread

Postby numberthirty on Tue Aug 02, 2011 6:28 pm

If you are in Northern Illinois:

http://www.horrorsociety.com/2011/07/01/terror-in-the-aisles-8/

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http://www.flashbackweekend.com/(Faux-thunderstorm in the background upon opening this page)
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Re: All Purpose Horror Interest Thread

Postby Bill Swansea on Thu Aug 11, 2011 3:56 pm

Red Square wrote:[i remember being at a house party and some punk kids were playing majora's mask and watching how weird that got...

Indeed. It's an oddity for fans of the Zelda series anyway, I can only imagine what it's like for anyone else who hasn't prior knowledge of what the games are all about.

Here's the first nine minutes or so of the game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzgH57VW-l4

Such a dark, and at times really quite depressing, game.
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Re: All Purpose Horror Interest Thread

Postby Darryl pt.III on Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:37 pm

And possibly my favourite out of the series! There's an awful lot of death and grieving in it, for a game that was arguably for kids. Heck, you learn later in the game that that weird looking 'tree' from the beginning is actually the corpse of the son of a character you meet, killed by the Skull Kid for shits and giggles.
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Re: All Purpose Horror Interest Thread

Postby Bill Swansea on Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:51 pm

Sorry to derail this thread, but who's son?

Also, I've been thinking of saying fuck Lady Chatterley's Lover (if you know what I'm... ah forget it) and return to Lovecraft and M.R. James. Was having a lot of fun with those two. In fact, I need more Lovecraft books, the short story collection I have now collects At the Mountains of Madness, The Case of Chalres Dexter Ward, The Dreams in the Witch-House, The Statement of Randolph Carter, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, The Silver Key and Through the Gates of the Silver Key... where should I go next?
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Re: All Purpose Horror Interest Thread

Postby Darryl pt.III on Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:07 pm

The deku butler that you have to chase after. He apologises for legging it and explains that you look just like his missing son, who he used to race against. In the ending, you see him break down in front of the tree/body. The goron mask and zora mask contain the souls of deceased characters. The implication is that Skull Kid killed the deku butlers son. I can't recall, but don't you use the same song of healing to create all three masks?
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Re: All Purpose Horror Interest Thread

Postby Bill Swansea on Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:27 pm

Ohhh yeah! That's right. You find the remains of the other two forms you can take and have to play the Song of Healing.
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Re: All Purpose Horror Interest Thread

Postby Boombats on Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:47 pm

Bill Swansea wrote:Sorry to derail this thread, but who's son?

Also, I've been thinking of saying fuck Lady Chatterley's Lover (if you know what I'm... ah forget it) and return to Lovecraft and M.R. James. Was having a lot of fun with those two. In fact, I need more Lovecraft books, the short story collection I have now collects At the Mountains of Madness, The Case of Chalres Dexter Ward, The Dreams in the Witch-House, The Statement of Randolph Carter, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, The Silver Key and Through the Gates of the Silver Key... where should I go next?

There's a "Complete Fiction" anthology from Barnes and Noble that I got for $12. Supposedly there are numerous errors or typos of some sort, but it's cheap yo! At the end of this year they are coming out with a reprint sans mistakes, for around $30 hardcover.
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Re: All Purpose Horror Interest Thread

Postby Bill Swansea on Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:35 pm

Boombats wrote:
Bill Swansea wrote:Sorry to derail this thread, but who's son?

Also, I've been thinking of saying fuck Lady Chatterley's Lover (if you know what I'm... ah forget it) and return to Lovecraft and M.R. James. Was having a lot of fun with those two. In fact, I need more Lovecraft books, the short story collection I have now collects At the Mountains of Madness, The Case of Chalres Dexter Ward, The Dreams in the Witch-House, The Statement of Randolph Carter, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, The Silver Key and Through the Gates of the Silver Key... where should I go next?

There's a "Complete Fiction" anthology from Barnes and Noble that I got for $12. Supposedly there are numerous errors or typos of some sort, but it's cheap yo! At the end of this year they are coming out with a reprint sans mistakes, for around $30 hardcover.

Fuck $30 dollars, I'll go with the mistakes. The one I've got now has some mistakes in it too, I just figured Lovecraft was either lazy or too stoned to correct it. Cheers.
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Re: All Purpose Horror Interest Thread

Postby numberthirty on Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:39 pm

Northern Illinois -

The Music Box is on it this fall:

The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari with live organ/Saturday September 10th at noon.

13 Universal horror films including Creature From The Black Lagoon in 3D/October 22-27th.

Fulci's Zombi, The Thing, Night Of The Creeps, and Cronenberg's The Fly/Midnight Movies September-November.
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Re: All Purpose Horror Interest Thread

Postby RSMurphy on Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:50 am

numberthirty wrote:Night Of The Creeps


This is with the leeches, right? I remember attempting to watch it maybe a year ago and lost interest but I'd like to give it another go.

I recently watched a couple of decent flicks: Wake Wood and Evil Things, with Wake Wood being the better of the two. It's a super retelling of the story of The Monkey's Paw, somewhat. Classic horror. Evil Things is another found footage movie dealing with kids in a house in the woods, getting lost in the woods, blah blah blah, but then does a complete 180 into a home invasion type film like The Strangers. Interesting perspectives and I'm not sure I'm completely into the ending, but it was different.
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Re: All Purpose Horror Interest Thread

Postby bishopdante on Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:56 am

Theatre of Blood.
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