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peridot, i just watched the mini series for the first time last night. I'm hooked already.

 

As far as around Halloween, I do not enjoy the hack n slash gorefests as much anymore. Although Final Destination in 3-D sounded cool. Anything in 3-D sounds cool. I also have young children to consider so I'll probably keep it mellow and watch The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Casper the friendly ghost, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Little Monsters, Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie, Hocus Pocus, Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the WereRabbit, Scooby Doo Where Are You?, Coraline, The Wizard of Oz, Monsters Inc, Ernest Scared Stupid, Bedknobs & Broomsticks, Young Frankenstein, Little Shop of Horrors, Idle Hands, Underworld, Ghost Busters, Sleepy Hollow, & Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Or some variation thereof during the upcoming weeks.

The beginning of E.T. scared the shit out of me when I was young. That & Gremlins.

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The 103 minute version of The Wicker Man is the requisite.

 

Yes, I know it's a Beltane flick, but there's just no respectful Samhain movie. :devil:

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I love watching silent horror/fantasy films this time of the year, but we've pretty much covered that ground.

I like silent horror pretty much all the time. I don't really dig other silent movies because something about the medium is inherently creepier than fuck to me. Watching silent films that aren't horror or suspense causes me cognitive dissonance, especially if it's a comedy. I'll be going, "everything looks so atmospheric and disturbing, so why are these people throwing pies at each other?"

 

About ten years ago I was into hack'n'slash shit. I don't care for it anymore, and that torture porn trend of the past few years is just revolting. The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre was extremely effective with only a smidgen of gore. The remake was far less effective with tons of it.

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So I was thinking:

 

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  (I couldn't resist throwing in one last shout-out to Conrad Veidt in The Man Who Laughs, though--you've seen this one, right buddha?).

 

 

 

 

but of course!

 

 

 

 

 

I hearya about the hack'n'slash, Peridot. So many movies now have numbers after them or are remakes of older, much better movies, or worse yet, TV shows that weren't all that when they came out, but people are young and dumb enough now not to know. And flix now are in such direct competition with video games that any bit of atmoshpere or slow moody buildup is out of the question. Endless lightning-fast takes, fast action, and nobody remembers what they just saw when it's done. All icing, no cake. I mean look at the King Kong remake, they took an already great movie, and crammed all this ridiculous shit into it--I mean, the herd of sauropods, the bugs in the canyon(beautifully done, I'll grant that), repeated takes of Jack Black standing there looking like he just dropped a doolie in his pants and this is called Acting? For 3 fucking Hours? How bout 3 hours of Peter Jackson being turned over the knee of Mickey Roarke in the Wrestler and getting his arse pounded raw with a paddle encrusted with rock salt? Thats what I wanted to see after sitting thru that one.

 

 

 

 

But I digress. Ill probably go with the ORIGINAL Night of the Living Dead in its cheesy claustrophobic glory. Not to give credence to the ol' Zombie Apocalypse phenomenon that seems so popular round these parts. What a Hot Topic way to be. I realize its a metaphor for urban living, etc etc but whatever happened to the good old Giant Reptile emerging from the sea and wreaking indiscriminate havoc on the city? That's always been my vision of things, and I'm too old to change that if I wanted to..

 

on that note The Host was good fun, and unabashedly cheesy enough to not be an insult. :laugh:

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I've got The Dybbuk in my netflix queue, I decided earlier in the week I wanted to check that out on or before Halloween this year. I've never seen it before, so I don't know just how well it'll fit the season.

 

Usually my brother and I try to get Carpenter's The Thing, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978 version), and any of the old Hammer Horror films.

 

Early October always gets me thinking about Something Wicked This Way Comes. For some sick reason, downtown Silver City reminds me of parts of the town in this movie.

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but of course!

 

Never doubted you. It's a good'un.

 

I hearya about the hack'n'slash, Peridot. So many movies now have numbers after them or are remakes of older, much better movies, or worse yet, TV shows that weren't all that when they came out, but people are young and dumb enough now not to know. And flix now are in such direct competition with video games that any bit of atmoshpere or slow moody buildup is out of the question. Endless lightning-fast takes, fast action, and nobody remembers what they just saw when it's done. All icing, no cake.

 

Couldn't have said it better myself. Like you and Peridot, I'm weary of this trend in horror. I have nothing against gore per se, mind you. Along with those gothic Italian movies of the '60s, I love the Argento and Fulci stuff from the '70s and '80s: Deep Red, Suspiria, Zombie, The Beyond, etc. Also Cronenberg's "body horror" movies--especially Videodrome!--along with the Carpenter films we've already discussed. But the Hostel and Saw garbage (part VI now? really?) and the endless remakes leave me cold. As does the "video game horror" you're talking about--Underworld, Blade, Resident Evil, blah, blah, blah.

 

Usually my brother and I try to get Carpenter's The Thing, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978 version), and any of the old Hammer Horror films.

 

Nice line-up! Love me some Hammer: Lee, Cushing, bared fangs, heaving cleavage, the old Bray house. Doesn't get any better than that. I also like the psycho thrillers they did in the early 1960s: Paranoiac, Maniac, etc. Good times.

 

Here's another great black and white horror movie: Night of the Demon (aka Curse of the Demon). Jacques Tourner was a genius--Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie, Leopard Man. All the other Lewton stuff too...

 

EDIT: By the way, Baubs, if you've never checked out the original 1955 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, it's well worth a spin. Really creepy.

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Here's another great black and white horror movie: Night of the Demon (aka Curse of the Demon).

another one I all but forgot about!

Both the body snatcher versions are cool, I prefer the older one, as usual.

Just got the 1931 Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein(1935). What fun. All the other ones are also-rans, but Ghost of Frankenstein was the one I saw when I was a mere 3 years old and asked my dad why that guy's head is flat. So I'll probably get that one too..

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Just got the 1931 Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein(1935). What fun.

 

:thumbup:

 

Bride is probably my favorite of the series, but the runner-up? Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man. I know, I know--it's got a rep as one of those cheesy monster rallies that Universal started churning out in the '40s when horror took a nose dive. But I love its powerful melancholic undertow--the Wolf Man just wants to die! It's Lon Chaney, Jr.'s best performance, one only a raging alcoholic at rock bottom could give. Also, the exquisite craftsmanship of this movie! The sets, the lighting, the camerawork. That opening tracking shot of the windy cemetery at night brings tears to my eyes every time I see it.

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You have all reminded me that I have the entire Frankenstien/Dracula/Wolfman collection on DVDs. I think this calls for a classic absinthe and a few nights of black n' white horror.

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:devil: Nosferatu is a must for Halloween enjoyment (would you not agree, buddha?) London After Midnight is another silent-era film with Lon Chaney that has been reconstructed using stills after the last copy was destroyed in a fire in the 1960's. (I'm with peridot in regard to the creep factor of silent B&W films.) One of my more recent favorites is Man On Fire with Denzel Washington as an ex-gov't assassin on a rampage against Mexican kidnappers. (Not to be confused with Taken starring Liam Neeson, or Ransom with Mel Gibson; MOF is much better, IMO.) No Country for Old Men isn't bad, either.

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Showed La jetee to my classes yesterday.

 

I don't know if they were blown away, but I was--and am, every time I watch this short film (at least once year since I first saw it in college). It's hands-down the best time travel/sci-fi movie ever made IMHO (it was the inspiration for Gilliam's 12 Monkeys, but is so much better). But it's also the most moving meditation on time and memory I think I've ever seen. And it's told entirely in still, photographic images--except for one pivotal scene that, for me, is among the most memorable in the history of movies.

 

I'm still hearing that haunting Trevor Duncan score in my head today...

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Just finished sipping a glass of Marteau and watching Nightmare Castle. Ah, Barbara Steele:

 

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Raymond Durgnat once wrote that she's the only girl whose eyelids can snarl. Amen.

 

 

Thinkin about popping in Big Trouble in Little China next! (It's all in the reflexes.)

 

 

Happy Halloween all!

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Hey, the thread's back! Cool. To the moon, Alice!

 

 

At the moment, I'm sipping on a Tiki drink (but planning on moving to absinthe, swear) and watching Easy Rider to prep for my '60s class tomorrow.

 

Nik, nik, nik, nik--swamp!

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I know it's not movies per se, but I've been hittin' the Honeymooners pretty hard. What can I say? Watching Ralph bluster cracks me up every time..

Oh Raaaalph...nobody gets it when I say a apple.

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Hey, the thread's back! Cool. To the moon, Alice!

 

 

At the moment, I'm sipping on a Tiki drink (but planning on moving to absinthe, swear) and watching Easy Rider to prep for my '60s class tomorrow.

 

Nik, nik, nik, nik--swamp!

 

Always wanted to mix up a pitcher of Mai Tais after reading Tales of The City but couldn't find Orgeat somehow, another abandoned drinks quest. This evening settled for a Cotes du Rhone and my 60s fix The Avengers.

 

Back tracking to the topic of 'horror' I find Bergman's Persona to be among the most terrifying of films.

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I find Bergman's Persona to be most among the most terrifying of films.

 

Agreed. In fact, I would argue that it is a horror film in many respects. Some of the imagery in that movie is obviously inspired by the genre (blood drinking, creepy nocturnal walks through fog-enshrouded houses, etc.). Really, it's a vampire story of sorts. Chilling stuff.

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