Arrow Video US / UK Thread

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  1. Body Boy

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    I've always loved The Prey, even on first watch. I think the nature footage inserts are a brilliant alternative to simple dialogue filler content. It has great atmosphere, and a couple truly memorable and standout characters. It's downbeat by the end, a traditional slasher throughout, and the score just grabs you. It's kooky, but aggressive.

    In the years since first watching these slashers, I've come to realize that the non-slasher bits often make or break the films, and the lower tier films had a bit of artistic freedom when they weren't upping the body count. Give me the honesty that comes with The Prey over Hatchet any day. It's also noteworthy to point out that even in a scrap budgeted cash grab like this one, there's a classiness in the no name actors that take themselves seriously.
     
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    I guess I just found it a bit lame. Not much of anything happens and I think I remember a lot of talking and lame songs? It's funny because I don't mind films like The Slayer where not much happens, but for me I find those characters a lot better.
    As for new horror, I've been enjoying a lot more of it lately with films like Hereditary, Suspiria, IT, US etc.
    Yeah, unless the characters have me interested then don't give me a film where nothing happens till the end. I'm all for mysteries but again, the characters are integral.
    You're right though, there was just as much trash coming out back then as there is now. You just need to find the good ones and thankfully I think there has been quite good horror coming out the last couple of years. Stuff that's more refreshing and breaking the mould a bit.
     
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    Really glad you said this, as it's a point I bring up many times on this forum. I realize that a lot of posters here were either not alive in the 80s, or at least too young to be a horror fan. Seriously, for someone to have lived through the "golden age" of theatrically viewing 80s slasher films, they'd be in their 50s now. Like me. And not all of them were that good. One thing we get to do now is cherry pick the good films of the era. So we see the 80s as a gold mine (because there are a shit ton of great flicks from then) while ignoring the crap that came in between the good films. Now that most of the good films have made their way to some kind of Blu-Ray or at least DVD edition, we're left with the crap. Sure, they may have some merits, and the style of the era is fun to see now, but really there's a reason a lot stayed buried while the Burnings and Bloody Valentines and Hell Nights always had some kind of following.
     
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    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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    Very true. I watched as much horror as I could back then (70's and 80's). I got very selective, too. I would watch THE PREY, TO ALL A GOODNIGHT and HOSPITAL MASSACRE once or twice but FRIDAY THE 13TH, HELL NIGHT and THE FUNHOUSE...I couldn't get enough of.
    I remember even as the 90's rolled 'round even the general public would also be selective. Working in a video store, they all wanted the good stuff and not the bad. OLD movies sat collecting dust. Something like "DON'T GO IN THE WOODS" was not gonna fly off the shelf like "HELLRAISER" or "TREMORS".
    I remember listening to two little girls who couldn't be older than 7 looking at the box of BLOOD BEACH, "...is that all it does???? Pull people in the ground?"
    For me, it really wasn't about good movie vs. bad movie because I don't relate to that notion. I'll love a movie if it entertains me or something really good happened to me surrounding
    a particular movie.
    As for THE PREY, I enjoyed it, but man my friends were NOT thrilled. "...is this like a nature movie???" "...nothing scary is happening". Circa 1984. They knew, even then...
     
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  5. zbinks

    zbinks Beset by Creatures of the Deep

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    Apparently Dante Tomaselli just spilled the beans on a forthcoming Arrow release (presumably North America, only).

    https://bandsaboutmovies.com/2019/04/06/interview-with-dante-tomaselli/
     
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    I recently watched it to see if it is worth buying. This one is a hard NO. Pretty boring and silly. There will always be a couple of people who will like a movie, but this is no Mutilator or Blood Rage.
     
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    KGBRadioMoskow Makes any meat boneless!

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    Yeah, but you have to admit Scared Stiff would make a good porn film title. And the inferred plot gag might actually be amusing for the first few minutes or so.
     
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    Sure. Amusing. Amusing. Interesting. Interesting. Very interesting. VERY INTERESTING. Then I lost interest.
     
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    Kim Bruun Resident Scream Queen

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    The Arrow release is easily the best looking of the two Blu-rays, which is fortunate, as the Japanese one contains no English subtitles. Btw., I watched all four movies in the Arrow set within the space of a week, and the presentation of all four is pleasing. I had only seen The Ring up until that point, and I still find the mythology it establishes quite engrossing. Spiral is convoluted, heavily reliant on exposition, and runs out of steam before it even gets started. No wonder it was abandoned from the continuity of the later sequels. Ring 2 and Ring 0: Birthday are both enjoyable additions to the franchise. Neither sequel quite captures the purity of The Ring, but both work fine as horror movies and expand upon the mythology in an interesting way. I particularly like Ring 2 opening with the information that
    Sadako was alive for decades in the well before she finally died, only a couple of years before the events of The Ring. That's a pretty scary notion. Her being down there for years, fuelled only by her anger, supernatural power, and whatever slimy nourishment she could suck off the walls.
    The movies definitely made me want to revisit Ju-on: The Grudge and One Missed Call for more longhaired ghostly scares. I wonder what the chances are of those coming out on Blu? And should I get the Sadako vs. Kayako import? :p
     
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    Still waiting on my order (of the now OOP) Arrow release. Possibility this is yet another order from Amazon UK lost by Asendia (I'm now averaging about 1 out of 3 orders outright lost by them, with another 1 out of 3 delayed by at least a month past estimated delivery date).
     
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    Both Ring 2 and Ring 0 are quite OK but they (for me personally) take away from the mystique that the first film has. And don't get me started on the flood of other 'long haired black ghosts' that started to appear afterwards. That's why i decided to only get the steelbook of the first one, which I saw again 2 weeks ago. I still think it's an amazing film but, of course, being 20 years older than when I first saw it (on VHS) and the familiarity with the material made the experience lesser than that first time.
     
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    I normally just use the "AmazonGlobal Standard" shipping option. It's often around the same price (sometimes even cheaper on larger orders) than the Standard shipping option. They do always give a tracking number with that method, and it ships via UPS I-Parcel and is either then delivered by UPS or handed over to the USPS.

    That was the method I used for my Arrow Ring set, and it arrived a week after shipment.
     
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    I pretty much agree with what you said. Making a sequel or prequel to something like The Ring is tricky. Either you give the audience more of the same, which becomes repetitive and formulaic, or you expand upon the mythology, which ironically detracts from the mystique. I was left wanting more Sadako, and Ring 2 and Ring 0 hit the spot for me. Spiral was pretty bad. I do think the long-haired Japanese ghost is a pretty effective horror icon, though it has been done to death. I remember finding Ju-on: The Grudge confusing, but still being spooked by the twisted Kayako and her death rattle. I also remember liking One Missed Call, not least because it deals with Munchausen syndrome by proxy, and quite honestly, there aren't nearly enough horror movies that exploit this frightening phenomenon.
     

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