March & April Horror Movie Watching Thread 2020 - Coronavirus Edition!

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  1. ImmortalSlasher

    ImmortalSlasher Well-Known Member

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    I'm the kind of person that always likes to start from the beginning. I always stop watching shows and restart at the beginning. I stopped watching CSI and will go back one day.

    People seem to still be playing around with this lock down. I glimpsed a story on the news and they still showed people mingling around in New York. The longer we take to shut down the longer the stay in period will be.
     
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    I'm trying to remember what I watched in the past few days. I'll stick mostly to the horror stuff.

    Terror On Tour, which a friend gave me on VHS. Honestly, I thought it was kind of tedious. It was a struggle to make it until the end. As a slasher completest, I'm glad to have that hole filled in my collection though.

    Scorpion's Raw Courage blu-ray, which was minimalist but engaging. There are probably better movies of it's kind, but this one is good fun. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Eat Brains Love, the new Rodman Flender movie on VOD. The title is cringeworthy, but I watched it because I love Idle Hands. I liked it more than expected, certainly gorier than expected, but it was still pretty corny and had an All Cheerleaders Die non-ending. Not a bad watch, but not a must-see either.

    Murderock blu-ray, which was pretty bland. I've been on a bit of an Italian horror kick lately, so after seeing really terrific and entertaining entries like Torso or You'll Die At Midnight, this one came across as tepid and mediocre. It was fun seeing Geretta Geretta (Demons, who has a terrific interview on the disc) and that guy from House On The Edge Of The Park though.

    Freeway on DVD. Hadn't seen this in a while, but still loved it. Very un-PC, I bet Reese Witherspoon is hoping it never resurfaces, lol! Still, this one's wildly entertaining from start to finish.

    I feel like there are a few more I'm forgetting, but whatever.
     
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    Yeah, but then you wouldn't be watching any during the Coronavirus stay-at-home, would ya?

    Nah, I get it, but really, for a show like this it truly doesn't matter. Also, you might not even like it, I'd say DVR a Saturday night's run of episodes and see if it works for you. This past weekend's slate wasn't bad; Stella Stevens as a new narcotics officer who's dedication to the job might cost her her marriage, Don Meredith as a patrol cop who believes a hit-and-run was murder, but because the victim was a black prostitute the detectives don't take up the case. It's up to him to solve it, while still handing out speeding tickets and pulling over DUIs. Finally, a cop is training his younger brother. The younger brother feels he's not getting a fair shake, but despite his desire to do well he's making small mistakes that could be fatal.

    As for the movies I've watched while on lockdown,
    The Crazies ('73)
    Crawl
    Across 110th St
    Super Fly
    Southbound
    Strange Brew
    Sleepless
    Corruption
    The Wages of Fear
     
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    Academy Awards be damned, this movie is Reese Witherspoon's finest moment. I'm serious.

    Your post reminded me I still had this on my DVR from a Showtime airing about a year ago. I have that DVD too, but it's not even anamorphic. I figured the Showtime airing would be HD, but it really wasn't. This is a movie sorely in need of a high quality Blu-Ray release.
     
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    Myron Breck BOO!!! Gotcha!

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    Yes, yes, and yes. The one on Prime is defintely not HD--but still alittle better than my DVD, I think.
     
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    Despite being non-anamorphic, I didn't think the Freeway DVD looked terrible considering it was one of the first I ever got. It wasn't thee first DVD I ever bought, but was probably within the first 10.

    A few I've watched since the last post:

    Trapped (1989): the Fred Walton thriller with Kathleen Quinlan and Bruce Abbott trapped in an office tower with a baseball bat wielding psychopath. A fun little thriller for sure, it reminded me of a late '80s P2, especially the parking garage finale.

    Girls With Balls: this is sort of a French remake of Blood Games (1990) only with some quirky touches like an expository guitar player ala Dead & Breakfast. Very dumb and very juvenile, but also kind of fun if you're in the right mindset. You can find it on NetFlix.

    21 Bridges: a pretty generic and forgettable movie of its kind. Yawn.
     
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    Natas Is it October yet?

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    Don't worry, He won't get that far on Foot

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    I read an article last week with Jonah Hill who claimed this was his best acting performance. Im shocked this didn't get a full theatrical release 2 years ago.

    Anyways.....really well acted drama. It can be quite the bummer at times but it's an outstanding film. It's on Prime.
     
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    Cool, added that movie to my Netflix queue (yes, I still get discs in the mail from them).

    A couple more things on the classic Freeway:
    What are some of your favorite Vanessa Lutz quotes? She has dozens of classics. Of course there's the ultimate Little Red Riding Hood altering of "Well, what big ugly fuckin' teeth ya got there, Bob", but I might get an even bigger laugh when she's prostituting in the barrio: "Sexo?"
    And not a quote, but I love when the judge decides she's going to be tried as an adult, and she's just laughing hysterically at Bob's appearance.

    Finally, a little error. Or is it? The opening scene has her unable to read "The cat drinks milk", but later she has no problem reading the menu at the diner. I don't think she's really illiterate though, she's just pretending to be.
     
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    Even though it's the big trailer line, my favorite is from that scene. "HO-LEE SHIT! Look who got beat with the ug-lee stick!"

    "...and hey, I heard you have one of those big pewp bags that's like attached to your body and all your shit comes out and like lands in it! You just a big ol' shit bag, ain't you Bob? You just think of me every time you empty that motherfuckin' thang, motherfucker!"
     
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    There were actually two courtroom scenes (I just watched it last night so it's fresh in my memory); the one you describe is the arraignment, the second one is the one where she's to be tried as an adult, and she's just laughing. What makes it so funny is that it's not a maniacal "fake" laugh, she's actually hiding under her hair laughing. Had to rewind it a couple of times, she does such a great job in that scene.
     
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    Night of the Living Dead (Original) -

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    Perhaps Night of the Living Dead is another reason I don't mind staying at home. It's just a good story about attempting to protect yourself from what is outside.

    I know I saw the remake first. I think I prefer the remake because of the stronger female lead, the music, and it's just a bit more humorous with the arguments between Ben and Cooper. I remember seeing the remake by accident at night not knowing what it was and it turned out to be a nice surprise.

    I saw the original fairly recently for the first time in the last ten to fifteen or so years. I still watch it as it's very good and a classic horror movie. I can't decide if I should get the poster above yet. They have a black and white version too. But I like that moonlight on the color version. I want to see someone attempt a poster for the remake. I think I like how the remake shows the surrounding areas and the house a bit more compared to the original as well.

    If anything, I think after this outbreak, people will be really prepared for the next disaster.
     
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    Kim Bruun Resident Scream Queen

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    Last night, I watch the The Fly - the original from 1958. I had watched Return of the Fly earlier this month and found it enjoyable in a time-has-passed sort of way. I did remember the original being more grim, but considering what Cronenberg did with the concept in 1986, would the 1958 just be a hoary piece of 50's nostalgia? One thing I had forgotten was that the movie starts with the events immediately following the death of the scientist at the hands of his wife, with the main story being told in a flashback. That's actually a very effective approach, because we know from the beginning that things aren't going to end well. What makes things even more compelling is that the hero of the story is actually the wife. She is beautiful and smart, and there is something deeply sad about her trying to retain her composure after her husband's disastrous second teleportation, as well as her desperate attempt to catch the mutant fly which they both hope will restore him. Both characters are well fleshed out, and we care about them as a couple - she respects how passionate he is about his work, yet his affection for her is obvious. Had he been an emotionally distant oddball, we as an audience had probably just seen him as a monster on the loose for our entertainment and not really cared about his plight. The fly prosthetics are excellent - I especially found the twitching mouth parts unsettling.

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    And even behind all this, the actor never fails to convey the emotional and mental state of his character. In short, a masterpiece of 50's horror. The only thing that lets it down is the fake spider near end. Man, that thing looks terrible!
     
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    Watched the entire series run of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes cartoon. Season 1 was great, but season 2 just seemed like it had given up.
    Going back into my dark shadows tomorrow
     
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    Natas Is it October yet?

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    Tiger King

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    Yeah......the hype is real. Fucking nutty. Joe Exotic....fucking legend.

    Animal rights, arson, murder, suicide, missing people, country spite music, reality television, politics, and a whole lotta gay meth heads with mulletts. Joe Dirt and Kenny Powers on meth.....and tigers. It's got it all.
     
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    A few so far:

    Angel Heart
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    All good fun...
     
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    I also started Tiger King, but I'm only 2 episodes in. Finished Curb Your Enthusiasm. Started the final season of Schitt's Creek.

    I've also been working through the Arrow-verse for quite a while now, which I really enjoy despite the fact that I LOATHE superhero movies. It keeps branching off into more and more shows, so I'm currently just starting Legends Of Tomorrow. Fun so far. Joe Dante directed a '50s nostalgia episode.

    As for movies, I watched two '80s genre films I'd never seen before:

    Deadline via the new Vinegar Syndrome blu-ray. This was a neat little psychological drama. I don't know if I'd recommend approaching it as a horror film, but horror fans should dig it anyway. Great discovery from the fine folks at Vinegar Syndrome.

    Mask Of Murder: this is a Canadian-set Swedish giallo featuring Christopher Lee and Rod Taylor. Not great, but if you're a slasher fan it at least warrants one viewing. It has a hilarious albeit foreseeable twist ending.
     
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    Satanico Pandemonium

    What a title! Seriously, it just rolls off your tongue like the blare of a trumpet. Unfortunately, the movie is artsy and lacks the energy that the title so exploitively promised. Sister Maria is tempted by Satan to become his disciple in return for glory and sensual pleasures. She enjoys tepid Lesbian sex and tries to get it on with a young man who is, well, a bit too young for her. I don't know what the age of consent was in Mexico at the time, but the young man ain't consenting. After a second attempt to seduce him fails, she kills him and covers the crime by burning down his house. But honestly, this sounds A LOT more exciting than it really is. The movie revolves around Maria's spiritual crisis, but her character feels oddly distant. She is beautiful and expressive, and yet we earn very little about her. The other nuns are portrayed as either strict or self-pitying, making it difficult to feel sympathy for them as well. Some of them are so unlikable that they almost make Satan seem like the good guy. A bit of a dud.
     
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    Yeah, but Salma Hayek sure was hot in From Dusk Till Dawn, wasn't she?
     
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    Suspicious Death of a Minor
    Joker

    - joker was one of the most mean-spirited, pessimistic studio films I’ve ever seen. Bravo.
     
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    I don't think I knew there was an original Fly movie. I thought the one with the big teleporters was the original. That movie freaked me out. I've only seen it once when I was a kid. I didn't like how the transporter could mess someone up since I saw Star Trek before The Fly.

    I only remember the terrible mutation and what I think was a scene with a hooker.

    I thought this would be a movie with the character from Dusk till Dawn. Perhaps they got the name from this movie. I'll check it out one day.
     

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