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  1. Natas

    Natas Theres no such thing as the boogyman

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    Baby Driver

    Caught a matinee of this. It was a pretty cool little flick, man. Entertaining throughout, really cool soundtrack......everything from Queen to Barry White. Violence was there but never over the top. Several deaths, both lead women were absolutely beautiful. I recommend checking it out on the big screen, very enjoyable.
     
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    Amityville 3-D

    Seen it quite a few times but never realized what a Poltergeist rip it was. Tone, visuals, story. Very Poltergeist-y.
     
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    Flesheater (1988)

    I saw this years ago on DVD and probably batch watched it with 4 other movies on a Saturday back then so my memory wasn't super sharp on it. It's funny to watch it now, if ever there was a "home grown horror" label this movie deserves it. It feels super cheap, shot with friends with little to no props. It's about as cheap as you can get and still get a functioning narrative in the can. To it's credit, what it lacks in, well, everything, it makes up for with blood, nudity and fun.

    It's terrible, yet watchable.
     
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    The Prowler -

    I finally saw this movie and it's pretty good. It reminded me of a harsher Friday the 13th at times. The kills went a bit further than in Friday the 13th. They were meaner and more graphic. The effects were very good and when I saw Tom Savini was credited for the effects I wasn't surprised. Also, I looked up the director and he also directed a Friday the 13th entry. The mean nature of the movie means it wouldn't be that much fun for me to watch again though. I thought the lead actress was cool though and wish she was in a Friday the 13th movie.

     
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    Frankenstein (1931)
    This is the first time I have watched this in over 20 years. :O
    I recently got the Universal horror movies bluray set, and have been working through it slowly, watching the movies in order (and also watching all of the extras outside of the commentary tracks after each movie).
    This was always my favorite of the Universal horror movies as a kid, and, if anything, it has just got better with age. I really could not believe how good this looks on Bluray. It looks like something shot recently... just in B&W. My wife, who has no background in horror movies, could not believe that the movie was made in 1931.
    Of course, the Bluray is a revelation compared with the quality of what I would watch on TV on Halloween as a middle school kid. Universal really cleaned the video and audio up on this set. Although it looks amazing, the audio is what really surprised me. I was used to watching this movie with a soundtrack that sounded like someone was playing a warped record over a phone to me.
    Anyway, fantastic movie and now I am looking forward to revisiting Bride in the next couple weeks.
     
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    Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
    Jason is back! But this time he's in a camp killing some adult teenagers!

    Fans hated (and continue to hate) Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning because Jason is not really in it (instead, it's a guy pretending to be Jason)... but, come on. If not for the last 30 seconds of the movie, no one would know any differently. Besides, I liked how, instead of killing a bunch of camp counselors, "Jason" was killing a bunch of crazy kids at some mental home.

    Well, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood has got to be the low point in the series, at least until Jason got a case of wanderlust and started going to places like Hell and outer space. The only thing that makes this movie stand is that the heroine (Tina, which is the perfect 80s name for your horror movie heroine) has telekinesis and the power to raise the dead (!), but the script does absolutely nothing with this until the last scene of the film.

    I did, however, appreciate how evil and slimy Tina's psychiatrist is. By far the best part of the movie is where he is running away from Jason with Tina's mom. Jason catches up to them, and the guy grabs the mom, pulls her in between him and Jason, and uses her as a human shield. Although she dies rather painlessly from just getting stabbed, the psychiatrist gets what he deserves with probably the most horrible death in the film.

    Other than that one scene and a great stunt where Jason falls backward not down but through some stairs, this movie has absolutely nothing going on. With a bad horror movie, you can usually look forward to some inventive lighting or camerawork, and of course some great gore effects.

    Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood has none of that, as it looks like a high budget TV movie, and the MPAA demanded that basically all gore and blood be cut from the film to get an R rating. It's a miracle they even allowed the movie to have a Jason in it!

    As far as I'm concerned, this is the low point of the series. Friday the 13th Part 3, while awful, at least had some good effects and its laughable attempt at 3D, while Friday the 13th: Jason's Space Adventure brought some excellent gore effects to keep you awake.



    Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
    (1989)
    A bunch of high school kids and their chaperones take a cruise ship to New York to celebrate their graduation. Little do they know... Jason is on there.

    This movie is absolutely ridiculous, but so much fun. It begins with a couple enjoying a relaxing night on a boat on Crystal Lake—the very same Crystal Lake that Jason was banished to in the previous movie, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood. What's interesting is that, Crystal Lake must apparently connect to the Atlantic Ocean, because that boat somehow ends up drifting into some port in New Jersey, where it is completely ignored. You see, it is this port that the high school kids are disembarking from, to make their trip to New York. What kind of school are these kids going to, that arranges to rent a full-sized cruise ship to take like 10 kids from New Jersey to New York?? The ship has a DISCO in it fer chrissakes.

    The vast, vast majority of the movie takes place on this cruise ship, and while the movie takes a lot of flak for that, I really don't mind. Unlike the boring Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, which just takes place in another bunch of cabins on Crystal Lake, I really appreciated that this movie finally introduced a unique environment in which Jason could kill a bunch of unlikable kids.

    It helps that the movie is just overall more interesting. The kids are all hateful, but at least they have some quirk to tell them apart—and I actually got a kick out of how each of their quirks basically defines them as characters and there is zero character development whatsoever outside of that. This girl plays an electric guitar, and that's how she dies. This guy is an amateur boxer, and that's how he dies. This other guy walks around the entire movie holding a video camera, and that's how he dies. Contrast that with the previous movie in the series, where you had the psychic girl, and then that guy that gets killed, and this girl that gets killed, and this other girl that gets killed.

    The last part of the movie takes place in "New York," but it was actually somewhat infamously shot everywhere else but New York (with some minor exceptions toward the end), including Vancouver and Los Angeles. Jason manages to take the entire cruise ship down, but a few survivors climb into a little rowboat and escape (the movie gets major points for a part where a teacher tells another group of survivors to wait in the kitchen while she gets help, and then she is told five minutes later that, basically, all those kids drowned so forget about them). Somewhat hilariously, Jason apparently just swims alongside that rowboat in the middle of a massive storm because the very minute the boat arrives in New York, Jason climbs out of the ocean—this is the guy whose origin story is, he drowned as a kid cuz he doesn't know how to swim. It's nice to see Jason grow as a person.

    The New York depicted in this movie is... unique to say the least. It's ultra violent and filthy, and in one alarming scene the heroes are told to get out of the sewers because the city floods them with toxic waste every night at midnight!

    Having said all of that, this is a criminally underrated F13 film. Sure, it's not as good as the very best the series has to offer (that would be parts 1, 2, 4, and 6), but it is far, far better than any of the others.

    Sadly, outside of some great gore effects in the unrated version of the following film, Friday the 13th sadly has very little to offer to pretty much anyone from here on.
     
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    Natas Theres no such thing as the boogyman

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    Blasphemy!!!! Friday 7 is a masterpiece!!!
     
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    I just don't get the appeal of that one. What did you like about it?
     
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    I love Friday VII.
     
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    Myron Breck BOO!!! Gotcha!

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    I am trying very hard to sit through THE ASTRONAUT'S WIFE (1999). Holy crap, was this the start of Depp's descent? It's spectacularly bad, which is usually a bit of a Positive in my book...
     
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    Natas Theres no such thing as the boogyman

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    I believe I mentioned this flick before here but it's worth another.

    Fist Fight

    This has become one of my favorite comedies of the last decade or so. Caught it in the theaters and I've watched 3 more times on blu ray. I cannot recommend this one enough. If you're a fan of Apatow films like Superbad, 40 year old Virgin, forgetting Sarah Marshall, etc.....you'll like this, I promise. It's a hard R raunchy comedy that moves at a brisk pace, doesn't waste any time with side stories/love interests, absolutely hilarious. I'm not saying every joke works but I pretty much am in tears the majority of the movie. Charley Day is his usual awesome self, Jillian Bell is incredible......and I have to mention the talent show scene. Help my fuck, probably the funniest 3 minutes of film these eyes have seen in a while.

    "Bully this, bitch"

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    Creepshow 2 (1987)

    Creepshow 2 is the extremely inferior sequel to the awesome horror anthology flick, Creepshow. Unlike the first movie, which contained five stories in just about two hours, a star-studded cast, brilliant direction by George A. Romero, an atmospheric score, and charming animation spots here and there... Creepshow 2 has three stories at just over 90 minutes, a cast of nobodies (with the exception of George Kennedy and Dorothy Lamour), pedestrian direction by a guy, a score that makes everything even worse, and horrible animation that goes on too long and looks like it was outsourced to starving kids in third world hellholes chained to animation desks in the basement.

    In the first story, "Ol' Chief Woodenhead," nothing happens for five hours, and then a wooden statue kills three guys in five seconds while buttrock plays in the background THE END.

    In the second story, "The Raft," a bunch of kids go to the titular raft and are eaten by a sentient oil slick. Nice touch: the part where the "hero" just decides out of nowhere to molest his friend's girlfriend while she is sleeping (!), even though his friend/her boyfriend and her friend/his girlfriend were just hours ago eaten horribly (!!) by an oil slick that is right beneath their raft (!!!). Our hero!

    In the third and final story, "The Hitchhiker," a lady runs over a guy over and over for 20 minutes while a guy goes NEOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW on his electric guita whenever something "extreme" or "scary" or "stupid" happens. When the guitar guy gets tired of quote-unquote shredding, some guy starts playing music that old people probably consider to be "funky.". Good gory effects on the hitchhiker, though.

    Worth watching for the "Raft," but be sure to bring a crossword puzzle or something for the rest of the movie.
     
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    Devil's Pass -

    I was looking forward to this movie. I thought someone mentioned it here or I posted about it before. It's ok I guess. There are some things I wish were different. At first it's kind of bad with the silly group that we've seen in every reality movie going into an unknown area with little planning or foresight. But a good surprise event happens. I guess since it's found footage, I should have picked up on it, yet it was still funny. Then it's almost like Blair Witch in a good way. There are some spooky shots in the mountains too if you are watching closely.

    My only gripes were the ending and how the movie was leaning more sci-fi and turned into something else. They could have tied so many cool mysteries into it but they only hinted at it, then went with something I thought was kind of generic. Even though it was foreshadowed a few times. I just didn't care about the ending as much as I should or one should in a good movie. Still it's worth a watch if you like snow horror movies.
     
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    Fox with the Velvet Tail

    For a film that isn't overly original this one really hit the right notes for me. Extremely well-shot and managed to keep me guessing about the end. This one will earn some rewatches. I don't want to say too much, but if you passed on this because it lacks a name director or punch-y reputation, don't. It's a classy (by Giallo standards), absorbing, well made film.
     
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    Bookies

    Watched this last night. For some reason I absolutely love this movie. Nick Stahl, Johnny Galecki, Rachel Leigh Cook, well acted, I really enjoy the story......pacing is terrific..... only gripe might be the over acting from the mobsters.... little over the top with their performances. But overall I enjoy this movie a lot. Highly recommended if you haven't seen.
     
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    I remember being pleasantly surprised by this. I can't remember too much of it, but my expectations were pretty low going in...i'm not much on found footage films. It was definitely better than I expected it to be.
     
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    I love how grim it is. Even the score over the opening titles is completely stripped down. Despite having so many of its kills neutered by the MPAA, it's still a really ferocious film. And Kane Hodder's Jason is my favorite of the series (just in this film...I'm not much of a fan of the Jason design or behavior in the others he did). I think it also hits such a wonderful wave of 80's tropes with it's gang of teens next door. And Crystal Lake seems more like a desiccated swamp. It's completely unrealistic that anybody would ever go there on holiday, with all the dead trees and crap that surround it. But that all works in its favour to create a completely surreal and heightened atmosphere. Definitely one of my favorites in the series.
     
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    Spot on.

    Late night last night I watched Friday the 13th part 4.

    Growing up I always put part 4 in the middle of the pact as far as my favorite Friday list is concerned. I found it a bit slow, especially the first half. And there wasn't enough Jason in the first half as well. But as the years passed this one creeped up my list. The final chase and Jasons demise at the hands of his own machete is one of if not the best ending of any entry in the franchise.

    It's a perfect example of why my F13 dvd box set is always downstairs next to my projector. So fun to watch on 100 inches
     
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    Two recents:

    Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker.

    I've heard all the positive talk on here about this one without ever getting it together to actually watch but I picked up the Blu and boy am I glad I did. While there is nothing here particularly original there is a nastiness to the storytelling that was surprising and unsettling. The film is not particularly well-acted but it is well-cast and that makes up for some of the performance deficiencies. I was surprised that:

    there was so much homophobia and anti-gay language. I know it was used for effect but it was really jarring.

    To these eyes it may be one of the best Code Red Blus to date. So far my best 2017 discovery of an old film.

    Ghostkeeper

    cheap, underexposed (film), and not cast with the greatest actors, Ghostkeeper is slow burn that is not for everyone. Having said that, I really enjoyed it. I could have done without the
    Wendigo explanation in the beginning and the creature itself
    but the snow, the old lodge, the creepiness. The quiet. It's really a good lesson on what can be done with a handful of actors and a remote location. Mood. Always important. And the fact that it shares a plot, almost beat for beat with
    The Shining (snow, old hotel, crazy inhabitant, etc.)
    is not a bad thing.
     

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