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post #17401 of 17427
I don't recall ever reading Carpenter saying anything bad about Halloween II. Hell, he should be proud of that movie.

Bradito said he likes it because it's so schlocky and entertaining but I don't even really think it's that schlocky. It's a beautifully made movie...especially for a slasher. Wonderful photography...gloriously gothic redo of the score. Just fucking well made as hell. Probably my all time favorite slasher that isn't the original Halloween. I love all the Friday the 13ths. My Bloody Valentine. Prom Night. Sleepaway Camp (though it's so skeezy that I feel sorta bad about liking it but I'd be lying if I said it didn't entertain me). They all pale in comparison. So yeah...BIG fan..
post #17402 of 17427
The only "bad" thing I hear Carpenter talk about Halloween II is the process in which him and Debra Hill were asked to write a sequel.

He talks about how he was done with the story, that if they gave him enough money he would write it, and the Sister angle came to them after drinkinh beers on the floor of his apartment.

I appreciate the fact that Halloween II isn't more of the same, and that it begins with the finale of the first and shows the rest of that night.

Some things I would've changed if I could however. Some more time could have been taken to make a new mask instead of using the first one after it hadn't even been stored properly, causing it to age and look strange on Dick Warlocks head.

Also, I don't like the robotic way that he chose to portray Myers some of the time. Nick Castle was fluid, and seemingly light on his feet. Warlock is mimicking a a human acting like an automoton.

To save face in my opinion, they should have brought him back in 4 with no family motivations. Just a crazy kid in the body of a grown man, possessed by an unknown force, hell bent on reliving the same night over and over again, each Halloween.
post #17403 of 17427
I just ordered the steelbook of "Popcorn," limited to 3,000 copies. I've never seen it before. I hope it's not shitty.
post #17404 of 17427
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I just ordered the steelbook of "Popcorn," limited to 3,000 copies. I've never seen it before. I hope it's not shitty.

I wouldn't have paid what they're probably asking for it, but POPCORN is fun.  Very much an affectionate love letter to the genre.

post #17405 of 17427
Yeah, $45 seemed a little pricey, but the book is made of steel!
post #17406 of 17427

To Horror, with Love: Cinema’s Biggest Genre Fans – Mark Petrie in SALEM’S LOT (1979) and Charley Brewster in FRIGHT NIGHT (1985)

 

http://dailydead.com/to-horror-with-love-cinemas-biggest-genre-fans-mark-petrie-in-salems-lot-1979-and-charley-brewster-in-fright-night-1985/

 

 

Heather Wixson has become a favorite writer on Horror.

post #17407 of 17427
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I just ordered the steelbook of "Popcorn," limited to 3,000 copies. I've never seen it before. I hope it's not shitty.

I got my copy of this in the mail yesterday. The price tag was higher than I liked, but Synapse put out a stellar release. Popcorn isn't a classic, but it's a damn fun horror movie that was made by people that love cinema (including an uncredited Bob Clark). You won't regret your purchase.
post #17408 of 17427
I didn't even know it was available until someone that I follow on Twitter posted a pic of his copy this afternoon.

I'm slipping!
post #17409 of 17427
"XX" is on Amazon Instant. Anyone watched it yet?
post #17410 of 17427

Ouija: Origin of Evil is, as it turns out, pretty good. It's absolutely nothing you haven't already seen, a real Blumhouse exercise, but it doesn't do anything wrong for its whole run time, and Mike Flanagan appears to be the goods, for reals. Good cast too. If you enjoy Insidious sequels, this is not unlike those, although probably even more PG-13.

post #17411 of 17427
I really liked the family and their situation in that OUIJA sequel. But you're right about it being standard Blumhouse. Not a single bit of tension, not one scare, that felt original.
post #17412 of 17427
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Ouija: Origin of Evil is, as it turns out, pretty good. It's absolutely nothing you haven't already seen, a real Blumhouse exercise, but it doesn't do anything wrong for its whole run time, and Mike Flanagan appears to be the goods, for reals. Good cast too. If you enjoy Insidious sequels, this is not unlike those, although probably even more PG-13.

I didn't like it. Did you know bullys are really just scared? Or sad? A poorly written priest taught me that and he is the first one to ever say it.

post #17413 of 17427

Origin of Evil is definitely a movie we have all seen before, but I will be damned if I didn't like it way more then I expected. If you put a gun to my head I couldn't tell you a thing that happened in the first one, but this one had a lot of great visuals. And the kids carried their end of the show well. Mike Flanagan really has a handle of how these kinds of movies work, and he even has me looking forward to Gerald's Game for god's sake

post #17414 of 17427
So no one's watched "XX" yet but you've all seen the spooky PG-13 Ouija board movie sequel!

@_@
post #17415 of 17427
You're no better!
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I still haven't watched The Monster in full, but as uninspired as I found the ultimate creature design to be (yes, I know the movie has pretentions towards being about something deeper than a monster), I still love seeing stuff like this. 

post #17417 of 17427
I quite liked The Monster even though the characters sometimes behaved in stupid ways and the creature design was not all that great and the central metaphor wasn't nearly as elegant or effective as it was in The Babadook. Bertino got decent performances out of the two mains, and he clearly still has a solid grasp on dread/tension building. Also the idea of two characters stuck in a completely broken relationship suddenly experiencing some kind of intense shared trauma that strips away all the dysfunction and reminds them how much they love each other, is something he played with both here and in The Strangers, and it adds a really interesting flavour to the horror. I have officially forgiven him for Mockingbird.
post #17418 of 17427
I haven't seen Mockingbird, but boy do I remember how disappointed I was in The Strangers . Once the titular antagonists make their move, it becomes absolutely the most repetitive game of hide and go seek ever.
post #17419 of 17427
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I haven't seen Mockingbird, but boy do I remember how disappointed I was in The Strangers . Once the titular antagonists make their move, it becomes absolutely the most repetitive game of hide and go seek ever.


​I've only seen a bit of the Strangers but what completely lost me was when the friend arrives and sees the house is completely trashed. He doesn't leave to get the police, call the police or even (and most egregiously), call out to his friends to see if they were there. It was the most contrived situation to set it up so he gets a shotgun to the face in an accident that was both implausible and yet predictable from a mile off before you saw it happen (I mean, even I predicted it and it was the only scene of the movie I saw as it happened to be on TV at the time.)

post #17420 of 17427
MOCKINGBIRD is a decently executed found-footage movie but the dude in the clown role is the most annoying character/actor I can remember in a horror film ever. For that alone I cannot recommend it.
post #17421 of 17427
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I quite liked The Monster even though the characters sometimes behaved in stupid ways and the creature design was not all that great and the central metaphor wasn't nearly as elegant or effective as it was in The Babadook. Bertino got decent performances out of the two mains, and he clearly still has a solid grasp on dread/tension building. Also the idea of two characters stuck in a completely broken relationship suddenly experiencing some kind of intense shared trauma that strips away all the dysfunction and reminds them how much they love each other, is something he played with both here and in The Strangers, and it adds a really interesting flavour to the horror. I have officially forgiven him for Mockingbird.

I was all in until the Mom does something near the end which services the theme but makes zero logical sense. I enjoyed it but that brought the movie down.

post #17422 of 17427
I watched the first two chapters in "XX." I'll watch the rest tomorrow. It's not all the scary so far.
post #17423 of 17427

Drive-In Dust Offs: THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE (1971)

 

http://dailydead.com/drive-dust-offs-night-evelyn-came-grave-1971/

 

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post #17424 of 17427

Hard-to-Find Creepshow Comic Getting Reprinted

 

http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/214935/hard-find-creepshow-comic-getting-reprinted/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

"Now back in print: the graphic novel adaptation of Stephen King’s Creepshow, based on the 1982 horror anthology and cult classic film directed by George Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead)—and featuring stunning illustrations by the legendary Bernie Wrightson and cover art by the acclaimed Jack Kamen! A harrowing and darkly humorous tribute to the controversial and influential horror comics of the 1950s, Creepshow presents five sinsister stories from the #1 New York Times bestselling author— “Father’s Day,” “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill,” “Something to Tide You Over,” “The Crate,” and “They’re Creeping Up on You”…unforgettable tales of terror to haunt your days and nights!

 

Look for it on May 9th"

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Hard-to-Find Creepshow Comic Getting Reprinted

 

http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/214935/hard-find-creepshow-comic-getting-reprinted/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

"Now back in print: the graphic novel adaptation of Stephen King’s Creepshow, based on the 1982 horror anthology and cult classic film directed by George Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead)—and featuring stunning illustrations by the legendary Bernie Wrightson and cover art by the acclaimed Jack Kamen! A harrowing and darkly humorous tribute to the controversial and influential horror comics of the 1950s, Creepshow presents five sinsister stories from the #1 New York Times bestselling author— “Father’s Day,” “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill,” “Something to Tide You Over,” “The Crate,” and “They’re Creeping Up on You”…unforgettable tales of terror to haunt your days and nights!

 

Look for it on May 9th"

Great news for those who haven't been able to get their hands on an original copy for a reasonable price.

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Drive-In Dust Offs: THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE (1971)

http://dailydead.com/drive-dust-offs-night-evelyn-came-grave-1971/



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post #17427 of 17427
I watched the rest of "XX." It's not that great. The last chapter is pretty good, but in all, it's not really any better than the middling segments in the VHS movies.
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