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I saw A Cure For Wellness today. Big, beautiful looking, seriously creepy, bloated at 2 hours and 26 minutes, but worth seeing. Part Shutter Island, part The Shining, and a little One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest for good measure.

If you liked Crimson Peak's gorgeous visuals and its B-movie weird melodrama, you'll like this one, although it's a lot more "out there" and mysterious. I do think plotwise it could have been a good 45 minutes shorter, but I did enjoy seeing every minute of what was going on onscreen, so I'd be hard pressed to say what should be cut. The whole thing is very much hallucinogenic nightmare material, and I mean that as a compliment.

I can see why this movie has divided many critics, there's a lot of flaws here to pick on--it's too long, the visuals are probably overdirected, it's basically a B-movie plot, much of it is familiar despite its strangeness--but the movie succeeds within its own terms. You just have to be willing to go along for the ride and prepare to be sitting and scratching your head for a while.





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I saw A Cure For Wellness today. Big, beautiful looking, seriously creepy, bloated at 2 hours and 26 minutes, but worth seeing. Part Shutter Island, part The Shining, and a little One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest for good measure.



If you liked Crimson Peak's gorgeous visuals and its B-movie weird melodrama, you'll like this one, although it's a lot more "out there" and mysterious. I do think plotwise it could have been a good 45 minutes shorter, but I did enjoy seeing every minute of what was going on onscreen, so I'd be hard pressed to say what should be cut. The whole thing is very much hallucinogenic nightmare material, and I mean that as a compliment.



I can see why this movie has divided many critics, there's a lot of flaws here to pick on--it's too long, the visuals are probably overdirected, it's basically a B-movie plot, much of it is familiar despite its strangeness--but the movie succeeds within its own terms. You just have to be willing to go along for the ride and prepare to be sitting and scratching your head for a while.













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I still need to get this version of the film!
Please post your thoughts if you do. I know most here like to stream. But most of my movie & horror viewing is still from discs. So I always welcome reviews and suggestions for any good horror flicks (esp. some of the older ones) on DVD, BD, or UHD discs.

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Another thing I noticed looking at cheap $5 and below BDs at Target, was that not all the films have lossless audio. For example I noticed the Tom Cruise movie The Last Samurai for $4.50 and it has only Dolby Digital 5.1. Luckily it is highlighted with boxes on the back telling you the specs.
Good point. The bargain bins/shelves at big box stores often contain overstock of older or discontinued titles that distributors are trying to unload. So it is wise to scrutinize them a little more closely if you really care about the sound and picture quality.

Many titles in there may also be cheaper on Amazon as well. I've found quite a few good deals in the discount bins and stores over the years though. And its certainly more convenient than buying online.

Big Lots sometimes has interesting stuff in their video section.
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I saw A Cure For Wellness today.
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If you liked Crimson Peak's gorgeous visuals and its B-movie weird melodrama, you'll like this one, although it's a lot more "out there" and mysterious.
I finally got round to watching Crimson Peak on BD in January, on a cold, wet, rainy, Sunday afternoon, and enjoyed it quite a bit (nature set the perfect mood for the movie). Definitely a slow (but good) burn, with a fairly decent payoff in the final act. I think the only thing that might've made it better was a little more grain and skin. But...

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"Kill Command" is a sci-fi combat thriller that Netflix added yesterday. Most of these video game as movies tend to bore me but this was a bit better. Three and a half robot eyes.

Now to figure out what I will watch for the Friday night horror film since there are many choices and equally many sources.
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I have Siren on DVD for tonight. I am fighting sinus infection/cold so I might pass out before the movie ends.


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Nice review as usual, Bob.



I finally got round to watching Crimson Peak on BD in January, on a cold, wet, rainy, Sunday afternoon, and enjoyed it quite a bit (nature set the perfect mood for the movie). Definitely a slow (but good) burn, with a fairly decent payoff in the final act. I think the only thing that might've made it better was a little more grain and skin. But...

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I saw A Cure For Wellness today. Big, beautiful looking, seriously creepy, bloated at 2 hours and 26 minutes, but worth seeing. Part Shutter Island, part The Shining, and a little One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest for good measure.

If you liked Crimson Peak's gorgeous visuals and its B-movie weird melodrama, you'll like this one, although it's a lot more "out there" and mysterious. I do think plotwise it could have been a good 45 minutes shorter, but I did enjoy seeing every minute of what was going on onscreen, so I'd be hard pressed to say what should be cut. The whole thing is very much hallucinogenic nightmare material, and I mean that as a compliment.

I can see why this movie has divided many critics, there's a lot of flaws here to pick on--it's too long, the visuals are probably overdirected, it's basically a B-movie plot, much of it is familiar despite its strangeness--but the movie succeeds within its own terms. You just have to be willing to go along for the ride and prepare to be sitting and scratching your head for a while.





I saw it too. The problem with critics and this film is they want to shove it away from horror and in many parts this a horror film. Most critics have gotten be lazy.
The director is is known for more mainstream films, Pirates of The Caribbean, The Lone Ranger... Yes it's Gore Verbinski. This film is a bit of departure for him and he also co-wrote the story.
As you watch you're thinking seems like Hitchcock, no Hitchcock doing Lynch, not quite that. Overall, it's Verbinski doing Barker without the blood, some similar themes, but going for weirdness vs. shock. And towards the end a little Coppola thrown in for good measure.
Gothic horror mixed with a few other forms of horror.
Not a film for everyone, but then neither was 'Frankenstein's Army'.
Watch only at night and without alcohol for the full creepiness to set in.

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I have been hearing good things about Get Out! Anyone going to see this?


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I have been hearing good things about Get Out! Anyone going to see this?
Looks sort of like a Stepford Wives for racial paranoia, or "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" combined with "1000 Maniacs", based on the preview. Getting some decent reviews. I didn't realize the Peele guy from Key & Peele directed this!
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otherwise Del Toro gets credit for trying something different.
Ok, but...

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I mean c'mon! It's just too Lovecraftian.

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I'm thinking about it, I'm seen some seriously disturbed trailers for this. Jordan Peele gets horror
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I mean c'mon! It's just too Lovecraftian.
Universal meets American International is how I would put it, add Vincent Price and stir well
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I have Keanu on my dvr and one of my friends was totally shocked that the director can do horror!


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Fired up The Girl With All The Gifts on Vudu. Pretty good take on the overcrowded zombie flick genre. It has a dash of pod people and some Last of Us thrown in the mix.

It centers on a child infected with a fungus that causes flesh eating in the standard zombie way but with a difference. The children are mostly normal and being used to seek a cure in a military installation. Glenn Close and the consumate Paddy Considine star.

It drags a bit in the middle and walks a fine line between a typical zombie apocalypse film as well a new world being born and seen through the eyes of a child.




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I decided on watching "The Arrival" which turned out to be a fairly decent "thinking" sci-fi story. Rented it for $1.49 and in 4K streaming. Thought it would just be $1.49 off the usual $7.99 4K price but all versions were $1.49. Four hexapods.
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I was lucky and got in two movies in the past 24. First one Siren, a continuation story about that first story from the VHS anthology. Not the best put together Horror film. The first part is decent but gets a bit too predictable towards the end. The VHS story was a bit better.

Kill Command was a bit better of a sci-fi horror film with killer soldier robot vs Marines! Not a bad way to spend a Saturday!


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I decided on watching "The Arrival" which turned out to be a fairly decent "thinking" sci-fi story. Rented it for $1.49 and in 4K streaming. Thought it would just be $1.49 off the usual $7.99 4K price but all versions were $1.49. Four hexapods.
I liked the movie a lot and we need more of them but "fairly decent" is apt. It seems that after I watched it and then dug in on reviews and opinions that it blew everyone's mind out there in meatspace. It is really standard fare for fans of the genre but apparently it invented "thinking sci-fi" much like Deadpool invented the R rated action movie.
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I liked the movie a lot and we need more of them but "fairly decent" is apt. It seems that after I watched it and then dug in on reviews and opinions that it blew everyone's mind out there in meatspace. It is really standard fare for fans of the genre but apparently it invented "thinking sci-fi" much like Deadpool invented the R rated action movie.
Once upon a time Sci-fi was a thinking genre,something to do with analog reading material (Books....).

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Once upon a time Sci-fi was a thinking genre,something to do with analog reading material (Books....).
Edgar Rice Burroughs books got me interested in Sci-Fi.
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Once upon a time Sci-fi was a thinking genre,something to do with analog reading material (Books....).
I think, without wading too deeply into it, most today are used to hand holding in their media intake. Not to mention at least 50% of today's mental capacity is reserved for finding fault with everything. 30% for dank meme creation for social media validation. Doesn't leave much to aspire to so simple message movies like Arrival "click."
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I think, without wading too deeply into it, most today are used to hand holding in their media intake. Not to mention at least 50% of today's mental capacity is reserved for finding fault with everything. 30% for dank meme creation for social media validation. Doesn't leave much to aspire to so simple message movies like Arrival "click."
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Sad news today as one of my favorite actors of the 80's and 90's movies has passed on. Bill Paxton died from complications from surgery.

Dude was one of the only actors killed by The Terminator, Predator and Alien, rip.


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