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Pretty good movie, but if I remember right; too many cheap scares for me.
I didn't care for it myself. Didn't seem like it did anything new or better than other similar PG13 ghost flicks. It just came off kinda cheesy and ineffective at creating tension for me.

I watched Dark Skies last night and thought that it was pretty well done. It's nice to see a movie that uses CG properly without trying to over do it for the climax which usually results in a loss of believability by revealing too much of the CG creation. As for alien flicks I think The Fourth Kind was scarier but this was def a solid entry and something worth watching. The real scare for me and the Mrs. actually came after the movie when I went up to check on the kids and my daughter was not in her bed. I checked our room, her brothers room, the guest room, closets, etc. and we were totally starting to flip out. Turns out she came downstairs and fell asleep behind the dining room table. We asked if she heard the movie and got scared and she said no, she was just scared of her room. Pretty freaky though after watching Dark Skies!

I'm heading to The Conjuring later this morning and will report back cool.gif
post #5522 of 9794
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Originally Posted by oink View Post

Tonite I watched Mimesis:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1720164/?ref_=sr_1

Starts a bit slow, with some teeny-screamy clichés, but picks up speed after 20 minutes.
This is sort of a meme, and a tribute to Night of the Living Dead.
The acting is pretty good, except for the girl playing the "Karen" character.
Obviously, she didn't get the gig because of her thespian skills.

I picked up the BD for 7 bucks at BB.
The video is a little too bright and you may want to reduce it.
The AQ is not too hot.

4 out of 5 original story zombies.

They're real and they are spectacular...or at least pretty good


Couple of bed shots in Dark Skies reminded me of Insidious. Those shots always get me as a parent, and would be freaky to see something like this and then check on your kid and they are not in bed - or are spinning on the ceiling or something...
post #5523 of 9794
Blumhouse is going good.
post #5524 of 9794
In the mood for some naughty Vamps, I have Kiss of the Damned for tonite
Directed by one of the Cassavetes' kids:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1959438/?ref_=sr_1
post #5525 of 9794
I watched Infected last night which is another quirky zombie indie with Michael Madsen and William Forsythe. Again it's about people infected by a variant on a virus (explained in a newscast towards the end) though they are more zombie like than in "State of Emergency". Shot with a Canon Mark II 5D and sound that sometimes sounds like it used just the camera mike though that gave it more of a low-budget 1970s effect. The story is a little uneven so three zombies from me.

PS: could also be called "Grandma got infected by a zombie" to the tune of "Grandma got run over by a reindeer." biggrin.gif
post #5526 of 9794
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Originally Posted by darthrsg View Post

You mean like...violins get louder then BOOM a shadow moves? If so they add to the uneasiness of the situation for the character. I've seen "things" out of the corner of my eye that make me stop dead in my tracks for whatever reason and most of those "cheap scares" are an attempt to emulate that sensation. Not all get you and that's cool. It was like the first Paranormal Activity. About half way through the movie I was like "is the ghost a a damn subwoofer?"

Yep, those are the ones I'm talking about. I just remember the movie relying too much on the "cat jumps onto the table unexpectedly" types of scenes to get you to jump. Although Paranomal is similar, there was significantly more tension and uneasiness going on in those movies than this one IMO. The subwoofer effect to warn you that something was going to happen was a nice touch that I thought worked well. LIke I said though, the movie was still fairly good overall.
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I didn't care for it myself. Didn't seem like it did anything new or better than other similar PG13 ghost flicks. It just came off kinda cheesy and ineffective at creating tension for me.

I watched Dark Skies last night and thought that it was pretty well done. It's nice to see a movie that uses CG properly without trying to over do it for the climax which usually results in a loss of believability by revealing too much of the CG creation. As for alien flicks I think The Fourth Kind was scarier but this was def a solid entry and something worth watching. The real scare for me and the Mrs. actually came after the movie when I went up to check on the kids and my daughter was not in her bed. I checked our room, her brothers room, the guest room, closets, etc. and we were totally starting to flip out. Turns out she came downstairs and fell asleep behind the dining room table. We asked if she heard the movie and got scared and she said no, she was just scared of her room. Pretty freaky though after watching Dark Skies!

I'm heading to The Conjuring later this morning and will report back cool.gif

Enjoy the movie! Dark Skies is one of the best horror flicks I've seen in awhile. Really enjoyed it and plan to revisit it in Oct.
post #5527 of 9794
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I watched Infected last night which is another quirky zombie indie with Michael Madsen and William Forsythe. Again it's about people infected by a variant on a virus (explained in a newscast towards the end) though they are more zombie like than in "State of Emergency". Shot with a Canon Mark II 5D and sound that sometimes sounds like it used just the camera mike though that gave it more of a low-budget 1970s effect. The story is a little uneven so three zombies from me.

PS: could also be called "Grandma got infected by a zombie" to the tune of "Grandma got run over by a reindeer." biggrin.gif

I like how your netflix link shows it available on DVD but comes up with an UNKNOWN release date when I put it in my Queue.
Redbox has it though and I like me some b movie michael madsen. smile.gif
post #5528 of 9794
Thread Starter 
this thread Is too active, it's hard to catch up! smile.gif
now I'm home but been checking in from multiple hospital visits since June. I've got some real life horror going on called transverse myelitis. I've gotten over 16000 mg of steroids over this time & been getting plasmapherisis treatments and hopefully they do the trick.
post #5529 of 9794
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this thread Is too active, it's hard to catch up! smile.gif
now I'm home but been checking in from multiple hospital visits since June. I've got some real life horror going on called transverse myelitis. I've gotten over 16000 mg of steroids over this time & been getting plasmapherisis treatments and hopefully they do the trick.
Wow, just looked that up and sounds pretty rough. Very sorry to hear the news, all my prayers for a speedy recovery my friend.
post #5530 of 9794
Ok, I didn't want to include this in the post above but I have to give y'all some feedback. The Conjuring - GO SEE IT NOW!!!! Very solid 4 or maybe 4 1/2 demonic zombies. This is the ghost story from Hollywood I have been waiting for for years! The movie just does so much right. The score is brilliant, the setting and atmosphere is fantastic, and this is a benchmark example of how to properly mix jump scares in with minimal CG, state of the art makeup work, and most importantly the vision to be reserved not to overplay any aforementioned strengths. My only complaints were that I would have liked to have had more character development connecting the audience to the children but in contrast I really enjoyed the fresh perspective where we actually care about the family and the people helping them. So many films of this brand you get to the part where an "expert" comes in to help but you have no connection to them. This is the first film since Poltergeist that changed that for me. I won't give too much away but will say this is a slow cooker done with the utmost finesse and a very keen eye for proper ghost story telling. I found no cheese or cheap copies of other films and while there were familiar elements (i.e. it did not re-invent the wheel) everything was done so right it was easy to keep pressing through, enjoying the beautifully crafted tension and increasingly unsettling moments. Highly recommended! This will be a day one purchase for me and a must for everyone's 31 in 31 list.
post #5531 of 9794
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Originally Posted by General Kenobi View Post

Wow, just looked that up and sounds pretty rough. Very sorry to hear the news, all my prayers for a speedy recovery my friend.

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post #5532 of 9794
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Originally Posted by wizzack View Post

this thread Is too active, it's hard to catch up! smile.gif
now I'm home but been checking in from multiple hospital visits since June. I've got some real life horror going on called transverse myelitis. I've gotten over 16000 mg of steroids over this time & been getting plasmapherisis treatments and hopefully they do the trick.
After wiking this disease, and looking at your avatar, and putting 2+2 together....
I gotta wonder, did you get that guy's license plate number?wink.gif
post #5533 of 9794
Thread Starter 
thanks kenobi i appreciate it. lol oink. now i definitely have to figure out a way to see the conjuring before it leaves the theater.
post #5534 of 9794
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Originally Posted by wizzack View Post

this thread Is too active, it's hard to catch up! smile.gif
now I'm home but been checking in from multiple hospital visits since June. I've got some real life horror going on called transverse myelitis. I've gotten over 16000 mg of steroids over this time & been getting plasmapherisis treatments and hopefully they do the trick.
Well I hope you are well and continue to improve. My month long sinus/ear infection pales in comparison to that.
post #5535 of 9794
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Originally Posted by General Kenobi View Post

Ok, I didn't want to include this in the post above but I have to give y'all some feedback. The Conjuring - GO SEE IT NOW!!!! Very solid 4 or maybe 4 1/2 demonic zombies. This is the ghost story from Hollywood I have been waiting for for years! The movie just does so much right. The score is brilliant, the setting and atmosphere is fantastic, and this is a benchmark example of how to properly mix jump scares in with minimal CG, state of the art makeup work, and most importantly the vision to be reserved not to overplay any aforementioned strengths. My only complaints were that I would have liked to have had more character development connecting the audience to the children but in contrast I really enjoyed the fresh perspective where we actually care about the family and the people helping them. So many films of this brand you get to the part where an "expert" comes in to help but you have no connection to them. This is the first film since Poltergeist that changed that for me. I won't give too much away but will say this is a slow cooker done with the utmost finesse and a very keen eye for proper ghost story telling. I found no cheese or cheap copies of other films and while there were familiar elements (i.e. it did not re-invent the wheel) everything was done so right it was easy to keep pressing through, enjoying the beautifully crafted tension and increasingly unsettling moments. Highly recommended! This will be a day one purchase for me and a must for everyone's 31 in 31 list.

Go Blumhouse go. They are throwing some very good movies.
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post #5537 of 9794
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Well I hope you are well and continue to rimprove. My month long sinus/ear infection pales in comparison to that.
thanks dude. smile.gif i knowthat hasn't been a picnic either.

that doll is creepy as hell. i wonder if it will make it video by october?
post #5538 of 9794
Wiz - feel better buddy, i too looked up what you have on the net, wow, i feel for ya buddy. Know that i am thinking of you a lot.

Kenobi - would i like The Conjuring? Remember, i hated Paranormal Activity, and most (but not all) ghost story movies dont cut it for me. I do like Evil Dead, but in general I like gore/torture type movies. What do you think?

Hey all, i see SHARKNADO is coming on tv again, i still havent seen it, i just set up the DVR to record it (i think its Sat nite, i forget). I may just let it sit on the DVR until October!!! I already have 6 dvds i am holding for October. Boy, its almost August already, October will be here fast!!
post #5539 of 9794
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thanks dude. smile.gif i knowthat hasn't been a picnic either.

that doll is creepy as hell. i wonder if it will make it video by october?
They would be foolish not to sell the hell out of it around 10/15. I have no idea how it is doing in the box office but all the reviews have been pretty stellar and considering the bashings horror films usually take that is impressive. What's more is it impressed me and I am pretty damn critical of domestic horror films, especially ghost story types. I loved the first Saw but did not care for Insidious so I figured this would be a gamble but it impressed the hell out of me. I'm actually considering a second viewing before it leaves the theater. I could talk my wife into it if I bring a flask of Jim Beam eek.gif
post #5540 of 9794
I'll second what Kenobi said about The Conjuring--it's very good! So many scares, so much atmosphere, a little bit of everything (I won't reveal details) and characters you care about. It was very well-directed, awesome music, didn't rely on many jump-scares, and the acting was good too! I can't wait to watch this movie again, especially with people who haven't seen it before! Agreed this will be a must-have for my horror movie library.

My only minor complaint isn't with the movie itself, but the way it was marketed--the trailer reveals a lot of the surprises in movie, undermining it somewhat. The movie still holds up, but I think the it would have been even more tense if I had gone into it completely cold not knowing as much about it.
post #5541 of 9794
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Originally Posted by wizzack View Post

this thread Is too active, it's hard to catch up! smile.gif
now I'm home but been checking in from multiple hospital visits since June. I've got some real life horror going on called transverse myelitis. I've gotten over 16000 mg of steroids over this time & been getting plasmapherisis treatments and hopefully they do the trick.
Sorry to hear about this, wizz, hang in there and get well soon! Sounds like you're in good hands.
post #5542 of 9794
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Hey all, i see SHARKNADO is coming on tv again, i still havent seen it, i just set up the DVR to record it (i think its Sat nite, i forget). I may just let it sit on the DVR until October!!! I already have 6 dvds i am holding for October. Boy, its almost August already, October will be here fast!!
The thing to remember about Sharknado is it's a SPOOF of all of those cheap and stupid horror movies most of us have to suffer thru in order to find the real gems of the genre.
Not to understand this is to misinterpret the movie itself.wink.gif

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I could talk my wife into it if I bring a flask of Jim Beam eek.gif
General, trust me on this....women prefer Bushmill's Black Bush Irish Whiskey.
http://www.bushmills.com/#BMBushmillsBlackBushDetail

You will thank me later....wink.gif
post #5543 of 9794
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In the mood for some naughty Vamps, I have Kiss of the Damned for tonite
Directed by one of the Cassavetes' kids:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1959438/?ref_=sr_1

I enjoyed the drama here.
The movie almost stumbles in the final act.
Fortunately, Ms. Cassavetes pulled it out at the end.

3 out of 5 blood-sucking zombies.
post #5544 of 9794
Wizzack I hope you get better soon so you can enjoy some horror movies and move on from that illness!
post #5545 of 9794
Thread Starter 
seriously, thank you guys it really means a lot. i thought i'd be watching horror movies non-stop but my wife has been by my side all the time taking care of me & i;'m going easy on her. She doesn't really drink so the whiskey trick wont work but she agreed to take me to the conjuring with a blindfold. smile.gif

I can't believe how close October is. eek.gif
post #5546 of 9794
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seriously, thank you guys it really means a lot.

I'm catching up with the thread as we were on holidays this past week... I just wish you the best of luck wizzack. Get better soon! smile.gif
post #5547 of 9794
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Originally Posted by General Kenobi View Post

Ok, I didn't want to include this in the post above but I have to give y'all some feedback. The Conjuring - GO SEE IT NOW!!!! Very solid 4 or maybe 4 1/2 demonic zombies. This is the ghost story from Hollywood I have been waiting for for years! The movie just does so much right. The score is brilliant, the setting and atmosphere is fantastic, and this is a benchmark example of how to properly mix jump scares in with minimal CG, state of the art makeup work, and most importantly the vision to be reserved not to overplay any aforementioned strengths. My only complaints were that I would have liked to have had more character development connecting the audience to the children but in contrast I really enjoyed the fresh perspective where we actually care about the family and the people helping them. So many films of this brand you get to the part where an "expert" comes in to help but you have no connection to them. This is the first film since Poltergeist that changed that for me. I won't give too much away but will say this is a slow cooker done with the utmost finesse and a very keen eye for proper ghost story telling. I found no cheese or cheap copies of other films and while there were familiar elements (i.e. it did not re-invent the wheel) everything was done so right it was easy to keep pressing through, enjoying the beautifully crafted tension and increasingly unsettling moments. Highly recommended! This will be a day one purchase for me and a must for everyone's 31 in 31 list.

+1000. smile.gif I enjoyed it a lot too. This is another proof that tension can be a lot more "frightening" that actual jump scares. While of course there are more than a few of those, what I liked was how they were brought, it's a really well crafted story and simply a good film. Performances were great as well, starting with the excellent Vera Farmiga who never disappoints, and whose unusual beauty never ceases to attract me.. smile.gif Must-see and must-own.

My only complaint: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I really don't care about exorcism stories and get a bit tired of them lately. The film would have worked just as well without the crosses and stuff... What I love in Evil Dead is that no one mentions Jesus or the bible to fight the demonic force... Having said that it really doesn't affect the quality of the film - it's just me and my personal feeling towards anything remotely religious...
post #5548 of 9794
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+1000. smile.gif I enjoyed it a lot too. This is another proof that tension can be a lot more "frightening" that actual jump scares. While of course there are more than a few of those, what I liked was how they were brought, it's a really well crafted story and simply a good film. Performances were great as well, starting with the excellent Vera Farmiga who never disappoints, and whose unusual beauty never ceases to attract me.. smile.gif Must-see and must-own.

My only complaint: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I really don't care about exorcism stories and get a bit tired of them lately. The film would have worked just as well without the crosses and stuff... What I love in Evil Dead is that no one mentions Jesus or the bible to fight the demonic force... Having said that it really doesn't affect the quality of the film - it's just me and my personal feeling towards anything remotely religious...
Even as a Christian I can appreciate your position and think that it worked in ED because the book was the focus of both releasing the evil and destroying it. Conjuring Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
seemed to have a good blend of logical explanations but also the religious aspect which really is the most classic story and original perspective of good vs. evil (even if you believe it is only a story wink.gif
)
Vera and and Patrick Wilson were both fantastic but the writing was just superb as well. If I was to change anything I probably would have pushed the envelope just a tad further with the gore and "shock" in the climax and would have added a bit more defining characteristics to the children but these are really minor as I thought the film was just fantastic as is.
post #5549 of 9794
Best of luck wizzack,get better and rested up for the October marathon.Wife and kids gone tonight,might be a good time to catch Conjuring @ 5:00.
post #5550 of 9794
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Best of luck wizzack,get better and rested up for the October marathon.Wife and kids gone tonight,might be a good time to catch Conjuring @ 5:00.
I guarantee you will not regret it. If you don't like it oink will paypal you the $$ for your ticket.
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