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nessisonett

@Wavey84 Suspiria is brilliant, love both the movie and the crazy good soundtrack. I did enjoy the remake but it’s a different sort of movie and I appreciated different aspects.

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WaveWitch

@nessisonett
I wasn't big on the remake. the grand finale was ridiculous and had me rolling with a splash of cringe. the soundtrack was a huge letdown too, radio head was it? i give it props for going in a different direction and doing it's own things rather than replicating the original, but it kind of fell falt on it's face and went on for too long. the best scene probably, which many have already echoed was that girl dancing 'to death'

I used to be a big fan of italian horror in my mid to late 20's. Suspiria, Demons(lamberto Bava), City of the Living Dead, Dont turture a duckling, Zombie. just to name a few. But i can't bear to watch them anymore, the majority of them put me in a bad mood. lol

And unfortunately Dario Argento has never created anything else that can match suspiria. I thought deep red was 'good' and i wasn't crazy over tenenbre. I'd actually take Phenomena over those two. Meanwhile his suspiria follow up, Inferno, was mediocre, and was practically ruined because of the lack luster soundtrack. and the 3rd chapter was by far the worst, mother of tears.

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nessisonett

@Wavey84 Yeah, the remake was sort of post-ironic to be honest, it revelled in the silliness that is seen in a lot of classic giallo movies. One movie that I never see discussed but is actually pretty good is Eyes of Laura Mars, the only proper American movie done in the classic giallo style I can name. It was John Carpenter’s first movie he wrote which probably explains the Italian influences I’ve heard Halloween has, a movie I really need to watch and so will probably do that this Halloween!

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RR529

@Ralizah, I just got it in so I haven't watched it yet. It'll probably be a few weeks to a month before I get to it.

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Ralizah

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I've intended to watch Martyrs and Inside for years, but just never got around to it. I'm really slacking on my French New Wave stuff.

I can respect preferring A Nightmare on Elm Street. Lovely surrealistic imagery, wonderfully paced, and probably my favorite genre slasher overall (Halloween doesn't really count, since it effectively established the predominant standards of the genre). I think my favorite sequel in that series was Wes Craven's New Nightmare, which brought back the series' edge and also helped pave the way for Scream with its fixation on meta horror.

I've never been able to get into the italian horror/thriller films I've watched. I checked out a few of Argento's giallo films (Deep Red and The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, I believe) and was bored to death. They're well-constructed films, and I respect the director's influence on cinema, but they're not fun watches, IMO.

I've also watched a few Lucio Fulci films, and... I don't understand what people see in his work. The Beyond was one of the worst films I've ever seen in my life, and I couldn't even make it through all of City of the Living Dead. His gore effects are gross, but hardly convincing or impressive, especially compared to films like Dawn/Day of the Living Dead, which employed the amazing talents of Tom Savini to spectacular effect.

Do you watch Japanese horror cinema at all? In terms of atmosphere and thematic elegance, I've yet to watch a horror film as excellent as Kiyoshi Kurosawa's apocalyptic ghost story Pulse. In terms of pure imagery, I really took to the insane, layered Suicide Club.

As for horror-comedy, I think my favorite film has always been, and will likely always be, Return of the Living Dead. It's an awesome mix of absurdity, quippy dialogue, and some surprisingly disturbing imagery. Although some traditional zombie fans hate it for normalizing the idea that zombies only want to eat the brain of their victims. 😂

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nessisonett

@Ralizah Have you seen many Cronenberg movies? Scanners and Videodrome are two of my favourite ‘horror’ movies despite not traditionally being lumped in with your Halloweens and Nightmare on Elm Streets and the like.

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Ralizah

@nessisonett I saw Scanners as a child, although I don't remember much of it, and I've seen The Fly and The Dead Zone many times over the years. I've unfortunately never seen Videodrome, although it has been on my to-watch list for years. As has Crash (that one's not horror, but a film about car crash fetishists just sounds irresistable).

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nessisonett

@Ralizah Cronenberg’s Crash >>>>> that movie which won all the Oscars back in like 2004

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Ralizah

I know I swore off Fulci, but I just learned today that he made a terrible giallo film about a serial killer who sounds like a duck. I'm SO tempted to watch this. 😂

@nessisonett You're seriously the first person I've heard mention that movie since it came out. I don't remember much about it other than feeling an overwhelming sense of self-aggrandizement from the marketing.

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nessisonett

@Ralizah I went through a phase of watching Best Picture winners to see what the fuss was about. I think the Academy must have been snorting something that year. Up there with How Green Was My Valley for worst winner of Best Picture.

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RR529

Last weekend I watched Aliens (Blu-Ray)!

The Premise:

  • Set after the events of the first film, Ripley's escape pod is finally found by other humans and after recovering back at Earth she learns that it's been decades since the events of the first film (she had put herself in suspended animation), and anyone she's ever known (most devastatingly her daughter) has long since died. To make matters worse it seems as if humans have begun to colonize the planet on which her crew encountered the vicious Xenomorph, and with when Earth loses contact with the fledgeling settlement, she is sent in with a small military attachment to exterminate the alien species if it indeed is responsible for the lost contact. Given the name of the film, I suppose the answer to that should be easy to guess.

The Takeaway:

  • It's a lot more action heavy than the first film, but no less tense, as our small detachment, while well armed, is vastly outnumbered and soon finds themselves on the defensive. It's a somewhat different feel compared to the original film, and while I'm not super enamoured with either one (possibly as I really didn't grow up watching them), it's undoubtedly an expertly crafted film, and it's easy to get immersed in the sci-fi world presented, which is really impressive given it's age (I was even left in awe with some of the early set pieces). It (and the original) are definitely films you should watch if you're into future sci-fi.

The Package:

  • No complaints on this end. It features the theatrical & extended cuts (I opted for the latter, which made for a nearly 3 hour long film), and of course director commentary. I don't think there were any extra features on the disc itself, but the package itself came with some physical goodies which I haven't bothered with (like art cards & I think a comic).

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JohnnyShoulder

@RR529 My second favourite film behind.... Alien. I'm hoping for a 4K release to tie in with the 35th anniversary next year, but with Disney scaling all of that back, I'm sceptical.

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BearsEatBeets

@JohnnyShoulder I thought it odd there doesn't seem to be a 4K bluray for Aliens. I've got Alien on my list of films I might rebuy in 4K but would want Aliens too. Hopefully your right about the 35th Anniversary edition, there is a 40th edition for Alien.

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JohnnyShoulder

@BearsEatBeets Alien comes highly recommended as it is an excellent transfer. There is some film grain which is pretty much unavoidable with films of a certain age. And of course the film is one of the best which helps.

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zupertramp

@JohnnyShoulder Was watching The Godfather in 4K recently and it looked nice but definitely grainy. Though honestly I can't imagine some films without it, The Godfather being one of them.

A 4K Alien set would be sick. Love the first two obviously (and really hate Scott's recent attempts to demystify the lore) but I also think the third is underrated, while the fourth is, uh, watchable enough.

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JohnnyShoulder

@zupertramp Yeah that would be good, had the boxset of the the first four films on DVD, and would but that in a minute. The third gets a little better the more I watch it. I remember collecting the comic book adaption when it came out and reading about all problems they had when making it. Would have been really interesting to have seen the wooden planet idea they originally planned.

The fourth film had some neat ideas but was a bit of a mess. I've only seen it a couple of times and not for years, I might actually like it after all this years. I don't hold much hope though.

The recent films were OK, but wasn't keen on the heavy handling of the some themes such as religion and mortality. The more the years pass the less each the recent films feels like the original films.

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zupertramp

@JohnnyShoulder lol yeah the fourth is a mess and i wouldn't hold out too much hope of it being better with age either but it's also not like matrix sequels bad imo.

And the new ones well, i just think they need to decide are these alien prequels or something new entirely. Preferably something new entirely. Because this thing where there's the existence of xenomorphs and engineers and all manner of other-worldly beings but somehow David the android is the focus I find dull. And like you said, I get it... Philosophy!! Great but like, can I see the aliens impale someone now?

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zupertramp

So just watched The Social Dilemma. Quite a mood lifter, that one lol. Wasn't a whole lot I didn't already know, though I don't think I fully realized the grand scope of the problem, but it was a lot like watching a documentary on factoring farming when you're already a vegetarian/vegan... not much new ground but enough information put in stark enough terms that it encourages a renewed commitment to prior resolutions. I thought the dramatized bits were a little hokey but ah well, I've seen worse.

Didn't someone else mention watching this? It's kinda late and I'm too lazy to go back through the thread.

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JohnnyShoulder

@zupertramp I think they did but they posted on the TV thread about it.

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nessisonett

I recently watched Pulp Fiction. It was OK but some sections really are a bit superfluous and there were clear highlights. Which brings me on to an incredibly unpopular opinion... Snatch is better. It’s the same premise but done with far more fun, wit and satisfaction. Yes, Jason Statham cannot act but that’s part of the fun. I expect to be flayed alive by the movie police but there have been worse takes, I can guarantee that.

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