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Though the Nymphomaniac was lack luster and profoundly racist. But I forgive Lars. His hate towards humanity is quite evenly distributed.

That's been a multiple re-starter for us. Not because of the subject matter, content, etc., just kind of can't stay focused on it.


Watched The Dark and Wicked yesterday. Pretty good medium burn movie about an evil presence in an isolated farmhouse with a dying parent. Pretty creepy and I found the adult kids' reaction to what was going on realistic. Most of the time in supernatural movies people just react to the activity like it's little more than an odd nuisance that should just be ignored unless forced not to.

Oh, I've got that in my "To Watch" list, looks really good, just waiting for it to hit a streaming service (you know, included, vs. a rental)
 

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That's been a multiple re-starter for us. Not because of the subject matter, content, etc., just kind of can't stay focused on it.
It's a bad movie that lacks his usual wit and lacks focus. He doesn't understand sex.
 

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Oh, I've got that in my "To Watch" list, looks really good, just waiting for it to hit a streaming service (you know, included, vs. a rental)
I found about it on a best of 2020 horror movie list and it was the only one on the list I hadn't seen. Oddly it's a Shudder movie and it's not available on Shudder.

Another one I've heard is good is Saint Maude which I feel like I've been hearing about for at least the past year but it's not available anywhere and no news of when or where it will be available.
 

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I'm not usually into Horror Scifi but I thought Sputnik was really good and an original concept for an Alien interaction with humans.
 

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I'm not usually into Horror Scifi but I thought Sputnik was really good and an original concept for an Alien interaction with humans.
My favorite first contact movie (and book) is Solaris. I've never seen the Tarkovsky version, but the Soderbergh one is something I love to go back to every couple of years. The book was much more complex about the limits of science and understanding with lots of symbolism that humans even have trouble comprehending humans from other tribes. It's literally impossible to ever understand a conscious planet. The Soderbergh movie captured the emotional part really well. For the science fiction part you need the book.
 

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I found about it on a best of 2020 horror movie list and it was the only one on the list I hadn't seen. Oddly it's a Shudder movie and it's not available on Shudder.

Another one I've heard is good is Saint Maude which I feel like I've been hearing about for at least the past year but it's not available anywhere and no news of when or where it will be available.

Yes! Have that one, sort of mentally queued up too!


My favorite first contact movie (and book) is Solaris. I've never seen the Tarkovsky version, but the Soderbergh one is something I love to go back to every couple of years. The book was much more complex about the limits of science and understanding with lots of symbolism that humans even have trouble comprehending humans from other tribes. It's literally impossible to ever understand a conscious planet. The Soderbergh movie captured the emotional part really well. For the science fiction part you need the book.

The Tarkovsky version if worth at least one watch, it's definitely "required cinema". It's beautifully shot, it definitely feels its close to 3 hours, I don't want to say slow, because I think that's a disservice - it's more cosmic/spiritual, where Soderbergh uses the concept to explore more of what it means to experience emotional connections. I think the Soderbergh movie is highly underrated.
 

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The Tarkovsky version if worth at least one watch, it's definitely "required cinema". It's beautifully shot, it definitely feels its close to 3 hours, I don't want to say slow, because I think that's a disservice - it's more cosmic/spiritual, where Soderbergh uses the concept to explore more of what it means to experience emotional connections. I think the Soderbergh movie is highly underrated.
Yup. I have it, but it takes a special kind of occasion for me to be able to pay attention for 3 hours. Some movies just deserve my full attention.
 

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I like horror films, everything from the Hammer Dracula movies to the present. There are, however, so many different levels of quality. Not every movie has to be “The Shining” or “The Mist”. Low budget movies can do well when they focus on small casts caught in tight places. A TV movie called “Satan’s Triangle” scared the hell out of me with a Twilight Zone-like ending and has become a cult favorite. “The Babadook” and “Absentia” are more recent examples.

What I don’t like are movies where gore is the primary ingredient. I’m watching to be scared, not disgusted. And obviously there are a bunch of cheapie horror films that are highly derivative of each other or bigger, better films.

Oh, BTW, the (Swedish?) 2011 version of “Thing” was a prequel that took place immediately before the events of the John Carpenter film.
 

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EXTREME WARNING. This is widely considered one of, if not The, most disturbing and over the top offensive movies ever made. This guy's YouTube channel breaks down the most disturbing movies, usually with some humor. He watches it so you don't have to (or if you can't) and goes over the storyline as well as the most disturbing scenes.

EXTREME WARNING 2. Obviously it wouldn't be on YouTube if it actually showed the full most disturbing parts, but that doesn't mean you won't see or hear enough to not get affected.



Edit: Ha! Looks like for an added warning you have to actually go watch on YouTube because of age restrictions. Click the link ....if you dare.
 

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Yup. I have it, but it takes a special kind of occasion for me to be able to pay attention for 3 hours. Some movies just deserve my full attention.

So true, especially about a movie like that. I need to have everything cleared out of my head, a good beverage (or several), and 100% focus on actively engaging in the film.

I like horror films, everything from the Hammer Dracula movies to the present. There are, however, so many different levels of quality. Not every movie has to be “The Shining” or “The Mist”. Low budget movies can do well when they focus on small casts caught in tight places. A TV movie called “Satan’s Triangle” scared the hell out of me with a Twilight Zone-like ending and has become a cult favorite. “The Babadook” and “Absentia” are more recent examples.

What I don’t like are movies where gore is the primary ingredient. I’m watching to be scared, not disgusted. And obviously there are a bunch of cheapie horror films that are highly derivative of each other or bigger, better films.

Hahaha, yes, see below :D

The Mist is so good, in our Top 10 favorite horror of all time.

EXTREME WARNING. This is widely considered one of, if not The, most disturbing and over the top offensive movies ever made. This guy's YouTube channel breaks down the most disturbing movies, usually with some humor. He watches it so you don't have to (or if you can't) and goes over the storyline as well as the most disturbing scenes.

Oh yeah, I know A Serbian Film, it's just insanely fucked, it's a pointless, extremely nasty exercise, I don't mind some over-to-top gore when it's sort of silly (like Evil Dead), or absurd where the director is sort of winking at you - but this is a such depraved bit of torture porn involving children, _no_can_do_.
 

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So true, especially about a movie like that. I need to have everything cleared out of my head, a good beverage (or several), and 100% focus on actively engaging in the film.
I used to enjoy campy Scandinavian crime movies with subtitles. I don't have the attention span anymore.
 

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I'm a little agitated that the release date for Antlers has been canceled again, but some are suggesting this could make a VOD release more likely. Do it.

I think one of the reasons studios are milking delayed releases is because producing new movies in the covid age isn't exactly easy. So if they don't delay stagger movies already in the hopper then there's just going to be this long period of limited movies ready for release.
 

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...The Mist is so good, in our Top 10 favorite horror of all time.

...Oh yeah, I know A Serbian Film, it's just insanely fucked, it's a pointless, extremely nasty exercise, I don't mind some over-to-top gore when it's sort of silly (like Evil Dead), or absurd where the director is sort of winking at you - but this is a such depraved bit of torture porn involving children, _no_can_do_.

“The Mist” might be remembered merely as an extremely competent horror film but for two things:
  • the crazy woman/mob mentality form an extremely uncomfortable parallel to the United States today, and
  • that ending—a gut punch so hard that even Stephen King, who is loathe to say anything good about changes to his stories, said it was an improvement.
That Serbian movie must be something. I’d always heard “The Human Centipede” was the most revolting movie ever, but if this exceeds that...
 

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“The Mist” might be remembered merely as an extremely competent horror film but for two things:
  • the crazy woman/mob mentality form an extremely uncomfortable parallel to the United States today, and
  • that ending—a gut punch so hard that even Stephen King, who is loathe to say anything good about changes to his stories, said it was an improvement.
That Serbian movie must be something. I’d always heard “The Human Centipede” was the most revolting movie ever, but if this exceeds that...

FYI, there's a B&W edit of The Mist, it's in the deluxe BD set, it's pretty fantastic. It's kind of pushes the tone two different directions: in one way, it has a more 1950s "creature feature" vibe, so that feels less horrifying, but the lack of color starts getting to you, it winds up being more Pessimistic feeling, like there's less hope, it's a pretty neat visual experiment, especially if you're familiar with the normal version.

Of course, that ending scene is punctuated by that amazing piece of music by Dead Can Dance.
 

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I rewatched the latest remake of The Thing and I noticed something that I probably wouldn’t have noticed at an earlier point in history. They’re cutting into this alien lifeform they know nothing about with gloves on but NO MASKS!! :mad: In fact they probably should have all been wearing masks for the last 2/3 of the movie, like right after they learned the alien replicated living cells through contact.

Ditto for Annihilation, another unstudied alien lifeform replicating and morphing with earth lifeforms and they’re all just frolicking around with NO MASKS! :mad:
 

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I rewatched the latest remake of The Thing and I noticed something that I probably wouldn’t have noticed at an earlier point in history. They’re cutting into this alien lifeform they know nothing about with gloves on but NO MASKS!! :mad: In fact they probably should have all been wearing masks for the last 2/3 of the movie, like right after they learned the alien replicated living cells through contact.

Ditto for Annihilation, another unstudied alien lifeform replicating and morphing with earth lifeforms and they’re all just frolicking around with NO MASKS! :mad:
They'd need hazmat suits with PAPR:D
But it's a good point.
 

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Looking forward to checking out Saint Maud tonight. It's streaming on Epix. If you don't have Epix there's a free 7 day trial, but for me it looks like it's included for free with my Xfinity cable package.
 

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Looking forward to checking out Saint Maud tonight. It's streaming on Epix. If you don't have Epix there's a free 7 day trial, but for me it looks like it's included for free with my Xfinity cable package.

Holy hell, you are a King among men, thanks for the heads up!
 
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