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2013-03-21 09:51:06 AM  

thecpt: Also, I really like the American version of the Strangers


Two reasons it's good.

1. Liv Tyler.
2. The bad guys win.

Too many American movies force the happy ending when most of the time, a horror movie should have a horrific ending. The girl shouldn't escape Freddy's dreamworld. Jason should catch the final teenager. Leatherface, Michael Myers, ditto.
 
2013-03-21 09:53:33 AM  

Tat'dGreaser: I don't like realistic horror movies that could be solved if someone just had a gun handy


You mean this gun?

ts1.mm.bing.net
 
2013-03-21 09:53:39 AM  

MyKingdomForYourHorse: thecpt: well that's the thing, it followed nearly the exact same plot and progression. It never felt like it "added" to the horror or like it even tried to put a different spin on it. I still enjoyed it, but I wanted something that was going to be slightly different. The only added element was the language barrier, which wasn't much really.

I guess I had a different take on it, I thought it added enough back scatter to stand on its own. And of course it would take a similar arc, its the thing. It imitates and tries to infiltrate, I'd be a little pissed if it did something dramatically different.


I thought The Thing prequel just felt redundant as it more or less just rehash the plot of Carpenter's version,  but moved the location to the Norwegian base and without any underlying subtext like Carpenter's version. I also thought the effects were much worse than a movie made 30 years earlier.
 
2013-03-21 09:54:25 AM  
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2013-03-21 09:57:53 AM  

timswar: Whatever, Dark Water didn't even have any pirates!


Now that was a quality show with a truly great opening credits song.  It is a shame they never finished the series.
 
2013-03-21 10:06:06 AM  

thecpt: Granted they were psychopaths and they weren't sure what they were capable of.  They could of sat in that room all day camping that door with the gun, but the sickos would've lit the cabin on fire.  I'm not sure of the number of times they could've killed them, but I don't think it was a high number.

/you like horror where the pretense is that there can't be a gun?  or the use of one is most likely detrimental?  I like the descent


This all boils down to them knowing what to do with said gun. I don't know, most movies are ruined to me because of the Army

Master Batorium: You mean this gun?

[ts1.mm.bing.net image 300x201]


Sorry I meant someone knowing how to use said gun and not just shooting at a shadow
 
2013-03-21 10:14:54 AM  

Tat'dGreaser: This all boils down to them knowing what to do with said gun.


Truth, and sadly some Americans don't even know how to load a handgun.  When I think about suspension of disbelief in horror, I'm okay with some characters being stupid with guns.
 
2013-03-21 10:15:09 AM  
Ha, Dark Water is one I've been able to watch a few times.  Author nailed it on the head with the use of Roosevelt Island.

/YMMV
 
2013-03-21 10:29:44 AM  

Tat'dGreaser: Sorry I meant someone knowing how to use said gun and not just shooting at a shadow


Yes. They left out that scolding detail where everyone in the movies is a secret action hero. They edited out all the slow motion Matrix stuff, too.
 
2013-03-21 10:33:11 AM  
The Grudge remake was farking fantastic and superior to both the original and the remake of ringu. I am not surprised that farkers call it terrible and the original better. It's the fark way to bullshiat like that.
 
2013-03-21 10:38:27 AM  

Madbassist1: The Grudge remake was farking fantastic and superior to both the original and the remake of ringu. I am not surprised that farkers call it terrible and the original better. It's the fark way to bullshiat like that.


Fark believes that The Avengers is the bible. You think it's easy ready all that bullshiat all day long?
 
2013-03-21 10:45:31 AM  
I'll nominate the original "Last House on the Left."  Amazing flick, and a remake of Bergman's "The Virgin Springs."  Not as artsy, but works on a different frequency than the original.
 
2013-03-21 10:52:21 AM  

loooongview1: I'll nominate the original "Last House on the Left."  Amazing flick, and a remake of Bergman's "The Virgin Springs."  Not as artsy, but works on a different frequency than the original.


I liked the newest version of it too.  Then again I watched it with girls which made "that scene" particularly gruesome and horrifying.

/one had to hold me
//bittersweet
///symphony this life
 
2013-03-21 11:01:19 AM  
Oh I finally clicked the link. Morans I tell ya.

www.darkmediaonline.com
 
2013-03-21 11:05:36 AM  

thecpt: loooongview1: I'll nominate the original "Last House on the Left."  Amazing flick, and a remake of Bergman's "The Virgin Springs."  Not as artsy, but works on a different frequency than the original.

I liked the newest version of it too.  Then again I watched it with girls which made "that scene" particularly gruesome and horrifying.

/one had to hold me
//bittersweet
///symphony this life


The similar scenes in The Hills Have Eyes, The Devil's Rejects and at least one or two others are the only scenes that actually make my skin crawl (and the reason I've only seen those flicks once). Watching Last House on the Left (the original), I had to keep reminding myself that "it's just a movie". That scene...kind of makes you sad to be alive.
 
2013-03-21 11:11:28 AM  

Lyonid: I found the Dawn of the Dead remake to be largely forgettable, but I must say that I felt the opening sequence was very well done (in an action movie sense).  After the female lead reaches the mall, the film heads downhill for me.


Yeah, 100%.  It was good, but the first part had me convinced I was about to watch a masterpiece.  The Johnny Cash "The Man Comes Around", the high overhead tracking shot/car accident on the farm road, all of it.

One of the bigger failures of the rest was an inability to create the mall as a functioning, coherent place.  In Romero's Dawn of the Dead you really have a sense of the building as an entire whole, making its fortress quality resonate so much more.  An underrated part of the original's brilliance.
 
2013-03-21 11:11:28 AM  

Tat'dGreaser: I want to see the Evil Dead remake but I think I'll probably just end up throwing up


Same here.  I'd love to see another Evil Dead that kept the dark comedy of Evil Dead 2, or even a remake of the first one that didn't feel the need to amp up the gore effects.  After watching the first red band trailer, it's obvious that the remake isn't my kind of movie.
 
2013-03-21 11:12:58 AM  
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2013-03-21 11:13:03 AM  

verbaltoxin: thecpt: Also, I really like the American version of the Strangers

Two reasons it's good.

1. Liv Tyler.
2. The bad guys win.

Too many American movies force the happy ending when most of the time, a horror movie should have a horrific ending. The girl shouldn't escape Freddy's dreamworld. Jason should catch the final teenager. Leatherface, Michael Myers, ditto.


Personally I was frustrated as hell that the invaders seemed to have an infinitely better knowledge of this house than the people who lived there did.  I was baffled.
 
2013-03-21 11:16:30 AM  
FTA:The biggest factor in the film's success, though, is the doomed central relationship between Jeff Goldblum's overreaching scientist and Geena Davis's sympathetic-cum-horrified girlfriend...

Well, if your girlfriend is cum-horrified, it doesn't matter how sympathetic she is, that relationship is eventually doomed.
 
2013-03-21 11:18:53 AM  

Mugato: So where is Psycho (1998)? It was a shot for shot remake except it added a scene of Vince Vaghn beating off whilst watching Anne Heche in the shower, which I thought was a much needed element that Alfred Hitchcock just dropped the ball on in the original. Plus there was an excellent view of Anne Heche's asshole. Alfred Hitchcock. Farking hack.


hitchcock filmed a scene of janet leigh's naked body from above after she was killed, but it was cut out and replaced with a shot of the showerhead.  if he had to cut that out, there was definitely NOT going to be a fapping scene.
i think it may have been spliced in in more recent versions.  the naked janet leigh, not the fapping.
 
2013-03-21 11:19:07 AM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Personally I was frustrated as hell that the invaders seemed to have an infinitely better knowledge of this house than the people who lived there did.  I was baffled.


they didn't live there.  They were there for a wedding or something.  I forget if they rented it or if it was a family member's but they were not familiar with it.
 
2013-03-21 11:22:04 AM  

thecpt: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Personally I was frustrated as hell that the invaders seemed to have an infinitely better knowledge of this house than the people who lived there did.  I was baffled.

they didn't live there.  They were there for a wedding or something.  I forget if they rented it or if it was a family member's but they were not familiar with it.


That's fine.  But the invaders had perfect knowledge.  Blew my suspension of disbelief away.
 
2013-03-21 11:22:19 AM  
FTFA:as he puts his attractive cast - led by Justin Timberlake's now-wife Jessica Biel - through the proverbial ringer

Jessica Biel has fallen so much that she needs the Timberlake qualification?
 
2013-03-21 11:28:20 AM  
I wouldn't consider The Thing a remake. They're both adaptations of the story "Who Goes There?", but Carpenter's version keeps the story's monster.
 
2013-03-21 11:28:36 AM  

talulahgosh: Mugato: So where is Psycho (1998)? It was a shot for shot remake except it added a scene of Vince Vaghn beating off whilst watching Anne Heche in the shower, which I thought was a much needed element that Alfred Hitchcock just dropped the ball on in the original. Plus there was an excellent view of Anne Heche's asshole. Alfred Hitchcock. Farking hack.

hitchcock filmed a scene of janet leigh's naked body from above after she was killed, but it was cut out and replaced with a shot of the showerhead.  if he had to cut that out, there was definitely NOT going to be a fapping scene.
i think it may have been spliced in in more recent versions.  the naked janet leigh, not the fapping.


I thought the fapping is implied as Bates watches her shower (which was always part of the film). In Hitchcock's version, he just stares, but in Gus van Sant's abortion, you can hear heavy breathing and see convulsions as well. Same shots, slightly different direction.

// IIRC
// I saw the remake in HS, about 2 weeks after seeing the original
// what a useless piece of celluloid
 
2013-03-21 11:30:01 AM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: That's fine.  But the invaders had perfect knowledge.  Blew my suspension of disbelief away.


what makes you think that they shouldn't or couldn't?  They seem like stalkers or they could have previously lived/killed there.  Maybe my suspension of disbelief is more open for horror and sci fi though.  I want to believe.
 
2013-03-21 11:37:49 AM  

thecpt: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: That's fine.  But the invaders had perfect knowledge.  Blew my suspension of disbelief away.

what makes you think that they shouldn't or couldn't?  They seem like stalkers or they could have previously lived/killed there.  Maybe my suspension of disbelief is more open for horror and sci fi though.  I want to believe.


Because they became supernatural creatures instead of terrestrial threats.  I found it comical that they could approach rooms or sneak up in the ways they did.  If the filmmakers - to me - wanted them to have this knowledge, then they should have explained it.  One good thing about Scream, for example, is how blundering the villain is, running into furniture, etc., though obviously that movie has a different tone.  To me The Strangers would have been more effective if the relentless invaders overcame their limitations, made it more spooky/horrifying.
 
2013-03-21 11:45:26 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: I wouldn't consider The Thing a remake. They're both adaptations of the story "Who Goes There?", but Carpenter's version keeps the story's monster.


This.  The Thing From Another World is almost an entirely different story.  Carpenter's The Thing is pretty close to the book.  I wouldn't call Carpenter's a remake of the older movie considering how vastly different they are.
 
2013-03-21 11:48:50 AM  

StoPPeRmobile: Uncle Tractor: Don't be afraid of the dark: Meh to the remake. Never saw the original.

The scariest thing ever, on TV.

/Besides minor celeb trainwrecks


Pennyworth disagrees.
 
2013-03-21 11:50:03 AM  
List is useless without Fright Night.

My horror club and I watched the original and remake back to back, and both feel very solid. The remake has no down points, used the original as inspiration but did new and interesting things, and the performances were great.
 
2013-03-21 11:53:43 AM  

exparrot: StoPPeRmobile: Uncle Tractor: Don't be afraid of the dark: Meh to the remake. Never saw the original.

The scariest thing ever, on TV.

/Besides minor celeb trainwrecks

Pennyworth disagrees.


Pennywise will eat your children for getting his name wrong.
 
2013-03-21 11:54:12 AM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Because they became supernatural creatures instead of terrestrial threats.  I found it comical that they could approach rooms or sneak up in the ways they did.  If the filmmakers - to me - wanted them to have this knowledge, then they should have explained it.  One good thing about Scream, for example, is how blundering the villain is, running into furniture, etc., though obviously that movie has a different tone.  To me The Strangers would have been more effective if the relentless invaders overcame their limitations, made it more spooky/horrifying.


Fair enough.  I never felt that they were that powerful, especially once they broke outside, but I know what you're saying.  There are a lot of scenes in the beginning where they had to just show an invader in the background to keep things moving/suspenseful.  To me the story wasn't all about them, so I guess I gave them slack over the details.
 
2013-03-21 11:55:29 AM  

exparrot: StoPPeRmobile: Uncle Tractor: Don't be afraid of the dark: Meh to the remake. Never saw the original.

The scariest thing ever, on TV.

/Besides minor celeb trainwrecks

Pennyworth disagrees.


upload.wikimedia.org
Not really all that scary.
 
2013-03-21 12:09:25 PM  

Madbassist1: The Grudge remake was farking fantastic and superior to both the original and the remake of ringu. I am not surprised that farkers call it terrible and the original better. It's the fark way to bullshiat like that.


I've never seen the Japanese versions.

I do know that after seeing the American Grudge, I expressly forbade my little sister from picking a movie ever again.
 
2013-03-21 12:21:31 PM  

StoPPeRmobile: Uncle Tractor: Don't be afraid of the dark: Meh to the remake. Never saw the original.

The scariest thing ever, on TV.

/Besides minor celeb trainwrecks


False.  This was:

www.downrightcreepy.com
 
2013-03-21 12:24:10 PM  
My opinion here, but I think Dawn of the Dead is probably the most "realistic" (zombies aren't real) zombie apocalypse film. The shortage of weapons and supplies, loss of power after just under a month and internal struggles/personal conflicts in the group all seem very true to an isolated survivor situation. Outside of the whole "zombies won't eat dogs" thing I'd say DotD 2004 is the movie for those "zombie purists" upset with this or that in Walking Dead. Not to mention the extra DVD features of the newscast and the gunstore guy's video diary were great.

media.screened.com
 
2013-03-21 12:24:15 PM  

Lackofname: List is useless without Fright Night.

My horror club and I watched the original and remake back to back, and both feel very solid. The remake has no down points, used the original as inspiration but did new and interesting things, and the performances were great.


I really love the remake of Fright Night. It's incredibly watchable, the pacing is fantastic, and much to my surprise Colin Farrell really pulls off the vampire thing. I wish it would have done better at the box office, it didn't get the attention it deserved.
 
2013-03-21 12:39:25 PM  

GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve: My opinion here, but I think Dawn of the Dead is probably the most "realistic" (zombies aren't real) zombie apocalypse film. The shortage of weapons and supplies, loss of power after just under a month and internal struggles/personal conflicts in the group all seem very true to an isolated survivor situation. Outside of the whole "zombies won't eat dogs" thing I'd say DotD 2004 is the movie for those "zombie purists" upset with this or that in Walking Dead. Not to mention the extra DVD features of the newscast and the gunstore guy's video diary were great.

[media.screened.com image 600x255]


Andy was my favorite character in that entire movie.
 
2013-03-21 12:43:16 PM  

MayoSlather: Lackofname: List is useless without Fright Night.

My horror club and I watched the original and remake back to back, and both feel very solid. The remake has no down points, used the original as inspiration but did new and interesting things, and the performances were great.

I really love the remake of Fright Night. It's incredibly watchable, the pacing is fantastic, and much to my surprise Colin Farrell really pulls off the vampire thing. I wish it would have done better at the box office, it didn't get the attention it deserved.


There's a book on screenwriting Called Save the Cat and in it author Blake Snyder breaks down film structure and gives suggestions as to on what page things should happen. The Fright Night remake hits them exactly on every one, to the minute. It's amazing.
 
2013-03-21 12:43:25 PM  

Sybarite: StoPPeRmobile: Did it right.
[www.gossiprocks.com image 800x500]
/hot hot hot


This. Patricia Tallman and Tony Todd were a great pairing for that film.


I love this remake of Night of the Living Dead -- probably my favorite zombie movie. While the movie has some weaker supporting roles, Todd and Tallman are FANTASTIC and totally carry a film that would otherwise be a complete C-list shlock fest. Throw in some fantastic special effects and atmosphere and this movie is pretty damned solid. I still love Tony Todd's little speech he gives in front of that fireplace before he breaks that stick in half -- great acting
 
2013-03-21 12:51:03 PM  
George Romero. With Night of the Living Dead, Day of the Dead and Creepshow, you rose to the level of master.
With Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead you broke our hearts.
I felt that the remake of Dawn (with the exception of the zombie baby) was a far superior movie than the original. The original had a pie fight! A PIE FIGHT!!!
The remake of The Crazies, while forgettable, was also easier to watch than the original.
And as far as "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" is concerned, if I were writing synopsis for the cable guide, it would be "A dysfunctional family buys a gothic mansion and finds themselves besieged by a bunch of cartoon assholes".
 
2013-03-21 12:56:15 PM  

MayoSlather: Lackofname: List is useless without Fright Night.

My horror club and I watched the original and remake back to back, and both feel very solid. The remake has no down points, used the original as inspiration but did new and interesting things, and the performances were great.

I really love the remake of Fright Night. It's incredibly watchable, the pacing is fantastic, and much to my surprise Colin Farrell really pulls off the vampire thing. I wish it would have done better at the box office, it didn't get the attention it deserved.


I agree. I completely enjoyed that remake, and kept telling my friends to watch it. Colin Farrell's performance was a very pleasant surprise. It just sort of slipped under the radar of moviegoers, I guess.
 
2013-03-21 01:02:49 PM  

StoPPeRmobile:
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She has fake tits too
 
2013-03-21 01:16:31 PM  
Never saw Dark Water. The trailer looked like it was about someone leaving the faucet running and flooding their apartment and everyone freaks out. Sounds like a great comedy.
 
2013-03-21 01:17:48 PM  

dittybopper: StoPPeRmobile: Uncle Tractor: Don't be afraid of the dark: Meh to the remake. Never saw the original.

The scariest thing ever, on TV.

/Besides minor celeb trainwrecks

False.  This was:

[www.downrightcreepy.com image 380x300]


Don't normally say it, but, THIS!
 
2013-03-21 01:22:35 PM  

Trollin4Colon: Fail 1: Slideshow
Fail 2: Roughly half the movies listed. Texas Chainsaw Massacre with Jessica Biel??? Really?


You know what was wrong with that version?  This

content8.flixster.com

I'd never seen her in anything else before, so I spent the entire runtime staring open-mouthed at the ridiculous hotness on display.  Totally ruined the movie for me.
 
2013-03-21 01:22:57 PM  

dittybopper: StoPPeRmobile: Uncle Tractor: Don't be afraid of the dark: Meh to the remake. Never saw the original.

The scariest thing ever, on TV.

/Besides minor celeb trainwrecks

False.  This was:

[www.downrightcreepy.com image 380x300]


Actually I think I was more frightened by this:
dirkmancuso.files.wordpress.com

But I was only 5 years old, after all.
 
2013-03-21 01:23:15 PM  

Abominable Loch Ness Sasquatch: (with the exception of the zombie baby)


Everyone hates the zombie baby.
 
2013-03-21 01:26:43 PM  

Tat'dGreaser:

Well thank you for ruining Xmas


And she's 55 now.
 
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