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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 10/2/2013 9:16:49 PM   
Mister Coe

 

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So we've all seen big nasty action movies with gallons of blood and thousand of rounds being fired... we've all seen international casts (a couple of recognisable US names, someone from Hong Kong cinema, an established and respected Brit picking up a big cheque to fund the projects he really wants to do...)

But have you ever seen one set in MIDDLESBOROUGH?

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to THE TOURNAMENT...

(I would throw in a picture of the DVD sleeve, but I'm technologically dyslexic and every time I try to do this, it ends with my laptop basically saying WTF?) No matter...

Joking aside, have any of you seen this thing? I saw a trailer for it a while back, thought it looked like a fun watch, then forgot all about it until I found it for a quid in my local branch of CASH CONVERTERS. Just watched it and really enjoyed it.

Yes, it's incredibly derivative of other, better films and it bends the rules of logic so badly that you feel like winding the film back ten minutes in case you missed a subtle point that would explain the stupidity unfolding in front of your eyes... but it's incredibly entertaining. We've got Ving Rhames, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Hu, Liam Cunningham and Ian Somerhalder (plus the free-running guy from CASINO ROYALE) in a tale of the worlds 30 best assassins killing each other for a $10,000,000 bounty in... yes, Middlesborough.

Some great action scenes, plenty of well-directed bloody mayhem and a great shoot-out based in and around a double-decker bus! With other cars crashing and somersaulting and exploding around it! What's not to like? I'd give it a 8/10 if you're in the mood for a beer / pizza / your mates kind of a night.

PS... did I spell Middlesborough right?






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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 11/2/2013 6:47:20 PM   
evil bill


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ORIGINAL: dannyfletch

Well it's good that we all agree Looper is a decent film at least. I can see you're a Timecop fan mate but I guess that film just never quite grabbed me and felt average at best but I might give it another go sometime as it's been a few years.


Well you never know you might just like TIMECOP this time, but in truth it's never going to be to everyone's taste, it's made problem will always be you either like or dislike Van Damme, as it is at heart a kickass film with Sci/Fi storyline. But a lot of Sci/Fi is more Action film than anything else, and so Sci/Fi storylines get diluted, sometimes not to badly but in a lot of cases it's no longer Sci/Fi but comic book action with lots of CGI. Timecop came from a comic so like a lot of Comics to film, some of which are in the Sci/Fi field, it works for me and others because we treat it with the same respect we give comic films. In other words it can be a cult film, but it will never be a classic, and it's not a full blood Sci/Fi film, like 2001 or Twelve Monkeys etc, but as we know Sci/Fi and Horror are not set in stone.

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 11/2/2013 7:03:39 PM   
evil bill


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From: mordor/ uk
quote:

ORIGINAL: Mister Coe

So we've all seen big nasty action movies with gallons of blood and thousand of rounds being fired... we've all seen international casts (a couple of recognisable US names, someone from Hong Kong cinema, an established and respected Brit picking up a big cheque to fund the projects he really wants to do...)

But have you ever seen one set in MIDDLESBOROUGH?

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to THE TOURNAMENT...

(I would throw in a picture of the DVD sleeve, but I'm technologically dyslexic and every time I try to do this, it ends with my laptop basically saying WTF?) No matter...

Joking aside, have any of you seen this thing? I saw a trailer for it a while back, thought it looked like a fun watch, then forgot all about it until I found it for a quid in my local branch of CASH CONVERTERS. Just watched it and really enjoyed it.

Yes, it's incredibly derivative of other, better films and it bends the rules of logic so badly that you feel like winding the film back ten minutes in case you missed a subtle point that would explain the stupidity unfolding in front of your eyes... but it's incredibly entertaining. We've got Ving Rhames, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Hu, Liam Cunningham and Ian Somerhalder (plus the free-running guy from CASINO ROYALE) in a tale of the worlds 30 best assassins killing each other for a $10,000,000 bounty in... yes, Middlesborough.

Some great action scenes, plenty of well-directed bloody mayhem and a great shoot-out based in and around a double-decker bus! With other cars crashing and somersaulting and exploding around it! What's not to like? I'd give it a 8/10 if you're in the mood for a beer / pizza / your mates kind of a night.

PS... did I spell Middlesborough right?







I watched this film on Rental DVD a few years ago, and had forgot all about it to be honest, but your right it's great fun, and falls into the crazy action film mould that Crank, Smokin Aces, Hard Boiled etc belong too. I see it's now out on Blu-Ray, and would also recommend this crazy film to any fan of Extreme Films, for it has a huge body count, lots of gore, some scenes in strip clubs just to give some titillation, and a lot of dark humour.  

< Message edited by evil bill -- 11/2/2013 7:06:12 PM >


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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 11/2/2013 9:45:20 PM   
losthighway


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WARM BODIES

I started reading the novel and it was OK but not exactly amazing however it didn't put me off seeing the film. I saw it this morning and whilst it starts well, the soundtrack is great and it gets the tone of the novel fairly spot on initially, the film then starts making little niggling changes (zombies talking way more than they do in the novel, the boneys running (FFS!?!?!) and misses a plot (his wife and kids) out totally (but hints at it for fans of the book in a couple of scenes). After the halfway point, it just becomes a mess of plot holes, poor pacing and seriously suffers from the restrictions of that 12A rating. And then it just ends! I was really hoping for more from this film; if it had just stuck closer to the novel, had more graphic gore, tighter direction and a higher rating it could have been great but sadly it was far too eager to pander to the Twilight crowd and that is exactly what it comes across like, a slightly more sardonic Twilight with zombies instead of vampires. Disappointing!

Overall: 2/5

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 12/2/2013 7:26:23 PM   
evil bill


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From: mordor/ uk
quote:

ORIGINAL: losthighway

WARM BODIES

I started reading the novel and it was OK but not exactly amazing however it didn't put me off seeing the film. I saw it this morning and whilst it starts well, the soundtrack is great and it gets the tone of the novel fairly spot on initially, the film then starts making little niggling changes (zombies talking way more than they do in the novel, the boneys running (FFS!?!?!) and misses a plot (his wife and kids) out totally (but hints at it for fans of the book in a couple of scenes). After the halfway point, it just becomes a mess of plot holes, poor pacing and seriously suffers from the restrictions of that 12A rating. And then it just ends! I was really hoping for more from this film; if it had just stuck closer to the novel, had more graphic gore, tighter direction and a higher rating it could have been great but sadly it was far too eager to pander to the Twilight crowd and that is exactly what it comes across like, a slightly more sardonic Twilight with zombies instead of vampires. Disappointing!

Overall: 2/5

 Now I did not have high hopes for this but I was hopping it would be a decent Zombie flick, but looks like the only good zombie show in town is THE WALKING DEAD this Friday part two of the third series. 

Well with Valtines Day coming up I thought to myself what'a good chick flick for that day:
MY BLOODY VALATINE 1981
 
It's Valentine's Day in the tiny mining town of Valentine's Bluff, Nova Scotia, and for the first time in two decades the residents are planning a holiday dance. The long hiatus is due to the tragic events of 20 years earlier, when a pair of mining supervisors were too busy enjoying themselves at the dance to prevent an accident from killing a large contingent of their workers. The lone survivor, Harry Warden, took his revenge the next year by removing the hearts of his bosses and promising similar carnage if ever another Valentine's dance were held. Unfortunately, the town's horny early youngsters aren't big on tradition, especially since Warden is locked up in an insane asylum. So they go ahead with plans to celebrate the holiday -- even after a heart in a candy box shows up and beloved  Mabel (Patricia Hamilton) ends up enduring an involuntary tumble dry.

Now Ye old slashers were more than just blood and gore, in there own sick way they where moral tales, and were fun, and were creative with a touch of old folklore(if only a made up story for the film).  Like a lot of holiday themed slashers in the 80s, MY BLOODY VALENTINE has some real ham acting, and low-budget, but it's cinematography looks awesome and and works so well, in a way only a slasher of cult status can get away with. There is also is something about this gem that makes it so unique, for instead of rich, spoiled college kids on vacation as victims, it's ordinary working class kids as victims. Also of interest is that this was made shortly after the death of John Lennon, and the MPAA made an example of this Canadian slasher film, forcing much of its gore to be excised. So you'll find that only in Canada and here in the UK did it get released in it's full uncut glory, and for some reason we still can't get the full uncut version on DVD, maybe because the prints they use are the USA approved cinema release prints. My Bloody Valentine also provided inspiration for Kevin Shields' influential band of the same name, which helped establish England's late-'80s sound and paved the way for the post-rock of the 1990s. It also lately got remade in 3D but I was disappointed in this sad remake, it just did not have that dark atmosphere of the orginal, or even the sort of Twin Peaks visuals, that where so well captured by it's director.

Director Mihalka creates a fair amount of suspense, especially once the film enters the mine, where it becomes downright creepy and with some great death scenes, which are pretty imaginative for a film of this decade, we also get lots of blood letting which is pretty gruesome. Unfortunately the film had the misfortune of being distributed by Paramount, who even on there so called uncut DVD, they kept the cuts enforced by the MPAA(see not only the BBFC can be B****rds) are still evident and spoil not only the gore but the story. Luckily due to the release of the remake in 3D they re released it as a special edition with less of the cuts, better sound, cleaned up visuals, but with a few scenes of gore still missing, which you'll see in the making of part of the disc which where in the BBFC cut released in 1981, so why are they still not in the complete film. Anyway even with some not so good acting, I love this mad film with it's sick morals of, don't drink, don't smoke dope, don't have pre-marital sex, or you will be axed by a manic for only the good and virgins survive, which is standard late 70's and 80's slasher blue print. But here we also get some stand out gore effects,(even with two cut scenes) and a great final reel, for just when you thought you knew what was going on, it all twists 180 degrees,setting the stage for a climactic trawl through the mines and surprise revelations about the fate of Harry Warden a memorable killer, with a great twist ending which on first viewing was a genuine surprise.7/10

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 13/2/2013 1:11:55 PM   
DONOVAN KURTWOOD


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Joined: 6/10/2005
From: PLANET G

quote:

ORIGINAL: evil bill

quote:

ORIGINAL: Mister Coe

So we've all seen big nasty action movies with gallons of blood and thousand of rounds being fired... we've all seen international casts (a couple of recognisable US names, someone from Hong Kong cinema, an established and respected Brit picking up a big cheque to fund the projects he really wants to do...)

But have you ever seen one set in MIDDLESBOROUGH?

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to THE TOURNAMENT...

(I would throw in a picture of the DVD sleeve, but I'm technologically dyslexic and every time I try to do this, it ends with my laptop basically saying WTF?) No matter...

Joking aside, have any of you seen this thing? I saw a trailer for it a while back, thought it looked like a fun watch, then forgot all about it until I found it for a quid in my local branch of CASH CONVERTERS. Just watched it and really enjoyed it.

Yes, it's incredibly derivative of other, better films and it bends the rules of logic so badly that you feel like winding the film back ten minutes in case you missed a subtle point that would explain the stupidity unfolding in front of your eyes... but it's incredibly entertaining. We've got Ving Rhames, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Hu, Liam Cunningham and Ian Somerhalder (plus the free-running guy from CASINO ROYALE) in a tale of the worlds 30 best assassins killing each other for a $10,000,000 bounty in... yes, Middlesborough.

Some great action scenes, plenty of well-directed bloody mayhem and a great shoot-out based in and around a double-decker bus! With other cars crashing and somersaulting and exploding around it! What's not to like? I'd give it a 8/10 if you're in the mood for a beer / pizza / your mates kind of a night.

PS... did I spell Middlesborough right?







I watched this film on Rental DVD a few years ago, and had forgot all about it to be honest, but your right it's great fun, and falls into the crazy action film mould that Crank, Smokin Aces, Hard Boiled etc belong too. I see it's now out on Blu-Ray, and would also recommend this crazy film to any fan of Extreme Films, for it has a huge body count, lots of gore, some scenes in strip clubs just to give some titillation, and a lot of dark humour.  



Looks great on Blu, i recommend anyone picking it up as one can get it pretty cheap now. Wish Scott Adkins was in it more though.

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 14/2/2013 10:58:00 AM   
Dr Lenera

 

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quote:

ORIGINAL: evil bill

quote:

ORIGINAL: losthighway

WARM BODIES

I started reading the novel and it was OK but not exactly amazing however it didn't put me off seeing the film. I saw it this morning and whilst it starts well, the soundtrack is great and it gets the tone of the novel fairly spot on initially, the film then starts making little niggling changes (zombies talking way more than they do in the novel, the boneys running (FFS!?!?!) and misses a plot (his wife and kids) out totally (but hints at it for fans of the book in a couple of scenes). After the halfway point, it just becomes a mess of plot holes, poor pacing and seriously suffers from the restrictions of that 12A rating. And then it just ends! I was really hoping for more from this film; if it had just stuck closer to the novel, had more graphic gore, tighter direction and a higher rating it could have been great but sadly it was far too eager to pander to the Twilight crowd and that is exactly what it comes across like, a slightly more sardonic Twilight with zombies instead of vampires. Disappointing!

Overall: 2/5

 Now I did not have high hopes for this but I was hopping it would be a decent Zombie flick, but looks like the only good zombie show in town is THE WALKING DEAD this Friday part two of the third series. 

Well with Valtines Day coming up I thought to myself what'a good chick flick for that day:
MY BLOODY VALATINE 1981
 
It's Valentine's Day in the tiny mining town of Valentine's Bluff, Nova Scotia, and for the first time in two decades the residents are planning a holiday dance. The long hiatus is due to the tragic events of 20 years earlier, when a pair of mining supervisors were too busy enjoying themselves at the dance to prevent an accident from killing a large contingent of their workers. The lone survivor, Harry Warden, took his revenge the next year by removing the hearts of his bosses and promising similar carnage if ever another Valentine's dance were held. Unfortunately, the town's horny early youngsters aren't big on tradition, especially since Warden is locked up in an insane asylum. So they go ahead with plans to celebrate the holiday -- even after a heart in a candy box shows up and beloved  Mabel (Patricia Hamilton) ends up enduring an involuntary tumble dry.

Now Ye old slashers were more than just blood and gore, in there own sick way they where moral tales, and were fun, and were creative with a touch of old folklore(if only a made up story for the film).  Like a lot of holiday themed slashers in the 80s, MY BLOODY VALENTINE has some real ham acting, and low-budget, but it's cinematography looks awesome and and works so well, in a way only a slasher of cult status can get away with. There is also is something about this gem that makes it so unique, for instead of rich, spoiled college kids on vacation as victims, it's ordinary working class kids as victims. Also of interest is that this was made shortly after the death of John Lennon, and the MPAA made an example of this Canadian slasher film, forcing much of its gore to be excised. So you'll find that only in Canada and here in the UK did it get released in it's full uncut glory, and for some reason we still can't get the full uncut version on DVD, maybe because the prints they use are the USA approved cinema release prints. My Bloody Valentine also provided inspiration for Kevin Shields' influential band of the same name, which helped establish England's late-'80s sound and paved the way for the post-rock of the 1990s. It also lately got remade in 3D but I was disappointed in this sad remake, it just did not have that dark atmosphere of the orginal, or even the sort of Twin Peaks visuals, that where so well captured by it's director.

Director Mihalka creates a fair amount of suspense, especially once the film enters the mine, where it becomes downright creepy and with some great death scenes, which are pretty imaginative for a film of this decade, we also get lots of blood letting which is pretty gruesome. Unfortunately the film had the misfortune of being distributed by Paramount, who even on there so called uncut DVD, they kept the cuts enforced by the MPAA(see not only the BBFC can be B****rds) are still evident and spoil not only the gore but the story. Luckily due to the release of the remake in 3D they re released it as a special edition with less of the cuts, better sound, cleaned up visuals, but with a few scenes of gore still missing, which you'll see in the making of part of the disc which where in the BBFC cut released in 1981, so why are they still not in the complete film. Anyway even with some not so good acting, I love this mad film with it's sick morals of, don't drink, don't smoke dope, don't have pre-marital sex, or you will be axed by a manic for only the good and virgins survive, which is standard late 70's and 80's slasher blue print. But here we also get some stand out gore effects,(even with two cut scenes) and a great final reel, for just when you thought you knew what was going on, it all twists 180 degrees,setting the stage for a climactic trawl through the mines and surprise revelations about the fate of Harry Warden a memorable killer, with a great twist ending which on first viewing was a genuine surprise.7/10


I enjoyed the remake but yes overall the original,as usual, is better,modern slashers for me are often too slick, PC and tame [unless it's loads of crappy CG blood] compared with their 80's forebearers.

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 14/2/2013 11:03:10 AM   
Dr Lenera

 

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I'll probably get laughed at for this but I posted this on HCF and is one of the wife's and my favourites.




In May 1972, college theatre student Richard Collier is celebrating the debut of a play he has written when he is approached by an elderly woman who places a pocket watch in his hand and pleads “come back to me”. Eight years later, Richard is a successful playwright living in Chicago, but has recently broken up with his girlfriend and is struggling with writer’s block. Deciding to take a break, he travels out of town to Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel, where he becomes enthralled by a photograph of a beautiful woman. He discovers that she is Elise McKenna, a famous early 20th century stage actress, and then that she was the aged woman who gave him the pocket watch eight years earlier. Discovering among her effects a book on time travel written by his old college professor, Dr. Gerard Finney, and learning from Finney himself that is possible to self-hypnotise one’s self to go back in time, Richard decides to travel back to 1912 to meet Elise……

Though it isn’t that offbeat and is not at all controversial, Somewhere In Time is otherwise actually one of the best examples of a cult movie you can find. It was a failure with both the critics and the general public upon its cinema release, but a small number of people fell in love with the film, a group which grew and grew as it got shown on TV until in 1990 the International Network of Somewhere In Time Enthusiasts was formed, whose aims are to, according to them: honour the film, and those responsible for its creation, to inform members about all aspects of it, to enhance their appreciation of it, as well as to influence public and media perception of the film, to assure its recognition as the classic we know it to be. They still hold an annual Somewhere In Time weekend at the Grand Hotel where much of the film takes place, in which they dress up in 1912 garb and often cast and crew from the film attend. They even placed a permanent monument, a plaque on a stone on Mackinac Island near the Grand Hotel, to commemorate the first encounter of the film’s lovers. And yet, it still isn’t that well known. Sounds like a cult movie to me.

Well, count me in as one of those who love Somewhere In Time. It’s a deeply romantic fantasy about love being unbound by time or even death, telling us that true love cannot be stopped by linear time and space, that it cannot die and is indeed worth dying for, This might sound like schmaltzy nonsense, and I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve felt sick watching a supposedly ‘romantic’ movie, but there’s something in Somewhere In Time that touches the soul of its fans, and I personally have a distinct weakness for the kind of love story that touches on the fantastic, the kind of thing that was often done really well in the old days with classics like The Ghost And Mrs Muir and Portrait Of Jennie. Aren’t we all searching for our soul mate, and, if we were able to, wouldn’t we all be willing to travel through time if we knew where this person was? It’s also a film filled with other beautiful concepts, such as being able to travel through time not on a special machine but by hypnotising one’s self. Yes, it saved money on special effects, of which there are hardly any in the movie, but the story as told just doesn’t need them.

It was based on Richard Matheson’s novel Bid Time Return, which was partly inspired by theatre actress Maude Adams, who had a very over-protective manager much like Elise in the book and film. Matheson never met her in real life, only saw her portrait in Piper’s Opera House Opera House in Virginia City, Nevada and fantasised what it would be like to go back in time and meet her. The writer adapted his own novel for the screen. He simplified many things, to the point of leaving certain aspects unexplained, but more importantly he removed the dark element of the book, which had Richard suffering from a brain tumour and possibly fantasising all his time travel. Christopher Reeve’s agent laughed at the meagre salary he was offered for the part just after Superman: The Movie, so the producer slipped the star the script secretly. As for Jane Seymour, she got the part because, out of all the actresses auditioned, she was the only one who said she had never been in love before. The director was Jeannot Schwarz, who had just had a big hit with Jaws 2, but despite having its budget cut virtually in half, it failed to make any money, not helped by an actor’s strike going at the time which meant the cast could not promote it, something Reeve and Seymour later regretted. Interestingly the film shares many parallels with the much later Titanic, and we all know how successful that was.

The film opens in enticingly mysterious fashion with the old lady turning up at the party and giving Richard the watch. We see her being driven to her home near the Grand Hotel, where she sits in a chair, puts on a piece of music, a piece that will become significant, and is instantly recognisable to classical music fans as Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43, Variation XVIII. The lady seemingly dies, looking out of the window [this scene was more elaborate in the original cut]. We cut to eight years later, and to Richard looking out of the window, linking the old lady and the young man together though we don’t really know why. Richard goes to the hotel, wanting a break but obviously drawn to it, and we have the first of four strikingly beautiful scenes that exist in the movie where Richard is drawn to the portrait of Elise, the picture being bathed in bright light, while the Paganini theme plays again. He goes to bed but can’t sleep, so returns to the picture. This time, we hear John Barry’s theme for the first time, telling us that Richard is in love.

Somewhere In Time moves a at very leisurely pace, especially for the next twenty minutes or so, which detail Richard investigating Elise, the possibility of going back in time, and his attempts to do so, and yet there isn’t any scene that is gratuitous; they all move the story along at its rightful speed and increase the inexorable sense of mystery, of a world that exists beyond our dreadfully logical, scientific one, and of true love waiting. Richard’s eventual time travel is indicated in the second beautiful scene, where we just focus on his face, which falls into a sleep and a relaxed smile as he is bathed in subtly changing light, the music, which up to now had been quietly suspenseful, reaching a calming climax. Then, after making his way, with great difficulty, through and out the door of the hotel in 1912, we have the third scene, which is the most beautiful one of them all. Richard sees a shutter being pulled up, and the window just about revealing a group of trees and Elise walking amongst them, then, after a few seconds, Richard walking slowly towards Elise. The theme music begins to play again, this time slightly faster and more developed, as we cut to the actual location and Elise sees Richard with a mixture of surprise and recognition. The only words spoken: “Is it you?”, from Elise. Cinematographer Isidore Markofsky bathes the scene in gorgeous autumnal shades as the sun is starting to set. It’s possibly the most romantic ‘first meeting’ scene ever put on screen.

After this I have to admit the film slumps just a little and is less interesting for a while. There is some fine ‘fish out of water’ stuff from Reeve, who demonstrates the same beguiling awkwardness he had done so well as Clark Kent, which include some decent chuckles, and some very sweet moments with a little boy who he had already met as an old man in the present day. The past gleams, sometimes in soft-focus, and really feels rose-tinted, which it probably wouldn’t be if you were actually in it, but you really want to be there whilst watching the film. This part of the film almost gets a little bogged down in its odd triangle involving Richard, Elise and her Svengali-like manager, a character who we never really understand, while the actual romance of Richard and Elise, paradoxically, seems slightly rushed. A fair bit of material was cut out here, and fans have dreamed about seeing it, and the other cut footage [Teresa Wright’s role earlier on was cut down too], but sadly it was all lost. There are reports of TV versions that have re-edited the film so that Richard travels back in time twice.

In any case we soon get to the film’s fourth beautiful scene, where Elise recites an impromptu monologue while performing in a play Richard is watching. Such a more touching declaration of love is hard to find. Of course it all climaxes with heartbreak in a final few minutes that usually cause the tears to flow. The ending, which James Cameron must have been inspired by but is possibly more moving here because of its simplicity, is either happy or sad depending which way you look at it, though it’s possible to look at the story from a more cynical point of view and say that Richard actually ruined Elisa’s life. This is I believe one of the things that makes it a great film; there are different ways of looking at what happens. There are a few unexplained things in the film; for example, it’s never made clear how Elise’s manager knows that a man will try to take her away, and indeed how much he knows [this is more explained in the novel]. All the events seem to be caught up in a revolving time loop like The Terminator, but the watch that is passed back and forth through time may never have actually been built and seems to just exist, eternally. I love tying my brain in knots thinking about this kind of stuff, which is why I like time travel films in general, but of course the majority of the film’s fans enjoy the film most as the most idealistic kind of love story.

Director Jeannot Schwarz, a man who didn’t make many films but whose work I’ve always enjoyed, perfectly steers the film to its weepy conclusion, along the way giving us many gorgeous and even clever shots [look out for a great use of the split-diopter lense which shows us background as detailed as the foreground] that really show what an underappreciated and underused filmmaker he was. Barry’s music, the album being his best selling, is an essential ingredient in the film, gradually having its achingly romantic main theme take over the score, but also containing other great bits and pieces like the old lady’s motif for violin near the beginning of the picture. I’m so glad he made the decision not to use, as was originally proposed, the 3rd Movement of Mahler’s 5th Symphony and replaced it with the Rachmaninov, because I associate that piece with Death In Venice so much it would have tarnished Somewhere In Time somewhat for me. It remains a rather wonderful picture that, even if you’re a cynic or just don’t like this type of film, I recommend giving a go. You may end up falling in love with it.

Rating: 9/10

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 14/2/2013 11:58:54 AM   
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No laughs from me, I remember seeing this as a youngster with my folks (of course I was only interested because it was superman) but I remember being totally captivated by it.

**SPOLIER ALERT**


The end is absolutely heartbreaking.

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 14/2/2013 12:34:44 PM   
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Berberian Sound Studio (2012)

A potentially good idea poorly executed
There is no story or plot. Nor is there much in the way of characters either. It’s a feature length film of some people adding sound effects to movie footage that we don’t get to see. It gets rather repetitive after about an hour.

***SPOILERS IN NEXT PARAGRAPH***

There is a slight hint of menace, of something sinister lurking in the background, but that is all it is. It never threatens to come to the surface and I wasn’t expecting a sick conspiracy to be uncovered by the lead. Eventually the movie ends with random weird stuff that doesn’t mean anything or follow any internal logic. I don’t feel the lead character was suffering much or becoming unhinged by the footage he had to watch.

There was little dialogue between the small cast, which isn’t good for a little chamber piece set in about four locations (the mixing room, the live recording studio, the corridor and the one room house the lead character stays in). The movie doesn’t look super cheap but the lack of locations does become a little claustrophobic and restrictive towards the end.

Despite all this it wasn’t a boring film. Just really pointless and uninvolving, along with an unsatisfying end that leads nowhere and doesn’t pay anything off. It perhaps doesn’t help that I have no interest or respect for the genre of Italian horror films that the movie covers.

Overall it had some interesting ideas but it didn’t dramatise them well. A much better film, with an actual story, could have been made from the set up.

Note: it is not a horror film. I would categorise it as an avant garde art movie.

3 out of 10

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 14/2/2013 1:13:18 PM   
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ABC's of Death (2012)

I loved Christmas as a child. My simple formula when opening presents was the order of smallest to largest sized gifts. Yet my parent’s trump card was the inclusion of a box in which they would insert an assortment of tiny presents. You never quite knew what was going to be in the box and my heart would always beat that little bit faster when I begin opening these. They weren’t expensive or always to my taste but they were eclectic and wonderful nonetheless.

I also adore horror anthologies. The general consensus by the critics is that they are patchy affairs with one segment emerging stronger than the rest. With the ABC’s of Death you get 26 tales covering all the letters of the alphabet. An array of horror directors with five grand to spend put their own twisted skills to the test and although some tales might not tickle your fancy, the bulk of them pass muster.

Trying to summarize the entire contents of the ABC’s of Death is difficult but I’ll have a go anyway. The first 3 segments, consisting of Apocolypse, Bigfoot and Cycle are impressive opening chapters. The first story, directed by Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes) is extremely gruesome with some magnificent make-up effects. It features a wife viciously attacking her husband with a kitchen knife . When the kitchen knife fails to finish the job, she then moves on to alternative means. Bigfoot is a five minute slasher tale about a randy babysitter that efforts to get a insomniac brat to go to sleep backfires on him and his girlfriend. Ernesto Diaz Espinoza’s Cycle is a bite sized version of Timecrimes with a young man stumbling through a dimensional gateway upon entering a garden bush.

The film peaks early at the letter ‘D’. I cannot recommend the chapter titled, ‘Dogfight’ strongly enough. It is an extraordinary short with breath-taking, stylish and nauseating sound effects and visuals. Marcel Sarmiento produces a mini masterpiece with next to no budget. The director uses his dog trainer as the lead fighter and has him face up to the elemental pooch. The results are incredible. The director has the cheek to turn the story on its head with a clever and satisfying twist. The only other feature that I am aware that Sarmiento has directed in the past was the unappreciated, Dead Girl but I’ll be waiting for his next project with bated breath.

Having reached such heights with the fourth chapter it is understandable that the next seven stories do not reach the same dizzy heights. In many instances the stories rely on scatological humour with F (Fart), K (Kapoo) and H (Hydro Electrical Diffusion) seeming a little out of place in a horror anthology. We also get one of the most disappointing chapters with a point of view death in G (Gravity). Things get back on track with the distasteful but brilliant L (Libido) directed by Timo Tjahjanto. This has the same sickening tone as A Serbian Film. It opens with a group of masked cult members overlooking a masturbation contest between two bound men. With one hand free, the competitior who ejaculates first wins and the loser dies in a rather uncomfortable fashion. To aid them in their goal they have live sexual acts performed in front of them. As each stage passes, the acts become increasingly perverse and repugnant. This is my vote as the most offensive of all the stories but it is expertly shot with superb makeup effects. Libido is the horror highlight in the anthology.

The middle section is a mixed bag, including a lazy segment from Ti West (M – Miscarriage), a pesky and very funny parrot sketch by Banjong Pisanthanakum (N -Nuptials) and a stylish and surreal, oral sex scene by the Amer team of Bruno Forzana and Helene Cattet (O -Orgasm). I ‘m still not convinced about Ti West. Many a HCF reviewer (Matt Wavish, Ross Hughes and Dr Lenera) respect this guy and his stylish, but painfully slow, build up, yet there is little to get excited about during this piece of work. It’s almost as if his heart isn’t in it?

The same cannot be said of the impressive entry by Serbian Film’s director, Srdjan Spasojeevic. He tackles the letter R (Removed) with a tale about a prisoner whose flesh is surgically removed on a daily basis by a group of scientists. I didn’t know what the hell was going on here but the imagery seems to have some tie in with the media or press? Of the remaining letters perhaps Ben Wheatley’s first person/ creature feature U (Unearthed), Kare Andrew’s ambitious sci-fi actioner (V -Vagitus) and the Xavier Gen’s sickening warning of the pressure of conforming to the perfect figure (X – XXL) are the most successful. Vagitus features heavily in the trailer for the ABC’s of Death and it is astonishing that Andrew’s has kept within his five thousand pound budget when you witness the special effects on display.

It goes without saying that most horror anthologies are going to be patchy. Normally a common theme (The Twilight Zone: The Movie) or story (Cat’s Eye) ties the strands together to overcome this factor. The reason that I enjoyed The ABC’s of Death so much is that, similarly to Grindhouse, the makers have taken a leap of faith with something a little different. With only the constraints of a letter and a micro budget, they have allowed a group of talented filmmakers the chance to let their imaginations go wild with the bulk of them either hitting the mark or in a few cases, raising the stakes. How many films can boast such diverse content as giant robots, Nazi women with giant dicks, a monster toilet, a killer turd, death by fart, a devious parrot, kitten stamping, dog fighting, zombie clowns and a paraplegic pleasuring herself with her prosthetic leg? It will take something special to overtake The ABC’s of Death as my favourite horror film of 2013.

8/10

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 14/2/2013 7:17:46 PM   
evil bill


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ORIGINAL: Dr Lenera

I'll probably get laughed at for this but I posted this on HCF and is one of the wife's and my favourites.






Director Jeannot Schwarz, a man who didn't make many films but whose work I've always enjoyed, perfectly steers the film to its weepy conclusion, along the way giving us many gorgeous and even clever shots [look out for a great use of the split-diopter lense which shows us background as detailed as the foreground] that really show what an underappreciated and underused filmmaker he was. Barry's music, the album being his best selling, is an essential ingredient in the film, gradually having its achingly romantic main theme take over the score, but also containing other great bits and pieces like the old lady's motif for violin near the beginning of the picture. I'm so glad he made the decision not to use, as was originally proposed, the 3rd Movement of Mahler's 5th Symphony and replaced it with the Rachmaninov, because I associate that piece with Death In Venice so much it would have tarnished Somewhere In Time somewhat for me. It remains a rather wonderful picture that, even if you're a cynic or just don't like this type of film, I recommend giving a go. You may end up falling in love with it.

Rating: 9/10

Now the MODs are going to think we've gone all soft on here, but we do like the odd weepy if it's linked to Sci/Fi, but this is one film I found boring, in both acting stakes and direction, it just put me to sleep, sorry but 9/10 is far to genours. Saying that the wife loves it, so what do I know, I just have never been able to stay awake for the entire film, so I can't really fairly judge it as I have not watched the entire film, so next time it's on the box i'll try to stay awake.

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 14/2/2013 7:21:40 PM   
evil bill


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quote:

ORIGINAL: Platter

Berberian Sound Studio (2012)

A potentially good idea poorly executed
There is no story or plot. Nor is there much in the way of characters either. It's a feature length film of some people adding sound effects to movie footage that we don't get to see. It gets rather repetitive after about an hour.

***SPOILERS IN NEXT PARAGRAPH***

There is a slight hint of menace, of something sinister lurking in the background, but that is all it is. It never threatens to come to the surface and I wasn't expecting a sick conspiracy to be uncovered by the lead. Eventually the movie ends with random weird stuff that doesn't mean anything or follow any internal logic. I don't feel the lead character was suffering much or becoming unhinged by the footage he had to watch.

There was little dialogue between the small cast, which isn't good for a little chamber piece set in about four locations (the mixing room, the live recording studio, the corridor and the one room house the lead character stays in). The movie doesn't look super cheap but the lack of locations does become a little claustrophobic and restrictive towards the end.

Despite all this it wasn't a boring film. Just really pointless and uninvolving, along with an unsatisfying end that leads nowhere and doesn't pay anything off. It perhaps doesn't help that I have no interest or respect for the genre of Italian horror films that the movie covers.

Overall it had some interesting ideas but it didn't dramatise them well. A much better film, with an actual story, could have been made from the set up.

Note: it is not a horror film. I would categorise it as an avant garde art movie.

3 out of 10

Well at least your honest, in that you have no interest in Italian Horror films, so a film like this is not for you, I've still to see it along with a bunch of other films, so I can't judge your review, but it is a film I want to see, as I am an Italian Horror Fan big time.

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 14/2/2013 7:23:37 PM   
evil bill


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quote:

ORIGINAL: DAVID GILLESPIE



ABC's of Death (2012)

I loved Christmas as a child. My simple formula when opening presents was the order of smallest to largest sized gifts. Yet my parent's trump card was the inclusion of a box in which they would insert an assortment of tiny presents. You never quite knew what was going to be in the box and my heart would always beat that little bit faster when I begin opening these. They weren't expensive or always to my taste but they were eclectic and wonderful nonetheless.

I also adore horror anthologies. The general consensus by the critics is that they are patchy affairs with one segment emerging stronger than the rest. With the ABC's of Death you get 26 tales covering all the letters of the alphabet. An array of horror directors with five grand to spend put their own twisted skills to the test and although some tales might not tickle your fancy, the bulk of them pass muster.

Trying to summarize the entire contents of the ABC's of Death is difficult but I'll have a go anyway. The first 3 segments, consisting of Apocolypse, Bigfoot and Cycle are impressive opening chapters. The first story, directed by Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes) is extremely gruesome with some magnificent make-up effects. It features a wife viciously attacking her husband with a kitchen knife . When the kitchen knife fails to finish the job, she then moves on to alternative means. Bigfoot is a five minute slasher tale about a randy babysitter that efforts to get a insomniac brat to go to sleep backfires on him and his girlfriend. Ernesto Diaz Espinoza's Cycle is a bite sized version of Timecrimes with a young man stumbling through a dimensional gateway upon entering a garden bush.

The film peaks early at the letter 'D'. I cannot recommend the chapter titled, 'Dogfight' strongly enough. It is an extraordinary short with breath-taking, stylish and nauseating sound effects and visuals. Marcel Sarmiento produces a mini masterpiece with next to no budget. The director uses his dog trainer as the lead fighter and has him face up to the elemental pooch. The results are incredible. The director has the cheek to turn the story on its head with a clever and satisfying twist. The only other feature that I am aware that Sarmiento has directed in the past was the unappreciated, Dead Girl but I'll be waiting for his next project with bated breath.

Having reached such heights with the fourth chapter it is understandable that the next seven stories do not reach the same dizzy heights. In many instances the stories rely on scatological humour with F (Fart), K (Kapoo) and H (Hydro Electrical Diffusion) seeming a little out of place in a horror anthology. We also get one of the most disappointing chapters with a point of view death in G (Gravity). Things get back on track with the distasteful but brilliant L (Libido) directed by Timo Tjahjanto. This has the same sickening tone as A Serbian Film. It opens with a group of masked cult members overlooking a masturbation contest between two bound men. With one hand free, the competitior who ejaculates first wins and the loser dies in a rather uncomfortable fashion. To aid them in their goal they have live sexual acts performed in front of them. As each stage passes, the acts become increasingly perverse and repugnant. This is my vote as the most offensive of all the stories but it is expertly shot with superb makeup effects. Libido is the horror highlight in the anthology.

The middle section is a mixed bag, including a lazy segment from Ti West (M – Miscarriage), a pesky and very funny parrot sketch by Banjong Pisanthanakum (N -Nuptials) and a stylish and surreal, oral sex scene by the Amer team of Bruno Forzana and Helene Cattet (O -Orgasm). I 'm still not convinced about Ti West. Many a HCF reviewer (Matt Wavish, Ross Hughes and Dr Lenera) respect this guy and his stylish, but painfully slow, build up, yet there is little to get excited about during this piece of work. It's almost as if his heart isn't in it?

The same cannot be said of the impressive entry by Serbian Film's director, Srdjan Spasojeevic. He tackles the letter R (Removed) with a tale about a prisoner whose flesh is surgically removed on a daily basis by a group of scientists. I didn't know what the hell was going on here but the imagery seems to have some tie in with the media or press? Of the remaining letters perhaps Ben Wheatley's first person/ creature feature U (Unearthed), Kare Andrew's ambitious sci-fi actioner (V -Vagitus) and the Xavier Gen's sickening warning of the pressure of conforming to the perfect figure (X – XXL) are the most successful. Vagitus features heavily in the trailer for the ABC's of Death and it is astonishing that Andrew's has kept within his five thousand pound budget when you witness the special effects on display.

It goes without saying that most horror anthologies are going to be patchy. Normally a common theme (The Twilight Zone: The Movie) or story (Cat's Eye) ties the strands together to overcome this factor. The reason that I enjoyed The ABC's of Death so much is that, similarly to Grindhouse, the makers have taken a leap of faith with something a little different. With only the constraints of a letter and a micro budget, they have allowed a group of talented filmmakers the chance to let their imaginations go wild with the bulk of them either hitting the mark or in a few cases, raising the stakes. How many films can boast such diverse content as giant robots, Nazi women with giant dicks, a monster toilet, a killer turd, death by fart, a devious parrot, kitten stamping, dog fighting, zombie clowns and a paraplegic pleasuring herself with her prosthetic leg? It will take something special to overtake The ABC's of Death as my favourite horror film of 2013.

8/10

And this is this one of the films I truly want to see this year.

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 16/2/2013 10:27:45 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: evil bill

quote:

ORIGINAL: Dr Lenera

I'll probably get laughed at for this but I posted this on HCF and is one of the wife's and my favourites.






Director Jeannot Schwarz, a man who didn't make many films but whose work I've always enjoyed, perfectly steers the film to its weepy conclusion, along the way giving us many gorgeous and even clever shots [look out for a great use of the split-diopter lense which shows us background as detailed as the foreground] that really show what an underappreciated and underused filmmaker he was. Barry's music, the album being his best selling, is an essential ingredient in the film, gradually having its achingly romantic main theme take over the score, but also containing other great bits and pieces like the old lady's motif for violin near the beginning of the picture. I'm so glad he made the decision not to use, as was originally proposed, the 3rd Movement of Mahler's 5th Symphony and replaced it with the Rachmaninov, because I associate that piece with Death In Venice so much it would have tarnished Somewhere In Time somewhat for me. It remains a rather wonderful picture that, even if you're a cynic or just don't like this type of film, I recommend giving a go. You may end up falling in love with it.

Rating: 9/10

Now the MODs are going to think we've gone all soft on here, but we do like the odd weepy if it's linked to Sci/Fi, but this is one film I found boring, in both acting stakes and direction, it just put me to sleep, sorry but 9/10 is far to genours. Saying that the wife loves it, so what do I know, I just have never been able to stay awake for the entire film, so I can't really fairly judge it as I have not watched the entire film, so next time it's on the box i'll try to stay awake.


Dr Lenera, why should you get laughed at? This right here is a beautiful film! I remember watching it as a young boy, and it had such a big impact on me. The ending especially, i was too young to know anything about love back then, but this film was an introduction to it! I remember feeling this deep sadness tinged with longing for the character of Jane Seymour, it was then that i realised what love was! . The film has a dreamy feel to it (seeing as it is arguably a dream).

And Christopher Reeves was superb in it, pretty soon i forgot i was looking at Superman but a fine actor. I really need to track this down.

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 16/2/2013 2:12:45 PM   
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Having missed out on seeing at the cinema when it was originally released, I finally got round to watching The Exorcism of Emily Rose last night. I probably would have been underwhelmed at the cinema, the marketing campaign was all wrong. It wasn't a full-on horror flick, but a carefully arranged blend of courtroom drama and supernatural thriller, the film left me pleasantly surprised. Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson were excellent leads, and Jennifer Carpenter was very good as she conveyed fear and confusion using very little dialogue. Thought provoking and at times tense, it's a solid piece of work.

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 16/2/2013 11:19:59 PM   
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OK, back to normal





AKA SCREAM BLOODY MURDER, CLAW OF TERROR
A young boy named Matthew runs over his father with a tractor, killing him, though he loses an arm in the process. He’s taken to a mental hospital where he’s outfitted with a hook to replace his lost hand. When he is 18, he is released from the asylum and returns home, but finds that his mother has got married again, to one of the farmhands who helped her run the place after her husband’s death. Insanely jealous and overly protective of his mother, he kills the husband, then accidently slaughters Ma too. Going on the run, he sets off on a killing spree….

Sometimes one can be mistaken as to what one ends up with. I’m a sucker for trawling my local Poundland for DVDs. Quite often, the range is pretty decent, from films many will have heard of to obscurities that quite often deserve to remain obscure but occasionally could be unsung gems. Not long ago I picked up a disc with two films on it; the 2001 slasher pic Ripper, and another film called Scream Bloody Murder. I assumed this was the slasher movie from 2000 of the time title, but the brief synopsis on the back of the case suggested otherwise. Actually the film I started watching turned out to be rather different from what the synopsis stated, so someone at Boulevard Entertainment made a mistake that no one bothered to check. A bit of research told me that what I was watching was actually a 1973 movie called The Captive Female and that the synopsis was of another film, but also called Scream Bloody Murder, from 1972! Confused? Yeah, so was I for a while, but I do love checking out films I know nothing about!

Now I must say right away; the picture quality on the Boulevard Entertainment DVD is awful, so blurry [you can’t even make out the credits at the end] that it took me back to watching dodgy pirate video copies of banned and uncut horror films back in the late 80’s when I was a crazy horror nut but was frustrated by the fact that many of the movies I wanted to see were either not legally available or hacked to bits by the censors. It seems that the film looks the same on other releases, and add to that it was censored on release by five minutes, which sounds like a lot so perhaps some dialogue was lost too, while the uncut version seems to be lost. Its director and co-writer Mark B. Ray only made one other film and his writing credits are mainly minor TV work though he did have a hand in the screenplay for the middling Stepfather 3.

Of course what you really want to know is, is the film good? I would love to tell you that it’s a lost gem that should be far better known and deserves a decent release. Sadly I can’t. The film is certainly not devoid of interest, especially when is full of that grimy, sleazy feel that many 70’s horrors had and is rarely attempted these days, and at times it does verge on being quite good, but most of the time it is sunk by some truly abysmal acting, especially from Fred Holbert as the psychotic Matthew who only seems to have one expression throughout. Small wonder that The Captive Female is his only credit. There is also a lot of really shoddy dialogue that is often laughable and really inconsistent direction that veers from the extremely bland to rather stylised, such as a murder where, as the victim falls, the camera assumes her point of view and goes all over the place. The cameraman was Stephen H. Burum, who would go on to do great things with the likes of Brian De Palma and Francis Ford Coppola. The first few minutes of the film really are bad, with the tractor death lousily staged, especially when the murderous kid somehow gets his arm ran over in the process. Fast forward ten or so years, and the kid is now supposed to be 18, but looks twice that.

After this, the film becomes a kind of early slasher movie but from the point of view of the killer. The killings are many and varied, with methods including an axe, dagger, strangulation and a rock. It’s glaringly obvious where trims have been made in most of these scenes as the editing often jars and I just knew that we were intended to see more than we do. There’s plenty of blood on display though, and even a blackly comic kill where Matthew has considerable trouble with a cane-wielding old lady. All this makes for quite a fast paced experience for the film’s first half as various folk from housemaids to sailors get murdered, but it then grinds to a halt when mad Matt sets up house with a happy hooker [who also paints] called Vera, in his own strange way. By this I mean giving her plenty of things like food and wine, but also keeping her constantly tied up in a big house he has taken over. Interestingly he isn’t sexually interested in her, not even wanting to look at her when she’s in the shower. Matthew clearly has Oedipal issues, but just seems to want a replacement mother rather than to become one. He’s an interesting psycho, but is never as interesting as he should be because of the terrible acting and the fact that the writers chicken out of making him a bit sympathetic. It’s the same with Vera, where it seems like the two scriptwriters started to write an intriguing character but after a while gave up.

The scenes between Matthew and Vera are sometimes rather amusing, which may have been intended, and though the movie gets a little dull, Vera’s escape attempts are quite suspenseful, even after she has freed herself from being tied up so badly to a chair she is just able to slide underneath the string. Matthew also appears to teleport in one scene, though he wouldn’t be the only killer to have this ability when the slasher boom happened in the early 80’s. Then again, it’s pretty impressive that he can drive with a hook replacing one of the hands, and then there’s an odd scene with a delivery boy who talks for around a minute as he stands outside the house even though there is no answer from inside. The film does do well by its distorted visions of Matthew’s mother, and it has a really weird climax in a church that seems to borrow from both Carnival Of Souls and The Roaring Twenties [honest] and may have also inspired the finale of Maniac. This movie also seems to have inspired Don’t Go Into The House.

The score by Rockwell sometimes irritates, often sounding like slightly messed-up TV music, and not being helped by being very badly recorded, but there are a few interesting experimental cues reminiscent of Ennio Morricone at his weirdest. In the 80’s, a version of this movie came out in Italy with the original score replaced by Fabio Frizzi’s music from The Beyond and House By The Cemetery. I’d like to see it. In the meantime, The Captive Female is not really very good, but can still be recommended for fans of the obscure and folk who are tired of the samey nature of many of the horror films and thrillers today. It’s certainly worth the 50p I paid to get it, even with that awful picture quality! And look out for Phantasm’s Angus Scrimm in a small role!

Rating: 5/10

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 16/2/2013 11:40:10 PM   
Dr Lenera

 

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ORIGINAL: Nexus Wookie


quote:

ORIGINAL: evil bill

quote:

ORIGINAL: Dr Lenera

I'll probably get laughed at for this but I posted this on HCF and is one of the wife's and my favourites.






Director Jeannot Schwarz, a man who didn't make many films but whose work I've always enjoyed, perfectly steers the film to its weepy conclusion, along the way giving us many gorgeous and even clever shots [look out for a great use of the split-diopter lense which shows us background as detailed as the foreground] that really show what an underappreciated and underused filmmaker he was. Barry's music, the album being his best selling, is an essential ingredient in the film, gradually having its achingly romantic main theme take over the score, but also containing other great bits and pieces like the old lady's motif for violin near the beginning of the picture. I'm so glad he made the decision not to use, as was originally proposed, the 3rd Movement of Mahler's 5th Symphony and replaced it with the Rachmaninov, because I associate that piece with Death In Venice so much it would have tarnished Somewhere In Time somewhat for me. It remains a rather wonderful picture that, even if you're a cynic or just don't like this type of film, I recommend giving a go. You may end up falling in love with it.

Rating: 9/10

Now the MODs are going to think we've gone all soft on here, but we do like the odd weepy if it's linked to Sci/Fi, but this is one film I found boring, in both acting stakes and direction, it just put me to sleep, sorry but 9/10 is far to genours. Saying that the wife loves it, so what do I know, I just have never been able to stay awake for the entire film, so I can't really fairly judge it as I have not watched the entire film, so next time it's on the box i'll try to stay awake.


Dr Lenera, why should you get laughed at? This right here is a beautiful film! I remember watching it as a young boy, and it had such a big impact on me. The ending especially, i was too young to know anything about love back then, but this film was an introduction to it! I remember feeling this deep sadness tinged with longing for the character of Jane Seymour, it was then that i realised what love was! . The film has a dreamy feel to it (seeing as it is arguably a dream).

And Christopher Reeves was superb in it, pretty soon i forgot i was looking at Superman but a fine actor. I really need to track this down.


Well romance and love and that kind of thing usually gets short shrift on here amidst all the wierdness and darkness and maybe seems out of place! And thanks for your response which was a pleasure to read!

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 18/2/2013 6:51:49 PM   
evil bill


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Having missed out on seeing at the cinema when it was originally released, I finally got round to watching The Exorcism of Emily Rose last night. I probably would have been underwhelmed at the cinema, the marketing campaign was all wrong. It wasn't a full-on horror flick, but a carefully arranged blend of courtroom drama and supernatural thriller, the film left me pleasantly surprised. Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson were excellent leads, and Jennifer Carpenter was very good as she conveyed fear and confusion using very little dialogue. Thought provoking and at times tense, it's a solid piece of work.

 
I'm with you on this one, it was badly marketed on it's release, yet on DVD it became a big hit at the rental shops, a real overlooked gem of a movie that leaves the viewer with the "was it real or not you decide" ending. With some great jump out of your seat moments, a very suspenseful film well written and directed. Great acting along with the chilling excellent score kept you on the edge of the seat, and wasn't overly predictable either which was a big plus. And i liked the way it looked back on what exactly happened to Emily Rose, and asked us the viewer was she possessed or was she having fits?,could the family have been the cause, and was the priest part of the problem or part of the cure. It wasn't a push the catholic belief down everyone's throat, because defending the Priest was an agnostic lawyer trying to not only get ahead in her career but convince a jury that maybe medical science could not determine if Emily had a medical condition, that it could be a demonic possession, even if it was just in her own head, which she herself did not believe. I have it on DVD and love it, it's such a shame it is so underrated by so many as it works as a horror movie and a court room drama, and though it never reaches the hieghts of say The Exorcist, it is with out doubt one of the best of this type of film made in the last decade.7/10

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 20/2/2013 7:41:09 PM   
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OK, back to normal






The scenes between Matthew and Vera are sometimes rather amusing, which may have been intended, and though the movie gets a little dull, Vera's escape attempts are quite suspenseful, even after she has freed herself from being tied up so badly to a chair she is just able to slide underneath the string. Matthew also appears to teleport in one scene, though he wouldn't be the only killer to have this ability when the slasher boom happened in the early 80's. Then again, it's pretty impressive that he can drive with a hook replacing one of the hands, and then there's an odd scene with a delivery boy who talks for around a minute as he stands outside the house even though there is no answer from inside. The film does do well by its distorted visions of Matthew's mother, and it has a really weird climax in a church that seems to borrow from both Carnival Of Souls and The Roaring Twenties [honest] and may have also inspired the finale of Maniac. This movie also seems to have inspired Don't Go Into The House.

The score by Rockwell sometimes irritates, often sounding like slightly messed-up TV music, and not being helped by being very badly recorded, but there are a few interesting experimental cues reminiscent of Ennio Morricone at his weirdest. In the 80's, a version of this movie came out in Italy with the original score replaced by Fabio Frizzi's music from The Beyond and House By The Cemetery. I'd like to see it. In the meantime, The Captive Female is not really very good, but can still be recommended for fans of the obscure and folk who are tired of the samey nature of many of the horror films and thrillers today. It's certainly worth the 50p I paid to get it, even with that awful picture quality! And look out for Phantasm's Angus Scrimm in a small role!

Rating: 5/10

Sounds like a wonderful demented film, the sort we love to see, and for a change one I have not seen.

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 21/2/2013 5:50:28 PM   
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A wierd film from the 70's you not seen? I DON'T BELIEVE IT!

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 21/2/2013 9:30:25 PM   
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A wierd film from the 70's you not seen? I DON'T BELIEVE IT!

Shucks you got one over on me.
Now as wew know a Mr Micheal Winner died not so long ago, and made a few 70's films, but did you know he made a great horror flick as well,well here's my thoughts on a third viewing, as i'd rather watch this than the not to bad DEATH WISH.

The Sentinel 1977

Christina Raines plays a lovely model in New York who seeks out a new apartment and begins to meet strange neighbours and reveal a secret about the building and herself. She begins having strange physical problems, has trouble sleeping at night, and has some nasty flashbacks of her attempted suicide. She complains to the real estate agent of the noise caused by her strange neighbours, but finds out that the house is only occupied by blind priest and herself, and ultimately discovers that she has been put in the house for a reason. 

This is one ultra gory underappreciated horror flick of the 70's,and very much a product of The Exorcist craze, mixed with the European flair for stylised horror. It  has all kinds of neat plot elements from the Roman Catholic Church vs. Satan, to the gateway to Hell thrills of a Fulci film, to bizarre rituals, and a growing conspiracy, and finally to a host of talented famous actors and actresses flooding the film with talent. We get Ava Gardner, Burgess Meredith, Chris Sarandon, Jerry Orbach, Deborah Raffin, Arthur Kennedy, Jose Ferrer, Slyvia Miles, Beverly DeAngelo, Eli Wallach, Martin Balsam, Christopher Walkin, William Hickey, Tom Berenger, Jeff Goldblum, and who can forget John Carradine as a blind old priest. Many of the actors do ham it up a bit - particularly Burgess Meredith giving a fine comic/demented performance as one of the neighbours with a little bird and a cat. Meredith is memorable as is Balsam and Chris Sarandon. Some of these fine performers have virtually nothing to do like Jose Ferrer in a thankless role even if it is nothing more than a cameo.

But the  Sentinel is a fine horror film with plenty of psychological elements and some truly terrifying scenes, which for a new kid on the block British director, Mr Micheal Winner was for me a big surprise. And he gives us one HELL of an end scene which even now is repulsive and yet chilling, and is a great final scene which isn't a cheat like so many modern horror films. This film also has some gratuitous sex and violence, in  particularly that whole scene with DeAngelo and Miles, which even by todays standards is pretty extreme, though Winner did go on to do DEATH WISH, which has the infamous rape and murder scene, so no surprise he pushed the boat out here .Overall a shocker that mixes al lthe right element's, with creepy apartment blocks, strange residents, paranoia, ghouls, nudity and gruesome kills to great effect, and boasts an incredible cast for a horror flick. Director Michael Winner does a workmanlike job, as you'd expect from him, yet don't get me wrong he is effective creating tension, and makes a surprisingly scary movie moments, plus delivers in the gore stakes, in this low budget but high on quality horror flick. 7/10

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 23/2/2013 5:17:32 PM   
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BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO was extremely disappointing and very dull. Totally agree with the interesting ideas poorly executed notion. It's noticeable it's been repackaged very quickly with a really dodgy STDVD cover and now going for a fiver in ASDA, presumably to fool poor folks into thinking it's something better than it is!

My copy of FROM BEYOND BR has shipped so will be seeing what all the fuss is about shortly. I want to see MAMA and remember reading it was supposed to be seriously scary although Empire has only scored it 3* and hardly gives it a sparkling review!?!?!

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 24/2/2013 11:34:49 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: evil bill

quote:

ORIGINAL: Dr Lenera

A wierd film from the 70's you not seen? I DON'T BELIEVE IT!

Shucks you got one over on me.
Now as wew know a Mr Micheal Winner died not so long ago, and made a few 70's films, but did you know he made a great horror flick as well,well here's my thoughts on a third viewing, as i'd rather watch this than the not to bad DEATH WISH.

The Sentinel 1977

Christina Raines plays a lovely model in New York who seeks out a new apartment and begins to meet strange neighbours and reveal a secret about the building and herself. She begins having strange physical problems, has trouble sleeping at night, and has some nasty flashbacks of her attempted suicide. She complains to the real estate agent of the noise caused by her strange neighbours, but finds out that the house is only occupied by blind priest and herself, and ultimately discovers that she has been put in the house for a reason. 

This is one ultra gory underappreciated horror flick of the 70's,and very much a product of The Exorcist craze, mixed with the European flair for stylised horror. It  has all kinds of neat plot elements from the Roman Catholic Church vs. Satan, to the gateway to Hell thrills of a Fulci film, to bizarre rituals, and a growing conspiracy, and finally to a host of talented famous actors and actresses flooding the film with talent. We get Ava Gardner, Burgess Meredith, Chris Sarandon, Jerry Orbach, Deborah Raffin, Arthur Kennedy, Jose Ferrer, Slyvia Miles, Beverly DeAngelo, Eli Wallach, Martin Balsam, Christopher Walkin, William Hickey, Tom Berenger, Jeff Goldblum, and who can forget John Carradine as a blind old priest. Many of the actors do ham it up a bit - particularly Burgess Meredith giving a fine comic/demented performance as one of the neighbours with a little bird and a cat. Meredith is memorable as is Balsam and Chris Sarandon. Some of these fine performers have virtually nothing to do like Jose Ferrer in a thankless role even if it is nothing more than a cameo.

But the  Sentinel is a fine horror film with plenty of psychological elements and some truly terrifying scenes, which for a new kid on the block British director, Mr Micheal Winner was for me a big surprise. And he gives us one HELL of an end scene which even now is repulsive and yet chilling, and is a great final scene which isn't a cheat like so many modern horror films. This film also has some gratuitous sex and violence, in  particularly that whole scene with DeAngelo and Miles, which even by todays standards is pretty extreme, though Winner did go on to do DEATH WISH, which has the infamous rape and murder scene, so no surprise he pushed the boat out here .Overall a shocker that mixes al lthe right element's, with creepy apartment blocks, strange residents, paranoia, ghouls, nudity and gruesome kills to great effect, and boasts an incredible cast for a horror flick. Director Michael Winner does a workmanlike job, as you'd expect from him, yet don't get me wrong he is effective creating tension, and makes a surprisingly scary movie moments, plus delivers in the gore stakes, in this low budget but high on quality horror flick. 7/10


Winner was a mostly poor director in my view but I have a distinct fondness for Chato's Land,The Wicked Lady [for the wrong reasons maybe!] and this film. There is something really disturbing about The Sentinel.

O, and had a belated Happy Birthday by the way

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 24/2/2013 11:37:16 AM   
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ORIGINAL: losthighway

BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO was extremely disappointing and very dull. Totally agree with the interesting ideas poorly executed notion. It's noticeable it's been repackaged very quickly with a really dodgy STDVD cover and now going for a fiver in ASDA, presumably to fool poor folks into thinking it's something better than it is!

My copy of FROM BEYOND BR has shipped so will be seeing what all the fuss is about shortly. I want to see MAMA and remember reading it was supposed to be seriously scary although Empire has only scored it 3* and hardly gives it a sparkling review!?!?!

Not seen anything else lately, work getting in the way!



I did enjoy Berberian, though not as much as some. As you say great idea, maybe disappointing execution though I loved its atmosphere and at least it was something a bit different to the norm.

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 24/2/2013 11:42:07 AM   
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At the onset of the 2008 financial crisis, distraught Jeffrey kills his business partners and estranged wife, then crashes his car with his children – 3-year old Victoria and 1-year old Lilly – in it. Surviving the crash, Jeffrey takes the girls into an abandoned cabin, planning to kill his daughters, but a shadowy figure pulls him away, snapping his neck, and tosses the girls a cherry. Five years later, a rescue party, sponsored by Jeffrey’s brother, Lucas, finds the children but they are very wild. They are put in a welfare clinic under the psychiatric care of Dr. Gerald Dreyfuss, who agrees to support Lucas and his girlfriend Annabel’s custody claim against the girls’ maternal great-aunt Jean. Dreyfuss is intrigued by the drawings the girls have made of a mysterious character they call “Mama”, whom they talk to and play with……

I don’t think Guillermo Del Toro has it in him to make a bad film, and you can just about extend this quality to the increasing number of pictures that he is involved with in other ways besides director [okay, Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark was something of a misfire, though I enjoyed it more than some and it’s the only example of a major Guillermo-involved disappointment I can think of]. He especially seems to enjoy helping other directors make films in the fantasy and horror genres and giving them a bit of a push whilst adding more than a bit of the Guillermo touch. Mama is a Spanish-Canadian production that is an expansion of director Andres Muschietti’s Spanish-language short film of the same title. It’s not a film that will go down in history as a horror classic, and most fans of the genre will notice bits and pieces borrowed from other films, but it’s a highly enjoyable ride that gets the job done. It’s suspenseful, gripping and most importantly pretty scary, while its central theme of maternity will ensure many of the lasses enjoy the film as much as the lads. The trailer to me promised a kind of supernatural Orphan but what we get instead seems in part to be a version of the Mexican legend la llorona, and in part to be a surprisingly successful melding of Spanish and Japanese horror stylistically, visually and thematically.

The opening scene is superb and not only sets things up perfectly but also shows in a few minutes that Andres Muschietti is totally at home with horror. After Jeffrey crashes his car and takes his two daughters to the cabin to kill them, they enter the cabin and we see a fleeting glimpse of a dark figure running behind them. Already we are on edge, though the next few minutes have considerable sadness as well as intensity as Jeffrey is having a total breakdown and his girls just don’t understand. Something kills Jeffrey as he pulls a gun on Victoria, the dark human-like thing glimpsed slightly in more detail. We cut to what his obviously a few hours later as the two girls sit there, having no idea of what happened. A cherry is thrown to the children, a poetic touch and one that shows this thing means the kids no harm, and then the camera goes into the darkness where, after several seconds enveloped in black we make out Mama in a bit more detail, perhaps too much, but never mind. The title sequence that follows is also good, child’s drawings showing how the girls survive five years out in the wild on their own.

I suppose one immediately thinks of Francois Truffaut’s wild child and/or similar tales when the girls are found, safe but rather feral, but very soon it becomes obvious that they bring something with them, something that is far more than the pretend friend or parent that they seem to talk to. I could have done with a bit more of a build-up here. If Mama had been made in the 70’s or even the 80’s, you would have had a fair bit of time devoted to the ‘settling in’ of the girls in their new home, with the story developing at a much slower pace and perhaps even some ambiguity about whether Mama is actually real or not before the scares proper start. What we get instead is eeriness alternating with jolts almost straight away, but I can’t complain too much, because the film very quickly becomes rather frightening. It plays on primal fears of the Bogeyman who might live in the cupboard, though it’s interesting that this one seems to protect children rather than harm them, while there are sudden appearances by Mama that really do the business as well as a few other jump scares which don’t even always rely on a loud musical sting. I’m warning you about the child in the kitchen!

The tale is structured in and even develops in a fairly conventional manner, with much investigating of past events which may have something to do with the present, though if there is a major flaw it is that we see too much of Mama, especially in the early parts, and when in the final third she is revealed in her full glory, she’s the usual unconvincing CGI thingie that you’ve seen in many Japanese and Japanese-influenced horrors and even does Regan’s spider walk. By this time though, the story has developed a surprisingly emotional strand. There are touching moments throughout involving the children, especially one bit where the more ‘distant’ one of the two finally shows some love, and I have no shame in saying that one aspect of the climax moved me considerably. I wasn’t just watching a good horror movie, I was watching a good movie full stop, where I was emotionally invested in the characters. You may be quite surprised by how things turn out here considering this is a ‘PG-13’ studio-backed horror.

Then again we do have a rather disturbing flashback early on. The deaths are mostly either ‘blink and you miss them’, or not shown at all, but this is really the kind of horror film that doesn’t need gore or graphic violence and it really makes up for this with the staging of some of these scenes, like a great use of Rear Window’s camera flash effect. There has been much bemoaning that Mama is yet another ‘PG-13’ horror and that horrors should be ‘R’ like in the good old days. I don’t object to ‘PG-13’ horror films, some of the best are of that category and you don’t need blood and guts to frighten, but I do think there should be more balance so you get a more equal number of films aiming for both ratings. The ‘R’ rating [of course I’m talking about the American ratings here] seems these days to be mostly associated with so-called ‘torture porn’ stuff like the Saw franchise which a shame.

Certain things in the story are very contrived, such as information which is left around to be seen by someone at just the right time, but to be honest I only noticed such things when the film had finished. It is helped considerably by some strong acting including another fine performance from Jessica Chastain in a role that is harder and certainly requires a greater range of emotions than her role in Zero Dark Thirty, but, like Ethan Hawke’s fantastic turn in Sinister last year, won’t be recognised because it’s in a horror film that unashamedly tells everyone it is a horror film. Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nelisse are the two children in the movie, and they really convince except when poor CGI enhances their movements. Muschietti and his cinematographer Antonio Riestra give the film a very elegant feel and look, with almost beautiful contrasting of outside light with indoor gloom, and mostly avoiding that shakycam, quick editing crap. Fernando Velazquez’s score, which I could almost swear was by Christopher Young at times, piles on all the horror film musical cliches but works all the same. The whole film doesn’t really give horror fans anything new, but presents everything in such a good way, and is actually scary, that I came away quite satisfied.
7.5/10

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 25/2/2013 4:24:05 PM   
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Well more disappointment for me in this years Oscars as more excellent films and actors where robbed of the recognition they deserve!
As much as I like Day Lewis as an actor I can't help but feel that Pheonix was robbed for his excellent unhinged performance in The Master, a film that was also rudely ignored for its excellent screenplay and cinematography.
Emmanuel Riva certainly deserved the best actress Oscar rather than Jennifer Lawrence for her over the top and hammy performance in the tiresome and over rated Silver Linings Playbook.
Also the excellent French film Rust and Bone should definitely have got more recognition than it did as it was miles better than most films America had to offer!

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 25/2/2013 7:16:16 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Dr Lenera

quote:

ORIGINAL: evil bill

quote:

ORIGINAL: Dr Lenera

A wierd film from the 70's you not seen? I DON'T BELIEVE IT!

Shucks you got one over on me.
Now as wew know a Mr Micheal Winner died not so long ago, and made a few 70's films, but did you know he made a great horror flick as well,well here's my thoughts on a third viewing, as i'd rather watch this than the not to bad DEATH WISH.

The Sentinel 1977

Christina Raines plays a lovely model in New York who seeks out a new apartment and begins to meet strange neighbours and reveal a secret about the building and herself. She begins having strange physical problems, has trouble sleeping at night, and has some nasty flashbacks of her attempted suicide. She complains to the real estate agent of the noise caused by her strange neighbours, but finds out that the house is only occupied by blind priest and herself, and ultimately discovers that she has been put in the house for a reason. 

This is one ultra gory underappreciated horror flick of the 70's,and very much a product of The Exorcist craze, mixed with the European flair for stylised horror. It  has all kinds of neat plot elements from the Roman Catholic Church vs. Satan, to the gateway to Hell thrills of a Fulci film, to bizarre rituals, and a growing conspiracy, and finally to a host of talented famous actors and actresses flooding the film with talent. We get Ava Gardner, Burgess Meredith, Chris Sarandon, Jerry Orbach, Deborah Raffin, Arthur Kennedy, Jose Ferrer, Slyvia Miles, Beverly DeAngelo, Eli Wallach, Martin Balsam, Christopher Walkin, William Hickey, Tom Berenger, Jeff Goldblum, and who can forget John Carradine as a blind old priest. Many of the actors do ham it up a bit - particularly Burgess Meredith giving a fine comic/demented performance as one of the neighbours with a little bird and a cat. Meredith is memorable as is Balsam and Chris Sarandon. Some of these fine performers have virtually nothing to do like Jose Ferrer in a thankless role even if it is nothing more than a cameo.

But the  Sentinel is a fine horror film with plenty of psychological elements and some truly terrifying scenes, which for a new kid on the block British director, Mr Micheal Winner was for me a big surprise. And he gives us one HELL of an end scene which even now is repulsive and yet chilling, and is a great final scene which isn't a cheat like so many modern horror films. This film also has some gratuitous sex and violence, in  particularly that whole scene with DeAngelo and Miles, which even by todays standards is pretty extreme, though Winner did go on to do DEATH WISH, which has the infamous rape and murder scene, so no surprise he pushed the boat out here .Overall a shocker that mixes al lthe right element's, with creepy apartment blocks, strange residents, paranoia, ghouls, nudity and gruesome kills to great effect, and boasts an incredible cast for a horror flick. Director Michael Winner does a workmanlike job, as you'd expect from him, yet don't get me wrong he is effective creating tension, and makes a surprisingly scary movie moments, plus delivers in the gore stakes, in this low budget but high on quality horror flick. 7/10


Winner was a mostly poor director in my view but I have a distinct fondness for Chato's Land,The Wicked Lady [for the wrong reasons maybe!] and this film. There is something really disturbing about The Sentinel.

O, and had a belated Happy Birthday by the way

Thanks!!! and i'm on the road to recovery after one Hell of a weekend.
Yes Winner was a very poor director though I did like Death Wish, The Wicked Lady and most of all The Sentinel, but as you I never rated him at all, as he was more of a hired hand than a director of talent, and lucky for us he felt the same and packed it in after only a handful of films. But the three films I liked are more because of the controversy, which he was not afraid to use to push his low budget, low on style high on violence and sex, they where a product of there time, and to be honest look outdated, but for some reason still have the power to make you cringe.
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Then again we do have a rather disturbing flashback early on. The deaths are mostly either ‘blink and you miss them’, or not shown at all, but this is really the kind of horror film that doesn’t need gore or graphic violence and it really makes up for this with the staging of some of these scenes, like a great use of Rear Window’s camera flash effect. There has been much bemoaning that Mama is yet another ‘PG-13’ horror and that horrors should be ‘R’ like in the good old days. I don’t object to ‘PG-13’ horror films, some of the best are of that category and you don’t need blood and guts to frighten, but I do think there should be more balance so you get a more equal number of films aiming for both ratings. The ‘R’ rating [of course I’m talking about the American ratings here] seems these days to be mostly associated with so-called ‘torture porn’ stuff like the Saw franchise which a shame.

Certain things in the story are very contrived, such as information which is left around to be seen by someone at just the right time, but to be honest I only noticed such things when the film had finished. It is helped considerably by some strong acting including another fine performance from Jessica Chastain in a role that is harder and certainly requires a greater range of emotions than her role in Zero Dark Thirty, but, like Ethan Hawke’s fantastic turn in Sinister last year, won’t be recognised because it’s in a horror film that unashamedly tells everyone it is a horror film. Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nelisse are the two children in the movie, and they really convince except when poor CGI enhances their movements. Muschietti and his cinematographer Antonio Riestra give the film a very elegant feel and look, with almost beautiful contrasting of outside light with indoor gloom, and mostly avoiding that shakycam, quick editing crap. Fernando Velazquez’s score, which I could almost swear was by Christopher Young at times, piles on all the horror film musical cliches but works all the same. The whole film doesn’t really give horror fans anything new, but presents everything in such a good way, and is actually scary, that I came away quite satisfied.
7.5/10

I'm hoping to go see this film tomorrow night, and i'm not against PG 13 films if there done well like the wonderful The Others, which scared the shit out of me on first viewing, and I still enjoy watching. The trouble with some of the R rated gore fests, is they lack story, they lack style, and most of all they lack imagination, which truly great horror has and not just the gore fests, some of the best scares are in the goreless chillers. But some of the best of both worlds are in movies like John Carpenters THE THING, ALIEN etc, and to be honest I have not seen any horror film of the past 20 years that comes near these two, though there have been a few stand out horror films, just not classics.

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 25/2/2013 7:19:20 PM   
evil bill


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Well more disappointment for me in this years Oscars as more excellent films and actors where robbed of the recognition they deserve!
As much as I like Day Lewis as an actor I can't help but feel that Pheonix was robbed for his excellent unhinged performance in The Master, a film that was also rudely ignored for its excellent screenplay and cinematography.
Emmanuel Riva certainly deserved the best actress Oscar rather than Jennifer Lawrence for her over the top and hammy performance in the tiresome and over rated Silver Linings Playbook.
Also the excellent French film Rust and Bone should definitely have got more recognition than it did as it was miles better than most films America had to offer!

Only good thing about this years Oscars was 007 getting best song, and sound editing, but let's be honest just because the film gets an Oscar is no proof that it's good, in fact I usually avoid films that win Oscars.

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 25/2/2013 10:42:04 PM   
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ORIGINAL: evil bill

quote:

ORIGINAL: dannyfletch

Well more disappointment for me in this years Oscars as more excellent films and actors where robbed of the recognition they deserve!
As much as I like Day Lewis as an actor I can't help but feel that Pheonix was robbed for his excellent unhinged performance in The Master, a film that was also rudely ignored for its excellent screenplay and cinematography.
Emmanuel Riva certainly deserved the best actress Oscar rather than Jennifer Lawrence for her over the top and hammy performance in the tiresome and over rated Silver Linings Playbook.
Also the excellent French film Rust and Bone should definitely have got more recognition than it did as it was miles better than most films America had to offer!

Only good thing about this years Oscars was 007 getting best song, and sound editing, but let's be honest just because the film gets an Oscar is no proof that it's good, in fact I usually avoid films that win Oscars.


The Oscars this year? Six words... WHERE THE FUCK WAS THE MASTER?

I haven't cared about this sad-bollocks popularity contest since Ralph Feinnes (Schindlers List) lost out to Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugative)... no disrespect to TLJ, but since then I haven't given the tiniest little scap of fuck about the Oscars...







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