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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 28/9/2012 9:25:40 AM   
DEF


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So I watched Harpoon - The Whale Watching Massacre last night. Not quite sure how I feel about it. On the one hand it looks nice, has some fun gore and a interesting premise. But then the characters are either all stupid or absolutely horrible people for no good reason.

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Theres a undercurrent of misogyny that just takes the fun out of it. Theres a unneeded attempted rape early on that really has nothing to do with the plot and just serves to put a dampner on what could be a really fun film. Then characters just tend to be unpleasant for no reason and it starts to become a chore. The upside though is it kept getting me back into it with the kills.

Its the US blu ray that I have. It incorrectly shows all 3 region logos on the back which is misleading because its locked to region A. If anyones interested its also out in Germany if you need a region B option. Its nice looking blu ray most of the time. I've not looked into the extras yet.

4 whale huggers out of 10

Hack! arrived with it so I guess thats my next slasher to watch.

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 6/10/2012 7:19:38 PM   
DEF


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Heads up. Halloween 4 and 5 blu preorders are only 6 quid at hmv.com and are out in a week.

Also Scream Factory have announced they are releasing The Town That Dreaded Sun Down on blu in the states. Its pretty cool as it never got an official dvd release.

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 8/10/2012 5:56:57 PM   
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Thanks for the heads up on those Halloween blus Def! I'll either pick them up myself or stick them on the christmas list, have bought so many blus lately, i really need to slow down!

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 8/10/2012 6:46:00 PM   
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I know what you mean sept/oct has been mental. Off the top of my head ive recently bought,

safe
hatchet for the honeymoon
harpoon the whale watching massacre
hack!
Cabin in the woods
jack the reape
cornered
terminator
hard to kil
cliffhanger
the specialist
last action hero
point break
the bond 50th anniversary box set
red sonja
code of silence
lone wolf mquade
a force of one
the raid
halloween 4 and 5
terror train
dark knight returns
puppet master 2 and 3
shaun of the dead steelbook
hot fuzz steelbook

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 21/10/2012 10:51:19 AM   
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Potentially great news. Warner have let slip they have acquired the rights to the Friday the 13th films from Paramount. Now I don't think its likely they will do any more with them than they did with the Elm Street Blu-ray collection but at least they are likely to release them. I suspect when it does happen we'll get the features from the SE DVDs with the existing HD masters rather than uncut version etc but that would always be a extremely long shot. Warner also own the New Line films so we could well get a box set with the complete Friday the 13th franchise. Jason X is awesome.

Watched Halloween 4 and 5 Blu-rays last week. The picture for 4 is sub par but 5 has the look of a solid catalogue title.

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 21/10/2012 5:02:42 PM   
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That's great news Def! I'd love a complete F13th boxset!

Still need to get Halloween 4 and 5, although theyre on the Christmas list so i guess i'll be waiting till then.

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 21/10/2012 6:17:47 PM   
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I'll be buying Halloween 4, which I like, but not 5 as I hate that movie. Although I would like to listen to the commentary to hear why the director thought it would be a good idea to have comedy sound effects accompany the cops in the film.......

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 21/10/2012 6:23:49 PM   
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Jason X is my favourite slasher because it at least attempted to do something interesting with a formulaic genre. Also, Oenomaus is in it.

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 27/10/2012 8:23:50 PM   
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Im pretty chuffed. The new region A locked blu of Terror Train arrived today and I was fully resigned to the fact that my region A player wouldnt play it because theres no available firmware available for it. Wouldnt you know it, it plays with no issues. Won't get a chance to watch it til tomorow but its a big win. Been wanting to see it for years.

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 12/11/2012 8:43:30 AM   
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watched a couple of horrors at the weekend with some friends:

First up was Cockneys Vs Zombies but thats not a slasher so I'll move swiftly on to the main course which was Wrong Turn 5! (well main course was lasagna but you get my meaning)

Not sure how I feel about Wrong Turn 5, its poorly acted, low budget and the "plot" makes no sense. I also have no idea where it fits into the Wrong Turn canon.

I really liked the original, the sequel was great fun - especially Henry Rollins, WT3 was rubbish and then I thought WT4 (which was a prequel) was something of a return to form.

The new film it has to be said does have some excellent kills, really gory deaths are abound, whereas a movie will often have a particularly evil death you remember this one is full of them - eviseration galore, beheadings, cookings, you name it. Theres a nasty scene with sledgehammers and a very silly (but very gory) bit with a snowblower. The mountain men do not look as good as they did in the original, they dont appear like twisted mutants as much as guys with weird faces - the masks arent very convincing.

Doug Bradley does a good job at being an evil old fucker despite the laughable script, whilst its another horror baddie his character is a million miles away from pinhead. It actually took me a while to realise that it was Bradley in the role.

So i'd say its worth a watch for the kills alone but you really need to switch off and not attempt to make any sense of the plot holes or the baffling character decisions.

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 12/11/2012 10:02:49 PM   
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I really enjoyed 'Cockneys vs Zombies'! Richard Briers machine-gunning a zombie? What's not to like?

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 14/11/2012 8:47:49 PM   
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Hey guys how goes it? Watched little indie comedy/slasher yesterday called Some Guy Who Kills People. Its weird one. Almost like the slasher element is a sub plot to the indie comedy. The humour is very black and quite amusing. Its definately a fringe slasher like Dead Mans Shoes except funny/quirky. The blu looks very nice to.

Some good news US indie label Code Red have annouced there first go at Blu ray. The 2nd of which will be Nail Gun Massacre. Hopefully it sells well cos Code Red have loads of classic slashers on there books.

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 17/11/2012 10:26:10 AM   
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Fantastic news guys. US company Scream Factory have annouced they are releasing The Burning on Bluray in 2013. I've been burning to see it for years. (see what I did there?)

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 20/11/2012 1:44:02 PM   
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The Burning on blu ray? Awesome! One of my all time favourite slasher movies, i'll definitely be picking that up then. Thanks for the heads up Def!

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 20/11/2012 6:16:35 PM   
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Fantastic news guys. US company Scream Factory have annouced they are releasing The Burning on Bluray in 2013. I've been burning to see it for years. (see what I did there?)


Hopfully region free,and fully uncut for it's a true slasher classic,just love it.

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 21/11/2012 8:54:02 AM   
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Im affraid its highly likely it will be region locked. Every other Scream/Shout Factory release is locked and I think they have a blanket locking policy.


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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 21/11/2012 1:56:23 PM   
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That's kind of annoying for those who dont have a region free player. I'll definitely be picking this up though, one of my alltime favourite slashers.

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 22/11/2012 12:06:50 PM   
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Need to remember to post the occasional slasher reviews I do in here!


Seven sorority sisters; Katey, Morgan, Stevie, Liz, Vicki, Jeanie and Diane, all pull a prank on their strict house mother, Mrs. Slater, who is known for carrying a sharp walking cane. Despite Katey’s objections, their idea is to put Mrs. Slater’s cane out in their dirty swimming pool and force her at gunpoint to swim through and retrieve it. The prank goes awry when Vicki, who is holding the gun, accidentally shoots Mrs. Slater. The girls all agree to hide Slater’s body in the pool until a graduation party being held in the house is finished. As the party begins, a guest wanders around the pool and an unknown figure stabs him through the neck with Mrs. Slater’s cane and drags him away……..

Though I know that many consider most of them to be crap, I have a considerable affection for ‘Stalk and Slash’, which remains one of the horror genre’s most maligned subgenres. I personally though tend to prefer the slasher films of the 80’s that followed in the wake of Halloween to the second wave of films that emerged in the 90’s after the success of Scream [and is still producing some]. There is a rawness, an edge and oddly also an innocence to them that many of the more recent films don’t have, and for me good old-fashioned make-up effects beat CGI any day! Some of this might just be nostalgia of course, as I grew up watching some of these films. The House On Sorority Row is one I never got round to seeing till now. The 2009 remake Sorority Row was a reasonable effort, and even had a slight 80’s feel to it, though upon viewing the original movie they changed quite a bit of the plot. The 1983 The House On Sorority Row was clearly influenced by the 1973 classic Black Christmas more than Halloween, and may in turn have inspired I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Held up for two years after completion and then subject to a few studio-imposed alterations, most notably the black and white opening sequence being colourized and the heroine surviving at the end, House didn’t make much of an impact in an over-crowded field and is certainly no Stalk and Slash classic, but it is a decent way for fans of this kind of movie to spend an hour and a half. The opening scene is actually rather eerie the way it has been semi-colourized with black and blue and has exaggerated soft focus. It gets things off to a fine start and even though the next half an hour is devoted to setting things up, you shouldn’t mind because the setting feels quite genuine, the filming is of a higher quality than many similar films of the time [though director Mark Rosman didn’t really do anything of note afterwards and some of his work, such as The Invader, is very poor], the girls mostly look nice and even the acting is reasonable. Star Kate McNeil, whose only other major cinema role I can think of is in Monkey Shines, looks like Kristen Stewart but can actually act. Win!!

The remake moved at a much faster pace and I suppose some expecting tons of creative gore and chasing around may be disappointed, but after the accidental death and the first kill, the pace does pick up and there is some suspense if not quite enough. More than that, the film just isn’t scary enough [though Jack-in-the-boxes and clowns never fail to make me feel uneasy!]. I couldn’t stop thinking of how frightening the original Black Christmas,which had a similar setting and even a similar style in places, is, even the second and third times you see it. Individual scenes are very well staged; good mileage is made out of cliches like the body in the swimming pool, the swinging light and being trapped in cubicles, and there’s a decent surprise when you think the killer is in the back seat of a van and he comes at the victim from somewhere else. There are also some very well composed shots, with some effort obviously being made to make the film look good and more expensive than it actually is. The climax throws away the great potential of the heroine having to fight off the killer whilst drugged when the effect seems to wear off in minutes and she’s able to run around and climb, but there’s some seriously good lighting in the bit where she’s tied to a chair, she being bathed in purple/reddish hues while all around her is blue. Alfred Hitchcock would have appreciated some nice black comedy involving the disposing of a body.

The killings, all with a cane, are pretty brief and tame, even with two shots restored to the DVD that were missing from UK and US theatrical prints. With only brief sex, nudity and swearing too, the film doesn’t at all justify the ‘18’ certificate it still has and should be lowered to a ‘15’. Overall this has a less exploitative feel than many slashers of the time and I think that, added to its general avoidance of cheap scares, even if you generally don’t enjoy this subgenre much, you might actually find The House On Sorority Row more enjoyable than you might expect. The script is nothing to be ashamed of and I even guessed the killer wrong. There’s nothing really remarkable or outstanding about it, but I have a hunch it’ll stick in my mind for longer than the remake, which to be honest I can hardly remember at all now!

Rating: 6/10


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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 28/11/2012 11:53:37 AM   
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Great review Dr Lenera. I'm hopeful that Scorpion Releasing will bring House On Sorority Row out at the end of next year on Blu-Ray. I've never seen it but its one I've always wanted to.

Had a fun slasher week. With Shout Factory announcing there was ZERO chance of them ever getting a Blu-ray release I ordered there Slumber Party Massacre set which finished last night. Never seen them before and frankly I should have seen them sooner. They are right up my street especially the original which is a complete riot. Not quite sure what they were thinking with part 2 mind you. Its the most inexplicable Elm Street rip off ever made surely? The Shout DVD set is worth getting with commentary tracks and an hour long retrospective covering all three films.

I've just ordered the Blu-ray of the Silent Night Deadly Night remake that's out next week in the US, having just watched the trailer.

Silent Night Trailer

I'm not expecting it to be anywhere near as good as the original but the trailer makes it look fun.

Also found out there's a new British slasher called The Comedown coming out at the end of January so that will be worth keeping an eye on.

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 28/11/2012 1:48:28 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Dr Lenera

Need to remember to post the occasional slasher reviews I do in here!


Seven sorority sisters; Katey, Morgan, Stevie, Liz, Vicki, Jeanie and Diane, all pull a prank on their strict house mother, Mrs. Slater, who is known for carrying a sharp walking cane. Despite Katey’s objections, their idea is to put Mrs. Slater’s cane out in their dirty swimming pool and force her at gunpoint to swim through and retrieve it. The prank goes awry when Vicki, who is holding the gun, accidentally shoots Mrs. Slater. The girls all agree to hide Slater’s body in the pool until a graduation party being held in the house is finished. As the party begins, a guest wanders around the pool and an unknown figure stabs him through the neck with Mrs. Slater’s cane and drags him away……..

Though I know that many consider most of them to be crap, I have a considerable affection for ‘Stalk and Slash’, which remains one of the horror genre’s most maligned subgenres. I personally though tend to prefer the slasher films of the 80’s that followed in the wake of Halloween to the second wave of films that emerged in the 90’s after the success of Scream [and is still producing some]. There is a rawness, an edge and oddly also an innocence to them that many of the more recent films don’t have, and for me good old-fashioned make-up effects beat CGI any day! Some of this might just be nostalgia of course, as I grew up watching some of these films. The House On Sorority Row is one I never got round to seeing till now. The 2009 remake Sorority Row was a reasonable effort, and even had a slight 80’s feel to it, though upon viewing the original movie they changed quite a bit of the plot. The 1983 The House On Sorority Row was clearly influenced by the 1973 classic Black Christmas more than Halloween, and may in turn have inspired I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Held up for two years after completion and then subject to a few studio-imposed alterations, most notably the black and white opening sequence being colourized and the heroine surviving at the end, House didn’t make much of an impact in an over-crowded field and is certainly no Stalk and Slash classic, but it is a decent way for fans of this kind of movie to spend an hour and a half. The opening scene is actually rather eerie the way it has been semi-colourized with black and blue and has exaggerated soft focus. It gets things off to a fine start and even though the next half an hour is devoted to setting things up, you shouldn’t mind because the setting feels quite genuine, the filming is of a higher quality than many similar films of the time [though director Mark Rosman didn’t really do anything of note afterwards and some of his work, such as The Invader, is very poor], the girls mostly look nice and even the acting is reasonable. Star Kate McNeil, whose only other major cinema role I can think of is in Monkey Shines, looks like Kristen Stewart but can actually act. Win!!

The remake moved at a much faster pace and I suppose some expecting tons of creative gore and chasing around may be disappointed, but after the accidental death and the first kill, the pace does pick up and there is some suspense if not quite enough. More than that, the film just isn’t scary enough [though Jack-in-the-boxes and clowns never fail to make me feel uneasy!]. I couldn’t stop thinking of how frightening the original Black Christmas,which had a similar setting and even a similar style in places, is, even the second and third times you see it. Individual scenes are very well staged; good mileage is made out of cliches like the body in the swimming pool, the swinging light and being trapped in cubicles, and there’s a decent surprise when you think the killer is in the back seat of a van and he comes at the victim from somewhere else. There are also some very well composed shots, with some effort obviously being made to make the film look good and more expensive than it actually is. The climax throws away the great potential of the heroine having to fight off the killer whilst drugged when the effect seems to wear off in minutes and she’s able to run around and climb, but there’s some seriously good lighting in the bit where she’s tied to a chair, she being bathed in purple/reddish hues while all around her is blue. Alfred Hitchcock would have appreciated some nice black comedy involving the disposing of a body.

The killings, all with a cane, are pretty brief and tame, even with two shots restored to the DVD that were missing from UK and US theatrical prints. With only brief sex, nudity and swearing too, the film doesn’t at all justify the ‘18’ certificate it still has and should be lowered to a ‘15’. Overall this has a less exploitative feel than many slashers of the time and I think that, added to its general avoidance of cheap scares, even if you generally don’t enjoy this subgenre much, you might actually find The House On Sorority Row more enjoyable than you might expect. The script is nothing to be ashamed of and I even guessed the killer wrong. There’s nothing really remarkable or outstanding about it, but I have a hunch it’ll stick in my mind for longer than the remake, which to be honest I can hardly remember at all now!

Rating: 6/10



Great review buddy! I've always enjoyed this movie, with o nly the distracting dubbing of the house mother being a bugbear. I love the remake too.

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 29/11/2012 1:56:32 AM   
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OK, I finally got hold of a copy of ROSEMARY'S KILLER (also known as THE PROWLER), a film I've been dying to see since I was a kid, probably the only slasher that I haven't seen from the 80's. Effects by Savani, direction by Joseph Zito (who did the best of the Friday the 13th novies, THE FINAL CHAPTER) and it's supposed to be uncut...

I remember the original artwork which looked pretty cool when I was a teenager, can't imagine how I never caught up with it, but whatever. Gonna watch it tomorrow... is it ace or am I in for a massive disappointment, just like so many movies from the 80's?

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 29/11/2012 9:51:29 AM   
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I love the prowler. Although I will say i wasnt keen on first viewing. I think my high expectations hurt it. Second time round though i was pleasantly suprised how much i liked it. Its a great B level slasher not quite the level of the classics but still well worth a watch. Savinis effects are awesome in it so lets hope you have the uncut version. Let us know what you think.

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 29/11/2012 8:45:38 PM   
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Hi, DEF! Thought The Prowler / Rosemary's Killer was... ok. Like you said, been waiting to see this films since I was a kid, saw stills in FANGORIA (a magazine I used to read religiously) and always thought it looked like a cool film. Just finished watching it. Maybe it's like you said, expectations got in the way of appreciating the movie for what it was, but I found the pacing to be a big plodding and uneventful.... and the reveal of the killer was so obvious, it could have been seen from space. And I'm sure Joseph Zito had been watching CARRIE when he came up with the final scene...

But you're right about the Savani moments... these latex and prosthetic moments are SO much better than the CGI crap that horror movies are all about nowadays! It's the sheer physicality of them that makes the impact.

I'd give it a 6/10. Let me know if you've got any forgotten classics in mind...

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 30/11/2012 5:28:08 PM   
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Oh theres loads well worth a watch. It depends how well versed you are?

Maniac Cop
Intruder
Slumber Party Massacre 1 and 3
Deep Red
Suspiria
My Bloody Valentine
Silent Night, Deadly Night
Black Christmas
Terror Train
Toolbox Murder
Torso

Thats just the stuff off the top of my head. If your looking for obsure than those then I'd bet DK has a few recomendations what with having an insanely huge slasher VHS collection. Any thoughts DK?

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 30/11/2012 10:22:17 PM   
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Oh theres loads well worth a watch. It depends how well versed you are?

Maniac Cop
Intruder
Slumber Party Massacre 1 and 3
Deep Red
Suspiria
My Bloody Valentine
Silent Night, Deadly Night
Black Christmas
Terror Train
Toolbox Murder
Torso

Thats just the stuff off the top of my head. If your looking for obsure than those then I'd bet DK has a few recomendations what with having an insanely huge slasher VHS collection. Any thoughts DK?


I am well-versed, mate! Particuarly on Argento... where do you stand on SLEEPLESS? Watched it the other day, thought it was pretty damn decent. Never seen TORSO or TERROR TRAIN, need to watch MANIAC COP again, not seen it in a couple of decades. But, yeah, I'm all about those VHS classics from back in the day...

Isn't it great that these movies that were previously cut to shit or banned are freely available on shiny new DVDs?

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 18/12/2012 12:17:41 PM   
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I've not seen Sleepless. Is it quite a Slasher/Giallo? I know that a Blu-ray of its just come out in Germany so I may have to import it to give it a go. I loved Terror Train only saw it for the first time a few months ago. It's very low on the gore side of things and the deaths aren't very interesting but it makes up for it by being a solid straight forward slasher. There's a bit of stupidity towards the end but otherwise I thought it was tremendous.

I've had quite had quite a festive time of it recently. Got the Blu-rays of the Silent Night Deadly Night remake Silent Night and Santa's Slay. Silent Night is worth a watch. Not a patch on the original but a fun slasher with some fun and gory kills. Not every single character was unlikeable which makes a change for modern Slashers. Some of the dialogue is heavy handed to say the least but Malcolm Mcdowell does a cracking job of hamming it up. Made me laugh more than once. Don't expect a classic though its really just a fun 5.5 out of 10

Santa's Slay on the other hand is utterly perplexing. Don't get me wrong I liked it but I have a felling I'm the only one as its a daft as a brush mess and frankly I have no idea how it got made or how it got such an unbelievably high profile cast. It plays much like action/comedy with strange supernatural slasher low budget gore. In the cannon of slasher oddities it lies somewhere between Jack Frost 2 and Uncle Sam. The German Blu-ray I imported has the title changed on the packaging for no apparent reason to Very Bad Santa.

If all goes to plan I should have a very slashery Christmas. My bro has kindly bought me the Orphan Killer Blu-ray which I've heard a fair bit about in this thread at one time and kept meaning to get hold of. Any of you guys watched anything interesting?

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 18/12/2012 6:42:34 PM   
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I've not seen Sleepless. Is it quite a Slasher/Giallo? I know that a Blu-ray of its just come out in Germany so I may have to import it to give it a go. I loved Terror Train only saw it for the first time a few months ago. It's very low on the gore side of things and the deaths aren't very interesting but it makes up for it by being a solid straight forward slasher. There's a bit of stupidity towards the end but otherwise I thought it was tremendous.

I've had quite had quite a festive time of it recently. Got the Blu-rays of the Silent Night Deadly Night remake Silent Night and Santa's Slay. Silent Night is worth a watch. Not a patch on the original but a fun slasher with some fun and gory kills. Not every single character was unlikeable which makes a change for modern Slashers. Some of the dialogue is heavy handed to say the least but Malcolm Mcdowell does a cracking job of hamming it up. Made me laugh more than once. Don't expect a classic though its really just a fun 5.5 out of 10

Santa's Slay on the other hand is utterly perplexing. Don't get me wrong I liked it but I have a felling I'm the only one as its a daft as a brush mess and frankly I have no idea how it got made or how it got such an unbelievably high profile cast. It plays much like action/comedy with strange supernatural slasher low budget gore. In the cannon of slasher oddities it lies somewhere between Jack Frost 2 and Uncle Sam. The German Blu-ray I imported has the title changed on the packaging for no apparent reason to Very Bad Santa.

If all goes to plan I should have a very slashery Christmas. My bro has kindly bought me the Orphan Killer Blu-ray which I've heard a fair bit about in this thread at one time and kept meaning to get hold of. Any of you guys watched anything interesting?

I think for Christmas i'll be watching Black Christmas and Silent Night Deadly Night the originals not the remakes.
Watched this at the weekend, and am surprised you have yet to see it, anyway I recommend the two disc DVD which this review is based on,for it's second disc alone is worth the money, if it's still about.

SLEEPLESS (Nonhosonno) 2001

After three women are brutally murdered in Turin,a retired detective Ulisse Moretti(Max Von Sydow)recently widowed and suffering sleep problems,is brought back to help solve the case.He had 17 years earlier tracked down a dwarf writer,who he believed was a serial killer using his own book 'Death Farm'as a blue print for a series of killings.But before they could arrest him,his own mother shot him dead,but at least the killings had stopped,but now the detective is not so sure he got the right man?Now Ulisse is joined by a young man called Giacomo(Stefano Dionisi),who's mother had been the final victim 17 years earlier,murdered before his own eyes.So they both seek to unravel the mystery
behind the killings, and find the psycho killer who leaves pages from the book'Death Farm' cut into animal shapes on his victims.

This is by far Argento's best giallo movie since  Deep Red or Opera,it is in the movie style he is king of,brought into the 21st century with a bang.It tells the story of a serial killer, the "Dwarf Murderer", who's murders begin again, either by him or a copycat?.From the very opening shot of the prostitute leaving a a punter asleep,tripping over a black bag,which empties it's contents of knives and a pair of black gloves,it's off and running,a taste of what is to come.And we are not left wanting as like in  Suspiria a trio of murders in just twenty minutes,the prostitute is slain first,while escaping from a dark stranger on a train,another women get's her head  bashed against a wall teeth first, a young lady is viciously decapitated, fingers are lopped off, heads explode.We also get to see a child witness it's mother being orally mutilated with a flute in flashback,and a beheading in great Dario style.This is Argento back on form,with brilliant camera work from start to a Tenebre/Opera style bravura moment near the end.Dario Argento is famous for the great way that he uses the camera, and this film is a fine example of that,and also manages to build up massive levels of tension,with the way he directs our attention through numerous things, and his camera work throughout the movie is as inventive as ever.Max Von Sydow adds some real acting talent to this fine movie,as usual stealing the show every time he is on screen. Most of the young actors perform solidly, although there are a few performance that are just wooden, and Giacomo's friend Lorenzo, played by Roberto Zibetti, is just annoying.

This film is giallo at it's best,and Argento creates one of the best atmospheres in any of his movies for a long time. Some of the set pieces are absolutely fantastic, breath taking in fact,and there is a air of malice for it's full duration. Sleepless is full of surprises, and through this, Argento is able to make us believe that literally anything can happen,and it often does to great effect. This is an excellent thing for a thriller to do,as nobody wants to know what's going to happen next,we like to be kept guessing,put on the edge of are seats.And Sleepless is most certainly a film that has the ability to keep you on the edge of your seat, as Argento manages to submerge the viewer into the film, and this is one of the movie's most pleasing aspects.It also has a modern feel to some of the lighting,yet you are in no doubt this is not a Micheal Mann movie,it's full of his trade mark use of colour and dark,following Argento's traditional style. In an era when most movies are undistinguished in their style, Argento stands out head and shoulders above the rest, with his touches of Hitchcock-like visuals and plot themes. Another thing about this movie that will please all fans of Italian horror is the absolutely excellent score by the brilliant 'Goblin'. Argento and his house band have had some memorable collaborations, and this one most certainly is one of them. I would even call it the best once since Suspiria,it's that good in fact it's just the icing on the cake.

Most of the murder scenes are incredibly gory, but i did not feel at any point they were overdone,even though the violence sudden and brutal,with no real let up,and the gore is believable,but you just can't help but keep your eye's firmly on the screen.The only bad point is the script could have been a lot tighter,but it still holds up well to say Deep Red,story wise it's full of red herring's and nice twist's, a solid story,that wraps itself up with a good ending.The real genius in the writing department for me in this movie is the nursery rhyme,that is the backbone of the film,and the rhyme was written by Argento's beautiful daughter, Asia. It's deliciously bleak and twisted especially considering it's supposed to be a children's rhyme!,saying that if you look deep enough into most nursery rhyme's you'll find a darker truth. The part in which Von Sydow reads out the final verse over the closing credits is incredible; Von Sydow's voice and the rhyme itself combine to lend the movie a dark horror vibe like no other.Overall as far as i'm concerned this is classic Argento not to be missed,and even those not that keen on the great man will enjoy the visual treat. 8/10

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 22/12/2012 8:45:35 PM   
DEF


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Oh looks like I'm missing out having not seen Sleepless. Will get onto that pronto. Just had the US Blu of Death Valley and the German Blu of Buried Alive arrive today. Won't have a chance to watch them until after crimbo though. Talking of which I hope you have a good Christmas and let us know if you get any slasher goodness. Slasher films are very festive after all.

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 27/12/2012 8:54:27 PM   
DEF


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I hope all of you had a good Christmas. Slasherwise my family did me proud. My sister got me the French blu of Train with nifty embossed slip cover. My bro got me a cast signed DVD of the Orphan Killer as the limited blu had sold out and my folks got me the Austrian blu/cd mediabook of the 80's Boogey Man. Any one else get anything good? Merry Christmas

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RE: THE SLASHER MOVIE FAN CLUB - 29/12/2012 7:07:44 PM   
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Wow this has come out of nowhere. Mill Creek in the US have come suprised everyone by releasing a Blu-ray double feature of When a Stranger Calls and Happy Birthday to Me as a walmart exclusive for 5 dollars this week. Completely unannounced as far as I know. I'm trying to get a someone to snag me a copy asap. The cover is awful but by all acounts the transfer is strong.

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