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Necroticism174
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 12:38 pm 
 

Yes, In Bruges. One of my favourite movies of all time. Now fack off.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 1:43 pm 
 

I haven't seen In Bruges in its entirety, but I have seen Six Shooter, which was by the same writer/director, Martin McDonagh. It was good, but... I don't know, it's a lot like Tarantino's work; it's well made, but relies too much on shocking subject material in order to keep its audience's attention. From what I've seen of In Bruges, it's basically the same thing.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 1:58 pm 
 

Y'all wrong, the best year for movies was 1982 for it spawned the undisputed classics of Blade Runner, The Thing and, more importantly, Fantasy Mission Force!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 2:08 pm 
 

Evil_Johnny_666 wrote:

That movie is inexplicable. The nazis in muscle cars? The haunted house? And that musical number from the hobo?

"Ha, Ha, Ha! Lai, Lai, Lai!" :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 2:39 pm 
 

CorpseFister wrote:
Evil_Johnny_666 wrote:

That movie is inexplicable. The nazis in muscle cars? The haunted house? And that musical number from the hobo?

"Ha, Ha, Ha! Lai, Lai, Lai!" :lol:


Some say it's so bad it's good but I stand by my point, it can't be treated as such when it's clear everything is intentional. It parodies a lot of types of movies or movies themselves (like the Mad Max bit), it references characters from other films and it just doesn't take itself seriously. I mean, amazons with paper bags on their head because they're actually men, etc. It's just so over the top and ridiculous but in a calculated way... it has a certain eerie brilliance.

funny info: Jackie Chan played in the film as a favour to one of the actors who helped him deal with triads who were bullying him.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 2:53 pm 
 

Yeah, I had read that. I picked up the film a few years ago when I was on a Jackie Chan kick and bought it with a half dozen of his earlier movies. As you can imagine, I was quite surprised when I sat down to watch it.

And I'd agree, it's obvious that the movie is fairly deliberate but I think there are a number of cultural aspects to the humour and style that I don't get at all. Still, it is a pretty enjoyable watch.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:19 pm 
 

ChineseDownhill wrote:
Jason Lives has what might be the best opening scene in the Friday the 13th franchise, but The Final Chapter has Crispin Glover's spastic dance routine. So it's tough for me to pick a favorite.
That one does indeed come close but I found Lives is more thrilling/less predictable and actually sort of scary at times. There's a shit ton of atmosphere and the protagonist is someone you generally root for, he knows shits going down and he's going to meet it head on.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:39 pm 
 

Speaking of Friday The 13th films... Jason X is goddamn amazing. Hilarious kill scenarios in space!

Also, I realized this movie has a lot of strange, "soft" porno island music.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:48 pm 
 

I don't know why so many people hate Jason X. That movie's hilarious. It's a better unintentional satire of slasher movies than the intentional satire of Scream.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:13 pm 
 

The sleeping bag kill is basically the funniest thing ever.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:26 pm 
 

Yeah well too bad the sleeping bag kill was pretty much already done in that one 70's monster flick Prophecy with the mutant bear in it.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:38 pm 
 

Ok that sounds better.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:39 pm 
 

lord_ghengis wrote:
The sleeping bag kill is basically the funniest thing ever.

Somebody who understands! Definitely one of the most hilarious on-screen kills. Finishing it now, the movie, kill-wise isn't as good as I remember it to be. The first space kill, the face-freezing table smash is hilarious as is the sleeping bag scene. I do remember enjoying many of the kills from Freddy v. Jason, but seeing as I saw No One Lives recently, man, that movie is hard to top, and I've grown to appreciate good ol' fashion action movie kills over the years.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:48 pm 
 

^It's certainly not awful but there's no denying it has a poor TV-movie like delivery. Probably better suited as a feature length pilot for Future Jason. It's good that they at least tried to parody the material as throwing him into space is utterly ridiculous to begin with and a huge departure from the previous movies.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:58 pm 
 

Oh yeah, the movie looks as if it was shot in '94, what with the costumes and set looking like they're holdovers from a futuristic porn shoot.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:08 pm 
 

Anyone ever notice that the chick who gets her head frozen and smashed on the table kinda looks like Katherine Heigl?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:46 pm 
 

The Three Amigos

It wasn't as bad as I expected it to be, but I was still disappointed at what I saw. I honestly expected a lot more from Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short, and director John Landis. I sort of expected it to be like Galaxy Quest meets Blazing Saddles, but what I saw was a dreary western/spoof/musical. As for it being a "classic example of a Western spoof", I have to wholeheartedly disagree. Support Your Local Sheriff is the epitome of a Western spoof.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:30 am 
 

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer - 4.5/5

Really interesting. I like how this movie portrays this shitty, urban life so well, with such a raw attention to detail. It feels very genuine. The actors are all good and come off exactly as they should - the downtrodden but still somewhat optimistic sister, the dim-witted scumbag of a brother and of course Henry himself. The film does a great job at masking the violence and not making anything too gratuitous. Your imagination does the work and the effect makes the film more artful than it would be otherwise. I'm not sure how much of a real point this has, coming off like a drunk, drugged-out version of Taxi Driver with a morbid ending more than anything. But it creates a definite atmosphere, sets up its characters well and challenges the viewer - we agree with Henry when he defends Becky even though we then remind ourselves he's a cold blooded killer. Very well done film.

Ender's Game - 1/5

This is just the pits. Sugar-coated pap with zero substance. I can't claim this is badly made on a technical level, but then, the special effects make Toy Story look like a real life movie and the story is as worthless as they come. Oh yes movie, please, keep on shoving in our faces that the main character is the reincarnation of Christ. There is no humanity in this; every human emotion is dialed down and replaced with exposition on one end and hollow reiterations of how cool the main character is on the other. It says a lot that I believe we're supposed to be rooting for Ender and yet I thought he was an absolutely insufferable little douchebag almost all the way through the movie. I can't really think of anything I liked about this. The least it could have done was be fun and upbeat, but the tone was so pretentious and self-aggrandizing that it made me ill to sit through it all the way. This is the first movie I've legitimately considered walking out of in years. Just dreadful really. Sanctimonious tripe.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 1:04 pm 
 

That just means it was a faithful adaptation of the book. :lol:
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 4:43 pm 
 

Henry is awesome. One of the most dreary, and fucked up atmospheres. I love the ending where
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 5:07 pm 
 

Just got back from Gravity. It was good. Not amazing, but certainly better than a lot of other space movies. It's a bit too much of a slow burn for me, as I really only prefer slow burn in full on horror movies. The cinematography is absolutely fantastic, however.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 5:33 pm 
 

I'm not sure you know what "slow burn" means. Shit was blowing up or getting wrecked every 5 seconds in that movie, once the intro was over.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 5:39 pm 
 

It was, but even that felt slow. I guess the movie just didn't get the reaction out of me that it wanted, and like I said I enjoy slow movies in a certain setting, like old school horror.

I will say this though: at least when stuff exploded in space here, there was no noise (hi, Armageddon).
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:56 pm 
 

Who remembers "death machine"? The one with brad dourif acting like, well, himself. And he builds a giant robot dog monster that eats people.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:22 pm 
 

Bad Boy Bubby- ...not really sure where to start with this one..
i think a few of you sicko's would enjoy this flick!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 12:22 am 
 

ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 - For a horror franchise I never heard of until it showed up on cable one day, this series actually has semi-known stars in it: Lena Headey, Danielle Harris, that 90210 guy who's married to Megan Fox, and a couple others I recognize from various TV shows. I remember Laid to Rest 1 being acceptable, but this sequel is a mess.

To even make a part 2, they had to have the villain survive the ending of part 1, and if that wasn't tough enough to swallow we find out this serial killer has a bunch of people working for him? Not even loser cult followers either, but well-dressed professional types with fancy offices and access to top of the line medical care. So the bulk of this movie has ChromeSkull abduct another female victim, who mostly just screams and needs to be rescued by some dude from the first movie and / or the cops. Amazingly incompetent cops, of course. There are plenty of gory kills, but that doesn't save this one.

If you watch a lot of low budget horror, maybe give Laid to Rest 1 a shot, but don't bother with the sequel unless you're desperate.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 12:32 am 
 

I like how the anti-gravity suits in Armageddon were only useful until the characters decided to jump or unintentionally got knocked over, then they immediately began floating as if it was zero gravity. Which it wasn't anyway, because they were on a giant fucking asteroid the size of Texas.

Hopefully Gravity doesn't have anything that glaringly bad.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 3:36 am 
 

I thought Prisoners was pretty awesome -even though some of it was like "what the fuck that doesn't make sense"

The House of the Devil fucking ruled everything - probably the best horror flick I've seen since Kill List, which ultimately rules everything.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 4:44 am 
 

Scenic Route:

I went into this without reading any reviews or seeing the trailer and I guess it turned out okay. It's about two friends who wind up taking a break from their lives, and on their way driving through the desert end up getting stranded smack-dab in the middle of nowhere. No help, no resources, nothing. While they're stuck out there, they reflect on their life's decisions and certain conflicts arise between them. The emotions are played up well between the two protagonists and as the movie advances, it'll remind you of it being the 127 Hours equivalent of what happens when you're stuck in the desert. Anything I say further will give away the tiny plot. The movie has that Josh Duhamel guy, who is sorta known for the minor role he has as Major Lennox from the Transformers series. The overall acting seemed pretty decent. From what I can make out, it's a very low budget movie and I guess it did well for itself.

6/10

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 5:58 pm 
 

I recently saw Eden, a movie based on the real story (not sure to what degree) of a girl kidnapped by a network of prostitution.
Interesting flic, especially the progressive adaptation of the girl to the hostile enviroment. The actions committed by the people on that network were plain atrocious. The maternity ward improvised on that shithole was the peak of all the inhuman stuff going on that lost place of USA. The movie is not that great, but the strong story and the good acting made Eden a more than decent watch. 6/10.
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Ender's Game - 1/5

This is just the pits. Sugar-coated pap with zero substance. I can't claim this is badly made on a technical level, but then, the special effects make Toy Story look like a real life movie and the story is as worthless as they come. Oh yes movie, please, keep on shoving in our faces that the main character is the reincarnation of Christ. There is no humanity in this; every human emotion is dialed down and replaced with exposition on one end and hollow reiterations of how cool the main character is on the other. It says a lot that I believe we're supposed to be rooting for Ender and yet I thought he was an absolutely insufferable little douchebag almost all the way through the movie. I can't really think of anything I liked about this. The least it could have done was be fun and upbeat, but the tone was so pretentious and self-aggrandizing that it made me ill to sit through it all the way. This is the first movie I've legitimately considered walking out of in years. Just dreadful really. Sanctimonious tripe.


Have you read the book Empyreal? I don't mean that to sound condescending whatsoever, I'm just curious.

A friend of mine who is ULTRA critical of everything, who had read the book, came out saying how fantastic it was which surprised me, especially since he would be the first one to call bullshit on an adaptation that wasn't faithful to the novel. It's a great book which does not seek to be at all fun or upbeat, just the opposite in fact, and though it's been a good decade since I read it or it's sequel I can pretty confidently say there was no intention to make Ender into an analogy of Christ. It's a commentary on war, violence, and morality in our culture, though I suppose like anything else it can be interpreted in a bunch of different ways.
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Nope, I haven't read the book. May give it a shot but honestly I am not too encouraged to.

And yeah, I didn't literally mean they were saying Ender was the reincarnation of Christ - the meaning was pretty clearly what you stated, about war and politics. But the movie spends so much time just giving itself a blowjob telling the audience how cool this fucking kid is. Every other line is Harrison Ford or someone else telling the rest of the class how great Ender is. It is so annoying - I pretty nearly walked out of the theater at about 45 minutes in, and would have if my roommate hadn't been with me.
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Empyreal wrote:
Nope, I haven't read the book. May give it a shot but honestly I am not too encouraged to.


You really should, it's a great read, and while there is certainly a lot of praise for Ender's prowess in the book there's also a lot of introspection on his part to break that up which may not have been translated to the screen as well. I kinda hate Harrison Ford so that's one thing i'm definitely apprehensive about... he's been pretty insufferable since the mid to late 90's imo but I'll still check it out.
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Empyreal wrote:
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer - 4.5/5

Really interesting. I like how this movie portrays this shitty, urban life so well, with such a raw attention to detail. It feels very genuine. The actors are all good and come off exactly as they should - the downtrodden but still somewhat optimistic sister, the dim-witted scumbag of a brother and of course Henry himself. The film does a great job at masking the violence and not making anything too gratuitous. Your imagination does the work and the effect makes the film more artful than it would be otherwise. I'm not sure how much of a real point this has, coming off like a drunk, drugged-out version of Taxi Driver with a morbid ending more than anything. But it creates a definite atmosphere, sets up its characters well and challenges the viewer - we agree with Henry when he defends Becky even though we then remind ourselves he's a cold blooded killer. Very well done film.



Yes, I am a big fan of this film and think it's probably the best film out there based off of a real serial killer. It has such a grisly, abrasive atmosphere though it retains a certain level of class due to the excellent acting, disharmonic soundtrack and the overall subject matter and how it is handled. I can see the Taxi Driver comparison, definitely.

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Empyreal, your criticism of the movie is basically exactly spot-on criticism for the book as well. As failsafeman said, it sounds like the movie *is* a faithful adaptation of the source material, which is to say that it sucks just as hard.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:22 pm 
 

I tried reading Ender's Game when I was in seventh grade but couldn't get past the first third due to rampantly shitty writing. And I was in seventh grade.

Glad to see the film takes after the book so closely. That's a rare trait these days.
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The novel seems to be very polarising, I've seen it evoke some strong negative reactions in the past here. I read it in 2011 and thought it was... good. I didn't feel it was preachy or glorifying or hollow or anything like that, just an entertaining, comfy reading experience where one could finish the last page, close the book and say "huh, that was cool." I called it a "Goldilocks novel" once, it's just right in about every way, not fantastic, but not bad or mediocre either.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:38 pm 
 

So, computer's been acting up and I missed the Halloween festivities here, here's my complete watch history:

Beneath

This one here had just a never-ending series of problems against it that there's not a whole lot of good points for it. The biggest issue with the film is that the film thinks these kinds of callous, vile humans are worthy of being the center-stage for the actions in here, yet none of them are ever worthy of doing anything more than being cannon fodder for the creature as other, smarter characters fought it off. Relying on bullying, cheating, blackmail and deciding that others where more worthy of living and dumping their friends overboard to die with the creature in the lake with them is perhaps the biggest death-knell to each of these characters, especially since all the while there's more than enough tactics on hand to actually fight it off with a gallant effort without resorting to dumping your friends in with the creature that even thinking of resorting to that tactic is really hard to forgive.

Of course, the fact that there's one who knows the truth about it but decides against telling the others so that he can win the heart of the group's resident slut doesn't do much to favor this either, and the fact that this one tends to focus solely on the group sitting in the canoe arguing with each other tends to make for wholly uneventful programming with nothing interesting happening.

That said, the gore isn't half-bad for the mangled bodies really look like they've been munched on and the creature does have some realistic looks to it since it's kept to a more reasonable size without being too gigantic to live there undetected, and frankly some of the sequences in the later half with the rapidly- drowning boat do get somewhat suspenseful. Overall, though, there's not too much to like here.

Black Water

This here turned out to be quite a lacking killer crocodile feature that really has to look at the main villain to understand the failure. This here has so little action with the croc that there's very few times where it has something going for it, as the film puts them in the water with it so early on but tends to make the more realistic route where it only shows up to attack that the main portion of the film is spent with everyone waiting in the trees for it to leave that it just grows deadly dull waiting for that kill scene or attack to happen and they just spend an eternity not having anything transpire that long which just gets old. As well, the utter lack of preparation for the unlikely event this happened really seems like it's just there to ensure they remain stuck in the situation longer than necessary, and for a film so enamored with realism that this one tries for is a little hard to swallow.

That said, the whole effort to remain wholly realistic for a change is where this gets some positive points in that there's a real sense this could potentially happen as the crocodile is kept to believable actions and motions, the prop for the creature behaves beautifully and looks realistic as well, and the rather ironic sense of cruelty that runs through it provides some decent moments both in terms of kills and character actions. It's more than enough to save some of it but not enough to fix all of the problems.

The Mad Ghoul

This turned out to be quite an enjoyable if flawed effort, mostly through the complete inactivity presented here. Because the main just of the storyline is that he's trying to win his girlfriend over to marry her, a lot of his screen-time is spent running off to find her but never coming out with his feelings once he does find her, making the reason for the journey quite unnecessary when nothing happens and instead it just turns into a tedious drag when it launches into yet another trip around the world as he follows her musical tour with the doctor in tow. Even with his secret romance towards her being as cliched as it ever is, that these scenes here comprise the majority of the middle section of the film means that the main focus has nothing going on despite ample evidence that something fun could happen as the transformation occurs quite early on in the film due to the running-time constraints which just make this all the more obviously dull and dragging. As well, the finale is so rushed and just completely underwhelming that there's a dramatic lack of urgency over the entire affair and making it just seem all the more ludicrous overall as it transpires.

That said, there's still some fun here with the storyline being quite original of utilizing the Mayan nerve gas and the regenerative properties being tied in with actual historical atrocities in a clever bit of retroactive rewriting, and the scenes of him in the laboratory operating on the different subjects early on make for a rather cheesy time with the portrayal of the classic cinematic mad scientist in such films. Several of the murders are quite creepy, and the continued marching off into the cemetery to recover body parts needed for the procedure make for a rather fun time and gets some chilling moments into the effort, and the make-up effects for the transformation look rather nice if pretty cheap overall. While there's problems, it does have some good points about it.

The Witches-

This was quite an enjoyable and exceptionally fun old-school witchcraft horror that had a lot of fun about it. The slow-building mystery about the tribe slowly taking over the village is quite exceptional and just completely overwhelms with it's ability to utilize the Gothic atmosphere of the surroundings, with it's splendid outdoor landscapes, closed-off township and just off-kilter vibe of the residents who are harboring a grave secret in grandest Gothic tradition and making for a generally creepy time as it goes about it's paces.

Though not really doing a whole lot in terms of action, the continuous references to the past troubles with the voodoo cult are just plain eerie and handled well, from the doll and the witch doctor in full costume appearing out of nowhere and the connection to the town as the small things begin piling up one-by-one where it becomes obvious that the whole town is witches. That culminates in the fun, chaotic finale of the interrupted ceremony that includes lavish decorations, a splendid Gothic dungeon and even a sacrifice that nearly comes through to fruition.

All in all, there's a lot to like with this and it's inclusion of witchcraft powers and voodoo sorcery, yet this does tend to take a while to get going and really explore it's story. While it's never boring, a lot of the film is devoted to one of two scenes playing out: her freaking out by something that reminds her of the past battle or witnessing something horrific that no in town believes in since there's no evidence of what she saw, and those tend to repeat themselves throughout until it's all put together and really resolves everything, meaning this has quite a lot of repetition amongst the lack of action which can get old quite quickly. Nonetheless, this has a lot of good qualities to override that.

The Boy Who Cried Werewolf

This here turned out to be quite an enjoyable and entertaining kiddie-centered horror-comedy. There's a lot of good in this about making an even mix between tween-inspired parts and more normal horror motifs, and there's plenty to both sides in here. The tween backbone here is all well-handled with the different attitudes toward the single father dating, the romance for once isn't obtrusive to the story in detriment for the actual horror, and the beginning where they explore the castle is just filled with some quality gags that really showcase the goofier humor present that really appeals to kids. From the gags trying to scare the sister to the constant sibling-like digs on each other and the side-splitting recurring gag with a character's name, there's some really funny stuff in here and it gets better once the transformation occurs. The antics that depict the transformation, from the heightened sense and reactions to the lessening of objection towards previously-objectionable attitudes and how their date goes which is constantly threatened by her burgeoning abilities for some nice laughs but knows to transition into horror territory nicely as once those abilities creep in, the explanation and backstory about the creature amongst the town's history is wonderfully handled.

It makes for a pretty enjoyable time by creating a pretty strong connection through the twisted mythology with the action in the last half which is just non-stop brawling between the two werewolves and the vampire clan through the catacombs under the castle, through the cemetery and finally into the neighboring warehouse providing plenty of fun times as the fight progresses, and overall this is mixed quite nicely with the humorous aspects of the story. The fact that the creatures are done with practical make-up effects that look rather impressive for the realism and great they look in design and movement is another key factor here, and the only real flaws come from the beginnings of their life.

The trouble it goes to set her up as a goofy klutz only to be saved by the werewolf curse is way too clichéd and feels too overwrought to be of much originality. As well, the whole thing is dropped once they get to the castle anyway, leaving the inclusion rather curious. Otherwise, there's not much to dislike here.

The Curse of the Crying Woman

This was a really enjoyable and entertaining effort that gets a lot right. One of the biggest pluses here is the extraordinary Gothic atmosphere at play, where the majority of the film takes place on a multilevel hacienda full of secret passage-ways, cobweb-infested tunnels, staircases into the other levels and so much more here that there's plenty of creepiness to get hooked on before adding in the dungeons full of rotting corpses with mashed-up faces, stringy hair and a loss of general bodily form that look effectively decayed and rotting away with sickly skin and just a look of complete and utter mess, effectively making for a great look here overall when placed into the setting of the house. As well, the look of the swamp where the creature appears is absolutely chilling and really sets off the opening ambush well with it's fog-laden surroundings, feeling of unease and general design that seems to make escape impossible.

When combined with a large amount of action, from an opening ambush in the swamp, the journey through the hidden mirror in the bedroom and the encounter with the reanimated servant all conspire to give this a spectacular feel where it doesn't really slow down the pace at all. The fact that this still features a ton of jump scares is impressive, with images disappearing in front of a mirror and the unaffected still interacting with with real-time person who's not giving a reflection, hands emerging behind unsuspecting victims and even the work in the finale, where three separate brawls break out around the crumbling villa and a mad dash erupts to get out alive.

While all this stuff works well, the fact that the rubber snakes in here look quite lame and really unconvincing, part of the whole special effects work that just looks really cheesy and fake and definitely looks really bad at times but not enough to detract from the more important matters.
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I tried reading Ender's Game when I was in seventh grade but couldn't get past the first third due to rampantly shitty writing. And I was in seventh grade.

Glad to see the film takes after the book so closely. That's a rare trait these days.

http://plover.net/~bonds/ender.html

There's an article that basically sums up my thoughts on Ender's Game.
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The Wicked

This wasn’t all that bad of an effort and had some good things going for it. One of the better elements is the fact that there’s a lot more gruesome-ness that would be expected in such an effort, the majority of it tied to the deaths inflicted by the creature during the latter half of the movie. Filled with bodies being fed through a sausage maker, limbs being ripped off, scratches that act more like gouges in the flesh and much more,as well as the continued usage of severed limbs and entrails as general props makes for a rather bloody time.

That the witch itself not only has a pretty creepy backstory in here, itself not really executed all that well but the idea itself is far and away quite chilling, works as a creepy character due not only to the backstory but also to the notion of using her powers despite already having the upper hand in the situation to gain an even more unfair advantage makes her that much more sinister and evil, just like a realistic being would be like if found in such a situation which greatly emphasizes the wickedness of the being. By trapping them inside the haunted house-style shack she inhabits that this whole thing takes place as well as the darkened woodlands surrounding the house, this pretty much focuses on a creepy character inhabiting a creepy location, and that's pretty impressive in establishing a fine atmosphere here.

There's still some flaws here, as the fact that the human interactions here are so non-worthwhile that they make the film a pain to get through with their boredom in going through so many useless, unnecessary and utterly cliched plot-points that the witch loses the central value for most of the first hour of the film. By having the family feuding with each other, the misunderstood teen fighting with the police for no real reason, the search party trying to score with each other, and generally focusing on these issues to the detriment of the horror makes this a tough one to get into. The finale as well takes a bit of extreme suspension to swallow it for how it finally handles the witch's powers, and it doesn't come off nearly as well as it should. These hold it down from what could've been.
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