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    Um, Commonlaw, Stake Land, as the title implies, is about vampires, not zombies...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
    Um, Commonlaw, Stake Land, as the title implies, is about vampires, not zombies...
    Woops! Then let me update my synopsis

    Young main character is robbed of his innocence and a life of normality due to some outbreak or affliction that turns 99% of the world into vampires. The vampires are one dimensional vapid creatures who only seek to kill the remaining 1%, ostensibly for food. The boy is lost but meets up with some other folks. There is a dude who is a hard ass who wants to teach him the ways of survival. The hard-ass probably tells the boy to beat it during the first meeting, but fate just seems to demand that they stay together. The boy wants to survive, become a bad-ass and accept his new reality but he has an internal struggle to find some hope and morality in this big mess. Oh yeah, he meets a chick and they try their hand at love, a pure and beautiful thing, in such a sad world. If there were no vampire apocalypse, he would never had had a chance with her, cause he is kinda a geek. They all travel around until they find a place that they can chill for awhile. The bad-ass dude they met originally, realizes that he doesnt need to be such a bad-ass all the time. The end.

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    http://twitchfilm.com/news/2011/04/f...00----2009.php

    As with any list of this nature, there's quite a few films I completely thought were utter shiite and wouldn't make my list. There are also a number that I totally agree with. And there's quite a few that I haven't seen yet.

    Notable omissions (at least flicks that would have made my list, anyway):
    Triangle
    Dead Snow
    Rogue
    The Last Exorcism
    The Devil's Rejects
    Wind Chill
    Jack Brooks: Monster Killer
    Final Destination (the first one and I might even go as far as to suggest Final Destination 2, if only for the opening sequence, which is easily the best of the series)
    Drag Me To Hell
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    Just saw a premiere of the new Francis Ford Coppola film, Twixt, last night.

    Very In The Mouth of Madness, albeit filtered through the mind of Edgar Allen Poe instead of HP Lovecraft.

    http://www.twixtmovie.com/

    It was visually arresting, though I'm not 100% sure what I thought about it (although I am still thinking about it, so that's something). Lots of forced camp mixed with eerie, hallucinogenic dreamscapes. Kilmer has some brilliantly funny moments, but again the real star of the film is FFC's artistic eye and visual flair.
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    Interesting list, probably the most interesting "Best Horror Films" list I have ever seen.

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    Finally got around to watching Human Centipede 2.

    While the first one would be considered more of a comedy than a horror movie, the 2nd film does an incredible amount of justice to the genre. In fact, I was completely blown away by how well it was made, the creativity of the plot, and the sheer unadulterated gore shown (far more than expected and uneasy at times, even for me). Instantly, I was having flashbacks of Eraserhead, initially because of the use of black-and-white film but later due to the disturbing factor, direction, and pace of the first half . The main character Martin could not have been cast any better and is likely one of the more awkwardly creepy villains in recent memory (more heightened by him not speaking throughout the film, i.a. mentally challenged). Definitely some similarities to Salo.

    On Instant Netflix right now. Again, take away the source material and you're left with what I think is an exceptionally made movie.

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    ^Hmmmm...Human Centipede 1 was horrible. Badly acted, crappy (make no) effects, it was just an all around horrible film. The premise was freaky, but the execution was beyond poor. And again, the complete lack of any decent effects/gore was a travesty, especially for a film with such a bugged out premise. In terms of "source" material (i.e. HC1), HC2 was written and directed by the same guy...I wonder what transpired between the making of 1 and 2 to make the second, in your opinion, better?

    In terms of recent horror films I've watched:

    The Innkeepers
    Ti West continues to make interesting films after a few false starts (The Roost, Cabin Fever 2). His atmospheric House of the Devil was a nice throwback to mid-70s psychological horror and The Innkeepers follows this trend. Edgy, scary, and well-paced. It's a good, old-fashioned horror film a la The Haunting (the original 1950s one).

    11/11/11
    A good vs. evil psychological horror yarn from the guy who directed a number of the Saw movies. Sadly, it is choppy (bad editing), the story is pretty contrived and predictable and while it attempts to capture the crazy, uncertain, bugged out style of '70s horror films like The Sentinel and Don't Look Now, it lacks any of the menace, mystery, and unnerving claustrophobia of those films. Ultimately it fails on a big scale

    Mother's Day
    Yet another flick from the same director of many Saw films and the above mentioned 11/11/11 (Darren Lynn Bousman). Strong cast, out-of-nowhere violence and gore, but ultimately a predictably told tale of vengeance and double-crossing. The ending was incredibly pat.

    So, my most recent recommendation would be:

    The Innkeepers, especially if you like well-paced, claustrophobic, and atmospheric horror films that use good, old-fashioned shock and awe to scare you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
    In terms of "source" material (i.e. HC1), HC2 was written and directed by the same guy...I wonder what transpired between the making of 1 and 2 to make the second, in your opinion, better?.
    As I mentioned, that is a lot of Lynchism with respect to Eraserhead in HC2: the tone, the pace, the white noise, the lack of music, the lack of dialogue. There really isn't much gore until 2/3 of the way through the movie when shit hits the fan, literally. But up until then, HC2 is pure genius in the development of Martin, who for the lack of better terms, is an obese, retarded midget that works at a parking garage and lives with is aging mother. Think of him as a cross between Kevin Bacon's character in "Murder in the First", the serial killer in "Man Bites Dog", and Milton in "Office Space". And up until the 12-person centipede is created, HC2 is very dark, twisted, and disturbing but cinematically-speaking, there's very little to critique. Seriously, give it a viewing especially since it's vastly different from the HC1.

    And speaking of the plot and how it's creative, HC2 begins with Martin watching the end credits to HC1 and we soon realize that he has an unhealthy obsession with the movie. So in essence, HC2 is life imitating art (HC1).

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    V/H/S has been getting a lot of Interwebz buzz (apparently it was a late night hit at Sundance this past January).

    Trailer looks intriguing. Only drawback is that it is yet another entry in the "found footage" sub-genre (though with the proliferation of such films it should be considered its own actual genre now, especially since the concept dates back almost 2 decades).

    http://movies.yahoo.com/video/ymovie...-29702922.html
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    Just watched this flick and it's sick and twisted. Yet again the Aussies bring the serious weird and visceral cinematic intensity. While it resonates wiht a certain familiarity, there's plenty of nail-biting cringe-worthy moments that'll tweak your melon something serious. It's easily the most messed-up flick that has shocked me since Martyrs.

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    Nothing like beating a dead horse with a chainsaw...

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    Saw "The Loved Ones" last night per your suggestion. It's a story that's been done before and very predictable no less, so watching it was a waiting game. Some cringe moments for sure but if that's the most twisted thing you've seen since Martyrs, then you clearly need to see Serbian Film (2nd to Salo as something that cannot be unwatched). Also, not sure it was mentioned, but HCII was surprisingly VERY well done and disturbing along similar lines like Eraserhead and Bad Boy Bubby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PappaG View Post
    Saw "The Loved Ones" last night per your suggestion. It's a story that's been done before and very predictable no less, so watching it was a waiting game. Some cringe moments for sure but if that's the most twisted thing you've seen since Martyrs, then you clearly need to see Serbian Film (2nd to Salo as something that cannot be unwatched). Also, not sure it was mentioned, but HCII was surprisingly VERY well done and disturbing along similar lines like Eraserhead and Bad Boy Bubby.
    I agree with your assessment of TLO. Sure, it was a story that's been done before, but I think it was done better than 90% of the similar tales. It had predictable moments, but these were far outweighed by the serious cringe factor. And I rather enjoyed the waiting game and found the subtle twists to be just in the right doses. Considering the bulk of what's out there, it was refreshing and the acting was just the right amount of crazed and deranged without being too over-the-top or unnecessarily campy. I felt about it the same way I felt about Wolf Creek: it treaded familiar terrain, but did so with verve and nerve and managed to make a worn-out trope seem fresh and vital. Plus I just have a soft spot for Aussie flicks. They seem to have held on to the time-honored tradition of making visceral exploitation/drive-in/genre films that have heart and soul as opposed to the rampant cookie-cutter genre flicks that Hollywood keeps churning out.

    I've got Salo and Serbian Film on the list, but I'm still apprehensive about HCII given how crappy the first one was (and I see that a third is coming down the pike). Also, I dig a good story and solid acting over gross-out gore...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
    I've got Salo and Serbian Film on the list, but I'm still apprehensive about HCII given how crappy the first one was (and I see that a third is coming down the pike). Also, I dig a good story and solid acting over gross-out gore...
    If you take my suggestion of Martyrs with any worth (as you have certainly enjoyed), you can trust that HCII will not disappoint in the slightest. Honestly, it is completely removed from the original and seemed like a direct homage to David Lynch in every aspect.

    From one review:
    "The Human Centipede 2 is a terrible film, but it’s a very special terrible film. One filled with fantastic practical-effects, good acting and competent direction. It is quite possibly the most gruesome film I’ve ever seen -- the sickest things the mind can imagine are depicted on screen with a realism that only a crystal clear vision for insanity can afford. It’s hard not to appreciate the effort that has gone into capturing this nightmarish reality of mouths stapled to buttholes, barb-wired-penis rape (don’t ask) and ejaculation via sandpaper.

    The problem comes with how these things are framed. What separates Human Centipede 2 from being a missing entry in Faces of Death? Not much. The transition from the original Human Centipede to its sequel is the transition from the desire for twisted illusions to aesthetic banality -- all done with the speed and focus of an opium-ridden orgy. It’s the next best thing to Google images with safe search off."



    And if you like Aussie flicks and film noir, check out The Square. It was written by and stars Joel Edgerton who gets a lead role in Kathryn Bigelow's Bin Laden manhut movie "Zero Dark Thirty" out this December.

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    Loved Martyrs, mostly because it took the so-called torture porn sub-genre and bitch slapped it silly.

    I've never seen Faces of Death and am always apprehensive about "realistic" horror films (it took a lot of mustering for me to finally see Cannibal Holocaust when it was re-released theatrically several years ago). As such, I am apprehensive about HC2 (as well as Salo and Serbian Film, not to mention Feed and Teeth...). I like gore, but I like to be scared and freaked out more. I don't like gore for gore's sake; there has to be solid acting and a good story lurking amongst the detritus.

    I would say that I'm in the MOR: I'm not a fan of the PG-13 schlock like House of Wax and all the remakes of the classics (TCM, HHE, F13, etc), and I'm not a fan of realistic gore-for-gore's sake. Again, there has to be a compelling story and some solid thespianism happening, along with decent pacing and some element of freshness.

    The most recent horror offerings that I've dug have been:

    The Innkeepers (great homage to the classic 1960s Haunting)

    Stakeland (nice, simple vampire road trip; nothing new, but well-acted and paced)

    The Loved Ones (familiar story delivered with glee, nice cringe factor, and a few subtle twists)

    Before those the last one that resonated is the oft-mentioned Martyrs.

    Everything else I've seen in the past year-and-some-change has been utterly forgettable.
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    First, Salo is way off the charts and possibly the most unwatchable film I know. While I certainly wouldn't see it again, as a fan of cinema, I feel it's something that needs to be watched much like any Alejandro Jodorowsky film (minus the gore). As far as Serbian Film, it was done exceptionally well and of course has a one-of-a-kind plot. But take away what you heard and know about the movie and only look at production value, and it is still regarded well (plenty of eastern European dubstep to keep you happy ). HCII is along the same lines and brings something very unique to the table (basically, a superfan of HCI wants to recreate a human centipede).




    Other French horror to consider...

    Calvaire (The Ordeal) - 2004 - When a traveling performer's car breaks down in the middle of the night, we learn that France has its own version of the crazy hillbillies that seem to populate American films.

    Ŕ l'intérieur (Inside) - 2007 - A 9-month pregnant widow battles with a strange woman who shows up at her doorstep trying to take her unborn child with her own crude version of a cesarean. This horror movie veers into the extreme gore, so watch out. Also, it looks like the Weinstein Brothers might do an American remake.

    Sheitan (Satan) - 2006 - A trip to the night club for a group of friends leads to a meeting with an insane gardener who's got Satanic ideas in his mind. Vincent Cassel is completely over-the-top as the psychotic groundskeeper in this horror film known for its black comedy.

    Frontier (Frontiers) - 2007 - Frontiers is a violent tour de force, described as a horrible nightmare by one enthusiastic reviewer. If you like to see blood flowing, Frontiers might be your type of horror movie.

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    I'm having deja vu...

    I've seen Calvaire, Inside, Sheitan, and Frontier(s) and was seriously non-plussed by all of them. Honestly, Martyrs is the only recent French horror film worth any salt to me.

    I'd put Irreversible up there, too, from an artistic standpoint (savage film, but beautifully filmed). There's a really crappy one called Into The Woods that looks great (hints of Argento, both in terms of the colors and viewpoints). In fact, that's what I've found with a lot of the French genre films: they look great (cinematography, production, sets), but the stories are weak (Haute Tension, anybody?).

    That said, I'm intrigued by The Tall Man (latest film from the director of Martyrs) and Livide (the latest film from the directors of Inside).

    I'll scope out the others, though.
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    I'm gonna go with our tastes differing WAY too much considering your regard for horror movies I enjoy and how you regard The Innkeepers which I thought was absolutely horrid (I actually IMDB'd the actors in the movie to see if they were even accredited and not randomly pulled off the street for a 2-day shoot).

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    It's all good.

    I found The Innkeepers to be a nice, moody film in the vein of Shirley Jackson's classic The Haunting. But that's just my humble opinion. I dug Ti West's previous flick, The House of the Devil, too (though the rest of his output is suspect).

    I'm a bit all over the map when it comes to films in general, and genre films in particular.

    Again, to each their own, but I do appreciate all the suggestions and recommendations and enjoy checking them out, even if eventually I don't like 'em (though you never know).

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    you did steer me into Triangle, which is easily one of the best low-budget mindf@#k horror movies I've seen in the past several years. So you never know...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
    PS - you did steer me into Triangle, which is easily one of the best low-budget mindf@#k horror movies I've seen in the past several years. So you never know...
    I'll take 1 out of 50.

    If you liked that, check out Los Cronoscrimenes (Time Crimes).



    EDIT - Some movies I'm looking forward to:

    - V/H/S (October 5, 2012 release)
    - Modus Anomali
    - John Dies At The End (written/directed by Don Coscarelli of Phantasm fame)
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    V/H/S is def on the radar.

    Not familiar with Modus Anomali.

    On the fence about JD@TE as I read the book and wasn't that impressed with it. Gonna give Don C. the benefit of the doubt based on the bugged-outedness of the trailer (and the presence of Paul G.).

    I'm intrigued by

    Berberian Sound Studio


    [REC]: Genesis



    Thale


    The ABC's of Death


    The Citadel



    And I'm also looking forward to, but can't find trailers for:

    No One Lives (from director Ryűhei Kitamura of Versus, Aragami, and Midnight Meat Train fame)

    Lords of Salem (new Rob Zombie original)
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    V/H/S I'm really looking forward to. I don't normally get creeped out by movies but for some reason the trailer did it to me. Hope it's not a let down.
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