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    I know that the zombie genre is kinda played out, however the Euros always seem to manage tweaking it just enough to make it feel fun and fresh.
    In this regard, YUMMY brings the goods.
    Usually I am a stickler for exposition, but here it wasn't necessary. The set-up is a couple visiting a shady plastic surgery clinic in Eastern Europe, so you know right away that shit is gonna go sideways. And the filmmakers waste no time; the pacing of the film is what makes it so enjoyable and helps to overlook any shortcomings.
    The gore appears to be largely practical, which is a win.
    There is quite a bit of outdated sexist humor which fell flat, but then this might just be a Dutch thing, I don't know.
    Overall, while it doesn't bring anything startlingly new to the genre, it is fast and furious and has a lot of nice touches (you'll never look at a paper shredder the same after watching this flick)

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    Streaming on Shudder

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    HEAD COUNT (streaming on Prime)
    This low budget horror endeavor tweaks a number of familiar tropes to wonderful effect. For starters, it relocates the cabin-in-the-woods to the desert. Then it culls from a number of Bloody Mary-like urban legends and references the Creepy Pasta phenomenon. On top of that, it generally does an effective job creating an ominous and disorienting environment.
    My only complaint is that the ultimate ending craps out, succumbing to generic Blumhouse territory ( there was a perfect spot for the filmmakers to end the film at 1h23m , but instead they opted to tack on a groan-worthy, stereotypically pandering conclusion). Aside from this slight, the film has a lot of sly things happening, many of which slid right by me (when I finally realized what was happening, I went back and rewatched a number of scenes and was amazed at all the Easter Eggs lurking in plain sight).
    The other cool aspect is that it is refreshingly more psychological than slasher, relying more on mind-fuckery than gore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
    HEAD COUNT (streaming on Prime)
    This low budget horror endeavor tweaks a number of familiar tropes to wonderful effect. For starters, it relocates the cabin-in-the-woods to the desert. Then it culls from a number of Bloody Mary-like urban legends and references the Creepy Pasta phenomenon. On top of that, it generally does an effective job creating an ominous and disorienting environment.
    My only complaint is that the ultimate ending craps out, succumbing to generic Blumhouse territory ( there was a perfect spot for the filmmakers to end the film at 1h23m , but instead they opted to tack on a groan-worthy, stereotypically pandering conclusion). Aside from this slight, the film has a lot of sly things happening, many of which slid right by me (when I finally realized what was happening, I went back and rewatched a number of scenes and was amazed at all the Easter Eggs lurking in plain sight).
    The other cool aspect is that it is refreshingly more psychological than slasher, relying more on mind-fuckery than gore.


    Looks good, I can't believe I haven't watched this yet. Gonna have a long night later.

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    BLISS (streaming on Shudder)
    For some reason I keep giving Joe Begos the benefit of my doubts. His first film, Almost Human, was almost unwatchable. His latest effort, VFW, was a limp and uninspired retread of the trapped-in-a-building-surrounded-by-hordes-of-rabid-attackers horror and thriller trope. Yet despite his less than stellar track record (in regards to my personal taste in horror films, mind you) I queued up another of his films last night. Why? Because for some unknown reason, when it comes to horror films, I am ever the optimist. And you know what? Dude finally finds his groove with Bliss, both in terms of direction and storytelling. Begos has always been about the splatter infested practical gore and here he continues to deliver, but he also seriously ups the ante in terms of a multi-layered story, competent actors, and a dizzying direction style (he straight snatches Spike Lee's signature dolly shot and elevates it to harrowing heights). The double-edged subtext regarding addiction and the origins of artistic expression is great, but there are also plenty of goo-and-eww moments that counter balance the underlying headyness.

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    There was a movie from New Zealand that came out in the mid-late 80s, titled Bliss. Wasn't a horror flick, though. More of a very dark comedy. But a good one.
    ˇÓrale, vato!

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    DON'T LEAVE HOME (Shudder)
    This is wonderfully low-key mashup of both religious and folk horror genres.
    It succeeds thanks to creepy characters, blurry shifts between nightmares and reality, and an interesting premise, not to mention a classic morality play lurking at the center.
    RIYL: Rosemary's Baby; Kill List; Hereditary; A Dark Song

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    BLIND SUN (Shudder)
    This immersively paranoic French/Greek production is centered around a detached and hallucinatory dystopian landscape teeming with intimations of totalitarianism and global warming. The cinematography is sweltering, delivered in rich orange and yellow hues that perfectly capture the sun baked despair and disparity of the protagonist.

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    Fear X; Wake In Fright; Long Weekend, (these last two are Aussie classics with a similar vibe)

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    LUZ (streaming on Shudder)
    This German flick tweaks the tired possession genre in interesting ways. Shot in subdued neon coated hues, it brings a slick and twisted sheen to the proceedings. It can be a bit confusing at times and the chronology is mildly wonky (the ending doesn't quite jibe with the beginning of the film), but it is a creepy and mesmerizing effort overall.

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