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  • dannyboy121070
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    Originally posted by JJ123 View Post
    Thanks for that report. How was the theatrical experience with SARS-2 still around?

    I will be watching, maybe tonight, on Peacock. Maybe I'll watch half tonight and the rest tomorrow, not sure the time I'll have (I know a lot of people disagree with that approach, but I see films as chapters and parts now, I guess for time-management reasons). From your report, sounds like this will be good. I enjoyed the previous one. Call me a wimp, but I am more squeamish these days than when I was younger, so I hope the gore/etc. isn't so out-there intense. Plus, gore for gore's sake no longer interests me, especially in the era of the Elevated Horror Picture Show.

    I wonder if minimizing Laurie Strode's presence is a way to affordably cast Curtis? I read an interview with her on the movie at the Deadline site and have to say, this sounds too like it will offer some deeper commentary on violence/etc. She seems very proud of the movie, and I was glad to get that feeling.

    I also need to remember to pick up the novelization. I know there's one available for this one (or will be soon, anyway), but I think that has become a lost art, hasn't it, or does it just seem that way?
    You still get a decent amount of Curtis, but the canvas is opened up a little wider in this film, and you have a lot of returning characters from the original and more Haddonfield citizens.

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  • JJ123
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    Thanks for that report. How was the theatrical experience with SARS-2 still around?

    I will be watching, maybe tonight, on Peacock. Maybe I'll watch half tonight and the rest tomorrow, not sure the time I'll have (I know a lot of people disagree with that approach, but I see films as chapters and parts now, I guess for time-management reasons). From your report, sounds like this will be good. I enjoyed the previous one. Call me a wimp, but I am more squeamish these days than when I was younger, so I hope the gore/etc. isn't so out-there intense. Plus, gore for gore's sake no longer interests me, especially in the era of the Elevated Horror Picture Show.

    I wonder if minimizing Laurie Strode's presence is a way to affordably cast Curtis? I read an interview with her on the movie at the Deadline site and have to say, this sounds too like it will offer some deeper commentary on violence/etc. She seems very proud of the movie, and I was glad to get that feeling.

    I also need to remember to pick up the novelization. I know there's one available for this one (or will be soon, anyway), but I think that has become a lost art, hasn't it, or does it just seem that way?

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  • sholloman81
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    Went to the theater last night and saw the new Halloween Kills movie. What a mean little movie! I actually liked it much better than its predecessor. Tons of unique kills and tons of gore. Pretty much no one is safe in this film. I also thought it was a smart move to expand the cast. You end up spending much less time with the Strode characters in this one, but, that ends up actually being a good things in terms of the plot. Still not sure how I feel about the ending of the movie. There were multiple red herrings in the last 15-20 minutes that left me truly guessing how the movie was actually going to end. The actual ending itself was very surprising and I'm sure will be a little divisive among fans, though, I understand why the choice was made in terms for the overall story arc. All in all, I would definitely recommend this one to anybody who has enjoyed past Halloween films or slasher films in general.

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  • JJ123
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    I recently watched Malignant. This was discussed several posts back.

    Just briefly, I really liked it. As someone else said in a comment (on another forum), maybe the best way to put it is it's more of a thriller/Columbo than a horror film. I suppose I understand some of the stated disappointment in this forum, but for some reason, it worked for me. Someone else mentioned they understood the twist before it happened. I am never good at that, so let me say, when the twist was revealed, I was surprised, and I did enjoy it. Not sure if this would be giving anything away, but...
    Spoiler!


    Someone also mentioned Chills and Thrills, the random horror film showings. That is a pretty cool concept. The Dawn/Dead remake was a fun film at the time, and still is. On the subject of fast versus slow zombies, I will say, sometimes it is really nice to sit back and watch the original Night of the Living Dead and slow things down a bit. That must look dated as heck to kids now, and as I get older, I certainly get that. But it really is more atmospheric than we all remember, I think, which is something that sometimes happens in the reverse. Probably won't have the time this year, but one Halloween I have to be sure to make that the film I watch to celebrate (that's one problem with this month: so much stuff is on, you don't know where to turn!). That film, and Prince of Darkness by Carpenter, are really good day-of or day-before Halloween films.

    And by the way: the idea of seeing a random horror film at a theater just screams to be made into either a short horror film or...something longer....or, maybe at least a short story.

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  • sholloman81
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    [QUOTE=Sock Monkey;n190134]
    Originally posted by sholloman81 View Post

    Another REGION-FREE fan! Wife got me a region-free 4K player (Sony X800M2) after I bugged her for years and I’ll never go back. So many more movies available than what’s released on disc in the states.

    I’m curious about TITANE as well, though I wasn’t the biggest fan of RAW. I think there was too much hype by the time I got around to it.

    I’m also a huge fan of foreign horror movies. Love to hear your favorites as I’m always on the lookout for more.
    Yeah, I'm all about the region-free player too and would never go back! In terms of my favorite foreign (non-English speaking) horror films, I'm having a hard time thinking of some the smaller gems on my movie bookcase at home, but, off the top of my head, some of my all-time favorites include: Audition, Oldboy, Train to Busan, Let the Right One In, The Vanishing, Funny Games, Raw, Martyrs, The Untamed, Irreversible, Rec, Eyes Without A Face, Susperia, Deep Red, The Devil's Backbone, etc. I'm sure there are plenty more that I am forgetting.

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  • Sock Monkey
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    [QUOTE=sholloman81;n190114]
    Originally posted by Ben Staad View Post
    It's interesting how many good movies are coming out from overseas in the last several years. Big budget blockbusters is still the Hollywood thing but there are some amazing movies and shows from places like South Korea, Russia, Germany, and all over the place.

    Definitely agree with this statement. With streaming providers offering a lot more platforms for these type of movies to be seen and with horror movies (finally) getting love at the awards ceremonies/from critics and thus being exposed to wider audiences, it seems like we're in a golden age for foreign horror films over the last decade. And as you mentioned in your post, it also seems like they are coming from all corners of the globe as opposed to being centered in one "it" location as if felt like they were in the past (for example Italy with all their Giallo horror movies or Spain with all their low budget vampire films). I would love some horror website or magazine to come up with a list of the top 50 foreign horror films of all time; or, a list of the top horror movies from each country. I know that I've probably got at least 15-20 foreign horror movies on my shelf at home and would love to find more titles that I may have overlooked or never heard about when they were first released. Having an all-region blu-ray player has definitely helped me expand my foreign horror blu-ray collection.

    On a side note, since we are speaking about foreign horror films, I desperately want to see Julie Ducournau's new one "Titane". If anyone has seen it, I would love to hear their opinion of it. The description for it seems batshit crazy (in a good way), and I really loved her prior horror film "Raw". Those French horror directors sure make some extreme films.
    Another REGION-FREE fan! Wife got me a region-free 4K player (Sony X800M2) after I bugged her for years and I’ll never go back. So many more movies available than what’s released on disc in the states.

    I’m curious about TITANE as well, though I wasn’t the biggest fan of RAW. I think there was too much hype by the time I got around to it.

    I’m also a huge fan of foreign horror movies. Love to hear your favorites as I’m always on the lookout for more.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by sholloman81 View Post

    What a bummer! The local AMC theater near me (AMC Esplanade in Phoenix AZ) is showing the Thrills & Chills movie deal each Wednesday & Friday of October. I'd just assumed that would be the case in all of their locations, but, from what you have written, it sounds like it may very by location/market. Hopefully, you'll have a chance to check out the showing you mention on the 20th. I've already reserved tickets for the rest of the Thrills & Chills showings for this month!
    I have two AMC theaters in my area. One does not have any offering and one has the offering on the 20th.

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  • sholloman81
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    [QUOTE=Ben Staad;n190110]It's interesting how many good movies are coming out from overseas in the last several years. Big budget blockbusters is still the Hollywood thing but there are some amazing movies and shows from places like South Korea, Russia, Germany, and all over the place.

    Definitely agree with this statement. With streaming providers offering a lot more platforms for these type of movies to be seen and with horror movies (finally) getting love at the awards ceremonies/from critics and thus being exposed to wider audiences, it seems like we're in a golden age for foreign horror films over the last decade. And as you mentioned in your post, it also seems like they are coming from all corners of the globe as opposed to being centered in one "it" location as if felt like they were in the past (for example Italy with all their Giallo horror movies or Spain with all their low budget vampire films). I would love some horror website or magazine to come up with a list of the top 50 foreign horror films of all time; or, a list of the top horror movies from each country. I know that I've probably got at least 15-20 foreign horror movies on my shelf at home and would love to find more titles that I may have overlooked or never heard about when they were first released. Having an all-region blu-ray player has definitely helped me expand my foreign horror blu-ray collection.

    On a side note, since we are speaking about foreign horror films, I desperately want to see Julie Ducournau's new one "Titane". If anyone has seen it, I would love to hear their opinion of it. The description for it seems batshit crazy (in a good way), and I really loved her prior horror film "Raw". Those French horror directors sure make some extreme films.

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  • sholloman81
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    Originally posted by Martin View Post

    I checked my local AMC theaters. This does not appear to be something they are embracing here. The only Chills and Thrills scheduled is October 20th.
    What a bummer! The local AMC theater near me (AMC Esplanade in Phoenix AZ) is showing the Thrills & Chills movie deal each Wednesday & Friday of October. I'd just assumed that would be the case in all of their locations, but, from what you have written, it sounds like it may very by location/market. Hopefully, you'll have a chance to check out the showing you mention on the 20th. I've already reserved tickets for the rest of the Thrills & Chills showings for this month!

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by Ben Staad View Post
    Darn. Just looked this up and it's on a few streaming services that I don't have. AMC+, Shudder, and something called Spectrum.
    Spectrum is a rebranding of Charter Communications. Last I knew they were a cable and internet company. I was not aware that they were offering streaming services.

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  • Ben Staad
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    Darn. Just looked this up and it's on a few streaming services that I don't have. AMC+, Shudder, and something called Spectrum.

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  • Ben Staad
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    I didn't know this movie existed. I will now need to keep an eye out for it. I really liked Train to Busan and thought it was a top notch genre flick. It has been a bit since I watched this but I have a memory that I thought the ending sequence was a little long and detracted slightly from the movie.

    It's interesting how many good movies are coming out from overseas in the last several years. Big budget blockbusters is still the Hollywood thing but there are some amazing movies and shows from places like South Korea, Russia, Germany, and all over the place.

    Originally posted by sholloman81 View Post

    On a side note- Has anyone seen the sequel to Train to Busan, "Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula"? If so, was it worth watching? I remember seeing poor reviews for it when it was released; so, I didn't end up seeing it in the theater. Meant to check it out later on blu-ray but totally forgot about it until my rewatch of Busan last night.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by sholloman81 View Post
    Went to my local AMC theater last night for another of their Thrills & Chills movie nights. The surprise horror movie they ended up screening was Train to Busan. I had seen it before but never on the big screen; so, I was happy with the choice. I generally enjoy zombie movies and this is a very good one. My only two (small) gripes with this film are that some of the Korean to English translations were a little wonky and that the ending with the little girl singing always seems a little melodramatic to me. That being said, this film is still a top-notch example in the zombie genre, especially taking into account that it is a foreign (non-English) release.

    On a side note- Has anyone seen the sequel to Train to Busan, "Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula"? If so, was it worth watching? I remember seeing poor reviews for it when it was released; so, I didn't end up seeing it in the theater. Meant to check it out later on blu-ray but totally forgot about it until my rewatch of Busan last night.
    I checked my local AMC theaters. This does not appear to be something they are embracing here. The only Chills and Thrills scheduled is October 20th.

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  • sholloman81
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    Went to my local AMC theater last night for another of their Thrills & Chills movie nights. The surprise horror movie they ended up screening was Train to Busan. I had seen it before but never on the big screen; so, I was happy with the choice. I generally enjoy zombie movies and this is a very good one. My only two (small) gripes with this film are that some of the Korean to English translations were a little wonky and that the ending with the little girl singing always seems a little melodramatic to me. That being said, this film is still a top-notch example in the zombie genre, especially taking into account that it is a foreign (non-English) release.

    On a side note- Has anyone seen the sequel to Train to Busan, "Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula"? If so, was it worth watching? I remember seeing poor reviews for it when it was released; so, I didn't end up seeing it in the theater. Meant to check it out later on blu-ray but totally forgot about it until my rewatch of Busan last night.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by sholloman81 View Post
    Went to the local AMC theater near me last Friday (10/01) for their Thrills & Chills movie deal. Basically, you can see a random horror movie each Wednesday & Friday of October for 5 bucks. You don't know what you will be seeing until the movie plays. Friday's showing ended up being the Dawn of the Dead remake which made me quite happy as the original Dawn is still one of my all-time favorite horror movies. While I'm sure Romero hated the fast zombies, in my opinion, this happens to be one of those rare instances where the remake approaches the quality of the original. Overall, I am very glad that I got to see this on the big screen and can't wait to see what the next unannounced movie will be for the next AMC Thrills & Chills event.
    That sounds interesting. I may have to check and see if the AMC's near me are doing that.

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