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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:30 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Underworld: Blood Wars - I'm kind of ambiguous on this one. Is that war between vampire and lycans still going on? Yes. Is there still an overdose of drama? Yes. Is it still more an actionflick than a horror? Yes. Is it getting a it repetitive and toresome? Yes. And this time, it gets even more "special": there are vampires who look like they live in a Tolkien world. Their castle is in the north, so you take a train first, and then ride over ice on horseback (huh? yes, I was wondering the same thing). And finally, the impregnable fortress is just something you can walk into by simply blasting the door. Ridiculous. BUT...... Is Kate Beckinsale still smoking hot? YES!! Does she look extremely sexy in the tight leather outfits she is wearing all the time? YES!! Is she still kicking ass and showing off her nice ass while doing so? YES!! So, just endulge in this guilty pleasure and think of it as some kind of established horror softporn, and all will be well. This one was a tad better than part 4 imo, but just a tad. I heard a sixth film is coming out, and I guess I will sit down and watch it the same way as I did this one. With pleasure, and a tiny bit of guilt.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:17 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Life - the 2017 scifi. A great film! I sat back and watched this, at first because I felt a bit tired and had read some reviews that stated that it was slow, so I thought it would fit my condition. But while watching, my interest grew almost immediately and the film never lost me: it was indeed a tad slow, but overall it grabbed me and kept me on the edge of my seat with a brilliant (albeit a little bit predictable) ending. The story is about a crew on the ISS, grabbing a research pod coming from Mars with samples, important for science. They find some cells, and after some experiments they get it to react: confirmed life from Mars. The new Martian is called Calvin, and it becomes the new pet of the main scientist working on it. However, after a while the pet wants out and it turns out that the crew is no longer safe now, especially when it escapes the lab. Now the crew must find a way to destroy it, or, at least, prevent it from getting to earth. Atmosphere is a bit claustrophobic, and tension rises from time to time when the crew is engaging Calvin. Calvin is very intelligent and is usually one step ahead of the humans, so they must be on their toes all the time and ever lose focus. The interaction between the crewmembers is the most interesting in the first part of the film, when they have conflicts between them about how to handle the problems. Most crewmembers are portrayed as real people with a life back home, especially the Japanese man who is witnessing the birth of his child through a video connection. Sound is useful and sometimes pretty frightening, the creature is cgi but of the good kind. I enjoyed myself thoroughly, I had my doubts when I saw this coming by, as this type of film can easily become very boring, but I'm glad I watched it. This is one of the best scifis I have seen in a long time, highly recommended!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:55 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Red Mist - aka Freakdog. I was curious about this film for a while but had my doubts whether it would be good or not. I could pick it up very cheap, so I gave it a chance. It's not great. It's a medical thriller/horror with med students partying and then a freak who works in the hospital gets pranked and goes in a coma. The students decide to dump him so their future careers won't get harmed, but Catherine (Arielle Kebbel) is ridden with guilt and tries to make up for their mistake by nursing him. After a while, the students start to die one by one, but it can't be the coma patient doing it, now can it? Kebbel is looking lovely once more (spotted her in The Uninvited before), but although she tries really hard, she can't actually carry this film and that is indeed what the script wants. Overall acting is OK-ish, but the meanest med student is totaly unfit for being a doctor with an attitude towards humans like that, so that was kind of exaggerated and out of place. The story reminded me of Patrick (the 70s film), which also wasn't very good. I wasn't annoyed really, but I won't remember this film much I guess.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:17 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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The Evil Within - a mentally challenged man called Dennis lives with his brother John who gets Dennis a present: a big mirror. Dennis meets his reflection, who turns out to be a demonic creature. He tells Dennis he can become smart if he kills a cat. Because Dennis is frustrated by the fact he is mentally handicapped, and is afraid that John will place him in a hospital (not without any reason, btw), he follows the instructions of his demonic counterpart. After killing several animals, Dennis now has to kill a child. While he gets more and more extreme assignments, his brother John is struggling with his relationship with both Dennis and his girlfriend Lydia, who wants John to live a life of his own instead of taking care of Dennis 24/7. But John carries a secret that causes him to feel guilty about his brother's state, which forces him to keep taking care of Dennis. When will John's care and Dennis's violence collide? OK film with a pretty original start and a good cast with some famous names like Sean Patrick Flanery and Dina Meyer. It sometimes drags a bit but overall quite ok. Unfortunately all kills are off screen so this one stays just a bit under average for me.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:45 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Special movienight because a friend came over from Berlin. He started to do bad movienights over there with his colleagues too :)

Iron Master - the stone age according to Umberto Lenzi. George Eastman is Vood, an aggressive caveman who plans on taking over leadership of the tribe, but he is expelled after it turns out he killed the previous leader. He discovers iron when he is on the slopes of a volcano and with this newly found invention he creates primitive looking swords (the development of metallurgy goes amazingly fast) and then he plans on taking over the world. Together with a bunch of other cavemen he conquers one tribe after the other, killing all who oppose him. Ela, Vood's previous rival for the role of chief, escaped the conquering cavemen and now plans on fighting Vood and taking him out. Very Italian film, with the cavemen all looking alike except for Ela the hero: his chest keeps shining throughout the film. He is also the only one not having any facial hair. The animals in this film, lions, boar, bisons and mammoths, make up for some weird natural environment. The mammoths are incredibly fake, the lions and boar both get killed and it's always a question in Italo whether those animals were killed for real or not (my guess is the boar was killed and the lion wasn't). Making the iron looks incredibly strange too: not only fo the cavemen develop very quickly, at first they grab the seering hot iron after beating it twice with a rock. So apart from the setting there is a lot to enjoy for Italo and bad moviefans. Highly recommended for them!

Mandroid - in early 90s Romania, a couple of scientists have invented Supercon, a raw material which is won from a rare mushroom and can be used as fuel for a robot they also developed. One of them wants to sell their invention to the US, but Drago, the other one doesn't want to. So Drago plans on stealing the robot (the mandroid) and take control over it. Together with a CIA agent and some random American guy, the scientist and his daughter are trying to stop Drago before it's too late. Lots of fun to be had for bad moviefans with the mandroid, and also with the process to make the Supercon: the mushrooms grow inside cavewalls! So they have to break through rock to get to them, hilarious. Funny to notice that each AK47 had it's own sound, and that the chief of police changes uniform depending on daylight. Again, recommended for bad moviefans.

Flesh Eating Mothers - didn't watch this film entirely because it was getting late, but I saw enough to write something about it. There was some kind of venereal disease possessing mothers who then started to eat human flesh. They got sharp teeth, wild eyes and a humongous appetite. They start attacking their husbands and eating their children: in one scene a baby is devoured. A cop whose wife also became cannibalistic, first gets arrested for murder, and to redeem himself he starts hunting the other mothers with help of a midget coroner and a bunch of adolescents on the run for their mothers. Bad dialogue galore and gore splashing around in this third bad movie of the evening: what I saw was amazingly bad and made me laugh. So here is another recommendation for bad moviefans!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:47 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Oh, I forgot some old reviews, they were still waiting for me to post them, oops

Hide and Go Shriek - one of the few classic slashers that I hadn't seen until now. I must say, it's place among the classics is justified: it has all contents which you want in a slasher. A special location, a group of teens, a maniacal killer and a usual suspect. A group of eight friends (all couples, or soon to be couples) plan on an evening of partying in the deserted furniture store of the father of one of the guys. While playing hide and seek (hence the title), one of them goes missing. Soon after, a second follows and the remaining friends try to search for them, look for help and stay alive at the same time. Not an easy task with a killer on your tail. Story is simple but effective. Acting is sometimes a bit overdone, like the curly girl panicking, it was a tad over the top. Some of the kills are pretty standard, some others are a bit more creative. Gore is not plenty, but good enough. I enjoyed watching this, I even felt a bit nostalgic. Recommended.

Monster in the Closet - a Troma monsterflick for laughs, spoofing several movies on the way. Duncan Clark works at a newspaper, handling the obituaries. The interesting stories are always handled or hijacked by a colleague aptly named Scoop. When a monster is in town, killing a few people, Duncan gets his chance to write a good story. On his road to fame he encounters not only the monster, but also a professor, a whizzkid and his mother, and last but not least, his nemesis Scoop. Movies which get spoofed are, among others, Alien, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and War of the Worlds. I had good fun watching this, the monster looks cool and although the storyline is a bit superficial, it made me laugh repeatedly. Recommended, not just for bad moviefans ;)

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:41 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Wake Up and Die - aka Volver a Morir. This is Ground Hog Day slasherstyle. A woman wakes up next to a man she doesn't recognise. They chat a bit and after a while the man kills her. The screen goes dark, and when it lights up again, we are back at the beginning: the woman waking up next to the same man. She is killed again, so the next time she wakes up she tries to escape, but fails. Every time she wakes up now, she tries to find a different way to prevent the man from killing her. While the bgeining is a bit boring and the film gets repetitive (duh, that was to be expected, but it still annoyed me) in the middle part, towards the ending it redeems itself a bit. Acting is pretty good, after all this film is carried by just two actors. The whole rewinding thing is a bit stupid imo, and it also takes away some of the suspense as it announces some events way ahead of time. The actress is very nice to look at as she has a killer body, and the way she tries to find means to bend her fate is resourceful. This isn't a masterpiece, but the ratings I have seen on imdb and the like are lower than they should be imo. This film tries to be original, succeeds in that part but fails to be an interesting movie at the same time. One to watch once, but not again I guess.

Godzilla King of the Monsters! - the 1956 US remake of Gojira (1954), with a new main character (Steve Martin, an American journalist played by Raymond Burr). This journalist is on his way to Cairo when he makes a stop in Tokyo and then learns about the missing ships south of Japan. Together with some Japanese friends he witnesses the developments around Godzilla. Although the scenes with Burr are the only ones not from the originial film, I was surprised how much the film changed because of this: I didn't have the feeling that I was watching a movie that I already knew (except of couse when I saw the same footage). Atmosphere was different, but it didn't get any better imo. So if you have a choice, watch the 1954 original.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:46 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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The Belko Experiment - yet another variant on Das Experiment, this time in a company located in Bogota, on the outskirts of town. One day, all local employees are being sent home and after a short while the remaining employees (all foreigners) hear the intercom cracking and a voice telling them that they now are part of a game. Within 30 minutes they have to kill two people amongst them, or they will face repercussions. After the 30 minutes are over, some of the employees fall down dead on the ground, their heads look like they exploded. Now everyone knows it is serious business, and they have to find a way to survive all this. Next assignment: kill 30 people within two hours, or 60 people will be killed remotely by exploding their heads. What develops, is pretty predictable, especially if you have seen "social experiment" films like this before. Acting was nice, and atmosphere was tense, that was good, But overall the storyline was lacking a bit imo, too little originality when it comes to the subject. An OK watch, and you might enjoy it more if you haven't seen films such as Das Experiment, or The Wave before.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:55 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Small Town Folk - the next addition in the long, sad line of failed UK horror. This film has one thing going for it and that's the poster. It looks cool, like you're gonna watch a classic slasher. Downside is that it makes the desillusion even greater. Everything else of this film, and I literally mean everything, is bad. None of the actors can't act, save Warwick Davis who gets a minimal role. Three of them have nice looks, two girls and a guy, but that's it. They read their lines like they are children reading a poem which they learned in kindergarten to their grandmas. The background is really sad and desolate: it is actually a green screen I guess, or everything is filmed inside at least. The sky looks fake, the "mansion" is cgi (and bad cgi at that), the sign looks cartoonish. The props are real I guess, and so are some of the blood effects, but 95% of the kills are offscreen and none of them are innovative or thoughtful. The story is almost non-existent, we just see some events happening in chronological order, but there is no buildup, no development and no real plot (or you must be of the opinion that killing off everyone is a real plot). Please don't let yourself be fooled by the poster/cover art: this movie is not even funny for those who like bad movies. Don't watch it!

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:30 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Watched 'I am a Hero' yesterday, great Japanese zombie flick. The last stand scene was excellent :)

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:23 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Hercules in the Haunted World - bought this one because it was a Mario Bava film. Also, peplum usually gives me great laughs, so why not? Well, this is unuausl: it is both unusual for Bava and it is also an unusual peplum. There is no horror, so that's what makes this an atypical Bava film, although you can spot some scenes in which you can see his hand. In the peplum department this one is atypical because it is not as ridiculous as most others I have seen. Yes, we see Hercules toss around featherweight rocks, and yes, there is an ugly looking man-in-a-monstersuit. But the storyline and the dialogue are not that bad and there are not so many bad effects. There is even some good acting, especially by Christopher Lee as the bad guy. Downside of all this is that it made this film a bit boring, so I can't really recommend this to bad moviefans. People interested in peplum or early Bava can give it a go, though.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:23 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Twilight Zone: the movie - I haven't seen the TV series, so I didn't know what I was in for, but it turned out to be quite nice. It is a double bill hosted by James Earl Jones, and the first story is about a woman who has a relationship with the forgetful doctor James who wants to marry her but keeps forgetting dates with her. Therefore she is holding him off for the moment, and she goes to a theater to see His Girl Friday. While watching the film, she suddenly sees herself on the big screen having a conversation with James, just as she had right before going to the theater. Later she visits the theater again and starts seeing more of her life andd also what is to come. This scares her shitless and when she tells James he tries to help her but can't really. OK story, but the ending was a bit abrupt imo. The second story is set in Boston 1868, where a doctor at the university gets to operate on a man who should have been dead already, according to the wounds inflicted on his skull. He traces the man back to Shadow Island, off the coast of a village where everyone is afraid of the island and it's inhabitants. When the doctor investigates, he finds out why they are so afraid, and also why the man wasn't dead when he should have been. Very atmospheric tale, very Lovecraftian and I love that. The plot has some very predictable things in it, but overall I really liked this one, better than the first story. Fortunately, this one is the longer of the two. Recommended, for the second story.

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