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Organ - strange Japanese film by the guy who co-produced Tetsuo. This film is about gangs trading in organs which they cut from people they abduct and sometimes kill. So yeah, sometimes they cut the organs from living people, making for gross torture scenes. At the start we (I had a friend over who watched this one with me) had some trouble making out the storyline, but along the way it became clearer: there was a policeman trying to get the guys who trade in the organs but he had done something wrong so he got fired. Now he is continuing his quest to arrest the gang but they are quite ruthless. Then there is a teacher who has some weird experiments going on with a plantlike man and he seduces a little girl, making things even weirder. The teacher is related to the cop on the case (a different one from the lone fired one), who also has a twin brother.  Oh, and there is some cocoonlike lady involved, also very strange. Gore is great, so watch it for the gore, as the story makes litlle sense, especially in the first half of the film. If you like biopunk you might like this.

Mandy - Nicolas Cage is Red Miller, a guy who lives out in the forest with his artistic wife Mandy. One day they get raided by a strange group, a mixture between a sect and a bikergang. They brutally murder the woman and Red is crucified with wires. He has to watch his Mandy die and from that moment on he is a bloodthirsty revengemachine. So he follows the gang and tracks them down, in order to kill them off one by one. They also seem to have something supernatural over them, they reminded me a bit of the Cenobites. Lots of kills follow, Cage stands in fountains of blood. Some kills are more spectacular than others of course. This film wasn't so bad, but the length was not necessary. We all know it's a revengefilm, so trying to build character of Mandy while you know she is gonna be toast is kind of useless in a film  like this, so why spend 40 minutes on it? Cut it short to 15 or 20 and you're set. It's a nice passtime overall but not really special or recommendable in any other way than if it fits your schedule you might give it a go.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:02 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Sacred Flesh - a modern attempt at creating a nunsploitation. It's actually some kind of an anthology, where the wraparound story is about the mother superior of a convent who has visions of Mary Magdalen, in which she is tempted to give in to her carnal desires. To show her why that's not wrong, Mary Magdalen shows her some confessions of other nuns in the convent, and each and every confession is a sex act: one nun masturbates, two other nuns have lesbian sex, a third nun is being abused by a bishop and a priest and the last four nuns have a little orgy. The sexscenes itself are rather standard and come off as some sort of cosplay/roleplay. The wraparound story is not very convincing and at times rather boring. There is some flogging and a sidestory about the servant of a high cleric who is chasing the maid of the convent. Overall a nice effort to revive the genre, but I don't think it will really take off. And even though this was OK, it can't reach the 70s/80s nunsploitations in it's shock value. Recommended for genrefans.

Vampires - this rather unoriginal and dull title hides the fact that this is quite an original take on the vampirefilm. It's a mockumentary in which a bunch of filmcrews try to document the lives of vampires in Belgium (the film itself is Belgian too). Spoken language is Belgian French mixed with some Flemish here and there. The vampires have quite an open way of living and everyone knows about their existence. They have a person who provides food for them in the "fridge", a locked room from which the human can't escape. They also have a human bin on the roof, a cage where future victims are held. They are bound to live by the code, a vampire lawbook, and that provides both opportunities and dangers for the family in question. Interesting and sometimes quite funny, this mockumentary takes you into the darkness of Belgian nights to uncover the lives of vampires. Recommended.

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Sole Survivor - on the cover it says "Before Final Destination, there was..." and I can see why they did that. Not only is the premise of a person who escaped death and is now haunted by the grim reaper present in both films, but also this film needs all advertising it can get, because in itself this one is not very interesting. Denise survives a planecrash, and after being treated in the hospital she is about to resume her normal life. However, she starts seeing strange tings, like a small girl in the loading dock of the hospital. The doctor who did surgery on her tries to help her with the "survivor syndrome" but they also develop a love interest. Things start to become complicated when she gets haunted by strange people in the park, on the streets and at her home. Together with the doctor she tries to find a solution, but it seems she can't outrun death for long, or can she? The backside mentioned 98 minutes runtime, but my version clocked in at 84 minutes. That's enough, because it takes pretty long for things to start happening,. Atmosphere is quite good though, and the last part of the movie is entertaining. I liked the ending, well done. If it wasn't for the Final Destination link, I think this movie would be forgotten entirely. Only go in if you are a real 80s buff.

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Young Playthings - a Joe Sarno eurotrash softporn flick. Never heard of Sarno before, I got the opportunity to buy a bunch of his films, but because I didn't know him, I started out with one, which was Young Playthings. This film, restored from a recovered positive (except for one reel which is taken from a VHS, the drop in quality is superobvious), is filmed in Sweden with Swedish actors and actresses speaking English. Some of them have heavy accents, which makes the film even cornier: the core of the film to show as much skin as possible. It starts out pretty normal, but then it turns via plans for a threesome into some really weird shit. The downstairs neighbour is a woman who restores antque toys. She is also making up her face with white paint and lipstick/eyeliner. In this shape she acts out storues which are recorded on tape. These stories are involving ever more people and some realy strange sexscenes are carried out. She even has some sexmachines that take part in these theatrical shows in her living room. There is some plot development going on in the background, but it is mostly just showing off these weird acts, so if you wanna see something strange involving sex, then go for this one. It is a curiosity to say the least.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:48 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Ghostkeeper - three students are touring in the wild, snowy mountains. They get stranded at a remote lodge, because one of their snowmobiles is broken down. They spend the night in the presumably deserted lodge, but they soon find out they are not alone. Very cliche storyline, pretty dull execution: very little scares, next to no gore and a pretty poredictable plot development.They try to drag in the wendigo, but it all doesn't really make much sense. The ending was quite nice, but overall this sin't really worth your time. Not many laughs for bad moviefans either, I'd say pick something different.

Siv, Anne & Sven - the bonus Joe Sarno film. This one has the thock Swedish accents too, and again loads of skin. Not much weirdness in this one, but there are some pretty funny lines, like: "I can't stand people who don't drink" and "I hardly recognize you with your clothes on". The plot, or what's supposed to look like a plot, evolves around a photographer who experiences her wildest dreams in lesbian sexuality and her shy assistant who wants to stay pure amidst all her sex craving friends and colleagues. Of course the paths of these two will cross and then the sparks fly off. Nothing very special.

Acid Bath - on the backcover it says "Street Trash meets Death Wish" and that's some wishful thinking right there. This low budget horror flick never comes close to any of these two. There are some hookers and some drug dealers and there is a guy in a balaclava meatchoppering everyone. A large part of the film is in Spanish, fortunately I speak Spanish, otherwise I'd have felt betrayed a little. The gore is good, but that's the only nthing you should watch this thing for. Apart from the gore, the front cover is the best part of this film. So if you go in with low expectations, you might enjoy this.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:54 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Linkeroever - aka Left Bank. Belgian horror which I had seen for sale for a long time, but the price was always quite steep. Had the chance to buy it for a good price recently, so I bought it. What a surprise! I am really impressed by this film, and I wonder why this isn't a more famous film, especially in the Low Countries. The story is about a runner called Marie, she qualifies for a championship but then collapses because of health problems. She meets an attractive guy whom she falls in love with and he takes her to his apartment on Linkeroever, the Left Bank of the river Scheldt. The apartments there are pretty exclusive, so she is enchanted to get the chance to live there with him. Pretty soon she finds out that the previous tenant disappeared, she starts to investigate and gets some help from strange people. But are those people strange, or is her new boyfriend the one who is strange? Or is she the one becoming strange because of the circumstances? The film is a bit slow, but that adds tot eh atmosphere which is already great. Acting is also pretty good, maybe Marie's mother was overdoing it a bit, but most castmembers were doing a very convincing job. The flashes you get to see are a tad scary, not because of the image itself being bloody or dangerous or anything, but because of it's role in the story: it makes you uneasy. This fiulm succeeds in making you feel uneasy all over, and the ending is just nice. It had a fery Lovecraftian feel over it, I was totally satisfied. Again, why is this film not more famous? Everybody should see it, highly recommended!

Fresh Meat - in New Zealand, a bunch of criminals help their buddy escape justice and while on the run they seek refuge in an average suburb house. The family in the house is not very average though: they eat human meat because of some new religion the father got into. Not all family members are equally enthusiastic about this new way of eating, and not all criminals are equally interested in keeping the family alive as hostages. This makes for some interesting internal struggles both in the family and among the criminals. They have their fair share of conflicts between the two groups too. Things get awkward soon, and the police visiting the house in search for the criminals doesn't help much. Horror and comedy, this film is funny at times but some jokes fall flat and others are a bit hard to understand (New Zealand accent mixed with Maori language without subtitles is quite the challenge). The gore is plenty and there are some very uneasy moments, overall this was an OK watch but I'm not sure if I will ever watch this again.

The Unnamable - based on a Lovecraft story, so that is already a plus in my book. The setting is very simple, but this film succeeds in being interesting anyway. After the opening scene in which we see an old man getting killed by a creature (this happens somewhere in the past), we move to the present day which is actually in the 80s with the unavoidable bad clothing- and hairdressingstyle from those days. Two students, Howard and Carter (fun reference to the guy who found Tutanchamon's tomb), visit the old house where the old man got strangled: it's still surrounded with legend, and when one of their friends spends the night there and doesn't return, they are going to investigate. A bunch of other students also visit the house and they also get to meet the creature, of which you get to see a little more everytime it appears. You don't really get an explanation as to why this creature is there but atmosphere is nice and acting is OK. I had some good fun watching this and the ending is classic. If you like 80s horror you will enjoy yourself for sure! Recommended.

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Abraxas, guardian of the universe - low budget scifi where everything takes place on earth or in a darkened room of which there is no way to tell on which spaceship or planet that is. Abraxas is a "finder", some sort of a policeman and his job now is to hunt down Secundus, his fformer colleague gone rogue. Secundus got to earth before Abraxas and impregnated a woman: her child has some special powers Secundus will come to collect later. While he is on this mission, Abraxas is hot onh is heels to apprehend him. The actors who play them are both heavy weight wrestlers or something, the muscle clearly outweighs the brain, even though they try and make the best of it. I actually laughed at some of the jokes Secundus had written into his part. I was surprised to see James Belushi in this flick, I know he wasn't always on top of fame, but this is bad, even for him. The film is clearly taken off some worn off VHS tape, the image quality is quite bad. The sound is the worst though: it's so muffled that sometimes you just don't hear parts of dialogue. This doesn't prevent you from noticing there is a while lot of cheesy stuff going on with the impregnated woman and Abraxas and the comical note added to the movie in the shape of a local policeman is rather dull. I guess this one is only for bad moviefans.

The Unnamable II: the statement of Randolph Carter - very nice sequel, up to par with part one maybe even better. The cast is very similar, Howard and Carter still there, played by Mark Kinsey Stephenson (who only played in a handful more films after this one, which was his third) and by Charles Klausmeyer (who after this film only appeared in shorts and as a voice actor in games). It comes off like this sequel was filmed back to back with the original, but it isn't, you can see that by Klausmeyer's hair which is a tad longer overall. In this one, Carter and a professor (played by John Rhys-Davie) try to break the spell of the Unammable and they free a girl, the daughter of the guy from the past who appeared as a ghost in part one. This girl is played by Maria Ford, who later became a plastic surgery disaster, look her up if you need your boner to go away. Julie Strain is inthe credits but unfortunately she plays the creature, so yes she is in the nude but not the way you would like to remember. Nice sequel, this is the way they should be made in my opinion. Recommended.

WNUF Halloween Special - after  having started watching this for a bit I found out I was watching with the audio commentary by the director: the DVD I got is Swedish and I couldn't figure out the menu, lol. So I quickly pressed Stop when he said something about a spoiler coming up and pressed enough buttons to make sure I was on the right audiotrack this time. This film is a curiosity, as it is made by a guy who wanted to write a loveletter to 80s videostores, 80s horrormovies and 80s local TV stations and their shows (here the audio commentary came in handy). So he remade such a show, a Halloween special, and it looks like it's an old VHS, it has badly dressed horror characters and some storey about a haunted house, and it has commercials every 2-3 minutes. The commercials are all fake, I guess and in that way it is very well done. You even get annoyed a bit by the gazillionth commercial break. I liked this film, even though the story itself was flatter than the earth according to the conspiracists. Go see it if you want to experience an ode to the 80s.

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Return To Nuke 'Em High volume 1 - a rather late Troma remake the classic Class of Nuke 'Em High from 1986. It has a similar storyline, the plant has been rebuilt etc and now a couple of girls whio find out they are lesbian have to save the day. Some nice cameos, fe by Lemmy as the president and lots of green goo. Overacting all the way, some unfunny part by Lloyd Kaufman and the lesbians looking real good make you not really mind that this is in fact an incomplete movie. Why they shot this half only instead of just shortening the whole thing is a mystery to me, I read that Quention Tarantino came up with the idea, well, we all have seen that it didn't do Kill Bill any good so never listen to him again when it comes to ideas like this is my humble suggestion to any director. I don't really need to see the second part but it would have been cooler with ending, of course. If you like Troma, then this is good enough, so just go for it if you get the chance.

Petey Wheatstraw - a film from the Dolemite collection, starring Rudy Ray Moore as Petey Wheatstraw, a guy who was born being a ten-year-old and kicking ass since then. He is being taught in the oriental school of fighting, but he chooses the path of the comedian. When he gets murdered one day by his competitors, he makes a deal with Lucifer and comes back to life, hunting down his killers. Annoyingly, this guy only speaks in rhyme when he is meeting any opponents, which comes off very cheesy. Effects are ridiculous and there is some serious overacting, maybe meant as comedy, who knows. In many cases I didn't know whether to laugh or to cringe, but I know one thing: the scene where Petey gets murdered together with his entire family on the burial of a little boy is extremely cruel: I have never seen a murderscene like that before, mass murder to the max. If you like blaxploitation, or mixed movies with both comedy, kung fu and machineguns, then this is for you. Bad moviefans really should try and search for this one. Highly recommended for them.

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The Keep - in 1941 in a Romanian mountain village, a Wehrmacht troop arrives. They get several warnings by the local caretaker that the keep they are occupying is "special" and there are some rules to follow. Of course they don't and the first night a bunch of soldiers lose their lives. In retaliation, an SS unit executes three villagers the next morning. The Wehrmach officer opposes this, and the SS man and him keep bickering throughout the story. The keep is housing a supernatural entity, and ironically they need a Jewish scholar to help them find the entity and solve the problem of it killing the Germans. When the scholar meets the entity, he gets a promise of a nazi wipe if he wil take a certain amulet outside, but some guardsman has also appeared on the scene, and he is trying everything he can to prevent that. Why? Watch The Keep and find out! Nice adventurefilm with supernatiral stuff in it. There is some gore, but this is not your typical everyday horror. There are nazis, but it isn't a warmovie. But yes, it is very entertaining, the effects are very 80s, but I had a good time. The cast is prett impressive too: Iam McKellen, Scott Glenn, Jurgen Prochnow and Gabriel Byrne all appear in this nice film. The storyline is not very surprising, but acting is good and I'd recommended this to everyone.

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