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Post by McReadys Beard » Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:51 am

Have to agree with Grindhiouse regarding The Serpent and the Rainbow...this movie is a forgotten gem of Craven's with a delightfully chilling premise throughout and some fantastic perfomances from the lead actors. I remember seeing the original trailer for this back in the day and even that put the heebie jeebies up me!
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Post by Grindhouse » Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:27 pm

many thanks to The Savage Intruder for lending me jack ketchums the girl next door [/b and leaving my freind traumatised after watching it, i would come back into the room and see the film paused with her weeping and it hadnt even got to the darkest part,but such is the power of that film,a very dark fairytale and the flipside to stand by me.
and its source is the shocking real life case of Sylvia Likens.
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next up also from Savage intruder Funny Games michael haneke's original.
im still not sure what to make of it at times,i liked it other times,couldnt care for it,i liked the twist,where one of the boys speaks to the camera,acknowledging we are there watching whats going on as we the viewer are the audience,and then it doesnt play by its rules,rewinding so that one of the boys doesnt get killed,still its an interesting film and deserves another viewing,not sure what people will think of the remake?
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Post by streetrw » Tue Apr 01, 2008 1:07 pm

More giallo madness by post. Cold Eyes Of Fear is okay, as a lawyer and his girlfriend (for the evening) are held hostage by a gangster with an accent of Dick Van Dyke proportions. Mainly notable for some great 1971 London West End exteriors (including a cinema showing Pete Walker's Cool It Carol). It's marred by a largely dissonant Ennio Morricone score of honking and thumping, except for one early piece of Mancini-ish easy lounge, which I've an idea was written for a different film entirely.

The Case Of The Bloody Iris is terrific, and if it had gone under its alternative title of Why Those Strange Drops Of Blood On The Body Of Jennifer? it would have been even better. Masked killer? Girls in peril? Easy listening soundtrack? Red herrings abundant? Comedy homosexual? Barmy motivations? Questionable se.xual politics? Fabulous apartments? All present and correct, and in widescreen as well. Totally bonkers, great fun.

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Post by Grindhouse » Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:18 pm

REC i really liked this film,the sound was superb throughout,i wasnt as scared as i had wanted to be from this,thats not the films fault,empire online stuck up a few clips and i watched & theres scenes that you kind of know whats going to happen next, but its done so very well and the ghoul at the end was fantastic.
still it tips its hat to genre greats and thats no bad thing.

The screen was about a quarter full and the lights were too bright to have that sense of being there,along with coke drinking, popcorn munching film goers to remind me its only a movie, its only a movie its only a...............
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Post by dangerous_jamie » Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:30 pm

In the showing of [REC] that I attended there were 6 people.

I think it stuck too closely to 80s conventions, don't get me wrong... it was darn good. I was expecting quite a lot though and it didn't hit the standards I had.

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Post by paddyo » Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:39 pm

just got back from seeing REC at my local cinema... i really enjoyed it and found it incredibly tense pretty much all the way through with many scary scenes... great film :)

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Post by streetrw » Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:46 am

Just a question - has REC actually been released yet? Where is it viewable?

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Post by Grindhouse » Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:19 am

streetrw wrote:Just a question - has REC actually been released yet? Where is it viewable?
well i dont know my local Odeon in Lincoln squeezed it in as one of their directors chair screenings,which means a one off showing.
they had some flyers stuck up saying a new season of films for the directors chair,and El Orfanato will make it around May for the cinema going folks of Lincoln along with the grindhouse double bill.

look for a cinema thats showing it, i now travel round 4 or 5 local cinemas as well as my nearest showcase to give those cinemas my patronage when they have films i want to see at reduced prices quite often.
will be seeing The Cottage on Thursday night.

still good to see another local fellow frightfester on the forums and at the same & only showing of [REC] as well welcome to the forums paddyo
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Post by ghouldrool » Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:11 am

Just a question - has REC actually been released yet? Where is it viewable?

no it is released next friday, selected Odeons ran previews last night
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Post by Davo » Wed Apr 02, 2008 11:54 am

Watched SOUTHLAND TALES the other night. And while it is infuriating, messy, very pretentious and all the other things the critics said, I also found it wildly ambitious, often funny and frequently intelligent.

It’s a drastic edit clearly, and heavily reliant on a voiceover from Justin Timberlake that sounds like Alvin from the chipmunks.

But it attains Lynch-like weirdness in places, and looks and sounds absolutlely great in a Pop Art kind of way. And while it's full of references and allusions to other films like Mulholland Drive, Repo Man and Kiss me Deadly, it definitely creates it's own unique vibe. It's never, ever boring that’s for sure.

I'm eager to see a much longer directors cut - there's just too many ideas for this version so it ends up being very unfocused and only sporadically powerful. The Rock wears the expression throughout of a man who has just been introduced to the script and told to act it out entirely on the spot with no retakes. Which may - or may not - be the point

SM Gellar looks absolute filth in it, mind. In a good way of course.

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Post by xLeft For Deadx » Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:29 pm

ghouldrool wrote:Just a question - has REC actually been released yet? Where is it viewable?

no it is released next friday, selected Odeons ran previews last night
Apparently a lot of Odeons are showing previews next Tuesday night as well.

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Post by giles edwards » Wed Apr 02, 2008 2:36 pm

streetrw wrote:The Case Of The Bloody Iris is terrific, and if it had gone under its alternative title of Why Those Strange Drops Of Blood On The Body Of Jennifer? it would have been even better. Masked killer? Girls in peril? Easy listening soundtrack? Red herrings abundant? Comedy homosexual? Barmy motivations? Questionable se.xual politics? Fabulous apartments? All present and correct, and in widescreen as well. Totally bonkers, great fun.
I watched this the other day as well. I'd add: "George Hilton?", "Edwige Fenesh naked?" to the list of positive attributes. Not the best giallo I've seen but an extraordinary amount of fun with one genuinely brilliant death scene in the open air. Nice to see the priest from Eyeball in another suitably hilarious wacky-old-chap bit part.
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Post by rawshark » Wed Apr 02, 2008 4:36 pm

Saw two films recently that I'm allowed to talk about;

First up, Southland Tales, and I agree with Davo's comments above that it is a mess and it is sprawling, and half the information you need is in the bloody graphic novels as opposed to the film itself, but... I still really enjoyed it.

In this current age of mass-market driven 'wholesome' entertainment, it's a breath of fresh air to have a director as uniquely visioned as Richard Kelly who will not bow down to the LCD of cinema audiences. Check it out - you'll find it's surprisingly watchable, despite not knowing entirely what's going on all the time, and it's a lot more accessible that recent Lynch...

Also finally caught up on The Mist which was great. Darabont should only be allowed to direct Stephen King adaptations from now on. Ok, some dodgy CGI here and there, some King cliches (the religious woman for instance), and I'm not the biggest fan of Thomas Jane, but this is very good stuff.

The ending is awesome - but I won't spoil that one for you. Order yyour Region 1 version now, cos there's still not a sniff of a UK release for this film as yet...
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Post by paddyo » Wed Apr 02, 2008 4:59 pm

Grindhouse wrote:
streetrw wrote:Just a question - has REC actually been released yet? Where is it viewable?
well i dont know my local Odeon in Lincoln squeezed it in as one of their directors chair screenings,which means a one off showing.
they had some flyers stuck up saying a new season of films for the directors chair,and El Orfanato will make it around May for the cinema going folks of Lincoln along with the grindhouse double bill.

look for a cinema thats showing it, i now travel round 4 or 5 local cinemas as well as my nearest showcase to give those cinemas my patronage when they have films i want to see at reduced prices quite often.
will be seeing The Cottage on Thursday night.

still good to see another local fellow frightfester on the forums and at the same & only showing of [REC] as well welcome to the forums paddyo

Thanks for the welcome mate :) seems like a really cool forum, with lots of informed, knowledgable people here :)

so grindhouse is definitely going to be shown at Lincoln? that will be ace if it is, if only to see the fake trailers on the big screen!!

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Post by Satans Puppy » Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:04 pm

paddyo wrote:
Grindhouse wrote:
streetrw wrote:Just a question - has REC actually been released yet? Where is it viewable?
well i dont know my local Odeon in Lincoln squeezed it in as one of their directors chair screenings,which means a one off showing.
they had some flyers stuck up saying a new season of films for the directors chair,and El Orfanato will make it around May for the cinema going folks of Lincoln along with the grindhouse double bill.

look for a cinema thats showing it, i now travel round 4 or 5 local cinemas as well as my nearest showcase to give those cinemas my patronage when they have films i want to see at reduced prices quite often.
will be seeing The Cottage on Thursday night.

still good to see another local fellow frightfester on the forums and at the same & only showing of [REC] as well welcome to the forums paddyo

Thanks for the welcome mate :) seems like a really cool forum, with lots of informed, knowledgable people here :)

so grindhouse is definitely going to be shown at Lincoln? that will be ace if it is, if only to see the fake trailers on the big screen!!
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