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Demdike@Cult Labs 16th June 2012 03:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Gojirosan (Post 250844)
I cannot believe that emoticon even exists! :eek:

What is it?

Its not from this forum.

Frankie Teardrop 16th June 2012 03:43 PM

THE DEADLY FEMALES - Female assasins for hire kill their way through the ultra-seventies looking English suburbs in a kind of softcore-minus-any-porn-really effort from D Winter. If that sounds even remotely like fun then be warned, this movie is utterly dreary... perhaps on the other side of the world it might've been made by John Waters and been fun or interesting or something. Actually, let me rewind a little and say, whilst 'The Deadly Females' isn't at all fun, consisting as it does mainly of alienated couples moaning at each other in their living rooms, it IS sort of interesting for being depressing, nihilistic, disjointed and nonsensical, and for featuring a couple of kill scenes which look and feel really bleak. It also throws in a few cack handed 'arthouse' touches, such as recurring newspaper headlines describing terrorist atrocities (the subtext being this is all about 'gender warfare'). As bad as it is, I found my mind kept returning to it - more so than with an infinitely superior film I watched at the same time, 'Blue Steel'.

Gojirosan 16th June 2012 04:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Demdike (Post 250848)
What is it?

Its not from this forum.

It seems to be a "limp wrist" emoticon. I didn't even know there were emoticons in the 70s, never mind that they have re-emerged now!

Perhaps, Jim Davidson has a new career in programming design?

Slippery Jack 16th June 2012 04:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Frankie Teardrop (Post 250712)
Have you seen 'Down Terrace' by the same guy? It's very good.

His new one sounds pretty cool too, and seemed to generate some positive buzz at Cannes . . .

Slippery Jack 16th June 2012 04:39 PM

Maniac Cop

First time - loved it! A lot better than I was expecting - I'm putting it down to the Larry Cohen script, giving the characters a bit more to do than wait around to be killed. Some decent casting too (enjoyed the surprise Raimi cameo), and the maniac cop himself was pretty damn cool, he'd kick Jason and Michael's asses for sure :cool: . . .

damek 16th June 2012 05:00 PM

I saw that shit 17 years ago on my 13th birthday with 2 mates in my bedroom.

Slippery Jack 16th June 2012 05:04 PM

Good for you. I never had much of a VHS childhood, got into films pretty late. But at least it means there's plenty of classic stuff still for me to discover . . .

Gojirosan 16th June 2012 05:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Slippery Jack (Post 250885)
Good for you. I never had much of a VHS childhood, got into films pretty late. But at least it means there's plenty of classic stuff still for me to discover . . .

Have fun doing it! :)

Slippery Jack 16th June 2012 05:08 PM

I am! Looking forward to this Lemora malarkey you kids seem keen on . . .

damek 16th June 2012 05:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Slippery Jack (Post 250885)
Good for you. I never had much of a VHS childhood, got into films pretty late. But at least it means there's plenty of classic stuff still for me to discover . . .


I was just reminiscing... It was one of the first cool horrors I saw and it remains one of my faves today.

Slippery Jack 16th June 2012 05:10 PM

What's the sequel like? Larry Cohen on the BD extras reckoned it was pretty decent, and the third one not so much . . .

damek 16th June 2012 05:13 PM

They're all good. As you say, you have many movies to check out, well those are 2 of them.

Both are among my faves as well, by the way.

Gojirosan 16th June 2012 05:20 PM

Maniac Cop is a weird one for me. I love it, but never remember just how much I like it till I watch it...then I kind of forget again!

I don't actually remember the sequels at all. Would like to watch them again.

damek 16th June 2012 05:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Gojirosan (Post 250896)
Maniac Cop is a weird one for me. I love it, but never remember just how much I like it till I watch it...then I kind of forget again!

I don't actually remember the sequels at all. Would like to watch them again.

Well, it's a really good experience imo. All 3 of them are cool horror movies that may not be great in certain ways, but are very entertaining.

Frankie Teardrop 16th June 2012 06:10 PM

THE FALL OF THE LOUSE OF USHER - Ken Russell's home movie in which he delivers numerous of his fixations with throwaway Benny Hillness or genuinely affecting weirdness... being a Russell fan, I'm biased towards it anyway, and the presence of Gallon Drunk's James Johnston as 'Rod Usher' pretty much seals it for me... others may find it an acquired taste, but I feel a lot of affection for this film - kind of wish it lived up to its first 10 minutes or so, and was less given to whimsy (yeah, there's Russell full on whimsy, and something a bit more flimsy).

Pete 16th June 2012 06:23 PM

PUMA MAN - An Italian Superman rip-off directed by Alberto De Martino. I'd heard loads of bad things about this film, including the fact Donald Pleasence apparently considered it the worst film he ever appeared in. So I didn't expect much but, I actually really enjoyed it. The fx are naff and the dialogue is terrible and it lacks the big budget gloss of SUPERMAN but, like most Italian rip-off's it has a real charm about it and I couldn't help but love it. The presence of the wonderful Sydney Rome is a big plus. Much more enjoyable than the overrated Superman. So **** you Clark Kent!

Hawkmonger 16th June 2012 08:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Pete (Post 250910)
PUMA MAN - An Italian Superman rip-off directed by Alberto De Martino. I'd heard loads of bad things about this film, including the fact Donald Pleasence apparently considered it the worst film he ever appeared in. So I didn't expect much but, I actually really enjoyed it. The fx are naff and the dialogue is terrible and it lacks the big budget gloss of SUPERMAN but, like most Italian rip-off's it has a real charm about it and I couldn't help but love it. The presence of the wonderful Sydney Rome is a big plus. Much more enjoyable than the overrated Superman. So **** you Clark Kent!

I can't imagine watching that film without Mike and the Bot's.:loco:

Nordicdusk 16th June 2012 08:33 PM

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Demons looks great on Blu Ray arrow did a fantastic job.It Demons what else is there to say we all know it and love it well most of us do :tongue1:

Rampage i knew nothing about this film before watching it. It was not too bad a few time the camera really annoyed me way too shaky a small complaint but for some reason today really got under my skin.

Pete 16th June 2012 09:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Hawkmonger (Post 250944)
I can't imagine watching that film without Mike and the Bot's.:loco:

**** Mike and the Bot's, too! :D

Hawkmonger 16th June 2012 09:06 PM

Not an MST3K fan then I presume?:coolblue::loco:

Gojirosan 16th June 2012 10:27 PM

Cross Current/Un omicidio perfetto a termine di legge - 1971 Italy/Spain d: Tonino Ricci

Having developed a love for Tonino Ricci as a reliable provider of transcendently bad films, imagine my shock tonight to watch this early giallo from him and to discover a wonderful film.

This was Ricci's second film as director and it is really good. I would comfortably put it up at the top of the second rank of gialli (if you follow me!). It has problems - at times the pacing is off (mostly early in the film, though, so easy to overlook), the English dub is not brilliant, some of the supporting cast are poor - but no more so and the same kind of problems one finds in gialli by Fulci, Martino, Freda etc.

The photography and camerawork are very good (superb work from cinematographer Cecilio Paniagua), the lead performers good (for the most part), the music score is excellent (a Morricone-like job by Giorgio Gaslini) and the convoluted script and plotting are just what we expect from the genre. The production design is striking and used well - there is a magnificent villa set rivalling the one in Five Dolls For An August Moon - it is a stylish spectacle indeed. The editing is creative and resonant, using many of the tricks honed in the Spaghetti Western era.

A number of times through the film I would think, "Ah, that reminds me of that scene in *insert better known giallo*" only to remember that this being released in 1971 it actually pre-dates the films of which I was thinking.

So, colour me gobsmacked! A huge surprise and something of a lost treasure. For the love of all that is black-gloved, over-plotted, murderous and stylish, get this film released someone!

fuzzymctiger 16th June 2012 11:51 PM

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Originally Posted by damek (Post 250884)
I saw that shit 17 years ago on my 13th birthday with 2 mates in my bedroom.

I discovered Maniac Cop last year on VHS with a mate!

SharonLynette 17th June 2012 01:13 AM

Just watched "Revolt of the Zombies" and "The Hideous Sun Demon", perfect late night viewing. Streamed them through lovefilm on my blu-ray, I seriously need to explore what's on there some more.

VicDakin 17th June 2012 07:08 AM

Back to the house of pain
 
ISLAND OF LOST SOULS
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Slippery Jack 17th June 2012 07:56 AM

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Originally Posted by SharonLynette (Post 251006)
Just watched "Revolt of the Zombies" and "The Hideous Sun Demon", perfect late night viewing. Streamed them through lovefilm on my blu-ray, I seriously need to explore what's on there some more.

Har I just did that with Alice, Sweet Alice. Currently on holiday, and they have a better internet connection here than home! Gonna have to spend the week watching free horror on lovefilm :lol:

Loved Alice by the way - can't believe they got away with filming child AND priest murder in the church :shocked: I suppose as long as they confessed afterwards . . .

SharonLynette 17th June 2012 09:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Slippery Jack (Post 251020)
Har I just did that with Alice, Sweet Alice. Currently on holiday, and they have a better internet connection here than home! Gonna have to spend the week watching free horror on lovefilm :lol:

Loved Alice by the way - can't believe they got away with filming child AND priest murder in the church :shocked: I suppose as long as they confessed afterwards . . .

Sounds like a good holiday to me! I think I'll be making the most of the films they have on there, just watching "The Giant Spider Invasion", my kind of film.

bdc 17th June 2012 09:52 AM

The Giant Spider Invasion starts off fun but somehow loses it's way imho. ;)
I would have liked it probably more if the fun(ny) characters lasted.

SharonLynette 17th June 2012 10:19 AM

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Originally Posted by bdc (Post 251030)
The Giant Spider Invasion starts off fun but somehow looses it's way imho. ;)
I would have liked it probably more if the fun(ny) characters lasted.

I can see what you mean, it's at a point where I can't see how they can get another 20 minutes of film. The model is impressive, I think it's a bit too in between being a decent film and a campy one - if giant anything is involved then it should just be campy. The model is great, just rewound a bit, great model, wobbly set or just an old house - fantastic.

wonderlust 17th June 2012 11:31 AM

Deadly Blessings
Little Corey Gorey
The Divide

darthelvis 17th June 2012 11:34 AM

Watched Jaws on the big screen and it looked simply stunning, was sad to see the screen was pretty empty. Highly recommend catching this classic on the big screen before it goes!

Roll on the blu ray steelbook!!!!

Nosferatu@Cult Labs 17th June 2012 12:02 PM

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Originally Posted by suziginajackson (Post 250758)
'Bridesmaids' - 'Sex and the City', but with a different cast!

Chick flick, but maybe I should be wearing more pink!!!

I've only heard good things about Bridesmaids (and from people who hated Sex and the City), so I'll give it to watch with as open a mind as possible!

James Morton 17th June 2012 12:53 PM

ANATOMY OF A MURDER - saw this on BBC2 yesterday, never seen this before and it's a very good court drama
though I think 12 ANGRY MEN is a better film imo
HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER 2 a very good and gory sequel to Clive Barker's landmark horror

SharonLynette 17th June 2012 02:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Nosferatu@Cult Labs (Post 251057)
I've only heard good things about Bridesmaids (and from people who hated Sex and the City), so I'll give it to watch with as open a mind as possible!

It wasn't bad at all actually it was quite good, certainly worth a watch. It wasn't annoying or trying too hard. I've been wary of chick flicks since "The Sweetest Thing" was considered funny.

the blob 17th June 2012 02:20 PM

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Originally Posted by darthelvis (Post 251048)
Watched Jaws on the big screen and it looked simply stunning, was sad to see the screen was pretty empty. Highly recommend catching this classic on the big screen before it goes!

Sadly, that's something I did 37 years ago. :eek:

Bit too young at the time and scared the crap out of me in parts!

VicDakin 17th June 2012 02:58 PM

Brainscan (1994)
 
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PaulD 17th June 2012 03:53 PM

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Originally Posted by VicDakin (Post 251120)

I used to love that film! Haven't seen it in years

Frankie Teardrop 17th June 2012 04:37 PM

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Prince of Darkness
Session 9
Beyond the Darkness
Olaf Ittenbach's No Reason <3<3

What did you think about 'No Reason'? Ittenbach always seems to get plenty of hate, but I quite dig his stuff, dumb though it may be. He's obviously at his best when he just piles on the gore, and I thought 'No Reason' went further than most of his other work so far, all the more so for throwing in all the warped surrealism. So, a winner for me!

Demdike@Cult Labs 17th June 2012 05:10 PM

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An interesting but ultimately flawed and lifeless attempt at mind bending horror through the guise of a character study.

In New Hampshire, there is said to be a mountain trail where in 1940 an entire town mysteriously set off on and never came back, some were found slaughtered but the majority just disappeared. For years the coordinates were classified, but in 2008 a team of investigators is sent in to chart the unmapped area.

The films sound design is excellent, eerie forties music constantly wafts around your 5:1 system driving the viewer as insane as the characters and there is some truly excellent camera work, especially when you consider its a low budget indie film.

My problem is with the actual story which almost peaks at the half way mark and never regains the momentum. The end is interesting and i certainly never saw it coming.

As i type this i am actually realising i need to see the film again and fairly soon, probably because i now know the type of film it is and may get more out of the last half.

mercury 17th June 2012 05:38 PM

Circle of Pain.........:eek:

Frankie Teardrop 17th June 2012 06:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Demdike (Post 251145)
YellowBrickRoad

An interesting but ultimately flawed and lifeless attempt at mind bending horror through the guise of a character study.

In New Hampshire, there is said to be a mountain trail where in 1940 an entire town mysteriously set off on and never came back, some were found slaughtered but the majority just disappeared. For years the coordinates were classified, but in 2008 a team of investigators is sent in to chart the unmapped area.

The films sound design is excellent, eerie forties music constantly wafts around your 5:1 system driving the viewer as insane as the characters and there is some truly excellent camera work, especially when you consider its a low budget indie film.

My problem is with the actual story which almost peaks at the half way mark and never regains the momentum. The end is interesting and i certainly never saw it coming.

As i type this i am actually realising i need to see the film again and fairly soon, probably because i now know the type of film it is and may get more out of the last half.

It's flawed and a bit incoherent, but overall I really liked it.


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