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Demoncrat 24th September 2020 10:23 AM

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Originally Posted by J Harker (Post 635981)
Watched Dog Soldiers tonight for the first time in about 15 years. Brilliant film with an absolutely perfect cast clearly having a hoot. What the heck happened to Neil Marshall? Four brilliant movies then suddenly he disappears into relative obscurity.

Hellboy remake?

Rob4 24th September 2020 12:24 PM

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Originally Posted by J Harker (Post 635981)
Watched Dog Soldiers tonight for the first time in about 15 years. Brilliant film with an absolutely perfect cast clearly having a hoot. What the heck happened to Neil Marshall? Four brilliant movies then suddenly he disappears into relative obscurity.

He did two of the best episodes of Game of Thrones

He also did the recent Hellboy which totally bombed.

Needs to get back to low budget horrors. It's where his strength lies. Hopefully The Reckoning will be a return to form.

J Harker 24th September 2020 04:39 PM

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Hellboy remake?

Mentioned above Dem. I've not seen it myself, its not meant to be very good from what I've read. I tried 5 minutes and it seems a totally different tone to Del Toros films. Its odd i thought given the success and degree of recognition he got for Dog Soldiers and The Descent that his name wasn't used more to promote Hellboy.

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MrBarlow 25th September 2020 06:03 PM

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The Meg. 2018.

A group of scientists exploring the Mariana Trenches encounter a the largest marine predator to be extinct, The Megaladon.

This may not be for everyone or few people's cup of tea but it;s a lot better than what the SyFy made and a lot far better than Shark Attack III, blood and comedy with Jason Statham showing his swimming abilities entertaining enough to pass the time, plus the Mrs wanted to watch it.

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MuckyFunster 25th September 2020 06:58 PM

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The Meg. 2018.

A group of scientists exploring the Mariana Trenches encounter a the largest marine predator to be extinct, The Megaladon.

This may not be for everyone or few people's cup of tea but it;s a lot better than what the SyFy made and a lot far better than Shark Attack III, blood and comedy with Jason Statham showing his swimming abilities entertaining enough to pass the time, plus the Mrs wanted to watch it.

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I really like The Meg. It’s one of my 4 year old’s favourite films and she’s asks to watch it pretty regularly, as 4 year olds tend to do! Lol.


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MrBarlow 25th September 2020 08:11 PM

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Alien Nation. 1988.

In 1988 a spaceship appeared and the occupants made Earth their home, after 3 years the aliens known as "Newcomers" are released after quarantine. Detective Matthew Sykes isn't fond of them, when his partner is killed in a shootout he teams up with a newly promoted detective who is a newcomer to solve a crime that leads them to a alien drug.

Considering this is like a cop buddy movie ,this isn't that bad of a movie from the late 80s that to me IMHO is still quite good and enjoyable, James Caan plays the detective who teams up with new detective Sam Francisco Mandy Patinkin who named his son Richard after the president Richard Nixon, great move. There is decent creative make-up and some comedy aspects added in with some good action and Terrence Stamp as the leader of the Newcomers and new drug lord.

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Frankie Teardrop 26th September 2020 03:22 PM

BLOOD GAMES – A threadbare early nineties gender battle in which a female baseball team is attacked by a bunch of rednecks; the factions are united by shaky lines and shoddy deliveries. This one’s politics are a bit scattered to say the least, as the camera positively ogles the girls in their little uniforms (and, later in the showers, without them) whilst the narrative tries to make a point about how they’re objectified by the guys from the backwoods. There are a couple of nasty rape scenes to pave the way for a crowd-pleasing comeuppance, but nothing particularly explicit. A few little touches here and there break with the sameness, even if they amount to bits of slow motion and the occasional arty silhouette-based shot. It’s been a long time since films like this were made.

WHITE FIRE – OK, I’m slightly surprised to admit that I’d never even heard of this before, although it seems to have been something of a holy grail for fans of mental films for quite a while. Really glad I took the plunge, because ‘White Fire’s’ crazy levels are pretty much in the red all the way through. It’s about… well, what can I say, it’s basically about a plot to steal a killer diamond called ‘white fire’ (or perhaps “white fire, white fire”, as every character in this film seems to say at least three dozen times each at various points for no discernible reason), but in the end that’s fairly peripheral in what turns out to be a labyrinth of confusion and hilarity. Fred Williamson sits in the eye of this cyclone; Robert Ginty, on the other hand, is blown along by a gale of random incest, moustachio flapping in the wind. It’s surprisingly gory. It’s not quite as half-cut as something like ‘Samurai Cop’, but it’s heading towards the same place at an alarming rate.

VEROTIKA – Too much horror business? I don’t know about that, but there’s certainly plenty of it going on here in G Danzig’s directorial debut, a portmanteau anthology based on comics of his that I know nothing about. ‘Verotika’ seems to have been widely and broadly trashed, but what were people expecting? ‘Misfits; The Musical’? This is weird, scuzzy and quite gratuitously gory in places. It’s not very tonally consistent – the ‘Sin City does Bava’ kitsch of the surreal first two episodes gives way, with a crunch, to the genuinely morbid final segment. But it is interesting and imaginative in its crude microbudget take on Eurohorror tropes.

NIGHTBREED – You can see the epic fantasy in ‘Nightbreed’, and by that I mean it’s always struck me as the kind of film that probably needed another couple of hours, or, had it been made these days, a small Netflix-type series, to move around in fully. That’s not really the kind of thing I go for, but ‘Nightbreed’ does more than OK in this latest version. Cronenberg intrigues with his lizardine turn, but it’s the glimpses of Barker’s imagination, which here takes on Boschian proportions in places, that make you glad some of it left the page. I always think of ‘Cabal’ as the bridge between ‘The Books Of Blood’ and his later big novels, and ‘Nightbreed’ is suffused with a grandeur that steps outside of the confines which made something like ‘A Hellbound Heart’ so much more captivating as a film.

DARK CORNERS – Takes place in a split reality where a woman deals with a difficult pregnancy, only to find that in her dreams (or maybe it’s the other way around) she has to face being a goth in a nightmare slum. ‘Dark Corners’ is like someone’s idea of ungory torture porn rejigged to seem vaguely Lynchian. It’s not very good, but its cockeyedness manages to absorb. Quite how Thora Birch found herself stranded here is anyone’s guess, it’s a far cry from ‘Ghost World’, but again, her always arresting presence is another aspect that makes it all seem perhaps more interesting than it genuinely is. Recommended for lovers of shoestring noughties indie horror.

BEYOND DARKNESS – Well, anyone who reads my reviews knows that I find late-era Italian exploitation irresistible, and that’s certainly the case here. By Claudio Fragasso, no less… if you don’t get your hopes up for another ‘Troll 2’, you may be in for a treat. Then again, maybe not, but if you like the sounds of a rip-off of any other generic haunted house movie made with such inept artifice that it has all the stilted unreality of a bad waxwork exhibit, then step this way. It throws in the obvious at every turn, but the random imagery of big swan ‘rockers’ and eye-shaped slits in the walls that let in light from the realm on ‘the other side’ make it seem wonky. Lots of reviews have dissed it as being boring. I don’t see that. If you want a good, well-made ‘normal’ film that entertains you’ll find your patience tried, but if you want an experience that leaves you uncertain as to whether to laugh or frown (or switch off ), you’ll get what you deserve.

KOKO DI, KOKO DA – A very good film in which a grieving couple on a camping trip relive the same event time after time – the ‘event’ in question seems to be something to do with a symbolic ‘letting go’ of their dead daughter, but could equally be seen as a hostile encounter with three weird figures in a forest. Some parts of this are beautiful, like the sequence where the woman journeys to remote cabin to view a fable-like re-enactment of her mourning delivered as a kind of shadow play. It stops just short of being great, maybe there’s something just a bit too repetitive or lacking in bite about it somehow, but as it stands it’s very much worth a look. Recommended.

Demoncrat 26th September 2020 09:49 PM

Again he does it. :clap::hail::wise:;):nod::hail:

MuckyFunster 27th September 2020 10:38 AM

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The Possessed

It amazes me how many films I’ve seen where people go somewhere on holiday and throw themselves into some local drama... Maybe this is just what people did before TV and binge drinking.

An interesting film in the sense that you can see how it led onto the giallo format, but like whenever I watch one of these proto-giallo I can help but feel the absence of sex and violence makes the convoluted story confusing and annoying rather than exciting. That’s probably just me though...I don’t think I have a very good attention span.

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Demdike@Cult Labs 27th September 2020 10:14 PM

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Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort. (2014)

More of the same 'slaughtering city dwellers in the backwoods shite' that i love, but this time with added kinkiness to spice up the gore.

The BBFC would have shit bricks over this in the early 80's.


Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Well, that had me rolling in the aisles.

An excellent cast but Shakespeare leaves me cold. Sorry.


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