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Demdike@Cult Labs 6th October 2014 10:37 AM

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Originally Posted by Jinx_Barkman (Post 420161)
What did you think of Happy Hell Night Demdike? I haven't seen it in years and remember being indifferent towards it. I need to revisit it soon.

I reviewed it a couple of days back in The What Have You Seen? thread. https://www.cult-labs.com/forums/hor...tml#post419931

BAKA 6th October 2014 04:41 PM

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[1] The People Under The Stairs
Iíve often found this to be Cravenís most interesting film, far from his best, but alongside Shocker, a curious oddity that doesnít quite fit in with its siblings. It plays a little like The ĎBurbs set in a ghetto. Deliciously suffused with black humour, at times frustratingly too silly, but effortlessly enjoyable.
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[2] Bloody Homecoming
I found myself hugely in disagreement with the main criticism levelled against this film in reviews, that it doesnít do anything new. I hate how that is, bewilderingly, considered a negative. Slasher movies have a formula, and it works. Why attempt to fix something that isnít broke? The makers clearly had the same philosophy, and I respect that. If you have an original twist on the formula, go for it, but if not, donít waste your audienceís time or insult them by shoehorning something in that doesnít work. That being said, everything feels a little green in Bloody Homecoming, the cast, the characters and most disappointingly, the execution.
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[3] Donít Go To The Reunion
(Inc. Bonus Shorts: Blood Brothers, Popularity Killer and Teddy)
This is easily the best modern micro-budget slasher movie that Iíve seen. With the killer despatching victims with methods lifted directly from slasher movies, itís littered with fan service that fans of the subgenre will eat up. Deftly executed, well shot, at times strikingly composed, with some solid performances (bar the odd supporting cast member), itís surprising the film was crowd-funded. The ending felt a little too Scream inspired, but didnít spoil the fun. Looking forward to see what the folks at Slasher Studios do next.
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[4] The Night Of The Hunter
Many likely wonít consider this a horror movie. Strictly speaking itís not, but thereís a sense of malevolence in Robert Mitchumís performance that makes for a chilling experience. Iíve also found the cinematography evocative of many a silent horror classic. That scene where Powell is in the basement and reaches out for the escaping children is oddly reminiscent of Frankensteinís lurch. Despite appearing to be a deceptively simple tale of good and evil, thereís a rich multi-layered complexity of themes bubbling under the surface.
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[5] House On Straw Hill
I think itís safe to say Linda Hayden isnít a fan of House On Straw Hill, nor of her co-stars, it would seem. Which is a little sad, because itís a genuinely effective, sexually charged pulp curio. At itís core a simple tale, but delivered as a hallucinogenic assault to the viewer. I wouldnít quite call it top tier Video Nasty, but itís certainly encroaching.
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BAKA 6th October 2014 04:43 PM

Was slightly concerned that wouldn't work, cross forum posting. Would be easier with we had this: http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/...psa6273b60.gif emoticon, with the same :dead2: code as Blu-ray.com though! :tongue1:

bizarre_eye@Cult Labs 6th October 2014 04:51 PM

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Originally Posted by BAKA (Post 420195)
Was slightly concerned that wouldn't work, cross forum posting. Would be easier with we had this: http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/...psa6273b60.gif emoticon, with the same :dead2: code as Blu-ray.com though! :tongue1:

We should really get some more horror-themed/spooky emoticons for Halloween etc. :nod:

Jinx_Barkman 7th October 2014 05:42 AM

6th. The Monster Club

This was a first time viewing for me. I had a ton of fun with this curiously humorous take on the horror anthology sub-genre. Watching a couple horror legends share the screen together was wonderful. It did have a few dodgy segments including the chase sequence in the final story. Those damn songs during the wraparound portion are going to be stuck in my head, though not as bad as the song in Night Train To Terror.:fear:

klownz 7th October 2014 02:28 PM

Yea am doing something similar "The October Challenge" minimum of 31 horror films in the month & at least 16 must be first time views... I intend on watching at least 31 first time view Asian horror films. :cool: Some people go completely crazy and watch over 100+ :lol:

Jinx_Barkman 7th October 2014 03:44 PM

I wonder how people find the time to watch that many? I mean, I would love to be able to do that.

bizarre_eye@Cult Labs 7th October 2014 05:02 PM

I did a Halloween marathon in 2012 and managed to watch 91 films. It was fun, but you've got to be in the mood and committed throughout - I'm not 'feeling' it as much this year so am taking things slow and casual. :)

Demdike@Cult Labs 7th October 2014 05:24 PM

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Originally Posted by bizarre_eye@Cult Labs (Post 420364)
I did a Halloween marathon in 2012 and managed to watch 91 films. It was fun, but you've got to be in the mood and committed throughout - I'm not 'feeling' it as much this year so am taking things slow and casual. :)

I know how you feel. I'm usually part way through the Halloween sequels by now but i just can't be bothered at the moment.

I've been doing it for so many years, when i picked out Halloween Resurrection (the worst) to watch, it all flickered in front of my eyes, every kill....so i put it back.:lol:

Great list as always B_E.

bizarre_eye@Cult Labs 7th October 2014 05:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Demdike@Cult Labs (Post 420366)
I know how you feel. I'm usually part way through the Halloween sequels by now but i just can't be bothered at the moment.

I've been doing it for so many years, when i picked out Halloween Resurrection (the worst) to watch, it all flickered in front of my eyes, every kill....so i put it back.:lol:

Great list as always B_E.

Thanks. :)

Obviously personal mood plays a massive part, but I think it can become a bit of a chore if you strictly and repeatedly adhere to a marathon over a set period. I sometimes start watching the end of September or earlier to break myself in gently. Plus, sometimes it can be fun if there are a few people doing it, meaning that the 'competitive' and regimented nature of it doesn't feel as taxing... forced or chain watching can certainly kill the fun pretty quickly though.


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