As I said, it's a studio horror so it's probably going to be average at best. That's the nature of studio horrors. They are all craft, no art.
Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:35 pm
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Re: Film Thread VI
let's hope that the trailer is not representative of the film's actual pace/rhythm.
Modern horror movie trailers like this new one for It tend to mimic the structure of modern horror films, with the same suspenseful build-up and release — even if that’s not what the film is really like. In the case of It, it’s possible that Muschietti has embraced a more conventional approach to King’s story, one which, as Graham-Dixon fears, relies heavily on “cheap shocks.” But it’s also possible that the trailer’s editing is suggesting beats that aren’t in the actual movie.
Hopefully it's a hoax but nothing would surprise me these days.
They are remaking Little Shop of Horrors and The Birds too? They already remade Little Shop of Horrors in the 80's, and it's superior to the original. No need to revisit it again.
Sat Apr 01, 2017 3:41 am
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Re: Film Thread VI
Ghost in the Shell in IMAX3D - a great movie on it's own. it's going to make purists vomit black rainbows of fire though because it mixes around a couple story arcs from the anime and gives the protagonist an Irish(?) name: "Mary Killian" for the first 2/3rds of the film. A bit heavy on the history/plot exposition, but whatever.
The cinematography/CGI and nods to the original are on point; the costumes and especially streetwear are going to pop up IRL in the next couple months, you can bet. It's looking like there's going to be sequel if the box office returns allow for it - the world-building has begun and we got 6 characters to work with already.
Robert Powell (Jesus of Nazareth, The Detectives) plays an airline pilot who miraculously survives a plane crash that kills all every one of its 300 passengers. After discovering the plane was actually destroyed by a bomb, things take a turn for the weird as psychic crumpet Jenny Agutter (An American Werewolf in London, Logan's Run, and far too many of my teenage dreams) turns up to help Powell unravel the mystery of how he managed to survive.
Obvious ending is obvious (not helped by the old VHS video cover completely giving away the twist before you even rented it) but it's still handled fairly well even if the rest of the film isn't. For a very simple supernatural story, The Survivor really does try to be as complicated as possible, but ends up failing on pretty much every level.
Powell does his best with the bland TV movie script, director David Hemmings (Deep Red, Airwolf - The Movie) tries to make sense of it all but appears to give up halfway through, and at only an hour and a quarter in length, nothing is explored anywhere near as well as it could have been. Still, it's fairly faithful to the James Herbert nove, even if everything about it, apart from Agutter, and Powell's frightfully English accent, is overwhelmingly Australian.
The Blu ray definitely has two or three seconds of Agutter boob (singular). After checking on several different sites, the only scene which appears to have been cut was where David makes a phone call to his sister and attempts to cut his wrists. But that was only cut in Germany.
A woman becomes possessed by the same demon that killed her mother years before. Suddenly equipped with green laser eyes and an insatiable libido, she takes all her clothes off and seduces the gardener before eventually clawing his face off with a garden fork. Anybody who becomes suspicious meets with an untimely death - the best of which is reserved for her husband who she deals with by letting her tits turn into boob demons who eat his stomach out. Still would tbf.
To its credit, the gore effects are actually pretty decent, there are always tits, and the garish lighting means it's never dull. It's also hilariously acted and features the funniest scene to involve an old black housemaid and the phrase, "good googly woogly!" ever.
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