Yeah, me and this genre are like this right now.....
The pace of this one could have been a little tighter. You seriously do not come to a head with the situation until the final 20-30 minutes, which in my opinion is really rushed. Otherwise, you are just look at a pretty impressive post-modern 80s flick. Tom Noonan as Mr. Ulman is incredible and really in that first hour compensates with a layered performance of a man so driven by his dark secrets that brings both a creepiness and innocence to what he is doing. The lead is okay, she eerily resembles Jessica Harper in Suspiria if that is any consolation. I really liked the actress who played the best friend. The film has its quirks beyond looking pitch for pitch like a 1980s horror film. There's a Zach Galifianakis doppelganger who, not joking, is credited as 'Random Guy'. If you see his character arc, the distinction makes perfect sense. There is also a 'thing' in the final 20 minutes who I assume is supposed to be something but I cannot give it away without giving away everything else. It was solid in acting and look, but I felt the film seriously rushed. It also had serious sequel potential.
This movie's dawdling pace at the beginning is almost intentional to the point of which I was in complete paralysis for the final 20 minutes of the film and serious felt sick. It was great! The gender dynamics in the film are fascinating if just flagrantly transgressive, and I am not just talking about the 'perpetrator'. Sure there are films like Hard Candy and even to a certain degree Jennifer's Body (a little bit, like an expansion of an early Buffy episode sort of way) that turn around the conventions of horror but never has it been done to this degree, especially in America.
Movies I Had In Mind: The Host- Heard so many good things about. Every generation needs a monster film.
Thirst- I know Let The Right One In is considered the vampire film of the last decade, but it dealt a lot with adolescence, being the other, and bullying than full out horror (I will say the finale did take my breath away). The director of Oldboy brings together two worlds that have cemented themselves in horror, vampires and the Catholic church. I got major expectations.
The Loved Ones- An Australian film with the tagline, 'What Lola wants, Lola gets'. It looks insane.
The Orphanage- Guilty! Have not seen it despite years ago I planned on seeing it in theaters.
[REC] and [REC]2
Do not get me starting on:
Martyrs- The previews for this film look just WAY too intense for me. Just because I survived Audition, does not mean I want to make it a hobby in seeing films in that similar vein. If it is less intense than I thought, tell me otherwise, please.
A Serbian Film and The Human Centipede- Ill and no. Just reading the wiki pages for both films caused me to shake a little.
Drag Me To Hell- I was a little disappointed. Certain Sam Raimi gags looked better with cheaper effects. I expected the film to look ridiculous and mix horror with humor, but I felt I got short-changed by the latter.
Let Me In- It is everything the original was. So what was the point? It just felt too much of a duplicate for the sake on trying to cash in on a popular foreign film. I did like the cast, but, not enough for me to think this was in the pantheon on good horror remakes that became their own like John Carpenter's The Thing or Cronenberg's The Fly.
Post subject: Re: Any recent horror film recommendations?
Posted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:41 am
Joined: Mon Dec 04, 2006 10:40 am Posts: 2095
I'm not a big fan of most modern horror films. I think it is because too many horror films these days rely on camera and sound tricks to shock the audience. I prefer a well-told story that creates a feeling of dread rather than a quick camera pan and a screeching soundtrack, and unfortunately even some films that do a pretty good job at the former still resort to the latter as well. And I'm really not into torture porn. I love reading horror fiction though, and have even written a couple of horror short stories.
I really enjoyed The Orphanage - it reminded me a lot of Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone. Not too many cheap shocks and a great ghost story.
Through the wonders of Netflix instant view I have also been getting into the old Roger Corman movies starring Vincent Price, many of them inspired by Edgar Allan Poe' stories. They are so quaint that they aren't much of a scare, but they are still a load of fun, especially whenever a 20-something Jack Nicholson shows up in one of them.
Love Roger Corman, especially his collaborations with Vincent Price.
I actually watched The Host yesterday in a really annoying English dub that took away from the seriousness that hit the film after the first 30 minutes. Still really enjoyed it and thought the ending was fascinating. Nobody in the film was sacred from getting attacked, something that reminded me of early Spielberg before he decided use the usual women and children in crisis model with lots of frightened close-ups and kitschy schmaltz. Scott Wilson has a small role among several Korean actors and nearly steals the film. One many subplots in the middle but I would recommend it if you have nothing to do for 2 hours.
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