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Halloween is coming! What's good to rent this year?
Topic by: Cinenaut
Posted: September 13, 2007 - 2:44 PM PDT
Last Reply: November 2, 2007 - 3:53 PM PDT

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author topic: Halloween is coming! What's good to rent this year?
Cinenaut
post #1  on September 13, 2007 - 2:44 PM PDT  
It's that time of year again. I keep a big clump of old and new horror/spooky movies buried deep in my queue, only to move them up to the top in time for Oct. 31.

Seen any good ones lately?

If you haven't seen The Descent or The Host, check 'em out.
Battie
post #2  on September 13, 2007 - 8:46 PM PDT  
The Descent was pretty good.

I give my vote for 28 Weeks Later. It releases in October, along with The Reaping, which I finally saw. The latter is good if you just like some minor creep moments in a classic Good vs. Satan sort of thing. Also releases in October.

*tilts head and considers scary movies* I always add Return of the Living Dead to the list. I'll probably see Resident Evil 2 again this weekend when it airs, then Res Evil 3 when it hits theaters. It'd make a good trilogy night in October...1 and 2 at home, 3 in the theaters.

Ohh..my list will probably also include (as usual) 28 Days Later, Howling III, Nightmare on Elm Street IV, Seed of Chucky, The Company of Wolves and the Tales from the Crypt tv series.

New horror movies I want to see soon: 1408, Bug, Vacancy, Unknown, Skinwalkers, Rise: Blood Hunter (Lucy Lui as a vamp, mmm), Perfect Creature, Hills Have Eyes 2 (even though I very much disliked the first), Hostel 2 (meh), Fido (zombies as pets!), Lake Dead, Captivity, Boy Eats Girl, Zombie Honeymoon, The Invasion, Primeval and The Hitcher (newest). Most of all that are just cheesey horror, but I'll watch because I can't stay away from horror. ;_;
DLeonard
post #3  on September 14, 2007 - 12:54 AM PDT  
Just caught 28 Weeks Later and it was indeed a rather intense little film. The opening sequence alone was quite gripping, and the rest of the film seldom lets up long enough for you to catch your breath.

Also recently watched Saw (the first one) and felt that was a whole lotta nothing.
underdog
post #4  on September 14, 2007 - 3:24 PM PDT  
This reminds me, did anyone see the seemingly pointless Halloween remake out in theaters right now?

Halloween... man, I can barely focus on post-Labor day malaise. ;-)
Cinenaut
post #5  on September 14, 2007 - 3:39 PM PDT  
Yeah, the opening sequence of 28 Weeks Later is just downright scary on more than one level.

1408 and Bug do seem like good queue fodder.

I know it's a tad early for this, but the candy is in the stores already. Ha! Now, that's scary.

Some lists to get ideas from:

GC Staff Favorite Creepy Films

BloodyTaco Presents: Zombies A Go Go!

Alle-Gory

Underrated, Obscure and/or Neglected Genre Faves

GC-ers Horror-comedy list
Cinenaut
post #6  on September 14, 2007 - 3:50 PM PDT  
> On September 14, 2007 - 3:24 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> This reminds me, did anyone see the seemingly pointless Halloween remake out in theaters right now?
> ---------------------------------

Yup, and I've never seen any Rob Zombie movies. I've also never even seen the original Halloween!
Battie
post #7  on September 14, 2007 - 7:43 PM PDT  
> On September 14, 2007 - 12:54 AM PDT DLeonard wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Just caught 28 Weeks Later and it was indeed a rather intense little film. The opening sequence alone was quite gripping, and the rest of the film seldom lets up long enough for you to catch your breath.
>

Oh yeah. No matter how many times I see that opening sequence, it still gets me. We're talking chills down my back, tense muscles..all of the stuff you want from a good horror flick. And I love the music they use during the film. Very simple, very effective.

The other scene that did that was the scene that caused the new outbreak. *shudders* I lose it with that one.

I only found one bad thing about the whole movie, really. The big helicopter death scene. >_<

> Also recently watched Saw (the first one) and felt that was a whole lotta nothing.
> ---------------------------------

Same here. I thought it didn't deserve the praise it got. I saw it in theaters when it came out (and truthfully, I wasn't even sure about it THEN), and came out of the theater going, "I just paid $6 for that?" Or whatever the price was then.
Battie
post #8  on September 14, 2007 - 7:46 PM PDT  
> On September 14, 2007 - 3:50 PM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On September 14, 2007 - 3:24 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > This reminds me, did anyone see the seemingly pointless Halloween remake out in theaters right now?
> > ---------------------------------
>
> Yup, and I've never seen any Rob Zombie movies. I've also never even seen the original Halloween!
>
> ---------------------------------

I've seen one of his movies (House of a 1000 Corpses?). I'm not really inclined to see another.
woozy
post #9  on September 15, 2007 - 4:23 PM PDT  
Ha. Just watched this. Silly and two nice boob shots.

Don't really recommend it but if I post this, all of the latest five posts will be mine. For a little while.
Battie
post #10  on September 15, 2007 - 8:25 PM PDT  
> On September 15, 2007 - 4:23 PM PDT woozy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Ha. Just watched this. Silly and two nice boob shots.
>
> Don't really recommend it but if I post this, all of the latest five posts will be mine. For a little while.
> ---------------------------------

While I didn't love that ep of Masters of Horror, it was entertaining. :)

The episode of MoH that freaked me out was season one's finale, Imprint. It wasn't so much scary as massively disturbing.
Battie
post #11  on September 15, 2007 - 8:58 PM PDT  
So The Mist releases in November. It's based off a really good King short story. I watched the trailer and while it seems to be fairly close to the story...the CGI was really, really awful. We're talking 90's CGI from the Sci-Fi Channel. ;_;

And that is truly sad, since there shouldn't even be much need for visuals. Most of the horror came from NOT knowing what was out there. You could hear things...you knew people weren't coming back if they left the store...but seeing? Not a whole lot of that until the end. *sighs*
SonjaBlue
post #12  on September 15, 2007 - 9:45 PM PDT  
Hmm...I recommend Feast.

Serious horror sprinkled with a bit of well-timed humour. The list of actors may surprise you, but don't let their presence dissuade you.

Especially innovative are the mini-bios that temporarily pause the dialogue/action and introduce or update the "Life Expectancy" of each character. As such -- don't believe everything you read...
woozy
post #13  on September 15, 2007 - 10:49 PM PDT  
> On September 15, 2007 - 8:25 PM PDT Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------

>
> While I didn't love that ep of Masters of Horror, it was entertaining. :)
>
No, it was eminately stupid. But in a fun sort of way.

> The episode of MoH that freaked me out was season one's finale, Imprint. It wasn't so much scary as massively disturbing.


I'll have to try it.

*waves and blows a kiss to Sonja*

SonjaBlue
post #14  on September 15, 2007 - 11:03 PM PDT  
[Flashes a "thumbs up" to woozy]
SonjaBlue
post #15  on September 15, 2007 - 11:07 PM PDT  
Battie wrote:

>...I can't stay away from horror.<

The irony...
Battie
post #16  on September 16, 2007 - 1:16 AM PDT  
> On September 15, 2007 - 11:07 PM PDT SonjaBlue wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Battie wrote:
>
> >...I can't stay away from horror.<
>
> The irony...
> ---------------------------------

How is that ironic? *always feels like the dumb blonde around you* X)

I thought about seeing Feast many times. Just when I think I'll give it a try, I convince myself it'll be a horrible waste of my time. But after reading some of the quotes..*snickers uncontrollably*

Coach: Oh dear.
Honey Pie: What? What's he doing?
Bozo: They're humping!
Beer Guy: Aw man! The monsters are doing it doggy style.
Hot Wheels: Monster sex.
woozy
post #17  on September 16, 2007 - 1:26 AM PDT  
> On September 16, 2007 - 1:16 AM PDT Battie wrote:
>
> How is that ironic? *always feels like the dumb blonde around you* X)
>

Because horror is trying so very hard to stay away from you? (For your own good?)

*sniffs at the thumbs Sonja flased at him and wonders breifly whose they were*
SonjaBlue
post #18  on September 16, 2007 - 2:35 PM PDT  
Battie wrote:

> How is that ironic? *always feels like the dumb blonde around you* X)<

I suppose I meant, "Me neither," in a it-seems-to-precede-and-follow-me-wherever-I-go-too sort of way.)

It's also ironic that people take me serious when I don't mean them to, and less serious when they should.

Please don't change that what makes you...you. (Woozy, this is for you, too.) If you were more like me, you would be far less...appealing.


> I thought about seeing Feast many times. Just when I think I'll give it a try, I convince myself it'll be a horrible waste of my time. It isn't. Nervous humour is injected as a periodic sedative, so the viewer won't have a coronary. But after reading some of the quotes..*snickers uncontrollably*

> Coach: Oh dear.
> Honey Pie: What? What's he doing?
> Bozo: They're humping!
> Beer Guy: Aw man! The monsters are doing it doggy style.
> Hot Wheels: Monster sex.<

Quotes taken out of context lessen the impact of...situations. Besides, there are far better exchanges in hairier scenes (which I won't spoil for you). In case you are getting the wrong impression, this film has about the same level of campiness as Aliens (1986).

If you can trust that I know a little something about real and entertainment horror, is giving me the benefit of the doubt that much of a stretch?

To woozy: I always use my own thumbs. An eventual side effect of...separation anxiety is less flexibility.

Perhaps I'll see you both later. It's been a long night and day...
Battie
post #19  on September 16, 2007 - 9:17 PM PDT  
> On September 16, 2007 - 2:35 PM PDT SonjaBlue wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I suppose I meant, "Me neither," in a it-seems-to-precede-and-follow-me-wherever-I-go-too sort of way.)
>
> It's also ironic that people take me serious when I don't mean them to, and less serious when they should.
>
> Please don't change that what makes you...you. (Woozy, this is for you, too.) If you were more like me, you would be far less...appealing.

>

Appealing? Are we talking lunch or dinner?

> It isn't. Nervous humour is injected as a periodic sedative, so the viewer won't have a coronary.
>

Lol, that works, too. :)

> Quotes taken out of context lessen the impact of...situations. Besides, there are far better exchanges in hairier scenes (which I won't spoil for you). In case you are getting the wrong impression, this film has about the same level of campiness as Aliens (1986).
>
> If you can trust that I know a little something about real and entertainment horror, is giving me the benefit of the doubt that much of a stretch?
>
> To woozy: I always use my own thumbs. An eventual side effect of...separation anxiety is less flexibility.
>
> Perhaps I'll see you both later. It's been a long night and day...

> ---------------------------------

Oh, I trust that you have better taste than I do. X) I fully enjoy my bad taste..most of the time. And truthfully, that quote...I don't think anything could lessen it.

I'll definitely be watching it, even if it isn't campy. I figure it might actually have good writing.

I saw The Hills Have Eyes 2 this afternoon...ugh. Someone put a bullet in me the next time I have the bright idea to see something that trashy. And I knew better. The only part of that movie I liked was the climatic battle scene...the moment involving a sledgehammer. Heh, heh, heh.
Battie
post #20  on September 16, 2007 - 9:19 PM PDT  
> On September 15, 2007 - 10:49 PM PDT woozy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> No, it was eminately stupid. But in a fun sort of way.
> ---------------------------------

I've seen far dumber, so I'll have to disagree. X)
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