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Horrorfest: 8 Films to Die For
Topic by: EmpressStephanie
Posted: January 25, 2008 - 9:26 AM PST
Last Reply: April 7, 2009 - 6:18 PM PDT

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author topic: Horrorfest: 8 Films to Die For
EmpressStephanie
post #1  on January 25, 2008 - 9:26 AM PST  
As some of you know I've been hounding Greencine to pick up the movies shown at this horror film festival. Has anyone else been renting them, I was wondering what people think of them. Of the 2006 festival my favorites from what I've seen so far were The Abandoned, The Hamiltons, and Reincarnation. And in case anyone is wondering which films are the to die for films here are the two lists:

2006 Films

2007 Films

I can't wait for the 2007 movies to be released on DVD. I only got to see one of them in the theatre and it wasn't as impressive as it looked in the trailer. : (
ScottWeinberg
post #2  on January 28, 2008 - 8:48 PM PST  
My dearest Empress, I could offer a few opinions on the After Dark releases:

Of the '06 batch, the only one I really enjoyed was The Gravedancers. I have some colleagues who quite liked The Abandoned, but that one put me to sleep. Unrest and The Hamiltons ... not bad. The rest (Reincarnation, The Tripper, Hood of Horror, Dark Ride, Penny Dreadful, Wicked Little Things) are, in my opinion, somewhere between boring, disappointing, or downight awful.

Of the '07 batch, I saw two of the titles at South By Southwest: Borderland and Mulberry Street. Both pretty solid. Since then I've seen Unearthed (ugh) and Tooth and Nail (watchable, forgettable). I plan to see the other four (Lake Dead, Nightmare Man, Crazy Eights, and The Deaths of Ian Stone) some time in the very near future.

Other stuff from After Dark: the pathetic Captivity, the very solid pick-up Frontiere(s), the laughable Skinwalkers, and a troubled production called The Tribe.
hamano
post #3  on January 30, 2008 - 7:45 AM PST  
I got The Abandoned and I thought it was boring, too. I thought it might tie the story to some kind of Russian folk tale or superstition, but it seemed to be just shlocky splatter film-making. If it was just meant to be a straight ghost story I wished the motivations of the characters were clearer and deeper... I guess I was hoping for a clever ending and the twist never came, just the realization that the characters died the deaths that were originally meant for them. You're haunted by your own death? Who isn't?
hamano
post #4  on January 30, 2008 - 8:01 AM PST  
And you really liked Gravedancers? The trailer made it seem like a really dumb premise taken from the "dancing on your grave" expression, with bad CG effects... I'll get it if you recommend it...

The Hamiltons had the most promising trailer, for me...
EmpressStephanie
post #5  on January 30, 2008 - 8:32 AM PST  
Awww I'm so sad that you guys weren't as impressed as I was by the Abandoned. I really loved it. I just watched Grave Dancers this past weekend - really solid horror movie. I didn't think it would be since the premise is completely retarded. (Dance on a grave - be haunted - bllaaaaah.) But they did a really good job, I actually screamed in one part. That's rare for me because after you see your 9 millionth horror movie you know what's coming and when. I saw Crazy Eights in theaters, I thought that one was lame even though the concept was awesome. Just goes to show good concept doesn't equal good movie, bad concept doesn't equal bad movie.
doozer
post #6  on January 31, 2008 - 10:01 AM PST  
Out of all the ones I've seen, I wasn't that captivated by any of them. I wholeheartedly agree that The Abandoned was quite sleep inducing. In fact, I think it cured some insomnia for me.

Of course, I love horror movies so much it's become hard to impress me anymore. Lately mostly only Asian horror gets me. The only Hollywood one that's impressed me lately (Dead Silence) was made by a friend of mine who..who happens to be Asian ^_^. It's a coincidence I promise. It's not friendly bias either..he's made or been involved in movies I didn't really care for (all but a couple of the Saw's).
underdog
post #7  on January 31, 2008 - 11:52 AM PST  
Dead Silence - movies about scary puppets automatically freak me out. Puppets and dolls... {shudder}
doozer
post #8  on January 31, 2008 - 3:16 PM PST  
> On January 31, 2008 - 11:52 AM PST underdog wrote:
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> Dead Silence - movies about scary puppets automatically freak me out. Puppets and dolls... {shudder}
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ME TOO! After I saw this movie I was afraid to go in my house because the garden gnomes by my front door creeped me out.

Have you seen a movie called Dolls? It was released in the mid 80's. I was under ten years old when I saw it. I haven't had a doll since. None for me thank you.
EmpressStephanie
post #9  on February 2, 2008 - 7:59 AM PST  
> On January 31, 2008 - 11:52 AM PST underdog wrote:
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> Dead Silence - movies about scary puppets automatically freak me out. Puppets and dolls... {shudder}
> ---------------------------------

I liked Dead Silence, although I feel like the graphics could have been a little better.
hamano
post #10  on February 2, 2008 - 9:26 AM PST  
I must just be horribly jaded... I thought Dead Silence was just so-so... entertaining, sure enough, but ploddingly so. There was too much "typical horror protagonist's stupid behavior" to really keep me on the edge of my seat. I mean, if YOU suspected that a creepy doll was somehow involved in your wife's death, would YOU prop it up in the passenger seat of your car or in a chair in your motel room like he was your little friend? HELL NO! Would YOU go to a graveyard or a ruined theater in the middle of the night? HELL NO! It's hard to feel horrified when dumb characters put themselves in danger...
ScottWeinberg
post #11  on February 2, 2008 - 10:15 PM PST  
I thought Dead Silence was a pulpy and entertaining throwback to Universal's old genre stuff from the '40s and '50s. No, not very scary, and yes, even a bit ridiculous -- but the flick feels like a close cousin to Creepshow to me.
EmpressStephanie
post #12  on February 3, 2008 - 5:57 PM PST  
Just saw Unrest - really didn't like it.
Battie
post #13  on February 4, 2008 - 6:20 PM PST  
Gravedanncers...eh, I disliked it. Too cheesey. I couldn't get into Dark Ride. Not even with it on 2x!

I actually liked Skinwalkers, but I think that's because I'd just watched Big Bad Wolf (or watched it right after). Werewolf rape disturbed me. I'd much rather watch two very sexy, sweaty werewolves go at it against a wall. And in the woods. :D Dead Silence was okay for what it was. There were some genuinely creepy moments. But the end was kind of lame.


Doozer...was it Dolls or Dolly Dearest? Dolly Dearest was the one that turned me off dolls in the 80's!
underdog
post #14  on February 4, 2008 - 6:28 PM PST  
> On February 4, 2008 - 6:20 PM PST Battie wrote:
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> Doozer...was it Dolls or Dolly Dearest? Dolly Dearest was the one that turned me off dolls in the 80's!
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I'm assuming she meant this Dolls, which creeped me out, too. Stuart Gordon!
doozer
post #15  on February 4, 2008 - 6:32 PM PST  
> On February 4, 2008 - 6:20 PM PST Battie wrote:
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> Doozer...was it Dolls or Dolly Dearest? Dolly Dearest was the one that turned me off dolls in the 80's!
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Underdog was correct, it was Dolls.


I may gather up some courage and check out Dolly Dearest though. I can't guarantee it though. My roommate tried to get me to watch Dolls with him the other night and I was like "OMG let's not EVER kthx."
doozer
post #16  on February 4, 2008 - 6:33 PM PST  
> On February 4, 2008 - 6:20 PM PST Battie wrote:
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Battie-ness
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Btw..good to see you posting again ^_^
hamano
post #17  on February 4, 2008 - 10:59 PM PST  
How'bout Puppet Master??? That was fun!
Battie
post #18  on February 5, 2008 - 8:54 PM PST  
> On February 4, 2008 - 10:59 PM PST hamano wrote:
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> How'bout Puppet Master??? That was fun!
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The one that freaked me out as a kid...Think it might've been one of the sequels. It had a female doll who spit leeches into this guy's mouth. I'm not sure why that freaked me out so much (though, now, I certainly do).
Battie
post #19  on February 5, 2008 - 9:02 PM PST  
> On February 4, 2008 - 6:33 PM PST doozer wrote:
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> > On February 4, 2008 - 6:20 PM PST Battie wrote:
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> Battie-ness
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> Btw..good to see you posting again ^_^
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Aaaah, Wal-Mart keeps me exhausted. I had today off because by law (or Wal-Mart policy, given the laziness of Texan lawmakers), employees must be given one day off in a 7-day period. So I worked 7-8 hour days for six days (except Super Bowl Sunday, which was five hours and its own kind of hell) and only get one day off. I get another Friday, but I'll still be exhausted. >_>

Heh, I'm losing weight faster than I can eat. >_< Nine pounds in December while I ate yummy, fattening foods.

Nowadays, all I want to do is come home and watch people die in horror movies. It soothes me. XD (Speaking of, Fido was pretty good. Beats Shaun of the Dead in my book! Zombie girlfriend. *snicker* I keep meaning to go rent Feast, but I'm always forgetting somehow. Maybe Thursday, if I'm not exhausted again. Grrr.)
hamano
post #20  on February 6, 2008 - 4:17 AM PST  
I appreciated the inventiveness of the puppet designs, and the funny names. I've never seen the Puppet Master Sequels though.
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