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Stuff Worth Renting
Topic by: ScottWeinberg
Posted: February 25, 2008 - 4:23 PM PST
Last Reply: March 18, 2008 - 8:06 PM PDT

author topic: Stuff Worth Renting
ScottWeinberg
post #1  on February 25, 2008 - 4:23 PM PST  
I'll apologize in advance if you've seen these ones, but whenever I'm asked to recommend an "off-the-beaten-path" horror flick, I always seem to come back to one of these titles. If you're looking for something horror-ish to rent and you're a little tired of your normal flavors, these ones comes very highly "Weinberg-approved."

Bubba Ho-tep (2002)
Frailty (2002)
Ravenous (1999)
May (2002)
The Devil's Backbone (2001)

The Descent (2006)
Slither (2006)
The Mist (2007)
High Tension (2003)
Creep (2004)

Near Dark (1987)
The Hitcher (1986)
Mute Witness (1994)
Severance (2006)
The Host (2006)

Black Sheep (2006)
Hatchet
Abominable (2006)
The Woods (2006)
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)

Joshua (2007)
The Call of Cthulhu (2005)
Below (2002)
The Hole (2001)
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

...and here's a fun triple feature: Joy Ride (2001), Identity (2003), and Vacancy (2007).



Not available to rent from Greencine (yet):

Session 9 -- I believe the (USA Video?) DVD is presently out-of-print. But I got my copy! ;)

Isolation -- Icky Irish bovine horror!

Murder Party -- Crazy indie horror with a strange sense of humor, but I dug it.

The Other Side -- See above.

Alligator (1980) -- Lionsgate just released this classic! John Sayles wrote it! (I love it.)
underdog
post #2  on February 25, 2008 - 5:45 PM PST  


Awesome list, Scott. Love your last triple feature idea. Why not throw in Bug there, too, while you're at it. ;-)

Of these:

We do have this one even though it is indeed OOP:
> Session 9

> Isolation -- Icky Irish bovine horror!

This one's up for request; we'll see about adding it if we can. Mooo! How's it compare to Black Sheep? Less funny, it would seem.

Ditto this one:

> The Other Side
>
> Alligator (1980) -- Lionsgate just released this classic! John Sayles wrote it! (I love it.)
> ---------------------------------

And we'll definitely look to get this one! I remember seeing it on TV ages ago, after hearing that Sayles had written the script (as he did for Piranha), and loved it.

Thanks again!
Battie
post #3  on February 26, 2008 - 10:24 PM PST  
I'd have to add my favorite zombie flicks (and you guys know which three they are) and, maybe, Perfume: Story of a Murder (which isn't horror...but is horrifying). Also, Feast (which I finally saw and enjoyed, save for what happened to the biker chick, which was just gross). Thank you, Sonja. :D

I'd also add The Signal, which was given a limited release Friday. I expected it to be passingly okay and was actually surprised to find it pretty good. Reminded me of some British horror flicks (especially 28 Days Later). The middle section was absolutely batsh** insane. It'll make you laugh when you don't want to. Apparently I'm not the only one who thought it was good since it's scored a 7.4 on IMDB.

And let's not forget The Prophecy. Always good for a go.
DLeonard
post #4  on February 26, 2008 - 11:08 PM PST  
I think a French horror film comes out next week (on DVD) but I cannot find it here.

It's called Them or "Ils".
Seems like I have a couple of favorable reviews.
hamano
post #5  on February 27, 2008 - 6:50 AM PST  
> On February 26, 2008 - 11:08 PM PST DLeonard wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I think a French horror film comes out next week (on DVD) but I cannot find it here.

Here's a link for more info.

> It's called Them or "Ils".
> Seems like I have a couple of favorable reviews.
> ---------------------------------

EmpressStephanie
post #6  on February 27, 2008 - 9:13 AM PST  
This is my dream thread. Off the beaten path horror = love. The only ones off this list I've seen are May which I enjoyed, The Descent which is arguable one of the best horror movies ever, and the Host which I liked. Renting and requesting all the others.
hamano
post #7  on February 27, 2008 - 10:45 AM PST  
> On February 25, 2008 - 4:23 PM PST ScottWeinberg wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Near Dark (1987)
> The Hitcher (1986)

Ahh... Near Dark and The Hitcher... those were fun times.
EmpressStephanie
post #8  on February 27, 2008 - 11:20 AM PST  
> On February 27, 2008 - 6:50 AM PST hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On February 26, 2008 - 11:08 PM PST DLeonard wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > I think a French horror film comes out next week (on DVD) but I cannot find it here.
>
> Here's a link for more info.
>
> > It's called Them or "Ils".
> > Seems like I have a couple of favorable reviews.
> > ---------------------------------
>
>
> ---------------------------------

I really want to see this too.
troublemaker
post #9  on February 27, 2008 - 12:24 PM PST  
Coincidently enough, Scott I just ran into your review of The Signal via Cinematical. I'm going to try and catch this horror flick ASAP before it leaves theatres as the low viewer turnout will probably destine this film to a quick-to-dvd release.
Cinenaut
post #10  on February 27, 2008 - 1:29 PM PST  
I'd like to see Them available on Greencine, too.

> On February 26, 2008 - 11:08 PM PST DLeonard wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I think a French horror film comes out next week (on DVD) but I cannot find it here.
>
> It's called Them or "Ils".
> Seems like I have a couple of favorable reviews.
> ---------------------------------

underdog
post #11  on February 27, 2008 - 2:43 PM PST  
> On February 27, 2008 - 1:29 PM PST Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I'd like to see Them available on Greencine, too.
>
> > On February 26, 2008 - 11:08 PM PST DLeonard wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > I think a French horror film comes out next week (on DVD) but I cannot find it here.
> >
> > It's called Them or "Ils".
> > Seems like I have a couple of favorable reviews.
> > ---------------------------------
>

These are the times I hate our search engine. If you search via advanced search, it comes up. (But we did just add it this week.) Them comes out on March 25th btw, not next week. But you can queue it up now!

Merci.
underdog
post #12  on February 27, 2008 - 2:44 PM PST  
> On February 26, 2008 - 10:24 PM PST Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I'd have to add my favorite zombie flicks (and you guys know which three they are) and, maybe, Perfume: Story of a Murder (which isn't horror...but is horrifying). Also, Feast (which I finally saw and enjoyed, save for what happened to the biker chick, which was just gross). Thank you, Sonja. :D
>

Curious to know how you thought of Perfume as compared to the book, Battie? The book was impossible to put down and terrifying.
EmpressStephanie
post #13  on February 27, 2008 - 7:40 PM PST  
I really enjoyed Perfume - so I take it the book is worth reading?
underdog
post #14  on February 27, 2008 - 9:47 PM PST  
> On February 27, 2008 - 7:40 PM PST EmpressStephanie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I really enjoyed Perfume - so I take it the book is worth reading?
> ---------------------------------

I read it a number of years ago but I remember being up late, unable to put it down but also too terrified to sleep. Of course I was younger and more gullible then, maybe I wouldn't have the same reaction today. ;-) But it was a very effective chiller that very evocatively recreated the smells as he breathed and fantasized about them. It was hard to picture how the film would pull that off. In my opinion, it almost did...
underdog
post #15  on February 28, 2008 - 2:05 PM PST  
Scott - or anyone else - know anything about this one?

Automaton Transfusion.

Dimension Extreme brings it out on Tuesday.
Really good review of it on Twitch after it played at Toronto After Dark.
Vanamonde
post #16  on February 29, 2008 - 12:18 AM PST  
The number of Thangs to See is greater than the number of grains of sand in the world, it seems.

My main limitation is TIME. Damn working life and daily maintenance requires far too much attention.

My TV broke. Hey, I bought it in 1984! But I have an excellent 20" monitor and a DVD player in the 'puter. It has become my sole soul of moving images in my home. It works. I have so much more to watch than I have time and the number of commericals in my life has greatly deminished.

Never have cable again. I hate played for "57 channels and nothing on" except commericals, commericals, commericals!

DVD's and the Net are a Better Way.
Battie
post #17  on March 1, 2008 - 2:13 PM PST  
> On February 27, 2008 - 2:44 PM PST underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Curious to know how you thought of Perfume as compared to the book, Battie? The book was impossible to put down and terrifying.
> ---------------------------------

I never even knew there was a book. Actually, when I first heard about the film, I was completely uninterested. I think it may have been a trailer (or maybe just Alan Rickman's presence) that convinced me to catch it. I still consider Perfume to be one of the trippiest movies I've seen.

As for Ils..It wasn't that great. *cough* Truthfully, I only remember the ending. I'd compare it with Vacancy, though better.


In the Company of Wolves is another older horror worth a go. And Jim Carrey's Once Bitten (for humor, of course).
hamano
post #18  on March 1, 2008 - 2:34 PM PST  
> On February 28, 2008 - 2:05 PM PST underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Scott - or anyone else - know anything about this one?
>
> Automaton Transfusion.
>
> Dimension Extreme brings it out on Tuesday.
> Really good review of it on Twitch after it played at Toronto After Dark.
> ---------------------------------

Or it might not be that good.
ScottWeinberg
post #19  on March 18, 2008 - 8:06 PM PDT  
'Automaton' definitely has some assets, but to me it felt severely ... unfinished. Lots of energy and gore tho!

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