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The ending of YBR really killed it for me.I kept waiting for it to get better because like you, I'd read a lot of good things about it. After I watched it, so disappointed. No deep meaning there, however other viewers want to color it. It was like you said, flat.

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Apparently there's a subtext but I couldn't dig it out. Requires second viewing maybe? Was pretty menacing sometimes too.

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Urban Legend.

I've seen this a million times as a teen but decided to revisit it. As some will already know, I love slashers and Urban Legend isn't a bad one. There's not a lot to really analyze here. IT's pretty straight forward. Serial killer murdering people in ways told in popular Urban Legends. It's not a brilliant one but it's fun if you jst want to fill up 90 minutes. Plus, a young and gorgeous Jared Leto!

7/10

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Three... Extremes.

An anthology of shorts from three of the most critically aclaimed and arguably the best directors to come out of Asia. Fruit Chan's Dumplings, Park Chan-Wook's Cut and Takashi Miike's Box.

Dumplings - Fruit Chan.

Mrs Lin is a aging actress who fears becoming old. She seeks out Aunt Mei who claims her dumplings contain a secret ingredient to restore and retain youth. It's no big secret that this has to be one of the more contraversial films to come out of Asia. It has even sparked rumours that the secret ingredient is used in real life. Dumplings is disgusting. The constant sound of Lin chewing the dumplings made my stomach churn. The film does contain some graphic stuff that maybe parents to especially young children and pregnant women may find too upsetting but to be fair it isn't laughed at and does play out as a very disturbing story of the desperation of women. The pacing is a bit off for me, it does seem rushed but I expect the full length movie will sort all that out and the cinematography isn't the best I've seen.

8/10

Cut - Park Chan-Wook.

A Young director has everything, money, looks a pretty wife and a successful career. That is until a disgruntled and unstable extra decides to torture him. You'll probably recognise the director from I saw the Devil and J.S.A.  This segment is much more violent but tame compared to some of Parks other work. It's well paced and plenty goes on, never really slowing. Park always makes better use of time and I'd love to see this made into a full length film. The cinematography is rather more polished than dumplings and is very stylish.

9/10

Box - Takashi Miike.

Miike tones it down in this one. His usual stamp of bat shit crazy is absent but it's still rather confusing. A writer is haunted by constant nightmares about the death of her twin sister. Miike sure knows how to tell a story with plenty of questions and little answers but there are so many different interpretations of it you can think what you want and probably not be far wrong. It's very psychological and isn't violent (SHOCKED!) This isn't the best of the 3 but is a nice ending to the trilogy.

7/10

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Shelter.

Staring Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Myers. This film plays to the religious angle and may be trying to question religion and it's morality. Moore plays a psychiatrist who seems to spend more time trying to disprove mental illnesses than treating them. Her father introduces her to one of his patients, David (Myers) who had some sort of split personality disorder. It soon becomes apparent that David along with other personalities are those of murder victims. Adam, what I grasped was the only real personality is a abrupt and occasionally rude man while David is a quiet, timid creature. The film is slow and psychological but sadly it isn't that interesting. It's ham fisted attempts at sensitivity towards religion and cults fails. It just seemed like all the time the film was just bashing Catholics and it's denominations. One thing that did strike me is the performances of the leads. Moore is as always on top form but Myers stunned me. I haven't seen much of him except in Bend it Like Beckham years ago. In this film he has to play several characters all of them different with different accents and not once did he falter. If anything, Myers could have carried this film on his own if it wasn't Moore acting along side him. A nice little thriller but nothing exciting and the plot holes were just too wide open.

5/10

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Friday 13th.

I like the series but it isn't my favourite and I didn't think much of this one for a long time. Revisited in honour of the famous date and found a whole new respect for it that I was just too young and immature to appreciate it. Savinis effects as usual are impressive for the time. The characters are well thought out and each is different. The kills are not the most creative in the series but are pretty cool. Arrow through the throat anyone? An enjoyable slasher that doesn't need much talking about because lets face it, most of us here have seen it. Worth watching if you haven't. I had fun watching it anyway.

8/10

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Kill List.

Certain horror sites other than here had claimed this was the best horror of 2011. Some review sites claimed it was the best British movie of 2011 leaving me with high hopes that Britain was keeping up with our reputation of producing some great horror movies and I have rarely seen a British horror that has been really bad. Kill List appears as a typical british gangster/hit man film. An ex soldier turned con man is pressured into taking up a mysterious kill contract. A simple job with a nice payout. What starts out as just this ends up in a wierd world of what I'm only assuming is some sort of cult or religeous movement. The pace is pretty slow, I like this sometimes. It's needed to establish some sympathy for characters but this is one place it fails. I really don't like any of the protagonists. Niel Maskell's character is just a vile, foul mouthed and obviously pissed off man. His partner is a funny irish man but still, not the most likeable guy. I felt very little for them when bad things happened. Even the shock reveal at the end wasn't really that much of a wtf moment. I kinda knew it and again, they hadn't made me like anyone enough to actually feel anything. While we're on the subject of the ending, this is the most disapointing aspect. Without spoiling anything for anyone who does want to see it, it is abrupt and don't expect any answers or even an open ending. It does feel like theres something missing. I like having something to think about at the end so I don't always want neat little bows or spoonfeeding but there wasn't any attempt to raise any questions. It was just boom, screen goes dark, job done. It does have redeaming features, last night after watching it through anger I said one thing but calmed and said another. After having more time to think about it, the film itself isn't bad it just lets itself down in parts and it's a shame because it could have just been a good violent gangster movie.

5/10

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Martyrs. (I'LL TRY TO KEEP THIS AS SPOILER FREE AS POSSIBLE BUT THERE MAY BE A FEW REVEALING THINGS)







There wont be many people on this forum who wouldn't have at least heard of this French movie. The french are well known in horror for their grim, bleak and disturbing films. Martyrs is extremely disturbing. I've seen a lot of people calling it nothing more than an artsy fartsy attempt at the "torture porn" sub-genre. It is artistic in a sense. There isn't much dialogue, especially in the last 20 minutes. The story is pretty basic. A young woman who was abused as a child and her best friend (lover?) who was also abused are searching for the people who abused her as a child in a quest to seek revenge. Lucie is a tragic creature with very little hope. There is no light in her life and her past along with the guilt of the past haunt her which is visually represented by a ghost who follows her and attacks her brutally with a razor. Anna is quite the opposit. A mother figure to Lucie. It seems Lucie has drained Anna of all she has and Lucie feels obligated to take care of her. Later when Lucie meets her end, it's almost as if Anna is relieved. Her mother hen instincts become apparent when she attempts to save another young woman at some point later on. She is also the one who cleans up after Lucie when she murders a whole family. What Anna later goes through is the real test in endurance. 20 minutes of systematic abuse ending in a very disturbing scene. It's not just the visuals that attack you in Martyrs. The underlying story and subtext is hard to comprehend and 23 hours after watching it I'm not entirely sure on what I was told and what I was led to believe without fact. It is very ambiguous and I've come accross so many theories about the ending.

I'd reccomend this to anyone who can stomach it. Not the violence itself, any gore hound or exploitation fan will enjoy these aspects. But the drama within is so deep it left me very shook up. But it is a very good film. The low budget was well spent but something there are some lighting issues and the camera can be quite shakey at times but nothing like Blair witch etc. Fans of High Tension, Inside etc will love this!

8/10

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^^^ It's an interesting watch, to be sure.  Personally I think the first half was better than the second.  I'm all for a message movie but in this case, I thought the straight-forward revenge plot which drove the first half was more interesting than the over-the-top second half whose message, while interesting in concept, was full of holes and clumsy. 

But, I'm not hating.  This is obviously one of those flicks which splits genre fans, and neither side of the line is right or wrong.

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Seems that way Lon. Lots of different opinions floating about. I prefered the first half but the 2nd was good. The more I think about it the less I want to see it again but it is one of the best movies that won't get a second watch from me, only other is Kids.

That is the best thing about horror though. While we all share a common love for the genre, occasionally a good horror movie will divide people in their opinion. I like that sorta thing. There are clearly movies that people love or hate but not very often do I find a movie that causes so much debate.

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Haven't been my usual horror loving slf this past week with some stuff going on at home but managed to grab some time finally.

Red State.

Kevin Smith is departing from the directing game and Red State will be his 2nd to last movie I believe and what a genre to take on for the social commentary comedy master (not my words). Red State was very hazy for me, I knew nothing other than it had some religion related storyline and the kid from NOES remake and Haunting in Conneticut. Religion and anti-homosexuality is the main storyline here. Religious nuts trying to take on the sins of our world one gay man at a time. 3 young horny teens from a small town school go on a trip to visit an online hooker who promises to have sex with all 3 of them at the same time. Turns out our middle aged prostitute was luring them into a trap and they find themselves being held by a religious family. Religious movements or cults (whatever is PC these days) is something I like to think I know a lot about so I could see Smith did his homework. The leader is a charismatic man who has led his family to believe his garble. The action that follows is pretty damn awesome. Bullets through eye balls ahoy. The most interesting thing about Red State is the point of views switch not once but twice. Hitchcockesque is the way it makes you think you know who the protagonist of the story is going to be when it all flips around. This is a film for Smith fans. There is a lot of lengthy dialogue sometimes pointless and one very long sermon delivered by the religious leader that I think lasted around 10-15 minutes. You do get rewarded by the brilliant gunfight but if you don't know or like K.Smiths style then the chances are you'll be bored. Recomend it to anyone though. Give it a go!

7/10

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All the boys love mandy lane. (2006)

Starring the beautiful Amber Heard, this starts off as typical teen slasher business. Pretty girl next door joins a popular group of teens which include a stoner, token black guy, jock, sexy and i know it blonde chick.. you know the drill. It has a few twists and turns some more obvious than others but as horrors go, it isn't brilliant. It's a bit slow at times, I swear I seen more blow jobs, hand jobs and sexually excited teens than kills which were not imaginative. The final conflict is tense but not nearly as tense as it could have been. It was actually pretty typical. The Cinematography is pretty well done. Fast paced camera movements couples with some over exposure. It came across to me almost grindhouse at times. The end credits are very retro and the short and sweet opening credits are simple and effective. The acting is pretty well done. Notably Garth the ranch hand and Amber Heard who play their parts convincingly compared to the other young and pretty new actors. Enjoyable in part but mostly not all that exciting.

5/10

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Movie Night #15 Movie reviews!

Shaun Of The Dead.

This is possibly my favourite comedy horror. I love everything about this movie, the comedy is clever and the characters are well written and developed. Shaun is a loser with loser friends, bored girlfriend and a dead end job but all that changes when on the day he decides to change his life the dead rise and Shaun feels its up to him to protect those he loves.  We had a lot of discussion during this movie, we'd all seen it so many times we practically knew it line for line and I've never really picked it apart before. One thing that stands out is the way it can make you laugh hysterically, grimace at the odd scene of grusome headshots and a great disembowelment which to me was pretty shocking given that the movie stays fairly tame throughout. And one scene we agreed stood out was a stand off that felt completely heartfelt and believable. I truelly love this movie and always will. It's a good time and perfect for nights in with mates even those who are none horror fans will probably love this.

10/10

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Return of the Living Dead.

This was my first watch. Ultimately it's another zombie comedy like Shaun however it had one main difference. The zombies in this are intelligent, can run and probably for the first time ever (and possibly the last to my knowledge) zombies talk and give reason for their desire for human brains. The characters, despite some really cheesy and hammy acting and cool, funny and not just zombie fodder. The basic storyline is a young man on his first day of his new job along with his new collegue accidently awaken a zombie and go on to accidently unleash a chemical that causes the dead to rise! My personal favourite part of the movie is James Karen who plays his part so over the top yes so believably I enjoyed every scene he was in and he really stole the show. The effects are pretty cool, despite a few rubber hands that look completely rediculous. My only real gripe about this was it's slight lack of direction near the end. I wasn't quite sure where it was going or if it really knew itself but its safe to say this one will be added to my collection.

8/10

Tucker and Dale Vs Evil.

Much like Scream and the recent Cabin in the woods this movie uses all the cliches around slashers and horror movies and turns them on their head to create something unique. This time it uses movies like Friday 13th even having some deaths that closely resemble the deaths in the original movies. Tucker and Dale are a pair of hillbillys on their way to their new lake house to fix it up and enjoy some fishing. They come across a group of college kids who during an accident at the lake one gets hurt and taken in by Dale and the reluctant Tucker. Their motives are misunderstood and the college kids attack them believing they are like the cliche hillbillys from horror movies. This movie shouldn't be disected at all, it should be enjoyed for its silly comedy, hillarious death scenes and the brilliant acting from Tyler Labine (Dale) and Alan Tudyk (Tuckers) and the gorgeous Katrina Bowden of 30 Rock. The limited release of T&D made it so it didn't receive the reception it deserved but like true classic horror tradition, word of mouth has made this movie grow in its popularity. If you haven't seen it, do it! It's a fun movie just meant to be enjoyed for what it is.

9/10

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^^
3 for 1!  You have a nice, natural writing style in your reviews.

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Thank you. I think? lol. I'm having to do them on notepad so no spell check and my right click on my laptop doesn't work lol.

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Don't be afraid of the dark.

A little girl moves in with her father and step mother into an old victorian home where they unleash a group of demons that terrorise the little girl. A nice movie written by Del Toro. Sadly, it's rating meant that it couldn't be a brutal as it it could have been if it was rated 18 but it's a very creepy and sometimes scary film. Little bit too long sometimes but the ending made for an exciting climax. The acting is pretty good, Guy Pierce plays the father and Katie Holmes plays the step mother and the little girl (who's name has completely escaped me) played her part very well. I enjoyed it quite a bit and it was nice to watch something creepy for a change.

7/10

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The Shining.

Seen this a few times and each time I get the same feeling for it. Yeah people say it's over rated and isn't THAT good but I will say this is the first movie to genuinely give me a creepy feeling throughout even before the bizarre happenings begin, with the score, imagery and tension it made me feel really uncomfortable and there is the creepy scene at the bar where Jack really starts to crack. The real gem of this film is Jack Nicolson. The guy has a complete air of manace even when he's being nice! Only he could play Jack Torrence and give me that feeling. A great movie for all King or Kubrick fan and if you haven't seen it then you're really missing out! If only just to finally find out what the whole "heeeeres Jonny" thing is about wink

8/10