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THE BURNING [1981]

Was cool to see a very young Holly Hunter, she was great. Nice twist on the slasher flick, like the title indicates, he burns his victims. Not the best thing I've seen but still a pretty entertaining one.

8/10

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I've been meaning to see that one, but it has not been in the cards. Sounds like I need to add Prince of Darkness to by To Watch list too.

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Here you go, the full movie, enjoy!!! smile

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBfnH9fQmKg

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Thanks, but I hate watching movies on my computer. I'll acquire a copy on blu-ray or DVD some day.

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Oh well too bad for you. Hahaha

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kXnPunk wrote:

THE BURNING [1981]

Was cool to see a very young Holly Hunter.

And a young Jason Alexander and very young Fisher Stevens too.

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^^^
Absolutely. They were cool too.

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The Burning is one of my favorite slashers.

Nothing more to add, just wanted to chime in. lol

Re: Last horror movie you watched?

A Serbian Film (2010).

Oooff. Watching that was like enduring an internal gut punch...and at a certain point during the film's running time...a feeling of numbness in the mind. I found myself having to formulate defense mechanisms (mainly consisting of an internal monologue of sarcastic remarks) throughout the latter half of the film in order to not feel the full blow that A Serbian Film has to offer its viewers.

Truth is, this is a dangerous movie to talk about...dangerous in terms of the possibility of altering other's perceptions of you as a moral human being (as crazy as that sounds, I believe it to be true). Make no doubt of it that there are people who have watched A Serbian Film, said they loved it, and had to suffer the consequences of judgement by fellow horror fans and film critics. I'm not saying that I loved A Serbian Film, because I don't. But I will say that I 'like' A Serbian Film insofar that a film of this kind can be 'liked'. At the risk of being expelled/outcasted from the HM.ca community (and I say this 'tongue-in-cheek'), I will further elaborate on my thoughts on this film. Why? Because I do not believe the Self should have to hide when in the face of controversial material. I believe all subjects should be opened up for free inquiry, debate, and peaceful dialogue. This ideal of mine transcends the world of politics into the realm of the arts, which is the realm of movie-making. Cinema. Speaking of which...

"It's only a movie...It's only a movie...It's only a movie!"

It's true, you know. A Serbian Film is only a movie. It's not a snuff film. It's not a "pseudo-snuff film" either. In the end it's just a plain old movie, and that's all. Everything was an act, none of the brutal rapes or murders that occur throughout the film were real, and everything that can be seen on the screen was a result of consensual arrangement and direction. So if any of my dear readers are already feeling upset with me for my liking of the film, please remember to just calm down. We're not talking about life and death here. Not really. We're talking about the cinema's interpretation of life, death, and the rest of the traumatic possibilities of reality. A mere artistic interpretation (what Robert Anton Wilson would call a "reality tunnel") and that's all. It's only a movie. "Ceci n'est pas une pipe."

With this preface established, let me tell you why I think A Serbian Film is 'a good film', as opposed to 'a bad film'.

1. This movie isn't just a trashy pseudo-snuff film which features ample amounts of murder, child/infant rape, necrophilia, and other unnecessary taboos  (that's my definition of 'a bad film'). On the contrary (and in my opinion), it's a well written, well directed, and well acted horror film with a deep social commentary and a legitimate and engaging story line. Some complain that the opening was too slow. I disagree. There needed to be a real, down to earth feeling of love within the main character's family in order for the audience to feel any sympathy for the characters' horrific endeavors and abuses and victimizations down the road. Of course it depends on the type of film you're watching, but this is in general what a good film does with its opening. It establishes reasoning and meaning so that you actually feel and care for the characters.

2. To further elaborate on reason numero uno, this film isn't just about violence and gore and depravity for the hell of it. This is (again, generally) an example of what a bad film does. In opposition to that, a good film has a back drop for the said violence. There is a story line to support it, a social/political commentary to support it, and/or an underlying message to get across. Now, I'm not saying that every demented scene in A Serbian Film has a special meaning; the penis-in-the-eye socket scene certainly didn't seem to be necessary - that was just brutal for the hell of being brutal, I admit. Nonetheless, the grotesque violence in the film is legitimized by the writers' and director's sense of purpose as to why it all has to happen. The artist's intention is what makes the content matter. As for what the intention may be, I have a few ideas, but at the sake of making this review way longer than it needs to be (too late, I know, but ah well), I'll leave it up for you to speculate on.

3. Finally, the film actually does what it is supposed to do, and that is effect you...deeply, emotionally, maybe even spiritually. How? Because it's a movie that allows us the realize that inside every one of us, there lies the potential to do the worst of the worst. As long as physics permits it, and human beings are capable of thinking it up, it can and probably will be done at some point in time. Look into your shadow (that's the Jungian term for it, at least), confront it, and you will see your inner demon(s). It's unconscious, it's biological, it's neurological,  pathological, all of that. Point is, everyone has it. Even the most beautiful people have it. In more gracious words than mine, "In the province of the mind, there are no limits". If that line is to be established as a fact...then the possibilities for good is the equivalent to the bad. For the yin, there is also a yang. Human beings can be the best creatures to exist on the face of the planet, but they can also be the worst. A Serbian Film shows us the worst. Thus the effect is viciously visceral and devastatingly real-feeling.

Here are some other notes, beyond just the concept of A Serbian Film being simply 'good' or 'bad'. There are plenty of subtle themes to be found throughout the film, if you pay attention. There is humor...dark, black humor, but it is there. At several points, the movie may seem to you as unintentionally funny, or over-the-top. From what I see though, is that the film is supposed to be intentionally unintentionally funny and over-the-top (if that makes any sense to you - maybe not - but it does to me!). I also feel that there are subtle themes to be found in the short, snippet shots found throughout Milo's hallucination phases. I don't know what it is, but I get the feeling of something sexually dark, corrupt, and sick.

A final note I'd like to make: When I initially finished watching this movie, I didn't really think of it as a horror film (or what I usually think of what a horror film is or "supposed to be", that is). I thought that the film was so horrific in its realistic nature that it transcended what the horror genre has to offer (which is usually in the realm of fantasy, and in truth, is the horror that I love and admire and enjoy to watch). A Serbian Film is not a film about vampires, monsters, the supernatural, or even about crazy slashers...but it's a film about real life (the over the top plot points ignored). These things that occur in A Serbian Film could definitely happen in this world...in fact, they already have. That's what makes the film so damn horrific. It features human beings...doing the worst, most degrading, and terrible things to each other...the kind of shit that happens everyday on this planet. Whether you are aware of it or not, innocent people are taken advantage of, drugged, abused, violated, raped, and murdered every day. It's real. It's scary. It's also what A Serbian Film features as its main content.

So what else can I possibly say without burning out (or have I already done that - oops)? Do I recommend it? Well, if you're an individual that can stomach it, and you are able to reflect upon your experience with the film without throwing the DVD in the trash, then go for it. On the other hand, if you're sensitive to heavy on-screen violence, extreme brutality, etc. leave it alone. To put it another way, If you thought The Last House On The Left was bad...I recommend you not watch A Serbian Film. That's all you really need to know.

Where does it remain on my personal rating system? It's a tough thing to put a placement on, but I give it a 8.5/10, whatever that means to you. To me it means that the film was successful and that "I like it!".

I'd like to conclude this very lengthy and slightly unorthodox review (or perhaps 'analysis', if you prefer) with a quote from the director himself, Srdan Spasojevic, on some of the political intentions behind the making of the film. If you're still with me, thanks a lot for taking the time to read through all that. You're cool.

"As much as we try to deal with our life in this film allegorically, and with the corrupt political authorities that govern it, we are also dealing with today’s Art and Cinema and the corrupt artistic authorities that govern them in a similar manner here. The films that preach and enforce political correctness are the dominant form of cinematic expression today. Nowadays in Eastern Europe you cannot get a film financed unless you have a pathetic and heartwarming ‘true story’ to tell about some poor lost refugee girls with matchsticks, who ended up as victims of war, famine and/or intolerance. They mostly deal with VICTIMS as heroes, and they use and manipulate them in order to activate the viewer’s empathy. They make a false, romanticized story about that victim and sell it as real life. That is real pornography and manipulation, and also spiritual violence – the cinematic fascism of political correctness."

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^^^
Wow what great impression you shared with us with this. A very interesting read.

I'm gonna say that I definitely LOVED it. I can do that, I'm that powerful. lol

But I didn't love the raping, brutal kills, necrophilia and the like just because it was cool but rather because it made me question social and politics aspects of this crazy world we live in. These crimes exist want it or not and it's NOT a movie. So the excellent visual describing the director and actors did is incredible.

But yes, it's only a movie.

Thanks for this very enjoyable read.

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The Fog remake if that can be classified as horror. It was horrible.

Re: Last horror movie you watched?

kXnPunk wrote:

^^^
Wow what great impression you shared with us with this. A very interesting read.

I'm gonna say that I definitely LOVED it. I can do that, I'm that powerful. lol

But I didn't love the raping, brutal kills, necrophilia and the like just because it was cool but rather because it made me question social and politics aspects of this crazy world we live in. These crimes exist want it or not and it's NOT a movie. So the excellent visual describing the director and actors did is incredible.

But yes, it's only a movie.

Thanks for this very enjoyable read.

Most welcome, thanks for the awesome feedback! smile

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Piranha (1978). A great film obviously inspired by Jaws but that also shows a respect to the entire genre - Watch out for a nice reference to a much loved classic at the start. I enjoyed this original a lot more than the recent remake and sequel. I liked the characters more - they were people I could feel for rather than the stereotypical younger people in the remake (though dont me wrong watching some hot young chicks T&A is no bad thing if in the right mood, plus seeing Eli Roth get his head whacked off is a blast). The FX were also well handled (The noise of the piranhas is especially notable). Has some great lines aswell. Overall a 9/10.

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The Dead Want Women (2012) (V)

There first half of the movie is the back story of Lady who seem to being having a party.

I then find out she been rejected and that to kill everyone shoot everyone in that room with a gun.

There was some nudity scenes in first half of hour of the movie not much in the second half of the movie.

The start of movie was based 1920's and Decades after, 2 Girl who planing the selling this house.

Get caught up then those Dead Men from past come back to haunt them,

I thought the make up effect were not too bad,they could have them bit more scary there they were.

The acting not that bad, I was expected very bad acting, it not un- watchable.

The movie was very boring thought, I was again drifting away from time to time, while watching this movie.

3 out of 10



Zombies Vs. Strippers (2012)

This is yet another full moon picture, I still think was tiny improvement on The Dead want women.

They could have this movie at more funny then it was, well did make me laugh one or twice.

The rest of the jokes felt way to force and they lost or the funniest even before the jokes ended

For a zomebie this movie wasn't as gory as I thought it would be and there zombie make up effect didn't look that good at all.

The first of half the movie was very boring as it got to know this people are who were all very annoying.

The acting he want to expect from this movie not good at all but it's not unwatched -able

I am giving giving this movie 2 out of 10 caused it made me laugh twice with two decent jokes.





Greystone Park (2012) also know as The Asylum Tapes (UK title)

I don normal mind these Hand-Held Camera/Documentary Horror, I seat thought a number of them, Yeah some movies are good and some are really bad and boring.

But this movie I found everything to be very annoying from the start first of the movie is too dark, that can't seem to see what the hell is going on.

For few moment I thought I sat on the remote and turn TV off by mistake but I Know i didn't cause these banging noise now and again coming form the TV black screen,

If wasn't the Darkness of movie, it very annoying fizzing pictures that come on way to often in this movie, This movie just came a really bad headache.

The part of the movie you can actually see in the movie is last 2 minutes of the movie, which was only decent part of the movie that may someone Jump if this was their first horror movie and the ending was very predicable and boring.

I don't if the acting was good or bad as I couldn't really tell but scripts were really bad too.


Quote from the movie Anyone who goes into this building ends up going mad!


Which should be change Anyone who see this movie will end up getting a mad headache!

1 out of 10

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@ Creature-  WOW, have you grown up! In the last few years your writing style/skill has transcended from being good, to great! It was s true pleasure reading your review & thoughts on ASF. This is one of the best reads, I've had the pleasure in reading in quite some time.

I haven't had the guts to give the film a go yet. And to be honest. Not sure if I ever will? Not because of the " judgmental" part on others.  I have no problem with that part. Simply for the fact that I'm not sure if I could stomach it?

Zombie Diaries 2: About as good as the first. And I didn't much care for the first.
5/10

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THE HOUS OF THE DEVIL [2009] rewatch

Another 2009 one that's great. Man I've said it lots of times and I'll say it again and again, what a crazy insanely good year that is for Horror. big_smile

Love the 80 style of images/framing, beautifully gorgeous photography. And fantasmagoric acting. Great story. I'd love to live in this house. Oh yes I would. Very cool flick.

666.666/10

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Underdog wrote:

@ Creature-  WOW, have you grown up! In the last few years your writing style/skill has transcended from being good, to great! It was s true pleasure reading your review & thoughts on ASF. This is one of the best reads, I've had the pleasure in reading in quite some time.

I haven't had the guts to give the film a go yet. And to be honest. Not sure if I ever will? Not because of the " judgmental" part on others.  I have no problem with that part. Simply for the fact that I'm not sure if I could stomach it?

Thanks a lot, UD! I'm very glad to read that you enjoyed it. That's what I'm aiming for.

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Well you've done it mate. And very well. big_smile

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I'm so tired every time I try to watch one, I fall asleep.

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Cocaine'll fix that... lol

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Creature: I loved the small essay. I can't agree more, really with any of your points. Except I, like Punk, will say I loved it, but I'm not planning to watch it again right away. I bought the uncut DVD and filed it away on the shelf for when the moment is right again.

Lee Anderson wrote:

The Fog remake if that can be classified as horror. It was horrible.

It scared me off half way through tongue

Re: Last horror movie you watched?

Maniac (2012) - I was honestly anoyed at first with the whole first person POV thing but it grew on me as the film moved on. I kinda expected this to be a little more gruesome and shocking, Elijah Woods was however fairly creepy as Frank in a decent performance I thought. Ultimately though, it fails to live up to ghe original in every way. Still, it was moderately entertaining and  I think, worth a watch.

7/10

House at the End of the Street (2012) - This was much better than I expected, what seemed like a pretty predictable outcome kinda threw me a curve ball, a pleasant surprise. It just kinda lacked any really climatic moments, while it was mildly entertaining, I was just a bit underwhelmed overall.

6/10

Texas Chainsaw (2013) - I loved what the did in the opening, I'll give them props for that. Beyond that the story had some potential but it just didn't quite feel right for a TCM title, maybe its just me, but the changing of the characters names and the whole story arc just didn't fit for me. Although, there was some decent grue, and the story was kinda different for TCM even if it felt weird to me.

6/10

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Dr Jeckyl and Sister Hyde (1972). An impressive Hammer take on Robert Loius Stevenson's story. 9/10

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MAMA

hell, was scarin the hell out of me

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FRANKENHOOKER [1990]

Thanks to hellrat that mentioned it in the Monster Movies thread I watched this and I wonder why I waited so long to do so.

Man what a very enjpyable fun moment that has been.
Naked boobs, crazy scientist, hilarious lines and great camera work.
Man it's a damn blast. Story is insane. What a stupid lawnmower accident that was. lol

Just have one question though, when the H3LL did girls start to shave their pussies because apparently, in 1990 they weren't. roll

666.666/10