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Old 06-13-2018, 06:20 AM
 
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I think this picture is almost as good as the Tom Selleck movie Runaway
Definitely a fun movie. I haven't seen it in ages. The '80s had a penchant for the sort of techno-thriller horror / science fiction movies --- RUNAWAY, PREDATOR, ROBOCOP, etc. Not many true classics, but a lot of fun popcorn flicks.


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I lost interest in horror as we get past the Hellraiser Hellbound days and might have seen a couple of the Scream movies
Ditto. All my metal head friends in high school LOOOVED the HELLRAISER movies. I managed to sit through one. My reaction: "Not only is this not even a little scary, it's really stupid."

SCREAM was just fanfic.


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but really don't have much interest in new horror these days.
There is still a rare gem coming out now and then, but for the most part the horror movie genre has descended into torture porn. Blech.
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Old 06-13-2018, 03:18 PM
 
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Ditto. All my metal head friends in high school LOOOVED the HELLRAISER movies. I managed to sit through one. My reaction: "Not only is this not even a little scary, it's really stupid."
The first Hellraiser is a classic. The only sequel worth my time is Hellraiser: Bloodline (the fourth film), which took a different approach and wrapped everything up neatly, but then they continued, anyway.

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There is still a rare gem coming out now and then, but for the most part the horror movie genre has descended into torture porn. Blech.
"Not true, old chum!"

The horror genre lately has experienced a comeback in suspense-horror that doesn't rely on squib FX and entrail twirling, with films like The Babadook, The VVitch, It Follows (which gets my immediate recommendation), and the brand-new Hereditary, which is getting either raves or rants. (And no, I didn't forget about Get Out, but I still haven't seen it!)
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Old 06-13-2018, 05:20 PM
 
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The first Hellraiser is a classic. The only sequel worth my time is Hellraiser: Bloodline (the fourth film), which took a different approach and wrapped everything up neatly, but then they continued, anyway.
To each his own. I found HELLRAISER silly dreck and not even a little scary or interesting.


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The horror genre lately has experienced a comeback in suspense-horror that doesn't rely on squib FX and entrail twirling, with films like The Babadook, The VVitch, It Follows (which gets my immediate recommendation), and the brand-new Hereditary, which is getting either raves or rants. (And no, I didn't forget about Get Out, but I still haven't seen it!)
THE BABADOOK and THE WITCH are definitely two fairly recent movies I would highly recommend. I haven't seen IT FOLLOWS yet.

GET OUT is lots of fun. I don't know that I'd call it a classic, but it was definitely a breath of fresh air. Very much a call-back to horror movies in the style of George Romero.
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Old 06-14-2018, 12:11 PM
 
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I don't see any credits for him in any other Halloween movie, but this was his first leading role and I think he did a good job with it. Yes, the goons were robots, which made it even better. But then the robot icing on the cake.... when his new found girlfriend is captured in the factory, they switched her out with a robot and he doesn't know it when he finds her laying on the table in the room and rescues her. After the destruction of the factory, he has quite a struggle with her in the car, he knocks her head off with a crow bar, but her body parts keep coming after him, her arm grabs him, the headless torso pops up and tries to get him. This part of the movie is quite amusing to me, lol.

Other nice touches, when the woman is picking at the chip with the bobby pin, and her face gets nuked, only a couple little spider bugs come out of her mouth, which is consistent with a misfire or warning shock. They save the full effect for the test family, but really, there could have been a greater number of crickets, spiders and roaches coming out like they did for Mr. Pratt on Creepshow. I said there were thousands, but after just watching again, it was probably only a hundred or so, but the snakes made up for it. They were kinda stingy with the bugs in this scene.

As with the other works of John Carpenter, the sound effects and music was pretty good in this, nice intro and fine display of early 80's electronic sounds and effects. It adds to the thrill and I like what he did in this one, nice intro, nice creepy feel with the town Santa Mira, which has a twilight zone feel to it when they arrive. Since this is in California, to answer Brucifers question (great screen name for this thread, Brucifer), they got it into the country the same way you would smuggle a bale of weed or a ton of coke, it's California so it was super easy to just wheel it across the border. It was just a big piece of stone, so would customs even give a crap if they saw in onboard a ship with other building stones and similar cargo?

I think this picture is almost as good as the Tom Selleck movie Runaway, with the electronics theme and the acid injecting spiders. Horror movies of this period were top notch. I lost interest in horror as we get past the Hellraiser Hellbound days and might have seen a couple of the Scream movies, but really don't have much interest in new horror these days. I still like watching a classic like this one, The Thing, and a few others come to mind, like Chucky and Killer Klowns from Outter Space, Silent Rage, The Entity, Jaws, Scanners. I was 16 when Halloween III was released, and being 16 always helps when you watch a horror film, lol.
Yeah, I didnt get where the bugs and snakes came from when the masks killed their victims, I guess thats part of that 'ancient technology' conal cochran was talking about!

I guess their goal was to have all the kids killed by the masks, and the snakes would then go kill the adults in all the households.

Regarding how they stole the Stonehenge rock, Conal Cochran jokes no one would believe how they did it but doesnt give anymore details.
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Old 06-14-2018, 12:13 PM
 
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To each his own. I found HELLRAISER silly dreck and not even a little scary or interesting.




THE BABADOOK and THE WITCH are definitely two fairly recent movies I would highly recommend. I haven't seen IT FOLLOWS yet.

GET OUT is lots of fun. I don't know that I'd call it a classic, but it was definitely a breath of fresh air. Very much a call-back to horror movies in the style of George Romero.
'It follows' is very good. It has some obvious plot holes thru it, but its a genius plot, first time ive seen it in a horror movie. I cant think of a similar movie off the top of my head.

The witch was good too.
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Old 06-14-2018, 01:43 PM
 
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Regarding how they stole the Stonehenge rock, Conal Cochran jokes no one would believe how they did it but doesnt give anymore details.
British Civil Servants do it twice a year.

https://imgur.com/gallery/heSvI
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Old 06-14-2018, 05:16 PM
 
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Here's a new one.

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Old 07-24-2018, 12:47 PM
 
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I liked Halloween III (& it's soundtrack). But I think it primarily suffered because it was following (& didn't live up to) two great movies. Obviously the absence of Michael hurt it, but even with Michael it was gonna be hard to fill the shoes of the first two Carpenter' Halloweens.
In retrospect, I appreciate III more than ever. It was a break from all the cookie-cutter sequels. It gives the Halloween franchise an added dimension. And it's a decent stand alone story..

Since Rob Zombie (pointlessly) rebooted the first 2 Halloweens, wonder if he'll remake III at some point (?)
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