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Horror Movie Recommendations For October/Halloween

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Postby Marvell » Sun Oct 28, 2007 5:58 pm

I went to see the digital 3-D re-release of The Nightmare Before Christmas. First time I had seen it since it first came out (and first time I had been to a 3-D movie since Metalstorm!) - I had a great time. The various 3-D shorts before the start of the movie were fun, in a cheesy way, and the film itself lent itself to the 3-D presentation shockingly well.

It helps that Tim Burton has always had a lurid, b-movie visual aesthetic (with just a hint of high-art pretension) - and the sets and animation had been originally done with an eye towards creating an effect of greater depth of perspective than what we usually associate with animated film (in this it was probably an influence on Team America, which tried for a similar effect in the ironic grandiosity of its miniatures). So that when Sally and Jack stand embracing on an impossibly prehensile hillock the gigantic moon floats with an impressive plasticity in the distance - bestowing an authentic touch of grandeur to the proceedings.

The Nightmare Before Christmas is also probably the film in which Burton (presumably with the assistance of director Henry Selick) best calibrated the tricky tonal/emotional mix that characterizes his oeuvre - an odd balance of humor, horror, sentimentality and romance. I still think I may like Sleepy Hollow better - if only for the fantastic cast and production design - and the Danny Elfman songs are of variable quality, but this is still definitely among Burton's best.

If you haven't seen it already, now's the time.
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Postby The Center Square » Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:10 pm

Halloween just got a little scarier!

The Paul Lynde Halloween Special came out officially this year.
(avail on five min to live before that)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0382219/
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Postby blunt » Mon Oct 29, 2007 6:57 pm

Wow.
Thank you.
And I'm not being snide: I didn't know and now I do and so I thank you!
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Postby Kenneth Burns » Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:28 pm

The Center Square wrote:Halloween just got a little scarier!

The Paul Lynde Halloween Special came out officially this year.
(avail on five min to live before that)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0382219/


I'm proud to say my household owns a bootleg VHS of that.
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Postby blunt » Tue Oct 30, 2007 1:13 pm

Kenneth Burns wrote:
The Center Square wrote:Halloween just got a little scarier!

The Paul Lynde Halloween Special came out officially this year.
(avail on five min to live before that)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0382219/


I'm proud to say my household owns a bootleg VHS of that.


Perhaps you could help a fellow American out, pull him up with a bootstrap, as it were?
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Postby MadMind » Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:54 pm

I watched 1971's Amanda de Ossorio's Tombs Of The Blind Dead last night for the first time.
Holy mackeral, that was some seriously laughable shit. Not scary at all. Rather exploitative as well with the whole lesbian thing, rape, and you get to see almost every girl in the movie topless at some point.
The sequel had a couple of the same actors (who died in the first one) playing different roles (but looking nearly the same)! More topless shots, and one attempted rape.
That's enough for halloween movies this year.
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Postby MadMind » Mon Nov 05, 2007 2:52 pm

Athena wrote:I'll assume you've seen Suspira. I think that's the scariest movie I've ever seen.

I have now. I liked the visuals and vivid colors, and the memorable score by 'The Goblins' - but for whatever reason Suspiria didn't scare me in the least.
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Postby Athena » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:10 pm

Not even the part of Suspiria where the girl is crawling through the barbed wire? That was nasty. I saw it again and I don't think it is quite as scary on the small screen. The sequel to it is not nearly as good so don't see that. I'm completely sick of horror movies right now as I saw way too many in October. My husband's blog has a big list and short reviews of each one we saw this year. It's at killthesnark.blogspot.com.
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Postby blunt » Tue Nov 06, 2007 12:57 pm

Kenneth Burns, what's the hells your frequency?
Still waiting for that Paul Lybde bootleg.
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Postby white_rabbit » Tue Nov 06, 2007 1:17 pm

blunt wrote:Kenneth Burns, what's the hells your frequency?
Still waiting for that Paul Lybde bootleg.


It's available on Amazon.com starting at $8.49

Image
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Postby blunt » Tue Nov 06, 2007 4:25 pm

Thanks rabbit!
Can I borrow your credit card?
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Postby Ryanwiz » Wed Nov 07, 2007 1:27 pm

pulseCzar wrote:Jesus Camp....really!


this person speaks the truth. that film was TERRIFYING.
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Postby blunt » Thu Nov 08, 2007 5:13 pm

Ryanwiz wrote:
pulseCzar wrote:Jesus Camp....really!


this person speaks the truth. that film was TERRIFYING.


It's terrifying because it's true.
I even went to a Jesus Camp.
Thank God I'm no longer religious.
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Postby blunt » Sat Nov 10, 2007 2:50 pm

Mmm.
I just watched Phantasm again last night.
I love it: just the right amount of straddle bewteen cheap and cool.
A pinch of horror and a dash of scifi.
And the only movie I can think of where people get their brains drilled by Christmas ornaments.

O Trepanning, o Trepanning,
Du kannst mir sehr gefallen!
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Postby OpEd » Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:18 pm

Session 9 is probably one of the scariest movies i've ever seen.

a well done ghost story that is also a bit creepy is The Others with Nicole Kidman. excellent.
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