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    Re: Fright Fest 3 - Too Cheap for 3D

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    Well, I'm not sure if there's any other birthday horror movies with "Birthday" in the title. However, there's plenty of other ones that involves birthdays. The Omen or My Soul to Take for example.
    Isn't April Fool's Day set during a birthday party weekend?


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    Re: Fright Fest 3 - Too Cheap for 3D

    I thought it was a weekend getaway to celebrate either graduation from high school or college for her friends and she used it test out her role playing dead and breakfast.
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    Yeah, I don't believe it's any real celebration other than maybe college. Really fun movie though. The "Remake" is terrible though.

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    Re: Fright Fest 3 - Too Cheap for 3D

    that's another movie I recently bought on DVD...love that movie...not to mention Biff is in it




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    Re: Fright Fest 3 - Too Cheap for 3D

    I'm actually popping April Fool's Day in right now, haven't seen it in awhile and I've always loved it. Oh and yeah, the remake was f*cking awful.


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    Well if u wanna do our little side project for that flick I am down

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    Quote Originally Posted by Professor Booty View Post
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    Title: The Crazies
    Country: United States
    Year: 2010
    Director: Breck Eisner




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    In a small town in Iowa (Population ), it seems like the ideal little town where everyone knows their neighbor and the entire town shuts down to go to the high school baseball game. That small town fun ceases when a seemingly crazed man with a shotgun walks on the baseball field. After the local sheriff, David, tries to get the man to put down the gun, David is forced to kill the deranged man before he opens fire. From there, it seems as if others are starting to act a little...crazy. The paranoia begins to overtake David and his deputy, but everything is intensified when the town is quarantined by the national government. The entire town is forced to be tested, the unaffected seemingly goes away in safety while the infected do not. Once there's a breach in security, all hell breaks loose. David, David's wife and the deputy are forced to try to stay clear of the government, but if the government doesn't find them, the crazies will...


    Directed by Breck Eisner, The Crazies is a remake of the 1973 film by George Romero. For the most part, it seems like a pretty similar movie, only without the heavy Vietnam feeling that the original had. The Crazies is a zombie movie, but it focuses more on the government than the average zombie flick does. Back in 1973, I imagine it was a pretty fresh feeling (Albeit depressing) movie, but these days, it doesn't feel too original. That's not a bad thing by any means, but movies like 28 Days Later and others have shown a higher reliance on the government and man made causes for the sickness spreading.

    Your star of the movie is Timothy Olyphant as David. Despite his career doing fairly well in the last few years with the release of Live Free or Die Hard, Driftwood and Justified, he's still just Mickey from Scream 2 to me. He's a decent character, but I'd be lying if I said I felt an emotional bond towards him. Whether he lived or died, it didn't matter much to me. That's not exactly what you want from your lead actor. Playing his wife is veteran actress, Radha Mitchell. I've always felt she comes off as a poor (Wo)man's version of Milla Jovovich, but her characters are always so likable since the first time I've seen her in a movie (The fun little known "When Strangers Appear"). It's a shame she's so rarely seen in the first half of the movie because she manages to be far more entertaining that her acting husband. Maybe it's because I've seen her in so many horror films in recent years (Friday the 13th remake, The Ward and the drama, Mr. Brooks), but Danielle Panabaker is someone I can always get behind. It certainly doesn't hurt that she's easy on the eyes as well.

    Completing the main foursome is Joe Anderson as the deputy. I find him to be both the best actor and an example for some of the issues with the script. His role in the movie is to play the typical "Member of the group who is actually infected" that all of these movies seem to have. While the acting is fine, I just don't see how it's so obvious that he's infected when they try to hint it to the audience. After one dramatic scene, Anderson's character shoots a couple of infected bodies a couple of times "Just to make sure". Somehow, we're supposed to see that as a red flag, despite one of the bodies moving slightly. If you've seen any zombie...no...any horror movie, you know that if you're not careful, supposedly dead bodies will jump up and kill you. What Anderson did wasn't an example of being infected, it was a showcase of the poor fella being smart. From there, they begin upping his madness. Yet, he's seen several people killed, there's a mass infection in his city, the government and zombies are out to get him and his time is seemingly running up, why wouldn't he act a little crazy? Even near the end of his life when they make him full crazy, I can understand it. I know I'd be a little pissed off with my friends if they stole my gun and are acting as if I'm the crazy one. HELLO! Crazy **** is going on, give the guy a break. There's much better examples out there to show someone going crazy than in Anderson's case.

    When it comes to scares, there aren't many jumps. Around the ten minute mark, a woman looking through a keyhole and suddenly another eye is looking at hers from the other side did get a reaction from me though. Outside of that, you're just left with some creepy scenes. A suspenseful scene in a car wash does a great job at using the car wash's own machines to build up the tension. Perhaps I'll be a little creep out the next time I'm in a car wash. Violence and gore wise, it's not quite as heavy as you'd imagine for a zombie movie. There's a lot of gun shots, but most are from a good distance away. As a result, we can't see the blood in good detail. I don't mind seeing little blood in a slasher, but when it comes to the zombie sub-genre, you need massive amounts of blood. Maybe not Dead Alive copious amounts of blood, but still a lot.

    This is a movie that suffers from the good also being bad as well. Take the cause of the infection - drinking contaminated water. On one hand, it's a clever little way to explain why so many people would unknowingly become infected. Yet, it's water. I'm never going to be scared of water. M. Night Shyamalan's "The Happening" suffered from that exact problem. On paper, having plants be the cause of the deaths may seem clever since we're doomed if it really happened, but it's plants! It's a lame choice for the source of the scares. The infection caused by the water forces me to go back and forth deciding whether it's scary or laughable.

    Overall, if the goal of The Crazies was to create a fun way to kill 90 minutes, they accomplished that goal. Now, if they set out to make a rather impressive horror movie that will be remembered for years like some of George Romero films, they filled. The Crazies is just a movie that you can enjoy without having any need to watch it again for years. Frankly, that's a bit disappointing due to how high of expectations I had.

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    Grade: C

    Moral of the story: Just drink whiskey, you'll not only feel good, but you won't turn to into a zombie.

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    Re: Fright Fest 3 - Too Cheap for 3D

    I would hope any guy who is straight could get behind Danielle Panabaker, she is f'n hot.

    As for the movie, I liked it, it wasn't great but it wasn't bad. I didn't buy Olyphant as the sheriff though. Playing a hero (to me anyways) just doesn't suit him. Although he was great in Hitman. But I digress.

    The movie seemed to slow down way to much in the middle and I had a hard time keeping focus on it as other things started to grab my attention. It was always worth the watch once, but after that it was the kind of movie to forget.

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    Re: Fright Fest 3 - Too Cheap for 3D

    I really didn't like this remake, as I felt the original Romero film better suited the time that it came out in and was just an overall better film. The original is an extremely depressing film, one that sat with me for a long while after I watched it. This one was basically forgotten by the time the credits had rolled. I also cannot buy Olyphant as anything but the porn producer in The Girl Next Door, so that really doesn't help.

    Oh and yeah, Panabaker is hot.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    As for the movie, I liked it, it wasn't great but it wasn't bad. I didn't buy Olyphant as the sheriff though. Playing a hero (to me anyways) just doesn't suit him. Although he was great in Hitman. But I digress.
    Yeah, some of the casting left a lot to be desired. It's disappointing, the trailers made the movie look so awesome.

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    Re: Fright Fest 3 - Too Cheap for 3D

    I havent watched the Crazies yet, want to due to the trailor, but havent made the time to watch it yet. In my Netflix queue now. To many movies to watch, not enough time.

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    Re: Fright Fest 3 - Too Cheap for 3D

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigvandeforty View Post
    I havent watched the Crazies yet, want to due to the trailor, but havent made the time to watch it yet. In my Netflix queue now. Too many movies to watch, not enough time.
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    You can call it: Fuji: My vice is movies and no time to watch them all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigvandeforty View Post
    You can call it: Fuji: My vice is movies and no time to watch them all.
    If only they were my only vice. If I had to list them all I'd run out of space on the cover of the book!


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    That is true. Looks like the wife is in the mood for FD2 as she threw it in the dvd player. There is a franchise that went wacky and predictable, but enjoyable all the same. I actually like FD5 and was not expecting it to be a prequel.

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    Day #19
    Title: Cat People
    Country: United States
    Year: 1942
    Director: Jacques Tourneur




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    After meeting the Serbian born, Irena, at the local zoo, Oliver is instantly drawn to her. While he can't quite describe it, his thoughts are always of her and whenever she's in the room, he must touch her. Not long afterward, Oliver and Irena are married, but marriage life isn't what Oliver expected. Due to some deep rooted superstitions stemming from her home country, Irena believes she will turn into a deadly panther if she ever kisses her husband. Joined by his work colleague, who's love for Oliver isn't such a secret, Oliver tries to find help for his new bride to work out her emotional issues. Drawn by jealousy over Oliver's close relationship with his colleague, Irena must try to control her emotions. Otherwise, Irena may find out the hard way whether her superstitions are true or not.


    Horror meets film noir with Val Lewton creation, Cat People. When looking at the balance between the two genres, it's much more of a film noir than a horror. However, the horror comes from all of the tension that builds over the length of this short movie. The question throughout the movie is if Irena's fears are actually based on what may actually happen or not. Up until the end, we don't find out if Irena can turn into a panther. It's an effective story, but due to the lack of actual events, I'm not sure how today's audiences of big explosions, massive amounts of gore and nonstop action will react to Cat People.

    Personally, I get a kick out of the relationship between Oliver and Irena. From the very beginning, it feels so wrong. Oliver finds out on day one that she's not quite normal. The next time we see them together, a little kitten goes berserk at seeing Irena. Oliver and Irena heads to the pet shop to exchange the kitten and all of those animals go crazy as well. It's obvious that there's something up with this woman. Yet, Oliver is determined and perhaps obsessed with this woman. The initial reasoning for this seems to be sex, Oliver just wants to bang that broad. However. once Irena tells Oliver about her lack of desire to even kiss him, he won't be getting any action. I imagine the lack of a kiss really represents sex for a conservative 1942. A month into marriage without sex, he's only just now starting to have second thoughts about it all. I'm not really sure why he and colleague, Alice, just weren't together up until the end of the movie. They seemed to get along and have a lot in common.

    The jealousy subplot is one of the more interesting elements of the movie. It's perfectly clear from the start of the movie that there should be problems between the couple. Once Irena notices the closeness between Alice and Oliver that some storyline progression occurs. Despite not "Feeling" the relationship, it's easy to feel for Irena. The scene at the museum is sorta heartbreaking for her. It's during that scene that Oliver and Alice teams up together to convince Irena to leave them alone because the museum "Bores Irena". This, despite Irena's claims that it doesn't. Poor girl.

    Once the jealousy is planted, the best moments of the movie occurs - the stalking. This is simply an amazing piece of cinema despite not a single word being said. The use of sound, shadows and rising suspense makes for the best scene of the movie.

    While it's not quite as good, the pool scene where Irena (As the panther) stalks Alice in the shadows is yet another great little scene. The best part is despite all of the suspense, we never really see anything other than a glimpse or two of extra darkness.

    As I said, the lack of action may not be for everyone, but as far as incredible film techniques, Cat People has plenty of them. It's an overly sexualized movie without specially mentioning sex. While the actual idea of turning into a wild cat is a bit over the top, a lot of the themes is completely relatable. Turning into an animal is merely a metaphor for giving into your desires. Everyone knows what it's like to feel jealousy. In the end, Cat People is a movie version of Schroedinger's Cat (Thank you Sheldon Cooper). It's about one woman's real identity and her false beliefs. It's just a matter of opening that box to see which is true...

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    Grade: B

    Moral of the story: Stay away from any women who claims they're really an animal.

    Fright in Motion:

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    Pumpkinhead 2? :tehe:

    Awesome review, sir.

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    Day #20
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    Country: Sweden
    Year: 1995
    Director: Anders Jacobsson




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    A nice, respectful and timid film editor, Ed, is transferred to a new department - the splatter and gore. Lead by head, Sam Campbell, Ed is given the task of editing the "Loose Limbs" film franchise in order to not receive an X rating. These Loose Limbs films aren't your run of the mill horror flicks. They're ultra violent, shows plenty of nudity and gore and generally is the most obscene horror films around. The fragile Ed can only take so much watching these movies before he has ghastly visions of his own. As time goes on, the line between reality and fiction fades for dearest Ed. What's left is living in a world of horror with a simple mission - eliminate those dirty souls who encourage this sort of filth.

    At it's heart, Evil Ed is a parody film of these vile and most disgusting horror films. In order to parody them, it must become the very thing they mock. If I could describe the movie with one word, it'd be "Insane". It gets to the point where you're not even sure what's going on once Ed falls head first into his delusions of horror. It's both awesome and terribly confusing. It's certainly not "Quality" writing or directing, but it's certainly never boring.

    The creators of Evil Ed was heavily influenced by The Evil Dead. There's many little references and nods towards Evil Dead. The most obvious is the title, which is just a play on Evil Dead. One of the characters in the movie is named after Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell. There's several Evil Dead 2 posters throughout the movie. Lastly, there camera shot of the evil racing through the woods is used in Evil Ed. Even if you hate this movie, it's fun looking for all of the Evil Dead nods.

    Evil Ed seems like any PC or religious groups dreams of reality. All of these uptight groups love to act as if horror is ruining the minds of their audience. In this, we see what happens to a guy exposed to violent movies. Just by watching these movies, a perfectly harmless man becomes a crazed killer.

    Director, Anders Jacobsson, kept Evil Ed pretty light in tone. It never takes itself too serious and comes off as Sweden's attempt at creating a Grindhouse movie. There's one character who's a dead ringer for Bruce Willis' character in Planet Terror. Even the Loose Limbs movies are so over the top that the violence can't really be too offensive. The acting is meant to be terrible and rather pathetic. Yet, there's still characters who love these Loose Limbs movies. Fans love horror movies because of how fun they are. It's so over the top that the violence isn't offensive nor does it affect. At it's core, Evil Ed is a fun movie that represents everything horror fans love about the genre. As long as you go into the movie with the right frame of mind, it's just ninety minutes of delight.



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    Grade: C

    Moral of the story: Never edit out the beaver rape scene.

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    Re: Fright Fest 3 - Too Cheap for 3D

    Pulling a Jim and being one day behind, Cat People is an excellent example of filmmakers understanding their craft and how they can subtly manipulate the emotions of their viewers with relative ease. Not so much a horror film as a near psychological thriller, the comment you made about the lack of action making it not for everyone is certainly valid. I'd think Lewton can be considered a master of cinema and should be remembered along with Hitchcock for changing the way horror in general is watched and perceived. Also, the pet store scene in this film clearly influenced Hitchcock's own version of a similar scene in The Birds. I could literally go on and on about how deeply influential Cat People is, but I'll spare you my rhetoric and simply say, download it and watch it closely, it is a true masterpiece that I would definitely give a 9/10 to if I had to rate it.


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