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[Horrorpack] Horror Recommendations Thread III: Bride of the Son of the Good Stuff

The Wyzard

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I'm so dead-certain I'm seeing that one that I don't even have to watch the trailer.
 

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Well I'm watching St. Agatha now. It should be called "Catholics are Irredeemably Evil: The Movie". It's a lot of pointless cruelty and so far there's not much in the way of plot or suspense. Just endless repetition of "the Church is a godless abomination that only exists to create misery and suffering." Not sure why this is getting so much recommendation out there. It might appeal to torture porn fans.
 

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So, my stepmom was a fairly isolated and introverted person when she started dating my dad. She had knitted a monkey, Monty, when she was sitting by her dying father's bedside some time before, and she used to do a similar thing to the mouse figurines, talking as Monty to us kids and making sure he was sitting comfortably and stuff. We would talk back and while we knew it was a game, it also kinda felt like a coping mechanism and also kinda... sad and weird and sweet all at the same time. I think too it helped her learn to relate to children, not having any our age in her extended family.

Monty took more and more of a backseat as she became more integrated into the family, eventually she started keeping chihuahuas and other toy dogs and while Monty is still around, he's nowhere near as talkative.
 

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Well I'm watching St. Agatha now. It should be called "Catholics are Irredeemably Evil: The Movie". It's a lot of pointless cruelty and so far there's not much in the way of plot or suspense. Just endless repetition of "the Church is a godless abomination that only exists to create misery and suffering." Not sure why this is getting so much recommendation out there. It might appeal to torture porn fans.
Well it ended better than i thought it would, but it's still not what I'd call a must see. Plus the last third has some serious wtf out fo nowhere.
 

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Well I'm watching St. Agatha now. It should be called "Catholics are Irredeemably Evil: The Movie". It's a lot of pointless cruelty and so far there's not much in the way of plot or suspense. Just endless repetition of "the Church is a godless abomination that only exists to create misery and suffering." Not sure why this is getting so much recommendation out there. It might appeal to torture porn fans.
Huh. If anyone wants a film that treads similar-ish ground but is actually somewhat better (and is based on some real-life horrible stuff, the Magdalene Laundries), I suggest "The Devil's Doorway". It's not perfect, and it violates at least one of my cardinal rules (not using the GODDAMNED DIDDY LAUGH), but it's decent.
 

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Heyo. It's been a few months since I last posted and been catching up on the thread.

figure if I'm wandering back in I should present my impression of a couple of movies as a token.

Head Count: This is a movie that could have been really cool and has like...two moments in it that are incredibly well done. Then the rest of it is dragged down by a super-basic plot (teenager reads a spooky web-page out loud for no reason, summons a demon that stalks him and his companions) and some really questionable editing and direction. I probably wouldn't have watched it all the way through but in the middle there's one of those really cool moments and that got me on the hook to see what else the movie had up its sleeve. Unfortunately the second moment was weaker (having just a neat bit of set design for the most part) and was much more quickly undermined.

Nightmare Cinema: Anthology movie with perhaps the most impenetrable framing device ever...an old movie theater which people will just walk into for reasons, and then a movie plays and it turns out they're the actors in that movie. Then after the movie is over we cut back to the theater and they're...okay it can't decide what happens to them. Sometimes they are the person in the movie, sometimes they aren't at the start of the movie but are at the end and sometimes they just vanish with no explanation given. Oh and occasionally a shirtless Mickey Rourke will show up and mumble something that makes no sense at all.

As far as the actual shorts...the first is a decent horror comedy and does make me want a horror movie that just wildly recontextualizes its subgenre every 10 minute because it starts as a slasher movie and then swerves hard into sudden alien body snatchers. It's main weakness is that it tries to make itself feel like part of a much longer movie that you're watching a bit of and that isn't done very well.

Next short is an entirely predictable bit of twilight-zonish body horror dealing with plastic surgery. Chances are you've already guessed what happens and you haven't even seen the movie yet. There's some okay FX before it veers into really bad FX.

It's followed by a super-generic bit of catholic school (I think...it just had a bunch of kids apparently living in a church?) horror about demon possession with a predictable twist. It only came alive when it tried to go full Dead Alive in the end, but could not match Father Mcgruder.

Then we got the other bright spot with an interesting black and white short that had at least a few cool concepts but kind of fell down in the final stretch, where it was trying very badly to ape Cronenberg.

The last bit was utterly average, while also juggling too much for a 10-15 minute runtime. A kid's parents are murdered, he gets shot but is revived after being dead for a few minutes, now he can see ghosts. There's another girl in the hospital who can as well and they start up a friendship. Oh, and his mom's ghost is trying to kill him so they can be together in the afterlife. And then the murderer comes back to finish the job and eliminate the witness. So, a lot of stuff to cram into a tight space, especially since none of it is particularly well-done.

Under The Silver Lake: This is more horror adjacent than full-blown horror but I did want to include something I felt more positively about. This is basically Unknown Armies without (obvious) magic, a conspiracy movie of the classic style where it's not just assholes running the world in secret clubs, but where messages are hidden in cereal boxes and street signs and every piece of pop music ever was composed by a single old, evil man. There's a naked lady with an owl's head who kills you if you get too close. It's...a trip. Definitely worth watching, but be warned the ending is both anti-climatic and leaves you with a lot of unanswered questions. These are both intentional, but I could see it being unsatisfying. It's also like a rabbit hole for analysis and theory, which I think is the idea.
 

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Quatermass2 and Quatermass and the Pit are getting a blu-ray release.
 
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