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Title: Mayvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on February 12, 2015, 12:17:27 AM
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This is basically a list that I will be adding to and editing constantly of the horror films/shorts I plan to watch.
Feel free to suggest any.
Once a film is watched, I will strike it out and probably write a little something about it.



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120 days of Sodom (1975)

A - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A Fucking Cruel Nightmare (2010)
A Tale of  Two Sisters (2003)
ABCs of Death 2 (2014)
The Abomination (1986)
Across the River (2013)
Agatha (2016)
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2013)
American Guinea Pig: Bouquet of Guts and Gore (2014) | February 06, 2017 |
American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock (2015) | December 28, 2016 | 9 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg52953#msg52953)
American Guinea Pig: Song of Solomon (2017)
American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice (2017)
Angel Heart (1987) | October 24, 2016 | |
Angst (1983)
Anti-Porno (2017)
Ax 'Em (1992)

B - - - - - - - - - - - - -
The Babadook (2014) | April 30, 2015 | 6.75 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg41699#msg41699)
Badoet (2015)
Bag Boy Lover Boy (2014) | July 30, 2017 |
The Barge People (2018)
The Basement (2017)
Baskin (Turkish) (2015) | October 24, 2016 | 9 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg51959#msg51959)
Beautiful People (2014)
The Beyond (1981)
Beyond the Darkness (1979) | January 03, 2017 | 8 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg53135#msg53135)
The Blackcoat's Daughter (February) (2015)
Blade of the Immortal / (Japanese) Mugen no jūnin 無限の住人 (2017)
Blood Creek (2009) | June 26, 2017 |
Blood Hunt (2017)
Bloody Moon (1981)
Brutal / (Japanese) (2017)
The Burnt House (2009)

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
Cannibal Apocalypse (1980)
Capture Kill Release (2016)
Circus of the Dead (2014) | April 30, 2017 | 8.5 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg54777#msg54777)
Chaos A.D. (2016)
Children of Sorrow (2012)
Clown (2015)
Collar (2014)
Come and See (1985)
Come Back to Me (2014)
The Conspiracy (2012) | February 08, 2016 | 4.75 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg48424#msg48424)
Crazy Lips (2000)
Creepy (Japanese) (2016)
Crepitus (2017)
Cross Bearer (2012)
Cult of Chucky (2017)
Cure (1997)
Cut/Print (2012)

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Dard Divorce (2007) | December 18, 2016 |
Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)
Dead Billy (2016)
Dead Hooker in a Trunk (2009)
Dead of Night (1945)
Dead Ringers (1988)
Der Todesking (1990)
Difficulty Breathing (2017) | January 27, 2018 |
DIS (2017) | November 21, 2017 | 7.75 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg56957#msg56957)
Dolls (1987)
Don't Go In the House (1979)
Dr Phibes Rises Again (1972)

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Eat (2013)
The Evil Within (2017)
Exists (2014)

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Faces of Snuff (2016) | November 23, 2017 |
Feed the Black (2016)
Fell (2010)
Fetus (2008)
Flesh of the Void (2017) | January 28, 2018 | 9 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg57595#msg57595) | x (http://www.extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?spage=reviews-interviews)
Flesh to Play (2016)
Flowers (2015)
The Forest (2016) | January 09, 2016 | 5.25 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg47605#msg47605)
Found (2012) | October 24, 2017 | 9.5 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg56657#msg56657)
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on February 12, 2015, 12:17:48 AM
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The Gateway Meat (2008)
Genesis (1998)
Ghosts of the Civil Dead (1988)
The Girl in the Photographs (2015) | October 02, 2016 | 6.75 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg51736#msg51736)
Gore Whore (1994)
Green Room (2015) | July 05, 2017 | |
Grotesque / (Japanese) Gurotesuku グロテスク (2009) | April 25, 2015 | 8.25 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg41609#msg41609)
Gun Woman (2014)

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The Hallow (2015) | June 08, 2016 | 6.5 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg50368#msg50368)
Hanger (2009)
Headless (2014)
Himeanole / (Japanese) Hime-anōru ヒメアノ~ル (2016)
Home Sweet Home (2013)
Hotel Inferno (2013)
Hounds of Love (2016) | August 31, 2017 | 8.5 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg57465#msg57465)
The Houses October Built (2014) | May 30, 2015 | 6.5 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg42273#msg42273)
The Human Centipede 3 (2015)
Hush (2016) | July 25, 2016 | 8 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg50818#msg50818)

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I Am A Hero / (Japanese) アイアムアヒーロー (2016)
I Saw the Devil (2010)
Ichi the Killer (2001)
Imprint (Japanese) (2006)
In My Skin / (French) Dans Ma Peau (2002)
In the House of Flies (2013)
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
Inner Depravity (2005) | June 30, 2017 |
It Follows (2015) | August 9, 2016 | it sucked

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Jacob's Ladder (1990)
Jennifer Help Us (2014) | February 12,2016 | 6.75 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg48523#msg48523)
Junk (2000)

K - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Kill List (2011)
The King of Pigs / (Korean) Dwae-ji-ui wang 돼지의 왕 (2011) | November 26, 2017 | 9 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg57035#msg57035)

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Madness of Many (2013)
Man Bites Dog (1992)
Maniac (short film) (2011) | February 04, 2016 | 7.5 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg48256#msg48256)
Maximum Overdrive (1986)
Men Behind the Sun (1988)
Murder Collection V.1 (2009)
Murder Set Pieces (2004)
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on February 12, 2015, 12:18:44 AM
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Nails (2003)
The Neighbor (2016)
The Neon Demon (2016)
Nekromantik (1987)
Nightmares in a Damaged Brain (1981)
Nocturnal Animals (2016)

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Oldboy / (Korean) Oldeuboi 올드보이 (2003) | July 01, 2017 | 8.75 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg55611#msg55611)

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Pernicious (2014)
Pet (2016) | May 02, 2017 |
Pieces (1982) | March 03, 2018 |
Pieces of Talent (2014) | March 1, 2015 | 8 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg40457#msg40457)
The Piper / (Korean) Sonnim 손님 (2015) | July 07, 2017 | 8 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg56375#msg56375)
Poltergeist (2015) | May 29, 2015 | 4.25 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg42255#msg42255)
Porkchop 3D (2012)
The Prowler (1981)

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R - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[REC] 4: Apocalypse (2014)
The Redsin Tower (2006)
Rigor Mortis / (Chinese) Jiāng shī 殭屍 (2013)

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Santa Sangre (1989)
Savaged (2013)
Sheep Skin (2013)
Sick Nurses / (Thai) Suay Laak Sai สวยลากไส้ (2007)
Singapore Sling (1990) | August 02, 2016 | 7.75 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg50941#msg50941)
The Snare (2017)
Snuff 102 (2007)
The Snuff Tape Trilogy (2011/14)
Stabbed in the Face (2004) | May 13, 2017 | 6.75 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg55098#msg55098)
Starry Eyes (2014) | January 10, 2017 | 7 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg53196#msg53196)
Stockholm Syndrome (2008)
Subconscious Cruelty (2000)
Suicide (2004) | March 12, 2015 | 3.75 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg40709#msg40709)
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on February 12, 2015, 12:18:54 AM
T - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Tag / (Japanese) Riaru Onigokko リアル鬼ごっこ (2015) | February 20, 2018 | |
Taxidermia (2006)
Three ... Extremes (2004)
To Sir, with Love (Bloody Reunion) (2006)
Tokyo Gore Police (2008)
Torment (2013) | February 16, 2016 | 5.75 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg48748#msg48748)
Torso (1973)
Tourist Trap (1979)
The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976) | January 02, 2017 | 6.75 |  x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg53051#msg53051)
The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) | January 02, 2017 | 7 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg53066#msg53066)
Train to Busan / (Korean) Busanhaeng 부산행 (2016) | February 04, 2017 | 9 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg53779#msg53779)

U - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Urge (2016)

V - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V/H/S: Viral (2014) | April 9, 2015 | 5.25 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg41401#msg41401)
Visitor Q / (Japanese) Bizhitā Kyū ビジターQ (2001)
Voices (2007)

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The Wailing / (Korean) Gokseong 곡성 (2016) | August 22, 2017 | 10 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg56187#msg56187)
We Are Still Here (2015)
We Are The Flesh (2016)
What the Waters Left Behind / (Argentinean) Los Olividados (2017)
Where the Dead Go To Die (2012)
The Witch (2016) | February 21, 2016 | 8.25 | x (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg49099#msg49099)
Wolf Creek (2005)
Wolf Creek 2 (2013)

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Xpiation ( )

Y - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Z - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: woodenheart on February 12, 2015, 07:50:49 AM
I hope I can reply in here...such a beautiful list. : )

You haven't seen Pieces of Talent? I have an extra copy I can send to you...I buy them every so often to keep on hand.  :red_heart: Let me know and it's yours.
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on February 12, 2015, 11:28:52 AM
I hope I can reply in here...such a beautiful list. : )

You haven't seen Pieces of Talent? I have an extra copy I can send to you...I buy them every so often to keep on hand.  :red_heart: Let me know and it's yours.

No thats one that I havent had the chance to purchase :/
But if you are willing to send one to me that would be awesome just let me know when I would need to return it by!
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: woodenheart on February 12, 2015, 12:40:54 PM
No thats one that I havent had the chance to purchase :/
But if you are willing to send one to me that would be awesome just let me know when I would need to return it by!

No silly, its brand new, you can have it. It's yours. : ) PM me your address.
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: I_Drink_Your_Blood on February 12, 2015, 02:34:14 PM
Wow, some great stuff already on here.

I will have to go away and think, hopefully adding my tuppence-worth in due course. I'd highly recommend that you check out Caligari though as it's one of my all time favourite films.
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Seikotik on February 12, 2015, 05:46:49 PM
This is pretty sweet Mayvvmi.

I'll try and throw out suggestions when they come to mind for sure.
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: woodenheart on February 12, 2015, 07:39:22 PM
Wow, some great stuff already on here.

I will have to go away and think, hopefully adding my tuppence-worth in due course. I'd highly recommend that you check out Caligari though as it's one of my all time favourite films.

Blood makes the greatest REC  list. I know I went through one. : )
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on February 13, 2015, 12:26:41 AM
No silly, its brand new, you can have it. It's yours. : ) PM me your address.

Holy shit thank you!  :red_heart:
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on February 13, 2015, 12:29:57 AM
Wow, some great stuff already on here.

I will have to go away and think, hopefully adding my tuppence-worth in due course. I'd highly recommend that you check out Caligari though as it's one of my all time favourite films.

I will definitely have that be in the top of what I will watch first!

This is pretty sweet Mayvvmi.

I'll try and throw out suggestions when they come to mind for sure.

Thank you yeah feel free to recommend anything  :)
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Dave on February 13, 2015, 08:36:06 AM
When I can find the time I'll post some recommendations for you of old obscure stuff.
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Dave on February 13, 2015, 09:39:34 AM
Here's a few off the top of my head...

Dead and Buried (1981)

Dead and Buried (1981) trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itzcuQyl8fg#ws)

Beyond the Darkness (1979)

Beyond The Darkness (1979) - Official Trailer [SD] (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VEgLxJFQns#)

The Last House on Dead End Street (1977)

The Last House on Dead End Street (1977) -- Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEZhOOdMdjM#)

Dead of Night a.k.a. Deathdream (1974)

Dead of Night | Trailer | 1974 | Bob Clark | Deathdream (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIqA1ZbpYFw#ws)
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: biosphere on February 13, 2015, 11:15:56 AM
Very nice list there :) some classics and a couple of no doubt future classics :)

I have a couple of suggestions that you may think about considering perhaps?  Apologies beforehand if you have seen any of these but just some films that spring to mind and what films I just  :red_heart:

Some gory ones!!
The August Underground Trilogy (ToeTag Pictures) (August Underground, August Underground Mordum & August Underground Penance)
Martyrs (2008)
Inside (2007)
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Some of personal fav. of oldies!!
Nightmares in a Damaged Brain (1981)
Silver Bullet (1985)
The Shining (1980)
Eraserhead (1977)

Hope this hellps :)
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Dave on February 13, 2015, 12:00:21 PM
More of mine...

City of the Living Dead (1980)

City of the Living Dead (1980) Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPOI89uhei4#ws)

The Beyond (1981)

The Beyond (1981) Trailer - Lucio Fulci (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ef0oH3ZizfI#ws)

Angel Heart (1987)

Angel Heart (1986) TRAILER (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTC9Lt3hiWo#ws)

Don't Go In the House (1979)

Don't Go in the House 1979 HD Trailer Dan Grimaldi Charles Bonet Bill Ricci (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1f9Wi4xHi4#ws)

Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972) - Make sure you get the original Spanish version

Tombs of the Blind Dead [La Noche del Terror Ciego] (1972) trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djtlSls89bM#)

Tourist Trap (1979)

Tourist Trap (1979) Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDpxEdIxxg4#ws)

Torso (1973)

Torso (1973) Theatrical Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVxoiIZ8l0o#ws)

The Changeling (1980)

The Changeling (1980) Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTzgXVosQOU#)

Night Warning (1982)

Night Warning (1982) trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EztXgsya0Z0#)

Cannibal Apocalypse (1980)

Cannibal Apocalypse (1980) (Trailer) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CCOtGueg1Q#ws)

The Burning (1981)

The Burning (1981) - Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbBCP7VKM-E#)

The Prowler (1981)

THE PROWLER 1981 TRAILER (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stnK1-uPVX0#ws)

Bloody Moon (1981)

Bloody Moon (1981) Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MwaMPRu22U#ws)
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on February 13, 2015, 01:25:50 PM
When I can find the time I'll post some recommendations for you of old obscure stuff.

I will definitely add
Beyond the Darkness (1979)
City of the Living Dead (1980)
The Beyond (1981)
Angel Heart (1987)  !!! very interesting
Don't Go In the House (1979)
Tourist Trap (1979)
Torso (1973)
Cannibal Apocalypse (1980)
and Bloody Moon (1981)

I have seen the Burning and really enjoyed it!

I like that these are older because I am not very familiar with 70s/80s horror so I will definitely check these out  :)
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on February 13, 2015, 01:42:55 PM
Very nice list there :) some classics and a couple of no doubt future classics :)

I have a couple of suggestions that you may think about considering perhaps?  Apologies beforehand if you have seen any of these but just some films that spring to mind and what films I just  :red_heart:

Some gory ones!!
The August Underground Trilogy (ToeTag Pictures) (August Underground, August Underground Mordum & August Underground Penance)
Martyrs (2008)
Inside (2007)
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Some of personal fav. of oldies!!
Nightmares in a Damaged Brain (1981)
Silver Bullet (1985)
The Shining (1980)
Eraserhead (1977)

Hope this hellps :)

I have seen all of the top 4 (and all the au) and they are definitely worth being suggestions!
Seen the Shining of course and Eraserhead

I'll add Nightmares in a Damaged Brain (1981)

I'm not too much of a fan of werewolf movies but do you still think I should check out Silver Bullet?!
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Dave on February 13, 2015, 01:48:10 PM
Angel Heart (1987)  !!! very interesting
'Angel Heart' is one of my ten favourite films of all time of all genres.

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I have seen the Burning and really enjoyed it!
I love slashers from the early '80s and 'The Burning' is one of the most solid. If you want to give 'The Prowler' a chance you will see some of the most mind blowing special make-up effects ever in a slasher. It's Tom Savini's best work in the sub-genre and just some of his best ever work.

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I like that these are older because I am not very familiar with 70s/80s horror so I will definitely check these out  :)
The '70s and '80s are my got to decades of the genre but I love stuff going back as far as early horror as well.

Here's a few more of my recs from my earlier post you might have missed...

http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg39976#msg39976 (http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=3343.msg39976#msg39976)
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Visitor Q on February 13, 2015, 01:53:54 PM
If you haven't seen them, I suggest:

Dogtooth (2009)

In A Glass Cage (1987)

Singapore Sling (1990)

All Night Long 3 (1996)

Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on February 13, 2015, 06:42:46 PM
I'll add The Prowler when I get to a computer because its hard to post on my phone

If you haven't seen them, I suggest:

Dogtooth (2009)

In A Glass Cage (1987)

Singapore Sling (1990)

All Night Long 3 (1996)

Ive seen Dogtooth and Ive heard a lot about the Singapore Sling, dont know why I didnt think to add it!

Ill watch the trailers for the other two when I get to a computer as well :)
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: splat on February 13, 2015, 06:55:50 PM
You need Singapore Sling  :yes:
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on March 02, 2015, 02:41:01 AM
Pieces of Talent (2014)
Director: Joe Stauffer
Initial release: June 6, 2014
Watched: March 1, 2015


Plot: 8 / 10
Acting: 9 / 10
Gore: 7 / 10
Cinematography: 8 / 10
Overall: 8 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

The plot got more interesting as the film went on, as in I really didn't get it until later when the pieces were put together, but even then I didn't really understand the ending. How did his film ("Charlotte") help her create a new life? And what happened to him? Maybe I missed something. I will be watching it again very soon to see if there's anything in the dialogue that I may have overlooked. And I would definitely watch it again for entertainment value. However, the flow was not consistant; at times the pace was nice but some scenes were dragged out and not really filled with important elements to the plot, which sort of came off as boring. I loved the ending when she was being showed his film, it was so sick and twisted and enforced a literal meaning of "no good deed goes unpunished". I liked that she didn't end up getting raped or killed in the end too, it avoided turning the end into somewhat of a cliche or just being predictable.

The acting was awesome. David was so sick! I loved how much his madness was shown through his enjoyment while killing his victims. That smile of his made me giggle a couple times because he looked so happy and then you remember what he's doing and it makes it all so twisted! Charlotte was pretty good as well, a little awkward at times but I assumed that was just her character. Her crying and reaction when she realized what David had done was phenominal. This may sound weird but all the characters that died, died very well. Like none of them were corny/lame and "the fox" probably had the best screams/cries/noises out of all of them.

The blood and deaths were pretty nice. LOVED the opening scene. I wished they showed more to be honest, however. The main violence and "killshots" were either filmed from an angle which made it hard to see or it was intentionally blurred, although that shotgun to the head was pretty nice. Probably one of my favorite scenes was David laying down with his first victim by the freeway "waving" to the cars passing by, it really set the tone for the film. So the way the characters died and David's nature while killing them made up for the lack of actual blood. But like I said, I wish they showed more/had more blood or violence or anything.

Okay I would just like to say that I absolutely loved the way 90% of this was filmed. The camera angles and lighting were almost perfect in every scene. Some shots were kind of random and not needed. And some shots were over-colored in my opinion, like when David was jumping into the pool and such. But overall the coloring and lighting of the shots really stood out to me and made me enjoy watching it even more.

Overall: 8 / 10
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: woodenheart on March 02, 2015, 05:23:37 AM
Great review and I am glad you enjoyed it. : )

I love your writing style.
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on March 12, 2015, 10:28:17 PM
Suicide (2004)
Director: Raoul W. Heimrich, Yvonne Wunschel
Initial release: April 27, 2004
Watched: March 12, 2015


Plot: 3 / 10
Acting: 5 / 10
Gore: 4 / 10
Cinematography: 3 / 10
Overall: 3.75 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

The plot sounded promising, filming suicides. It got me pretty excited for the creative ways they could have come up with for how the people killed themselves. Total letdown. The film was boring to be honest.

The acting was the only thing that kept me watching. Some characters were mediocre and others were better. The couple filming people were mediocre. I would have not watched until the end if the acting was a shitty as the film itself.

The violence/deaths/blood were lame. I was hoping for deaths that were at least a little more exciting. I had new hope each time a new character's suicide was up, and was let down almost every time. The only interesting death was the very end, when he jumped in front of the truck. The only thing disturbing about the film was the very plot of filming suicides, but the content itself was majorly lacking in the shock factor.

I probably should be nicer considering its supposed to be "mockumentary" of some sorts, but the cuts to the couple sitting in the car after every suicide was redundant and made the film worse than if they just stuck to the hand-held style of filming.

Overall: 3.75 / 10
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on April 15, 2015, 05:50:15 PM
V/H/S Viral (2014)
Director: Nacho Vigalondo, Justin Benson, Marcel Sarmiento, Aaron Moorhead, Gregg Bishop
Initial release: August 25, 2014
Watched: April 9, 2015


Plot: 5 / 10
Acting: 6 / 10
Gore: 5 / 10
Cinematography: 5 / 10
Overall: 5.25 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

Because of the style of film this is, I had no expectations for plot because they are all random. To start, the story or idea of the ice cream truck and the mayhem it brought was sort of good. The only part of these segments that I actually enjoyed was when the guy was dragging behind the ice cream truck and you could see his feet being torn apart, it was a cool shot in my opinion. The ghetto party was weird but gave my a giggle. The rest of the ice cream truck pieces are unmentionable.
The first short, the magician, was extremely corny. It has interesting elements at times but the short was a negative for me, especially the somewhat cliche ending. Let's just say I was glad when the film moved on.
The second short, the "aliens" or alternate reality, was very interesting. I watched the film on Netflix and for some reason there were no subtitles for this short even when the short was entirely Spanish, so I had to try to translate as much as I could. The beginning got me hooked and I really wanted to see what would happen. However, as the short continued I realized that the majority of it was dialogue and nothing really happening which made the short seem like it was dragged out and boring. When the pace picked up and danger seemed to creep in, the creature reveal, or should I say creature body part, was a definite relief to the slow burn. They reminded me of the creatures from John Carpenter's The Thing (1982). My opinion of the short is pretty neutral.
My favorite short by far was the skateboarders. This was the short that saved the film from being a waste of time in my opinion. It was never boring, the pace was exactly right and there were plenty of kills! My assumption of the ending was that the boys got away, but who really knows?!

The acting was mediocre for 80% of the film. The alien short had the best acting. The worst was the ghetto party and the magician. I honestly couldn't tell with the skateboarders but the acting didn't bother me because I thought the teens captured the mentality of their characters really well and it actually seemed realistic.

The were only two worthy mentions for gore and violence in this film. The first was the guy being dragged by the ice cream truck, I thought they did really well with his feet being dragged and when they fell off hit the guy on the bike I found it pretty entertaining. The second was the entire fight scene for the skateboarders. The blood was good to see and even when the boys were just beating the hell out of some skeletons, it was a fun watch.

I was a little disappointed that the majority of the film was shot like a regular movie which completely defeated the purpose of the "VHS vibe". The camera angles were still "hand-held" and not as professional, however, so it was not a total loss.

Overall: 5.25 / 10
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Post by: woodenheart on April 15, 2015, 10:04:00 PM
Great write up!

I really can see your point of view but nothing, for me that is, saved this film. I disliked it.
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: perturbed on April 15, 2015, 10:40:58 PM
A few suggestions:

Jacob's ladder (1990)


JACOB'S LADDER - Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6lHSvKD4uk#)


Angst aka Fear (1983)


Angst (1983) Trailer English Subtitles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNptQI9HlPQ#)



Sporloos aka The Vanishing (1988)


Spoorloos (1988) - trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBTLEO2pjRE#)



Dead Ringers (1988)


Dead Ringers(1988) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5HrHcgnWRw#)


Scanners (1981)


Scanners Trailer HD (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdAh1qDmJng#ws)



In the mouth of madness (1995)


"In the mouth of madness" trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PFcOeM_Usk#)

Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: perturbed on April 15, 2015, 11:03:21 PM
Gore:

Men behind the sun (1988)
Subconscious cruelty (1999)
Mondo Cane (1962)
In my skin (2002)
Three ... Extremes (2004)
Imprint (2006)
Deranged (1974)
Saló, or the 120 days of Sodom (1975) perhaps doesn't fit like gore anyway imho is good film
Grotesque (2009)
Aftermath (1994)
Orozco the embalmer (2001)
The wizard of gore (1970)
Audition (1999) could be a bit slow but give it a try
Trouble every day (2001)
Ichi the killer (2001)
Santa Sangre (1989) a movie that switch between horror, gore, drama, thriller, surrealism, one of the best movies i've ever watched
Hanger (2009)
Man bites dog (1992)
I stand alone (1998)
Taxidermia (2006)  very weird, disgusting, disturbing, fucking amazing movie
Henry: Portrait of a serious killer (1986)
7 Days (2010)
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on April 15, 2015, 11:40:59 PM
Great write up!

I really can see your point of view but nothing, for me that is, saved this film. I disliked it.

Honestly I've been thinking about it and I think I gave the movie way too high of a rating..
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on April 16, 2015, 12:46:40 AM
Thank you for the suggestions! Sorry it took me so long, I looked up the trailers for all of them.
I havent seen much but I have seen Scanners (1981), The wizard of gore (1970) and Audition (1999).

Just added Jacob's ladder (1990), Angst (1983), Dead Ringers (1988), In the mouth of madness (1995) !!!, Men Behind the Sun (1988), Subconscious Cruelty (2000), In My Skin (2002)!!!, Three ... Extremes (2004) !!!!!!!, Imprint (2006) !!!!!!!, 120 days of Sodom (1975) heard a lot about this movie while looking up things to watch, Grotesque (2009) !!!, Ichi the Killer (2001), Santa Sangre (1989), Hanger (2009), Man bites dog (1992), Taxidermia (2006) !!!!!, and 7 Days (2010).

I put exclamation points next to the ones I REALLY want to see SOON. Thank you so much!
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on April 16, 2015, 12:54:22 AM
Honestly I've been thinking about it and I think I gave the movie way too high of a rating..

Okay I will definitely not be doing this again but I changed the rating and I feel a lot better now
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: perturbed on April 16, 2015, 01:53:58 AM
Thank you for the suggestions! Sorry it took me so long, I looked up the trailers for all of them.
I havent seen much but I have seen Scanners (1981), The wizard of gore (1970) and Audition (1999).

Just added Jacob's ladder (1990), Angst (1983), Dead Ringers (1988), In the mouth of madness (1995) !!!, Men Behind the Sun (1988), Subconscious Cruelty (2000), In My Skin (2002)!!!, Three ... Extremes (2004) !!!!!!!, Imprint (2006) !!!!!!!, 120 days of Sodom (1975) heard a lot about this movie while looking up things to watch, Grotesque (2009) !!!, Ichi the Killer (2001), Santa Sangre (1989), Hanger (2009), Man bites dog (1992), Taxidermia (2006) !!!!!, and 7 Days (2010).

I put exclamation points next to the ones I REALLY want to see SOON. Thank you so much!

You're welcome, let me know what you think about.

You should consider to take a look to this one too in case you didn't, in my opinion the best movie about war, russian flick with very low budget and extremely underrated but a masterpiece in every sense of the word, btw i gave it a 10/10  "Come and see" (1985).



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-Ro0SZf438 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-Ro0SZf438#ws)
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on April 16, 2015, 10:27:55 PM


If you gave it a 10/10 I will definitely check it out!
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on April 27, 2015, 02:29:22 AM
Grotesque / (Japanese) Gurotesuku グロテスク(2009)
Director: Kōji Shiraishi
Initial release: January 17, 2009
Watched: April 25, 2015


Plot: 7 / 10
Acting: 10 / 10
Gore: 8 / 10
Cinematography: 8 / 10
Overall: 8.25 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

The plot was pretty simple. A man kidnaps a young couple after their first date and tortures them. The entire movie was in Japanese and I could not find a video with English subtitles so I basically watched this film completely lacking dialogue. I am planning to still search for the English subtitles but I still think I can comment based on what I did see. The twist near the end when the couple is believed to be allowed to go after they wake up in a hospital-like setting with their wounds bandaged for healing was a good part. I feel even though the fate of the couple returning to the torture room was not a shocker or complete surprise, it helped the film by providing a change of pace and tension. I loved the last scene of the movie too, of the graves with the scissors dangling between them.

The acting I thought was perfect, as I usually do with Asian horror cinema. Their pain and agony was realistic, even the girl at the end when she seems to have lost her shit and was smiling and I think almost laughing before he decapitates her. Both of the couple were great and the doctor was too, he was sinister but not too corny.

Considering this is an exploitation film, I am going to put that along with the gore category as to include all acts of violence. First, the blood was amazing, very realistic-looking and plenty of it! The cutting of the fingers and turning them into a necklace was a nice touch, an enjoyable bit of madness. The severing of the arm was nice as well while it lasted. I have always had a hard time watching sensitive areas being mutilated, so in this case it made me uneasy when he cut her nipples off. Same feeling I got while watching August Underground (2001). The end scene was very entertaining, with her severed head biting the man in the neck on the way down from falling to the floor. Now for the exploitation side, it was thankfully not as graphic as I thought it might have been. The exploitation side of underground horror cinema never struck an interest to me and I prefer watching straight gore.

The shots were nothing special but the overall film as a whole I enjoyed so I didn't really care that much. Some shots were liked more than others. I loved the last shot of all of them together on the torture room floor covered in blood. The transition between the torture room scenes and the flashbacks in the beginning could have been a bit smoother but in all reality I didn't care that much. Pretty good!

Overall: 8.25 / 10

Recommended by perturbed
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: woodenheart on April 27, 2015, 08:12:12 AM
One of my favorites and I visit every so often. I really didn't like the ending but it doesn't take away from the film.


Beautiful write up!


EDIT* I wish you were more ready available, wouldn't mind you writing articles for EHC, but I understand your young and have life to experience. : )
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on April 27, 2015, 09:33:47 PM
One of my favorites and I visit every so often. I really didn't like the ending but it doesn't take away from the film.


Beautiful write up!


EDIT* I wish you were more ready available, wouldn't mind you writing articles for EHC, but I understand your young and have life to experience. : )

Thank you! :)
I wish I had more time to be on too but I won't have much time until the spring semester is up.
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on April 30, 2015, 10:19:51 PM
The Babadook (2014)
Director: Jennifer Kent
Initial release: November 28, 2014
Watched: April 30, 2015


Plot: 7 / 10
Acting: 8 / 10
Gore: 3 / 10
Cinematography: 9 / 10
Overall: 6.75 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

The plot was pretty original in my opinion, started out as an evil child and turned out to be the mom that was messed up. I was not entirely sure what was going on though. At first I just thought the mother was losing her mind, which she was, but scenes of the film made the Babadook supernatural as well. So I was a little confused as to what was happening. The scene when she supposedly defeats the Babadook and the body formation floats towards her before falling on the ground, to which she walks towards it and I believe touches it causing her to scream before appearing by the basement door, I don't understand at all. Some elements of the plot I suppose could be better explained, but the vagueness is not distracting. Still very entertaining. It started off quite slow and there were definitely creepy parts but no real HUGE climax or anything. The ending was confusing for me as well. I am not sure if I am supposed to interpret the majority of the film as the battles the mother is facing in her own head or if some of the Babadook was actually in the physical world. But overall, worth the watch.

The acting was very good coming from the main characters but some side characters were a little awkward. The mother was phenomenal in my opinion most of the time. The kid was pretty good as well; surprised me with how young he was. The mother though, I have to mention multiple times, was very good. Just watching her made me exhausted and feel a little tweaked.

There was really no violence, this film definitely was more for scare tactics. Definitely had very creepy elements and a little bit of blood. The most violence in it was the scene where her husband is talking to her, reciting the dialogue that was said right before he died, and then his head was cut in half. All the other blood was from a split second of her dead son (who wasn't really dead), and her pulling out her tooth. The bugs also added a creepy touch.

I loved the way this was filmed. The chosen focus shots were amazing and it was just very well done. I loved the color scheme they chose to used as well. It set the tone well. The way they sort of faded all the colors choosing to use very bland/boring colors, but then somehow accentuating them, reminded me of the color scheme from the The Village (2004). It really made certain colors pop, more specifically it made the blood more noticeable, which is good because there wasn't very much of it. Very well shot.

Overall: 6.75 / 10
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Post by: Mayvmi on May 30, 2015, 09:38:03 PM
Poltergeist (2015)
Director: Gil Kenan
Initial release: May 21, 2015
Watched: May 29, 2015


Plot: 6 / 10
Acting: 4 / 10
Gore: 2 / 10
Cinematography: 5 / 10
Overall: 4.25 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

My review for this film will be a bit different considering it is a remake, meaning I'll be a bit more harsh with my critique. Poltergeist (1982) has been one of my favorite horror movies simply because I watched it for the first time at a young age and it scared the shit out of me. This remake kept most of the original plot, but left out one of my favorite scenes! The addition of modern technology in the film kind of ruined it for me, they tried to incorporate too much in my opinion, to make it more connected to "modern today". I feel like the film was sort of rushed, I can't tell if that bothered me. They got straight into it probably to make more time for the prolonged ending that was a huge disappointment compared to the original. The spirits were complete CGI and there were no bodies exploding out of the ground. They definitely made the remake softer with a little bit of a "happier" ending. There was also some slight added humor, although that might not have been intentional.

The acting was mediocre and got worse when more characters arrived. The stereotypical teenage girl hating the new house was a bit annoying. The casting choice for the father was horrible and I could not take him seriously. I feel that the film lacked in character development for all the characters. The most you see is maybe in the little boy. The ghost hunters were pretty bad, and ruined the tension which was already lacking. Oh, and the blonde little girl turned brunette.

There was no blood or violent images throughout the entire film (which there wasn't much in the original either). BUT they changed my favorite scene from the original! The scene when one of the paranormal people tear of his own face is replaced by a scene in which the dad vomits up this black goo. The muddy pool pit scene is also missing from the film. The remake relies on jump scares throughout, most of which were pretty basic. However, I must admit the updated clown scene definitely got me! That might not be saying much considering I'm naturally jumpy. The CGI "souls" were actually pretty cool-looking, but I still would have preferred the flying coffins and bodies.

The remake was shot normally. No special or unique tactics that are of worthy mention. Once again I must bring up that they tried to incorporate too much modern technology, such as a remote control flying drone that they ended up flying into the other dimension to find Caroline (the little girl). There was also a scene in which the older daughter's iPhone was acting strange and it led her into the basement where she was being pulled down into a crack in the floor oozing with the same black goo. Overall, I knew in my heart that this remake was going to be a disappointment, but I was not prepared for how lame it made the plot seem.

Overall: 4.25 / 10
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Post by: Mayvmi on May 31, 2015, 04:03:01 PM
The Houses October Built (2014)
Director: Bobby Roe
Initial release: October 10, 2014
Watched: May 30, 2015


Plot: 8 / 10
Acting: 6 / 10
Gore: 5 / 10
Cinematography: 7 / 10
Overall: 6.5 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

The plot was very original. I could go as far to say that this wasn't really a horror film but more of a thriller in my opinion. There were definitely horror elements, but as for violence/blood, there was nothing shown or it was literally fake. I enjoyed seeing the different haunted houses and the idea of a secret, more intense traveling haunted house was a cool idea. The whole plot seemed very realistic and the personal elements of the friends on the road actually made the film more enjoyable for me. There was some humor. The pace was pretty consistent but there were a few scenes that I questioned why they were even in the film. The ending was a little disappointing. I liked that they didn't just find the haunted house and it turned out being psychos that actually killed them.  But I expected it to be more intense/extreme. The ending is what determined that it was more of a thriller than a horror. They could have gone all out and tortured the friends, showed a little (or more preferably a lot) of blood, but they decided to go simple and bury them alive. It was like a firecracker burning and then fizzling out instead of exploding. Still definitely worth the watch, very entertaining.

The film was a fake documentary type, so the acting was very realistic and it helped the notion that this could actually happen which helped the film a lot. I could feel the fear and paranoia and second-guessing from each of the actors. There was really no character development but it didn't really matter at all, you still felt something for them (or at least I did). And character wise, the bloody bunny was my favorite of the psychos.

Like I said, the blood and violence was literally fake because the group was going through haunted houses. Little to no violence was shown towards the group even in the end. I gave this category a pretty high score solely based on the fact that they did the scenes going through the haunted house really well. I loved the elevator going down to the mental asylum type place in one of the houses. And of course, because you know its fake, there was no CGI and only prosthetic and makeup for the scary guys which made it infinitely better.

Part of the film was shot from personal type cameras, and the other parts of the film were normal filming style. I thought it was a really good idea that the director decided to use both instead of just handheld. Overall, I liked the film.

Overall: 6.5 / 10
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: RIP on June 12, 2015, 04:56:41 PM
Good review of The Babadook. 8)
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Post by: Mayvmi on January 09, 2016, 04:38:21 AM
The Forest (2016)
Director: Jason Zada
Initial release: January 8, 2016
Watched: January 8, 2016


Plot: 5 / 10
Acting: 6 / 10
Gore: 5 / 10
Cinematography: 5 / 10
Overall: 5.25 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

The only reason I decided to watch this film was because of my fascination with the Aokigahara Forest. I had first heard of the forest a few years ago through the internet and definitely hyped myself up for this once I saw the trailer. The plot was... alright. A sister goes to Japan to search for her sister who she believes to still be alive after being missing for a couple days in the forest. A little familiar, but alright. Basic jump scares are scattered throughout the beginning, the same as any horror film recently. When she finally gets into the forest is when it starts to get interesting, although not too interesting. Disturbing images and thoughts cloud her mind and reality and she soon begins to slip. A violent mishap that results in death occurs which leads to the very end. The film wasn't great, and the ending set that in stone. Anti-climactic and unsatisfying, as well as a little corny.

The acting I scored particularly high solely based on the fact that it was not as corny as it could have been. The acting was not phenomenal by any means but the main girl did a good job. The minor characters were also alright.

There were no huge occurrences of blood or violence, although there were several dead bodies that I thought they did well on in terms of props. I also happened to like the "creepy" faces that would appear. Or I have a fetish for Asian ghost girls, either one.

I actually enjoyed the cinematography a lot. The forest was beautiful and the decision to close in on shots of little creatures and details of the forest was intriguing. On the downside, it almost seemed as if they repeated that too much; however, it did not seem completely out of place or random.

Overall: 5.25 / 10
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Seikotik on January 09, 2016, 04:29:40 PM
I'm also fascinated with the Aokigahara Forest / Suicide Forest, and when I heard about the film I was excited.

Thanks for posting your review.
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on January 10, 2016, 03:07:09 AM
I'm also fascinated with the Aokigahara Forest / Suicide Forest, and when I heard about the film I was excited.

Thanks for posting your review.
I'm glad you read it, it's been a while since I've written one.
I just wished they included more of the history of the forest into the storyline.
It was mentioned but never really explored :/
Feel free to share your thoughts if you decide to go see it!
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on January 20, 2016, 08:14:55 PM
I realize I gave The Forest way high of a rating
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Post by: Mayvmi on February 04, 2016, 04:21:14 PM
Maniac (short film) (2011)
Director: Shia LaBeouf
Initial release: ??
Watched: February 4,2016


Plot: 6 / 10
Acting: 8 / 10
Gore: 8 / 10
Cinematography: 8 / 10
Overall: 7.5 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

The plot is fairly simple, two serial killers that have a goal of killing 8 people by the end of the film. The murders are short but very well done. This short film is in a foreign language with subtitles but there is hardly any talking in its short 10 minutes.

Enjoyable acting from every participant in this short film. The two serial killers were perfectly sick. Their attitude towards their killings reminded me of the two killers in Funny Games (1997). Very calm and collected and treated their work as a type of normalcy. Even the little snippet of Shia himself in the end was enjoyable.

The violence was realistic and shocking. I have to mention the favorite scene of the kiss given to the first female victim after she was dead in the snow. The blood was not overdone and perfect for the different settings. Usually I don't take too much enjoyment in gun murders but the shotgun splatter scene followed by relaxing with a beer was a nice touch. And I do like that Shia inserted himself into the end scene.

Cinematography was exactly what it should have been for this type of short. I loved the decision to not do a full black/white/grey-scale theme and add the bits of faded color, it really set the tone in my opinion. Overall great short.

Overall: 7.5 / 10
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: woodenheart on February 04, 2016, 05:50:22 PM
Awesome write up. : )
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on February 04, 2016, 06:15:40 PM
Thank you!
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on February 05, 2016, 01:14:47 AM
Teach me how to write reviews like you do.
am fairly new here and ain't got any skills.

I honestly just write my opinions I don't really have any tips but there are some great writers I've seen on here you should go to them!
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on February 05, 2016, 02:46:06 PM
I guess i have to deal with my own instincts and work things up.
Just hate following the crowd.
Thanks for the input anyway.
Much appreciated.
Yeah, I guess just break it down into sections and dissect the film that way, although I know some writers only look at the film overall. It's a personal preference but I think its easier to break it into pieces first.
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Post by: Mayvmi on February 09, 2016, 12:36:48 AM
The Conspiracy (2012)
Director: Christopher MacBride
Initial release: August 23, 2013
Watched: February 08, 2016


Plot: 6 / 10
Acting: 7 / 10
Gore: 2 / 10
Cinematography: 4 / 10
Overall: 4.75 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

Almost immediately sucked into this film with high hopes of a decent conspiracy horror story. I went in with too high of expectations and was definitely let down. Two friends decide to interview a crazy conspirator that ends up disappearing. One becomes obsessed with his theories and ends up finding the secret society. Mind you, this is about an hour into this hour and a half film. It felt dragged out with not much progression or explanation. I would guess that the climax should have begun during the meeting the the "brothers" and the start of the initiation into the secret society. In reality, however, the climax finally showed itself in the last 5 minutes of the film. The entire film was shot to feel like a documentary. It was the slowest burn to and an unsatisfying ending.

The acting was believable and helped the film while it lacked in excitement.

There was little to no violence whatsoever. I felt this was more of a thriller although it is also classified as a horror. I did not feel that way about it at all. The final scene showed no blood and blurry images of what was actually going on. Very disappointing; I felt that they could have done so much with the final scene and just fell short.

The cinematography was nothing special. Actually, it was pretty basic. The last 30 minutes of the film were shot like "found footage" through hidden cameras attached to the two friends. The only thing about the way they decided to piece together the film was the flashes and snippets of film of historical events. The John F. Kennedy scene in particular.
I would not watch this film again, it was not worth the watch.

Overall: 4.75 / 10
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Post by: Mayvmi on February 12, 2016, 03:36:52 PM
Jennifer Help Us (2014)
Director: Juan Ortiz
Initial release: October 26, 2014
Watched: February 12, 2016


Plot: 7 / 10
Acting: 6 / 10
Gore: 7 / 10
Cinematography: 7 / 10
Overall: 6.75 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

The plot was both unique and done-before at the same time but this is not negative at all. You have your teenage girls messing around in a haunted house with a vengeful spirit that eventually kills them all. I liked that the spirit believed Jennifer was her mother and did whatever she asked of her. The decision to insert flashbacks/flash-forwards as well as put the ending in the beginning of the film was creative. My only concern was the long period of film without dialogue. Jennifer's decision to kill herself in the end to join the girl spirit was a good idea for the ending, it fit the story perfectly.

This film definitely surprised me with the actors. Although they were not spectacular, their screams and cries were well done and that's mostly what mattered to me considering there was a huge chunk of film that had no dialogue. The ladies did very well. Jennifer was perfect in the end when she was talking to the last girl alive that was responsible for her being in the house. Her insanity really showed when she was talking about the girl's body parts being everywhere with pleasure and a smile. Loved it.

The blood looked nice along with some realistic looking attacks on the girls. It wasn't just implied that they were being murdered, some of the actions were actually shown. I do wish they would have used more blood, but it's not too big a deal.

For a low budget film shot on an iPhone, the cinematography was surprisingly well-done. I loved the chosen camera angle shots and focuses. The only thing I have to criticize is the color tint on the whole film. It almost looked like an Instagram filter that was too strong. Some of the scenes had high exposure as well and the shot kind of blurred and had a high yellow tint. It wasn't too bad to the point where it was annoying though. The film was good.

Overall: 6.75 / 10
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: woodenheart on February 12, 2016, 08:05:12 PM
Great reviews! Always a pleasure to read your work.. : )
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on February 12, 2016, 11:34:56 PM
Thank you  :woodenheart:
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Post by: Mayvmi on February 17, 2016, 04:09:27 PM
Torment (2013)
Director: Jordan Barker
Initial release: October 11, 2013
Watched: February 16, 2016


Plot: 6 / 10
Acting: 7 / 10
Gore: 4 / 10
Cinematography: 6 / 10
Overall: 5.75 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

The plot was promising when I read the description on Netflix but it did not pan out as smoothly as it could. I'm a big believer in at least some explanation, and this film let a lot of its beginning plot up to the viewer to figure out. The twisted man that killed the family in the very beginning was sort of just left as a killer. There was no backstory explanation to why he was killing the family even late into the film. I assumed that he had a messed up childhood with no real father or mother, so he decided he was the savior of these children with supposedly horrible parents, and killed the parents in order to make the children part of his family. The daughter from the first family killed ended up being one of the masked killers. I don't know. I actually liked the fact that both of the couple survived and killed one of the people in the masks, but the ending was so corny. The main killer ended up catching up to the police car that saved the girl from the first family, and took her back. Meanwhile, the psycho in the ambulance got out of his handcuffs and implied killed the driver. The end.

My main reason for watching the film was solely for the fact that Katherine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, American Mary, etc.) was the main woman. I love her as an actress and she was by far the best character in this film. The father was alright but he acted better while being tortured. The killers hardly gave off a corny vibe which was a godsend.

The violence was a little disappointing, a lot of purposely blocked shots and camera angles so the viewers never really saw the damage. There was enough blood for it to not be a waste though, and the torture electrocution scene was really needed but not long enough.

The cinematography wasn't too special, probably didn't like it as much because of the cut out violence that could have been included. Not too bad of a film, but I wouldn't give it a second watch.

Overall: 5.75 / 10
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: Seikotik on February 17, 2016, 04:51:53 PM
Great reviews.

I really enjoyed The Conspiracy and Torment for what they were.

Neither are spectacular but definitely not bad.

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Post by: Mayvmi on February 17, 2016, 05:23:54 PM
Great reviews.

I really enjoyed The Conspiracy and Torment for what they were.

Neither are spectacular but definitely not bad.

Thank you!
I feel like I was a bit harsh with The Conspiracy because I think I hyped it up to be more than it was before I watched it.
But Torment was pretty good for what it was.
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Post by: Mayvmi on February 17, 2016, 05:25:50 PM
I'm so bad with changing my ratings.. but I gave Torment an extra .25  :shifty:
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Post by: Mayvmi on March 01, 2016, 12:28:01 AM
The Witch (2016)
Director: Robert Eggers
Initial release: February 19, 2016
Watched: February 21, 2016


Plot: 8 / 10
Acting: 9 / 10
Gore: 7 / 10
Cinematography: 9 / 10
Overall: 8.25 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

Okay, let me start out by saying I hyped this film up a lot before I watched it. The plot was not as interesting to me as the possible disturbing elements before I watched it. It started well and did not take that long to get the plot moving; the baby disappearing happened almost right away. The father has a thick accent and at times it was hard for me to understand him. The other characters accents didn't bother me. This film was definitely a slow burn, and even though the end wasn't as climactic as I assumed it would be, it didn't take away from the excellence of the film. The plot moved smoothly and didn't really thicken until a good portion into the film. I feel like the plot finally picked up when the son had his possession scene. The end was not what I expected but I loved it.

The acting was amazing for every character in the film, even the younger characters, more specifically the little brother. The daughter also much have a special mention especially in the end. One particular scene was the fight between her and her mother. You could really feel the pain in her decision to save herself and kill her mother that was choking her.

There was not a lot of violence but the scenes that did include blood were VERY well done. I loved when the blood was dripping on the daughters face from her mother on top of her. The best creepy/disturbing scene had to be when the crow was picking at the mother's breast after she had visualized it as her missing baby son. It was definitely the shocker of the film and caused the most reaction from the audience in the movie theater. The goat stabbing through the father with his horns was good. That's about the only violence in the film aside from Thomasin killing her mother.

I loved the angle shots and the whole way it was filmed. It was simple and the closeups before showing a whole picture worked for the film. I loved the soundtrack, very dramatic and suiting. Not typical music for a horror. Partially reminded me of the type of soundtrack used in The Village (2005), which coincidentally was also set in the woods.

Overall: 8.25 / 10
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Post by: woodenheart on March 01, 2016, 04:19:23 AM
Oh, I've been waiting for this review. I know how much you were looking forward to this film. Great write up! I heard good things about this film but also heard it isn't much of a 'horror movie' more of a 'period piece'. I'm certainly gonna check this out.
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Post by: Mayvmi on March 02, 2016, 02:43:08 AM
Thank you! Yes definitely check it out and let me know what you think, I am really curious as to how people felt about this one.
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Post by: Mayvmi on March 02, 2016, 02:45:32 AM
I can see why people might say it wasn't so much of a horror, definitely some strong horror elements but even the climax was a bit watered down when they could have really made something with it. Still loved it, saw it two nights in a row!
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Post by: Mayvmi on June 10, 2016, 08:07:18 PM
The Hallow (2015)
Director: Corin Hardy
Initial release: June 26, 2015
Watched: June 08, 2016


Plot: 7 / 10
Acting: 7 / 10
Gore: 5 / 10
Cinematography: 7 / 10
Overall: 6.5 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

I really liked the idea of the forest faeries because I used to have somewhat of an interest in them a few years ago. I thought the plot moved along very smoothly, there was a good build up and a good amount of "terror" when the time hit. I liked that it wasn't just a new couple moving to the house because it was cheap or for no reason (which is highly overdone), they actually had a reason for being there and it made the transition to the faeries more believable or realistic. I loved the black goo, heavily reminded me of the gunk in Splinter (2008). The neighbor dropping off the book was a little corny, but I guess every story such as this needs that steriotypical "you are going to die" warning character.

I thought the acting was very well done. The wife, Clare, was beautiful and somehow got more attractive the more messed up she was. The husband, Adam, was very good aswell especially when he was slowly being taken over by the parasite/virus. The cries were realistic.

There wasn't much blood but there were disturbing scenes and elements. Some of that included actually seeing the faeries and not just for a split second. Some very nice special FX makeup was used for the faeries as well as the wounds on Adam. Was more than thrilled to find out they went the more "organic" route with FX makeup instead of CGI. Always appreciate that. The faeries turned out exactly how I would picture them too, so it was a job well done. Other than that, not very much violence to comment on. I wouldn't say this film was great or that I would recommmend it to someone looking for horror unless they had a special interest in faeries, but it was still at least worth the watch.

I thought the way they shot this film was nice. Basic shots were used with a couple unique angles thrown in. I loved the scene when Clare was holding down the attic door and the faery's hand broke through; the close-up of the "needle" approaching her eye was great. I felt like a different style of filming Clare while she was running through the forest could have made it more suspenseful, such as a moving camera shot "running" with her, instead of a steady wide shot, or maybe I'm just talking out of my ass. Overall, not bad.

Overall: 6.5 / 10
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Post by: woodenheart on June 10, 2016, 09:37:54 PM
Great write up, you hit this spot on!


Also made your thread sticky so is always up top. Thank you for this, always look forward to your words. : )
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Post by: Mayvmi on June 11, 2016, 11:51:14 PM
Great write up, you hit this spot on!


Also made your thread sticky so is always up top. Thank you for this, always look forward to your words. : )


Thank you!
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Post by: Mayvmi on July 27, 2016, 09:57:38 PM
Hush (2016)
Director: Mike Flanagan
Initial release: March 12, 2016
Watched: July 25, 2016

Plot: 9 / 10
Acting: 9 / 10
Gore: 7 / 10
Cinematography: 7 / 10
Overall: 8 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

Okay when I first read the description for this film on Netflix I was very hesitant to watch it. I thought to myself, how could this really be that interesting when there is literally one person being hunted the entire movie. One of the first things I look for before watching a slasher/torture type film is the possible body count. And usually if its 3 or less I could already assume that I probably wouldn't enjoy it as much. I was entirely wrong with this film. First off, there were two others besides the lead girl that were targeted by the killer, and they were pretty much perfectly placed into the film's timeline of violence to keep it interesting. Before watching it, I also wondered how the lead girl being deaf would affect the story enough to make it relevant. This was a good surprise too with how well done it was incorporated. I love that the fact of the woman being deaf actually made the killer more sadistic rather than possibly sympathetic. I love that he chose not to kill her right away and chose to 'make her wish she was dead before coming inside for her". The mind play was excellent. Without giving too much away, I think the other characters needed to die, but Maddie, the main girl, put up an incredible fight throughout the film that I honestly think the ending would've been satisfying enough whether she lived or died.

The acting was very well done for all the characters in the film (a total of 4 people I think). I have to give special mention to the main girl though. Number one, she is gorgeous, but she also was realistic and I felt connected to her enough that I wanted her to survive. The killer was attractive as well and I loved the mask with the slight smirk, although I kind of wish that he never took it off. The mask was taken off in the beginning of the movie and it definitely changed the vibe of the film.

There was surprisingly a decent amount of blood for how little choice of people there were to take it from. The first death of the female neighbor wasn't too graphic with blood but was disturbing enough because he stabbed her like 15 times. I love that Maddie was in view the entire time he was killing the neighbor too; the killing was right outside the sliding glass door while Maddie was busy in the kitchen. It instantly created tension knowing that if only Maddie was able to hear, she would have heard the pounds on the glass door and the screaming and probably would have saved her. Later in the film, the husband of the the woman killed in the beginning shows up to the house and almost saves the day. But of course it couldn't be that easy, and he had a very bloody classic knife to the throat. He managed to still tackle the killer while he was bleeding out but eventually died. All of the injuries to the killer and to Maddie were very well done. And the injuries the killer sustained were actually believable to what Maddie was capable of doing. Meaning she didn't just get lucky or have strength out of no where, she attacked and fought when she was able to.

Some of the scenes of this film were amazing. The most crucial scene to me would have to be while she is hiding in the bathroom. She is losing a lot of blood from one of her injuries so her vision is cutting out. During this time, the killer has managed to crawl into the bathtub behind her. Mind you, Maddie is not only deaf, but we are informed that she is also mute. So the entire movie, even while she is sustaining injuries, she doesn't make ANY noise. No screaming, only silent crying. It makes the line from the killer in this scene even more tiwsted. "I think you are holding out on me. I bet if I hit the right spot I could make you scream". Chills, loved it. I would definitely recommend.

Overall: 8 / 10
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Post by: Mayvmi on August 04, 2016, 11:17:27 PM
Singapore Sling (1990)
Director: Nikos Nikolaidis
Initial release: December 6, 1990
Watched: August 02, 2016

Plot: 7 / 10
Acting: 9 / 10
Gore: 7 / 10
Cinematography: 8 / 10
Overall: 7.75 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

Even though I read what this film was about I had a hard time understanding the beginning although I must admit I wasn't exactly concentrating when I first started watching it. I have a hard time getting into black and white films, something I hope to fix soon. In my opinion, I got a feeling of male rape revenge in the end. It was like 95% of the film the dirty deeds and the last 5 of him retaliating. But let's forget about that. I liked the role play with the mother and daughter in the beginning and the mirror of it it in the end with the man. The reveal of the knife was excellently done this way. I feel like I should give this one another watch because I am pretty sure I subconsciously skipped over some of the dialogue that would have made the plot more smooth. I felt I got the general idea though and that was enough for me. I love that there was a jealousy that arose over him between the mother and daughter, it created enough conflict for both of them to not be to careful because they were blinded by their own desire. It gave a perfect transition for the man to plot his revenge. I would say that the overall theme would have something to do with both ladies being blinded by their own desire, and it eventually got the better of them in the end.

The mother and daughter were an excellent pair. I could really feel the madness that consumed the daughter. She was a dick-hungry bitch and it was entertaining as hell to watch. I don't know if the man knew to play along from the beginning or if he made the decision later than that, but he was very accepting of what was happening to him. He took that squirt to the face like a champ.

The gore was nicely done along with the other disturbing elements such as rape throughout. That sounds really badly worded and I feel I need to disclaim that I don't mean that the rape was awesome. The girl's insides spilling out into the sink was great; and it took me a while to realize that that is what they were eating right? Correct me if I'm wrong, I don't know why I found this film so confusing. The violence was well spread out along with the scenes of the women taking advantage of the man. The daughters desire was insane, she was legitimately controlled by his member and couldn't get enough of it.

Considering the film was made in 1990 and it was black and white, I think it's safe to say that the absence of color was an artistic move. I believe it worked for me because it felt like it was made decades before. However, I can't say how much it contributed to me enjoying the film. I guess giving it a vintage feel to it could have helped, but it wasn't too significant to me as I would have still enjoyed the movement of the plot even if it was in color. Plus I'm always a sucker for the color red, I love seeing blood in film, but the black and white didn't bother me.

Overall: 7.75 / 10
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Post by: Mayvmi on October 04, 2016, 01:35:42 PM
The Girl in the Photographs (2015)
Director: Nick Simon
Initial release: September 14, 2015
Watched: October 02, 2016

Plot: 7 / 10
Acting: 7 / 10
Gore: 7 / 10
Cinematography: 6 / 10
Overall: 6.75 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

The overall plot of a man sending the girl he's obsessed with pictures of the girls he has murdered was pretty cool in my opinion. Other elements of the plot I didn't really enjoy and threw me off a little. The whole thing about the photographer wanting the main girl to model for him was just weird to me. But it didn't ruin the movie. The scenes with the different victims in the cage in the guy's basement were very well done. Loved the sickness shared by both of the men involved with the murders. I'm glad the movie didn't have some dumb "savior" at the end as well, I felt like the ending fit the movie well, although it did leave you hanging on what eventually happened to the girl.

Okay first things first I want to say that I LOVED that Katharine Isabelle, from the much loved Ginger Snaps (2000) and American Mary (2012), was in this movie. Even though she didn't last very long and they killed her off it was still nice to see her. The main girl of the movie was very good, as well as the man that was obsessed with her. The side characters were awkward at times, more specifically the photographer, although it may have been I just didn't like him as a character rather than the quality of his acting. All the models did pretty well, especially when they died, which is one of the most if not the most important thing.

The gore didn't start until later in the movie. Actually, after the first kill with Katharine Isabelle's character I was worried that the kills would be hidden, considering they didn't show the men actually killing her, just the picture of what she looked like after. Same with the victims in the cage in the basement, didn't show them killing them. With the rest of the characters though, everything was shown. My favorite kill would have to be the couple models in the bed, obviously because it included the most blood. I loved the shot of the phone by her hand playing the video of them fucking that she was watching right before they attacked them and as she lay there dying. The ending picture on the store window was a very cool idea and therefore I liked how the movie ended, even if you never really found out what happened to the main girl after.

Some of the shots were well picked, more specifically I just like the shot from above over the bed while the man is killing the models in the bed. You can see all the blood and everything and its just a nice angle. Nothing too special other than that that I can remember at least. Not too bad of a movie for having only one star of Netflix.

Overall: 6.75 / 10
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Post by: Mayvmi on October 08, 2016, 01:16:37 PM
Going to start watching some of my recommendations from you guys, and I'll probably tag you guys when I review them.
Title: Re: Mayvvmi's List
Post by: woodenheart on October 13, 2016, 10:34:01 PM
Great write up! I really liked this one. I gave it a 7/10.
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Post by: Mayvmi on October 14, 2016, 01:12:20 AM
Thank you!

First recommendation I will be watching tonight is Angel Heart (1986) from Dave.
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Post by: Mayvmi on October 27, 2016, 12:08:51 AM
Baskin (2015)
Director: Can Evrenol
Initial release: December 31, 2015
Watched: October 24, 2016

Plot: 9 / 10
Acting: 9 / 10
Gore: 10 / 10
Cinematography: 8 / 10
Overall: 9 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

This was the first time I have encountered a plot like this. I also had no idea this was a Turkish film until they started talking. And I felt this was a heavy dialogue film in the beginning, almost had a Tarantino vibe with the type of crude humor. I felt like it gave the film more depth because there was stuff to keep you entertained before shit went down. Finally they are on their way to the distress call location, and almost hit a man in the road that causes them to crash their van. After finding the place and exploring, they end up in a part of Hell? I was a bit confused because there were flashback like scenes that made it seem like the hell was all in one of the policeman's mind, but that was diminished at the end of the film. There was plenty that happened in Hell to keep me interested for the entire film, including more effectual dialogue. What made the film even better was the end! This film had one of my favorite type of endings, the loop. I won't give the whole thing away, but I will say that. I will definitely be looking for this film on DVD as soon as possible.

I don't know if I just automatically consider most foreign actors better than American actors when it comes to foreign horror. But I thought the acting was phenomenal. Perfect cries and fear when they were in Hell. Excellent acting in the beginning as well, very casual.

There was plenty of gore and even some exploitation in this film. The bodies of the "damned" we'll call them were bloody and skinny and disturbing. The torture inflicted to each police officer was unique (not the same for every one). The officer that had his eyes gouged out was also forced to rape one the female damned. That was a really strong scene for me considering the conversation they were having in the beginning of the film before they responded to the call. Overall loved the use of both elements in the film, even though I don't usually agree with rape for entertainment.

There was nothing really special that I noticed about the style of filming but the lighting was well done, not too dark in dark places that it was hard to see, everything was clear. Definitely would recommend to people who are into fucked up films!

Overall: 9 / 10
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Post by: Mayvmi on December 29, 2016, 05:45:32 PM
American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock (2015)
Director: Marcus Koch
Initial release: January 2016
Watched: December 28, 2016

Plot: 9 / 10
Acting: 9 / 10
Gore: 9 / 10
Cinematography: 9 / 10
Overall: 9 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

The plot took a little time to build but once it started going it kept me interested. It's funny because the whole passing of notes in their cells after being tortured kind of reminded me of V for Vendetta (2005). But anyway, even though it started kind of slow, the build up was very worth it in the end! The only thing I didn't understand fully were the scenes during the credits showing the patients killing their family, I could only guess that's why they were chosen? No matter, whether it was random or for reason, the pain they were put through was very interesting to watch. The ending though. As soon as their eyes met I almost felt a fuzzy feeling in my stomach like it was love at first sight. The slow exploring of their bodies building up to them having sex and literally tearing each other apart was the explosive ending the film needed. I honestly don't know why I decided to buy and watch this one first, but I will be buying Bouquet of Guts and Gore as well.

The acting from the two patients were amazing, but the woman was phenomenal. You could really see the pain in her eyes and the slight watering of them. The doctor and orderly were okay, not very important though. The man was believable and I could almost feel the edges of the paper notes scraping against exposed gums, gave me a feeling like cotton was stuffed in my mouth after having teeth removed, very unsettling.

The torture also was a slow build up, starting with beatings and then they finally took out the scalpels. That was the main reason for my calling the film slow. I feel like they teased you in the beginning so you wouldn't think they would go as far as they did later in the film. It made a huge impact, at least for me. One of my favorite moments with the doctor would have to be when he opened up the woman's chest and licked her heart. Just seeing it beat in the open air was captivating. The ending had plenty of blood and shock as well, you will definitely be satisfied by the time its over.

I usually am quite skeptical when it comes to black and white filming because I like seeing the blood red, but I feel like the contrast did wonders for this film. It wasn't grey scale, it was almost completely straight black and white. I felt it helped create that atmosphere for the film. The white almost felt clean like the feeling of a clean operation room, and the black looked like muck enough to make you feel dirty but not too dirty. The ending in color was perfect as well. Satisfied my need for color and made the first color you see, their blood, stand out and really make an impact.

Overall: 9 / 10
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Post by: woodenheart on December 29, 2016, 09:45:28 PM
Awesome write up..I agree on your rating. Such an amazing film. I think it's time for a re watch.
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Post by: Mayvmi on December 29, 2016, 11:20:07 PM
Awesome write up..I agree on your rating. Such an amazing film. I think it's time for a re watch.

Thank you. It was exactly the vibe expected it to be even if the end took me by surprise.
On another note, did you figure out the time for the movie chat tomorrow?
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Post by: Mayvmi on January 02, 2017, 10:27:05 PM
The Town that Dreaded Sundown (1976)
Director: Charles B. Pierce
Initial release: December 24, 1976
Watched: January 02, 2017

Plot: 8 / 10
Acting: 9 / 10
Gore: 3 / 10
Cinematography: 7 / 10
Overall: 6.75 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

First things first, I want to inform you that even though this has a sort of low rating, it was still an enjoyable film for me. It was shot as a normal film with some documentary type aspects to it including voice-overs throughout the film including the end and what happened to everyone after the massacre was over. My main interest in watching it until the end was because it was based on a true story. It pretty much followed this "phantom killer" during his terror of a small town in Arkansas. The story was very dialogue heavy, and most of the film was the police and what they planned to do rather than the actual attacks on the victims. There was quite a lot of humor in the dialogue as well, but I felt it made the entire film kind of drag on.

The acting was surprisingly very good. I was expecting corny late reactions and screams but the victims were not bad, if you can ignore the extreme contrast of a relatively quiet film with two scenes of LOUD female screaming. The girl tied to the tree was probably my favorite to watch, even though her death was a little confusing.

I know that certain tricks were used and older horror didn't have the same special effects as movies produced years later, but the kills in this film were so tame. Barely any blood was shown, and all the blood was pretty much after the fact. You never really get to see any actual blows on the victims, but you do see some get shot later. A little disappointing in this area. Still trying to wrap my brain around the trumpet kill, like why??

There was nothing special about the style of filming for this movie but I didn't want to give it any lower for it would give the overall score an even lower average. One comment I have to make though is that they did their lighting well for most of the action happening at night. Sometimes the video quality of older film makes dark scenes hard to see, but that was not the case here. I honestly enjoyed the movie, wouldn't be a top pick to watch again, however.

Overall: 6.75 / 10
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Post by: Mayvmi on January 03, 2017, 11:52:51 PM
The Town that Dreaded Sundown (2014)
Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Initial release: April 9, 2015
Watched: January 02, 2017

Plot: 6 / 10
Acting: 8 / 10
Gore: 7 / 10
Cinematography: 7 / 10
Overall: 7 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

So I watched this remake, or rather continuation, the same day as the original. I thought the idea for a present day massacre sort of inspired by the movie was interesting, similar in a way to The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) (2011). But once I got to the end of this movie, I thought the reasoning behind the start of the copycat killings was sort of... lame. I get that the future spawn of a victim of the original killer would be upset the victim was sort of forgotten about, but I honestly didn't think it was reason enough and it kind of made the whole movie corny to me all of a sudden. But, it didn't make it complete shit which is why it still received a higher rating than the original. And what's with the boyfriend wannabe Stu Macher being apart of it?? Like were you really that upset with where your life, a successful one I might add, was going that you thought participating in murder would make you more memorable and amazing?? Dumb twist.

The acting was pretty good. Usually when it comes to horror movies, I judge normal acting the same amount I judge their acting when they're dying, sometimes judging them when they're dying more. I was very satisfied with the way all the characters were when they died, the screams and saliva and teary eyes were all well done. Special mention to the two guys that were killed right after they decided they were going to suck each others dicks. Sorry boys. I almost thought that the killer was going to fuck the one tied up with the knife trumpet because he knew that he was gay, instead of sticking to the original and just stabbing him in the back. Thankfully, I was wrong.

This movie made up for the lack of blood in the original. There were some scenes where it looked like an overuse of blood, but of course I didn't care about that. The more blood the better. I think I realized while watching this movie that I especially like when blood and spit are spilling out of the mouth.

Better angles were used in this movie than the original. My confusion with the knife trumpet was finally answered watching this. I didn't fully understand how he was stabbing him in the original, maybe I just wasn't paying enough attention. But obviously the better camera quality made everything easier to see. This is probably the only remake/continuation movie I would recommend not seeing the original first, it's honestly not needed.

Overall: 7 / 10
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Post by: Mayvmi on January 08, 2017, 08:04:32 PM
Beyond the Darkness (1979)
Director: Joe D'Amato
Initial release: June 1, 1984
Watched: January 03, 2017

Plot: 8 / 10
Acting: 9 / 10
Gore: 7 / 10
Cinematography: 8 / 10
Overall: 8 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

The plot was interesting and sick just reading about it so I had to see what visualization they would make of it. I felt the elements were well put together as in spacing between story and violence. Each character seemed to have an important purpose to the development of the story. Even the jealous housemaid seemed random at first but fit well later on as she helped the husband through the spurts of his madness. I thought the first victim, the hitchhiker, was a funny start. She forced herself into his car when he tried to avoid her, so of course she had to die, pretty much did it to herself. And what kind of weed was she smoking? Bitch knocked out from a few puffs of the ganja.

It amazes me how I'm starting to notice that not all 70s/80s horror has bad/corny acting. All the characters portrayed their characters well, especially the creepiness of the housemaid. I really enjoyed her character.

This film included more violence than I anticipated. I was expecting some stabs and late reactions and implied deaths rather than shown, but I was thankfully mistaken. Even early on in the film, the pulling of the hitchhikers nails was a good start. I only wish there was a bit more blood. I thought the scene of him kissing on the girl who sprained her ankle running while he looked at his wife's dead body in the bed next to them was an important scene. The chunk bit out of her neck was awesome, I love body parts getting bitten (much like in American Psycho 2000, Cape Fear 1991). I enjoyed the hacking of the limbs before throwing them in the bathtub. Good stuff.

Nothing super special about the style of filming, good inserts though. Makes you focus on the right things at the right time. Overall excellent film! Wouldn't mind adding this one to my collection.

Overall: 8 / 10

Recommended by Dave


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Post by: Mayvmi on January 11, 2017, 04:03:53 AM
Starry Eyes (2014)
Director: Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer
Initial release: November 14, 2014
Watched: January 10, 2017

Plot: 6 / 10
Acting: 8 / 10
Gore: 7 / 10
Cinematography: 7 / 10
Overall: 7 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

Went into this movie without watching the trailer and going off nothing but the Netflix description. Plot sounded kind of silly to me at first and I didn't know how they were going to make that work. Even at the end I still didn't really understand why or how she had to be transformed and was the whole production company in on it and just... what? I spent the first hour of the movie wondering where they were even taking the story line. I know it sounds like I'm bashing the whole thing, it was just a really slow burn. I liked that the main girl was unstable and her breakdowns were really successful at making an impact, but then I would think about the ultimate outcome of the movie, mentioned in the description, and it had me stuck wondering like... okay... but how does this lead to her to her ultimate destination? And then the ending comes and slaps you in the face with buckets of blood and a naked "rebirth", and all of a sudden, everything that had happened before was worth it.

I was skeptical of the acting at first, but the main girl in particular blew me away. Even the side characters did well in their roles. But the main girl, Sarah, played every part of her conflicting sweet persona and murderous lunatic personalities perfectly. Her descent was a painful thing to watch, partially because of pace issues, but also because I could almost feel her dying, feel her insides rotting out. And of course, all of the side characters died very well.

The story started with more cringe-worthy moments than actual gore. But plenty of blood is to be had at the end. The sounds when Sarah is ripping out her hair, her peeling her own fingernail off, puking up a tub full of maggots from inside her; all well executed elements that will poke at your gag reflex. And then finally, in the last 25 or so minutes of the movie, my gore whore needs were satisfied and murderous ambition brought buckets of blood. Starting out calmly with a slice to the face, moving onto smashing a skull in with a dumbbell, and ending with one of the bloodiest kisses ever. And of course there are plenty of stabs in between, on the verge of like 15. Made everything worth it in my opinion.

Some cool shots in this one. One scene in particular more in the beginning of the movie. The shots of the flashing camera light while Sarah first shows her primal self in the dark. Excellent scene, probably one of the best if you ignore the awesome kill shots. Although I gave this film a particularly high rating despite its flaws, I still think it's only a one time watch for me. Enjoyed it the first time when there was enough suspense to keep me interested, don't know if I would last waiting until the end another time.

Overall: 7 / 10

Recommended by woodenheart
Title: Re: Mayvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on February 08, 2017, 05:51:42 AM
Train to Busan / (Korean) Busanhaeng 부산행 (2016)
Director: Yeon Sang-ho
Initial release: July 22, 2016
Watched: February 04, 2017

Plot: 8 / 10
Acting: 10 / 10
Gore: 8 / 10
Cinematography: 10 / 10
Overall: 9 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

This movie has proven that the only reason I've hated zombie movies my entire life was because they were American. Pretty much every zombie movie I have ever seen was boring as shit, the gore wasn't even satisfying, and I couldn't give two shits about the characters. This movie, however, has shown me the light. It didn't take long to get into the action, and it kept a consistent flow of zombie gore and action throughout the film. Even the pacing in between the deaths of the important characters felt right. Nothing was rushed, nothing was forced. It was almost perfect. I have to point out the one scene in the beginning, when the first zombie was attacking the woman working on the train, and how realistic the reactions of the bystanders were, how they just watched in confusion and didn't know what to do, instead of immediately jumping to her aid like they all had a hero inside them. And of course, it shouldn't have been a surprise, but when they start going through the train cars fighting the zombies, it had that goofy about to kick ass vibe, which wasn't that bad and was placed just right in the movie's flow to wake pump you up. Even the end, with who survived, and the death of the last important character, everything flowed. Including my almost tears. A scene in this film that got me in my feels was during the sequence of going through the train cars, when they reached the car with all the teenagers friends, and the dad and the protective husband knew that the teenager wouldn't be able to help fight them because even though they were zombies they were still his friends. So many elements of the story and scenes made my heart ache.

I can't express enough how much this film made you connect with the characters. Like I actually cared who survived and felt aching when they would die. The dad's character development throughout was very emotional. Just watching the relationship between him and his daughter was heart wrenching. When she told him that he didn't care about anyone but himself, I just died. The daughter was so young yet she was amazing for the whole film! Ever so often she would say a line that would just rip your heart out. The pregnant lady and her protective husband were amazing characters! Very important to the character development of the father. The teenager and his crush were surprisingly important as well. I thought they would have been that unneeded romance couple to try to pull at your heart strings, but they were so much more than that. And to make this film even better, they hit me at my sweet spot with the two old ladies that were sisters. I think their deaths hurt me the most. And this is my chance to say FUCK YOU to that rich guy, horrible man, he deserved a more gruesome death I hated him so much.

Usually zombie gore is very boring to me but I loved this movie so much I didn't mind it. I love the opening scene with the deer, very eerie. I liked the cracking sounds of the bones or joints or whatever was breaking when the zombies would move. I noticed in a couple scenes they had the zombies running over each other and piling on top of one another, reminded me of the piles of zombies in World War Z (which I will never try to compare in quality because it sucked ass) and for some reason I always found that disturbing.

The movie had a couple shots worthy of mention. First with the opening scene, the shot from the ground that slowly led away from the van and panned to the deer. Also, when the action first started when the zombies started taking over the back of the train, I'm bad at describing it, but the shot right in front of the male zombie that was super close up while he was hobbling forward through the aisle. Some of the angles used in other scenes were very supporting to the vibe of the film as well. The suspense, if you would call it that, definitely kept you interested until the end. It was a perfect mixture of action and almost tears. Fucking Koreans, well done.

Overall: 9 / 10
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Post by: Mayvmi on April 30, 2017, 11:23:20 PM
Circus of the Dead (2014)
Director: Billy Pon
Initial release: May 2, 2014
Watched: April 30, 2017

Plot: 9 / 10
Acting: 6 / 10
Gore: 10 / 10
Cinematography: 9 / 10
Overall: 8.5 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

The plot was actually amazing so to start off this is going to be a very positive review for this one. This is the first clown movie that I actually enjoyed so that helps in why I gave it such a high rating. The plot moved smoothly and actually surprised me at how often kills were put in, it was a lot but not too much so it changed the rhythm of the movie but not in a bad way. The end was perfect too, going to spoil that real quick. La muerte. Perfect.

Okay not all the actors were great so this was the only part in which the film was lacking. Most of the people that they killed were pretty good. The clowns were really good, special mention to Papa Corn of course. The wife really bugged me for some reason in some of her scenes but she wasn't bad in others, especially when she started talking less and taking off more. Like the beginning scene when shes talking to her kids is a little awkward but she's fine the rest of the time. I love her character as a cheating wife instead of a "innocent"
"good" wife that they portrayed her as in the beginning. It saved it from being boring and cliche character to kill. When Don, the dad, started out I wasn't sure if his character was going to be boring to follow but the actor did well and the clowns involved him a lot in their antics. The kids were alright but not in the movie much.

The gore was amazing. The exploitation aspect of it wasn't over the top either it was realistic so it worked. I also like how it didn't necessarily increase in violence or intensity as the film moved along but the random tame scenes that led to other crazy scenes made it more unexpected and at greater shock? Plenty of blood and I love the clowns laughing during every kill and it wasn't corny. I loved the idea of the cards so much. I mention again, la muerte.

The camera was great quality and the shots were great. Nothing too special about the style but seemed very professional. Yeah, not much to comment on the style of filming this time but overall, would watch many times again. Not often, or ever, does a clown flick make it to my stack.

Overall: 8.5 / 10
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Post by: Mayvmi on May 30, 2017, 05:03:31 PM
Stabbed in the Face (2004)
Director: Jason Matherne
Initial release: 2004
Watched: May 13, 2017


Plot: 7 / 10
Acting: 5 / 10
Gore: 8 / 10
Cinematography: 7 / 10
Overall: 6.75 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

I have to mention that I thoroughly enjoyed this little movie even though the score is not high. It's low budget and definitely amateur film making at its finest. I tend to love B-rated type slashers just because I like slashers in general. I definitely take into consideration the low budget and amateur actors when deciding how much I like a film. And I feel like the crew of this enjoyably shitty but not so shitty movie worked with what they had. As for the plot, very basic. The only reason it has a higher score than what its worth is because I got a major vibe of "small town activities". Its not like the teens lived in a lively city or classic suburban town and wanted to try something "new" or "crazy". The teens probably live in a small town where there is literally nothing better to do. I feel like it made the stereotypical plot a little less stereotypical. For the most part, the pacing of when to throw in a kill or some nudity was pretty well done. It was enough to keep you interested.

The most obviously lack in quality for this movie was the acting. Mentioning again, I do take into consideration that these are 100% amateur actors. It helps to not see them as shitty as they are. And although most were pretty bad while living, their deaths were pretty well done. I actually loved how awkward the first party scene is. The teens sitting around bored, the horny dudes trying to get some, the band playing live in the background. It was a good opening scene. The most annoying bitch in the film was the pussy boy's girlfriend that drank too much. Her best scene in my opinion was her death scene of course. Her hovering the toilet leading up to her getting killed was one of my favorite scenes.

The blood was excellent. I have to give special mention to the quality of the blood in this film. The color was great and some death scenes had plenty of it. The nudity was well placed. I don't know what it is about low quality film nudity with unshaven natural ladies that I love so much. Unlike most movies today when all the girls have big tits and hairless bodies. I almost feel like the girls with bush are almost a tribute to the older years of not only horror but film in general, before everyone was obsessed with being hairless. So the first naked chick's scene where she is running through the house, after the man she was fucking was killed, would have to be one of my favorite scenes as well.

Nothing too special about the style of filming. The lighting was well done for even the outside scenes in the middle of the night. Some mainstream movies today have issues with scenes being too dark so I applaud the clarity of their night scenes. I really like the shot of the girl in her underwear tied to a tree, don't ask me why. Overall, even though the score for this film isn't particularly high, I would definitely re-watch and recommend to anyone that enjoys low budget B-rated horror films.

Overall: 6.75 / 10
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Post by: Mayvmi on July 03, 2017, 02:02:51 PM
Oldboy / (Korean) Oldeuboi 올드보이 (2003)
Director: Park Chan-wook
Initial release: March 25, 2005
Watched: July 01, 2017

Plot: 10 / 10
Acting: 9 / 10
Gore: 7 / 10
Cinematography: 9 / 10
Overall: 8.75 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

I actually started watching this film a couple days ago and lost focus but decided to return to it with my full attention. I am so glad I did. This film isn't exactly disturbing when it comes to the violence shown but definitely accomplishes it with its plot. It starts rather slow when he is kidnapped and imprisoned. I think that's why I lost focus my first viewing, but after the 15 years when he is released it really gets interesting. I love how the plot tricks you into thinking the point of the movie is supposed to be about why he was imprisoned, which don't get me wrong is a huge part of the plot as well. But as it was revealed to Dae-Su, the main character (imprisoned man), it is also revealed to the viewers that the real plot is finding out why he was released when he was, 15 years later. Finding out either one is enough to keep you watching, because what reason could someone possibly have to keep someone imprisoned for 15 years just to let him go?? Honestly, if they had stopped at why he was imprisoned, it would not have been a great film, it would not have been enough to satisfy. Even after you find out about the death of the girl that inspired the kidnapping, the bomb dropped at the end is what really leaves you wide-eyed. I couldn't possibly spoil that, so please do give this a watch.

Koreans really do it right. I will always favor Asian actors and their ability to fully sink into a role. The man that plays Dae-Su is absolutely amazing, especially in the scene when he realizes why he was released. The young girl he meets when he is released is alright compared to everyone else, but she has her moments as well. No other special mentions really.

There was not much violence/blood until Dae-Su begs Woo-jin Lee, the man responsible for his imprisonment, to not let the young girl know why he was released. He literally get down on all fours, starts barking like a dog, "wagging his tail", and even goes so far as to lick his shoes. He then proceeds to cut off his own tongue, knowing full well that it was the reason this all had happened to him. There was multiple scenes of slight nudity, but nothing raunchy.

There was nothing too special about the way this film was shot other than a lot of the scenes weren't basic shots. Nothing overly creative, but the decision to use a shot from above or a closeup instead of boring wide or two shot was what gave this such a high rating. Overall I would recommend this film. Just make sure you pay attention so when the end hits you, it really hits you.

Overall: 8.75 / 10
Title: Re: Mayvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on August 23, 2017, 06:20:53 PM
The Wailing / (Korean) Gokseong 곡성 (2016)
Director: Na Hong-jin
Initial release: May 12, 2016
Watched: August 22, 2017

Plot: 10 / 10
Acting: 10 / 10
Gore: 10 / 10
Cinematography: 10 / 10
Overall: 10 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

FUCKING KOREANS. So I'm still on my Korean horror kick, and I have to say this film defied my expectations. I watched the trailer and wanted to find it and watch it first before I bought it, because I was unsure if it would have been worth it. Luckily, I found it on Netflix (they must have just added it) and prepared myself for this 3 hour film. The basic story in the beginning seemed centered around mysterious murders caused by an outbreak of a skin rash and rabid, violent behavior. Each household massacre was the result of one family member murdering the rest. The main character, a local policeman, suspects it started when a strange Japanese man arrived in their village. Ideas are tossed around as the body count grows, and it gets instantly more intense when the policeman's own daughter has contracted the rash. With the help of a shaman, it is revealed that the murders and rabid behavior is due to a powerful ghost/demon. I'm usually not one for possession movies, but that's probably because they were all American. This film captivated another level of disturbing. This is another film I don't want to spoil the ending for. But I will say this, I didn't know who to believe until it was too late. The suspense was well kept and the end left me with my head in my hands. It's well worth the 3 hours. There was also an interesting way to look at possession that American movies seem to avoid. Usually American possession targets the weakest link or easiest person to possess, making the demon's power instantly challengeable. The shaman used an interesting metaphor of casting a line when fishing, you don't know which one its going to hook, you just hope it hooks on to one. In this case, the daughter. Almost like not having a motive for murder, it can happen to anyone, no matter how strong you think you are.

The characters and acting was phenomenal. I noticed a man from Train to Busan (2016), and a woman from The Piper (2015). The main character, dad and policeman, added humor in the beginning to absolutely shock and depression in the end. The daughter was SO GOOD. I've noticed that Korean child actors are on a whole different spectrum of great acting. She had to have had the best acting in this film.

Plenty of blood, nothing thrown around or splattering before your eyes but you definitely saw the aftermath of it all. I'll have to add the disturbing elements to this section as well. Seeing the giant nest and the secret cave of all the pictures of the people that have died so far just added and element of creepy. When the devil is finally revealed at the end as well I'd have to say the fingers alone gave me the creeps. The hospital patient's violent seizure as well as him coughing up blood was an ominous start of what was to be expected for the rest of the film. There was even a short scene involving a zombie? More like a revived dead body that eventually died on its own again.

The shots were well placed, especially when revealing certain creepy parts. Like the Japanese man crawling over the rock, the shot from under the woman that hung herself, and the devil reveal of the hands first. I was honestly not expecting much from this film and was blown away by the story, creative plot twists and distractions, and emotional pull. I don't know how Korean movies always manage to pull at my soul and make my heart ache. A definite add to my collection, and a recommend for anyone.

Overall: 10 / 10
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Post by: Mayvmi on September 19, 2017, 04:19:09 PM
The Piper / (Korean) Sonnim 손님 (2015)
Director: Kim Gwang-tae
Initial release: July 09, 2015
Watched: July 07, 2017

Plot: 8 / 10
Acting: 8 / 10
Gore: 8 / 10
Cinematography: 8 / 10
Overall: 8 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

I really love horror that's based on urban legends or folk tales and the like. Naturally I was drawn to this film, even though I was hesitant to watch it based on the goofy looking DVD cover. Turns out once you watch the movie it's revealed that the DVD cover is not as silly as it seems. So with everyone who does not know what this movie is about, a Piper and his son enter this hidden village and help them with their rat problem, they refuse to pay him, and kick him out of the village. Harsh huh? It had a pretty light vibe for parts of the film. Not all scenes with the rats are ominous and dark. Actually, the main scene of them driving out the rats was rather lighthearted and fun? There was even slight humor. But then, it gets dark fast. From jokes and laughter and sunlight, the dark takes over starting with a chopped off hand. It's rather depressing actually, watching the Piper being treated the way he was. It gets ever more depressing when the villagers not only kick them out of the village, but give them poisoned food as well, which only the son ends up eating and dies. The Piper then sets out his revenge (and reveals the DVD cover costume), bringing back the rats which literally eat everyone in the village but the children. The Piper then leads the children to a cave, shown earlier in the film, to die. I always admire a film that's not afraid to kill children, as horrible as that sounds. It just ensures the viewers that nothing is off limits, so be prepared for anything. Of course, if you had heard the tale before watching, this ending was no surprise to you. But it could be somewhat of a shock factor to people who are unfamiliar.

The acting was great, especially Chun Woo-Hee, Mi-sook in the Piper (also spotted her in the Wailing). I think I'll have to look for some other films with her because she is phenomenal and beautiful and incredibly talented.  The dad was good but for some reason kind of bugged me in some scenes. The villagers were good. The chief of the village had evil just seeping out of him. When he finally lets it out in the open, it definitely put a nasty feeling in the stomach. The chief's son was also good. The original shaman (not Mi-sook) was wonderful and had the perfect laugh of insanity.

There was not too much gore even in it's climax. The beginning, as I said, is extremely lighthearted. If slight ominous tones weren't used in the beginning, this film could have easily been mistaken for an upbeat happy story. There really isn't that much in the climax either. The reveal of the original villagers (lepers and their shaman) that were tricked and murdered by the current villagers, was an excellent showcase of disturbing elements. After being trapped in the cave with the only way of survival being cannibalism, the shaman's bloody mouthed laugh was enough to kill all feelings of fun portrayed in the previous parts of the film. The amputated hand was their first real act of violence. The rest of the blood would come from the rats eating the villagers alive, most of them while they slept. The best scene would be the chief being swarmed by the rats of course.

The way certain shots were set up worked for the film. The first view of the village door that had been knocked over was a great set up. The slow zooms really established a mood. The shot from below as the son's spirit left his body. This film was not entirely creative when it came to shots, but the chosen shots worked. The CGI rats kinda throw it off, but they're not too bad. I know this film is rated R, and the thought of rats eating people alive should be gruesome enough, but the movie was pretty tame when it came to execution. May make you uncomfortable, but not at all hard to watch.

Overall: 8 / 10
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Post by: Mayvmi on October 24, 2017, 08:57:45 PM
Found (2012)
Director: Scott Schirmer
Initial release: July 14, 2012
Watched: October 24, 2017


Plot: 10 / 10
Acting: 9 / 10
Gore: 9 / 10
Cinematography: 10 / 10
Overall: 9.5 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

Okay this blew me away with the quality of how much it just stabs you in the heart. The plot was very interesting, sort of a super fucked up coming of age film about a young boy that finds out his brother kills people. The element of him having similar interests as his older brother worrying if he will become the same was excellent, especially because that wasn't the case. The intro voice over alone was enough to set the mood of this film. Even though they're just kids, the scenes of bullying and insults were sad to watch. Especially the scene when Marty's only friend literally tells him how hard it is to be his friend and how the bullies might be right about how weird he is. This was a surprising personal issue that I instantly connected to, having experienced something similar myself in my younger years. But the best part of the plot had to be the slow decline of the young brother, into behaviors that his older brother approved. It builds you up to think that Marty will turn out the same. Marty's own thoughts worry of this too. But in the final scene when the older brother, Steve, kills their parents, it is revealed that Marty is not and wouldn't have ever been as far gone as his brother. Even though he did start to decline, it sort of goes to show that nurture isn't everything. Marty may have liked the same things and started behaving violently like his murderous older brother, but that's not enough to blame for that degree of sickness.  Loved the snippet of Headless.

Extreme special mention to the talented boy that played Marty. The solemn and saddened 12 year old boy expressed his hardships through the utter emptiness of his voice and slow movements. You didn't need the scene of him being bullied to know that he was an outsider, someone who didn't fit in. He was arguably the best actor in the entire film. The relationship he and the older brother established was amazing as well, and heartbreaking in the end. "I would never hurt you. I'm you're older brother. I let you borrow my movies..". It just kills me how the older brother really thought he was helping him. The brother was good, for the most part. Certain scenes were a little awkward. The parents were whatever, especially the dad. The other side characters were eh as well. Not a perfect score simply for amateur acting, but then again it is an independent film so I won't be too harsh.

The gore was mostly shown in the snippet of Headless that was shown while Marty and his friend were watching movies from Steve's collection. Kind of a cool incorporation to bring attention to a cool little film. The original gore for this story, however, was not as gruesome and graphic, that is if you don't get easily bothered by decapitated heads in bowling bags, including one that belonged to another 12 year old boy. The most talked about scene from this film was definitely the end. When I first heard and read about the ending and how disturbing it would be, I over hyped myself, thinking of all the possible endings, and ruling them out along the way while watching. Thinking I would be disgusted and couldn't wait, I eagerly waited for the ending. The actual ending was not horrible but definitely not expected. Instead of shocking visuals, not counting the full frontal nudity displayed my the older brother, both clean and covered in blood, and not counting seeing a prepubescent boy wearing a ball gag, the ending is actually a slap in the face of pure audio and imaginative brutality. The entire scene of the parents being killed is not shown, but the screams and yelling and choking on blood and everything else that was going on was 100% heard. The sound was enough to make this climax one of the hardest scenes to decide whether you should be sickened, angry, crying, or all of the above.

The shots were well done. Good creative angles. I'm so hyped on how good the story was I can't think of details, just know that the cinematography was as good as the story. The film as a whole was brilliant. New favorite. Going to hunt for Headless now.

Overall: 9.5 / 10
Title: Re: Mayvmi's List
Post by: Seikotik on October 26, 2017, 06:24:06 PM
Some suggestions:

Maniac (1980)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbLvTpzckGU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbLvTpzckGU)

Maniac (2012)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYNcE50-7mo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYNcE50-7mo)

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU3P6WXzvXU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU3P6WXzvXU)

Hunters (2016)


Murder Collection V.1 (2009)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7E3t_vr1po (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7E3t_vr1po)

Der Todesking: The Death King (1990)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Blw1fK-U9AE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Blw1fK-U9AE)

Murder Set Pieces (2004)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niVIq9UkY0s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niVIq9UkY0s)

We Are Still Here (2015)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRBH2jSliuw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRBH2jSliuw)

Snuff 102 (2007)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2M1YlFCUaQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2M1YlFCUaQ)

Title: Re: Mayvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on October 28, 2017, 09:58:24 PM

I've seen the first 3, added the rest to my list. Thank you for the suggestions!
Title: Re: Mayvmi's List
Post by: Mayvmi on November 21, 2017, 06:23:30 PM
DIS (2017)
Director: Adrian Corona
Initial release: August 28, 2017
Watched: Novemeber 21, 2017

Plot: 7 / 10
Acting: 7 / 10
Gore: 7 / 10
Cinematography: 10 / 10
Overall: 7.75 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

Came into this film with no knowledge of the mandrake legend. The film does an okay job at explaining it, as it's necessary to understand the plot, but I was a little lost and had to re-watch the explanation, probably just because I didn't fully wrap my head around it at first, not the fault of the filmmaker. I did look up the legend a little further after the film was over, to get a better understanding, because for some reason it still didn't make sense to me. So the legend goes that these mandrakes grow from the dripping fat, blood, and semen of a hanged man. The legend even says it can come in male or female form. I thought that was interesting that the filmmaker decided to do the opening scene with a female, and then carry on the plot with a male lead. Possibly to show both possibilities? Correct me if I'm wrong. A lot of the filler plot in the middle, besides the part of the flashback where the legend was explained, was sort of dragged on in terms of moving the plot, but didn't drag out the film considering its barely an hour long. It didn't bother me because the entire film, every shot and every angle, was just beautiful. When you get to the climax, it sadly is a little short, but the lighting and tone are enough to set the mood.

Acting was wonderful, coming from the main character. The facial expression, the breathing, the disgusting feeling he gives you. The man that explained the legend did well too, but there were sound issues when it came to his dialogue that sort of made his speaking a little awkward. One scene in particular, his ending dialogue was so much louder than anything else that had happened in the scene and it was really noticeable. The girl in the beginning didn't have too much focus, but I liked her as well.

This category was tricky to judge. There is plenty of nudity, and sexual actions are 100% shown, but a lot of the actual violence is implied angles, meaning they didn't show impact, probably because of low budget which is understandable. The scenes with the ax in particular I wish were a little more bloody. The best scene for this film had to be the climax. The man is hung, tied with his arms and legs spread in a metal circle, much reminding me of the Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci. The fire flickering in the dark as he hung completely exposed. The forced hand job to collect his semen before he was hung, before the removal of his genitals in the final climax scene, who's blood would later feed the garden. Excellent ending.

They must have used an excellent camera or the cinematographer is just that good. It seemed the entire film was HD and it worked for the most part. Usually underground films, especially of this genre, tend to be grainy and obviously low budget, sometimes because that's all the filmmaker had to work with, and sometimes on purpose for style. But this film is just beautifully shot from start to finish, and had really good use of locations and interesting inserts. Fun little watch with high quality editing.

Overall: 7.75 / 10
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Post by: Mayvmi on November 27, 2017, 08:42:50 PM
The King of Pigs / (Korean) Dwae-ji-ui wang 돼지의 왕 (2011)
Director: Yeon Sang-ho
Initial release: November 3, 2011
Watched: November 26, 2017

Plot: 10 / 10
Acting: 9 / 10
Gore: 8 / 10
Cinematography: 9 / 10
Overall: 9 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

So the plot followed two men who were friends in middle school as they relived their memories as bullied poor kids, and the kid who stood up for them for a short time. The film starts rather grim, with the suicide of a then unknown character. It also doesn't go long without showcasing its first scene of sexual abuse including children. It was from these first short scenes that I knew this film was about to get super fucked up. Then the character Chul comes in, the kid that stands up for the poor bullied kids. His backstory is quite sad and in my opinion is the focus of the theme of this film. The main separation of the bullies and the bullied is their families wealth and status in society. Chul's father abandoned his mother and him when his business failed, and it is said that the hope was for him to one day return to his family with money. Well that thought is quickly killed when his father ends up being the second suicide of this film. And that's not the last suicide of this incredibly grim story, mind you. But enough spoilers. If you couldn't tell, the storytelling is very dark. This film dives deep into the pressure that money and status in society puts on the individuals of that society, and what it can lead people, even children, to do to try to escape it.

Considering this is an animated movie, I only have voices to go off of for the characters acting, but will also include dialogue in this section. Some conversations between Chul and our main two characters are amazingly written. The concept of what true evil is, is introduced right before you witness two children stabbing a cat to death. "We need to be a monster if you don't want to keep living like a loser." That line heavily influences the two main characters, more so than you will realize until you get to the final scene. As for the voices and such, I'm usually very picky when it comes to what people sound like when they're crying, and they did okay with this film.

There were some scenes with blood, the first main scene being the cat scene. There were several scenes in which the children are fighting with each other, producing black eyes and swollen faces. There are at least 3 different scenes including the sexual abuse of children by their bullies. And then, of course, there are the several scenes including the death and suicide of several characters. Although the actual visualization may not have been that disturbing, the fact that the majority of it included children was what made this a difficult watch for me.

The art style for this anime was unique. It wasn't typical soft faces and big eyes, it was almost unsettling. I can't remember what other animation it reminded me of, but I must have seen it before. I know Yeon Sang-ho has some other animated films with similar if not the same style (I haven't seen them yet), and I will be looking into those as well because his ability to tell a story and have your heart die at the same time is pure talent.

Overall: 9 / 10
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Post by: Mayvmi on January 15, 2018, 02:26:28 AM
Hounds of Love (2016)
Director: Ben Young
Initial release: June 1, 2017
Watched: August 31, 2017

Plot: 7 / 10
Acting: 10 / 10
Gore: 7 / 10
Cinematography: 10 / 10
Overall: 8.5 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

This is yet another film I thought I already wrote a review for, but here I am. The plot is based on true events, the closest being the Moorhouse murders, with David John Birnie and Catherine Margaret Birnie. It follows a couple and their kidnapping and torture of a young girl who snuck out of her house to go to a party. For the most part, I mean right until the end of the movie, the movement of the plot was realistic. The ending events were the only collection of scenes that were excessively artistic in timing for dramatic effect. It did not negatively effect the film however.

The acting was phenomenal from all characters. The man was sadistic and creepy and manipulative and the woman was lost and broken but just as responsible. The young girl, Vicky, was amazing as well. Both the women were phenomenal, watery eyed and abused in different ways.

A lot of the abuse was actually not shown, but it worked so well for the film. It left a lot up to the imagination, even down to the sound. The main scene of violence was actually completely silent followed by a closed door, leaving Vicky's screaming and upcoming terror completely reliant on your own worst thoughts.

The cinematography was amazing along with the color choices. The colors were muted and dull. There was a lot of slow motion effects and distorted sounds, showcasing children playing and people just living their lives, making it even more disturbing that the couple could the neighbors next door. Beautifully shot film.

Overall: 8.5 / 10
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Post by: Mayvmi on January 28, 2018, 08:37:48 PM
Flesh of the Void (2017)
Director: James Quinn
Initial release: ?
Watched: January 28, 2018 (Screener)

Plot: 8 / 10
Acting: 8 / 10
Gore: 10 / 10
Cinematography: 10 / 10
Overall: 9 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

I am so happy I got to watch this before it was released, because not only am I definitely going to add it to my collection, I'll probably buy a bunch of other merchandise with it, hoping for posters! Flesh of the Void is directed by James Quinn and is to be released by Black Lava Entertainment hopefully sometime this year. The film was split into Act I, II, and III, with a prologue, interlude and epilogue. Loved how it was done all around. The scenes included a lot of disturbing elements, including murder and rape. Even though the different acts all had a theme that depicted very different actions, it still flowed seamlessly. Definitely due to the style of shooting and editing. The voice over in the beginning is perfect, the voice and words set the tone for the rest of the film.

There was no dialogue and honestly no way of knowing if some of the figures were played by the same people, but some special mentions would have to go to the topless woman holding the scythe, and the mummified man about halfway through the film, spotted again when a young girl was convulsing on the floor. The masks were amazing, especially the little girl with the twisted arms and the mini mask on her actual mask. I have a weakness for gas masks as well, so loved that.

There were many different scenes each with their own unique disturbing elements. Towards the beginning there was a scene with a young boys audio, pleading and crying. They even had a "vomit gore" scene that I enjoyed a lot, I love vomit gore outside of Lucifer Valentine's obvious trilogy. Multiple scenes of masturbation, multiple scenes of graphic male nudity. There was even a scene of a nun masturbating with a cross, but it was more erotic than the Exorcist (1973) considering the woman wasn't a 12 year old girl. There was also a scene towards the end where a guy is getting stabbed and includes a sick stab up his throat with blood seeping into the bag covering his face.

Everything about the visuals screams Begotten (1990), but as you watch you'll notice this film carries a completely different vibe to it. Even though the visuals are similar, the film as a whole is way more captivating in my opinion. You really don't want to be distracted or miss a second of it.  Would definitely watch again, recommend, and support as much as I can when it's released.

Overall: 9 / 10
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Post by: Mayvmi on February 06, 2019, 02:24:19 AM
American Guinea Pig: Song of Solomon (2017)
Director: Stephen Biro
Initial release: May 8, 2018
Watched: July 13, 2018

Plot: 9 / 10
Acting: 9 / 10
Gore: 9 / 10
Cinematography: 9 / 10
Overall: 9 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

First I must say the experience of getting to watch this in an actual theater, and not in my living room hoping nobody disturbs me, was wonderful. It was cool to see so much support out in the open. Possession movies have been done to death, with very few setting themselves apart from the vast majority of them, Song of Solomon being part of the few. What better way to spice up a film about the possession of a woman than to make her give birth to the Antichrist during the Exorcism? First priest do a shitty job and end up getting himself killed? Send in another one. He suck too? Send another only to have him end up fucking the woman. It's these kinds of decisions that made Song of Solomon a one of a kind possession film.

The acting was amazing for the majority of the characters. The weak link was obvious, and actually laughed at a bit during the Q&A after the showing, poor guy. The possessed woman, Mary, was brilliant. Her intensity was believable and she had an amazing presence on the screen. It's easy to look cheesy while trying to be creepy, especially when there is singing involved, but she was perfectly disturbing and disgusting. Her singing of the song matched the atmosphere of the blood soaked room. It was nice to see Gene Palubicki's face again after AGP: Bloodshock (2015). I feel his performance in this film was much stronger. The other priests were good as well.

There was plenty of blood and other bodily fluids to go around. Of course, my first mention is the vomit scene. The effects were perfect and the sound effects were unsettling. The only complaint I would have for the scene would be that it took WAY too long. The vomiting and swallowing of her innards had to have lasted several minutes, or at least it felt like it. It seemed like the shot was non edited time-wise, as if they used the entire footage instead of trimming some of the fat. It was memorable though. There were a couple scenes with plenty of blood and eyeballs spilling, as well as Satan-spawn semen. The shock factor was there and used adequately.

The production quality was obviously higher for this film than that of the previous films of AGP. Clear footage, clear sound, top notch effects. Nice angles and shot choices, overall a good little peak at the gore and depravity of indie extreme horror.

Overall: 9 / 10
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Post by: Mayvmi on February 06, 2019, 03:02:35 AM
American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice (2017)
Director: Poison Rouge
Initial release: March 1, 2017
Watched: September 22, 2018

Plot: 6 / 10
Acting: 7 / 10
Gore: 9 / 10
Cinematography: 7 / 10
Overall: 7.25 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

Pretty simple plot; a man mutilates himself in a bathroom for a long time with various tools to appease this goddess. Not a lot of settings as he spends the majority of his time in the bathroom and bathtub. There are cuts to this lovely little beach in between scenes every once in a while and at the end. Probably the most interesting part of the plot was the end with the appearance of the goddess.

The man was pretty good. His agony seemed realistic and his voice over didn't get annoying.

Excellent effects throughout the entire thing! Blood was beautiful and his injuries looked legit. I seriously thought to myself before I watched the film that I was going to be severely disappointed if there was no dick mutilation. I mean come on, after reading that the entire film was going to be self-torture of an almost nude man for more than an hour.. he's got to touch his dick sometime. Was not disappointed.

Good camera quality, especially for those closeups and beach shots. Probably wouldn't rewatch this very often, I'd give it at least a year before I do. It wasn't spectacular by any means but it didn't feel like a waste either. The gore category is why this film's rating is as high as it is.

Overall: 7.25 / 10
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Post by: Mayvmi on February 13, 2019, 01:41:57 AM
Brutal (2017)
Director: Takashi Hirose
Initial release: December 11, 2018
Watched: February 12, 2019

Plot: 7 / 10
Acting: 9 / 10
Gore: 10 / 10
Cinematography: 8 / 10
Overall: 8.5 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

The film did not waste any time getting into it. Basically, the film is split into three parts/chapters; "Man", "Woman, and "Man and Woman". The man is about, well, a man. He brutally murders women while announcing that nobody understands why he does the things he does. The woman brutally murders men, with heavy emphasis on mutilating the genitals. The man and woman happen to meet in the end and try to kill each other. The man then disrobes himself revealing his genital area with his penis removed, and disrobes the woman but realizes that she too had her genitals along with her nipples removed. After about 5 minutes of crying, they continue to stab each other until both are "dead". But in the end, the woman wakes up and holds her belly, feeling a heart beat. So the motive was interesting how they connected it to sexual nature, or lack there of with both the characters. I personally thought the ending was a little weak. Both the people sustained severe injuries and I don't think either one of them should have survived. Plus the addition of possible pregnancy kind of ruined it for me. It was a fun little watch though, running just over an hour.

The actors were amazing. All the victims screamed and cried and died beautifully. The woman was sincere and not corny when she would talk to her self, keeping a blank face rather than trying to look crazy, which is a mistake I think a lot of actors make. I find the blank nothingness more sinister. I was confused at the purpose of the couple, or guy and girl that would converse in between the long kill scenes. The first mention of them in the store made sense because of the statement about men and strength, leading you to believe that was probably one of the reasons the man killed. The man that tried to kill the woman in her chapter was a little random? Like he just happened to know she killed all those men and tried to fix the problem himself? But overall, the actors worked.

Plenty of blood, guts, meat, and bones. Not only did three girls get savagely beaten or stabbed to death within the first ten minutes, their bodies were also hacked, cooked, and poured down the toilet. First woman, beaten to death. Second woman, throat cut tot he bone for trying to escape. And of course the third woman, who offered sex in exchange for her life, was stabbed in the vagina 100 times and had her jaw clamped shut with a long nail through the bottom of her neck/chin. Two more moan were stabbed to death. The woman had her fair share of genital mutilation, showcasing several men being seduced then stabbed to death. The man and woman killers scene together was more beating and stabbing, not any more or less brutal than the previous murders. Pretty high body count for a 67 minute film. The blood was pretty nice, although some of the injuries looked as if they should've been worse, such as more bruises for the beatings and more blood for some of the cuts.

The film was a little shaky and a filter was definitely used on every frame, but it worked for the film. The gritty feeling of the footage added a sense of dirtiness to it, which really made the film feel gross.

Overall: 8.5 / 10
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Post by: Mayvmi on March 11, 2019, 05:03:13 AM
Luciferina (2018)
Director: Gonzalo Calzada
Initial release: March 15, 2018
Watched: November 12, 2018

Plot: 8 / 10
Acting: 7 / 10
Gore: 8 / 10
Cinematography: 9 / 10
Overall: 8 / 10


WARNING! Possible spoilers.

The story begins with two sisters who are polar opposites, the main girl who is a nun and the second sister who seems to have gone down the wrong path. They recently experienced the death of their mother, leaving their father bedridden in a state of shock and silence. The nun returns home to help with their dying father. We meet the troubled sister's boyfriend and group of friends pretty early, which end up being the group that go to a mysterious island in search of some magic plant that will allow them to leave their bodies without dying. It's pretty obvious at this point that the plot will involve some demonic entity, if not the devil himself, spoiler alert. Things turn ugly once the group finds the shaman who they believe will lead them to these drugs. They take turns drinking something from the shaman and begin to have severe reactions. Visions of black mass and her sister pregnant are the first realization that this quest was a mistake. Some turn up dead and the nun soon faces a fight with the devil himself. The nun, with the help of an old woman on the island, discover the deal with the devil her father had made, and must try to fight to free her soul. The sisters involvements in the ritual were directly responsible for the events that occurred. This made the plot better than most possession and demon films; the fact that this duel with the devil would not have come upon just anyone, but the sisters that were involved in a unknown deal years ago.

The acting was amazing from the nun, and I was surprised to not find more films she was involved in. The sister and boyfriend, along with the friends were good as well, although nothing special.

The blood and disturbing elements were amazing as well. Some of the first instances were bloody empty eye sockets where the young friends eyes were gouged out. The first appearance of the devil came accompanied by ripping the shaman's head from his shoulders. The final fight with the nun and the devil included some blood as well as other fluids that lead to the ending consequence.

Grateful that this film was shared with me because it's from Argentina. The film was shot very artistically, with some scenes reminding me of famous paintings of angels and demons. They most likely drew inspiration from them. Some cool effects were used when the effects of the drink started to take effect on the group. There was one scene in which the blinding light was a little too bright and kind of blew out the picture. Not sure if exposure was the issue that could have been fixed in editing or if that was the purpose of that shot. But overall, very beautifully filmed.

Overall: 8 / 10

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