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Re: Mayvvmi's List
« Reply #60 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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« Reply #61 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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« Reply #62 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


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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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Re: Mayvvmi's List
« Reply #63 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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« Reply #64 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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« Reply #65 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


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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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Re: Mayvvmi's List
« Reply #66 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


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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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« Reply #67 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


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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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Re: Mayvvmi's List
« Reply #68 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.

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« Reply #69 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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« Reply #70 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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« Reply #71 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


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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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« Reply #72 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


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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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« Reply #73 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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« Reply #74 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?