Are you doing the other two as well? I refuse to acknowledge the others although I remember next to nothing about them
Definitely want to do Dawn - this would be by far the most violent film he’s seen yet though, so might give it a while. Having said that, he’s currently going to school in a shopping mall because the school he was supposed to be attending was found to have dangerously high levels of cancer-causing toxins in the air and the old Macy’s in the mall was determined to be the only empty building in our town large enough to house a school. So in many respects this would be the perfect time to do it.
Finished Clive Barker’s The Scarlet Gospels last night. From various things I’d read, I wasn’t expecting too much from this, but as it turned out, it’s a pretty fun romp. It definitely feels a bit fan-fictiony at times and it doesn’t have the same epic reach as the books of his I read immediately before this, but a lot of it works. Some of the ideas that Barker has here are genuinely disgusting/disturbing: a plague fog that causes the demons who encounter it to start sprouting extra eyes/mouths etc. My description can’t possibly do this justice as Barker’s prose just makes these scenes really unpleasant to read, in the best way possible. Still not sure that this is the send-off you’d want for Pinhead, but overall, I’m glad I read it. Finishing off my recent trip to the Barker-verse with Hellbound Hearts, a short story collection by various writers all set in the Hellraiser mythos.
Watched last night: Revenge Blimey, this is violent. Maybe it’s because I’ve been tending to focus on older films recently and so my tolerance of of onscreen violence has diminshed but this was pretty gruelling in places. I don’t know if ‘injury-porn’ is a sub-genre, but if it is, this would easily fit into this category, as there are several lingering scenes of fingers reaching into wounds to withdraw all manner of detritus. The film itself is entirely satisfying as an over-the-top, stylish revenge thriller. I felt genuinely tense for much of the running time: firstly in dread anticpation of the act that causes the titular revenge and then in the latter stages that something would prevent the revenge from being fully realized. I’ve read both for and against comments on this as a feminist work; the main arguments against seem to suggest that Jen, our protagonist, is presented far too salaciously for this to be truly feminist. I’ve only just watched this and need more time to think about it, but that argument doesn’t hold much water for me: yes, she’s scantily clad, and yes, she flirts with the men in the film and no, neither of those facts justify the assault of which she’s the victim. But then again, I’m also aware of the fact that I feel obliged to defend the films I watch and so maybe I’m simply making excuses for a film that panders to the male gaze while pretending to offer something different. Regardless, this is powerful stuff and when Jen’s revenge begins, I was 100% on her side and ‘happy’ to see her wreak the destruction that she does.
I saw this a few years ago on my first subscription cycle to Shudder. Pretty good film.
Starts off with a lot of action and just keeps going from what I remember.
Yep, it definitely builds. The final scene is ridiculously bloody.
Saw 3 is very bad. I was going to try and watch all of the sequels but I’m close to tapping out already.
From memory…that’s not even one of the particularly bad ones
Tonight’s film with my son is the original Diabolique. Guessing he’s going to really enjoy this as he loves older movies and really, what’s not to like? Hope the bathtub scene at the end isn’t too much for him!
Saw that for the first time last year and was really impressed! I thought going in that it was Danger Diabolik I was about to watch
2 was the only one I thought was decent, but the needle pin scene fucked me up
Wow - those are two very different movies! Just finished Diabolique - so good, I love the way Clouzot masterfully keeps ratchetinng up the tension.
Anyone watched Antebellum? Interested to see what people make of it, been quite looked down on it seems but I quite like it, a brave twist which I thought worked
Watched this today, absolutely loved it. Thought it had strong Ari Aster/The Endless vibes but also felt a bit like Zodiac/Prisoners as well, especially as it stretched out - I can understand people thinking it was a bit long but I liked how it just had a really sense of creepiness/dread that lingered as it went on, it never resorted to cheap jump scares or anything.
Looked up the Director and it turns out he’s worked with Fincher, which makes a lot of sense.
Thought James Badge Dale was brilliant as well, there were lots of reactions from him which I felt were very human and not too stagey.
9/10 from me!
Oh! And I watched The Wolf Of Snow Hollow last night. Really enjoyed it.
thought the reveal was a bit silly - no one suspected the 7 foot tall taxidermist?! but Jim Cummings is so fucking impressive as an actor, even if this was a little too close to the character/story from Thunder Road
Blair Witch 2 really is that bad
Made it to Saw IV then tapped out. I think the special effects and gore get much more fun as it goes on, but everything else is so much worse. The amount of Jigsaw lore in Saw IV is kind of incredible.
I did also try the 2017 soft reboot, titled ‘Jigsaw’ and it does away with much of that lore, which is good, but it’s quite dull. Like, it’s the second best Saw film but it’s very by-the-numbers and it’s shame they didn’t try and do something a bit more ambitious. I will of course be watching the new one, and my expectations are not high.
Oh one I did really enjoy is The Collector (2009). Starts off a little wonky, but it’s a great home invasion film. Really gross, really tense, and is silly in the right ways.