Horror movies and TV series

Watched Barbarian, looked at reviews on here and of my partner and seems I'm that guy who is going to point out that it's not that good. Ok let me correct that a little bit, the first couple of acts are good but it throws it all away with the 3rd act that had me laughing out loud at one point and rolling my eyes at the rest of it.

The first half was extremely good. The second half didn’t really work for me.

The Menu is up on Disney+ (I’ve been waiting for it to appear somewhere.) I watched the first half an hour just now but it was getting so good I decided I needed to save it for a movie night.

Evil Dead Rise looks like it might be fun, although I thought the sisters would be older

Higgledy wrote:

The first half was extremely good. The second half didn’t really work for me.

The Menu is up on Disney+ (I’ve been waiting for it to appear somewhere.) I watched the first half an hour just now but it was getting so good I decided I needed to save it for a movie night.

I watched The Menu a couple of nights ago, and absolutely loved it. Then I watched Soft & Quiet last night, and the less said about it, the better.

pyxistyx wrote:

without going into too many spoilers, is that worth a watch for someone who, say, generally has no interest in "horrible people-based / non-supernatural" horror and gets really annoyed at plot twists where the supernatural events are not actually supernatural after all? I can't seem to get a good gauge on what the hell that film is actually about without risking too many details revealed.

I'm going to say don't watch it, based on what you just said.

This week’s movie night movie was Fall (The Menu has moved to next week .) I really loved the concept, two women find themselves stranded at the top of an abandoned and impossibly tall, television antenna in the middle of nowhere (apparently it’s a real structure) but I honestly thought it would be underwhelming. I imagined it being either 80% set up and 20% scares or just generally poorly/cheaply done. Turns out it was exceptionally well made and they got to the terrifying tower as quickly as possible whilst taking the time to make you feel for the protagonists (I always think horror films are way more effective when you care about the people involved.)

There are always moments in films like this where unlikely things happen or people manage feats that seem impossible but over all the women’s efforts to save themselves feel horrifyingly real and the sense of vertigo involved in any climbing sequence, is astonishing. Many sequences played havoc with my knees and lower legs. You could tell how into it we were because we kept offering the characters advice or warnings and telling them not to be so stupid.

Brilliant, horrifying but brilliant.

I thought Fall was fantastic.

Tucked up with a mild case of covid, I reckon a Barbarian / The Menu double bill is on the cards!

Definitely

Part one of double bill done and Barbarian was ok. Very promising first half, ratcheted up the tension nicely, but then it misfired for me and a very average second half as others have mentioned.

One thing I will say...

Spoiler:

Justin Long doesn't appear to have aged since 2001 film Jeepers Creepers!

Bubblefuzz wrote:

Tucked up with a mild case of covid, I reckon a Barbarian / The Menu double bill is on the cards!

Thats an excellent double feature, I'd say.

I recall seeing the trailer for Fall a long time ago and being interested but then hadn't heard anything of it since. Doesn't look like its on any streaming services in the States yet.

There was another film kinda with a similar setup called Frozen (not the Disney movie) where three people are trapped on a ski lift after the ski resort was shut down for a holiday weekend. I remember liking that one.

Recently watch C.H.U.D which I probably hadn't seen in about 30 years. Pretty old in the tooth but still watchable. Has a few actors that went in to bigger and better things (John Herd, Daniel Stern) and even has a young John Goodman in there who has a small part.

Do not think I'll bother hunting down C.H.U.D 2: Bud the Chud. Do recall that one was pretty awful.

Crawley wrote:

I recall seeing the trailer for Fall a long time ago and being interested but then hadn't heard anything of it since. Doesn't look like its on any streaming services in the States yet.

I rented it via Amazon. It’ll probably end up free somewhere soon.

The Menu I enjoyed more, not amazing but good fun and solid throughout. Fiennes is top notch, Hoult's superfan well played.

I did wonder if I'd missed something...

Spoiler:

What happened to the superfan? He seemed to skulk off to the back office after being humiliated and did not return

I wonder if I can get in a third film for a horror triple today!?

Bubblefuzz wrote:

The Menu I enjoyed more, not amazing but good fun and solid throughout. Fiennes is top notch, Hoult's superfan well played.

I did wonder if I'd missed something...

Spoiler:

What happened to the superfan? He seemed to skulk off to the back office after being humiliated and did not return

Regarding your question...

Spoiler:

When Anya Taylor-Joy goes to the back a while later, you can see he has hanged himself. They don't show you his face, but you can see his body dangling.

And if you want a third movie, I would suggest Smile and Sissy. I watched both recently, and thoroughly enjoyed them (I liked Smile better). Surrogate was also good, but perhaps less satisfying.

Mario_Alba wrote:
Bubblefuzz wrote:

I did wonder if I'd missed something...

Spoiler:

What happened to the superfan? He seemed to skulk off to the back office after being humiliated and did not return

Regarding your question...

Spoiler:

When Anya Taylor-Joy goes to the back a while later, you can see he has hanged himself. They don't show you his face, but you can see his body dangling.

I didn't see that, ta.

Also thanks for the recommendations, Smile is in my watchlist.

I did make it to the triple...

I went with Hush. Effective, lean and very decent home invasion slasher on Netflix.

Deaf thriller author living alone in isolation defends herself against...

Spoiler:

an invader so full of grating hubris I really was rooting for the suitably mean and gory comeuppance.

On a par with The Menu on enjoyment scale.

I saw Hush a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Then again, I tend to like almost anything Mike Flanagan does.

Mario_Alba wrote:

I saw Hush a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Then again, I tend to like almost anything Mike Flanagan does.

I've been meaning to watch Gerald's Game for a while. Good?

That's the only one I didn't much care for, even though I love Stephen King. I was liking it okay, but lost interest halfway through the movie.

Mario_Alba wrote:

That's the only one I didn't much care for, even though I love Stephen King. I was liking it okay, but lost interest halfway through the movie.

Ahh ok. Maybe I'll place it a lil lower on the watchlist.

Who knows? Maybe you'll love it!

I liked Gerald's Game, but I also like the lead actress and all of Flanagan's work. Except for Netflix's insistence on calling it the Flanniverse. No, Netflix, no.

This evening's film... Don't Breathe 2.

I enjoyed the original. This not nearly as much, Lang just about holds it together well enough to make it watchable.

Mario_Alba wrote:

Who knows? Maybe you'll love it!

I shall watch it and see soon.

I really liked Don't Breathe, but I haven't seen the sequel. I think my wife mentioned it recently, so we might watch it soon. And, for some reason, Don't Breathe always reminds me of Lights Out, which I definitely recommend if you haven't watched it.

As for Gerald's Game, let us know!

Wanting to continue my horror binge but looking for something a bit different I watched Under the Shadow. A film set in Tehran during the 80s Iran/Iraq conflict. As much about the war, lack of women's rights and family as the spooky Djinn. Pretty good, worth a watch for a change of pace.

I saw that a while back and liked it as well.

I haven’t seen it. Next time I’m subed to Neflix I’ll give it a watch. I’ve rented Raw but haven’t plucked up courage to watch it yet.

Thin_J wrote:
pyxistyx wrote:

without going into too many spoilers, is that worth a watch for someone who, say, generally has no interest in "horrible people-based / non-supernatural" horror and gets really annoyed at plot twists where the supernatural events are not actually supernatural after all? I can't seem to get a good gauge on what the hell that film is actually about without risking too many details revealed.

I'm going to say don't watch it, based on what you just said.

Thanks!

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Most recent thing I watched was SMILE. It's ok. I feel like it got built up to be a lot as something special but aside from some nice eerie visuals it felt very much like any other 'haunted by a malicious demon' movie.

I didn't care for The Menu that much. I did like the look of the movie and the acting. I didn't find it funny or scary. I think many people will love it. I couldn't get into the situation at hand. However, I could watch Queen's Gambit all day.

Man do I want cheeseburger.