Horror movies and TV series

Horror movie night this week was Ghost Ship. I’d seen it when it first came out but could remember nothing beyond the opening scene (hard to forget that opening scene.) My mate really enjoyed it but she’s much more into ghost stories than I am. The scariest thing about it was that it came out over twenty years ago (2002.) Anything after 2000 is filed in ‘very recent past’ for me which, clearly, is no longer the case.

Oh, I also enjoyed seeing numerous well known and not so well known (but who I’ve enjoyed watching recently) actors at the start of their careers and Gabriel Byrne.

Watched Omen 2 for the first time. There was one kill that was really good. The one with the doctor. There was one really stupid kill because it makes zero sense.

Spoiler:

A lady is hit by a truck. The scene makes no sense because her car broke down in the middle of the road. When she is hit the car is completely gone. They give us a camera view from inside the truck and you can see the road is completely empty. Can the devil make cars vanish? If so I guess he can do anything. If the car was still there the truck would have stopped. They should have had the truck be taken over by the devil and ram the lady crushing her between the truck and car.

Oddly enough the devil can do anything in this movie. He final destination kills multiple people and causes two people to drop dead.

This is a bad guy can do anything movie which makes almost all it pointless to me.

On a different note there is a statue of the Whore of Babylon 5 where she is riding a 5 headed serpent. I wonder if Tiamat the 5 headed dragon was inspired by it.

First movie was better.

The Whore of Babylon rides a creature with 7 heads and 10 horns. If there were only 5 in the movie then they (surprising, I know) took some artistic license with the scripture.

It's certainly possible that the D&D Tiamat was inspired by The Best of Revelation. But the name Tiamat is from an ancient Babylonian sea goddess.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

It's certainly possible that the D&D Tiamat was inspired by The Best of Revelation.

<3 this typo.

Chariots of fire!
Seas boiling!
Mark of the Beast!
Angels' trumpets!

(I haven't read Revelation in a very long time)

Watched Audition 1999 and it was a eye full. Most of the movie is calm. Then it builds to the climax. Here a guy uses a film to audition women for marriage. That doesn't go well.

I give the movie 8 needles out of 10. You rarely see someone so happy cutting off body parts.

Exorcist: Believer was not good. Was not expecting it to be but then it started off all ok. So I was hopeful. But once the possessions happened it seemed like the film editor started taking things out left and right. There seemed like several scenes were missing as characters were referencing things that didn't appear on screen.

So the pacing was all off and there was 0 drama build up. And even though there were two possessions where they were supposed to be linked they didn't really do much with that aspect.

A missed opportunity.

Yeah, I watched that last night. It was awful. They need to stop letting that guy make movies.

That said, I don't think I've liked any of the Exorcist movies. The Exorcist 3 probably would have been good if they let it just be a serial killer movie and didn't tack on the exorcism part at the end. I think maybe they just lose their effectiveness if you don't grow up being terrified of going to hell.

Supposedly the Exorcist TV series is actually good. I've got that on my list, but haven't gotten around to watching it yet.

Chaz wrote:

Supposedly the Exorcist TV series is actually good. I've got that on my list, but haven't gotten around to watching it yet.

I had watched the first season and recall it starting slow but then got good. For whatever reason I didn't watch the second season though.

Seem to remember there was a pretty good connection to the movie in the series that came as a surprise.

1st season is really good and linked to the 1st movie. 2nd season is also good, with a new story, but has a parallel plot that ends on a cliffhanger. I still recommend it.

Well so much for the revitalized Scream franchise. Berrera was fired last month. Ortega quit. And now the director is out too. The writer of the last 2 is left to pick up the pieces and see if he can make something out of a movie that lost its two lead characters.

Doesn't sound promising.

Maybe everyone will step back and cooler heads will prevail in a year or two.

I stumbled across this documentary about the original Dawn of the Dead.

Karen and I watched 30 days of Night last night, which has some really terrifying vampires thanks to astonishing makeup and creepy performances. The effect was slightly punctured when we suddenly realised that the head vampire bore an uncanny resemblance to the lead singer of a British band called The Pet Shop Boys. From that point on I half expected him to break into a stirring rendition of ‘West End Girls.’

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That's a pretty famous character actor.

He makes an excellent vampire.

Grandson of Walter Huston/son of John Huston/brother of Anjelica Huston = famous character actor.

30 Days of Night I remember being excellent. Due a rewatch I think.

I saw it a long, long time ago. It was better than I remember.

Higgledy wrote:

terrifying vampires (…) the head vampire bore an uncanny resemblance to the lead singer of a British band called The Pet Shop Boys.

Sometimes, you’re better off undead.