Horror movies and TV series

Stele wrote:
Mantid wrote:

I remember the Critter movies being campy fun. At least until they went to space (3 or 4, I believe). That never ends well for a horror franchise, unless it was in space from the start.

I thought they were always in space? Or at least the one character was a space bounty hunter tracking them. So very sci-fi from the start

Actually that does ring a bell. Been a long while since I've seen them.

Mantid wrote:
Stele wrote:
Mantid wrote:

I remember the Critter movies being campy fun. At least until they went to space (3 or 4, I believe). That never ends well for a horror franchise, unless it was in space from the start.

I thought they were always in space? Or at least the one character was a space bounty hunter tracking them. So very sci-fi from the start

Actually that does ring a bell. Been a long while since I've seen them. :?

HBO Max

I'm watching it now. They escape from a prison asteroid and are chased by shape-shifting bounty hunters. Makes me want to watch Suburban Commando. Now there's a horror movie.

Also, Billy Zane has a pony tail.

Update: Critters is much better than Ghoulies.

I had watched all the Critters movies a few months ago. That series definitely has diminishing returns. The first one was still a bit of fun. I probably hadn't seen the second one since being a teen and recall it being really good. But upon re-watching as an adult it was no where as good as I was remembering. The third movie was terrible but had a young Leonardo DiCaprio which was fun to see. And somehow Critters 4 managed to be even lower budget than 3 and was all around terrible.

I actually had to look at the imdb descriptions of the last two to remember what the plots were.

I was all crittered out by then so never got to Critters Attacks.

But around this time I was binging old horror franchises. I had gone through the Friday the 13th movies - never seen Jason Takes Manhattan or Jason Goes to Hell so those were new to me but equally crummy - Manhattan still has the best scene where Jason is walking down Times Square - but that was all of 5 minutes. And of course with Freddy Vs Jason I went and tried watching the Nightmare on Elm Street films. None of those films hold up other than Dream Warriors.

There's a pretty cringeworthy scene in one of the later films where in one of Freddy's nightmares he controls one of the kids in a video game style sequence. I think he even quips "Now you're playing with power!" Back then that was probably pretty awesome but ugh does not age well now.

It is kinda fun to go back and watch some of these franchise but at the same time it also feels like a bit of work as most of the films are not that good. A few drinks do help.

I’ve watched some Oatstudios shorts on Netflix. They’re very good even though the stories don’t conclude. Rakka, Firebase and Zygote are worth watching. They are somewhere between sci-fi and horror with Zygote being the one that’s pure horror. It is a tad derivative of The Thing but excellently done.

Adam looks like it might also have horror elements judging by the thumbnail but I’ve not watched it yet.

Speaking of Netflix, I’ve just started watching Brand New Cherry Flavour. Three minutes in and I really like it’s style. Nice to be grabbed from the get go for once.

Edit: Episode one down and I’m in. What an ending.

I halfway forgot that the Marble Hornets videos were so frightening. I don't think I ever made it to the end of them, so I may try to fit that in at some point this month. So this is just as much a reminder for everyone else as it is myself. Marble Hornets on Youtube...creepy, creepy stuff.

Higgledy wrote:

I’ve watched some Oatstudios shorts on Netflix. They’re very good even though the stories don’t conclude. Rakka, Firebase and Zygote are worth watching. They are somewhere between sci-fi and horror with Zygote being the one that’s pure horror. It is a tad derivative of The Thing but excellently done.

Adam looks like it might also have horror elements judging by the thumbnail but I’ve not watched it yet.

Speaking of Netflix, I’ve just started watching Brand New Cherry Flavour. Three minutes in and I really like it’s style. Nice to be grabbed from the get go for once.

Edit: Episode one down and I’m in. What an ending.

Brand New Cherry Flavor is bonkers. And I mean, really.

I’ll brace myself.

Stele wrote:

Apparently some cult show Darkplace is now on Amazon Prime. Just read an article linked from Twitter.

Also mentioned some 2018 film, Possum.

Wondering if I should check these out...

Can't believe nobody else replied to this. Yes, you absolutely must check out Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. You should note, however, that Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is not horror - Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is comedy through and through.

Also, it must always be titled as Garth Marenghi's Darkplace.

Serengeti wrote:
Stele wrote:

Apparently some cult show Darkplace is now on Amazon Prime. Just read an article linked from Twitter.

Also mentioned some 2018 film, Possum.

Wondering if I should check these out...

Can't believe nobody else replied to this. Yes, you absolutely must check out Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. You should note, however, that Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is not horror - Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is comedy through and through.

Also, it must always be titled as Garth Marenghi's Darkplace.

I didn't even realize that was what he was referring to since I've never seen it called just Darkplace.

They made a Chucky series.

Polygon gave it a decent review of the first four episodes:

The Chucky TV series is a red-blooded return to the films’ violent weirdness

I hate watching stuff weekly like a peasant! Let me binnggeeeee.

I am the exact opposite. I like having something to look forward to weekly. It also is difficult to talk about when one person is on episode 2 while another is on episode 9. I've also noticed I don't retain hardly anything when I binge stuff. Its just in and out of my brain. The eternal debate on streaming.

Sure, but you *could* just choose not to binge.

Whereas I *have* to wait. Like a plebe!

I'm doing this right now with Midnight Mass for example. Watching 2 episodes a week with a group of friends. Gonna see the last two episodes this week, actually!

And did the same for both of The Haunting shows.

So when I'm interested in something I'll ask friends if they're interested too, and if so, we can watch it together or at roughly the same pace.

If folks I know don't seem into it? I can gorge away.

Watching the Conjuring 2 and just don't like it. I'm rooting for the poltergeists.

James Wan just doesn't work for me. He's inventive, but the scary stuff is too expected and the characters feel stilted or thin. Can't quite put my finger on it.

Watched The Prince of Darkness for the third time and I have something to tell you and you not going to like it. I don't like this movie at all. Then why did I watch it three times. Well I watch most movies more than once even ones I hate. Then I complete forgot I watched this movie so here I am watching it again because it sounds like a movie I would like.

In this movie a ancient evil is woken up by some cosmic event. The protector of this evil just happens to die before passing on his knowledge about the evil. This evil is a bunch of green goo that is trapped in the basement of a church. The evil is also the son of a even greater evil god that is trapped in some dark realm. Evil green goo main mission is to free its father.

The cop from Halloween becomes a priest and forms a team with the cast of Big Trouble in Little China to fight the evil. While all that is going on someone is sending messages from the future about the evil. Also the evil green goo possessing people and doing all kinds of evil things that evil creature do. It creates a vessel to birth evil. It turns people into bugs. It plays with the radio. It rips the do not remove tags off of mattresses. Shoves sharp objects into places they shouldn't go. General evil stuff.

Sounds like a great movie right. No, makes no sense. The vessel was chosen at random on accident and there is no reason given to why it is needed since the evil god can walk through a portal and the green goo is already there. What is the vessel given birth to? No freaking idea. Who is sending messages back from the future. No idea. Is the green goo smart of stupid because first it tries to pull the god into our world through pocket mirror but it is to small. Shouldn't it have known a human sized evil god couldn't fit through a hand mirror.

I give this movie three to many times I watched this movie.

Also watched The People under the Stairs. This is a odd movie. The movie seems to be aimed at kids but have many scenes that are inappropriate for kids. Incest, implied child molesting, throwing around the n word, and implied child torture. Also I think it had a bad message going on that stealing is okay as long as you think the people deserve to get robbed.

Movie was okay in its weirdness. Doesn't make much sense. So many plot holes but it is like a disney movie so I didn't mind much.

I give it 7 trapped kids under the stairs.

Then I watched Like Dogs which is free on tubi. People are kidnapped and treated liked dogs literally. I really like the the first two thirds of this movie and the first twist or two. I didn't care for the last bit of movie but liked the movie overall. This movie goes to some weird incel places which will turn many people off. The main actress is great in this. She carries the movie on her back. The other people seem like they could be first time actors. They don't ruin the movie but the difference in acting skill is huge.

I give this 7 trapped people treated like dogs. They don't keep them under the stairs at least.

Also on tubi was Mohawk. This is very low budget movie about natives americans that kill some american colonizers. The americans did hunt them down for revenge. Then it gets weird. I liked the acting. Being so low budget the set design was nonexistence. I was woods and trees that was wasn't shot well but probably the best they could do. This was just barely above a good youtube movie done by nobodies. I'm going to bet 90% of the budget went into two scenes that looked pretty good.

This movie is basically a low budget Bone Tomahawk which is fantastic. See that movie instead or watch them both.

Watched the new Dune. Sandworms are scary.

Prince of Darkness transmissions are from the brotherhood of sleep. The disco light is locked from the inside and the anti-god swaps spit to allow the acolytes to open the doorway to let him out because he can't just ease on out the door. When Windham gets devoured by bugs, that's always a fun scene. The pulling through the mirror seems a Lovecraftish idea, and the movie ending at the mirror is definitely a Lovecraftish move. Dr. Loomis is Father Loomis now and somehow can actually stop the antigod, yet can't stop Michael Myers. Alice Cooper continues on his way after the antigod is defeated.

The scene in the basement with all the candles and almost the entire cast looks really good.

I watched the new Halloween movie today. It's really bad. Makes me feel better about not really liking the last one either.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Also watched The People under the Stairs. This is a odd movie. The movie seems to be aimed at kids but have many scenes that are inappropriate for kids. Incest, implied child molesting, throwing around the n word, and implied child torture. Also I think it had a bad message going on that stealing is okay as long as you think the people deserve to get robbed.

Movie was okay in its weirdness. Doesn't make much sense. So many plot holes but it is like a disney movie so I didn't mind much.

I love this movie. I am predisposed to love movies with houses with secret passages in the walls though so that may have something to do with it. I was probably 10 or 11 the first time I saw so you may be on to something about it being aimed at kids. I'm pretty sure it was my cousins favorite movie at one point and she's a year younger than me.

It was pretty trippy when I first watched Twin Peaks several years later and not only were "Daddy" and "Mommy" in it but married.

garion333 wrote:

James Wan just doesn't work for me.

The only movie he's made that I liked was Saw. Everything else has been boring and dumb. I do not understand why he gets so much praise.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Watched The Prince of Darkness for the third time and I have something to tell you and you not going to like it. I don't like this movie at all. Then why did I watch it three times. Well I watch most movies more than once even ones I hate. Then I complete forgot I watched this movie so here I am watching it again because it sounds like a movie I would like.

The Prince of Darkness was a big disappointment for me when I saw it. I’m not sure what I’d seen of Carpenter’s movies at that stage. Probably Halloween, The Fog and Christine. I may even have seen Dark Star (which is low budget as hell but worth checking out to see all the potential he showed and for a few fun, comedic moments.) Anyway, I was very excited to see a new carpenter movie. I spent the entire thing convinced it was going to get good any moment. It never did.