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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Anyone who says they don't find those last 15 minutes or so disturbing is not right in the head. My girlfriend got up and walked out the room saying "I can't take this anymore! What sort of fucked up person makes a film like this?" :lol:

That movie is just chilling and disturbing from start to finish. Even the opening sequence is one of the most unforgettable in cinematic history - without anything really happening in it.



And don't get me started on that squishy sound the first victim's head makes as it's caved in:

 
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Ride the High Country

Early Sam Peckinpah western about a trio of hired guns - two old veterans and one young newcomer - who agree to guard a shipment of cash, but each with his own motivation(s) for doing so. The film is notable for starring two western stars of prior decades, Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea, as aging versions of the sort of characters they used to play. The film deals with some of the same themes seen in later Peckinpah films like The Wild Bunch - i.e.: growing old, changing times, etc. - but in contrast to the hyperviolence of the later films, this is more of a slow, "talky" kind of western, though it does a very good job of generating empathy for its characters and their situations IMO. Great musical score too.

Rating: 7.5-8/10.
 
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The Vikings

I remember seeing this movie as a kid and thinking it was a surprisingly well-made action film. Just watched it again for the first time in decades, and my thoughts on it are basically the same. There are some hints of Hollywood cheesiness, but for the most part it rises above the usual cliches of that era's "historical epics," largely because it doesn't relegate its characters to simply "good" and "evil" roles. Also concludes with an epic battle finale.

Rating: 7.5/10.
 

AntG

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Brazil

This is a film I'd never seen before last night, now I've never taken LSD but I imagine it's effects are a little bit like watching Brazil, quite a mad film starring Jonathan Pryce as a clerk who becomes an enemy of society when he tries to amend a mistake made by a division of the overly bureaucratic government. Visually a stunning film and as crazy as I found it I can't say I didn't enjoy it.
 
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AntG

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Two classic horror/thrillers that fully stand the test of time. It drives me crazy that there are people who prefer Scorsese's ridiculously convoluted/over-the-top remake of CF over the original. :mad:mad4

Speaking of Carpenter, I'd say his version of The Thing is THE greatest sci-fi/horror film of all time, and Big Trouble in Little China is the greatest action movie parody/spoof of all time. The original Assault on Precinct 13 is also one of my favorite action/thrillers.
Definitely agree on Cape Fear, DeNiro goes way over the top and plays Cady like a Michael Myers type of character.

The Thing is up there with my favourites for sure as is Precinct 13.
 
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Brazil

This is a film I'd never seen before last night, now I've never taken LSD but I imagine it's effects are a little bit like watching Brazil, quite a mad film starring Jonathan Pryce as a clerk who becomes an enemy of society when he tries to amend a mistake made by a division of the overly bureaucratic government. Visually a stunning film and as crazy as I found it I can't say I didn't enjoy it.
Also a great political and social satire/commentary.
 

Pedderrs

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That movie is just chilling and disturbing from start to finish. Even the opening sequence is one of the most unforgettable in cinematic history - without anything really happening in it.



And don't get me started on that squishy sound the first victim's head makes as it's caved in:

TTCM is legitimately disturbing. Remove the opening and end credits, and you could probably convince me that this shit really happened. Look at how raw and unpretentious that first murder scene is. And to have the scene play out without any music until after the kill is genius. It gives the scene so much more weight.

Great film. I might have to watch it again sometime soon.
 

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Ride the High Country

Early Sam Peckinpah western about a trio of hired guns - two old veterans and one young newcomer - who agree to guard a shipment of cash, but each with his own motivation(s) for doing so. The film is notable for starring two western stars of prior decades, Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea, as aging versions of the sort of characters they used to play. The film deals with some of the same themes seen in later Peckinpah films like The Wild Bunch - i.e.: growing old, changing times, etc. - but in contrast to the hyperviolence of the later films, this is more of a slow, "talky" kind of western, though it does a very good job of generating empathy for its characters and their situations IMO. Great musical score too.

Rating: 7.5-8/10.



Ride the High Country

Early Sam Peckinpah western about a trio of hired guns - two old veterans and one young newcomer - who agree to guard a shipment of cash, but each with his own motivation(s) for doing so. The film is notable for starring two western stars of prior decades, Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea, as aging versions of the sort of characters they used to play. The film deals with some of the same themes seen in later Peckinpah films like The Wild Bunch - i.e.: growing old, changing times, etc. - but in contrast to the hyperviolence of the later films, this is more of a slow, "talky" kind of western, though it does a very good job of generating empathy for its characters and their situations IMO. Great musical score too.

Rating: 7.5-8/10.
This is Peckinpah doing a Boetthicer western. I like how he used Budd's favorite actor here as Scott's face fits right into these vast landscapes. Peckinpah is one of the more interesting western directors of the time, as you find a bit Ford here some Anthony Mann there, definite influence of Leone later, on yet besides being respectful he always creates something original. I love The Ballad of Cable Hogue.

 
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TTCM is legitimately disturbing. Remove the opening and end credits, and you could probably convince me that this shit really happened. Look at how raw and unpretentious that first murder scene is. And to have the scene play out without any music until after the kill is genius. It gives the scene so much more weight.

Great film. I might have to watch it again sometime soon.
The first kill, the locked off camera and the sound of that door shutting stayed with me for ages.

Excellent movie on a tight budget.
 
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Branagh's ode to Shakespeare, a beautiful filmed, well acted and well written exploration of Shakespeare's retirement. Not going to be for everybody as not much happens but I found it very enjoyable. Branagh is such a talented guy, it's disgusting.
 
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Resident Evil: Extinction (the 3rd RE movie)

When this movie came out, fans of the RE franchise that I knew felt it was just "meh." But I've always enjoyed it for its "Mad Max meets Dawn of the Dead" vibe. It's mindless, but fairly well-made and briskly-paced guilty pleasure fun IMO. Also has some bangin' babes. :yikes :hey :yep

Rating: 6.5-7/10
 
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Jim Jarmusch stinker, Midwest zombie pastiche that's unfunny, not scary, boringly slow as fuck with a juvenile script. And the acting is so stiff it's hard to tell who's supposed to be a zombie.
 
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Different tastes isn't it, some people found the Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity scary, I found them terrible.
Yeah true, different strokes for different folks. I didn't like Blair Witch. I recall watching it late at night in an old independent cinema which had decked the whole place out for the film. I watched it with some work friends and this Spanish girl sitting next to me was literally screaming and grabbing hold of me every few minutes, while I was bored out of my mind for most of the movie. Though the ending is brilliant and totally fucked with my head, walked home in the dark totally spooked out. But I'll never watch it again, sitting through all that tedious build up wasn't worth the pay off in my opinion.

What drove me crazy about Blair Witch was all the constant jump-cuts every few seconds. I found it to be incredibly distracting and prevented me from focusing on what was going on and what the characters were saying. This is especially significant since if you don't listen closely to what the characters are saying at the beginning, you won't understand WTF happens at the very end.

Contrast that with the longer, more continuous cuts used in the much earlier "found footage" classic, Cannibal Holocaust:

 

AntG

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The Killer

A stylish but ultra-violent Hong Kong action thriller directed by John Woo and starring Chow Yun Fat as a hitman who accidentally damages the eyes of a nightclub singer while carrying out a hit. He decides to take on a job in order to pay for an operation on her eyes before she goes blind permanently but the job goes awry and he gets double crossed.

Absolutely amazing film.
 

AntG

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Night of the Living Dead

The film which inspired several sequels, imitations, video games, books, comics, TV shows. Not bad going for a low budget exploitation flick and still a very enjoyable film today.
 
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Dominique 1978

A cross between Les Diaboliques and Gaslight with a touch of Rebecca thrown in. A slow burner that hasn't aged particularly well, it lacks something, be it the direction or the pacing, but I can't put my finger on it.
 
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