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Movie journal - January 2012

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Seven (1995)
First off, I want to wish everyone a happy new year!

Date: 1 January

*First time watch*

A truly great & disturbing thriller. The acting is great, especially by Morgan Freeman & Kevin Spacey. Brad Pitt was decent, though.

It's obviously the father of the Saw-franchise, but I found this one to be much more disturbing & unnerving than any of the Saw films.




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People who added this item 566 Average listal rating (326 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.2
Date: 2. January

*re-watch*

I know I'm going to get a lot of crap for this, but I think this movie is phenomenal.

Don't get me wrong, it's really disturbing & gruesome, but it's an extremely powerful film with some great metaphors, if you're willing to look past the gruesomeness on the screen.

Oh and just because I think the film is great, doesn't mean I enjoy watching some of the scenes in it. I find them sickening and repulsive, but the film leaves more of an impact with them.

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People who added this item 20 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 4.6 IMDB Rating 3.4
Rats (2003)
Date: 2. January

*first time watch*

A really bad film, but it's got some enjoyable parts. The CGI in this is laughable, and it's too bad they didn't use the big rat puppet more because it looked much better.

Overall, I only recommend this one to b-movie fans, but it's not as entertaining as b-movies like Slugs.

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People who added this item 286 Average listal rating (179 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.5
Date: 2. January

*first time watch*

A classic ghost story with a slow pace.

It's really similar to Ti West's other film,The House of the Devil, but this one wasn't so graphic and it didn't have as much horror elements.

The characters were really likable, especially the main girl, Claire (portrayed by Sara Paxton). It dragged a few parts, but the final act was pretty damn creepy.

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People who added this item 37 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 5.2
Date: 3. January

*first time watch*

I really enjoyed this extremely violent slasher, but it was slightly disappointing as a sequel.

The first "Laid to Rest" took me by surprise with it's gritty style, extreme violence, bad-ass villain and mysterious story.

This sequel has a much weaker and more confusing story, and the characters are much weaker. Chromeskull is still as bad-ass as he was in the last one, though.

I'd recommend it, but don't go in expecting an incredible story.

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People who added this item 19 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 5.7
Chop (2011)
Date: 3. January

*first time watch*

A really well-made & funny horror-comedy, that parodies the modern revenge & torture films.

The acting is surprisingly good, and the story is full of hilarious twists and turns.

My only problem is that the movie is a little bit too short, and it felt like something was missing.

Still, I highly recommend this indie gem.

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Kill List (2011)
Date: 4. January

*first time watch*

An unique, slow-build thriller/horror, with a really shocking finale, but the first act drags a bit, though.

This movie isn't for everyone, since it's pretty weird, but I would suggest having patience while watching it, and going in with an open mind.

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Black Death (2010)
Date: 6. January

*first time watch*

I didn't have any high expectations for this one, but I was really surprised by how good it was.

Everyone did a good job in it, especially Sean Bean, and the cinematography is great.

The twist in this one isn't really original or genius, but it took me by surprise.

Overall, a good film that's worth a watch.

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People who added this item 1820 Average listal rating (1249 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
Date: 7. January

*first time watch*

I had very low expectations, since I thought it looked a little bit silly from all the advertising, but I was completely blown away by it!

The cast was great, especially John Lithgow and Brian Cox, whom both are some of my favorite actors.

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People who added this item 74 Average listal rating (32 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.5
Date: 8. January

*first time watch*

A really silly b-movie, with a lot of really funny and entertaining parts. Roddy Piper is priceless in this one, and I really like the "frog people"-costumes.

I recommend it, but you got to be in the right mindset when watching it.

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People who added this item 214 Average listal rating (124 ratings) 4.3 IMDB Rating 4.6
Date: 8. January

*first time watch*

I honestly don't think this is as bad as everyone says it is. Some of the characters are much more sympathetic than the douchebags in the other Hostel-films (there are still a lot of douchebags in this one, though), and I enjoyed it more than the first one.

My main issue with this one is that it's way too tame. It skimps on a lot of the gore, and some of the deaths are really weak.

If you're a fan of the Hostel-films, you most likely might be disappointed. But for me, it was worth a watch.

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Eaters (2011)
Date: 11. January

*first time watch*

The story is pretty bad, but overall it's a really entertaining indie flick.

The characters are actually pretty good, and the zombie sfx are really well-made.

I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, but I enjoyed it very much.

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They Live (1988)
Date: 13. January

*first time watch*

Goddamn, this is an awesome film!

Roddy Piper & Keith David seem to have really much fun in their roles, and they do a great job portraying the two anti-heroes.

The disguised aliens & the subliminal messages were really paranoia-inducing, but also darkly funny.

Overall, I really liked this film, and I recommend it to fans of John Carpenter, and people who just want a clever and really entertaining film.

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Platoon (1986)
Date: 14. January

*first time watch*

I absolutely loved this one.

The acting is great, the directing & cinematography is great, and the music is absolutely gorgeous.

People may disagree, but I thought this was an absolute masterpiece.

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Drive (2011)
Date: 15. January

*first time watch*

This movie, in my opinion, is one of the most perfect movies I've ever seen.

The music, the cinematography, the writing & the acting... everything is incredible.

It contains a lot of really shocking and realistic brutality that really hits you right in the stomach.

Not everyone may like it as much as I do, but I will always call this a masterpiece.

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Date: 19. January

*first time watch*

A really fun and entertaining Jaws-ripoff, that made me laugh out loud at times.

recommended for b-movie lovers.

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Scarface (1983)
Date: 22. January

*first time watch*

A great mafia-film that shows the rise & the downfall of a "bad guy".

The soundtrack & the cinematography was great, and the acting was superb.


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Phenomena (1985)
Date: 22. January

*first time watch*

A suspenseful slasher film, mixed with both giallo & supernatural elements.

The acting is sometimes really good (Mostly because of Donald Pleasence & Jennifer Connelly), but other times, it's pretty bad.

The kills were great, and the reveal near the end was pretty creepy.

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Amer (2009)
Date: 25. January

*first time watch*

I seriously weren't sure what I had watched, so I had to take some hours to think about it. I can't go into the details, since it'll spoil the film.

It's truly a unique and surreal film, and a definitive mindfuck.

It's not for everyone, though, so I'll only recommended to people who like art-films and surrealism.


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People who added this item 383 Average listal rating (215 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.2
Tenebre (1982)
Date: 28. January

*first time watch*

This got to be my favorite film by director Dario Argento. As much as I love Deep Red, I liked this one more.

The story is really suspenseful, the visuals are great, the soundtrack is groovy & the kills are really graphic.

A must watch for fans of Giallo-films.

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Green Lantern (2011)
Date: 8. January

No... Just No...
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Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jan 7 22:36
I'll have to check out "The Innkeepers". I enjoyed "House of the Devil" but haven't seen any of his other films. The bleak rating for "Cabin Feaver 2" sort of sent Ti West off my radar.

Ah, I also liked "The Black Death" watched it with "Brotherhood of The Wolf" and it just worked well together.
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jan 8 10:42
Oh my. Two views of A Serbian Film! I'm afraid to watch it once.

If you found Chop too short, you'll probably be a tad annoyed at Tucker and Dale vs. Evil's brisk 80 minute run time. But it's a fun 80 minutes!
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jan 8 18:28
You kicked off 2012 with one of my favorites! Definitely want to see Innkeepers. Ti West was in town a couple months ago for a screening of it with House of the Devil, and had I heard in time I would've gone.

My list for January is now up if you'd like to check it out. :)
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jan 8 23:42
Guess I'm going to have to give Rise of Planet of Apes a chance. I thought the trailers looked terrible too, but I keep seeing good feedback on it.
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jan 12 13:53
About Eaters: Yes, the story isn't the strongest quality of the movie, so is the acting, I enojed it mostly for its visual effects. I'm happy to see it is known outside Italy.
About Green Lantern: Hahaha what a pity. :D Reason A or reason B?
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jan 12 17:25
To compare 'Saw' and 'Seven' is rather ridiculous. I'm not a fan of 'Seven' but David Fincher has nothing to do with and doesn't care whatsoever for the tortur porn spread by 'Saw' and its sequels.

And what's next ? 'The Shining' is the grand-father maybe? Kubrick and Fincher are really from another level than those guys, please...
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jan 12 22:13
Very interesting reads here! Great comments on each one and I think you nailed The Green Lantern!

Anyway, I think I agree with Johan... Se7en "the father of SAW movies"..? I don't think so. Try out The Wizard of Gore 1970, directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis and then you will see!
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jan 13 5:35
The reason why I called Seven the father of Saw, is because it's so obvious an inspiration, especially to the first Saw, which is more of a psychological thriller than a torture film.

I'm not comparing them both quality wise,though.
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jan 13 6:18
Just to chime in on the Saw influences...I could see an argument where Seven could be an influence on the first film. But Saw primarily came out of the final ending of Mad Max. So if any movie is it's father, it would be Mad Max. ;)
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jan 13 8:10
Never seen Mad Max, but I will say that the first time I watched the original Saw, Seven was the first movie to come to mind. I do think the makers of Saw were trying to evoke a good deal from Seven on that first go round.

Now Fincher probably wouldn't be happy to hear his work mentioned in the same breath as Saw, but I don't think it's unreasonable to think that the makers were conscious about emulating some of the tone/feel/look of Seven.

Anyways, I know I'm in the minority, but I'm not ready to say that David Fincher is all that elevated to a higher level than a lot of directors. I mean no offense to johan, but I think it's a toss up whether or not David Fincher's name looks more appropriate next to James Wan or Stanly Kubrick.
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jan 13 9:19
Haven't seen Mad Max, but I have a hard time picturing a post-apocalyptic movie as an inspiration to saw, haha.

And thanks for agreeing, Xanadon't. I don't think it's the exact same movie, but the first Saw is really similar to Seven at points.
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jan 13 10:26
Yes Orlok, if you want to talk in psychological terms, then yes, I think that Se7en can be considered the father of the first SAW film only (I only mentioned Wizard of Gore because you wrote "Saw-franchise")

But I honestly think that from SAW II onwards you can say Wizard of Gore... WOG probably invented the torture-porn sub-genre and SAW (especially from II onwards) kinda bought it to mainstream!
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jan 13 10:59
I agree with the most of things you're saying.

Saw just evolved into gore films in the sequels, but they still have the principle of punishing the "sinners" and so on.

What I disagree with, is the use of the term "torture-porn". I don't think Saw is torture porn since, whether good or not, it's got an actual storyline through the films.

Movies like the Hostel-series, The Guinea Pig-series & the August Underground films fits the term "Torture Porn" more, since they've got little to no story, and they contain full-on sadistic torture for the most time.

I can't say I support what Saw has become, though. I enjoy some of the sequels, but I prefer the psychological elements of the first one.
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jan 13 19:10
Storyline or not, SAW is considered torture-porn because it shows the killings in full view. It glorifies the violence and the total vulnerability of the human body and purposely exploits the gruesomeness of it all (check out when Charles from SAW V dies)...

So it doesn't matter whether the storyline is good or not, it how and what they show and SAW definitely follows all rules from torture-porn book!

And Orlok, I really agree with you on what you said about the psychological elements of the first one....
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jan 13 19:28
I see.

Well, I've always viewed torture-porn as movies without any real story, containing only long scenes of violence like Mordrum or Guinea Pig.

I just want to finish this discussion with saying, I think Seven still was an inspiration to the FIRST Saw. The rest got some of the same concepts, but are very different.
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jan 14 14:22
If you want torture-porn, go see Captivity, the box-office flop. I've never seen it. But I'll reccommend Zodiac, directed by David Fincher. It's shows horror by suspense and is based on a true life killer.
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jan 14 18:03
@Ryan P.

From what I've heard, Captivity sucks, so no. :P

I will watch Zodiac sometime, I just haven't gotten around to watch it yet.
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jan 18 6:01
Glad you enjoyed They Live! And I highly recommend you watch Mad Max, and then Road Warrior. And Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is worth watching once if you enjoy those, but not as good as the others. And whenever you watch Mad Max, when you see the ending you'll understand what I mean. ;)
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jan 18 7:18
Alright! Another Drive fan! When I first saw the film I never would've guessed it would get such positive word-of-mouth. Love it.
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jan 18 14:25
ok, ok, I agree, you can see similarities between 'Seven' and 'Saw'. Nice discussion here!

However, it is rather funny that you would argue that 'Saw' is no 'torture-porn' when it is actually one of the founding fathers of this boring and uninteresting genre.

By the way, I saw 'Captivity' just last week and you are right, it is not worth a look whatsoever....

'Zodiac' is very good, way better than 'Saw' and even 'Seven' if you ask me. Still, it is an acquired taste : No action scenes whatsoever, rather long and slow, cerebral and character driven.
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jan 18 15:18
@Johan

Saw made "torture porn" mainstream, but it's far from the founding father. The first Saw is, as I said, a psychological horror movie. The rest turned into "gorefests", because people wanted to see more and more gruesome scenes.

However, there's a lot of films that contains extreme torture & gore, that were made decades before Saw. Like: Guinea Pig (1985), Bloodsucking Freaks (1976) & countless of other exploitation films.

So, I won't call the first Saw "torture-porn" at all, but I can understand you if you say so about the sequels.

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