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My Horror Film Diary-2014

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People who added this item 560 Average listal rating (369 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4

I started this year out good with what has become my favorite film to deal with body snatchers/pod people so far. They just don't seem to make movies quite like this anymore. This film is scary, itense and disturbing. Thanks in part to some fantastic special effects sequences, but more in thanks to flawless, expert direction. There are so many subtle touches throughout this film that make it even scarier than it could have been. The cast is excellent as well with fantastic performances by Donald Sutherland and Jeff Goldblum and others. Added all up, this is an amazing film. The only thing missing is that magical "10" feeling. Mandatory viewing.
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People who added this item 166 Average listal rating (106 ratings) 5.1 IMDB Rating 5.1

I've never read or even heard of the graphic novels prior to this film coming out, therefore I have no emotional investment in those. I knew that most people hated this movie, but it looked like so much fun that I had to give it a try. Truth is, this film has alot of fantastic ideas, but the excution is horrible. Lightning fast editing creates a feeling of general dis-connect from the characters. Also, the writer had a hard time making the dialogue between them interesting at all, which is a huge failing for a movie that should be so interesting. Brandon Routh is fantastic in the title role. One only wishes he was in a more deserving film. Sam Huntington is also good as Dylan's loveable sidekick, Marcus. The only other compliment I can pay this film are it's fantastic special effects. Otherwise this is a dissapointing, sluggish and cheesy failure of a horror film.
People who added this item 63 Average listal rating (39 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.7
Night Train (2009)

I've been interested in this film for a while. It sounded interesting and the three leads are favorites of mine, so I figured it had to be worth at least a look. The thriller elements are very generic, without much suspense up until the end. The supernatural twist also doesn't go anywhere and you find yourself wanting to know more about it. But the actors are good and it's a watchable film. Just a little meh.
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People who added this item 2695 Average listal rating (1735 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
Carrie (1976)

I saw this many times as a child, but didn't remember much of it. I figured now would be the perfect time for a re-watch what with the re-make approaching DVD release. I understand why this film is a classic, but it's just not my cup of tea. It's incredibly hard for me to watch people being bullied, so several scenes in this film almost reduced me to tears. Also, not that much really happens until the very end, which is a shame considering all the possibilites that went un-tapped. Sissy Spaceck and Piper Laurie are incredible in their roles as well. But in the end I thought this was a merely decent horror flick that hits just a little to close to home for my comfort.
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People who added this item 91 Average listal rating (58 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.6
The Gathering (2003)

This one has intriuged me for a while. It's definetly an underrated little flick with a few nifty ideas up it's sleeves. I liked the whole "those who came only to watch" idea, but I wish they had done a little more with it. Instead, the writer attempted to tell two other stories along with the first. Sometimes they blend well, other times they don't which leaves a few plot-holes. However this is a creepy, well made and interesting enough film to compensate for those flaws. Give this one a try, it deserves more love.
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People who added this item 393 Average listal rating (280 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.8
Phantasm (1979)

I've seen the second film in this franchise and loved it, so I was more than eager to snatch this one up. While this is a great film I definetly feel that the sequel was much more polished and realized. However, this is still a classic horror film. It's got a few ideas that don't really work, and sometimes the low-budget is obvious but it's such an original concept that you can't help but be in awe at it. Not a perfect film, but one that every horror fan should see.
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People who added this item 298 Average listal rating (214 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.1

Out of all the Stephen King mini-series this is the least well recieved. This had thus far dampened my excitement to see it. Some loved this film, some hate it and some think it's merely okay. I'm in the latter majority. The characters are interesting, and at first it's quite creepy, but I wonder if perhaps it wasn't such a good idea to extend the length of this one. It almost hits the three-hour mark and there's to much un-interesting talking and fighting for that to be okay. In fact, the titular monsters seem to be an afterthought next to the half-baked time travel plot. Said monsters are rather dissapointing once we finally get to see them due to extremely poor CGI effects. This could have been a great film, but as it stands it's merely a mildly absorbing, but much too long TV film.
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People who added this item 741 Average listal rating (416 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.9
Carrie (2013)

Mixed feelings on this one. While it's definetly better than the original in some ways, this remake is not in others. First of all Chloe Moretz was not the right choice for the role of Carrie. It's hard to believe that such a beautiful girl would be the outcast, and she just doesn't bring the same master touch to the performance as Spaceck did. Julianne Moore is decent as Carrie's insane mother, but again, nowhere near the level that Piper Laurie was in the original. The rest of the cast does fine, but I have one major complaint concerning them. Moretz was actually 16 during this film, so she looks her part, but the rest of the cast's true age stands out next to her. It's more obvious than ever that these are a bunch of 20 year olds playing teenagers, which feels a bit odd. But the slick direction saves the day, with a finale that feels like what the original should have been. The end is worth seeing the whole film through, but I'll need another watch to fully gather my thoughts on this one.
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People who added this item 409 Average listal rating (284 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.5
You're Next (2013)

While not quite the ground-breaking horror flick the presses made it out to be, this old-school horror flick with a 21st century asthetic is a breath of fresh air for true genre fans. A new classic.
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People who added this item 102 Average listal rating (66 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6

I first encountered this film when I was a child and a VHS copy of it was lended to my parents by a friend. Back then, the very first scene in itself frightened me so much that I refused to continue watching it. Now, with a suitable taste for horror this movie isn't as emotionally scarring as before, but I'm glad I finally tracked it down again. It's a fun, creepy flick that I'm suprised didn't get more attention. It's got a unique story, peppered with interesting characters (albeit the main man being a little TOO much of a jackass) and a suprising ammount of blood for an HBO production. Be warned that there's not alot of straight up vampire action until the end, but the rest is certainly interesting, and the ending is polished and fantastic enough to make up for it. In fact the ending of this film makes it into the greatest horror film endings I've ever seen. It's got it's flaws, but this is mandatory cult viewing for true horror fans.
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People who added this item 82 Average listal rating (55 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 5.1
Strangeland (1998)

If there's anything that makes me hate this film more than I already do it's the DVD commentary. Snider just thinks he's so awesome, starting out his track by lambasting every current horror franchise at the time of this film's release. He may as well have called himself God and just said "I'm awesome" over and over. During the credits he even has the nerve to call out his negative reviewers as morons. Did this guy seriously watch his own movie? It and he blow balls. If anyone wanted to pinpoint the source of modern torture porn films, this would be the first and easily one of the worst. Snider can't write sensible dialouge to save his life, and the film wreaks of his self rightousness. He's trying to become a horror icon, diginified thriller screenwriter and genre master all at the same time, yet he fails miserably. The concept here is intresting, but totally butchered into a confused film that can't decide whether it's torture porn, a phsycological thriller or just something pathetic. It fails at everything but the latter. Snider...go jump off a bridge.
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People who added this item 59 Average listal rating (32 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 5.4
Sssssss (1973)

This one's been sitting in my collection for some time now, seeing as it just didn't look that interesting to me. Being the bored teenager that I am, however, I finally decided to give it a shot. It's not really anything special, but there's just something fascinating about this film. Perhaps because it teaches you more about snakes than any textbook I've ever read. The downfall is that nothing much really happens until the end. I get the feeling the film would have benefitted from being a little more edgy as well seeing as it's rated PG, an extremely rare rating for films in this genre. The acting is strangely good as well. To conclude, there's nothing special about this film, but yet it's entertaining.
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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 4.2

This is the first great horror film of 2014 and the best in a few years. I can't recall the last recent horror film that actually scared me, but this one definetly wins that honor. We haven't had a great POV horror film like this since Cloverfield and I love the sub-genre. This one is full of creepy "urban legend" style atmosphere, and an explosive finale that will leave viewers jaws agape. This is a fantastic horror flick, that serious genre fans should definetly check out, and is sure to become a classic. It gives me hope again that no matter what, the horror genre will always be producing great films. POV fan or horror fan, this is required viewing.
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People who added this item 69 Average listal rating (48 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.6
Bad Milo! (2013)

The horror comedy equivelant of a Wyan's brother production. This film is chock full of great ideas that are skewered thanks to a juvenile sense of humor that just isn't as funny as it thinks it is.
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People who added this item 347 Average listal rating (200 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.5
Byzantium (2013)

Anything involving Neil Jordan and vampires is a sure watch for me, and I've been waiting to see this one for a long time. So is it as good as Interview With The Vampire? No. Is it a new classic? No, again. But it is a comptent, well-crafted and fairly original vampire film. The biggest problem is a lack of truly interesting plot developments for about the first hour, the second being much more interesting. Also, the contemporary story sometimes drags as you want to more about the origin story peppered throughout. As I've said before, I'm not a big fan of films that structure their plot backwards, and this film is a horrid offender in that area. However, a good second act, great performances from the whole cast and a few fantastical scenes keep it from being average. It's mishandled, but fans of Jordan's work, vampire enthusiasts or Gemma Arteron oglers should definetly check it out.
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People who added this item 81 Average listal rating (46 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 5.7
The Burrowers (2008)

I saw this film once, when I was considerably younger and it rather dissapointed me. Now, remembering almost nothing about it, I decided I'd give it another try. But yet again, this one just fails to impress me. The concept is original, and it's nice to see a modern creature feature use practical effects, but it just doesn't do everything it could have. It tries to be both a horror film and a western, and sadly is better at the latter. That's not to say the horror parts weren't well excuted, just not as well as the character development and Cowboys vs. Indians stuff. That's saying something, considering I'm not a big fan of westerns. Yet, it's entertaining and well made enough to warrant a watch, and on the horror end it does have an oldschool style, it's just a bit of a wasted opprotunity.
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People who added this item 314 Average listal rating (196 ratings) 4.9 IMDB Rating 5.2
Apollo 18 (2011)

I was pretty hyped for this one back when it came out, but after seeing all the bad press and scathing reviews I avoided it. After enjoying Black Water Vampire so much, however, I have a renewed interest in POV horror films and ignoring the negativity I picked this one up quickly. POV films usually don't make me dizzy, but this one wins the "honor" of being the first to do so. I understand why this film was shot the way it is, but the overly spastic and malfunctional cameras are the film's biggest killing point. This film would have been at least medicore, if every time something interesting happened the camera didn't start getting fuzzy and go out of focus. When we do get to see anything the CGI effects are obvious, which is a huge crime for a POV film that's trying to convince you it's real. The whole "moon rocks" idea is original as well, but rather perposterous and cheesy. The acting is top notch, which besides a few well directed scenes is the only compliment I can pay this diasaster of a movie. You're better off skipping it.
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People who added this item 392 Average listal rating (209 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 5.9

I've been catiously interested in this one for awhile, but never made the desicion to spend a few bucks on it. But with Christina Ricci, Liam Neeson AND Justin Long in it, I figured I would like this one. And for the most part, I enjoyed it. But there's a few confusing inconsistencies I have to figure out before I can really weigh in on it. This is definetly a "mind-fuc%" film, and it requires alot of, shall we say, after-thought. Another view is definetly in order. But the cast is perfect, the direction is fantastic and I really dig the emo/gothic imagery and vibe. And if none of that interests you, it's got Ricci nude for a big chunk of the film. In fact that part is a little shameless as the director clearly exploits the actress. That aside, however, this is a pretty good, underrated and creepy little horror flick.
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People who added this item 834 Average listal rating (558 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Angel Heart (1987)

This one has been in my watchlist for some time, and although I had the ending spoiled for me that didn't make me any less interested. All in all, I get why some people might love this film so much, but for me it was rather sluggish and dis-tasteful. Don't get me wrong, this is a decent film, but it's slow pace drags for most of the film. The atmosphere is extremely brooding and the performances are pretty good for the most part. Perhaps if the ending hadn't been spoiled for me, I would've reaped more from this one, because that part is easily the best in the whole film. The rampant and un-nessacary nudity also isn't up my alley. This one is okay, but just not my cup of tea.
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People who added this item 177 Average listal rating (107 ratings) 5.1 IMDB Rating 5.4
Intruders (2011)

This is one of those annoying films that bills itself as an outright horror film, but is really nothing but a psychological thriller. Don't get me wrong, on those grounds this is a decent film, but the entire ordeal is structured and marketed as a horror film, making it quite dissapointing. If you like psychological thrillers like Jacob's Ladder, Identity etc. then you should definetly check this one out. If you're looking for a horror film, look elsewhere.
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People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 3.8 IMDB Rating 3.2
Lake Placid 2 (2007)

The original Lake Placid is one of my favorite horror films, and though these sequels have in-famously bad reputations I figured I should at least give them a try. After watching this one, I think I'm better off skipping the rest. You'd expect bad acting from a Syfy movie, but not from John Schneider. The CGI effects are also horrendous, and not the kind of horrendous you can overlook either. The humor also grates throughout. An awful sequel.
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People who added this item 553 Average listal rating (351 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.6

I didn't even make it through the first 20 minutes of this film before I had to turn it off. The entire point of a POV film is to create the illusion that what you're watching is real, Romero completely destroys that feeling here by adding FREAKING music and hiring the worst possible actors he could have for the job as well. The directing and writing is also done in such a way that it feels like a POV film attempting to be a regular zombie movie. The point of this genre is that you're not supposed to see everything from all sides. It's supposed to be realistic. But this film pays no attention to those rules, destroying all notion of suspense and rendering Romero's intentions unclear. I've never been a big fan of his zombie films, but these more recent efforts are appaling insults to a genre he all but created. I'm sadly shocked.
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People who added this item 93 Average listal rating (62 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 5.9
Castle Freak (1995)

I've been wanting to see this one for a long time, ever since I saw Dagon and became a fan of Stuart Gordon's work. Sadly, I wasn't too impressed with this one. Being a Gordon film, you should expect some gore and un-pleasent scenes but the low-budget asthetic here makes those scenes feel downright exploitive, giving the film a nasty, grimy, sometimes sadist-porno feel. Seriously, there's some scenes in this film that will make you want to look away. The only saving grace? Jeffrey Combs is exceptional in his role as a tormented father, who grieves the loss of his son due to his own alcholism. Sadly, the rest is pretty bad.
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People who added this item 418 Average listal rating (291 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 5.1
Stay Alive (2006)

This one has been on my watchlist for a long time, but due to it's "ghosty" plot I've been a little weary about it. I finally sucked up my phobias and gave this one a try, and overall I'm glad I did. This is by no means a perfect movie. It's full of plot-holes, a cheesy story and sometimes medicore CGI effects. On the other hand, it's just so dang fun and original, with a good cast of likeable characters and some cool death scenes. If you can handle some cheese and alot of 21st century culture then you might enjoy this one.
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People who added this item 75 Average listal rating (46 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.1
Suck (2011)

I saw the trailer for this one a while ago and have been looking for a copy ever since. After all, this film combines my two favorite things, horror films and rock music, so I had to see it. All in all, it wasn't as good as it could have been, but for the most part I had fun with it. I definetly dig the vibrant, colorful look, seeing as in the digital age most horror films have been somewhat bland in the cinematography department. There were plenty of funny bits as well, and the story rings in alot of places for someone chasing the "rock 'n' roll" dream such as myself. It's just not as good as it could have been, and the ending is somewhat of a downer, sort of making me hope for a sequel. Still, if you love rock and horror then you should check this one out for sure.
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People who added this item 1541 Average listal rating (1006 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5

I watched this film once before and wasn't too impressed with it. In fact, I hated it. I was expecting Jason and I was expecting buckets of gore, neither of which this film has. Okay, so it has gore, but it's nowhere near the standards of modern slashers. Anyways, I enjoyed it quite a bit more this time, seeing as I knew what to expect. This film is just a classic, plain and simple. And what few kills it does deliver are enough to satiate some blood lust, with Kevin Bacon's death scene among the heighlights. A word to the wise, watch the uncut version, because almost all the kill scenes are scrapped from the cut version. Betsy Palmer also turns in a fabulous performance as Pamela Vorhees at the end, capping the film off with a killer ending. Not anything mind-blowing or fiercely original, but this is just a good, old-fashioned fun slasher flick. And there's nothing wrong with that.
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People who added this item 661 Average listal rating (449 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.1

Just to be clear, I recently purchased a four-pack of the F13 films featuring the original four movies. So I'll be watching parts 3&4 as well, although I don't know how long it will take me to find copies of the rest. But be assured I plan on it. This one definetly wasn't as good as the first, but it was fun popcorn entertainment at best. As with the original the kills are quick, as if the filmmakers didn't realize the importance of death scenes in a slasher film. This time around, they're even quicker, but that doesn't detract too much from the general idea. The finale is what really makes the film worthwhile, though. It's intense and expertly directed. Not anything amazing, but a fun little horror flick.
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People who added this item 533 Average listal rating (374 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.7

This was the first film to show Jason in his signature hockey mask, and to show him in the third person so much as well. Therefore, I was expecting something better. But what do you expect from a 3D horror film? So far, this is the weakest entry in the franchise that I've seen yet. Sure, there's a few fun scenes and kills (especially the hand-walking scene) but this film gets bogged down far too often with plodding "suspense" sequences where nothing really happens. It's the first horror film I've broke down and fast forwarded in some time. It has it's moments, but overall this is a severly medicore entry in the series.
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This is one of the most beloved sequels in this franchise, so I was pretty eager to check this one out. Although I think the first was a little better, I still really enjoyed this one. It had some great kills, that for a change didn't shy away from the gore and was just alot of fun. It's not a masterpiece, but that's not what these films intend to be. It's just fun popcorn horror entertainment. Oh, and Crispin Glover kind of made the film. He was maybe the first character I was actually sad to see die. Does that say something about me? ;)
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People who added this item 1745 Average listal rating (1179 ratings) 4.3 IMDB Rating 4.8
Anaconda (1997)

I'm aware of this film's bad reputation, but I usually enjoy cheesy creature features even when others don't. Plus I rather enjoyed the sequel, and seeing as even more talented actors were involved in this one I expected it to be even better. Truth is, this is quite an awful film. It's still got "bad-movie" appeal, but I'm shocked at how bad it turned out. The actors gave shockingly sub-par performances and most suprising the snake effects were worse than in the second. It baffles me how this film managed to receive so much attention at the time of it's release, but overall it was pretty bad.
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People who added this item 967 Average listal rating (660 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
Christine (1983)

I watched this one once before as well. I thought it was okay, but not nearly as good as it could have been. I decided to give it another try though, and this time I loved it. Just a classic, masterpiece of a horror film from the legendary John Carpenter. Mandatory horror viewing.
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People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 4.3 IMDB Rating 4.5
Yes, I'm on a found-footage horror film kick right now. ;) This one seemed sort of interesting, but I was reluctant to try it. I may believe in Bigfoot (yeah, I do.) but most of the time horror films about him tend to be incredibly cheesy. Although this film was decent in some aspects, it's no masterpiece either. The acting is pretty bad at the start, but luckily gets much better toward the end. There's also a twist that doesn't really do much. It serves to make the film a little creepier, but also leaves plenty of plotholes and such as well. It's also a bit boring, and features some of the most childish "adult" characters I've ever seen too. But it's compentently made and creepy enough to make it at least medicore. Not really worth your time, but Bigfoot enthusiats should probably check it out.
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People who added this item 87 Average listal rating (60 ratings) 4.6 IMDB Rating 5.7

Now we go from an awful film by Renny Harlin, to one that's actually pretty freakin' good. My mother has been interested in this one for awhile, and I neglected to look up anything about it, but we rented it anyway. I was also unaware that it was a found-footage film, so it fits perfectly with my current genre obsession. This one, for a change is actually inspired by 100% true events, making it feel even creepier. At first I wasn't sure the story would work, and the whole thing does turn out pretty strangely but for the most part it all gelled together nicely. This is surely a different horror film, with some really original ideas. And for those that are into conspiracy theories and alternate dimension stuff it should be pretty interesting. Another nifty little POV horror film.
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People who added this item 41 Average listal rating (24 ratings) 5.1 IMDB Rating 5.5
This looked like another fascinating low-budget little POV film. But although it wins points for creativity and some good scares, I was really dissapointed in this one. First off it's not really a found-footage film. Sure, the camera is spastic and for the most part the film is shot like a documentary, but the director states that this is to give the illusion that you are there with the characters. Instead, it ends up feeling tacky and un-professional. This doesn't put a damper on the scares, but it is a big problem. The other issue? A total and utter lack of plot resolvence. This film ended and I still haven't even the tiniest clue what was going on. Perhaps another view will help piece together the gaping plot-holes, but for now this is one of the most confusing films I've ever seen. However it's scary and original enough to warrant a watch. Perhaps others will understand it more than I did. (And what's up with that title?)
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People who added this item 31 Average listal rating (21 ratings) 4.6 IMDB Rating 4.8
Dark Touch (2013)

This looked like a promising little indie horror, that put a different spin on the whole telekinesis genre. Sadly, it turned out to just not be my thing. I realize the message this film is trying to portray, and I must say that no other film I have seen sucessfully delves into the psychology of an abused child like this one does, but it's just not my cup of tea. The special effects are great though and there's a few really well orchestrated scenes. The actors all turn in brilliant performances as well, especially Missy Keatings who is surely destined for greater things. In fact, it rather disturbs me that parents would let any child act in a film such as this. All in all, it would've been okay if it weren't for the totally off the wall ending that took all subtley out of the preceedings. Worth a watch though, especially if you're thinking of working with children or having one yourself.
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People who added this item 61 Average listal rating (39 ratings) 3.6 IMDB Rating 3.5
Dracula 3D (2012)

This definetly wasn't the best choice for my first Argento film. This is a perfect example of what happens when you take the Dracula legend, strip it down to it's barest minimums, and litter it with horrible actors and dismal special effects. I don't know why I didn't listen to everybody, but this film is definetly as bad as you've heard. Even Rutger Hauer turns in a suprisingly poor performance as Van Helsing. The only decent actor in the whole film is Thomas Kretschmann, who actually does quite a good job as Dracula. You're much better off skipping this mess.
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People who added this item 37 Average listal rating (29 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.3

I've been excited for this one ever since I saw the trailer. It just looked like so much dang fun. Sadly, it falls short of my lofty expectations. Don't get me wrong, this is a decent movie, it just doesn't do everything it could have. For starters, the CGI runs into frame-rate problems often, leaving the spider looking incredibly fake as it leaves motion-trailing behind it. It's also not filmed particularly well in some areas with lens flare and shadow making it next to impossible to see some things. It is however, an amusing, funny little throwback to monster movies of yore, just not as good as it could have been. Oh, and Lombardo Boyar totally made the film.
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People who added this item 702 Average listal rating (465 ratings) 4.5 IMDB Rating 4.4
This isn't a film. This is a piece of crap.
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People who added this item 300 Average listal rating (185 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.4

I'm a huge fan of Don Coscarelli's work. The man is an imaginative genious, so after seeing the awesome trailers for this film, I was really pumped for it. I've never read or even heard of the book before, so I had no emotional investment in that. So how did the movie turn out? Okay, for the most part, but it fell short along the way. Maybe this film just isn't up my alley, but it didn't seem that great to me. Which is weird, because everyone else seems to love it. Perhaps another watch is in order at some point, but it is a fun, imaginative film with it's fair share of funny moments and two leads that were absolutely perfect for their roles. In fact, these lads were so fantastic in their performances that I'd say they're worth keeping an eye on. And it's refreshing to see that Coscarelli still hasn't completely given in to CGI effects. Worth a watch, but I'd say it takes a required taste.
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People who added this item 692 Average listal rating (474 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.8

Just as with the first, I enjoyed this film much more the second time. Alot of people seem to detest these films, even horror fans, and I'll never understand why. They're not any different than all the other seminal horror franchises. This one isn't quite as good as the original due to a few scenes that don't work and the baffling idea that Chucky has quite a few people driving him around. He didn't hitch rides in the first, and it feels a little cheesy. Still, it's fun horror flick with an awesome ending full of fantastic special effects sequences. Pretty solid.
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People who added this item 116 Average listal rating (84 ratings) 5.1 IMDB Rating 5.5

This is yet another film that's been recieving alot of negative reviews lately that I decided to at least give a chance. In the end, it's not horrible, but still rather dissapointing and medicore. The involvement of Liev Schreiber and Elias Koteas made me more intruiged and although they both delivered fantastic performances, as did the rest of the cast, the final product needs work. This really could've been a pretty good film if it weren't directed so blandly with such overly erratic camera movement. The camera-work makes the film harder to follow than the Blair Witch Project when it gets going, and it's rather perplexing that the actors and studios involved were a part of this. It's a strange, botched attempt, but it's decent enough in some areas to at least reccomed a watch if you're into space horror.
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This turned out to be a fine choice for my first pre-60's horror film. It's not anything amazing, but it's a fun film that may very well be the first horror-comedy. And it has plenty of spookiness to go hand in hand with the funny bits. I'd say it's held up pretty well for being so old, and Mantan Moreland pretty much makes the whole ordeal even better with his hilarious and endearing performance.
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People who added this item 217 Average listal rating (132 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 5.9

Second time around and I'm still not very impressed with this film. It's a shame, because a body snatchers movie written by Stuart Gordon should be a thousand times better than this. Sadly, it's a squandered effort. Don't get me wrong, this is a decent flick, but when compared to other versions it's extremely average. Still, some creepy scenes and awesome special effects sequences make it worth a watch.
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People who added this item 2101 Average listal rating (1329 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.7

Didn't think the first Underworld could get any more shallow? Think again. This film was an absolute chore to sit through, throwing so many character names and un-shown history around that it's impossible to keep track of it all. Several times I wanted to pause this film and draw up a chart so I would be able to follow what was happening on screen. The paper thin characters are even more empty than before as well. You'd think the events from the first film would make Selene's character a little less stone faced, but yet again, she displays the emotional content of a rock. The same goes for Scott Speedman's performance as Michael. New characters are introduced, but guess what? (SPOILERS!) They all die. And their motivations and personalities are as shallow as the rest of the film. These movies are like poorly written fan-fictions with the only exception being the prequel, and I really don't see what all the fuss was about. News flash, it's nice to have a deep back-story, but you need good writing and developed characters to go with it.
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People who added this item 70 Average listal rating (48 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.8
Bad Moon (1996)

What a ridiculous film. I'll admit, I was actually pretty excited to finally track this one down, but it certainly didn't meet my expectations. The whole "dog vs. werewolf" ordeal was pretty lame as was all the "heal thyself with family love" ordeal. It all turned out to be rather laughable. The effects are good though, but the werewolf is shown so much that by the end of the film they lose their punch. Poor writing mars the script as well. And you expect me to believe that people wouldn't hear a werewolf roaring right outside their house? A big dissapointment.
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People who added this item 100 Average listal rating (71 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.3
Wolfen (1981)

My parents watched this one alot when I was younger, yet I remembered absolutely nothing about it. It's an okay film, but not anything amazing. It slogs down and is kind of boring for a while, although the end pays off nicely. The concept is original, but I really don't care for the Wolfen's first person view technique. I understand that in the eighties they did the best they could with their technology, but it's a little strenuous on the eyes and feels like an overplayed gimmick by the end of the film. Still, it's a decent flick. Just not my thing.

EDIT: I liked this much better the second time around. :)
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People who added this item 164 Average listal rating (100 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.9
Coma (1978)

Decent horror/thriller. Really nothing too amazing, but it's a competent picture with some suspenseful scenes. Sometimes I wish the lead character wasn't so unlikeable, but she grows on you. I definetly wouldn't reccomed watching this before you undergo any surgeries though. ;)
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People who added this item 1116 Average listal rating (692 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.4

I gave up on the horrendous third installment in this franchise about twenty seconds in. But the horror completetionist in me forced me to try the others. This one actually has a bit of a fan-base and looked like it could be alot of fun, but in the end it fails on just about every level. The "comedy" is mostly horrendous, only showing ocassional peaks. The kills are actually pretty good, but any horror fan will tell you it takes more than just good kills to create a great horror film. The whole sub-plot is pretty under-developed and useless, making the whole ordeal even more laughable. The film's saving grace actually turns out to be Katherine Heigl, who saves the day merely with her gorgeous presence. If you're the kind of guy who can make it through a movie just for the eye-candy you won't be dissapointed. Awesome ending too.
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People who added this item 645 Average listal rating (427 ratings) 4.5 IMDB Rating 4.8

Perhaps it's just my jaded horror fan side speaking, but I really wish Chucky had remained the way he was presented in Child's Play 1 & 2. As yet another purely evil horror icon. These latter attempts at "horror comedy" are utter failures. I don't know what the people involved in this "film" were thinking, but the whole ordeal is structured as one of those early 2000's "hip" horror films as well, with a cast full of rappers and pop stars as well as fourth-wall breaking humor. I have nothing against horror comedies, I love them. But this film is a complete manual at how to fail at making one. There were honestly some decent scenes in this film, but just because of the concept and the way it destroys the first two films, I can't respect it at all. Sorry, Chuck. I liked you better as a mindless killer.
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People who added this item 75 Average listal rating (41 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 4.7
Black Rock (2013)

The most generic, laughable and poorly written rape/revenge film I have ever witnessed.
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