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David DeCoteau's " 1313: Night of the Widow"    A group of friends gather for a reading of a will and are stalked by a masked killer.  This is another one of the directors cute guys in danger series ( yes there is one girl to prove they are not all gay  but no one gets fooled)  There is more plot than usual but there is still time for one guy to take a very long shower.  DeCoteau saves money by shooting every movie in the same house and of course in having his male cast wear only white briefs yes even at a funeral.  If you like cute guys in underwear cinema you can see it on  Amazon Prime for free. Lou Ferrigno jr plays the funeral director and he keeps his clothes on

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Lamberto  Bava's " Macabre" (1980) is a true shocker about a woman who has a nervous breakdown after the death of her lover. This one has everything murderous children, gory deaths and kinky sex. The movie is set in New Orleans and has very moody photography.  The English language dub is horrendous. You can see what the lady keep inside the refrigerator if you dare! on Amazon Prime

 

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"In the Woods" (1999) written and directed by Lynn Drzick starts off as blue collar drama about Alex (DJ Perry) a rookie fireman  who drinks too much which is upsetting his wife. There is also a serial killer on the loose who likes to collect his victims fingers.  Alex and Jim go hunting and find a strange horned skull. People start to get killed by some hairy beast and the movie turns into a monsters movie. This made in Michigan movie can be found for free on Amazon . 

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"Strip Nude For Your Killer" (1975) might be the sleaziest giallo ever made.  It feels more like a 70s porn film in which all the hard core sex has been edited out and there is still plenty of sex and full frontal female nudity. And if you ever wondered what happened to Nino Casteinuovo after  "The Umbrellas of Chebourg" he plays the photographer who shoots all the nudie models.  You can watch it if  you must on Amazon

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There are not too many surprises in "The Devil's Daughter" (1973)written by Colin Higgins a made for tv horror film obviously inspired by "Rosemary's Baby". Diane( Belinda J  Montgomery) plays a naive young woman who falls into the hands of a Satanic cult after her mother's suicide. Shelly Winters is Lilith who tells Diane she knew her mother in her younger days . Diane moves into Lillith's creepy mansion which feature a life size portrait of Satan hanging over the mantle.  Diane ignores this obvious bit off heavy handed foreshadowing.   Jonathan Frid is as mute chauffeur and a couple of dress  alike sisters who seemed to be lesbians . Joseph Cotten is a a friendly judge and Robert Foxworth is a potential love interest for Diane. Jeannot Szwarc has some atmospheric direction. You can watch it for free in a very nice print on You Tube

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Greta (2019). Isabelle Huppert has a blast playing psychopath Greta (all 1950s Parisian Haute couture), who preys on young women by leaving an expensive purse on the NYC subway, and then having a naïve millennial rummage through the purse, find the address, and return it to Greta’s house/spider’s web.  Chloe Grace Moretz’s Frances, depressed from the death of her mother, and angry at her father’s seamless ability to move on with another woman, forms a bond with Greta. They have dinner together. Frances teaches Greta how to text and send pictures, and before you know it, the two women are fast approaching BFF status.

Frances’s roommate Erica (Maika Monroe, It Follows) is suspicious. It’s not long before Frances indeed realizes Greta is insane. After that, it becomes a stalker flick, basically a Lifetime movie with A-List actresses.  Director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) establishes a psychological mystery but abandons it in favor of B movie kitsch.  Don’t be surprised if Greta achieves a midnight viewing cult following, since there are some moments of campy fun.

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Isabelle Hupert was the female lead in 'Heaven's Gate'.

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6 hours ago, Sgt_Markoff said:

Isabelle Hupert was the female lead in 'Heaven's Gate'.

Love her but definitely don't want her as my piano teacher!

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8 hours ago, cinemaspeak59 said:

Greta (2019). Isabelle Huppert has a blast playing psychopath Greta (all 1950s Parisian Haute couture), who preys on young women by leaving an expensive purse on the NYC subway, and then having a naïve millennial rummage through the purse, find the address, and return it to Greta’s house/spider’s web.  Chloe Grace Moretz’s Frances, depressed from the death of her mother, and angry at her father’s seamless ability to move on with another woman, forms a bond with Greta. They have dinner together. Frances teaches Greta how to text and send pictures, and before you know it, the two women are fast approaching BFF status.

Frances’s roommate Erica (Maika Monroe, It Follows) is suspicious. It’s not long before Frances indeed realizes Greta is insane. After that, it becomes a stalker flick, basically a Lifetime movie with A-List actresses.  Director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) establishes a psychological mystery but abandons it in favor of B movie kitsch.  Don’t be surprised if Greta achieves a midnight viewing cult following, since there are some moments of campy fun.

I saw this and thought it was a bit predictable- the last half hour becomes a William Castle movie but I think they were aiming for Hitchcock

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On 3/24/2019 at 8:37 PM, jaragon said:

There are not too many surprises in "The Devil's Daughter" (1973)written by Colin Higgins a made for tv horror film obviously inspired by "Rosemary's Baby". Diane( Belinda J  Montgomery) plays a naive young woman who falls into the hands of a Satanic cult after her mother's suicide. Shelly Winters is Lilith who tells Diane she knew her mother in her younger days . Diane moves into Lillith's creepy mansion which feature a life size portrait of Satan hanging over the mantle.  Diane ignores this obvious bit off heavy handed foreshadowing.   Jonathan Frid is as mute chauffeur and a couple of dress  alike sisters who seemed to be lesbians . Joseph Cotten is a a friendly judge and Robert Foxworth is a potential love interest for Diane. Jeannot Szwarc has some atmospheric direction. You can watch it for free in a very nice print on You Tube

Predictable and fun to watch. Shelley Winters and Joseph Cotten play their characters to the hilt, and Jonathan Frid is my favorite in the movie.

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17 hours ago, jaragon said:

I saw this and thought it was a bit predictable- the last half hour becomes a William Castle movie but I think they were aiming for Hitchcock

Yes, I can see the Hitchcock vibe, especially when the two women first meet, it kind of reminded me of the opening scene in Strangers on a Train.

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19 hours ago, Arsan404 said:

Predictable and fun to watch. Shelley Winters and Joseph Cotten play their characters to the hilt, and Jonathan Frid is my favorite in the movie.

Yes the cast is what makes it so memorable- the script by Colin Higgins of all people - is a bit too obvious- my favorite ridiculous moment is that portrait of Satan over the mantle and all that the not too bright Diane can say is " You have lovely antiques" you know like gee should I really stay in a house were they have a portrait of Lucifer on the wall?  I love the climatic wedding scene- what did they serve at the reception devil's food cake 😈

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5 hours ago, cinemaspeak59 said:

Yes, I can see the Hitchcock vibe, especially when the two women first meet, it kind of reminded me of the opening scene in Strangers on a Train.

Yes it's "Strangers on the Subway"

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2 hours ago, jaragon said:

what did they serve at the reception devil's food cake 😈

I would worship Sa...well, Joseph Cotten for a thick slice of devil's food cake!

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Ann (Barbara Eden) in pregnant but her husband (George Grizzard ) might not be the father in "The Stranger Within" (1974) a sci-fi horror made for tv movie written by Richard Matheson. This one plays like feature length "Twilight Zone " episode. It's in the classic Matheson story mode in which ordinary people are faced with a logic defying situation. Ann and her husband like the couple in "The Incredible Shrinking Man" try to get help for a doctor ( Nehemiah Persoff) but science is powerless in Ann's increasingly strange behavior.  Joyce Van Patten and David Doyle play the couple's best friends.  Nice score by Charles Fox and effective direction by Lee Philips.  You can watch it on DVD from the Warner Archives

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Ah ya. I know 'Killer Fish'. However, I can't find much in my recollection which would compel me to recommend it to anyone. Is there something you see in it which escapes my memory?

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9 hours ago, Sgt_Markoff said:

Ah ya. I know 'Killer Fish'. However, I can't find much in my recollection which would compel me to recommend it to anyone. Is there something you see in it which escapes my memory?

It's a lot of fun and totally ridiculous - love the mash up of genres- it's a caper-disaster-monster movie in one!  The killer fish deaths are effective. . And I love Karen Black- she struts around in fabulous clothes and is actually still acting even after everyone has given up.  And why wasn't Farah in it with her then husband Lee? The dumb model played by Margaux Hemingway was written for her.  This is a real candidate for bad movies to love

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anyone here familiar with a fave little cult horror flick of mine? 'The Strangeness'?

https://tinyurl.com/y4bpljkd

https://tinyurl.com/yyeuu8ux

somewhere online is a clip of the fantastic and unnerving stop-motion animation of the creature in this spelunking-themed movie...so far I am unable to locate it for you

the reason why it works as a stop-motion is that the cave-explorers have run out of flashlights and the only thing they have left to keep the thing at bay is the flash bulbs from their cameras. but every few seconds it scrambles towards them a little farther every time between the rate they can click!

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On 4/2/2019 at 9:05 PM, Sgt_Markoff said:

anyone here familiar with a fave little cult horror flick of mine? 'The Strangeness'?

https://tinyurl.com/y4bpljkd

https://tinyurl.com/yyeuu8ux

somewhere online is a clip of the fantastic and unnerving stop-motion animation of the creature in this spelunking-themed movie...so far I am unable to locate it for you

the reason why it works as a stop-motion is that the cave-explorers have run out of flashlights and the only thing they have left to keep the thing at bay is the flash bulbs from their cameras. but every few seconds it scrambles towards them a little farther every time between the rate they can click!

I was always curious about this one because of Ernest D Farino stop motion monster

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https://youtu.be/hNCmb-4oXJA

I was very disappointed with "Us" (2019) Jordan Peele's follow up to his Oscar winning " Get Out" This one is about a nice family who encounter their psychotic evil twins.  Peele is very good at slow build up but once his monsters enter the picture- the action becomes extremely bloody and unpleasant.  The last fifteen is convoluted explanation of who these evil creatures are - but sometimes it's better to leave some things a mystery

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2 hours ago, jaragon said:

https://youtu.be/hNCmb-4oXJA

I was very disappointed with "Us" (2019) Jordan Peele's follow up to his Oscar winning " Get Out" This one is about a nice family who encounter their psychotic evil twins.  Peele is very good at slow build up but once his monsters enter the picture- the action becomes extremely bloody and unpleasant.  The last fifteen is convoluted explanation of who these evil creatures are - but sometimes it's better to leave some things a mystery

I liked the movie more than you did, but it has a lot of problems. The explanation at the end was just plain dumb and unnecessary. The premise would have worked better as a dark fantasy with an unexplained, supernatural underworld of spirit-linked doubles. But by trying to ascribe a scientific explanation, and a really stupid one with dozens of inherent flaws, he almost undoes the whole movie. And the big "twist" was obvious from the film's beginning.

I did like the performances, though, and some of the confrontation scenes were entertaining.

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10 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

I liked the movie more than you did, but it has a lot of problems. The explanation at the end was just plain dumb and unnecessary. The premise would have worked better as a dark fantasy with an unexplained, supernatural underworld of spirit-linked doubles. But by trying to ascribe a scientific explanation, and a really stupid one with dozens of inherent flaws, he almost undoes the whole movie. And the big "twist" was obvious from the film's beginning.

I did like the performances, though, and some of the confrontation scenes were entertaining.

I agree with you - the performances were excellent. The story does become a sort of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"-so if the evil doubles had been aliens it would have made more sense. The film is more effective when it sticks to the original family- once it turns into some sort of the end of the world apocalypse it looses power.  His explanation makes no sense- and yeah I kind of figure the final twist too. The opening scene with it's Dark Carnival Bradbury feel is the best part of the movie

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On 4/6/2019 at 8:16 PM, jaragon said:

https://youtu.be/hNCmb-4oXJA

I was very disappointed with "Us" (2019) Jordan Peele's follow up to his Oscar winning " Get Out" This one is about a nice family who encounter their psychotic evil twins.  Peele is very good at slow build up but once his monsters enter the picture- the action becomes extremely bloody and unpleasant.  The last fifteen is convoluted explanation of who these evil creatures are - but sometimes it's better to leave some things a mystery

I think Jordan Peele avoided the sophomore jinx.  While Us is not as inventive as Get Out, the first act showed so much promise. Once Adelaide enters the carnival fun house, with the beckoning neon sign “Find Yourself”, I knew things were about to get interesting.  But then it turned into a slasher film, (which Peele, a horror aficionado, has an affinity for).  Effective at first, the carnage later became numbing.

Conceptually, Us begs the question, are the underground doppelgängers more advanced than their cultured twins, who get to experience sunrises, blue skies, not to mention pollution, extreme heat and cold, tornadoes, etc.? You mention Invasion of the Body Snatchers, which wouldn’t surprise if that classic served as an influence. The performances were uniformly good, and the music certainly helped pump up the fright, especially that interspersed demonic chant.  I’ve read that Peele has dropped a generous supply of Easter eggs for eager fans, and the film merits repeat viewings.  Perhaps.  For now, I’ll give Us a solid B.

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