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December 15, 2005

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J.A.

Yeah...don't really understand this post. TDR wasn't great, but it was decent for what it was, which was a modern-day B-horror flick. It was fairly well made, had a few flaws, but so what? It got made att least.

Also, not to belabor the point, but this is dude's second film. Judged by that yardstick, it wasn't bad at all (by the way,Wm, what's your movie called again?) It also re-introduced a whole lot of people to Terry Reid's music, which is a pretty good thing, I think.

Take it easy out there. Glad you like those Tomaselli flicks, though!

bushwick is beautiful

Coudln't agree more about TDR's. I was very dissapointed. Oh well.

bushwick is beautiful

Any new horror flicks coming out in early 2006?

James

J.A. -- "it got made at least"? It was bankrolled by a wealthy rock star. It had a much better chance at getting made than the low budget film -Aswang- which Wm prefers (and that's part of the point he's making). Anyway, criticizing Wm's review by asking how many movies he's made instead of responding to the points he's made is pretty childish. Not to mention the fact George Romero and John Carpenter were hitting home runs on their second at-bats. It's doable.

Anyway, I had a similar opinion on -House of 1000 Corpses-. The movie seemed more interested in hitting reference points to 70's genre movies than telling a good (or even coherent) story, or providing any real scares. I did like the visual style near the end of the film, but that's about all I liked.


Brian Turner

I dunno, I took TDR at face value, big budget Hollywood horror flick and didn't expect an Argento experience. I think it succeeded well on the level it was working on and was a fun ride. I'll never watch it again. It certainly had all the trademarks of Tarantino-derived postmodernism that kind of drive me batty (70s nostalgic Buck Owens TV clips running while brutality occurs, etc.,) but you know, I also liked Kill Bill while it was on. I'll never watch it again.

fatty jubbo

I think I gave House of 1000 corpses about 1 minute of my time and had to turn it off because everything about it was so bad...especially the tongue in cheek post-modernism mentioned above. but above all...it looked like crap, perhaps for irony's sake...like a bad made for TV horror series.

I can't say I'm a huge horror fan...mostly because people don't know how to do it right.

Texas Chainsaw (the original) is a masterpiece...too bad Tobe Hooper only had one idea in him!

ibeam23

I didn't see TDR, and your post kinda makes me glad i didn't. I had thought that Zombie would have made a decent film of this genre, but i supposed i'll just rent the DVD and give it a go anyway.

On another note, have you listened to 16 HORSEPOWER or WOVENHAND? My tattoo artist has burned me a few of their CDs, and I'm curious of your take on them, if you know who they are (which you probably do!)

WmMBerger

Shout out to Bushwick- I used to live on Arion Pl. (near Myrtle & Broadway) in the mid-to-late 90s.

One promising horror release for next year is the remake of The Hills Have Eyes, from the French team that made Haute Tension/High Tension, with original director Wes Craven producing. See here for more info.

I must add, for the benefit of those who disagree with this post, that I refuse to lower my standards to that of what's available or what "got made." Not that I'm above slumming, or enjoying a good ride, but I expect a moving or cathartic experience from any film, be it horror, drama or screwball comedy. I want something resonant that I can take away with me when the picture's over. The Devil's Rejects functions solely on a surface level, and left me with no feeling whatsoever; disappointing from a horror buff's perspective, based on the great potential therein. Modern "B flicks" don't have to be just okay, they can actually kick ass if everyone just tries a little harder to be original. "Tarantino-derived postmodernism" must die!

T.

For the record (for Bushwick)... I totally agree, but for one thing: Romero's second film was "There's Always Vanilla" aka "The Affair". Not even a bunt, let alone a home run on his second at bat.

I think TDR was possibly the worst film I've seen this year. Had it been made in the time period when it was set, it would have been lucky to get the third feature spot at the drive in after the porn double feature.

hutter

Y'all can hate, but The Devil's Rejects hit the spot for this good ol' boy. Great F-N soundtrack.

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