2018 Horror Roundup Thread


#221

I think there’s a difference between the stuff they actually produce and the mostly non-English-language garbage they pick up for cheap just to fill up the content hose.

That said, after I switched off Sabrina, I decided to try out this Indonesian horror flick called May The Devil Take You. Pretty traditional horror firmly in the Evil Dead-style with some nasty demons wreaking havoc on a hapless family. It’s not bad. Apparently the director is somehow involved in The Raid/Raid 2, so if that’s your bag.


#222

I think they actually have a better hit rate on the non English language content, because it is considered less valuable and thus they can get the top rate stuff on the cheap, instead of the tiny handful of well regarded American things that everyone is fighting over.


#223

You’d think, but so far most of the foreign stuff under the Netflix banner is garbage.


#224

No, like, in my actual viewing experience.


#225

I just came back from seeing it, so I’ll have to mull it over a bit more, but I’m not too fond of the new Suspiria. The dance sequences are pretty cool, but…it’s not actually much of a horror movie is it? It definitely has horrific bits, but it fails at actually being scary.


#226

There are a number of emotions a horror movie could be attempting to evoke, and fright is only one of them. I would agree that the Suspiria remake isn’t very frightening but I don’t think it’s trying to be. It is way more about fucked up body horror and gore.


#227

There’s not an awful lot of that though either? The there’s like three gruesome sequences in a two and a half. The first of them is really effective, mind you, and the last of them certainly goes some…surprising places, but it’s so out there and I was so emotionally disengaged by then that it started to feel like the whole movie was an elaborate prank and that was the punchline.


#228

The pacing is definitely a fair complaint.


#229

Also true of the original.


#230

Bar the one dance bit, I find the Goblin score alone more effectively spooky than anything in the original, but wherever you fall on its effectiveness as a horror, the original is a feast for the senses. And an hour shorter.

I understand why they didn’t want to even attempt replicating the phantasmagoria of the original, and I think that was the correct decision. Better to use the original as a loose template for something completely different.

I just wish what they had gone for wasn’t so leaden, and had some characters I actually cared about instead of droning on and on about Baader-Meinhof because what’s going on in school is kind of mirroring the revolutionary movements out side and did you catch that Lacan is holding a lecture and he’s of course famous for mirror theory and here’s another update from the hostage drama and shut up and get on with it already.


#231

Huge spoiler for the first movie if you haven’t seen it yet.


#232

Netflix is so secretive about viewing figures it’s even blacking out Roma’s box office.


#233

If you have Shudder, definitely give Terrified (Aterrado in it’s native tongue, and not to be confused with the much worse Terrifier) a shot. Very nice supernatural horror thriller from Argentina with just the right amount of gore and jump scares.


#234

There’s a thing on Netflix called “Don’t Watch This”. It’s a bunch of short films.

The name is correct. Don’t watch it. It’s bad.


#235

Just finished another new Shudder exclusive, horror/comedy You Might Be The Killer. Kinda cute, occasionally funny, plenty of gory death. It’s Final Girls meets Zombieland, and not as good as either, but still pretty entertaining. Starring Allyson Hannigan and the pot smoking nerdy guy from Cabin In The Woods. I’d give it a solid B.