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  1. I thought the nastiness was the best thing about it tbh, makes the threat all that much worse when it’s literally the worst things that you can imagine a person doing to another, but obv get that it will not be for everyone. I think the worst part was the actual story about the main couple. Recentish watches We’re All Going to the World’s Fair - 3.5/5 Not a scary or particularly disturbing horror but I found the central premise really took me back to being very online when I was younger, how drawn into stuff you’d get when being online was the main thing that you were doing and the weird friendships that’d develop around that. Cool debut. Virus:32 - 2/5 Pretty dull and predictable zombie/infection film that really wastes the opportunity afforded them by the location. You Won’t Be Alone - 4/5 Loved this, a folkloric story about a witch experiencing the lives of a handful of different villagers that she assumes the identity of, probably more a dark fantasy than horror strictly speaking. If you liked November or Hagazussa I feel like it’d be right up your street.
  2. A few recent ish watches You are not my Mother - 2/5 Similar to Hole in the Ground, this is a contemporary take on Irish folklore and like that film this is pretty uninspiring for the most part, some nice moments here and there but not enough. The Sadness - 3/5 I enjoyed this, mainly for the general vibe and one particularly well done sequence on a train. The plot relating to the two main characters was dull as fuck though and the more it leant into that the less I was into it. As with Train to Busan this is best when it’s concerned with the moment to moment survival horror of the overall premise and not the fairly cliched character stuff. I have to say I did like how mean it was too, and the willingness to go full on with its “zombies”. Censor - 2/5 Didn’t really buy the main character at all in this and felt it went exactly where I thought it was going to. It was pretty watchable, and looked nice in places, enjoyed the 80s setting but as far as the video nasties stuff went it felt pretty inauthentic and trite. Hiruko the Goblin - 3/5 Not a new release but a film that was recently rereleased. The second film by Shinya Tsukamoto, this is like a bizarre glimpse at what he might have done if he’d gone in a completely different direction with his work. This is Sam Raimi meets Amblin Entertainment, very silly, maybe a little too silly for my tastes, but very fun too.
  3. Ahh excellent. I… didn’t think very much of it, but I wasn’t a fan of Relic either so ymmv.
  4. Was it set in the uk? It’s not quite what you describe, but it could be Amulet if you’ve remembered a few bits wrong.
  5. Loved this, had avoided that kind of quirky american indie film since the regrettable shit I watched in the 2000s but this was lovely!
  6. The best of 2021 (think it was only Anderson’s new one that I didn’t catch of the ‘big’ releases) Dune Shiva Baby Licorice Pizza Dinner in America The Matrix Resurrections The Scary of the Sixty-first Titane The Card Counter Annette The Last Duel The best first time watches of 2021 Blackhat (2015) Penda’s Fen (1974) The World is Full of Secrets (2018) Singapore Sling (1990) Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981) In the Dark (2000) Arrebato (1979) Mona Lisa (1986) Jackass Number Two (2006) Shatter Dead (1994)
  7. Yep was worried this was going to be Trueblood: Down Under or Anne Rice in Australia or something but nope it seems decent and looks to have a cool backstory etc. Hoping it might tap into a similar vibe to John Carpenter’s Vampires, which while not great has a lovely atmosphere and general aesthetic (that the rest of the film sort of wasted).
  8. Yeah, I thought it had some nice moments and was quite pretty but ultimately everything they added to the short story made it worse, particularly in relation to the cultural appropriation...
  9. I ended up watching the rest of this and whilst I still hate the creatures I did enjoy it for the most part. I think it’s pretty good at building tension, particularly when the tension is cult/members of the public related and not about the generic smasher-uppers. I do really like the whole approach of examining what a society would be like in this context too, but I don’t know if I missed something but does South Korea not have a government, because at times it feels like there’s just the police and the media and the cult and nothing else?
  10. I started it but really hate the look of the creatures, just awful superhero-film-looking cgi, is it worth continuing with/is there a lot more of that?
  11. Absolutely, Candyman (2021) was one of the films I was thinking of, felt similarly about Relic as well (although obv I know a lot like it), whereas something like Get Out, or His House manage it.
  12. Oh god if I had that affliction I would have probably a thousand extra films watched, all I seem to be doing lately is watching the first half hour of films and then jettisoning them.. Did you watch His House from last year? Not mind blowing or anything but I thought it was decent and handled the subject matter in an intelligent way whilst still working as a good horror film - something I think a lot of recentish ‘horror’ films fail to do.
  13. Notable stuff from the last 20 years that I can think of (and roughly in order of how much I like them): Noroi: The Curse (2005) Kotoko (2011) Pulse (2001 NOT the remake) The Wailing (2016) The Witch (2015) Lake Mungo (2008) It Follows (2014) Raw (2016) November (2017) Lords of Salem (2012) Terrified (2017) Host (2020) His House (2020) Saint Maud (2019) Although I should maybe say to take them with a pinch of salt as I don't really like Ari Aster or Panos Cosmatos' stuff.
  14. At the moment I think it’s piracy-only unless you’re in the US. I swung between hating this and thinking it was pretty fun in a Drag Me To Hell kind of way, but overall I think it’s just mediocre. At times it feels like a tv pilot, has a really artificial look to it and the kind of acting that seems like it’d be more at home in a cw series. Something that bothered me was
  15. Oh no! Well I’m thankful for the link and, as I said, thought it was great. It’s funny how it got me wondering if it was the royals stuff that might have caused difficulties with it being released over here, which feels quite appropriate!
  16. Recent new(ish) watches The World is Full of Secrets - 4/5 Possibly stretching to label it horror for many, but I’m very inclusive. A film that I hadn’t heard of at all until mentioned in a podcast as being almost the anti-Megan is Missing, which peaked my interest. And it’s great, very simple in form, a girl having a sleepover, each girl tells a story, the worst thing they’ve ever heard, no cutaways during the stories, entirely focused on the storyteller’s face. I found it engrossing and surprisingly tense for what is essentially an around-the-campfire-type sequence of stories. We Need to do Something - 3/5 I’d read the novella that this is based on so knew what to expect, family trapped in the bathroom of their house following a storm… and I liked it. Very slight, ‘bottle episode’ of a film that feels like it’s going in one direction - and kind of does, but with something of a swerve somewhere else, which is very fun. The Scary of the Sixty-First - 4/5 I was expecting a bit of a letdown, just because these kinds of things often are but no, I enjoyed it a lot. A Polanski-like psych horror about the headfucking effects of the whole Epstein case and might be my favourite new thing I’ve seen this year. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It - 1/5 Whilst not particularly a fan of the previous films I thought that they had their moments, well, before the Warrens turn up at least, and generally have some fun scares before the whole Christian superhero thing kicks off. But this is all Warrens and despite the charisma of the leads I just didn’t care at all about any of it, needlessly convoluted and saccharine too. The Deeper You Dig - 2/5 Indie horror/thriller about a missing girl and her mum, who is something of medium-type person, and was made almost entirely by three people (who are a couple and their daughter) and it is really very impressive in terms of what they’ve accomplished technically but did very little for me otherwise.
  17. God this annoyed me immensely. Feel like if you introduce an ability or weapon or whatever that allows you to stop the monsters in their tracks, or at least cause them to freak out a bit and reveal their weak spot, you should really justify why it’s not whipped out and used on one of those monsters.
  18. Yeah I think the biggest issue people had with ME3’s ending is just that it renders a lot of your choices pointless (in the end all that matters is your EMS iirc) while at the same time adding an unnecessary level of convolutedness to everything. It doesn’t help that the Earth section, gameplay-wise and in terms of spectacle, seems pretty lacking compared to the Tuchanka and Rannoch sections. Imagining what it might have been like if it had involved something like the decision making for the suicide mission of ME2 but on a much grander scale (maybe choosing where some of the forces you have recruited are deployed - and that having an effect on how the final mission plays out etc) and then comparing it to what we actually got…. I don’t hate it, happy enough with the overall choice (destroy here) but it’s just disappointing.
  19. Yeah I'm afraid that is it. It is available off some guy on ebay too, but I'm not convinced it won't just be the same quality video slapped on a dvd-r. I should probably say that it isn't nearly as gory or whatever as you might expect being an adaptation of one of his books, the story itself was chosen because it could be feasibly done on little to no budget, but I think it works really well, and for me is quite a bit better than the source material (although I'm not really a big fan of Laymon).
  20. Yeah, to say that the ending fell flat is an understatement. I’m sure I remember seeing the director saying something like “it doesn’t necessarily mean what everyone is saying” but I can’t really see how it could be anything else given how it was left… Recent horror films I’ve seen over the last couple of weeks: Teddy - 2/5 Odd tone to it, maybe it’s just because it’s french but it felt a bit awkward in that it wasn’t really all that funny or particularly creepy - I did enjoy the setting and what we saw of the characters and up until about 3/4 of the way through I thought it was building to a killer climax - but what it built to was the weakest part of the film. The Boy Behind the Door - 1/5 Despite a decent performance by the lead I found this more frustrating than anything I can remember watching recently. It’s fine for kids to be stupid in films, they (and adults as well ofc) often are irl, but it completely removes any tension if in something like this they’re repeatedly stupid and keep getting away with it. Rot - 2/5 I liked this, though I don’t think it’s successful in much of what it does, I enjoyed the general vibe, being somewhere between Shivers and She Dies Tomorrow, and was pleased with how it wasn't afraid of getting goofy. Kandisha - 2/5 Pretty solid if unremarkable Candyman-ish story - I probably enjoyed the setting and characters more than the horror tbh, which went nowhere particularly surprising. Technically not a recent one at all but it was never properly released and is only available now on YouTube or through buying a ripped copy off eBay but something I loved recently was: In the Dark - 4/5 Super low-budget adaptation of a Richard Laymon book that I heard about through a podcast. It’s weird in that it kind of feels like it should be found footage - but isn’t. A bit proto-Saw (but way better than any of those) and really good if you can see past the image quality and some weak acting (although the lead is great).
  21. I thought this was waaaay better than Blood Red Sky, super fun and very silly with a really likable lead, whereas BRS for me was about an hour too long and managed to take a cool high concept mash-up and just fill it with tedium.
  22. It’s not a good solution but if you repeatedly die in that section they slowly increase the amount of ammo and grenades you start with.
  23. Ugh. I've found my ps5 to be silent apart from about 30 seconds to a minute when the film is put in (or selected, if it is already in). I think I'd be tempted to try getting it exchanged if it was constantly making all that racket. Although saying that, I don't know how much bother it is to do that at the mo..
  24. I just finished my first insanity run of the trilogy back to back and despite loads of issues with how the overall story is dealt with and gameplay changes etc I was happy to find that I still loved it, as said before, even the mako exploration. I can’t think of another series of games where I actually like the characters and the setting quite as much as in these. Given that it’s the direction the games increasingly move in I might be in the minority but, having just gone through them and spending nearly every other beat in combat in the power wheel, I would kill for an option to ditch the 3rd person cover shooter trappings altogether and just have a zoomed-out ‘tactical’ view and control in combat. Regarding ME2/ME3 and the Collectors
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