This movie was marketed as a knock off of Taken, but its more like a psychothriller, artsy horror film. I have to say I didn't think it would be good when I first started it, but by the time the movie was 30 minutes in I was totally hooked.
Bad Frank is pretty good even for being so independent.
Has anyone seen it?
HBO Now has The Blair Witch Project and Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2. The other night I watched both of them back to back again (I saw them both in theaters when I was 11 and 12, respectively and rewatched them both in college but not since). This is about Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 only and why people are SO incredibly harsh on it. The question is - why?
Now, I understand why people wouldn't love it. I can understand why some people would say it was below average (even though I disagree). But, it seems to me, that nearly everyone - literally - HATES this movie and treats it as one of the worst of the major horror releases from the 90s on.
I feel like it had some good things going for it. There were some seriously creepy moments, like the massacre at coffin rock flashback and how it was revealed at the end, the murder at the grocery store and how that was revealed, the hallucinations, and the whole subplot of that woman "intentionally" causing her miscarriage as some sort of sacrifice. The shot at the end of the film where a naked Jeffrey put a naked and dead Erica in the closet and looked at the camera gave me chills and I think is one of the creepiest "grainy" pieces of footage ever to be put into a horror movie!
There was some good stuff here! It's not a masterpiece, and it's certainly not a GREAT movie. But it's a solid 7/10. I know there is some ridiculousness throughout, like random dialogue in certain scenes that make no sense, Erica being a Wiccan was really badly handled, the flashbacks in the mental asylum were pretty redundant, the whole affair thing with Erica and that guy, and the scene where Kim was eating fried chicken but Jeffrey thought it was an owl (WTF?) - but they were somewhat forgivable given that there was enough other stuff going on to keep me interested. Oh, and speaking of Kim Director, she was GREAT. To be honest, the performances in this movie were quite adequate by all involved. Kim Director and Jeffrey Donovan seem to be the only ones who have stable careers nowadays, which is great but kind of sad for the rest of them.
Blair Witch 2 was definitely better than the 2016 Blair Witch, IMO. I would put Blair Witch 2 on the same level as Amityville II: The Possession, Saw IV, Nightmare on Elm Street IV: Dream Master, Sleepaway Camp III - sequels that aren't absolutely amazing but good.
Can I kindly ask - from the haters - why Blair Witch 2 is so panned on by everyone? Also - does anyone else agree with me?
Holy shit. I typically predict the end of a movie within the first half hour but this was just straight out of left field... and brilliant.
It wasn't just the end that made it good though, the rest of the movie had a really masterfully crafted sense of something sinister going on. Not enough to call it dread but really uncomfortable. It was a very worthwhile night's viewing.
Donald Pleasance as Dr. Sam Loomis in Halloween 5 & 6. I'm in the minority, but I like 4.
Paul Rudd as Tommy Doyle in Halloween 6. I liked that he was essentially the only motherfucker not afraid to take on Michael Myers, aside from Loomis.
David Morse in Disturbia. Cold blooded BTK-esque serial killer.
What comes to mind for you?
Thanks to a reader for pointing out this entry on the Oxford Dictionaries blog: https://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/
The Gendered Conference Campaign (GCC) has for some time pointed out various instances of all male panels, but now we can have a term to refer to them, namely a “manel.” Not to be confused with an indie pop band from Barcelona.
The term manel, used to refer to an all-male panel of speakers, has recently emerged to join the ranks of the ever growing lexicon of words that are formed by blending the word man with an existing word. While slightly older examples of such terms like mankini, a typically revealing bathing suit for men, or murse, a purse for a man, drew attention to how traditional western concepts of manhood might be in flux, the most recent wave of man- words has had a decidedly different effect. Words like mansplaining or manspreading aim to put names to social phenomena that represent the ways in which those traditional concepts still carry on, typically without the men engaging in them even realizing it.
The social phenomenon of men wearing small bags seems less worth pointing out than the social phenomenon of men being seen as default experts on most topics, so while I tend to be skeptical about the usefulness of words like “murse,” words like “manspreading” and “manel” do seem to me to be helpful. Feel free to browse some manels of your own on Twitter. Or look up an array of old GCC posts on this site.
Richard Laymon was a prolific horror writer and pioneer of the "splatterpunk" genre (along the lines of Jack Ketchum, only with more supernatural elements). He wrote over 30 novels - I've read eight so far and any would make for a great horror movie, if done right.
"In the Dark" would be such a great movie, for example. It's about a college librarian who begins finding envelopes addressed to her which contain money and a clue to where the next envelope is. Each envelope is in a progressively more dangerous location, but each reward is doubled. It gets to be really insane.
Another great candidate for a film would be "Beware", which is about an invisible sociopath with a murderous cult on his trail.
He also wrote four books in the Beast House series, which chronicle the terrors surrounding a small town's main tourist attraction (and location of many grisly murders by a strange beast). That series would be interesting to adapt, as it gets pretty "meta" - the Beast House spawns a popular movie franchise in the novels' world.
The horror genre always needs fresh ideas for films, and Laymon has tons. Have you read Laymon? Why do you think his material is as yet untapped for adaptation?
The Star Trek: Discovery panel at San Diego Comic-Con got off to a fast start with the premiere of the new trailer for the upcoming show. And then it was time for the standing-room-only crowd in Ballroom 20 to meet the show's cast and creatives, who were introduced by Rainn Wilson, the panel's moderator and Discovery's Harry Mudd.
Cast members on hand included Sonequa Martin-Green, Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones, James Frain, Shazad Latif, Anthony Rapp and Mary Wiseman, as well as executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Aaron Harberts, Gretchen J. Berg, Heather Kadin and Akiva Goldsman.
Among the revelations:
Alex Kurtzman revealed that there are raging debates "daily" about the importance of canon in writers room.
Martin-Green pointed out that, "If you say you love the legacy of Star Trek, but don't love (our diversity), you missed it."
Berg confirmed that the Klingons will speak... Klingon, adding that viewers will see subtitles on their screens.
Jones noted having hooved feet as a Kelpien means that he must walk awkwardly on set to look appropriately alien.
Harberts discussed how the conflict between the Klingons and Federation will play out and stressed that the actions of individuals can have huge impact. Harberts said of Discovery that ultimately, "It's a family show, it's a workplace show, and the science fiction overlays the top."
Rapp announced that Wilson Cruz will play the love interest of his character, Lt. Paul Stamets.
Martin-Green stated that Sarek and Amanda are Michael Burnham's surrogate parents while on Vulcan. She also revealed that Burnham's relationship with Captain Georgiou is also "close." Martin-Green later added, "We truly are so grateful to be here to be part of this legacy."
Rainn Wilson went there. "Well, Star Trek is just better," he said in answer to a question about differences between Star Trek and Star Wars.
Jeff Russo has been hired as composer for Discovery. Further, Russo has already completed the Discovery theme, and the producers have developed the title sequence.
Wiseman said it endows performances with power knowing how invested in Star Trek fans and her fellow actors are.
Goldsman noted the importance of finding conflict resolution, specifically conflict resolution that is utopian, not dystopian, for Star Trek.
Enjoy some of the other moments from Discovery's debut at San Diego Comic-Con.
Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp & Shazad Latif
James Frain & Mary Wiseman
Gretchen J. Berg, Alex Kurtzman, Sonequa Martin-Green, Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones & James Frain
Star Trek: Discovery Cast & Creatives at Comic-Con
James Frain, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp & Shazad Latif
Jason Isaacs & Doug Jones
Sonequa Martin-Green, Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones, James Frain & Mary Wiseman
Jason Isaacs, Doung Jones & James Frain
Mary Wiseman & Anthony Rapp
Star Trek: Discovery Cast Selfie
I just want to express my love for Ju-on: The Grudge. I watched it a few days ago and was truly creeped out. I don't consider myself to be one that scares easily from movies but this one really got to me.
So since I was so impressed I decided to watch the second one, the American remake, and The Beginning of the End. But I was disappointed by each of them. I don't know what it was about the original that got to me so much. I'm thinking it had something to do with the low budget it had - it had some kind of effect on the atmosphere of the movie; all the victims seemed a lot more isolated and alone, which I didn't feel in any of the other movies. Also missing in the sequels was the totally black woman that would appear. Lastly it seemed like there wasn't as much groaning/clicking noises in the other movies, which really added to the creepiness.
I am fairly sure I will quit myself but I can't right away or the newspaper would be really screwed and I have a loyalty to my hometown newspaper even if I loathe the new editor. Yes, he has improved the paper but at a cost. He micro-manages and criticizes and has convinced both my husband and I that we are crap at our jobs and working with us is a pain. We used to win awards and now we are incompetent twits.
Changes always upset my stomach but, I hope, by winter, things will be calmer. Oh, and the ENTIRE state is basically on fire so that doesn't help either. I'm sure I'll have to write a story about the fires and fuck it up completely.
We're on our way home from Scott's parents' place now. If we weren't, I'd start the next story with a due date.