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Old 09-22-19, 11:05 PM
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"Nina Forever" Reviews/Discussion - 2019 Horror Challenge





Nina Forever (2015)



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Old 10-23-19, 11:53 PM
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I'm looking forward to revisiting Nina Forever; at first I felt like the posters for it looked cheap but the premise is clever and potentially sleazy so I gave it a shot and loved it. I'm not sure if I was just in the right mood or if it'll hold up well. "A fucked up fairy tale" is a great tagline.

This was my review/rating from 2017:
Nina Forever (2015, 99 minutes) ★★★★★★★★✰ Unexpectedly good with bizzare visuals/twists serving up a dark romantic 'comedy' with dramatic chops. It's gory and funny but intense and played a lot more straight than the premise would suggest tackling bittersweet themes of grief and coming to terms.
Old 10-24-19, 03:37 AM
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Nina Forever was partially funded by a Kickstarter campaign, here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...ng-to-happen-0

Fiona O'Shaughnessy does a great job of flopping lifelessly around as Nina both sarcastic and gorey/menacing at once. I love that she leaves a trail of blood the living have to clean up.

The plot is clever but some of the characters too fragile they're 'emo' and hard to empathize with making the ending seem especially odd that Nina is haunting only Holly now that Rob has moved on and Holly is stuck with her tragic preoccupations. It elevates the film beyond a simple ghost story adding some psychological depth by making Nina less about literal romance and more about headspace but requires accepting Holly is so damaged.
Old 10-24-19, 01:17 PM
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The premise reminded me a little of Burying the Ex merged with Life After Beth. I had a mixed reaction this one, just as I did to those other two previously mentioned films. I appreciated the way it was filmed, the cinematography, and the acting from all three leads. It was well-made film about a guy who's dead ex physically shows up every time he's going to have sex with his new girlfriend, Holly. As someone who lost his female best friend to a sudden illness a couple of months ago, I can appreciate the difficult lesson in letting go and trying to move forward.

But, it just seemed like endless sex scenes just for the sake of sex scenes, including a strange one where Rob and Holly try to have sex on Nina's grave. The problem I have with metaphorical movies like this is the metaphor seems to overshadow all logic. Everything from the main character reactions to Nina's arrival to them continuing their relationship is just so unrealistic to the point where it took me out of the movie. I also felt it was too long and could have been trimmed just a bit, which is odd, considering it's just an hour and 38 minutes long. It's labelled as a horror-comedy, but I felt it was neither funny nor scary.

All in all, it's a movie I'm glad I watched, but don't see myself ever having the desire to watch again because it's just not that fun to sit through...
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Baggage: the movie.

This was a difficult watch for me because it reminded me of a relationship from when I was 20 that I struggled to get over.
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Originally Posted by MysterioMan007
The premise reminded me a little of Burying the Ex merged with Life After Beth. I had a mixed reaction this one, just as I did to those other two previously mentioned films. I appreciated the way it was filmed, the cinematography, and the acting from all three leads. It was well-made film about a guy who's dead ex physically shows up every time he's going to have sex with his new girlfriend, Holly. As someone who lost his female best friend to a sudden illness a couple of months ago, I can appreciate the difficult lesson in letting go and trying to move forward.
Originally Posted by DaveyJoe
Baggage: the movie.

This was a difficult watch for me because it reminded me of a relationship from when I was 20 that I struggled to get over.
This was a first-time view for me. I appreciated the movie (I gave it **** out of ***** I believe). It wasn't quite what I was expecting though ... posters and review blurbs made it sound like a whacky horror comedy (like Life After Beth). But despite some silliness it's much more serious (and real-world relevant) tackling the unpleasant issue of how to recover from the loss of a loved one. And it doesn't exactly end on a very optimistic note.

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Old 10-25-19, 08:50 PM
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Re: "Nina Forever" Reviews/Discussion - 2019 Horror Challenge

This is what the subset is all about.
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I enjoyed it. It was interesting and not something I was expecting. Some headscratching moves from the lead female character (curious how the ghost trapped to her in the end and if she can pass the ghost along) but overall, it was good and different. But def seemed like it could be a porno with how much sex and nudity there was lol.
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I would like to thank Undeadcow for relieving me of the burden of picking the subset film with the most nudity/sexual content.
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Baring themselves emotionally as well as physically? I was not sure how the connections worked either but not bad for subset pick.
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Re: "Nina Forever" Reviews/Discussion - 2019 Horror Challenge

A very interesting film. I enjoyed it but not one i would see as a repeat watch.
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Re: "Nina Forever" Reviews/Discussion - 2019 Horror Challenge

I was expecting something much lighter, and got serious. I saw it a few months ago and hoped it would be lighter the second time around. Nah!
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Originally Posted by DaveyJoe
I would like to thank Undeadcow for relieving me of the burden of picking the subset film with the most nudity/sexual content.
Amen to that!
Old 10-29-19, 08:44 AM
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Originally Posted by DaveyJoe
I would like to thank Undeadcow for relieving me of the burden of picking the subset film with the most nudity/sexual content.
Nah, I think Death Spa had everyone beat.

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