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Logan, congrats on finishing the checklist! At some point in the next month I'll send you a list of DVDs I have dupes of and let you pick one.

Chad, just realized that I didn't number my list, as you always request, back in 2006. Fixed.

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Sorry to break up this exciting discussion on stats and numbers, but I need some good recommendations on some cheesy bad, campy, gore-filled flicks with slimy creatures. Basically something similar in nature to films like "The Deadly Spawn", "Squirm", "Slither", etc.



And how is Slugs, BTW? It caught my attention since it was from the director of "Pieces".

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I just bought Slugs and hope to get to it next weekend.
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And how is Slugs, BTW?
It's about as bad as you'd expect a film about killer slugs to be. Though, however, infinitely superior to Maniac (1936), which I suffered through last night. Easily one of the worst films I have ever seen. Even a catfight, wacky superimpositions, and gratuitous nudity cannot save this truly wretched piece of filmmaking. Among many, many other problems, what makes the film so ridiculous is it purports to provide a case study of a normal man's slide into insanity. Here, the central subject is the assistant to a mad scientist who brings corpses back to life! Not exactly a stable existence to begin with. There's also a curious segment about cat-eating rats, or something.
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Sorry to break up this exciting discussion on stats and numbers, but I need some good recommendations on some cheesy bad, campy, gore-filled flicks with slimy creatures. Basically something similar in nature to films like "The Deadly Spawn", "Squirm", "Slither", etc.
Actually I thought that was a pretty interesting discussion, but I do understand where you're coming from...

Amazon's "explore similar items" feature is great for the kind of question you asked. I went to the page for The Deadly Spawn DVD, and it gave me: Brain Damage, Street Trash, Scalps, Anthropophagus, Basket Case/2, Frankenhooker, Mutant, Slime City... and the list goes on. I've seen Mutant, and believe it or not it is recommended.
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Sorry to break up this exciting discussion on stats and numbers, but I need some good recommendations on some cheesy bad, campy, gore-filled flicks with slimy creatures. Basically something similar in nature to films like "The Deadly Spawn", "Squirm", "Slither", etc.
How about "Shivers" AKA "They Came from Within"? Or even "The Slime People"?
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And how is Slugs, BTW? It caught my attention since it was from the director of "Pieces".
SLUGS! Actually, I just watched it last night (part of a "snails o' death" double-feature with Lucio Fulci's "Aenigma"). I just finished up typing a mini-review in my list (check the link if interested). If you're looking for something involving slimy critters and already have familiarity with J.P. Simon's work and are still willing to check out more ... then I'd say "Slugs" is right up your alley.

And of course, "fans" of "Pieces" simply MUST check out "Pod People". It's like E.T. ... with a body count! One of my favorite MST3K episodes, though the movie is goofy enough that it has entertainment-value by itself.

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And of course, "fans" of "Pieces" simply MUST check out "Pod People". It's like E.T. ... with a body count! One of my favorite MST3K episodes, though the movie is goofy enough that it has entertainment-value by itself.
The dubbing in this is some of the most entertaining I've heard. Better than Prince of Space, even.
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Actually I thought that was a pretty interesting discussion, but I do understand where you're coming from...
That was just my attempt at being facetious, BTW. Sometimes I forget that on the Internet it's hard to convey certain emotions without the use of smileys.

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Chad, just realized that I didn't number my list, as you always request, back in 2006. Fixed.
Yeah, I didn't want to be rude and bring it up, but that's been eating away at me for the past two years.

^See, there I go again.
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Thanks for the recommendations! Can't go wrong with Frank Henenlotter films. And even though I've seen 6 of those -- grab a 6-pack and invite over a few friends because that is one killer marathon idea...


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Old 10-06-08, 07:36 PM
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personally "size=1" kills my eyes... I've put my bingo list in spoiler tags.
You'd probably skip right past my last, then. But in my defense, I just used that size to differentiate myself from everyone else.
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I can't watch the trailers. They play for a second and then freeze.
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For anyone who needs them/doesn't know/wants to complete the checklist but is as lazy as I was last year and doesn't want to search the web, here are my links to the films I watched for the checklist that are from 1895, 1903, and 1910, respectively. You can watch them all for free online. The links are on my list, too, but I figured I'd post them here as well just in case. I saw someone asking about them a few pages back.

The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots - 1895

This short is only about 17 seconds long, and it shows the infamous Mary Stuart (who plotted to kill Queen Elizabeth I and steal her throne) being beheaded in front of a crowd of people. The decapitation is still creepy even by today's standards. You can watch this for free online at: http://www.archive.org/details/Execution_of_Mary_1895

Le Chaudron Infernal - 1903

This short is only a little over a minute long, but it's still noteworthy. It too doesn't have a plot really, but it shows a green demon putting living people into a cauldron, after which their ghosts float out and the demon cackles. Its cool to see these early attempts at macabre imagery. You can watch this for free online at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C1wb8IN7GI

Frankenstein - 1910

This film is about 17 minutes long and it's the first film adaptation of Mary Shelley's enduring Gothic horror opus "Frankenstein." It's grainy and shaky, but it shows Dr. Frankenstein's graduation from medical school, his love for his fiancee, his growing obsession with creating life, and finally his grotesque creature. The creature is hairy and creepy as it actually looks like it was pieced together from different body parts. I'm proud that some of the earliest recorded archives of film history are horror pieces. That warms my horror loving heart. You can watch this for free online at: http://www.archive.org/details/FrankensteinfullMovie
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For anyone who needs them/doesn't know/wants to complete the checklist but is as lazy as I was last year and doesn't want to search the web, here are my links to the films I watched for the checklist that are from 1895, 1903, and 1910, respectively. You can watch them all for free online. The links are on my list, too, but I figured I'd post them here as well just in case. I saw someone asking about them a few pages back.

The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots - 1895


Le Chaudron Infernal - 1903


Frankenstein - 1910
That's great, edwardnortonfan! I was going to search, but since you stuck it under my nose... I'll have to take advantage. And just to be clear, these all count as wildcards, right?
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That's great, edwardnortonfan! I was going to search, but since you stuck it under my nose... I'll have to take advantage. And just to be clear, these all count as wildcards, right?
That seems to be what most people are doing, although I hate to use wildcards just to fill up the checklist.

Maybe we could just declare them as one wildcard, like the checklist wildcard.
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That seems to be what most people are doing, although I hate to use wildcards just to fill up the checklist.

Maybe we could just declare them as one wildcard, like the checklist wildcard.
I like that idea. I wanted to save my wildcards for cartoons with my kids. Those shorts alone are half of the six (boy, that was hard math...).
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I have done something that I've never done before... I actually stopped listening to a commentary and I will not continue it. As a reference, I love commentaries. I have listened to probably 300-400 commentary tracks and every one, so far, that I have listened to I have made it all the way through.

However, yesterday, that has all changed. I started listening to the commentary on "Resident Evil" with Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, the director, and a producer. After about 5 minutes, I simply couldn't stand it anymore. Milla Jovovich is probably one of the most annoying people I have ever heard on a commentary track. Combine her with Michelle Rodriguez (who I can't stand in general) and it made it un-listenable. The director had an excellent commentary track with the visual effects guy, but Jovovich and Rodriguez wouldn't shut the hell up and let the director and producer talk. Rodriguez kept pronouncing Jovovich's last name wrong and I think Milla was about to punch her in the face.
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What makes RE so much fun is how drunk they get as it goes on.

Here's the thing about the three old films, you don't need to use a wild card, they don't need to be a numbered film to get on the checklist, you just need to have watched it. Do it however you want.

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I'm kind of annoyed at myself with this challenge. I didn't get all spiffy with the list, I could have done reviews, body/boob counts but I didn't.

I think next year I'll focus on a theme more so than the check list. I'm actually looking at the daily film list and see how I can work a theme out of those. Devil's Rejects might produce a rob zombie triple feature. That kind of thing.

But I don't know. I'm also getting annoyed at bad horror films. That damn Morgue film was terrible. I hope to watch Midnight Meat Train tomorrow, hope it's good. Maybe I'll do a Barker feature tomorrow?

Anyone see anyother horror films by Stuart Gordon?
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I forgot how draining it is to work a 10-hour day and try to fit in movie-watching. But alas! I made it to 20!

Now I just have to get here four more times, and I'll be at the 100 movie goal... but eventually I'll have to catch up on this season of Mad Men.

My newest write-ups are already posted (not much), so feel free to peruse.
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If anyone has seen this and can explain what the hell happened, please do so. Hard to believe the director went on to helm the top-notch noirs The Big Combo and Gun Crazy, as well as Terror in a Texas Town.
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Sorry to break up this exciting discussion on stats and numbers, but I need some good recommendations on some cheesy bad, campy, gore-filled flicks with slimy creatures. Basically something similar in nature to films like "The Deadly Spawn", "Squirm", "Slither", etc.
One of my favorites is "Night of the Creeps." Too bad it's not out on DVD. It was released on tape and has been screened on TV. Although not really gory, The Hidden features a gooey alien bug that takes over people's bodies. Good flick.
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Anyone see anyother horror films by Stuart Gordon?
Any in general? I've seen two of his movies...wait, three. Castle Freak, Re-Animator, and The Beyond. Of those three, Castle Freak is my favorite. Re-Animator is ok...it grew on me, because I used to hate it. And I still hate The Beyond with the fire and passion of a thousand suns.
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Any in general? I've seen two of his movies...wait, three. Castle Freak, Re-Animator, and The Beyond. Of those three, Castle Freak is my favorite. Re-Animator is ok...it grew on me, because I used to hate it. And I still hate The Beyond with the fire and passion of a thousand suns.
Do you mean From Beyond? I love that flick.
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Do you mean From Beyond? I love that flick.
Oops, yeah. :-p I hated "The Beyond" too though. I love Fulci, just not that movie (or "Demonia" either for that matter).

I know, everyone loves "From Beyond," and I just wanted to turn it off and go to sleep. "Castle Freak" is the first movie I saw where I could tolerate Jeffrey Combs and I didn't want to kill him.

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Anyone see anyother horror films by Stuart Gordon?
The ones edwardnortonfan already mentioned are considered his best, but "Dagon" is definitely worth checking out as well. Also, while they're not exactly his best efforts, "The Dentist" and "Dolls" are both fun little horror flicks. And his 2 Masters of Horror entries (The Black Cat & Dreams in the Witch-House) were among the best of the bunch, IMO.
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