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Old 10-07-08, 05:27 PM
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boy were they freaked out by the ending.
Emphasis on the word "boy".
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I know this is horror blasphemy, but I think Suspiria is highly overrated. The build-up to the end is well done, but then the ending happens within a few minutes and doesn't really follow the suspense built by the rest of the movie. The really bright colors bothered me too. They just looked very unreal, as did the blood throughout the movie. I know I'm in the minority, but I thought the film was average.
I always thought the bright colors in the film were supposed to make it look unreal, more dream-like. I always felt that it added to the overall surreal atmosphere of the film.
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is anyone going to complain if i include THE DEAD ZONE on my list? i'm in the middle of a cronenberg marathon. imdb lists it as drama/fantasy/horror.

Yes, we're forming the obligatory Universal movie monster torch mob as we speak ...


(Been waiting for an excuse to post that!)

Unfortunately I don't own all his films ...yet, so I'll spread out the ones I do have and probably go with a Carpenter marathon instead.

BTW, I noticed a substantial difference in the way IMDB and allmovie classify their genres:

The Dead Zone
IMDB - Drama | Fantasy | Horror | Mystery | Thriller
allmovie - Science Fiction | Supernatural Thriller

Black Cadillac
IMDB - Horror | Thriller
allmovie - Thriller | Psychological Thriller

Next Door
IMDB - Horror | Mystery | Thriller
allmovie - Thriller | Psychological Thriller


And it goes on and on like that...
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Originally Posted by vcuram View Post
I know this is horror blasphemy, but I think Suspiria is highly overrated. The build-up to the end is well done, but then the ending happens within a few minutes and doesn't really follow the suspense built by the rest of the movie. The really bright colors bothered me too. They just looked very unreal, as did the blood throughout the movie. I know I'm in the minority, but I thought the film was average.
I have something even more blasphemous to comment on... I actually prefered this film on laserdisc. I myself love Suspiria, but I don't think the cheap SFX and coloring held up well with a cleaned-up transfer. Some things are better hidden or more effective in lower resolution.

DVD also killed the Friday the 13th series for me. Just not the same all cleaned up and pretty.

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Old 10-07-08, 06:55 PM
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Originally Posted by vcuram View Post
I know this is horror blasphemy, but I think Suspiria is highly overrated. The build-up to the end is well done, but then the ending happens within a few minutes and doesn't really follow the suspense built by the rest of the movie. The really bright colors bothered me too. They just looked very unreal, as did the blood throughout the movie. I know I'm in the minority, but I thought the film was average.
I don't really think it's overrated. Most people seem to either love or hate it. I happen to like the film quite a bit, but it's not something I find myself recommending to a lot of people, simply because it's so polarizing.
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If you watch Suspiria, it's pretty much required to have a full surround setup cranked as loud as you can stand. The bigger the TV, the better, too. It's an aural-visual experience primarily. Took me several viewing to make actual sense of it. I prefer the picture as sharp as possible. 35mm is the best, but that version is always the cut R version. The film is so full of colors and textures.
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Old 10-07-08, 09:58 PM
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Emphasis on the word "boy".


What freaked me out was the face "it" was making. Had that image stuck in my head for a while.
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Originally Posted by caligulathegod View Post
If you watch Suspiria, it's pretty much required to have a full surround setup cranked as loud as you can stand. The bigger the TV, the better, too. It's an aural-visual experience primarily. Took me several viewing to make actual sense of it. I prefer the picture as sharp as possible. 35mm is the best, but that version is always the cut R version. The film is so full of colors and textures.
I will say that the sound and music in the film are awesome. I had the DTS track blasting and it sounded great.

I also agree with Jeffy Pop, you either love or hate the film. I guess it's not that I hate it, it's just not my kind of horror flick.

Just finished Night of the Living Dead. Now that's a fucking awesome horror film.
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it's not something I find myself recommending to a lot of people, simply because it's so polarizing.
That's why it's a great film. It does what it does so well, and naturally people out there just won't be feeling it because it's not for them. I like that it defies expectations, that it looks artificial, and even that the English dub is uneven. These elements add up to create a mood that is perfectly unsettling. It's about the supernatural afterall, so it should feel off to an extent. And if it turns off some people then it's doing something right.
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That's why it's a great film. It does what it does so well, and naturally people out there just won't be feeling it because it's not for them. I like that it defies expectations, that it looks artificial, and even that the English dub is uneven. These elements add up to create a mood that is perfectly unsettling. It's about the supernatural afterall, so it should feel off to an extent. And if it turns off some people then it's doing something right.
I could never have hoped to say that better.
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Is there a definitive call on how far into the genre list a movie is listed as horror? For example, All Movie could list something as "Film" = Western, Horror - or - "Film" = Martial Arts, Comedy, Horror (lots of Asian vampire films are like this). As long as it is on the list, is it good?

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What freaked me out was the face "it" was making. Had that image stuck in my head for a while.
What got me was the sound it was making. It's still creepy as hell
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That's why it's a great film. It does what it does so well, and naturally people out there just won't be feeling it because it's not for them. I like that it defies expectations, that it looks artificial, and even that the English dub is uneven. These elements add up to create a mood that is perfectly unsettling. It's about the supernatural afterall, so it should feel off to an extent. And if it turns off some people then it's doing something right.
quoted for truth. suspiria destroyed my expectations of what a horror film should be. it was my introduction to argento and to italian horror in general. it's clunkiness is part of it's charm and like you said it makes it all the more unsettling. the visuals are candy coated and the audio is spooky as hell. a masterpiece.
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quoted for truth. suspiria destroyed my expectations of what a horror film should be. it was my introduction to argento and to italian horror in general. it's clunkiness is part of it's charm and like you said it makes it all the more unsettling. the visuals are candy coated and the audio is spooky as hell. a masterpiece.
Not to add further posts after my own question above, but this is a great comment. My biggest testament to Suspiria is that images from the film sometimes pop into my head without warning, like remembering a favorite painting. I'm fond of the dog scene and of course that "it" scene.
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I'm ahead of myself from last year by a few. I didn't hit 30 until October 8th last year, I hit 30 on October 6th this year. However I did take a break today, I started a new film at 11:55pm just enough time to include it for today. Ha ha!

I got all day off tomorrow, so I can watch movies all frickin' day!

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If you watch Suspiria, it's pretty much required to have a full surround setup cranked as loud as you can stand. The bigger the TV, the better, too. It's an aural-visual experience primarily. Took me several viewing to make actual sense of it. I prefer the picture as sharp as possible. 35mm is the best, but that version is always the cut R version. The film is so full of colors and textures.
I saw this movie last year for this challenge and was amazed by it, bought it shortly afterward. I just got a new TV and surround sound system, so I'm glad you said this. I'll wait for a day when no one is home (possibly tomorrow) and watch it then.
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It's not as easy as I thought...

I didn't just start this challenge to watch 200 films (outside chance of 250) but I'm writing reviews of each as well.

I've written about 25,000 words in the last week alone. It's really taking a lot out of me but it's been a lot of a fun at the same time. I'm not taking the time to check for grammatical accuracy and after reading over some of my typing I've laughed at a moment or two of my own.

I don't know if I can keep this up, I'm really starting to miss sleep and commentaries and extra features, but I just want to say for anyone legitmately trying for high numbers, it's crazy.

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I love that the mysterious ThatAnyone (a member whose only post to his/her credit is the horror movie list) is composing a haiku for every horror movie watched
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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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I dare you to play them all at once!
Yay, finally got it to work! How did you get the videos to be smaller? Regardless, thanks, these were fun. I've never heard of some of these, but I want to see them al now.

Dick, to answer your question, as long as one of the genres of a movie is listed as horror, I don't think it matters. Really, as long as you consider a movie to be horror and as long as it's not Annie or something, I don't think people are going to call you out on it.
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It's not as easy as I thought...

I didn't just start this challenge to watch 200 films (outside chance of 250) but I'm writing reviews of each as well.

I've written about 25,000 words in the last week alone. It's really taking a lot out of me but it's been a lot of a fun at the same time. I'm not taking the time to check for grammatical accuracy and after reading over some of my typing I've laughed at a moment or two of my own.

I don't know if I can keep this up, I'm really starting to miss sleep and commentaries and extra features, but I just want to say for anyone legitimately trying for high numbers, it's crazy.
It is tough, especially if you are trying to dedicate actual watching time to the films. I know some people are driving around town watching on iPhones... which can definitely get your numbers up with portability. I'm trying to watch each film entirely from start to finish, with no distractions, in my home theatre. I may have to change my strategy up a bit. I need to watch more portable as well. Working full time with a family of 4.5 (.5 = dog) really is draining. I couldn't begin to put in quite as much as you, poster mayhem. Hat's off.

My youngest son watched three in a row with me on Sunday, and he was burned out. I've never seen him so exhausted!

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It is tough, especially if you are trying to dedicate actual WATCHING time to the films. I know some people are driving around town watching on iPhones... which can definitely get your numbers up with portability.
Your bolding seems to indicate that you think some people aren't actually watching their films. Dangerous grounds. Why even go there?
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Your bolding seems to indicate that you think some people aren't actually watching their films. Dangerous grounds. Why even go there?
I took out the bolding. Not my intension to "go there" at all. Sorry if the tone seemed hostel. Was referring to my own form of watching. I was attempting humor. Apparently I'm not good at that...
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Just want to make it clear that I am not challenging anyone's viewing means. I just hadn't thought of watching on a portable device/laptop/iPhone before. When someone says "watch a movie" I automatically think movie-theatre or the like. Thanks to all of you, my watching horizons have been expanded! I've just never considered enjoying films on-the-go.

Again, no hostility intended.
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I took out the bolding. Not my intension to "go there" at all. Sorry if the tone seemed hostel. Was referring to my own form of watching. I was attempting humor. Apparently I'm not good at that...
I think your misspelling of the word hostile is all too appropriate for this thread.
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Just want to make it clear that I am not challenging anyone's viewing means. I just hadn't thought of watching on a portable device/laptop/iPhone before. When someone says "watch a movie" I automatically think movie-theatre or the like. Thanks to all of you, my watching horizons have been expanded! I've just never considered enjoying films on-the-go.

Again, no hostility intended.
Sorry, Dick, I'm just overly sensitive to trying to keep this thread open. We were shut down for a spell last year due to people arguing about numbers, so I tend to go out of my way to try to prevent that from happening again.

I apologize for "snapping".
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I think your misspelling of the word hostile is all too appropriate for this thread.
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I think your misspelling of the word hostile is all too appropriate for this thread.
That is too funny! Good catch.
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