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2 hours ago, Mr_Danger said:

Dawn of the Dead is so good that even Zack Snyder couldn’t fuck it up. What was the feeling on Land of the Dead? I remember not liking it but I’m sure it reviewed well in Empire at least.

I quite liked it but I was going through an Asia Argento phase at the time so that may have skewed my feelings on it.

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The Silent Partner (1978, Talking Pictures TV) I hadn't heard of this before, but saw Elliot Gould and Christopher Plummer as the stars and I was sold. It's a thriller with a really nice set-up -

Yuen Biu's first lead role if memory serves, hence half the film basically being a showreel for him. Groundhog Day Andie McDowell plays Rita, a producer newly employed by a TV network that she

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Mortal Kombat (Interwebs) 15 year old me would have loved. 37 year old me thought it was entertaining cheesy fluff. The fight scenes are well choreographed, the violence is brutal. Actual fatalities an everything! It’s not going to win any Oscars but for an easy watch, it does a grand job. Even famous breast milk producing wrestler Nathan Jones pops up in it!

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Mortal Kombat is a true throwback to early 90s New Line / Canon video shop releases. Your enjoyment will depend entirely on your love for that era of movie. 

It's terrible... But in the right way. 

 

Oh and the lanky Goro from the original is way better. 

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It was fun. Some cool fights and Kano delivered the lols I was worried would be missing without Johnny Cage. Up for a sequel, but given I'm still waiting on season 2 of Conquest, season 3 of the web-thingy and a sequel to the G.O.A.T. Co-op game Shaolin Monks I won't hold my breath.

It was disrespectful to the source material to make Mileena not tidy, though, and the fact I didn't know Dewey Crowe was in it until reading about it afterwards is criminal. To anyone who hasn't seen it yet:

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To cheer on Kabal!

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Still watching random 80s horror/slasher movies that I find on YouTube.

Killer Workout (1987) (YouTube)

Members of a Fitness Gym are targeted by a killer and their oversized safety pin. Bordering on a softcore movie at times. Usual suspect acting, terrible fight scenes, but some surprising plot twists towards the end that keep you guessing. Better than average B-Movie.

Sorority House Massacre II (1990) (YouTube)

Five Sorority sisters move into a house with the hope of restoring it, all bar one, unaware that it was previously the site of a massacre. Doesn’t take itself too seriously (unrelated flashback scenes to Slumber Party Massacre), the women spend most of the film in their underwear) and a vast improvement over the first film. A bit of a surprise.

Stage Fright (1987) (YouTube)

The cast of a musical production find themselves locked inside the theatre during rehearsals with an escaped killer. Atmospheric score with violent and brutal kills which are made all the more sinister by the fact the killer is wearing a giant owl’s head (a prop from the play). Good slasher fare.

The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982) (YouTube)

A group of students stay on campus over Christmas to clear out one of the buildings that is being sold off. Bad VQ on the YouTube upload means this probable deserves a rewatch. Ending is excellent though, completely different and quite unlike “the norm” you would expect from a slasher.

Hell High (1989) (YouTube)

Troubled by an incident from her childhood, a teacher takes revenge on a group of students who are harassing her.  Okay, but takes a while to get to the meat of the film (to the point I thought the movie had been misleadingly named) and then when it does, everything is all too rushed.

Cutting Class (1989) (YouTube)

A killer is on the loose in a high school...and for once it’s the obvious suspect. Tries to toe the line between comedy and horror (Roddy McDowall is great as the lusty principal) however overall this is below average and the acting (notably Donovan Leitch) falls off a cliff at the climax. Also Brad Pitt’s film debut.

Death Screams (1982) (YouTube)

This must have the longest opening credits ever. Interchangeable “teens” hang out at various locations. The last ten minutes isn’t bad when most of the action happens but it’s a slog to get to that point as everything is so uninspiring.  Still no idea who the actual killer was! Bottom level stuff.

Summer Camp Nightmare (1987) (YouTube)

Counselors in Training take a dislike to the new Camp Director and revolt to take over the running of things themselves. Very Lord of the Flies. Also goes to some very dark and unexpected places (murder, rape, a lynching). Good film and more thriller than the horror I had anticipated.

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1 hour ago, Magnum Milano said:

 

Stage Fright (1987) (YouTube)

The cast of a musical production find themselves locked inside the theatre during rehearsals with an escaped killer. Atmospheric score with violent and brutal kills which are made all the more sinister by the fact the killer is wearing a giant owl’s head (a prop from the play). Good slasher fare.

The director of this, Michele Soavi, is a disciple of Dario Argento and directed a few other really good horror films in the late 80s and early 90s. 

I'd recommend checking out La Chiesa (The Church), La Setta (The Sect/The Devil's Daughter) and Dellamorte Dellamore (The Cemetery Man) if you enjoyed it. 

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12 minutes ago, Magnum Milano said:

Stage Fright (1987) (YouTube)

The cast of a musical production find themselves locked inside the theatre during rehearsals with an escaped killer. Atmospheric score with violent and brutal kills which are made all the more sinister by the fact the killer is wearing a giant owl’s head (a prop from the play). Good slasher fare.

I'm enormously fond of this film. It's cheap as hell, but genuinely eerie in places. The giant owl's head is an amazing image and really disconcerting.

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There's a scene towards the end, where the killer is just sitting peacefully amongst the bodies that is both beautiful and tense - even though a 'severed' head blinks a couple of times.

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50 minutes ago, Chris B said:

I'm enormously fond of this film. It's cheap as hell, but genuinely eerie in places. The giant owl's head is an amazing image and really disconcerting.

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There's a scene towards the end, where the killer is just sitting peacefully amongst the bodies that is both beautiful and tense - even though a 'severed' head blinks a couple of times.

Yeah, Soavi was a very good filmmaker and had that knack for making his films stylish and genuinely good despite small budgets and bad actors. 

I love the look and feel of this and the other films I mentioned above. A cut above the usual exploitation fare of the day. 

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Stage Fright is my favourite Giallo. Absolute masterpiece of slasher cinema. I have a slight fear of Owl's generally and the killer creeps the hell out of me. It's not only genuinely scary but deliriously fun. 

Not a really a fan of Cemetery Man myself but The Church is a really good watch.

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Watched Palm Springs with the wife last night. I thought it was a decent enough film, I enjoyed the leads and found the story enjoyable, though not a patch on its obvious influences.

 

On the other hand the wife said its one of her favourite films now, and I'm in the good books for suggesting trying it.

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Great to see Stagefright: Aquarius getting so much love, I always thought it was unknown beyond horror nerds. Can also confirm The Church is magnificent, a beautiful piece of work.

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I've watched a couple more rodeo cowboy films of late. A lovely little sub-genre that has unheralded some gems. 

The best of the bunch was probably The Lusty Men, a Nicholas Ray film I'd never heard of, starring Robert Mitchum and Susan Hayward. They're both great and the film feels a bit ahead of its time in the way that it is shot and the material approached. It's great drama but never tips over into melodrama. 

Strongly recommend.

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7 hours ago, Magnum Milano said:

Summer Camp Nightmare (1987) (YouTube)

Counselors in Training take a dislike to the new Camp Director and revolt to take over the running of things themselves. Very Lord of the Flies. Also goes to some very dark and unexpected places (murder, rape, a lynching). Good film and more thriller than the horror I had anticipated.

Watched this one in my teens (was titled The Butterfly Revolution over here I believe) and it's a bit of hidden gem. 

Like a lot of late 80's stuff a bit ropey at times but definitely worth at least one watch. 

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Not seen any of those on Magnums list ( as far as I can remember )  but reminds me of some of the shite I used to rent from the video man on a Thursday out the boot of his car. I did catch a lot of gems like Killer Klowns From Outer Space which I've only seen that once but think I'll give Stagefright a go when I jump in bed if my film app pops a link up

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