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13 hours ago, RelentlessOblivion said:

I haven’t seen any of them yet. As a general rule I don’t like when directors mess with the classics. Reboots are like sequels, almost always inferior to the original.

Nah...not a reboot. It actually acts as a direct sequel to the original film. Basically you watch the original film, then ignore every movie that came after that...so no Jamie, no Laurie and Michael are brother and sister...none of that. The 2018 film picks up 40 years after the original film and continues the story from there. The 2018 film was pretty top-notch...I'd recommend that one. The follow up, Halloween Kills was more uneven, but I'm hoping that was just middle chapter hiccups, and that they'll stick the landing. We'll find out soon enough, though.

49 minutes ago, helvete said:

The exorcist

All time classic right there

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I keep going back and forth about Hereditary. So much of the hype seems to focus on that one scene, that I'm not sure how I feel about the movie as a whole. I will give it credit about how meticulously it was plotted out, with all the little Easter eggs, and it definitely has a creepy atmosphere to it...so even at its worst it's a solid film.

Definitely liked it better than Midsommer

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I conferred with the wife last night about Hereditary and she agreed with me, adding that she thought the ending was boring and unimaginative. There was some memorable scenes in it but overall we certainly wouldn't watch it again. Around the same time we watched Hereditary we also watched The Babadook, for us that was much more memorable.

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21 minutes ago, KillaKukumba said:

Around the same time we watched Hereditary we also watched The Babadook, for us that was much more memorable.

Now that is interesting. I found that one to be an absolute slog. I hated that mom and that kid, really didn't find the Babadook scary, and the allegory was about as subtle as a hammer to the face. I was really disappointed after hearing how good that one was supposed to be

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When I say scary...I don't necessarily mean it makes you feel fear, but good creature design should lend to the overall atmosphere of the movie. I agree Babadook didn't need to be scary to get it's message across, but that's mostly because the message was so in your face you couldn't miss it if you wanted to.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not necessarily holding Heredity up as some kind of great counterpoint example either, but i did think there was a more foreboding atmosphere to that movie...basically because the family's doom was assured from the very start.

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Yeah I didn't get that from Hereditary, I know plenty of people did but not me. I'm not the best judge of horror movies, I don't tend to like much that gets praised but I like the low budget messes from the 80's that other people seem to rubbish. These days though I prefer to write and read horror rather than watch it. I probably read 50+ horror related books a year were as I barely watch any movies.

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11 minutes ago, KillaKukumba said:

I don't tend to like much that gets praised but I like the low budget messes from the 80's that other people seem to rubbish.

That we can definitely agree on. I'm the king of terrible, low budget horror movies...love that stuff.

As for reading horror...totally agree. My biggest problem is finding good horror stories these days. They basically hide the genre under general fiction these days, so it's not even like you can browse the horror section anymore, but my wife and I try to make it up to the used book store near us, and they still have a good section devoted to horror

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Yeah the book market sucks. Reading genres go in waves and while we've had years of Vampire love stories and wizards publishers and publishing companies have largely ignore horror/thriller type novels from anyone but established authors. In the 00's I moved to darker crime novels because really good horror/thriller books got harder to find. I still check out the price drop bins at shops finding authors I'd never heard of and I follow a few unpublished authors on Wattpad but the really good stuff is few and far between.

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