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This one of the best horror comedies we have gotten in years. I had fun seeing the throwbacks from the Evil Dead series (like the car.) It isn't quite as good as those movies but it is still a lot of fun as well as gross and funny. It would have been nice to see an Ash cameo though.
9 years 8 months ago
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This film was huge when I was in high school. The movie and its ad campaign (passing the footage off as real) is probably the film that defines those years for me. It can definitely be a love it or hate it thing though. For me, it is truly frightening because the characters and the entire situation seem real and believable. Everybody is annoying in it, but they are acting just like I would if I was in the same situation. The ending is one of the most frightening in film history, but most of the film is all psychological. Don't expect to see special effects or anything like that. Everything is in the viewer's mind.
9 years 8 months ago
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Although the ending is kind of scary, it just takes way too long to get there. I was bored by this. It wasn't mysterious or intriguing enough.
9 years 9 months ago
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The ending to this film is terrifying. Overall, I'd say this is a great horror film although the premise of experimental psychoanalysis is so 1970's, it hurts.
9 years 9 months ago
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Maybe it is because I haven't seen Suspiria yet, but I was a little confused during this film. The plot just kind of plods along from killing to killing with little backstory. The atmosphere and mood of the film is intense with some significant scares, but unfortunately the special effects makeup is a little lacking. Things are happening in this film, but you don't really care that they are happening because you don't understand why until the very end, and even then you're asking "Is that all?" This is the fourth Argento I have seen and so far I like Deep Red and The Bird with the Crystal Plumage much more than this. It is miles better than Argento's new Dracula 3D film though.
9 years 9 months ago
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I really love the atmosphere in this film. It reminds me a bit of the classic gothic horror films from Universal and Hammer as well as the Italian horror classic Black Sunday and the old Disney animated version of The Adventures of Ichabod Crane & Mr. Toad. Pretty much everything is on a sound stage but the sets are so beautiful that you might not believe it. The woods look like something straight from a fairy tale. A lot of the acting is very good as well, but what stands out is the style and direction. Fantastic special effects. I remember when I saw it for the first time that I knew nothing about it going in so when I saw who played the Headless Horseman, I was very pleased.
9 years 9 months ago
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Like other commenters here, I felt the parts with Carol Kane at the beginning and end are more interesting and frightening than the middle bit. It seems to be heavily influenced by the classic 1963 Italian horror film, Black Sabbath aka I tre volti della paura. I believe it still stands on its own though and is a worthy horror film.
9 years 9 months ago
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I would probably agree with the other commenters that the film is more of a noir/black comedy film than a horror film. They do play with Perkins' image from Psycho though, having his character begin the film by leaving the mental institution. Maybe this playfulness is what lead to the film being categorized as horror. I thought the film was very entertaining and had some very funny moments.
9 years 10 months ago
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@mittens
"i dont know about you, but a zombie apocalypse seems more scary than a bird apocalypse"

That may be true, but this film was made before the idea of a zombie apocalypse existed. Most early zombie films centered around the idea that zombies were living people controlled by some kind of voodoo witch doctor. The idea of large amounts of the dead coming back to life to kill people did not enter popular consciousness until 1968, with Night of the Living Dead, which was released five years after this film. I might even argue that NOTLD may never have existed were it not for this film influencing it (along with 1964's The Last Man on Earth.)

More than a lot of other genres, Horror relies heavily on context, because what is frightening and the ways that frightening images are assembled has changed drastically over the course of film history. If you feel the film (or any older horror film) is not frightening to you, maybe you could try this: Imagine that you are in one of the first theatrical showings of the film. Have you, or anyone there with you, seen anything like this before? When you compare it to other films of the era, is it scarier than most?

If I were to compare it within a list of other popular horror films made in 1963, how would it fare? Here is such a list:

The Birds
Blood Feast
The Comedy of Terrors
Dementia 13
The Whip and the Body
The Haunted Palace
The Haunting
Black Sabbath
The Kiss of the Vampire
Matango
Paranoiac
The Evil Eye
The Raven
The Sadist
X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes

While I love most of the films in the list above, only Robert Wise's The Haunting is able to hold its own when compared to The Birds in terms of influence, scares and an overall level of genuine quality, be it in front of or behind the camera. This is all just my own opinion of course.

To get back to your comment, I can't argue with you that the notion of a zombie apocalypse is probably more frightening than the idea of a bird apocalypse. My level of enthusiasm over Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead is probably about equal to that of The Birds. Think about it this way though: There are somewhere between 100 and 400 billion birds on earth. If they all decided to attack tomorrow, would we stand a chance? Our chances would probably be the same as if there were a real zombie outbreak.

Also: I know your comment is three years old and you probably won't ever read this but I just wanted to write a little about the film, its context and its influence.
9 years 10 months ago
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I was a little confused by the plot of this film. It is very talky and moves pretty slowly until the last 10 minutes where it picks up a little. Because it was on the IMDB Horror list as well as Scorsese's 11 Scariest Films list I think I expected too much and it couldn't live up to the hype for me. I have only seen one Val Lewton film before (The Leopard Man) and I think I enjoyed that one a bit more. I also enjoyed Boris Karloff in some of the other films I have seen more, such as Targets, for example.
9 years 10 months ago
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I agree with Oneironaut in his assessment of the film. There are some great scares here. I am a little unsure about what the implications are with the zombies evolving into a more intelligent race of beings and I cannot really remember if they follow up on this concept in the two sequels that followed (Diary and Survival.)

Of the six Romero zombie films, the first two (Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead) are masterpieces. Not just the greatest of the genre but also film as a whole. Day of the Dead was a little less memorable and had a little less to say but is still a fantastic movie. I remember not really liking Diary or Survival. This film lies right in the middle as an alright zombie flick with a few decent scares.
9 years 10 months ago
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It took guts making this film in the time of the Love Generation. This is powerful stuff. I feel that anyone that has ever felt they might be a Pacifist should watch it. It makes your blood boil and may make you rethink your ideals. I have never been a violent man but could see myself in Hoffman's character and how a man could have to resort to violence in order to protect the ones I care about and my property. It gave me a lot to think about.
9 years 10 months ago
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This film reminded me a little of some of the classic british horror films about satanic cults but is more of a thriller because much of the more supernatural parts are downplayed. I did think setting it in the world of book collecting was a very original idea. I do wish the supernatural element was a little more focused on. It could almost be a political thriller like Polanski's more recent film, The Ghost Writer. Ultimately, I feel that it isn't quite up to the horror films of Polanski's past such as Repulsion, Rosemary's Baby or even The Fearless Vampire Killers but is still pretty good fun.
9 years 10 months ago
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This is a pretty interesting fantasy/horror film from the same director as Candyman. The film has a very surreal dream-like quality and the scarier parts are very effective. Overall, I liked it very much. Perhaps it isn't as important a horror film as Candyman but it was more suited to my personal tastes.
9 years 10 months ago
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When was this list created? Just wondering because some more recent ones are missing (like The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Brokeback Mountain, Django Unchained.)

Also, it doesn't deserve a place on the list because it is a TV show, but Deadwood is one of the greatest things to happen for Western lovers in the 2000s.
9 years 10 months ago
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How is this not on a single official list? One of the most subversive musicals of all time. I doubt something like Hedwig and the Angry Inch would exist if not for this film. Also: check out the face Traci Lords makes while getting her Polio vaccination!
9 years 10 months ago
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This one has a few interesting concepts and it might be the only romantic zombie film I've ever seen. It also has a few great practical special effects shots that are very gory. Unfortunately, the male lead is so lame, I was rooting for him to die since practically his first scene. The two leads are on the run from some really ridiculous "cholo"-style stereotype gang members who call everyone ese and and say odelay every five seconds. Also, I thought it was pretty weird after she gave herself a bunch of piercings and whatever. It was like they were trying to make her kinky looking like some BDSM thing but mixed with zombie and it just doesn't work. Other than that, I enjoyed it. It wasn't the worst zombie film I've ever seen but I've definitely seen a lot better.

I would probably give it a 6/10 on my personal scale.
9 years 10 months ago
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Some really fantastic animation. Sometimes the characters actually looked like actual physical objects, almost like claymation but smoother. I wish they used some better voice actors rather that just a bunch of Adam Sandler's friends and family. I also wished that they didn't use a fad like auto tune so much with the songs because that will make the film so dated in about 5 years.

Another commenter said they should slow it down some and while I agree, Arthur Christmas seemed to be way more guilty of hyperactivity than this one did.
9 years 11 months ago
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I went through this list as much as I could. Unfortunately, that is still only 28/42 checks. It was a very fun exercise to go through Welles' filmography in chronological order though, and see his development as a director and actor, while his budgets got smaller. In my opinion, his masterpieces are:

Citizen Kane
Touch of Evil
The Magnificent Ambersons
Chimes at Midnight
F for Fake
The Lady from Shanghai

If anyone is looking for a great film that he was involved in but did not direct, check out The Third Man (of course!), Monsieur Verdoux (he sold the idea for the film to Chaplin) and Jane Eyre. His segment of the omnibus film, Three Cases of Murder, is quite good as well.

edit (Sept 2014): Now at 29/42 since I was able to see the reassembled cut of Too Much Johnson, which I didn't really find interesting.
9 years 11 months ago
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Not everything. Event Horizon is a great horror film. I've also heard the first Resident Evil is surprisingly decent but I have never seen it. This wasn't the worst horror film I've ever seen but it is pretty mediocre.
9 years 12 months ago
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After thinking about it for a while, this is my favorite show of all time. I love it so much!
10 years ago
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There are some great parts in this but it isn't without its flaws. Most of the human/mermaid characters spend a significant time off model, even during really important scenes. The scene where Ariel is singing on the rocks after saving the Prince from drowning, where the song reaches a crescendo is the part I'm thinking of, specifically. It almost looks a little creepy, with her facial features changing size constantly. I don't understand why this happened since this never really happened in older Disney movies, and hasn't really happened since. What is also surprising to me is that this films budget was significantly higher than Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin and the animation is much smoother in those films.

Another qualm I have is why does King Triton look like Fabio stepped off the cover of a Harlequin romance novel and donned a stupid beard?
10 years ago
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Why do so many modern Horror films have to have shitty "Hard rock" soundtracks? The original had an amazing score and they replace it with Disturbed? This would be a pretty decent film if it didn't cater to the LCD. Also: fast zombies are the worst!
10 years ago
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A riff on Bonnie & Clyde where they aren't shot and killed in the end like the criminals they are and are instead given jobs at SHIELD? No thanks.
10 years ago
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I agree with miramarco. Usually I would say not to check a film that is lost but when you have 50% or more it should be considered a special case.
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