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Quack quack quack
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The first hour of this film is very good, but as it goes on, it soon becomes clear that it cannot deliver on the resolution of the complex time travel shenanigans it has set up. By the time the movie was finished, I found myself disappointed by a weak ending and the way that the time travel logic in the film was self-contradictory and changed depending on what the plot required.
11 years 9 months ago
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A disappointment. Like the first film it suffers from some poorly thought out scenes but a lot of the atmosphere and interest is now missing. The ending especially seems very off-hand and severely undermines the threat of the blind dead, in contrast to the ending of the first film which was shocking and unexpected.
11 years 9 months ago
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I think the list was determined by public vote, so as well as genuinely terrible movies, there are also ones that are often well-regarded but cause very strong negative reactions among some portions of the populace (e.g. Titanic and Texas Chainsaw), and movies like Waterworld where its badness is more legend than truth (there was a ton of negative publicity when it came out due to spiralling out of control budget and production difficulties).
11 years 9 months ago
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More a series of gross-out scenes than a coherent story. A lot of the movie seems to be aiming for bad taste humour which hardly ever works, and so usually just seems weird rather than funny. The relentless weirdness ended up being my main fascination with this film. It does have some genuinely effective moments though, mainly with the gore effects.
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There are quite a lot of problems with this movie, particularly some strange time jumps at the beginning, cheesy acting, and quite a few of the jokes didn't work. Despite that, there are enough strengths that I found myself enjoying it. There are interesting new spins on the vampire legend, some jokes do come off, and though it's slow to start, it eventually builds to a fun climax with some good action and scares.
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I've never seen one of HG Lewis' gore movies before, but this one was utterly dreadful in every department, with terrible acting, poor picture and sound, an incoherent badly-written script, etc. Worst of all, the film is slow, with only sporadic action, and too dull and annoying to be very amusing.
11 years 9 months ago
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Very powerful and compelling drama, well scripted and beautifully acted.
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Further to the below comment, another alternate title for this film was "Revenge From Planet Ape", to cash in on the Planet of the Apes series where the distributors added a voiceover at the start claiming that the undead Knights Templar we were about to see were actually a race of apes who used to rule the world.
Anyway, the film is very atmospheric and well shot, but it's often slow and with a very thin plot. The last few minutes are great and unexpected though, which helps make up for that.
11 years 9 months ago
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Fun little movie, obviously made for peanuts. The last 10 minutes or so when they pull out all the stops spoiler is great and helps make up for the fact that a lot of the rest of the movie is just people talking. 6/10
11 years 9 months ago
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A true artistic masterpiece of cinema.
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On the up side it's got some nice photography and the acting from the three leads is pretty good (some of the supporting cast are poor though). There was also a single effective scare for me. On the down side the characters are not just stupid, they act in ways that defy all common sense. In fact the movie in general is just incredibly stupid which can be deeply frustrating and take you out of the film because of it. I can't believe that Guillermo Del Toro and Matthew Robbins (who both have good to excellent track records) wrote this and that at no point neither of them said "Wait a second. This makes absolutely no sense."
11 years 9 months ago
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One of the greatest animes of all time, yet usually overlooked. Emotionally powerful and beautiful.
11 years 10 months ago
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Pretty well put-together film but incredibly hokey and manipulative.
11 years 10 months ago
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Brilliant movie and one of my favourite film noirs. The witty script acts as a great counterpoint to the relentless darkness of the story, and the film makes a strong commentary on the use of futility of brute force whether used as a means of imprisonment or escape.
11 years 10 months ago
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Very good film. spoiler
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After a great first half, the film abruptly changes location, loses all its momentum and becomes really contrived.
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How will the hotdog's wife and seven kids support themselves now?
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A movie that grips you and makes you feel the weight of injustice that the Guildford Four suffered under. Daniel-Day Lewis gives an amazing performance that shows the changes in the character as the movie goes on. Great script, and almost all the other actors put in fantastic performances too, I only had reservations about Emma Thompson's performance which I felt lacked the realism of the other actors. The female roles in general are quite minimal and one note.
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Great movie that lifts what could have been an exploitative torture film into a heartfelt and tragic story with its strongly drawn and compelling protagonists.
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I was pleasantly surprised by how good this was, given that the comedy zombie genre has been getting pretty crowded recently. Not quite up to Shaun of the Dead standards, but still a fun and inventive film.
11 years 10 months ago
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Yes. Pan 3 is the fast forward through the corn field. Pan 4 is the two layers of hole punched paper pinned to wood.
11 years 11 months ago
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I have created a list of all the clips:
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/the+films+in+precious+images/chrisreynolds/

There was a previous list created by johnnyg at http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/precious+images/johnnyg/, but it was based on the IMDb list which is unordered and gives incorrect films in quite a few places.
11 years 11 months ago
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Given that the video is created from the actual original footage that provided the visuals of the short, combined with the music that provided the soundtrack to the short, and is, as the description says "give or take a few frames here and there, it is nearly identical to the actual video", I see no problem with saying that that video IS the "God is Dog Spelled Backwards" short. A lot of remastering and restoration work has to do something very similar when the best available surviving visuals and soundtrack are on different copies and need to be combined.
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Awful. Story and character development are basically non-existent and events happen for no reason other than to move to the next incoherent action scene where the camera shakes all over the place. The original Clash of the Titans told pretty much the exact same story much better, and Harryhausen's effects have more character than the CGI seen here which feels just as fake but now happens in a computerised mess where it's hard to clearly see the monsters.
The only saving graces are the often good cinematography and a host of good actors turn in some decent work that's still well below their normal standards.
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