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In my [Futile--Ed.] effort to progress my mastery of 日本語 beyond "The boy drinks the turtle," I have watched various Japanese Originals. Currently watching a disturbing film Marebito, [稀人--Ed.] or, basically, "visitor from afar" or "rare/phenomenal person." It is on the level of interesting-disturbing as the Japanese Swedish {Norwegian, McReady!} Original Let the Right One In.

It also stars this asshole:
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who is a film director happy to act in other people's films. Famous as the guy who plays the man behind Ichi the Killer, which also stars the Same Guy:

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who plays an "MiB" character in this film. Same guy inspired Quentin "What Do You Mean I Am Too Self-Indulgent" Tarantino to hire him as one of the two who could actually act in Kill Bill I.

The filmmaker who is interested in urban legends follows a ghost into a hidden underground in Tōkyō [Stop that!--Ed.]. Along the way, he finds a Naked Chick chained to a wall.

He frees her.

Takes her home.

Very interesting. Very disturbing, like Let the Right One In, without being graphically disgusting.

Anyways, I like good horror. Stuff that scares or has a very interesting idea as opposed to "let's disembowel virgins" movies. I mean, seriously, as I, Claudius recommended, make sure they are not virgins before you disembowel them.

Where was I?

Oh yeah! While I can recommend it and a few other "J-Horror" films let us add to this other films from other countries as well. New one or old ones forgotten.

--J.D.
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On Wednesday I had lunch with this guy:

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"They're coming to get you, Barbara!"

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Love the vintage broadcast gear.

However, he is not addressing the microphone properly. Deduct 10 points for faulty continuity.
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Been in kind of a horror drought lately. I haven't come across anything good. The best I have seen in the last few months is "The Ritual" which had a good-ish ending but a boring as fuck beginning.

The monster at the end was awesome, but it couldn't save the movie from the fact that they had at best 20 minutes of plot stretched into 90 minutes of movie. It was at best "okay" and that's the best I have seen in months. Everything else has been aggressively bad.
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I think that the single best supernatural flick that I have seen was the original Haunting.
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Infection

Yes Tentacle J-Horror but this is a fantastic movie. It is a hospital, a patient with a mysterious rash is coming to the emergency room. Yadda Yadda Zombies/Vampires/Magical Girls/ZombieLoliVampires! :hyper:

But no.

It is a poor hospital losing money. The docs all have problems. They cannot afford anything. They cannot keep nurses, so the nurses they have are new and some of the new docs are failures from previous practices. The only patients they have are true "Gomers" ["Get Out of My Emergency Room."--Ed.] and other Space Occupying Lesions that they cannot get rid of. That is, incidentally, a real problem in USA!USA!USA! as well, particularly when said SOL is "undocumented" [Illegal.--Ed.] or, worse, "private pay," [Uninsured and "poor as shit."--Ed.]

Everyone hates one another while depending on one another because despite the situation they still have some sense of humanity and do not want to abandon their patients. A nurse torments weaker nurse who cannot draw blood without turning a Gomer into a pin-cushion.

Then a patient who is nothing but a mass of bandages decides to "go to ground" ["All Gomers go to ground"--Rule of the House of God.--Ed.] and codes. You find out he is a 70% burn victim which makes him about Cleveland-Fan-Level hopeless. During the code one doc mixes up "chloride" with "chlorate" and Empty-Headed-but-Eager-to-Please Nurse dutifully injects the coding patient and, well, that does kill him.

What follows is a fantastic examination of ethics on what to do. Head Nurse wants to report what happened. Most think Empty-Head heard wrong save Torture Nurse who backs her to gain leverage against the doc. Doc confesses he made the mistake.

But.

They guy has been vent-dependent unconscious for three months which means Doris Dumbass has a better prognosis. He has no known family. No known identity. He is "no one." Less a "no one" that the hooker who disappears leaving only "your friendship with Michael Corleone, Senator."

Report it? People lose jobs, what is left of the sinking ship is gone with no one taking the patients.

All of this intrigue and not one Zombie Vampire Loli yet.

Happily absent is "jump scares." The movie teases that, but there are, so far no "ghosts." None of the usual suspects of horror. Sadly, Anax, Empty-Headed nurse and Clueless Disgraced Former Pediatrician have not Danced the Light Fantastic in an elevator which opens to reveal:
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I'll make another pitch for Dark. It's on Netflix. German show set out in a small town in the middle of the woods (might be in the Black Forest, but I don't know). Anyway, it's a small town where the main industry is a nuclear power plant that's going to be decommissioned soon. It's small enough that pretty much everyone knows everyone else, which doesn't mean that they all get along. The kids mostly hate it because it's in the middle of nowhere as far as they are concerned. Kids in the town start disappearing and nobody can figure out why. It's thought to be the work of a serial killer but there are no obvious suspects. There's a spooky cave out in the woods near the nuclear power plant that might have something to do with it though.
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I will add that to The List!

{The list is correct, Herr Schindler!}

No, not that one!

I fully support Infection. Like the Usual Suspects before everyone learned the twist that Dean Keaton is King Arthur's father, I have to watch it again. It is NOT what you think, which was quite the pleasure.

I was/am a big fan of the Japanese Spanish original [REC]. Fun "Zombie Flick" with a twist. I also liked the second one because it embraced a bit of the cheese: "Zombies come to your wedding!" So I expected, after reading a, "no, really, check this out!" review, it would be like that.

No, it is not even that.

Just pay attention to the reds and the greens.

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These days I go to dystopian scifi or the SCP Foundation for horror.

It's a pretty good shared writing site, not like those hacks at creepypasta.
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Speaking of Creepypasta, has anyone been watching Channel Zero on SyFy? Its a series kind of like American Horror Story where each season is a self contained story. Each of those stories is loosely based on a creepypasta story. The first season was "Candle Cove" (aka "The only creepypasta story I ever read that I liked") and it was really good. The second was something called "No End House" and that was okay but not as good as "Candle Cove". They just started season 3, something called "Butchers Block" which deals with disappearances in a town. And I like it because it has kind of a "Lovecraft meets The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" vibe to it.

All of the stories manage to be creepy and weird, even if the episodes themselves are variable in quality. I recommend it.
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I've noticed it. May go and look for it.
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Starting Dark :hyper:

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Hope you like it. :)
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I just remembered one other thing from the Horror genre which I saw on Netflix a few months ago.

1922

Based on a novella by Stephen King of the same name.
It was OK, not spectacular, but classic King. So I would say that if you like Stephen King, it's worth a watch.
A little bit predictable, but it has its scary moments. About a farmer out in Kansas in 1922. He has a disagreement with his wife. To say much more about the plot would begin to spoil it, but it's basically a trim hour-and-a-half horror movie that follows a definite story arc with a beginning, middle and a definite end (no leaving loose ends for a sequel).

But to reiterate, it is classic King. It's not The Shining, but it comes from the same well.
Anyone else see it already? Should be on Netflix.
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So far . . . so good. It is like a Kraut German Stranger Things in that they seem to introduce interesting characters who clearly have stories rather than "Imma Trophe!"

No tentacles though.

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I wanted to Recommend to Nyarl, and, たぶん、お前 [Stop that!--Ed.] the live action of Hell Girl. That series I mentioned on the "Weebo" thread I think. Long story short, if one likes the good old Tales of the Unexpected, Tales from the Crypt-Type series, the live action does a good job. They choose the best stories from the anime while giving homage to the Still-Japanese Original, such as using some of the creepier music. You do not have to see the anime to enjoy it.

I recommend the anime as a good "creepy" series that does demonstrate an interesting over-arching-back-story-thingy-物, but I understand most will not invest the time for a 24-odd episode anime.

It is not "horror" as in "scare you"; it is more "interesting moral dilemmas.

The anime is influential. A series I would have recommended if they stuck with the "Interesting Celtic Mythology" rather than descending into another Teen-with-Angst-Whom-Everyone-Sees-as-a-Leader-Oh-Wait-MAGIC!-Mess-that-Would-Make-You-Chortle: "And you bitch to me about Railgun?" does have a character whose ringtone is いっぺん死んで見る?

In the rain.

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面白いだ!

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Cool. How many episodes in?
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Just the fourth.

I need a score card. It sort of reminds me of a certain anime where, four episodes into it, wait . . . what? Everyone is dead?

The comparisons to Stranger Things are obvious, but for those who have not seen it, it is different. The main comparison is all of the characters have complex backstories which make them that more interesting.

--J. "Time . . . She Flexes Like a Whore" D.

P.S. Up to Episode 8 and I need both a score card and stiff drink.
P.P.S. "David Lynch was a fag!"
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This may be old news, but I just saw 'Alien Covenant' on HBO.

My stern advice: Do not waste your time.



Retire the fuck already Ridley!
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Yeaaaaaaahhhhh . . . he sort of "found" Junior and he has not made a good movie since The Duelists.

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The Japanese Korean Horror Stories.

Homage to Your Hammer Vignette with a nice set-up: a mute serial killer captures a girl who stays alive by telling horror stories to him. Nicely done.
Girl is to marry Super Hot Plastic Surgeon. Her Step Mother wants her own daughter to replace her. That daughter has plastic surgery to look more like Girl.

Too bad Super Hot actually eats his wives. . . . They should have wondered why he had six prior.

Too bad the Girl does not know this either when she tries to stop her step-sister. . . .
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Somehow lost track of this thread

I will check out Hell Girl. Got lots of time on my hands of late.
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Doctor X wrote:The Japanese Korean Horror Stories.

Homage to Your Hammer Vignette with a nice set-up: a mute serial killer captures a girl who stays alive by telling horror stories to him. Nicely done.
Girl is to marry Super Hot Plastic Surgeon. Her Step Mother wants her own daughter to replace her. That daughter has plastic surgery to look more like Girl.

Too bad Super Hot actually eats his wives. . . . They should have wondered why he had six prior.

Too bad the Girl does not know this either when she tries to stop her step-sister. . . .
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I prefer the Arabic original
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ed just flew into town on a throw rug.

Again. :)
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Horror movies, not bad movies.

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Recently saw Get Out, which was not bad.

See it when it comes to a streaming service near you.
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It Follows [He lives three years ago.--Ed.]

Hey!

Above average.

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The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix.

It's decent. 4 episodes in.




Another recent thing on Netflix is "The Chilling tales of Sabrina" but she seems to be more concerned with fighting "The Patriarchy" than ghosts or demons. It's more campy than scary. Would not recommend this unless that sounds your your cup of tea. Only saw the first episode of this one.
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Afraid to watch that, bitter disappointment after that crappy remake. You ever read the book? Shirly Jones, worth a look.

Dare I add The Homesman here?

Oh, I see Doc specified Horror not Horrible. Sorry.
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Never read the book. I think it only bears a passing resemblance to the book at best. The book was written in 1959, but the Netflix version is very much set in the present day. They have the latest iPhones.

But it's decent horror without politics I think. Not like the other one.
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Try the fucking book. Do I have to spell it out fer chrissakes?????? :x :x :x :x
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The Houses October Built: A decent horror story. Not perfect, but good. The plot is actually plausible which is a plus.

The Houses October Built 2: an vapid and boring movie where very little actually happens until the third act. Yet it still manages to LITERALLY diminish the first movie and make it stupid. A rare feat
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Anaxagoras wrote: Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:44 am Never read the book. I think it only bears a passing resemblance to the book at best. The book was written in 1959, but the Netflix version is very much set in the present day. They have the latest iPhones.

But it's decent horror without politics I think. Not like the other one.
It bears as much resemblance to the book as I do to Hugh Jackman.

I liked neither of them
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I write a blog on horror movies these days. If you are interested, shoot me a message and I will give you the address. I would just post it here, but I have my reasons not to.
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Neither are best picture contenders, and both are different types of horror (supernatural creepy versus being lower than comfortable in the food chain) but I liked:

As above, so below

47 meters down


I'd probably class them as guilty pleasures that happened to click with me, rather than good movies though
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I thought “As Above So Below” was a decent found footage movie
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Yeah.

I am a sucker for movies with just enough of a "real" history vibe to get me hooked.