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    Saw the commercial on TV for Hellfest. My wife said to me - "looks like the worst movie ever". Sounds like she wasn't that far off.

    SYT, do you plan on seeing the new Halloween?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kolchak357 View Post
    Saw the commercial on TV for Hellfest. My wife said to me - "looks like the worst movie ever". Sounds like she wasn't that far off.

    SYT, do you plan on seeing the new Halloween?
    Nah, never seen any of the Halloween movies for that matter. Slasher movies were never my thing, though I did appreciate the practical effects used. So while I think I've sat through one Friday the 13th movie and one Nightmare On Elm Street all the way through, as an effects fan I've managed to see a lot of the kills in those movies. Weird, right? I just always thought the stories, acting, production values were always crap. I despise torture porn horror movies and refuse to watch any of those. I appreciate more of the psychological horror, so Silence of the Lambs or Exorcist types. Put me under water or in outer space or in Antarctica where I'm trapped with the thing trying to kill everything, that works well too. Growing up I'd catch Saturn 3 all the time on the local station (edited version of course) and that damn movie freaked me out just because it was an unstoppable robot and they were stuck in a ship. Years later I think that's why I loved Terminator so much, because it was once again an unstoppable robot, but within a good movie!

    Here's my short list of horror movies I like:

    1. Aliens - I know it's really more of an action movie, but tell that to my 14 year old self who was white knuckling the theater arm rest the entire time
    2. Poltergeist - the original, not that sorry excuse for a remake. The music, the visuals, creepy ass Zelda Rubenstein, still works to this day
    3. The Descent - it's pure claustrophobia. If you know nothing of the movie, trust me and go watch it on Netflix right now. The less you know, the better, so stay ignorant and just watch.
    4. Silence of the Lambs - I really don't need to sing the movie's praises, but equally brilliant is the TV show Hannibal.
    5. The Thing - paranoia done perfectly, and the practical effects are simply wonderful and visceral in a way CG never can hope for.
    6. Hellraiser - it just turns your stomach to watch. It also helps having read the short story it was based on, The Hellbound Heart.
    7. A Quiet Place - best theater experience I've had all year, and it's also a really good, tense, well executed movie
    8. Jurassic Park - again, maybe not exactly a horror movie, but between the T-Rex pen attack and the Velociraptors in the kitchen sequence, it does a better job than most horror movies ever strive for.
    9. The Shining - Danny riding his Big Wheel through the hotel, turning corners, and you just know eventually something is going to be there, and then it's those freaky twins. Pure psychological horror at its finest.
    10. It - just a note perfect movie that creeps you out while not resorting to cheap thrills, and also tonally exactly like 'Stranger Things'.
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    After playing both more, one area that VPX has the edge is the lighting. Some of the tables are just breathtaking in that regard. I'm hoping Zen ups their game a bit in that department as I do prefer the consistency of Zen's physics.

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    SYT, I think you should give the original Halloween a shot. It unravels a bit at the end when it become a full blown slasher film. But I think the first hour is excellent creepy horror fun.
    I enjoy the campy nature of many slasher films, but some are just unwatchable. Very hit and miss with me.
    I agree with everything on your list other than A Quiet Place. Haven’t seen that one yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kolchak357 View Post
    SYT, I think you should give the original Halloween a shot. It unravels a bit at the end when it become a full blown slasher film. But I think the first hour is excellent creepy horror fun.
    I enjoy the campy nature of many slasher films, but some are just unwatchable. Very hit and miss with me.
    I agree with everything on your list other than A Quiet Place. Haven’t seen that one yet.
    When you do get around to seeing it, either crank the volume loud or wear headphones. Essentially the whole movie is like the vault scene from the first Mission: Impossible, in that it's so quiet that the slightest noise sounds like a thunder clap. Our theater audience was so keyed in, that people wouldn't even open candy wrappers.
    I'm just sayin'

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    The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre was always better than Halloween or Friday the 13th anyway.

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    That's a lovely list of movies. The Thing was my fav movie of all time for a while. I'm not a big horror fan (well, my wife isn't therefore I ain't as default eheh) but I'd add Cronenberg's The Fly to that list, amazing makeup effects and Jeff Goldblum's acting is amazing in that film

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    Quote Originally Posted by The loafer View Post
    That's a lovely list of movies. The Thing was my fav movie of all time for a while. I'm not a big horror fan (well, my wife isn't therefore I ain't as default eheh) but I'd add Cronenberg's The Fly to that list, amazing makeup effects and Jeff Goldblum's acting is amazing in that film
    Oh, there’s no doubt those are some amazing makeup effects. When he pukes on that dudes hand and it just melts? Superb. You watch in equal disgust and wonderment at how they pulled all that off. That’s my biggest issue with CG; there’s no wizardry to be amazed at.

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    I’m not much of a horror guy, but Aliens and Jurassic Park were excellent. Another more recent movie I really enjoyed that had horror elements was Logan.

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    seen them all or most , I reckon the Saw movies were the best , only my opinion !!!

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    wolfson's secret dark side.

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    Citizen ,I`ve always loved the horror movies . when I was growing up , we had lots of drive ins . we all tried to scare each other by sneaking up anyway we could , fond memories . sadly most no longer around

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    Quote Originally Posted by shutyertrap View Post

    I like consistency, I like ease of use, I like knowing that if something goes wrong I don't immediately need to start checking my own rig but can probably put the blame on the software designers and hopefully they'll fix it soon.
    SYT, That's what comes with old age!

    Seriously though, I know exactly what you mean. I think you eventually get to a stage where you realize that life is too short to be messing about with that sort of stuff and you'd rather spend that time 'doing' that thing, rather than messing around with it.

    I've spent hours tinkering around with VP, changing scripts, sounds, ball graphics etc in order to try and gain some consistency and make it play how I wanted it to. Now I never touch it, just simply because I want to switch something on and use it without having to get 'under the hood'. I get that people enjoy it, I even did myself for a while.

    It's a bit like the modding community... I spent hours upon hours modding Skyrim a while back, and it looked fantastic on my rig. But I found that I was spending more time modding than actually playing. It can become quite addictive but I don't ever think I would go through all that process again for something else. Now I no longer even have Skyrim installed...!

    I do like tinkering around with MAME but now I just want to get my list of favourites finalized and forget the rest.

    Oh.. and I absolutely get where you were coming from with the whole VR thing. Couldn't agree more on that front.

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    Incidentally on the horror movie thing...

    A bunch of us once went to see Aliens with a 2L bottle of 7up that we'd 'modified' with vodka. I think we'd drunk it before the movie even started! That put a whole new spin on the movie

    From then on we've always refered to a Vodka and 7up as an 'Alien'

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimkom View Post
    Incidentally on the horror movie thing...

    A bunch of us once went to see Aliens with a 2L bottle of 7up that we'd 'modified' with vodka. I think we'd drunk it before the movie even started! That put a whole new spin on the movie

    From then on we've always refered to a Vodka and 7up as an 'Alien'
    Modified! Lol
    Love inside joke stories like that. Cool memory.

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    haha that is a great story.

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    A few buds and I went and saw Silence of the Lambs on Shrooms.. no doubt some people thought we were nuts.. laugh attacks lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Caveman View Post
    A few buds and I went and saw Silence of the Lambs on Shrooms.. no doubt some people thought we were nuts.. laugh attacks lol



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    I have to say I love Horror Movies, loved your list, my 10 Horror Movies are.

    1) Halloween
    2) Cujo
    3) Pet Semitary
    4) Creepshow 1 & 2
    5) The Faculty
    6) The IT Remake
    7) Fright Night (1985 version)
    8) Child’s Play series
    9) Deep Rising
    10) Ghostship

    There you have it, just some of my favorite Horror Movies.

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    Good show, though the Farsight interview was a bit bittersweet; telling him how long the sale of the WMS license was in the works was a bit mean, too.

    I was in California in July and saw a couple films at Cinemark and AMC and man I’m really disappointed with what’s happened to the moviegoing experience in America. The Superscreen show was underwhelming (I cant remember what they call it there): no Dolby Atmos and seating that made what is supposed to be a big screen look unimpressive. And both times the sound was just so low. Plus the audience was dead compared to a Scottish audience and that’s saying something! And the subscription services just sound like a major rip-off. I pay £18/month for unlimited viewings and %20 off concessions with Cineworld. Only restriction is I can only pre-book two shows at a time and if you no-show you can’t pre-book for the rest of the week. That movie pass thing sounded awful.

    Agree with you guys on VR. I’m never using a gaming platform that requires me to wear something on my face and cuts me off from the world. Zero interest in even trying that. If it becomes the norm I got other things to do, so that’s fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Pannozzo View Post
    I have to say I love Horror Movies, loved your list, my 10 Horror Movies are.

    1) Halloween
    2) Cujo
    3) Pet Semitary
    4) Creepshow 1 & 2
    5) The Faculty
    6) The IT Remake
    7) Fright Night (1985 version)
    8) Child’s Play series
    9) Deep Rising
    10) Ghostship

    There you have it, just some of my favorite Horror Movies.
    Ahhh, can’t believe I forgot to put the new It on there! That was one of my favorite movies from last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shutyertrap View Post
    Ahhh, can’t believe I forgot to put the new It on there! That was one of my favorite movies from last year.
    You can always say you are waiting for part 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kolchak357 View Post
    You can always say you are waiting for part 2.
    Indeed I am! One of the things I indeed liked about it was it perfectly stands on its own with an angle for the possibility of more to come. I hate movies that think they are a franchise before the audience has given the first movie a thumbs up. LotR was obviously different, where no matter what we were going to get the entire trilogy. Some movies though fail to connect with the first, so no more are coming, but based on how it ended there was no satisfying conclusion, merely a cliffhanger. So no matter how much you might have like it, it feels incomplete and thus ruins the chances of you ever watching it again.
    I'm just sayin'

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