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    I think the title is what hurt it the most. Why the fuck is it called The Johnson's? Call it Bloody 7 Massacre or something.
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    THE SEVENTH VICTIM-Another top tier Lewton with a disturbing ending, especially for 1942.

    1-Guru, The Mad Monk 2
    2-House Of Evil 3
    3-Starship Troopers 7.5
    4-The Robot Vs The Aztec Mummy 4
    5-Tarantula 7
    6-Rodan 6.5
    7-Horror Hotel 10
    8-Castle Of Evil 7
    9-et Mourir de Plaisir 8.5
    10-Godzilla,KOTM(2019) 8
    11-Shin Godzilla 8
    12-Sinister Invasion 1
    13-Secret Of The Blue Room 8
    14-Evil Ep 1
    15-Evil Ep 2
    16-Thriller-Incredible Doktor Markesan
    17-Violent Midnight 6
    18-Pumpkinhead 5
    19-Carnival Of Souls 9
    20-Beast In The Cellar 6
    21-Deranged 7
    22-The Seventh Victim 9
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Banks View Post
    THE SEVENTH VICTIM-Another top tier Lewton with a disturbing ending, especially for 1942.

    1-Guru, The Mad Monk 2
    2-House Of Evil 3
    3-Starship Troopers 7.5
    4-The Robot Vs The Aztec Mummy 4
    5-Tarantula 7
    6-Rodan 6.5
    7-Horror Hotel 10
    8-Castle Of Evil 7
    9-et Mourir de Plaisir 8.5
    10-Godzilla,KOTM(2019) 8
    11-Shin Godzilla 8
    12-Sinister Invasion 1
    13-Secret Of The Blue Room 8
    14-Evil Ep 1
    15-Evil Ep 2
    16-Thriller-Incredible Doktor Markesan
    17-Violent Midnight 6
    18-Pumpkinhead 5
    19-Carnival Of Souls 9
    20-Beast In The Cellar 6
    21-Deranged 7
    22-The Seventh Victim 9
    I watched the original CAT PEOPLE the other day for the first time. That was a trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Tolch View Post
    I watched the original CAT PEOPLE the other day for the first time. That was a trip.
    You should check out the sequel, it's a sad fantasy story about a little girl. It's wonderful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott View Post
    You should check out the sequel, it's a sad fantasy story about a little girl. It's wonderful.
    I will! It's also on the criterion channel

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    TITLE-School Spirit
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    Back in early October 2018 Blumhouse signed a deal with Hulu. Each month a new horror film would premiere on Hulu as part of the Into the Dark tv show. I had been adding them each month to my watchlist...then never watching them. Plus rarely see anyone talking about them. So when I saw the above poster for the August release School Spirit I gave it a shot.

    5 teens are in weekend detention the first weekend of their senior year of high school. It is your basic Breakfast Club stereotypes. With the big mystery being why Erika,the uber smart Harvard bound young lady,is in detention.

    Fairly early on the teacher in charge of the bunch of kids leaves,seems he is a drunk and spends most of the film in his office stalking his ex-wife on Facebook.Once he leaves the kids get a bit rowdy. We find out that a supposed ghost is killing and kidnapping 2 students each year.

    Then the kids stupidly split up and one by one get taken out by the School Spirit. Some OK kills. But nothing ground breaking. Just like the lead actors/actresses. Erika is the best of the group and she is a bit above average. The nerdy guy ,who SPOILERS is the killer,is the second best. Even if he over acts about half the time and by the 15 minute mark it is pretty obvious he is the killer.

    What brought this above you average modern slasher is the few twists at the ending. We find out Erika is in detention and almost got expelled cause she tried to bribe a teacher to change some A-s to As. But the big shocker is when after killing the killer is that she cheats all the time and isn't the innocent young lady everyone thinks she is.

    Now this isn't a film I would buy. But it is worth seeing if you have Hulu. The kills are decent. OK acting and there is enough twists and changes to the standard slasher tropes that this is an interesting view to even some one that has seen piles of slashers.


    School Spirit gets a C+

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    LOL forgot to post mine from the 20th.

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    TITLE-RL Stine's Goosebumps 3-Pack Thriller
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    Yep I have another 3 pack of Goosebump DVDs. When I picked up the set I reviewed yesterday I also got this set. Unlike the previous set this one I forgot I had. Right after I bought it I loaned it out to some friends. And just got it back a few weeks ago. Like the previous set this is just a repackaging of Goosebump DVDs. Unlike the previous set each DVD in this set has 3 episodes on each DVD.

    The first DVD is titled Attack of the Jack-O'-Lanterns. The first episode is of course titled Attack of the Jack O Lanterns. Lee and Tabby love scaring their friends each Halloween. But this Halloween four of their friends plan on scaring the hell out of Lee and Tabby. Being a episode of Goosebumps of course this backfires. Everyone is going to be scared this Halloween. The idea for this episode is a neat one. Everyone can remember trying to scare your friends and family on Halloween night. Sadly the acting and FX work in this episode are subpar. Maybe the budget was lower for the episode,which would explain why the FX work isn't up to the level of most episodes of Goosebumps. But wow the 6 main kids in this episode are just horrible actors and actresses. I doubt I ever watch this episode again.

    The next episode is titled Vampire Breath.Cara and Freddy Renfield,I love their last name,find a hidden door in their home. This door leads them to a underground cave. The cave is full of bats...VAMPIRE BATS!!! Sure the premise is something that has been done to death. Cara is a damn good actress and manages to take a story that everyone with even a passing interest in horror fiction has seen before and makes it worth seeing again. The FX work is really good. So good it makes me think they went over budget with it so took some of the money budgeted for the FX work for the previous episode.

    Final episode on this DVD is Let's Get Invisible.Noah and his best friend Max find a dark and mysterious mirror.This mirror has supernatural powers. It can make Max and Noah invisible. Of course being an episode of Goosebumps the evil mirror makes it where they can't control being invisible. This episode of one of the ones I know I saw years ago when Fox Family was reruning Goosebumps. I love the invisbile effect.

    Up next is the disc titled The Headless Ghost.And yep you guessed it the first episode is The Headless Ghost.In Hill House,a dark haunted house,Steph and Duanne meet a headless ghost. The ghost is 13 years old and if our two leads can't help him find his head he will just have to take one of their heads. Normally I find most episodes of Goosebumps to be creepy. This episode is actually pretty scary. I am a bit surprised how dark and scary it is when the show was aimed at kids ages 6 to 12. It is the only episode I have seen of Goosebumps that I would recommend not showing to younger kids. It might cause them to have nightmares.

    Second episode is titled Awesome Ants.Dave has a ant farm he loves. These two boys start feeding the ants real food. This has an unexpected side effect which causes the ants to start growing. And now Dave has to figure out how to deal with his growing,see what I did there,problem of giant ants. Really there is nothing scary or spooky about Awesome Ants. Sometimes there was an episode of Goosebumps that just totally misses the mark and this is one of them. Dave and Ben are fairly decent actors. The FX of the ants is well done. But the whole thing just falls flat. Awesome Ants is another episode of Goosebumps that I do not see myself watching again.

    The final episode of this DVD is Teacher's Pet.Becca is so happy that she is getting to go on an overnight nature retreat for science class. Expecting to have a fun time checking out all the wildlife and learning more about nature. Then she starts to question if she will survive this trip or end up being food for a bunch of snakes. Man this is another episode that isn't spooky. I get the feeling if I had seen this as a kid I would have enjoyed it. But as a adult it just has nothing to keep my interest. While watching it I was constantly checking to see how much time was left. That is never a good sign. Oh well not every episode can be a winner.

    The third and final DVD in the set is The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight. Which of course has up first the episode titled The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight.Jodie and Mark are at their grandparent's farm,what is it about Goosebumps and grandparents having spooky homes? The kids realize their is something odd going on at the farm. Then it gets odder when a dozen new scarecrows show up. And these 12 scarecrows have more in mind than just scaring crows. I have always found scarecrows to be creepy. The scarecrows in this episode are uber creepy and add a lot to the episode.

    Don't Go to Sleep is up next.Matt is not happy with his family. He wishes they were different. But after a nap in the attic he awakens to find to be careful what you wish for. Cause now his family is very very different. This is another Goosebumps episode that takes a old trope,this time they managed to take that trope and make it interesting again.

    The final episode of this DVD and the last one on the set is Calling All Creeps.Ricky thinks he is super smart when he puts a mean annoying girl's phone number into a personal ad. Of course this backfires on him. Ricky starts to get scary midnight calls. While this isn't the worst episode of Goosebumps I have seen it is very very far from the best. Pretty much it is a very middle of the road episode. With nothing about it standing out.

    This set wasn't as good as the one I covered yesterday. Too many of the episodes are pretty forgettable. And the best episode isn't as good as the best one on the previous set. Add in that the previous set had 10 total episodes and this one only has 9. Sure that is only a one episode difference. Still maybe if they had added another episode it might have been a really good one.

    Goosebumps 3 Pack Thriller DVD set gets a B-.

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    Why is it that 9.9 times out of 10 when you watch a flick that gets good reviews the best you can say is "Yeah, it was pretty good." You know? It's a flick you watch once or twice in your lifetime and that's it. Are we too unfair? Is it too difficult to make something truly remarkable? Does every great filmmaker have a limited reservoir in genius about them?

    I dunno. Re-watched The Abandoned. And I like this one, but at the end of the day it's just "pretty good."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex K. View Post
    Why is it that 9.9 times out of 10 when you watch a flick that gets good reviews the best you can say is "Yeah, it was pretty good." You know? It's a flick you watch once or twice in your lifetime and that's it. Are we too unfair? Is it too difficult to make something truly remarkable? Does every great filmmaker have a limited reservoir in genius about them?

    I dunno. Re-watched The Abandoned. And I like this one, but at the end of the day it's just "pretty good."

    It's probably nostalgia for me, but I haven't seen a film in at least 10 years that I've been inclined to watch more than twice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Tolch View Post
    It's probably nostalgia for me, but I haven't seen a film in at least 10 years that I've been inclined to watch more than twice.
    It's probably the exception to the rule, but IT FOLLOWS is a recent film that holds up to revisits for me. Since seeing it in the theater I've probably seen it 6 more times. That one has legs, I find new things to appreciate with each viewing.,
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