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Ramonmercado.

That 'Discarnate' seems to have a bit of the 'Flatliners' about it.

I thought Flatliners pretty good, but didn't follow all the nuances of it. Have to watch it again sometime.
 
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Ramonmercado.

That 'Discarnate' seems to have a bit of the 'Flatliners' about it.

I thought Flatliners pretty good, but didn't follow all the nuances of it. Have to watch it again sometime.
Yeah, it has some of the Flatliners vibe but sufficiently different.
 

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if you go expecting the pep vim zing or brio of drag me, you may emerge disappointed
I don't think so. I like well done black humour with horror. I like quick action, word play as well as subtle horror such as "The Visit". I just felt that Final Destination was repetitive.
 
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Countdown: The latest Social Media Horror Film, this time regarding an app which tells you how long you have to live. If you try to change plans to avoid your destiny the you "Breach User Terms" and die anyway. Some are told they have decades pf life ahead of them, other just days or mere hours. A Communion Host chewing Demonologist uncovers a curse in source code but that's only the beginning of the struggle to defeat death. Some good hauntings and assaults by dead relatives/friends and quiet a bit of a violence. A thread of dark humour runs through the film though and dilutes the nastiness. An enjoyable if unoriginal horror romp written and directed by Justin Dec. 6.5/10.
 
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Doctor Sleep: As a sequel this film will of course be compared to The Shining and while it might not reach those Olympian Heights it is a great film in it's own right. Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor) is 36 in 2011, an alcoholic, a bar room brawler, destroyed by his past, his Shining and the ghosts which haunt him. He flees to a small town where he builds a new life, working in a hospice he uses his Shining to help patients over the line. He has a cat assistant, Azzie, who knows when the patients are about to die. By 2019 his abilities also allow him to contact a young girl, Abra (Kyliegh Curran), whose even more powerful Shining has awakened. Bur Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson), leader of the band of Psychic Vampires, The True Knot, also notices Abra and wants to consume her Shining (steam).

Rose is a quite terrifying creature, her smile lulls her victims before she strikes, her sidekick Snakebite Andi (Emily Alyn Lind) can control peoples mind, looking like an innocent teenager. Some savage and disturbing scenes of the Vampires swooping on psychic children and literally sucking their Shining out. This Steam is also stored in flasks. Telepathic battles between Rose and Abra (and later Danny)showing their minds as filing drawers or memory palaces as they try to plunder each others memories. We also have battles where both sides use guns as well as psychic powers.Danny confronts his father's ghost in the guise of Lloyd the bartender at the Overlook Hotel. Some good effects especially the way Psychic Vampires die, the Steam rushing out of them as they vanish leaving empty clothes behind.

Great performances by Ferguson and Lind but even more so by Curran who convinces when she is channeling Danny and in her battles with Rose. Written and directed by Mike Flanagan (from the novel by Stephen King) this is a thrilling work of Horror which you will remember long after the final credits roll. 8.5/10.
 

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Trailer for The Invisible Man is now online:

What would Elisabeth Moss know about sinister control freaks who watch her every move? Anyway, Scientology aside this does look more Hollow Man than H.G. Wells. Leigh Whannell, though.
 
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Rattlesnake: Katrina is driving across Texas with her young daughter Clara, she stops to change a tire. Clara wanders into the grass and gets bitten by a rattlesnake, a frantic Katrina spots a trailer she hadn't noticed before. A woman in the trailer says she will help Clara but there will be a price. Shortly afterwards the woman has disappeared. At a hospital a doctor notices there are no bite marks on the girl's leg. A man appears and tells Katrina that the price for saving Clara's life is the death of another person before sunset. Katrina has made a pact with the Devil. Some good effects and a few shocks as Katrina is plagued by dead people, Katrina realises that she is in a cursed Town as victim after victim appears to her. This would have worked better as a forty odd minutes TV series episode, it's too drawn out here even though Katrina encounters interesting/creepy characters along the road to sunset. Writer/director Zak Hilditch (1922) delivers a just about watchable horror film. 5/10. On Netflix.
 
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Creepshow - Watchable horror shorts which however are predictable and neither scary nor especially horrifying. The tone is humorous at times, for example much of the second story where Stephen King plays a simple-minded, unlucky redneck type, which I found myself laughing at ratehr than "with". The stories are very loosely interlinked by the conceit of being stories in a comic and occasionally lapse into a comic layout with panels etc which is nice idea but poorly rendered. Notable (for me) for being the first time I've seen Leslie Nielsen in a serious.
 

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Creepshow - Watchable horror shorts which however are predictable and neither scary nor especially horrifying. The tone is humorous at times, for example much of the second story where Stephen King plays a simple-minded, unlucky redneck type, which I found myself laughing at ratehr than "with". The stories are very loosely interlinked by the conceit of being stories in a comic and occasionally lapse into a comic layout with panels etc which is nice idea but poorly rendered. Notable (for me) for being the first time I've seen Leslie Nielsen in a serious.
Never seen The Poseidon Adventure? Or Forbidden Planet?
 
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Ghost Storm (2011): The ghosts of a religious cult who had committed mass suicide on an island in 1912 are freed from their tomb by an electrical storm. The ghosts send out strands of mist to suck the life force from their victims leaving them desiccated. As the ghosts gain strength they blast their prey to pieces and form a cloud which floats over the island. Similarities to The Fog abound, the island is in the US Pacific North-West, there is a conspiracy regarding the mass suicide, descendants of the cult's enemies are targeted by the ghosts, the killer mist/fog. The CGI is a bit ropey but writer/director Paul Ziller (well known for his TV horror films) makes the best of a low budget to deliver a watchable horror thriller. 5.5/10.
I caught the last 20 minutes or so of this on The Horror Channel. I particularly liked the part where a quick thinking character managed to repel the ghost storm after it had gotten past the duct tape.

With what? A fire extinguisher, of course. That's just science, folks.
 
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