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You have the greatest job. But I guess you also ethically have t sit through the total junk.
There are plenty of ok/good Horror and SF films, 6 or 7/10 but few that make it to 8/10. Fewer still at 9/10 (imho).

Some here are at 4-5/10. I give up on films as well.

Wish it was a job and I got paid for it!
 

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Would You Rather: A group of people assemble in the home of a billionaire, they all (or their relatives) have medical problems and are seriously in debt. The winner of a competition will have the medical problems looked after and receive a life changing amount of cash. Just how nasty this tournament will be is revealed when a vegetarian is offered $10, 000 to eat meat and a recovering alcoholic is promised $50,000 if they drink whisky. The real game is far more disconcerting, contestants have to beat, stab and electric shock each other. Any one who refuses will literally be eliminated. As the bouts proceed things turn even weirder. This is an extreme form of the competition horror genre with extremely disturbing scenes. However the psychological elements - how far will someone go when given a choice of who to beat/shock or suffer a punishment themselves - can be even more terrifying. No great classic but it held my interest, Directed by David Guy Levy from a screenplay by Steffen Schlachtenhaufen. On Netflix. 6/10.
 

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It's worth watching Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau, if you haven't already. Brando was barking and imperious and Kilmer was an utter prick.
I just watched the 1977 version of The Island of Dr. Moreau. Felt a bit dated in style but the man-beats were impressive enough, especially when their animal side came to the fore. Michael York wasn't great as the shipwrecked sailor but Burt Lancaster was convincing as Moreau, the troubled, rejected genius. The disharmony between the two of them over Moreau's much younger wife Maria (Barbara Carrea) brings out Moreau's own savage side. Nigel Davenport is good as Moreau's sidekick. Very much The Tempest with multiple Calibans (perhaps even Moreau as one of them). Some impressive scenes especially the man-beast fight with a tiger. Directed by Don Taylor and written by Al Ramrus from the novel by H.G. Wells. On Netflix. 6/10.
 

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I just watched the 1977 version of The Island of Dr. Moreau. Felt a bit dated in style but the man-beats were impressive enough, especially when their animal side came to the fore. Michael York wasn't great as the shipwrecked sailor but Burt Lancaster was convincing as Moreau, the troubled, rejected genius. The disharmony between the two of them over Moreau's much younger wife Maria (Barbara Carrea) brings out Moreau's own savage side. Nigel Davenport is good as Moreau's sidekick. Very much The Tempest with multiple Calibans (perhaps even Moreau as one of them). Some impressive scenes especially the man-beast fight with a tiger. Directed by Don Taylor and written by Al Ramrus from the novel by H.G. Wells. On Netflix. 6/10.
The 70s one is a bit "odd one out", between the all-time classic of Island of Lost Souls and the all-time fiasco of the 1990s one. I hope you saw the version with the complete ending...

...where Barbara Carrera starts turning back into a panther.
 

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The 70s one is a bit "odd one out", between the all-time classic of Island of Lost Souls and the all-time fiasco of the 1990s one. I hope you saw the version with the complete ending...

...where Barbara Carrera starts turning back into a panther.
No!
 

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Tonight's movie was Prey (2016) on Prime.
A gory horror-comedy set in Amsterdam - with a man-eating lion on the loose.
Loads of deliberately exploited clichés and hat-tips aplenty to Jaws, American Werewolf in London and Jurassic Park.
Quite entertaining, but ruined a bit by some very clumsy dubbing into American, with no option to watch in the original Dutch with sub-titles.
Watch out for the coolest motorised wheelchair ever in a movie!
6/10.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4291700/
 

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Blood Bags (2018) on Prime Video.

A modern Italian take on the old Giallo genre.
Ticks most of the boxes - big gothic mansion, a slasher killer, buckets of gore, a vaguely supernatural plot, synthesiser music and even someone wearing a glove. Not particularly satisfying though. Oddly paced, with some decidedly dodgy acting and the faux ending felt downright cheap and corny.
Only 87 minutes, but felt longer. 4/10.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7362370/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_7
 
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The Young Cannibals (2019).

An indie Brit horror set in a forest somewhere in Snowdonia.

With nods to Blair Witch, Predator, Alien and the Walking Dead, this recent take on the old "something nasty in the woods" theme may not be the most original but, given the limited budget and inexperience of the team, it did a decent enough job that held my interest for 90 minutes.
The gory special effects weren't bad at all and the pounding synthesiser soundtrack was surprisingly catchy.
A little black humour certainly bolstered the entertainment value (like making the rather porky member of the team the vegan and forcing him to eat long-pig).
Worth a look on Amazon Prime Video 5/10.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6112524/
 

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Shadow in the Cloud: Feels like a mix between the Amazing Stories episode "The Mission", The Twilight Zone episode Nightmare at 20,000 Feet and Memphis Belle, with even a homage to Aliens. Maude (Chloe Grace Moretz) hitches a ride on a B-17 going from Auckland to Samoa, she's carrying secret documents but even though she's a WAAF pilot the crew give her a hard time. She has to go into the belly bubble gun-turret for take off but ends up being trapped there. Then a gremlin, a large bat/rat/ape creature appears and starts damaging a wing and attacking her turret, the crew disbelieve her at first. Much of the action is based in the bubble and the outside of the plane, with the airmen only being heard over the intercom until Moretz gets back into the fuselage. It's not just the monster that they have to fear though, Japanese Zeros also attack. The gremlin is quite convincing as are the hand to hand battles with it and the dog fights with the Zeros. Some of the events do require a suspension of disbelief but Moretz literally kicks gremlin, misogynist and Zero ass. A couple of interesting plot twists makes this into an Air Ace scary pulp story. Directed and Co-written by Roseanne Liang. 7/10.
I remember reading once that the script for what eventually became Alien originally had a similar premise. I thought the claustrophobic innards of a WW2 bomber sounded like a great place to set a horror film though, by the looks of it, rather than a tense, slow-building horror, this seems like it's gone in more of a daft action direction.
 

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The Young Cannibals (2019).

An indie Brit horror set in a forest somewhere in Snowdonia.

With nods to Blair Witch, Predator, Alien and the Walking Dead, this recent take on the old "something nasty in the woods" theme may not be the most original but, given the limited budget and inexperience of the team, it did a decent enough job that held my interest for 90 minutes.
The gory special effects weren't bad at all and the pounding synthesiser soundtrack was surprisingly catchy.
A little black humour certainly bolstered the entertainment value (like making the rather porky member of the team the vegan and forcing him to eat long-pig).
Worth a look on Amazon Prime Video 5/10.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6112524/
Sounds interesting, especially being set in Snowdonia.
 

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Tonight's movie was Prey (2016) on Prime.
A gory horror-comedy set in Amsterdam - with a man-eating lion on the loose.
Loads of deliberately exploited clichés and hat-tips aplenty to Jaws, American Werewolf in London and Jurassic Park.
Quite entertaining, but ruined a bit by some very clumsy dubbing into American, with no option to watch in the original Dutch with sub-titles.
Watch out for the coolest motorised wheelchair ever in a movie!
6/10.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4291700/
Have you watched Llamageddon? Keeps coming up as a recommendation but I haven't bitten yet.
 

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I've watched every Friday The 13th film in the series including Freddy Vs Jason (and played the computer games) but for some reason I've never got round to watching Friday The 13th 2009 .. today might be the day .. I'm late to this party but the director states Jason has been exploiting a network of underground tunnels all this time to slaughter teens .. sounds goofy but I'll give it a go anyway ..

The Rebirth Of Jason Voorhees: The Making-Of Friday the 13th 2009 | Warner Bros. UK - YouTube
 

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Writers Retreat: Good English horror, has the feel of the 70's about it. A Writers Workshop on an isolated island joined to the mainland by a causeway which is only above water for a few hours twice a day. A bunch of misfits, even the professional writers - one of the has writer's block and lives in the shadow of her Booker Prize winning father. The amateurs include an old soldier with his war tales, an unstable guy with a chip on his soldier and a self-harming woman who has her own dark secrets. When one of the group disappears there are plenty of suspects, among the writers together with a surly taxi driver and a local yokel. The tension rises as does the death toll. Some really creepy scenes of torture and violence as stabbings,shootings and smotherings proceed. It also has a Occult feel to it as dead and skinned animals seem to be strung from branches throughout the island. Good fusion of the Slasher/Whodunnit Tropes. Directed by Diego Garcia from a screenplay by Jeremy Sheldon & C.M. Taylor. On contv.com. 7/10.
 

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The Dare (2019 on Prime Video).

An American/Bulgarian co-production that, initially, seems to be just another late entry to the hackneyed old torture porn genre.
Similarities to Saw and, to a lesser extent, Friday 13th are inevitable, but The Dare does have some hidden depths too, exploring karma and the generational impact of doing really bad things.
Quite heavy on the gore and does exploit the old horror cliché of a virtually indestructable villain.
Crams a lot of action into its 90 minutes and I found it surprisingly entertaining. 7/10.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6270640/
 

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I've watched every Friday The 13th film in the series including Freddy Vs Jason (and played the computer games) but for some reason I've never got round to watching Friday The 13th 2009 .. today might be the day .. I'm late to this party but the director states Jason has been exploiting a network of underground tunnels all this time to slaughter teens .. sounds goofy but I'll give it a go anyway ..

The Rebirth Of Jason Voorhees: The Making-Of Friday the 13th 2009 | Warner Bros. UK - YouTube
It's nothing special, and pretty much killed the franchise despite abortive tries at bringing it back in various forms. There are two good reasons to watch it, but I won't say more because the pop culture news recently doesn't need any more sexism.
 

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Red Dot: A couple who go a hiking trip in Northern Sweden cross some local racist rednecks. Pursued through the snow and forest, across frozen lakes they try to flee their tormentors. The red dot of a laser rifle sight playing over them. Eventually the pursuers start to aim to hit the coupe. Rather nasty in places some genuine scenes of horror with the tension kept high. Not particularly original, we've seen this sort of story told in many films but there is a plot twist which takes the narrative off in an even darker direction. Written & Directed by Alain Darborg. On Netflix. 7/10.
 

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Room 205 (Kollegiet): Danish Horror. Katrine moves into a student residence in Copenhagen, her dorm is run by a clique. Their domineering games and power plays are like something from Dangerous Liaisons. Twenty years ago a girl died in mysterious circumstances in the dorm. Katrine starts to have worrying dreams and when the clique play a trick on her she smashes a mirror releasing the angry ghost. The bullying at times is almost as bad as the supernatural horror, a few people exerting control over others. But when the ghost gets going not Just Katrine but also the bullies become aware of it's existence and it's power to affect things in the materiel world. It starts off with poltergeist effects but soon blood is spilled and then the ghost begins to pick people off. Some horrific scenes as lifts and mirror shards are used to dispatch the students. The ghost herself is well imagined and quite terrifying as appears in mirrors and lifts. Mundane and mondo horror mix in this intriguing piece. Directed by Martin Barnewitz and written by Jannik Tai Mosholt. On Netflix. 7/10.
 

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Red Dot: A couple who go a hiking trip in Northern Sweden cross some local racist rednecks. Pursued through the snow and forest, across frozen lakes they try to flee their tormentors. The red dot of a laser rifle sight playing over them. Eventually the pursuers start to aim to hit the coupe. Rather nasty in places some genuine scenes of horror with the tension kept high. Not particularly original, we've seen this sort of story told in many films but there is a plot twist which takes the narrative off in an even darker direction. Written & Directed by Alain Darborg. On Netflix. 7/10.
Just watched it, on your recommendation.
Decent thriller and cleverly filmed amidst some beautiful scenery.
Felt very much like a Scandinavian take on hillbilly horror - until the twist blindsides you.
Agree with 7/10.
 

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Frozen: Through happenstance three people are stuck on a ski lift on a dark cold Sunday night, the stand in lift operator believing all skiers are back down from the slopes. As time goes by the trio realise they are really trapped, high above the snow, the lifts are shut down until the following Friday. Wolves gather below, they start to catch frostbite. Tension rises as their chances of survival seem to fade. The horror here is mostly psychological but there are some distressing scenes involving the effects of frostbite and the wolves getting a few bites in. No classic but Frozen is well worth watching. Written & Directed by Alan Green. On the Horror Channel. 7/10.
 

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Frozen: Through happenstance three people are stuck on a ski lift on a dark cold Sunday night, the stand in lift operator believing all skiers are back down from the slopes. As time goes by the trio realise they are really trapped, high above the snow, the lifts are shut down until the following Friday. Wolves gather below, they start to catch frostbite. Tension rises as their chances of survival seem to fade. The horror here is mostly psychological but there are some distressing scenes involving the effects of frostbite and the wolves getting a few bites in. No classic but Frozen is well worth watching. Written & Directed by Alan Green. On the Horror Channel. 7/10.
What did you think of the songs?
 

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Room 205 (Kollegiet): Danish Horror. Katrine moves into a student residence in Copenhagen, her dorm is run by a clique. Their domineering games and power plays are like something from Dangerous Liaisons. Twenty years ago a girl died in mysterious circumstances in the dorm. Katrine starts to have worrying dreams and when the clique play a trick on her she smashes a mirror releasing the angry ghost. The bullying at times is almost as bad as the supernatural horror, a few people exerting control over others. But when the ghost gets going not Just Katrine but also the bullies become aware of it's existence and it's power to affect things in the materiel world. It starts off with poltergeist effects but soon blood is spilled and then the ghost begins to pick people off. Some horrific scenes as lifts and mirror shards are used to dispatch the students. The ghost herself is well imagined and quite terrifying as appears in mirrors and lifts. Mundane and mondo horror mix in this intriguing piece. Directed by Martin Barnewitz and written by Jannik Tai Mosholt. On Netflix. 7/10.
Will probably try your recommendation for Room 205 tonight.

I seem to have watched so many Danish/Swedish/Icelandic thrillers recently that Ég mun brátt tala eins og víkingur!
 

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Will probably try your recommendation for Room 205 tonight.

I seem to have watched so many Danish/Swedish/Icelandic thrillers recently that Ég mun brátt tala eins og víkingur!
Eins og Þór myndi segja - „hvert vandamál lítur út eins og nagli“.
 

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I recently saw 'Dream House' with Daniel Craig and found it to be a very good and interesting film.
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KOLA SUPERDEEP (2020)/ (Kolskaya Sverkhgloobokaya (2020)

An effective Russian science-fiction crawler - the release of which was somewhat overshadowed by You Know What. It is a self-conscious and open attempt to do something along the lines of Alien and The Thing and aims straight for the `Yuk!` gross out approach rather than slow burn suspense on the one hand or blood and guts on the other.

The premise is based on a real life Soviet scientific deep earth drilling project - around which numerous myths and legends have since sprung. A scientist is called on to investigate missing personnel and other untoward events at a Soviet drilling base in Antartica. Eventually her and her colleagues discover a sort of protoplasmic lifeform which incorporates everything into itself- like a cross between The Thing and Borgs (thus allowing for plenty of truly horrid images of bent and twisted faces and people congealed in masses of something like tapioca, etc etc).

What might have been a routine, if spirited, creature feature is enlivened by the original setting (deep within the Earth's crust rather than space or the ocean's bottom) and a distinctive new star as the female lead in the form of the Serbian actress Milena Radulovic. Also the technology of it all is rather convincingly portrayed.

Comparisons with another (well received) Russian film which came out in the same year - Sputnk (reviewed above somewhere) are inevitable and a bit spooky. Both feature strong female leads. Are concerned with the military and set in the early Eighties. Both are Monster Movies. (I think this was a question of zeitgeist rather than any cross-fertilisation) Sputnik, however, is slicker - and seems to have more money behind it in terms of getting itself known during You Know What.

If. like me, you like Frankenstinian science scenarious then this is really one to cherish. Trailer with English voice-over:

 

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Will probably try your recommendation for Room 205 tonight.

I seem to have watched so many Danish/Swedish/Icelandic thrillers recently that Ég mun brátt tala eins og víkingur!
Sorry Ramon, but I didn't think much of Room 205.
It owes a lot to Oculus, MIRЯORS and Into the Mirror and none of the characters felt convincing or likeable.
Only a 4/10 from me.
 
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