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Garth
05-08-2010, 06:51 PM
And good lord...it was something to behold. For the uninitiated http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wmTv2nqTHo&feature=autofb

Michael Blacklist
05-08-2010, 06:55 PM
I was incredibly underwhelmed. I don't think it ever went higher than a Tales From The Crypt level of fright or gore.

gaspar
05-08-2010, 06:57 PM
Why?

I just don't see the fascination. I think I'm good with what I know and have seen from the trailer. From what I've heard it's not that good.

LeggoMyEggolas
05-08-2010, 06:57 PM
And good lord...it was something to behold. For the uninitiated http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wmTv2nqTHo&feature=autofb

Is it in the category of "so bad it's good" or is it just that out there? It's been sitting in my cable's On Demand menu taunting me. I'm just not sure it's worth the $6.95. Though the fact that the lead actor's name is Dieter Laser is tempting me.

To put it another way, does it come anywhere near the vomit-inducing territory of two young women and what even Ron Jeremy hoped was ice cream?

Ryan Elliott
05-08-2010, 06:57 PM
Meh.

TheKraken
05-08-2010, 07:03 PM
Why?

I just don't see the fascination. I think I'm good with what I know and have seen from the trailer. From what I've heard it's not that good.

It seems like you know all you need to know about it watching the trailer. They even show you the "monster" or whatever. It seems so thin on plot that it couldn't be more than like 45 minutes long... How that guy plans to get a trilogy out of this, I can't imagine. What next, The Human Millipede?

Michael Blacklist
05-08-2010, 07:14 PM
It seems like you know all you need to know about it watching the trailer. They even show you the "monster" or whatever. It seems so thin on plot that it couldn't be more than like 45 minutes long... How that guy plans to get a trilogy out of this, I can't imagine. What next, The Human Millipede?

At last night's Q&A we were told the sequel shoots this summer with a sixteen piece centipede. Yeah.


Meh.

Excellent point.


Is it in the category of "so bad it's good" or is it just that out there? It's been sitting in my cable's On Demand menu taunting me. I'm just not sure it's worth the $6.95. Though the fact that the lead actor's name is Dieter Laser is tempting me.

I wouldn't say 'so bad it's good'. It was more 'victim of it's hype'. I think Ebert hit it on the head by noting that the villain does these things because... well, because he's crazy. Maybe no further motivation is needed, but I felt the writer-director needed to decide what he was making: a very shocking, gory horror movie, something disturbingly philosophical or something schlocky. It's all of those, but to such a minor degree that nothing stands out. The movie is just there.

Joe Kalicki
05-08-2010, 07:18 PM
Not nearly as "bad" as people think, a lot more competently made and less disgusting than I anticipated. I've seen dozens of worse low budget horror movies.

Ray G.
05-08-2010, 07:27 PM
I would have been very happy to never know about this movie.

Ryan Elliott
05-08-2010, 07:29 PM
I would have been very happy to never know about this movie.


Can I ask what that pertains to Ray?

Not challenging it or anything, just curious as to why. :)

Ray G.
05-08-2010, 07:30 PM
Can I ask what that pertains to Ray?

Not challenging it or anything, just curious as to why. :)

The subject should make it self-explanatory. :sick:

Probably the only movie ever to creep me the fuck out from log line alone.

Garth
05-08-2010, 07:30 PM
I was incredibly underwhelmed. I don't think it ever went higher than a Tales From The Crypt level of fright or gore.

Yeah, underwhelmed isn't quite the word I'd use, but it wasn't as vomit-inducing as I was let to believe it might be.


Why?

I just don't see the fascination. I think I'm good with what I know and have seen from the trailer. From what I've heard it's not that good.

Its not "good". But it is better than what people are going in expecting. Not that it is saying much. Plus I was curious about what it was like on the big screen. The theater was pretty packed actually.


Is it in the category of "so bad it's good" or is it just that out there? It's been sitting in my cable's On Demand menu taunting me. I'm just not sure it's worth the $6.95. Though the fact that the lead actor's name is Dieter Laser is tempting me.

To put it another way, does it come anywhere near the vomit-inducing territory of two young women and what even Ron Jeremy hoped was ice cream?

So bad its good? Well I watch The Room and Troll 2 almost monthly, so I will say that the beginning does have the recipe for all of that. But given the subject matter later on it isn't going to be one of those films that people watch to make fun of. It is too well made, believe it or not.

Not even in the same ballpark. Much of it was actually very restrained. Very VERY restrained. I get the impression that the director wanted our imaginations to do the work. But when a film is this hyped, it doesn't live up to what people want to see.


Not nearly as "bad" as people think, a lot more competently made and less disgusting than I anticipated. I've seen dozens of worse low budget horror movies.

Completely agree. And the Dr. really carries the film. He is worth the price of admission alone.

Ryan Elliott
05-08-2010, 07:35 PM
The subject should make it self-explanatory. :sick:

Probably the only movie ever to creep me the fuck out from log line alone.


I thought as much. And yeah, totally agree.

Bedlam66
05-08-2010, 07:43 PM
The subject should make it self-explanatory. :sick:

Probably the only movie ever to creep me the fuck out from log line alone.
The last Movie to really "creep me out" was Mimic. *shudder*

Ryan Elliott
05-08-2010, 07:44 PM
The subject should make it self-explanatory. :sick:

Probably the only movie ever to creep me the fuck out from log line alone.


It's totally F'd up, but not in the cool way.

Joe Kalicki
05-08-2010, 07:50 PM
The scene where he's calmly explaining what he's going to do while his victims are yelling at him is geuinely well-done creepy.

Michael Blacklist
05-08-2010, 08:34 PM
The scene where he's calmly explaining what he's going to do while his victims are yelling at him is geuinely well-done creepy.

Both that and the scene before it, the chase sequence with 'the middle', were well done. He's not a bad director. I wouldn't even say he's a bad writer.

Joe Kalicki
05-08-2010, 08:42 PM
Both that and the scene before it, the chase sequence with 'the middle', were well done. He's not a bad director. I wouldn't even say he's a bad writer.

I do wonder how he got the centipede to move up and down stairs and in and out of the house so often, though.

Michael Blacklist
05-08-2010, 08:52 PM
I do wonder how he got the centipede to move up and down stairs and in and out of the house so often, though.

I can't believe I'm No-Prizing this. The surgical room had a sliding glass door.

The Hodag
05-08-2010, 08:54 PM
I can't believe I'm No-Prizing this.

:lol:

GelfXIII
05-08-2010, 09:06 PM
So the concept of this is to take "torture porn" to a whole new level? pass.

THWIP!
05-08-2010, 09:13 PM
Mike D. Thatguyfromsyracuse. I'm not angry, I'm disappointed.

stevapalooza
05-08-2010, 09:50 PM
LOL!! Funniest comedy of the year!

Garth
05-08-2010, 10:00 PM
So the concept of this is to take "torture porn" to a whole new level? pass.

I hate the torture horror stuff also. But for some reason it seemed different to me than what the Saw films, Hostels, and Martyrs try to accomplish. Regardless, there is very little pain shown, at least from my perspective. But I suppose pain is different from torture.

Joe Kalicki
05-08-2010, 10:07 PM
It actually kind of reminded me of Andy Warhol's Flesh For Frankenstein.

The Hodag
05-08-2010, 10:10 PM
I hate the torture horror stuff also. But for some reason it seemed different to me than what the Saw films, Hostels, and Martyrs try to accomplish. Regardless, there is very little pain shown, at least from my perspective. But I suppose pain is different from torture.

Just from what I read about it, it sounded like it was delving into more Cronenbergian concepts than "torture porn," so I can see how it might have some legitimacy. I still don't see myself ever seeing it, but I watched Saw, Hostel and Audition just to see what the various hubbubs were about, and I found Saw (original only) and Audition to both be worth my time. Never say never, I suppose.

But I'm more likely to seek out Cronenberg at some point. I've seen almost none of his stuff but The Fly (one of my top five horror flicks) and Crash (more interesting than expected, though not great).

BWC Boston
05-08-2010, 10:40 PM
This thread and the wildly disparate critics' scores have really piqued my curiosity. I just may PPV this thing tomorrow.

stevapalooza
05-08-2010, 10:59 PM
Was that final image of the people doing ass-to-mouth supposed to be scary? Because it was kind of hilarious.

Shwicaz
05-09-2010, 01:08 AM
This was playing on the big screen at the Coolidge this weekend, I believe.

LeggoMyEggolas
05-09-2010, 04:51 AM
Yeah, underwhelmed isn't quite the word I'd use, but it wasn't as vomit-inducing as I was let to believe it might be.



Its not "good". But it is better than what people are going in expecting. Not that it is saying much. Plus I was curious about what it was like on the big screen. The theater was pretty packed actually.



So bad its good? Well I watch The Room and Troll 2 almost monthly, so I will say that the beginning does have the recipe for all of that. But given the subject matter later on it isn't going to be one of those films that people watch to make fun of. It is too well made, believe it or not.

Not even in the same ballpark. Much of it was actually very restrained. Very VERY restrained. I get the impression that the director wanted our imaginations to do the work. But when a film is this hyped, it doesn't live up to what people want to see.



Completely agree. And the Dr. really carries the film. He is worth the price of admission alone.

Hmm, if the doctor's performance is that compelling I might have to check it out. And it sounds like it's the kind of horror movie where if you let your mind fill in the blanks, depending on your mind you can end up in some dark places. Sounds like for me, this will end up like Repo! The Genetic Opera, a movie that I went in never expecting to actually enjoy and ended up really liking it. I don't know if this is one that I'll end up watching multiple times, but it does seem like it's worth the $6.95 at least once.

MIKE D
05-09-2010, 05:43 AM
Mike D. Thatguyfromsyracuse. I'm not angry, I'm disappointed.

Did you see it?

Garth
05-09-2010, 05:54 AM
Hmm, if the doctor's performance is that compelling I might have to check it out. And it sounds like it's the kind of horror movie where if you let your mind fill in the blanks, depending on your mind you can end up in some dark places. Sounds like for me, this will end up like Repo! The Genetic Opera, a movie that I went in never expecting to actually enjoy and ended up really liking it. I don't know if this is one that I'll end up watching multiple times, but it does seem like it's worth the $6.95 at least once.

I felt the same way about Repo. But both of these movies could die under the weight of its own hype. H.C. especially because it is grotesque, but nowhere near what people are expecting it to be. The final image of the movie has definitely stuck with me. I am not saying it is a great film at all. But it is a disturbing


This was playing on the big screen at the Coolidge this weekend, I believe.

Yeah, that is where I saw it. It was fairly packed, and a couple people walked out.


Just from what I read about it, it sounded like it was delving into more Cronenbergian concepts than "torture porn," so I can see how it might have some legitimacy. I still don't see myself ever seeing it, but I watched Saw, Hostel and Audition just to see what the various hubbubs were about, and I found Saw (original only) and Audition to both be worth my time. Never say never, I suppose.

But I'm more likely to seek out Cronenberg at some point. I've seen almost none of his stuff but The Fly (one of my top five horror flicks) and Crash (more interesting than expected, though not great).

What? Dude. Stop what you are doing and go and check out Existenz. I am right there with you on The Fly. Fucking love that movie. And on a completely different not A History of Violence and Eastern Promises are both amazing as well.

And I felt the same way about Saw and Audition. I like my horror shocking, but with substance. Not saying this one had that much substance, but it has more than its "100% Medically Accurate" tagline gives it credit for.


This thread and the wildly disparate critics' scores have really piqued my curiosity. I just may PPV this thing tomorrow.

Cool. Hope you don't hate it at least.

MIKE D
05-09-2010, 06:44 AM
It's definitely a conversation piece, that's for sure. Also, anyone that doesn't want to schlep to a theater, it's playing On Demand as well.

Alexander Hamilton
05-09-2010, 08:57 AM
Just from what I read about it, it sounded like it was delving into more Cronenbergian concepts than "torture porn," so I can see how it might have some legitimacy. I still don't see myself ever seeing it, but I watched Saw, Hostel and Audition just to see what the various hubbubs were about, and I found Saw (original only) and Audition to both be worth my time. Never say never, I suppose.

But I'm more likely to seek out Cronenberg at some point. I've seen almost none of his stuff but The Fly (one of my top five horror flicks) and Crash (more interesting than expected, though not great).

Highly recommend Cronenberg. A great director. I think I've seen everything of his at this point with the exception of Spider which will be amended soon. Highlights: Naked Lunch (adapted a near impossible book to adapt), A History of Violence (his least Cronenberg-esque film), Dead Ringers (a very creepy film with Jeremy Irons), Scanners (an early film, actings not great, but great screenplay and world building), and Existenz (a very cool look at video game culture with great twists).