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  • #16
    Couple things:
    Really, REALLY dug Inside, having nothing to do with pre-release hype. I just dug on the simplicity of the story, the kick-ass gore (a good way to make me like your movie is to marinate it in blood...somewhat shallow I suppose, but true nonetheless), a great and rather frightening new horror villain, cool and entirely new (to my knowledge, anyway) storyline, and a beautifully downbeat (and grisly) ending.

    Initially liked Frontiere(s), but after 10 viewings it had slipped from good to mediocre to lousy. The touting of the savagery in that movie is some of the most blatantly false hype I've ever come across.

    I'm curious about Martys, but not for the "shocking footage"...I mean I've seen some pretty nasty shit that no movie could duplicate. Still, it looks like it has potential (which I have based solely on the trailers). I'll see it.


    I didnt like The Strangers. At all! Wasnt a bad movie by any means but it just seemed to be scene after scene of hackneyed stalk/chase situations with not a shred of anything inventive. And I don't mean inventive like the strangers turn out to be werewolves or some other ridiculous shit; but inventive in setting up some new scare scenarios, let's see people trapped in a place we've never seen before, or stalemates that end in unusual ways or what have you. I felt like I had the script telegraphed in my head ten minutes in. Again, fairly entertaining little spookshow that had could have been so much more.
    sigpic RUN from this man!

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    • #17
      So the word around is that this movie is rather shite and will only appeal to shallow gorehounds. It's supposidly boring, has no character development, has no real story but has plenty of violence.

      Anyone surprised?

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      • #18
        France is the new Japan when it comes to overhyped shit.

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        • #19
          At least Japan had a few good horror films before going back down the shitter.
          Also 50+60s+70s Japanese cinema >>> your face.

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          • #20
            Every one is saying that this movie is bad. But how many have really seen it?

            I know, ďthe most shocking movie ever filmedĒ, sounds a bit exaggerating, but I donít think it is bad as people say.

            And letís be honest, in the last 10 years, outside of France we (Iím from Portugal) only have seen something like 10 French horror movies. So what happened to all the others?

            So I donít think there are a hypeÖ
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            • #21
              Over-hyped French horror movies rule.
              Cat in the Brain: ***
              Jack Brooks Monster Slayer: ***
              Into the Wild: ****
              Observe and Report: **
              Vampyr (1931): ****

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              • #22
                I will be seeing this at the Toronto Film Fest this year. I can't wait.
                LETTERBOX'D - DVD/BLU

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by SaoCole View Post
                  Over-hyped French horror movies rule.
                  Its another one isn't it, I'll admit I'm looking forward to it but I know it'll be very samey

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                  • #24
                    Am I missing a huge list of films somewhere? I wouldn't consider Haute Tension, Frontier(s), Inside and now Martyrs to comprise a wave of over-hyped films. That's four in the past three years.

                    I didn't see Frontier(s), but really dug Haute Tension (despite the atrocious ending) and enjoyed Inside (although it would've been nice to have a bit more substance to go with the style). Martyrs looks interesting, so I'll probably check it out when I get a chance...
                    Last edited by mr_stroppy; 08-11-2008, 01:33 AM.

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                    • #25
                      hell, im looking forward to this, gimmie a blood bath n' some girls murdering + bag of popcorn n' ill be entertained

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                      • #26
                        High Tension was the first foreign horror film I watched and it was crazy. Then I rented Inside not even knowing the whole thing, I rented it because it was a French movie lol It was scary shit and then I showed my friends who thought I was real sick for watching it and making them watch it. My friend has a 2 year old, so it was a little too surreal for her. I listened to all the hype for Frontiere which I watched and thought it was too much like slasher films in America.

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                        • #27
                          I've seen the film yesterday, and it certainly was a tough pill to swallow (the final 30 minutes especially). It isn't like Inside (it also isn't nearly as gory), much less like Frontier(s) or High Tension, which I thought was pretty weak actually.
                          It also isn't depicting graphic violence just for the sake of mere shock value. The plot actually does require it. Of course you could always go with off-screen violence, but it is a horror film after all.
                          There were no stupid victims you'd wish to be put out if their misery in the most horrible ways imaginable either. (Inside was full of these: especially the brain dead cops didn't deserve any better)
                          The acting is terrific and it's certainly well shot and directed. The plot was unique in it's own sick way as well.
                          I'm still not 100% sure whether I like it or not, though. I say see it for yourself before judging, just don't expect to have any "fun" while you do. (I've never sat in a theater with horror geeks this quiet)

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by SaoCole View Post
                            Over-hyped French horror movies rule.
                            and there it is folks.

                            http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/for...ad.php?t=34390

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by mR_BuNgLe View Post
                              I will be seeing this at the Toronto Film Fest this year. I can't wait.
                              Every year I scoff at this festival and every year they have good movies. I need to get my narrow ass to one of these events.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Sigistauffen View Post
                                I've seen the film yesterday, and it certainly was a tough pill to swallow (the final 30 minutes especially). It isn't like Inside (it also isn't nearly as gory), much less like Frontier(s) or High Tension, which I thought was pretty weak actually.
                                It also isn't depicting graphic violence just for the sake of mere shock value. The plot actually does require it. Of course you could always go with off-screen violence, but it is a horror film after all.
                                There were no stupid victims you'd wish to be put out if their misery in the most horrible ways imaginable either. (Inside was full of these: especially the brain dead cops didn't deserve any better)
                                The acting is terrific and it's certainly well shot and directed. The plot was unique in it's own sick way as well.
                                I'm still not 100% sure whether I like it or not, though. I say see it for yourself before judging, just don't expect to have any "fun" while you do. (I've never sat in a theater with horror geeks this quiet)
                                couldn't have said it better myself! i was so lucky to see it at the toronto international film festival after being let down by the fact that it wont be released in north america for a while. as a gorehound, i was very impressed with the gore, even after watching 'inside' right before (although yes it can't compare). due to the compassion you feel for the characters and seeing what they go through, it really leaves you emotionally exhausted (ESPECIALLY the last 30 minutes)! it honestly took me over a day to get over the horror of this film. i agree people will either love it or hate it, nevertheless, i can still say i really do like this film because it is a true masterpiece of both horror and drama.
                                love,
                                a horror connoisseur

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