I've been waiting for this one :D
The lighting on this midnight screening is incredible...
Dat Night for Day Shot....
I highly doubt it's midnight.
must be using some big ass 150 watt lamps to light this fucker up.
and its that nice morning style white lighting.
Film School taught Dave some neat shit!
I saw this today too and boy did I love it. It stuck with me too apparently cause walking out of the theater every time somebody walked towards me i flinched.
Maika Monroe (the lead actress) was in The Guest.
FUCK just got to the part where you look her up, sorry.
This movie is horrible, I'm sorry but what little atmosphere there was is destroyed by a soundtrack so out of place and boring that I have heard more appropriate songs played by my cat as it walks on my fucking piano. It is a horror movie that admittedly does not resort to jumpscares (much) but also offers no scares of its own. Bad acting, a boring premise with bad execution, plot holes out the ass, and a horrible immersion breaking soundtrack make this the worst horror movie I saw this year. Add to those issues the fact that the characters in the movie act like complete morons and we have a recipe for a horrible movie. I feel like I wasted my money seeing this movie and I did not spend a dime.
Maika Monroe is Hot! I'd follow her anywhere. :o)
This isn't me.
obviously. The first guy has a space in his name.
Huh. I may actually go see this because of this review. I've been in the mood for a non-shit horror movie lately.
Thanks! I hadn't heard of the movie until now; guess I'm not really in the loop.
Are you guys excited for Unfriended? You better camp out to make sure you get tickets
Ok...silly question: Why not open your own movie theatre?
You guys love movies, but the movies you want to see aren't being shown, so...why not figure out how much it costs to open and run your own small movie theatre that shows those special movies not playing elsewhere in town (as well as the regular fare to make money etc.) Not only would you be able to do the reviews for free, but you would make decent pocket change. Call it "The Cinema Snob Theatre" "We show what they won't!" (Also, create Lloyd bucks and a Lloyd card. 100 Lloyd bucks and you get free stuff!)
Heck, you can even have a tiny film school with equipment for high school and college students to make movie and play their shorts etc. You can get STEAM education grant money from the government to fund that stuff.
Don't know about the rest on here but I'd support that big time via patreon and/or kickstarter. I think a lot of people will chip in if you find the idea feasible. Do give it some serious thought.
There's plenty of reasons.
A) The movie theater business requires a lot of capital to run, and it's increasingly a very cutthroat business. That's why everything seems to be a chain theater these days. The only way you can make money in the business is by buying movies in bulk and charging a trillion dollars for the concessions.
B) They live in a small town. In a big city with millions of folks you can have specialty showings (for example in Phoenix AZ there is a place called Film Bar, where there's a tiny movie theater behind the main bar and you can drink while you watch everything from Japanese Spider-Man to the Princess Bride), but in a town like Springfield (pop. ~117,000), there aren't enough people in the area.
TL,DR: If this sort of thing was feasible, somebody probably would have already done it.
I don't disagree with what you said, but concerning your second point, I will say that I live in a "city" with a population less than 30,000 (and I'll add that it's the largest city in the area, too), and we have a small, independent movie theater in town that does fairly well.
I honestly love that place, too. It's because of that place that we got The Babadook and Inherent Vice in town, not to mention it's because of that place that I was able to watch John Carpenter's The Thing or Blue Velvet in the theater...
While for the most part it is chains, there are still small theaters, they just usually show foreign films/have a indy movie vibe. It would probably depend on how you marketed the product. For example, while technically a chain, the Alamo Drafthouse theaters aren't exactly nationwide, and they do fine. There are also theaters that specialize in foreign films. While it's not easy, it's been done.
Also if the phrase "If it was feasible, somebody would have already done it" was totally true, we'd never have neat things like airplanes, or air conditioning, or similar. Kind of why inventors and innovators exist, to go "I'm gonna do this thing, and screw your negative attitude. I don't care if you say it's impossible."
Jeez. Way to be positive.
Obviously theirs won't be a standard theatre experience - it would have to be unique in some way. I think having horror festivals and exploitation marathons etc aren't standard faire in Springfield and would bring fans from hundreds of miles. Their city isn't isolated. There are other cities around them - I think people are allowed to go to theatres in other cities. For example, tons of people in surrounding cities near Austin texas go with friends to the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin texas over the weekend. If they pick a location near a college campus - they'd do decent. With proper marketing and advanced ticket sales they can be assured of ticket sales before fully investing.
Furthermore, we no longer live in the days where one needs a reel to reel copy of a film - digital download make getting display copies cheap. It should be easier than ever to get permission for the smaller movie shows. And these days, People can reserve tickets online, buy in bulk, be a patron, buy merchandise etc. They don't need to make millions. Start with just creating small weekend shows to build capital, and with a good business plan I can see the snob team build enough capital to get a theatre running full time in a few years.
In the end you want to give a unique entertaining experience people can't readily get at home or at another theatre. That is what'll draw people. The snob team are a creative resourceful bunch - I think they can do it.
Man, I can't wait until you guys see Unfriended. That looks so hilariously bad.
I've heard from critics I trust that Unfriended is actually really, REALLY fucking good.
Nice try, director of Unfriended
It's good. Horror movies have to have style. That's the thing about the 70s and early 80s. A lot of directors hit on horror because it made money, but also allowed them auteurs on a low budget. They could exercise control without having to go through producers. In the 90s they had the Miramax sheen and lots of people with stop watches saying this or that had to happen at this or that point because the studios required a bigger return. Now you're kind of back to that "let's make a horror movie, someone will pick it up" idea because making films has never been easier and there's always VOD. What I think this has in common with You're Next is that the influence of growing up on VHS is there but not so much as something to slavishly copy as a stylistics influence. I thought the same thing about Altered and Little Erin Merryweather from a few years back as well as No One Lives. To me Horror works in the way art-house movies work. Lower budgets mean the director is in control and there's so much of it some of it is bound to be different in a good way.
Christine is a great movie based on a very good book.
she did it more than twice. There were the guys on the boat by the beach.
If you paid attention, then it was obvious she didn't have sex with the guys on the boat.
Did you guys notice the guy who looks exactly like Egoraptor?
Cinema Snob: I prefer my horror movies to be PG-13 and forgettable thank you very much.
It Follows was a solid enough throwback horror I thought, I'll likely watch it again on video considering the audience I was with was awful enough that it spoilt the intended mood of the film.
As unpopular as this will make me on here, I have to admit the only modern horror films I've thoroughly enjoyed from the past few years have been the Maniac remake and You're Next; wasn't massively keen on The Babadook. Hey ho.
Best horror movie I've seen in about 20 years.
Glad you gentlemen caught it.
Thank god there is a horror movie that works in the theaters
Its my favorite type of movies yet they get boned by douchy characters and bad writing and being safe.
I want to see a good horror movie in the theater.
This movie is kinda like slender man a bit with the walking and being behind you thing. I like the concept can't wait to see it
Ah a Detroit reference. That's never good. You never hear anyone say anything positive about Detroit especially when it's from a movie.
In 'Only lovers left alive', the immortal vampires seemed to like it. Remote, people stay away from each other, cool architecture.
This was one of the worst movies I have ever seen in my life.
It was not scary or original. The only decent thing about it was the music.
You must be fun at parties.
Oh Hi Josh.
I love Christine too! An underrated Stephen King movie.
I don't think the "It" was a ghost, I think it was some kind of alien creature, because even though only some people can see it it's still a physical being.
And the second time I saw this, there was one woman in the audience who was loud and reactionary and it really did not gel with the vibe of the movie. It was just awkward that no one else in the theater was reacting like this was a big stupid jump-scarathon except this one obnoxious lady. Don't get me wrong, those kind of audience reactions can be really fun but It Follows deserves more respect than that.
"It" to me is more about late adolescent/early adult angst mingling with childhood fears., mortality, growing up, having to take charge of your own future embodied as an unspecified entity/boogeyman.
I think it depends on how you want to look at the movie as a either a straight up monster film or a metaphorical coming-of-age story. For the latter, I think you're dead on and that's my take away of it too. As a straight up monster movie though, I think it makes a lot of sense that the "it" in question isn't spiritual but something terrestrial.
Parts of this movie were shot in the neighborhood where I grew up (not the shitty Detroit parts). It was cool to see because I had no idea where this film was shot before I went in. I was just kind of watching, and at one point was like, "W-waaait a minute. Holy shit!"
That was neat for me...because I'm an idiot and I'm easily excited.
No Brad! Don't go to the religious movie! You need me! You neeeeeed me!
Hold it right there Drugs! It is I! Captain Narc!
You think you could try and get Brad away from Jesus back to the fiendish hold of addiction? Prepare to be vanquished!
You may have won this time Captain Narc! But I'll be back!
You may have won THIS time Captain Narc. But I'll be back!
man, I am gonna find it hard to watch this movie, not because I don't like horror y'see that's the problem hypothetical internet person I love the genre its just after years of watching these films I am finding it harder and harder to care what happens to yet another middle class blond white girl but... I am still going to watch it.
I don't get why they didn't spray that fucker with paint, be like "LOOK! IT'S REAL!" and get some help locking it up somewhere. It can only walk, it can't teleport, and it never seems to show strength greater than that of the person it's mimicing.
That's a good fucking idea.
I swear at the end scene when Paul ran from the pool, I thought for sure he was going to come back with a can of spray paint. Nope. Cuz that would have been smart. At least the other girl thought of a sheet!
Hillsong: Let Hope Rise is no longer being distributed by Warner Bros. It's now being distributed by Relativity Media and it got moved from May 1 to May 29.
I guess they realized that no matter what it is, Avengers would fucking destroy it.
1) Fly to Mongolia.
2) Have sex with a prostitute.
3) Fly home.
That'll keep it busy.
Like Dave, I am very happy I saw It Follows in theatres. Glad you guys got to see it on a big screen.
The blonde girl reminds me of Britney Murphy.
Honestly Dave, your description of The Signal actually sold me on it. I hadn't heard of it before this review, but you made me want to check it out just based on what you said about it. I see your point, though.
People online keep mentioning the "Fly to another continent plan". That plan COULD work, but it's got some holes.
1.) Even assuming you have the money to book a plane ticket, It could kill you while you're waiting in line at the airport. And if you make a scene security will detain you. And God help you if It gets on the plane with you.
2) You got the usual problems of moving to another country with no job, no family, no familiarity, ect.
3) This thing IS supernatural. And it seems like part of the reason it walks is to terrify you. So if you "cheat" by going to another continent, maybe it will just teleport over there. In the clip I saw It as an old lady goes from just outside the school to inside the school in less than a minute.
I checked this out opening weekend (2 weeks ago) it was amazing personally loved the 80s feel and although yes the concept sounds odd it is done so perfect it begs repeat viewings 8/10
Just got back from this. Had not heard of it until friends said they were seeing it tonight and all I knew was it had 95% on RottenTomatoes.
Honestly? I thought the soundtrack was distracting and thought the premise made this hilarious. I'm glad people like it; hell, I'm glad I saw it; but I seem to have had a very different reaction as did the audience I saw it with.
Every theory my friends and I come up with just makes this thing more funny ...
Totally agree with you. I can't take the threat of the thing seriously when I keep breaking up into laughter with all the theories flying through my head.
And the soundtrack was a definite minus. It telegraphed every scene with the thing in it, because I would immediately start looking for the thing whenever I heard that teeth-grinding music start up. Left no surprises for the audience.
Dunno if you've seen it, but on Netflix there's a pretty good foreign monster movie called "Ragnarok". Suspension of belief levels - heavy, but I found the thing to be a really entertaining sit.
I really enjoyed the movie when I saw it, gave it 7.5/10. But sadly, I don't think I would watch it again. That is, unless I was introducing a friend to it. It had some very well done, tense sequences, with a patient (some would say overlong) pace.
The scene with the old lady was disturbingly eerie, but when that kid pops through the hole in the boathouse, and screeches with that overdone CGI screamer face, it wasn't quite as effective.
Solid 7.5/10 in my book. I actually didn't mind the ending, but holy shit did the audience hate it.
I thought "It Follows" was a decent movie. I think that the use of old TVs and such honestly spoke more toward the economic status of the family. Like, they were staying afloat but barely. The mother is sort of there but she's kind of the only one around and everything kind of got stuck in a time at their house as to when their father (who I presume died) was alive.
The meals that were left off to the side reminded me of the type that I would have gotten as a child so, it really felt like the mother (and by extension to a degree her children) got sort of stuck in the past which by extension one could argue fits Detroit well in that it too is stuck in the past.
As far as the movie went, I honestly didn't care for the music. Not that it was bad per say but a lot of times it felt either too loud, or just not quite the right piece for what was going on. It was very Carpenteresque but, the music for Halloween or The Thing did a better job of creating tension. The music here kind of took me out of it at times.
All in all I did like the movie and was glad to see it in the theater. I just think it could have used a couple of tweaks.
I think Dave should totally drop some strong-ass acid then see Hillsong and review it immediately after while still trippin' his holy balls off. Make it so and I will become a Patreon supporter at the highest level, I swear.
Saw this after your glowing review, and I really enjoyed it, though something I think you guys should have touched on was the running themes in the film. Of course, there are major differences of opinion but here's what I thought the movie was trying to get across: This movie is an abstract depiction of sexual manipulation and abuse survivors.
Think about it, she suffers from sexual manipulation and the feeling of regret and depression and all around PTSD follow her as does the monster. No one else completely understands what she is talking about, because only SHE can fully feel these feelings (and the monster and so on). Honestly, this movie really works as a psychological look at sexual abuse, surviving that abuse, and even just going and pulling someone else into your spiral (the end).
I love this movie for both the thriller appeal, the concept of the monster, and the metaphor. Grade A piece of cinema.
Finally saw it tonight! My Dad hated it, but I enjoyed it as a throwback to 70s horror films especially Carpenter's Halloween with its sound-alike music and a creeping presence of the killer. I like to determine that this killer is some sort of spirit that haunts those who had premarital sex. It's a creepy concept that works to its extent from its moody yet ominously creepy atmosphere! I'm not sure how they'll follow it up with a sequel, but we'll see what happens!
It Follows: An STD that encourages you to travel and see the world. Could be worse.
Saw it and thought it was unbelievably dull.
I grew up watching "classic" horror films and saw nothing of those in this mess of a picture.
I really fail to see the appeal here.
Saw it and...granted, I'm not a horror fan...
I think this is an enjoyably, gloriously "bad" movie. Not horrendous or anything like that, just that the premise IS so silly with so much ridiculousness to it...and it's so cliche, the casting, the setting...
But that's what made it fun for me! :) It felt like both an homage to and an unintentional parody of so many of those tropes that even non-horror people like me just "know" exist in classic horror films. And there's a place for that, so I'd say watch it with friends--either you'll like it, or, as my friends did, you'll LOVE riffing it! :)
(And I do dig Daria's clamshell phone...don't know what the name of the character with the round glasses, dark hair and moodiness was, soooo...with that description...just called her Daria. Good times.) :p