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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 1:04 pm 
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On BBC2 we have "Halloween", followed by "Halloween 2" (nobody can ever accuse the Beeb of unimaginative programming).

On ITV, at least in the East where I am, there's "Ghost Ship" followed by "The Horror of Frankenstein".

As mentioned elsewhere, there's "Suspiria" on Film Four, a repeat of the recent "Dead Set" on another channel (can't recall which one) and, on C4 itself, Korean film "The Host", which sounds quite tempting, especially as it's the only one I haven't seen before.

Anyone got an opinion on "The Host"? And what are the rest of you going to be watching for your Halloween fare? I have "The Mist" on DVD, and will probably give that a look at some point.

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I can recommend The Host, Pete, I think you'll enjoy that. I also think The Mist is superb, but many people don't...


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I enjoyed The Host, but I was a bit disappointed that the creature didn't develop at all - when we first saw it I thought that was just a baby one.

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I'm going to an interactive comedy-horror theatre thing called The Institute.

http://bit.ly/TheInstitute

They had me by "spells of complete darkness". :D

But when I get home it's got to be The Nightmare Before Christmas on DVD. Not scary, just wonderful!

The Host has got very good reviews everywhere I've read, but I haven't seen it yet...


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I loved 'The Host' to itsy bitsy little pieces.

Great sense of humour running through it...

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So, that's three of you recommending "The Host" and no dissenting voices. Jolly good then.

I quite like the sound of The Avernus Institute. Reminds me of the time I went to see Circus of Horror, and they threw somebody's lungs at me just before the interval :twisted:

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So I mention to a friend earlier this evening that I'll be watching "The Mist" tonight, and she asks if it's a budget remake of "The Fog" :cry:

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So I mention to a friend earlier this evening that I'll be watching "The Mist" tonight, and she asks if it's a budget remake of "The Fog"


No, silly, it's a spin-off about the cast of 'Lost'

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Dunno if you liked The Mist, Pete, but this is what I posted about it on another message board:

Must admit I struggled to keep watching this. The SFX were poor and the religious zeal far too annoying (I know that was the point, but it still was tempting to reach for the off button). I didn't believe in the main character at all - found he was very hard to have empathy with - which meant the final scenes didn't have the gravitas they could have done. In some ways it was brave to go for the non-Hollywood ending, but also damn obvious as soon as he steps out of the car (and way too quickly did that clean-up operation happen). Some good acting, a great central idea, but as I ejected the DVD my lasting memory was "what a piece of crap".

Oh, and the exposition by the soldier two thirds of the way through the movie was laughable! Primeval on steroids.

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Primeval on steroids.


Oh dear, I find I'm struggling to see that as a bad thing... :lol:

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I enjoyed it, but wasn't as blown away as things I've heard suggest I should have been.

My main problem was I just wasn't convinced by the way nearly everyone fell in with the religious nutjob woman - seems to me it should have taken a bit more time and not been quite such a complete collapse of rationality. I also didn't like the ending - it seemed too predictable and a bit pat, as if somebody just said 'make it bleak'. I thought, after going to all that trouble, they might have tried something else, such as looking for another vehicle.

"The Host" though, was a lot of fun, with its dysfunctional family and flawed heroes. Going back to Rolnikov's comment, it seemed like a perfectly decent sized monster to me, even if it had borrowed Predator's face, and I loved the way it propelled itself around. There was something of the old 50s' style creature features to it, with toxic spills creating a whole menagerie of giant spiders, ants etc. So when can we expect the US remake?

Best film I watched over the Halloween weekend was the US remake of Haneke's "Funny Games". A very bleak and remorseless variation on home invasion, the sort of situation that just keeps getting worse, but here with a clever twist that seeks the viewer's complicity in some of what's going on.

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