Wednesday, October 29, 2014

32 Great Unscripted Movie Scenes

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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We missed with Gore in 2000, so we'll make up for it here. 

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#1,525. The Loved Ones (2009)

Posted: 19 Oct 2014 08:46 PM PDT

Directed By: Sean Byrne

Starring: Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, Victoria Thaine

Tag line: "You don't have to die to go to hell"

Trivia: Robin McLeavy prepared for the role of Lola by researching the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer

I usually have a high threshold for violence in movies, but there was a point in 2009's The Loved Ones where I'd had enough. Don't get me wrong: it's a tremendous motion picture; a tense, often unsettling film that had me poised at the edge of my seat. Still, the brutality is so relentless, so extreme, that I often had to look away. I admire the hell out of The Loved Ones, but I'm not sure I like it.

It's the last day of school, and Lola Stone (Robin McLeavy) asks classmate Brent (Xavier Samuel) to accompany her to the end-of-year dance. Unfortunately, Brent already has a date: his girlfriend Holly (Victoria Thaine). But Lola isn't about to take "no" for an answer. Knocked unconscious by Lola's doting father (John Brumpton), Brent is dragged off to the Stone homestead, which has been decorated to look like a dance hall. It seems that Lola's father, who'll do anything to make his little girl happy, is hosting his own shindig, and Brent is there to serve as Lola's "date". Continuously tortured and beaten by his captors, Brent tries his damnedest to escape, but the more he struggles to free himself, the harsher his "punishment" gets.

The violence in The Loved Ones is tough to watch, mostly because it's inflicted upon someone who hasn't done anything to deserve it. Not only is Brent an innocent (he wasn't the least bit nasty or condescending when he told Lola he couldn't go with her to the dance), but is something of a victim himself (as the film opens, Brent and his father are out driving. Suddenly, a bloodied young man appears out of nowhere, causing Brent to lose control of the car and crash it into a tree, killing his father instantly). This makes what happens to him all the more tragic, and the torture he's subjected to is, at times, quite awful (at one point, Brent manages to escape, only to be chased down and captured again. To ensure he stays put, Lola's father nails Brent's feet to the floor with a couple of steak knives).

Robin McLeavy turns in a remarkable performance as Lola, a psychotic teen with an adolescent's mentality who's always gotten her way. Also strong is John Brumpton as Lola's dad, an emasculated figure who's nonetheless capable of doing terrible things. The dynamic between these two characters, complete with an underlying sexual tension, is as fascinating as it is grotesque. Equally as impressive is how writer / director Sean Byrne ties everything together before the movie's over; a seemingly unrelated side story in which Brent's pal Jamie (Richard Wilson) , accompanies the distant and strange Mia (Jessica McNamee) to the school dance isn't as random as it first appears. All of these elements blend wonderfully, making The Loved Ones a movie I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. Odds are, I'll probably watch it again myself.

But not right away.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Dead End (add George Raft)


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#1,515. Dead End (2003)

Posted: 10 Oct 2014 05:48 AM PDT

Directed By: Jean-Baptiste Andrea, Fabrice Canepa

Starring: Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Mick Cain

Tag line: "Read the signs"

Trivia: Won the Audience Award at the 2003 San Sebastián Horror and Fantasy Film Festival

Dead End, a 2003 horror film from writers / directors Jean-Baptiste Andrea and Fabrice Canepa, is one creepy-ass motion picture.

It's Christmas Eve, and Frank Harrington (Ray Wise) is doing the same thing he does every year: driving his family to visit his mother-in-law. None too happy to be making the trip once again this year, Frank argues with his wife Laura (Lin Shaye), while their two kids: college student Marion (Alexandra Holden) and teenager Richard (Mick Cain), as well as Marion's boyfriend Brad (Billy Asher Rosenfeld), are at each other's throats in the back seat. For a change of pace, Frank takes a different, more out-of-the-way route, and while driving along he accidentally falls asleep at the wheel. As a result, he almost gets into a head-on collision with an oncoming car, but it isn't until Frank picks up a mysterious young girl in white (Amber Smith) that the evening takes a truly horrific turn.

Playing like an extended episode of The Twilight Zone, Dead End has its share of plot twists, all of which do their part to keep things interesting. To be honest, I figured out the main twist early on (before the half-way point), and it's to the film's credit that, despite its failure to protect its most important secret, it still gives you the willies. This is, in part, due to the solid performances of its entire cast. As the tension escalates, each member of the Harrington clan suffers a mental breakdown of sorts. Ray Wise's Frank crawls into a bottle of booze (which, instead of taking his mind off the terrifying situation, only intensifies his feelings of imminent doom), while Lin Shaye's Laura, as the result of a terrible tragedy, loses control entirely (though there might be something to her claim that she sees ghostly figures in the surrounding woods, all of whom re waving at her). The three younger performers have their moments as well (especially Alexandra Holden as Marion), as does Amber Smith as the ominous "Lady in White", but it's Wise and Shaye who shine the brightest.

For a film that's primarily set inside a moving car, Dead End knows how to get under your skin, which is exactly where it stays until the end credits roll.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

THE MIST (2007)

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#1,518. The Mist (2007)

Posted: 12 Oct 2014 08:58 PM PDT

Directed By: Frank Darabont

Starring: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

Tag line: "Belief divides them, mystery surrounds Them, but fear changes everything"

Trivia: Director Frank Darabont originally wanted the shoot the film in black and white

Following a destructive thunderstorm that damaged his house, artist David Drayton (Thomas Jane) heads into the nearby town of Bridgton, Maine, for supplies. Joined by his young son Billy (Nathan Gamble) and neighbor Brent Norton (Andre Braugher), Drayton stops by the supermarket just as a thick mist starts rolling into the area. Suddenly, a tornado alarm begins to sound, at which point Dan Miller (Jeffrey DeMunn) rushes into the store. His nose bleeding, he tells everyone that there's something in the mist, which, he claims, carried off a friend of his. Ollie Weeks (Toby Jones), who works for the supermarket, immediately locks the doors, and within seconds, the mist envelops the entire town. With dozens of frightened and confused people wondering what they should do next, Mrs. Carmody (Marcia Gay Harden), the local religious nut, begins telling everyone Armageddon has arrived, and that they should make their peace with God before it's too late. Having left his wife Stephanie (Kelly Collins Lintz) behind, Drayton is anxious to get home to her, but will the unknown creatures lurking in the mist allow him to leave, or is it truly, as Mrs. Carmody believes, the end of days?

Based on a novel by Stephen King and directed by Frank Darabont (who also helmed two other King adaptations, The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile), The Mist is an intense horror film that, at the outset, plays with our fears of the unknown. At first, the thick, fog-like mist offers up no clues, leaving some to wonder if the danger is real, or a figment of Dan Miller's imagination. That question is answered when Drayton notices the entire back room is filling up with fumes, which seem to be coming from the generator. Joined by Ollie Weeks and several others, including Norm (Chris Owen), the store's bag boy, they determine that something is clogging the generator's exhaust vent. Despite Drayton's protests, the group decides to send Norm outside to clear the blockage. Alas, poor Norm doesn't get too far; shortly after venturing outside, he's grabbed by a huge, octopus-like tentacle, which proceeds to drag him off. It's at this point The Mist changes gears, transforming itself into an old-fashioned monster movie, complete with sequences in which the unfortunate few trapped inside the store must face off against creatures that, in the end, may be too powerful to defeat.

Yet as terrifying as these monsters can be, they sometimes pale in comparison to the fanatical Mrs. Carmody, who, as the situation drags on, convinces people the outside threat is the work of God. Over time, her followers grow in number, which only adds fuel to her fire. At one point, she even says that God is demanding a sacrifice of blood, It isn't long before Drayton and a few others realize its just as dangerous to stay as it is to go, By shining a light on how people react in extreme conditions, The Mist shows us how easy it is to erase the fine line that separates order from chaos.

All of these dynamics come together brilliantly, working in unison to make The Mist an unsettling experience from start to finish.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Your Favorite Horror Flic ??

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