Oct. 22, 2008, 4:02 a.m. CST
This film to me is the perfect example of the above word .
Oct. 22, 2008, 4:05 a.m. CST
on Hopkins being good in this , and there is good work here by Wise as well. But the courtroom thing drags it down and I thought the girl was kinda pthhhhh! Agree on the hypnotism scene tho. But , overall a Meh for me. ( I think the fact that i knew Wise directed it may have led me to judge it too harshly . Like why I don't think much of Scorsese's Cape Fear.
Oct. 22, 2008, 4:12 a.m. CST
by Boba Fat
Hopkins bellowing 'Audrey Rose!" a lot.
Oct. 22, 2008, 4:21 a.m. CST
that you're not pulling the actual DVD's out of a giant Santa Bag each day. Just a crummy slip of paper pulled out of a crummy plastic Safeway bag. This feature is no longer fun for me. ;-) If I am accepted to BNAT I will give you a Santa Bag you can use next October. I also want to take a peek at the famous DVD collection while I'm there. Yes, I just invited myself to your place...
Oct. 22, 2008, 4:38 a.m. CST
by hank quinlan
I rented this a few years ago, hoping for a cool, underrated 70's ghost story. It's mostly a bunch of new age nonsense. There's nothing really remotely scary or interesting at all. Hopkins character seems menacing at first so they get some mileage out of that. But they drop all pretense to horror or suspense by the end. And **spoiler*** Hopkins leaves with the little girl at the end. Very bizarre. Totally not worth anyone's time. It's always marketed as a thriller or supernatural story. It's not. Do not bother.
Oct. 22, 2008, 4:53 a.m. CST
They always do some neat stuff. And Polish ones are always creepy! I don't know why!
Oct. 22, 2008, 6:43 a.m. CST
I think the "Emily" one is lot more scary.
Oct. 22, 2008, 7:17 a.m. CST
I remember this starting well and getting progressively crapper. For definitive 70's creepy you must watch Don't Look Now. Even the trailer makes the hairs stand on the back of my neck.
Oct. 22, 2008, 8:52 a.m. CST
a mushroom cloud, doesn't it?<p>I never saw this, but it sounds a bit like The Entity, another late '70s/early '80s supernatural story that was given a serious, scientific angle that was popular after The Exorcist.
Oct. 22, 2008, 9:37 a.m. CST
There goes four hours of your life you'll never get back. May I recommend that you get your hands on a copy of "Sssss".... that's a fairly decent early seventies horror film that beats both of these two stinkers.
Oct. 22, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST
by Lost Jarv
how goes it, oh pencil stabbing deity? Have you dealt with the shitheel problem in your 'Hood?
Oct. 22, 2008, 10:05 a.m. CST
by the beef
The Body Snatcher. Hurry and pick that one randomly.
Oct. 22, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST
AN IMMORTAL ON THIS VERY SITE?!! I AM REDUCED TO NOTHING IN YOUR PRESENCE!!
Oct. 22, 2008, 10:18 a.m. CST
i enjoyed the film and still enjoy many of its parts, but this was NOT a horror film - its a convoluted episode of Perry Mason written by Rod Serling.
Oct. 22, 2008, 10:59 a.m. CST
Saw AR recently on cable and was disappointed. Not horrible, but a bit dull. I remember the commercial for it creeping me out when I was little. Also, some talkbacks yesterday compared this film to The Reincarnation of Peter Proud. I've never seen that entire film, but I remember it was playing in the theatre across the hallway from JAWS when my dad took me to see that when I was 7. During the night scene before the head pops out of the sunken boat, I had to leave the theatre because I was scared shitless. I recall walking across the way and catching about 5 minutes of Proud before mustering the courage to go back and witness the rest of JAWS. The titular actor of Proud... Michael Sarrazin was in the wonderful FRANKENSTEIN: The True Story. Very highly recommended. ALSO, a great Robert Wise sci-fi film I highly recommend is the Andromeda Strain.
Oct. 22, 2008, 11:01 a.m. CST
Are you referring to Audrey Rose, or Emily Rose? The statement could apply to both.
Oct. 22, 2008, 11:36 a.m. CST
by just pillow talk
which shitheel shall your loyal warciples dispatch today?
Oct. 22, 2008, 11:41 a.m. CST
Sure Audrey Rose was disappointing, but part of the reason it doesn’t work is because the filmmakers where trying something new. Sure, it didn’t work, but at least they tried something a little different. And that is what makes that era of filmmaking so interesting and great: the willingness to try something new and different, things that we now take for granted, especially in the horror genre. Gore, brutality, blasphemy, nudity, sex, blood, violence, harsh language, all of these came out in this era. It also brought forth better storytelling, more realistic characters and storylines, and better acting and direction than the genre was used too. And in that spirit I would like to suggest a couple of films to you Quint: Pretty Poison; the Witchfinder General; The Legend of Hell House; George Romero’s Martin; The Funhouse; Videodrome; and the House of Long Shadows. I am sure you have seen most of these, if not all, but I think these are all worth checking out (I would of added Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly but I think it is only available on vhs; which is to bad because that movie is f’ed up).
Oct. 22, 2008, 11:45 a.m. CST
Andromeda Strain. The best split screen work ever! It is also a great hard science fiction film from a time when the directors seemed to acknowledge that the audience weren't too stupid to understand it. Great film!
Oct. 22, 2008, 12:19 p.m. CST
Caught about 20 minutes of the recent made-for-cable remake and couldn't stand it. Love the look & feel of the original. I think Wise tried to carry that same tone over into ST: TMP, but it just didn't translate well to that universe & characters.
Oct. 22, 2008, 12:35 p.m. CST
1. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (original) 2. JAWS 3. ALIEN Honorable mention to.... Saving Private Ryan, (mainly opening half hour, but the whole thing had me on edge)
Oct. 22, 2008, 12:45 p.m. CST
is the cerebral nature of the plot, and that everything that happens to the characters is reactive. Its not a very proactive movie. They react to this, they watch that, etc. The voyage through V'ger, though impressive because of Trumbull's effects, brought the movie to a dead halt. It was Wrath that gave them an adversary to react to and act against.
Oct. 22, 2008, 1:11 p.m. CST
I agree with you skimn. I was mainly commenting on the look & wardrobe. Khan was definitely more colorful... in look & action. But I still dig TMP.
Oct. 22, 2008, 1:18 p.m. CST
I finally saw it the other day, having just returned from Venice myself I was inspired to see what all the fuss was about. Pretty good! A bit dated but effective despite (or maybe even because of) that. Worth checking out. Venice has surely never looked more menacing..
Oct. 22, 2008, 1:33 p.m. CST
The hypnotism scene IS absolutely spellbinding and fascinating, but much of the rest of the movie, especially the ending, is New Age nonsense from the 70s. Especially the "well, we lost everything but it's OK because of our new spiritual beliefs" monologue at the end.
Oct. 22, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST
With the infamous "did they really DO IT" scene between Sutherland and Christie. Is Nic Roeg still around?
Oct. 22, 2008, 1:57 p.m. CST
Oh yea, I really loved the "futuristic" design of Wildfire, with the tubular hallways, and color coding. The remake was dull in comparison. And while even knowing the outcome, the originals race to shut down the bomb is still exciting (love the druggy visual POV effect).
Oct. 22, 2008, 4:12 p.m. CST
Yes Nicolas Roeg is still around. I believe he is living in a hotel in LA. As for "Don't Look Now", my only problem with the film was the ending" "Wow. A dwarf killed him."
Oct. 22, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST
My mistake. I am thinking of Kenneth Anger. He lives in a hotel in LA.
Oct. 22, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST
He was Director of Photography on Masque of Red Death. Loved Don't Look Now, but my fav of his is THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH. Cosmic poetry
Oct. 23, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST
Some people may not have seen it! I hadn't; it was a great ending. Though the blood was way too red paintish